Friday, May 22, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Christopher of Unbearably Stylish








Christopher is wearing a Levi's shirt, pants, and boots, American Rag jacket, tie from ties.com, and thrifted belt.

What’s your name? 
My name is Christopher Michael Gutierrez, but in the blogging world I go by Christopher Michael.

What do you do?
I am a student at the University of California, Berkeley and in my spare time I thoroughly enjoy fashion blogging.

How did you get into blogging?
I got started during the summer of 2014. My girlfriend, Jennifer Wang of the blog Art in Our Blood, was the person who encouraged and supported me to step behind the camera lens. She and her younger sister Michelle were a huge help in the process. They were also very helpful in the areas of photography, styling, social media, and blog design.

How would you describe your style?
I would say that my style would be classified as classy and dapper. The typical outfit includes a blazer, a button-up shirt, a tie, some jeans or dress pants. However, I usually wear casual clothing to school when I am not given enough time to prepare an outfit the day before.

Do you have any style icons or inspirations?
For menswear fashion inspiration I turn to the gurus of Instagram: Marcel Floruss from One Dapper Street, Steven Onoja, and Denny Balmaceda from Look Rich, Shop Cheap.

You’ve mentioned that your style is influenced by various types of media, such as novels, movies, television shows, and short stories. What’s your latest source of inspiration? Moreover, how do you translate these works into an outfit?
My latest source of inspiration was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I usually pay close attention to the setting in a story or work of fiction. For example, in The Great Gatsby, there is a scene in the garden where Jay Gatsby meets Nick Carraway. I was so inspired and marveled at the description of the passage that I felt that I had to locate a place on the Berkeley campus with similar structure. Additionally, I also take note of the items of clothing that these characters wear and how they groom themselves. I do my best to blend in those features with my own personal style.

What are some of your favorite places to shop in the East Bay?
Two of my favorite places to shop in the East Bay are Eco Thrift on Mission Blvd. and the Goodwill on Hesperian Boulevard. Those two are my go-to thrift shops. The prices are perfect and I always find something of great quality.

What do you like the most about blogging?
I like meeting new people and being able to inspire men and women to dress in formal attire. I also really like experimenting with new combinations and patterns.

What have you learned from blogging?
The blogging community is a highly competitive world.  It should not be a hobby taken too seriously. I learned that it is also very time-consuming, but in the long run it also is a powerful networking tool.

Also, standing behind the camera not knowing how your audience will react or react at all is nerve-wracking the first couple of posts, but soon you become exceedingly confident in yourself and the clothes you wear.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
For this summer, you can expect to see more relaxed looks on my blog, e.g. hopefully not as many outfits with ties. Perhaps I'll use a few cooler colors and incorporate graphic tees in my outfits.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Tiffany of The Garment Rag










Tiffany is wearing a Tobi dress, Levi's jacket, Zara heels, and Karen Walker sunglasses.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do?
My name is Tiffany and I live and work in San Francisco.

How did you get into blogging?
I started blogging as a supplementary marketing channel for an online boutique my friend and I were working on. Sadly, we are now in the process of shutting down but I've continued to maintain the blog and, mainly, Instagram as I've found quite a bit of gratification using this as a creative outlet.

How would you describe your style?
In a word - covered. Two additional words that come to mind are comfort and balance. I try to avoid looking too one way or the other, whether it's "too" dressed up, dressed down, etc. 

Do you have any style icons or inspirations?
Jen Brill and Maja Wyh off the top of my head. Brill's style can get pretty eclectic but she pulls it off with her devil-may-care attitude. She embodies New York street style to me, always with a tinge of glamour and sometimes some 'wtf'. Maja Wyh is a more recent discovery and she's got this uncanny sensibility for creating a seriously addicting modern city-boho look. Sometimes she looks like she may collapse under all that clothing but damn that woman knows what she's doing.

How has living in San Francisco influenced your style?
I'm not insightful enough to analyze HOW living in SF has influenced my style but I do have a pretty solid collection of parkas. SF can get cold and windy at any time of the year so keeping warm is a daily concern.

What have you learned from blogging?
I'd forgotten how much I enjoy writing and though I'm a little dusty from before, I want to challenge myself to continue including written content as opposed to just slapping a few photos up of myself when I post. Also that I am much more comfortable behind than in front of the camera.

In addition to blogging, you’re also a talented photographer. What kinds of things do you like to shoot?
Firstly, thank you for that. It's a huge compliment. But I am by no means a photographer and do not shoot nearly enough to be considered as such. I do love taking and editing my own images, particularly of people, and travel photos is an area I want to explore more of.

