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

Southern Fashion Blog of the Month- Chanel Craves

We’re starting something new with the new year; each month we’ll be featuring one of our favorite local fashion bloggers. For January we chose the always fabulous Chanel of Chanel Craves to be our Blogger of the Month. 

Image via Chanel Craves

-What made you decide to be a fashion blogger?
A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a fashion blog.  I had no clue fashion blogs existed.  I became obsessed with them not only for a daily dose of inspiration, but as an outlet to share my love of fashion. Over time I noticed that there were very few bloggers from the south, and none that I knew of from Baton Rouge.  That motivated me to start my own blog “Chanel Craves” in 2010 as a way to express my personal style.

-How would you define your style?
Classically girly with an edgy twist.  I like to mix feminine and edgy pieces together to create a look that’s polished, but effortlessly done.

Image via Chanel Craves

– What are some of your favorite blogs (local and not)?

A local favorite of mine is Swank Heights. Other blogs I go to for inspiration are Atlantic-Pacific, This Time Tomorrow, and Brooklyn Blonde.

– Where do you shop?
I definitely like to mix it up, and pull pieces from a variety of places. I shop at high and low end stores. I tend to go to higher end stores for classic pieces that never go out of style, which I don’t mind splurging on. For trendier pieces that may go out of the style the next season, I shop at more affordable stores like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara.  One of a kind pieces that you won’t see anyone else wearing…..vintage stores. My favorite local vintage store is Time Warp in Baton Rouge.

Image via Chanel Craves

– Do you have any advice for people who want to get into fashion blogging, or are just starting out? 
Be yourself.  Let your personality set you apart from the rest.

– What do you think is unique or most interesting about the Southern fashion scene? 

The fashion scene in the south is evolving. Our fashion is influencing others from across the country and events are emerging that were never here before. People are starting to pay attention.