Saturday, August 10, 2013

blogger spotlight: raving fashionista

Today's blogger spotlight has been a LONG time coming.  One of the very first blogs I discovered, and immediately began following, is Raving Fashionista. Sarah has some of THE very best style around.  I absolutely admire the way that she pieces together outfits and remixes pieces in her closet.  She does a fantastic job of working in both high and low pieces, and still remains to look so polished and sophisticated.  Some times I fear to try out some of the more "risky" trends, for fear that I will be unable to pull them off and feel like me.  Sarah's blog is a place where I look when I need to see a real way to style some of the biggest trends!  Keep reading to find out more about Raving Fashionista and make sure you stop by her blog to check it out!


WUYW: Of all of your posts, which outfit or feature has been your absolute favorite thus far?

This question has really been a tough one to answer.  I hate to say this, but I don't think I can pick a favorite.  What's my favorite this week or month is always changing.  It is fun to look back though and see how Raving Fashionista has grown and evolved since its inception.

WUYW:  Why would you consider this your best post to date?

Another tricky question!  I think the best thing I've done for my blog is picking a direction I wanted to go with it.  When I started Raving Fashionista I was all over the place, posting recipes, collages and outfit posts, but deciding to focus strictly on five outfit posts a week really made me feel like it pulled the site together.  But best post to date?  I may have to go back to an older post, Antique Lace.  I wouldn't say it was my best post in terms of numbers or anything particular like that, but it did really start opening some doors for me.  This post helped me become a finalist in a Global Street Chic contest with Guess and Elle Magazine, and I won a contest with Just Fabulous thanks to it, which was the start of a great working relationship, that has helped serve as a guide to navigating future brand relationships.

WUYW:  How/why/when did you decide to start a fashion blog?

People have always come up to me and would tell me how they never would have thought to pair this with that or wear that like this, so I would find myself continually trying to look at my closet in new ways.  When I would get stuck, I started to discover fashion blogs, and I'd turn to them for inspiration.  That got me thinking, why not start my own outlet to share my outfits on, that way I could look back and revisit what I've done when I got stuck, and if anyone else happens to find it and get inspired, great!  I'm lucky my boyfriend is a web designer and has always been supportive, encouraging and eager to help since I first hinted that I wanted to start a blog.

WUYW:  What was your biggest hesitation regarding starting a blog, and how did you overcome that hesitation?

I was terrified of going public with my blog!  I was worried my friends and family wouldn't understand it or why I was wasting my time with it so I didn't tell anyone about it for a while.  Eventually I let my boyfriend convince me to go public with it and I was blown away by the positive reception.  It's scary to put yourself out there in such a way, but it's something I've never regretted.

WUYW:  What would be your biggest piece of advice for others who are just starting a blog?

Make sure you have the time to set aside.  It's easy to buy a domain and write your first post, but it's a lot of work to maintain it and do it well.  When I first started, I actually only blogged for about 3 months, posting sporadically, before stopping all together for about 8 months.  Of course no one knew about my blog then so it didn't matter, but when I decided to really move forward with it, I knew I needed to dedicate real time to it.  I think it's all about the quality versus the quantity too.  If you only have three days out of the month to dedicate to your blog, then focus on making those three posts count instead of rushing to push out posts just to have more content.  It's a lot of work but if you keep at it, it's a rewarding outlet to showcase your creativity.  And be authentic and genuine.  Don't start a blog because you think you're going to get free stuff or think you'll become famous overnight, do it for you because you're passionate about whatever you're blogging about, that's what's matters.

WUYW:  What do you do for a living?

I consider myself a full-time blogger; even though I can't live off of my blog — yet, it's something I take seriously and treat as a profession.  I also work as a personal stylist side, which has also been rewarding and a lot of fun!  But my "real" gig is working with my boyfriend as the lead designer and marketing specialist for his company, CreativeKindle, a design and marketing company that focuses on working with small businesses and individuals.  In other words, I keep very busy, but I love it!  I even just launched a beauty extension of my blog called RF Beauty, so busy works for me.

WUYW:  How would you describe your style?

Bohemian femme.  I love eclectic, boho style, but I'm also very girly, and love to mix in over-the-top feminine pieces like a lot of tulle, sequins and high heels.  I'm big on vintage, or vintage-inspired, pieces too, but with a relaxed, laid-back feel.

WUYW:  If you could only save one item from your closet (heaven forbid), what item would it be?

Oh my goodness, this one is great!  My boyfriend immediately said it would be my sequins, but considering how overwrought my closet is with sparkle, I think it would be tough not to take them all.  My shoes are also my loves (they live on bookshelves like little pieces of art), but again, there are many more than an armful can carry.  Maybe the vintage Louis Vuitton I rescued from a relative's very well stocked closet, and the wallet that matches, which was the first designer piece I purchased for myself.

WUYW:  Who or what is currently influencing your style the most?

I just recently saw the new release of The Great Gatsby and fell hard for the fashion.  I've always loved 20s-influenced style, and the elegance of how dressed up people would get for dinners, events, and just for their daily lives during that era.  That's probably why skirts and dresses overpower my wardrobe and why I'll never shy away from wearing sequins during the day.

WUYW:  If you could trade closets with anyone, who would it be with?

I have a growing lists of closets I'm coveting, but I guess the top of that list right now would be Jenna Lyons.  And the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth, will always being included in my list for most enviable wardrobes.


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