Monday, March 23, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Carlina of Allergic to Vanilla






Carlina is wearing a shirt from Les Méchantes, Zara blazer, Jack skirt from Le Tote, Sperry Top-Sider sneakers, AYK clutch, and a Banana Republic necklace. These photos were taken at the Les Méchantes Blogger Brunch.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do? 
I'm Carlina Harris. I live in San Francisco. I do social media marketing.

How did you get into blogging?
I've always wanted to start a blog. I said it for years until a friend of mine told me to make it my New Year's resolution. I also wanted to find a creative outlet since my career at the time was not.

How would you describe your style? Do you have any style icons or inspirations?
Untraditional, always-evolving, un-vanilla.

How has living in San Francisco influenced your style?
There are so many more layers to my outfits now. I also have found a love for stylish flats.

What do you like the most about blogging?
The community- it's such a small world/city and the ladies/gents in this community are so inspiring and always up to help whenever the need for it arises.

What have you learned from blogging?
Consistent content is king. And always save your name on a new social media platform when you think it's going to be big... you never want someone else to come along and snatch it up. Years ago I tried to get my twitter handle back from @allergictovanilla (an impostor) but alas they would not give it up, I'm now @alergic2vanilla ;)

How has blogging changed since you started five years ago?
It seems the landscape has changed in that it's become over-saturated. Perhaps it was always like this, but it didn't always feel like it.

What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Working out, going for a walk, painting my nails, watching reruns of Game of Thrones... and working. 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Kathleen of Inspirafashion






Kathleen is wearing a Brandy Melville shirt, H&M skirt, Zara cardigan, bag from Urban Outfitters, and Pink Blush heels. These photos were taken at the Les Méchantes Blogger Brunch.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do?
Kathleen; I live in the South Bay; I work at Poshmark in the Community Team

How did you get into blogging?
I started out on Chictopia, and one day I wanted to take photos of my outfit and it continued to be a fun hobby, which then blossomed into a passion of mine. I love sharing my personal style/growth as well as my fashion inspirations; hence the name Inspirafashion :).

How would you describe your style?
Minimal, edgy

What have you learned from blogging?
Being genuine and passionate in blogging is so important, in addition to staying humble. It's connected me with so many amazing, talented, and creative people. Blogging not only opened doors to great opportunities, but has also inspired me to keep pursuing fashion as a career. I think it taught me also to finally find what I'm most comfortable and confident in in terms of growing into my own personal style.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I hope to travel more and document those memories on my blog. In addition, I really want to collaborate more with fellow bloggers, photographers, videographers, on more creative and fun blog projects.

You can follow Kathleen on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Bryn of Stone Fox Style








Bryn is wearing a dress from ASOS, Rebecca Minkoff jacket, BlackFive boots, Ms. Little's Bag clutch, and sunglasses from a costume shop. These photos were taken at the Les Méchantes Blogger Brunch.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do?
My name is Bryn. I live in Noe Valley in San Francisco and I am the marketing manager at LE TOTE!

How did you get into blogging?
My friend invited me to join Lookbook and I was hooked.

How would you describe your style?
It's hard to describe. A little bit boho and little bit edgy grunge. Downtown romantic. A touch of femininity and of course leather.

How has living in San Francisco influenced your style?
I don't get to wear boho dresses anymore! I used to live in Florida so I lived in sundresses. Now I ride my bike to work so I constantly am having to revise what I wear so I can ride my bike to work.

What have you learned from blogging?
I've learned to let things go! Well I am trying to. There's a lot of self-doubt when it comes to self image, appearance, and worth when it comes to blogging. It's a slippery slope and I'm constantly keeping my ego in check while trying to be aware and self-confident.

How has blogging influenced your work at LE TOTE or vice versa?
It has! Blogging keeps me on the edge of new trends and brands that I can share with the merch team. New apps. Etc. It's also helped me think of my blog as more of a business that I can actually invest in rather than just a site that I share photos of myself on.

What do you do when you’re not blogging?
I am styling photo shoots for my boyfriend Rob Schanz. Thrifting. Hanging out in the park, exploring. Going to Big Sur! But usually I try to take the weekends to get a little bit of blog work done since my 9-5 takes up my whole week.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I want to be the next Grace Coddington, but who doesn't? She's divine. Hopefully I'll be a shot caller in the creative field :)

You can follow Bryn on her blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Chandamheer of pancakeSTACKER








Chandamheer is wearing an Ann Taylor top, Zara shorts, H&M shoes, RVCA jacket, Margaret Elizabeth necklace, and SEE sunglasses.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do? 
Hi, there! I'm Chanda from the blog, pancakeSTACKER. I live in San Francisco, but I'm not going to tell you which neighborhood, because I get judged for that, ha. I work for a PR / digital media agency, where I handle social strategies, digital marketing campaigns, influencer relations, and all that good stuff for brands.

