One of the best parts of being a part of the blogosphere is finding others who not only are similar to you but also inspire you on a daily basis. I have quite a few blogs that I follow regularly but only a few leave a lasting impression, like Stefanie Kuncman’s blog, Steffy’s Pros & Cons. She is a favorite of mine at the moment for always being positive with a quirky attitude and style. We’ve become friendly via twitter and leaving comments for each other on our latest posts. She was nice enough to agree to do an interview with me and her answers were just as amazing as her blog!
What made you decide to start your blog, Steffy’s Pros & Cons?
I started my blog after I moved back from living in Nicaragua with matt for 7 months. I lived off of reading fashion blogs while I was there because I was fashion deprived, and it would make me feel inspired. When I came back I just couldn’t NOT start a blog of my own, and so steffys pros and cons was born!
You also have a very sweet vintage shop, Tea & Tulips! Did you start off with that or your blog?
I started off with the blog and my best friend sara suggested the shop. I thought it was a good suggestion.
Do you work full time on your blog & shop or do you have another day job? Do you have a fashion and/or business academic background?
I work part time 2 days a week at a local boutique and I go to school full time for fashion merchandising. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism also that I completed in 2009, and after working in the industry for a year and a half I decided my passion lies with fashion, so I made the decision to go back to school for it.
Where are your favorite spots/ shops to buy at for your shop? What do you try and look for?
I have a few spots I go to in order to shop for the store, and I know by now when each one will have “what I am looking for.” My favorite by far is “flamingo plaza” the best plaza ever here in Miami. Also, urban jungle in Brooklyn is amazing. I always try to look for whatever color I am in the mood for, great patterns like polka dots or bright florals, and of course cute collars! Just things that pop out to me!
It seems that vintage clothing shops are starting to become a movement, what do you think differentiates your store from all the others out there?
I think my shop is just ‘me.’ I think anyone who knows me can look into my shop and think that what I am selling makes sense. I think people who don’t know me can get an idea of who I am from my shop. Everyone is different and unique, so I think my shop is different just because I am different and it is a direct representation of me.
Where do you hope you (and your blog/shop) will be in the next 5 years?
I don’t hope too much or have too many expectations. I do it because I love to do it, and because I meet so many amazing people through it. I probably will never have the guts to rely on my store full-time, even if it blows up and begins doing amazing. I just like to have financial security, and you can never predict anything when it comes to income/sales.
What are some tips you can give for new bloggers and/or shop owners that are first starting out?
Hm, well I am kind of just starting out too so give me tips jk! I would say.. try to sell items that you don’t think anyone can find anywhere else. That is my biggest tip. Sometimes I will see a shirt and fall in love with it, but when I really think about it I feel like someone can get it somewhere else. Customers are paying shipping so they really want to get their hands on something unique!