Blog of the Month: Ria Michelle

Our Blogger of the Month for June is Ria Michelle, a Miami based blogger with fantastic style and one of my personal favorites!

Imagephoto c/o Ria Michelle

 

– When did you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging when I was young around 13, but professional fashion blogging I guess about two years ago.

– How would you describe your style?
I wouldn’t, I’m labeless. I dress to express my moods usually. I guess some would say I’m sort of edgy, but I switch that up sometimes too. 
 
Imagephoto c/o Ria Michelle
– What are some of your favorite blogs (local and not)?
Locally, my friends Le Pretty Stellar and Capture Fashion, they have a fabulous sense of style and the type of production quality I like to immerse myself in on the internet. I’ve recently fallen in love with Bambi’s Armoire, seriously good personal style and photos and I love Oracle Foxfor inspiration. 

– How do you think your blog has helped your online boutique, or vice versa?
I don’t really connect my blog and boutique together too often. I think of them as separate business entities. I do have an ad up for Filthy Magic up on my blog of course and I wear pieces on the blog a lot and link to the store. That’s as far as the cross promotion goes. I rarely push the store via my blog but just linking to the products like any other item definitely sends traffic my way. 
 
Imagephoto c/o Ria Michelle
– Do you have any advice for anyone who is interested in fashion blogging or is just starting out?
Find your voice and be true to it. Set a standard of quality for yourself. 

– What do you think is unique or different about the fashion scene in Miami compared to other cities?

The fashion scene in Miami is kind of new in that it’s just now coming into it’s own so it’s wonderful to be at the birth of something instead of just coming in to an already established scene. Here you get to grow together.

 

Check her out on Facebook

Twitter: @RiaMichelle

She also runs an online boutique: Filthy Magic

May Blogger of the Month: Ash in Fashion

This month I’m bringing it back to New Orleans with Ashley of Ash in Fashion (formerly Dramatis Personae). She’s got great style and that local flair we all love.

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photo c/o Ash in Fashion

– Why did you decide to start blogging?
It was about 5 years ago, and people were just starting to move to self-hosted sites. I had been posting a lot of “What I Want” fashion posts in my Livejournal, and thought moving to a separate place would a) stop boring the guys who read my LJ, b) find others who loved fashion like I did.

 
– Your blog isn’t limited to just fashion and style, do you think it’s important to incorporate other aspects into your posts?
Incorporating other elements keeps me from getting bored! It also helps, I think, to humanize me & the site. Niche blogging is great, but as we’re finding out, it’s hard to create longevity with a solo topic or super refined niche. I want my blog to evolve as I do, and to reflect my interests as they’re happening. There’s a lot more beauty, for example, on my site right now, because I’m having fun experimenting in that area of my life more! I always have a hard keeping balance within multiple topics though– both due to time and too many interests!
 
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photo c/o Ash in Fashion
 
– How would you describe your style?
Others have described it as theatrical. I like to think comfortable and classic, with a twist.
 
– What are some of your favorite blogs? (local and not)
 
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– Do you have any advice for anyone who is interested in fashion/style blogging or just starting out?
Be realistic! Blogging looks like this amazing resource and everyone wants to tap in to it. The truth is, it’s hard work for (often) not a lot of payoff.  It can be really slow to receive the benefits.  It feels nearly impossible to manage a blog full time and full-time job– I don’t know how women do both of those AND have children!
 
– What do you think is unique or different about the fashion scene and local style here in New Orleans?
New Orleans is a wonderland for fashion! Anything and everything goes, and I think you’ll find diversity that is similar, if not more extraordinary and out there than large cities. New Orleanians have to be creative with fashion when it comes to weather– it’s hard to stay stylish in the heat we get (just like Northeners have that same issue with snow). I’m always looking around me to see how people look cool while it’s hot out!

 

Lia Sophia Jewelry Party

Photo c/o Lia Sophia

Hey Dallas readers! We’ve got a little info on an awesome event for you guys. Jewelry brand Lia Sophia are taking their mobile jewelry party to Dallas. They’ll be on hand to discuss upcoming trends and giving personal style tips. There will also be giveaways, music by DJ Quality // Control, mini manicures and makeovers courtesy of  NYX cosmetics.  So if you’re going to be in the Dallas area April 20 & 21, this is definitely an event worth checking out.

Where:

The Shops at Park Lane
8070 Park Lane

Dallas, Texas 75321

*West parking lot at the north west corner

When:

Friday April 20

Noon – 6pm

Saturday April 21

10am – 6pm

Be sure to check out Lia Sophia on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter: @lia_sophia

April Blogger of the Month – Off of Broadway

For our April Blog of the Month I chose Arkansan blogger Amanda from off of broadway. Her style is fun, eclectic and the perfect mixture of old and new. Be sure to check out her amazing vintage selection on her Etsy store: amandromeda
photo c/o off of broadway
-What made you decide to start blogging?

i started blogging because i had recently stumbled upon sites like chictopia and lookbook and started reading other style blogs such as calivintage and secondskin style.  i loved all the inspiration i was gleaning from them.  i thought, ‘hey there might be people who could get outfit inspiration from me too!’

– How would you describe your style?
      this is so hard for me to pinpoint.  i think my style is always evolving.  just look through my blog archives!  my style changes as i get older, as i do my hair differently, as i get inspired by others.  the list goes on and on.  but what it all comes down to for me is individuality and creativity.  fashion is quick and easy, style is a reflection of who you are.
photo c/o off of broadway
– What are some of your favorite blogs?   
      i put those into 2 categories.  there are the ones that are my favorites because i truly love the girls and i want to keep in touch with them like merl (merl kinzie), jessie (style and pepper), yen (my edit), julie (orchid grey), jen (jen loves kev).  and then there are the ones i go back to just for the pretty outfits, like street style blogs.  and tales of endearment just because i want to BE natalie joos 🙂

– You mix a lot of vintage and current pieces, how do you think that helps you better define your style and make it more unique?
      well i own a vintage store so i kinda have to look the part 🙂  but i like how vintage sets you apart from others; you’re not gonna look like everyone else.  but also, you can find so many vintage items that are almost identical to what’s on the runways and in big box stores for waaaaayyyy cheaper.  but yeah, the mix is key.  no one wants to look like a period piece.
photo c/o off of broadway
– Do you have any advice for people who want to get into blogging or are just starting out?

i’d say just be authentic.  don’t immediately go after sponsors or try to make blogging your career.  just have fun, find your voice, your style.

– What do you find to be unique or different about the Southern fashion scene?
      i think there’s still a sense of demure conservatism in southern women.  not at all in a bad way, but in a more respectful way.  not everything has to be skin tight and see through to be sexy.  am i right?
Text by Meghan Wright, Photos c/o off of broadway