What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Sleeping. Just kidding. Though blogging is not nearly the bulk of my life, I do spend a lot of time devising the next Instagram post, outfit to shoot. If it's not taking up a lot of my physical time, it has certainly hijacked my mental time. Aside from that, very standard things such as cooking (kind of a huge one), reading (I'm trying to finish one book a month), and raging out once a month.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Constantly improving, quality photos with more original ideas/content. That's what I'd like to see for myself at least.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Annie of MontgomeryFest








Annie is wearing a J.Crew dress, a Mind Code sweater from Retail Therapy, a necklace from Urban Outfitters, stacked rings from a market in Barcelona, Nine West wedges, Hammitt clutch, and Warby Parker sunglasses.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do?
My name is Annie and my blog is MontgomeryFest, on account of our last name and the pursuit of fun. I moved to San Francisco last summer with my husband, Justin, and we’ve been falling in love with this city ever since. I work at Minted, where my love of all things design and paper related have only gotten out of control - I’ve since started putting my painting to use on phone covers and the beginnings of an Etsy shop!

How did you get into blogging?
Four months after getting married, Justin and I moved our home from Dallas to Brussels, Belgium. Between the wedding and the move and him getting his Belgian citizenship, it was hard to keep track of to whom we told what update. I knew it’d only get harder living across an ocean, so I started MontgomeryFest as a way to keep in touch. Two years of traveling around Europe, a move to SF and so many blog friendships later, it’s evolved into a third family member!

How would you describe your style?
One part prep. Two parts free spirit. I have a lot of classic pieces going on in my closet that I like to stretch my imagination on how they can be unrecognizable. I love a good unexpected pop. I’m a big fan of mixing prints and scales. It’s both unfortunate and lovely that for such a miniature human (five foot two), I’m drawn to the largest of glasses, prints and hair.

How has living in San Francisco and traveling throughout Europe influenced your style?
Everything is more tousled. I immediately gave up doing my hair every day upon moving to Europe. The more bed-head it looked, the more I looked like a local. The French’s je ne sais quoi is a magical thing. It’s this mix of perfectly placed messy and I worked at it. Things have also become a lot more practical. I used to wear heels. I couldn’t let go and took my edited collection of twelve with us to Brussels. Hilarious. In the past two and a half years, I have worn heels maaybe three times. We walk everywhere now.

What do you like the most about blogging?
The people. The stories and the characters and the unending different ways people tell their tales. I started out in the expat community and let me tell you - that has got to be the most encouraging, most supportive community there is. We’re all displaced from our homes - Americans in Belgium, Brits in Tanzania, South Africans in Tokyo. We all struggle picking out groceries or figuring out directions in another language or currency. Our friends back home see it as an incredible vacation, which it is some ways, but not in others. There is no way I’d have this international network of amazing people in my life without blogging.

What benefits and challenges have you experienced blogging with your husband?
Ooo! Good one. As I mentioned up there, this thing has become a third family member. It’s a sort of project that we get to create together. We’re constantly chatting ideas (or rather, me bugging him to indulge in mine) and coming up with adventures we can go on to show off our city. I always have a second set of eyes if I need help on choosing photos or editing my, too often, overzealous words. When we introduce something new, it’s a team effort to figure out how it’ll work for us….for MontgomeryFest. But challenges! Oy vey. It can often become too close to home, so to speak. It consumes a lot of our time together when sometimes we need to be unplugged. When it comes to photos, he’s the main taker. Then, I choose, edit and incorporate it into my blog post. When he has the camera in hand, the day often looks dramatically different than how I was envisioning the story. It has taken us a long time to get down this bumpy road of transferring his vision to my vision. We’ve got a good vibe of it now, but if there’s an exact frame I have in mind, I know to capture it myself now. I don’t want to brag about the Portuguese sunset if I can’t show you a photo. And I want to brag about the Portuguese sunset!

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I’m excited to be building my style column and featuring some really great local brands. I have ideas brimming for inspiration shoots and gatherings. We also have a few travels planned around the US and nearby. In between all of that, I’ll be working on collections for my designs and paintings. phew!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Brittany and Whitney of Britt+Whit














Whitney (left) is wearing a top and pants from Zara, J.Crew blazer, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Express heels, and Cuyana bag. Brittany is wearing an Old Navy shirt, Dolce Vita heels, and Cuyana bag.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do?
Britt+Whit
Brittany – SoMa
Whitney – Hayes Valley
We both work in media and plan advertising campaigns.

How did you get into blogging?
We first met while working together at a media agency about 7 years ago.  We quickly realized that we both loved fashion as we were the only ones at our jobs that would ever dress up for work.  We were actively following quite a few fashion blogs at the time but wanted to start a blog that focused on more work appropriate attire. 