How did you get into blogging? 
I started blogging way back when in the yonder years of Xanga. Back then (high school) my blog was my online diary. When I hit college, it turned into a home decor (or dorm decor?) sounding board. Then when I graduated college in 2010, pancakeSTACKER came about and became the space where I explored my passion for food and fashion. I've always loved writing and creating, so blogging has always been kind of second nature for me. It's crazy to look back and see how far it's all come.

How would you describe your style? 
As a "fashion" blogger, I get this question a lot. I never have a good answer for it, which makes me question if the term "fashion blogger" really describes me. But, since you asked, I guess you could say my style is relatable, casual, and comfortable. I just wear what I like and when it works out, I consider that a win, ha.

How has living in SF influenced your style? 
I used to dress up a lot back when I was in college and lived in LA. People in SF tend to dress down a bit more. So, wearing heels around town isn't really that practical. Don't get me wrong, though - I still own countless amounts of heels, but my sneaker and boot game has definitely gone up a notch or two. LA was easy - it was warm, flat and "glamorous" to some extent. San Francisco is temperamental, hilly, but beautiful in its own way. I have way more jackets and pairs of pants than I ever did before, and I like to think that I've mastered the art of casual chic.

What do you like the most about blogging? 
I love that I have been able to meet and connect with so many different people. The readers, bloggers, the photographers, the brands - all the people, really. I've been fortunate enough to have worked with a range of creative souls.

What have you learned from blogging? 
Ah, a lot. It's been a wild ride in the path to discovering myself - is that too deep? Seriously, though. I started my blog right after graduating college as an attempt to figure it all out. Five years later and I'm still doing that. It's been a constant discovery of my own personal style, my likes, dislikes, etc. Blogging helped me figure out how to turn my passion into a career - I owe so much of my professional career path to my blog.

How has blogging changed since you started five years ago? 
When I started blogging, it was a genuine community. Not saying that it isn't anymore, but I've seen some of that community dissolve with the rise of monetization. I'm very supportive and happy for those who have been able to make a full time career out of blogging - it's a really powerful example of social influence. And, I'd be calling the pot black if I didn't acknowledge that I've been able to reap some of the benefits of that particular change in blogging. However, I do miss when blogging was more about the genuine expression of creativity without the influence of monetary gain. As someone who works in the space full time, I obviously find it very fascinating, but I sometimes have a hard time relating with the blogs I once used to love. It's really a catch-22. Of course, I don't want to sound at all ungrateful for the countless opportunities that I've been given thanks to blogging, so hopefully it doesn't come across in that way. I guess to sum it up, the rise of blogging as a business has been both a good and bad thing. I, for one, can't wait to see where it goes next...

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 
Perhaps the toughest question in the bunch. I've been "pancake" for five years and while I love my little space on the web, I've been itching to figure out what's next. Because so much of blogging is filtered, I'm actually hoping to bring mine back to its roots... à la my Xanga days. I still want to show off the pretty pictures, but I think I'm interested in the happy medium between "journaling" and curated content. I don't know if any of that makes sense. Let's just say I'm redefining pancakeSTACKER and continuing to "figure it all out." How's that? 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Whitney and Mallory of ReadyTwoWear












Whitney (left) is wearing a Gap jacket, top from Aritzia, Style Stalker skirt, beanie from Target, Superga sneakers, and a Coach purse. Mallory is wearing an H&M dress, Zara coat, purse from Pour La Victoire, booties from Anthropologie, and Karen Walker sunglasses.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do? 
Mallory/Berkeley/Managing Editor of INPINK
Whitney/San Francisco/QA for Genentech

How did you get into blogging?
When we were roommates in college, we would browse Lookbook and fashion blogs together. We decided to start one together on a whim...we never thought we would even reach 100 followers.

How would you describe your style?
This is always the hardest question...our style is always changing so it isn't easy for us to pin down. That is one nice thing (or maybe embarrassing thing) about having a personal style blog - we have a record of what we used to wear years ago.

How has living in San Francisco influenced your style?
We gravitate towards what is comfortable. While we do drive some places, we often like to walk or use public transportation...which means we tend to wear flats/sneakers/boots and avoid clothing that is overly fussy.

What benefits and challenges have you experienced blogging with a close friend?
When we were in college and roommates, we would always take our photos together. It was always fun to coordinate our outfits together and shoot together. Now that we are living in separate cities, it is harder to take photos together...often when we hang out we get too distracted catching up to fit in outfit photos.

What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Whitney has been big into bouldering lately. She can now complete V4s on a good day!
Mal likes to craft (and subsequently is an avid Pinterest-user) and hang out with her family corgi, Peanut.

You can follow Whitney and Mallory on their blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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