How would you describe your style?
We answered this question separately but both ended up writing "classic with a twist/classic with an edge."  We tend to look for options that will work well in the office and out on the weekends so our overall style tends to lean towards more classic pieces with bright and unique accessories added on.

How has living in San Francisco influenced your style?
SF weather has had a HUGE influence on our style.  It never gets too hot or too cold here so we tend to dress in a constant state of Spring/Fall style.  While we do miss cute summer dresses and shorts from time to time, we must say that we now have a great collection of light jackets and have really improved our layering technique!

What do you like the most about blogging?
The best part about blogging is by far the people we have met.  Blogging has allowed us to meet so many talented and driven people and collaborate with brands that we love. 

What benefits and challenges have you experienced blogging with a best friend?
We honestly don't know how people don't blog with a best friend!  It's so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and inspire you to keep going.  It can get tricky sometimes between all of the work but we make time to focus on our friendship too as that's the most important thing! 

What have you learned from blogging?
That hard work and patience pay off in the long run, and consistency is key!

What do you do when you’re not blogging?
When we are not blogging or working you can find us at brunch (brunch is a must!), out hiking, or taking trips up to wine country!!

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
We will actually have some pretty big announcements coming in the near future!  We are currently working on a start-up together that we hope to launch later this year that will be focused on fashion and tech.  We are very excited to share that with everyone! Follow us on Bloglovin' for more details soon!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Work It, Bloggers: Chelsea Pearl






Chelsea is wearing a Forever 21 top and blazer, pants from Macy's, Steven by Steve Madden boots, necklace from Rocksbox, Proenza Schouler bag, and Stella McCartney sunglasses.

What’s your name? Where do you live? What do you do?
I'm Chelsea; a community manager at We Heart It by day, and a style blogger/vlogger by night.

How did you get into blogging?
It's quite a long story, but in short the internet has always been a passion of mine. I've been building websites since 2001 (self taught HTML & CSS), and at a young age I created a leading doll and pixel art website. It earned around 5,000 pageviews per month... that was a lot for a 9th grader! I later transitioned from pixel art to coding, when I was the only girl in my high school's C++ and JAVA courses. Honestly, coding wasn't really my cup of tea, so I found myself back in graphic design courses and that's about when I had a short stint on LiveJournal. After high school I took a break from blogging, but found myself getting sucked into social media, AKA web 2.0 (Facebook, Twitter, Posterous, We Heart It, Tumblr, etc). Finally after college I started writing about marketing and personal branding on my blog, hellaPR. Since I was working in tech and CPG PR my first few years after college, I needed a creative outlet that was different enough from my day job. Style blogging, and vlogging, was what I finally fell into.

How would you describe your style?
Ballin' on a budget. Because the rent is too damn high and I like travel too much to be sinking all of my disposable income in clothes. On any given day you can find me wearing a Forever 21 t-shirt paired with a designer handbag, or vice versa.

Do you have any style icons or inspirations?
Amal Clooney has quickly become my new favorite style icon. Not only for her style though -- I think she's a great role model of our time. She can dress femininely and still be a powerful, well respected figure. She's smart, glamorous, and classy; she has it all.

How has living in San Francisco influenced your style?
Comfort trumps all when you're running around the city and its many hills. This is also a city where you can be whoever you want to be. Additionally, I'm heavily immersed in startup culture where there is no dress code and you're empowered to work how you work best (for example, I have a standing desk). Some days I wear a sweatshirt, sneakers, and top knot to work, while other days I'll wear a dress, heels, and a blazer. However most of my outfit creativity comes out on the weekend and it's what I primarily capture in my blog posts.

What do you like the most about blogging?
As cliché as it sounds, it's all about the people. And I don't just mean the business connections. I've forged real friendships and I've been told I've impacted peoples lives positively. It doesn't get more fulfilling than that!

What have you learned from blogging?
It's OK to say 'no' to projects. When it rains, it pours, and I think everyone stresses over their work-life-blog balance at some point. When declining an opportunity, don't just say no; offer up to the client/brand the option of extending it to a blogger colleague who may be a better fit or is readily available. Then it's win-win situation for everyone involved. Treat blogging like a professional job and never burn any bridges.

How has blogging changed since you started two years ago?
While I've been blogging at my current domain since 2012, I started on LiveJournal in 2004. There are obviously way more bloggers today than back then, so I think bloggers need to work even harder to set themselves apart.

What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Brunching, hitting the shooting range, and gallivanting in wine country is what you'll usually find me doing outside of blogging on the weekend. Travel is another huge passion of mine.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Videos, videos, videos. I'm not just a typical blogger who says they want to do video; I actually regularly do videos every single week. This year I want to film some videos in French and expand on my travel series

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