Our Wonderful New Addition to our Blogger Family : BRANDI

We would like to shout out our wonderful new addition to our Blogger Affiliate Program Brandi! Check out Brandi’s spotlight below and her wonderful blog
Diaryofaflashpacker.com
1. What is your nickname?
Most frequently people call me B but some others have been Cognac and Bambi.
2. Provide 3 words to describe yourself
Alternative; I slag my friend about this but she once called me the “alternative friend”, Ive found its actually well suited so I stick with it.
Outgoing; A nice way of saying I just talk too much.
Restless; I don’t do well with free time so I try and keep busy.
3. What is your favorite quote?
“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” From Edgar Allen Poe’s short story Eleonora.
4. Wardrobe must haves?
Textured pieces:
I prefer texture over prints. There are so many beautiful fabrics that add a dimension that prints just don’t have. An easy way of doing this is finding a tweed jacket but try experimenting a bit!
A statement shoe:
I tend to keep my bags pretty neutral so a statement shoe is my favorite way of accessorizing. A great statement piece for this season is the Elly Clay Morgan Web.
Vintage:
Make sure to have some vintage pieces, nobody else will have them. My favorite vintage shop is Porcelain and Red in London
The most important part of building your wardrobe is quality. It is better to have fewer quality pieces than 100 garments that only last a season and everyone else has.
5. Your favorite Elly Clay product?
I love my Skylar Pumps! They add a sporty feel to a killer stiletto. The color is amazing and I love the mixing of materials
6. Ultimate celeb crush?
Johnny Depp… And Kate Moss. Together or separate.
7. “I run to the dance floor when I hear_____”
I dance with or without music so pretty much anything.
8. If you had a super power what would it be?
Flying. I wouldn’t have to pay for travel and I am a sucker for a good cape.
9. Ultimate travel destination?
Tanzania, I am dying to climb Kilimanjaro. I think everyone needs to travel, it has been the best experience seeing more of the world. I am a born and raised New Yorker, and I still love my home city but living in Europe has opened my eyes to more than I could ever imagine. It has inspired me in so many different ways. Traveling is also much easier and can be much cheaper than most realize. You can check out my blog’s travel section as well as my friend Kate’s Blog Katefromthestates.com for budget traveling.
THANK YOU SO MUCH BRANDI ❤
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The Soul in Stilettos

Today we feature blogger Emilie Sobel from Soul in Stilettos. Emilie is 22 years old and from Miami, Florida. In June, she graduated with a degree in Fashion Marketing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She love all things fashion, anything creative and she is always looking to be inspired. Aside from fashion, she really loves to travel and explore new places and cultures.

Photo by Mallory Prevatt
Photo by Mallory Prevatt

Can you tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it?

My blog Soul in Stilettos was founded almost two years ago. I had always followed The Man Repeller, Cupcakes and Cashmere and The Sartorialist, I loved how these individuals were sharing not only their style, but what they loved in their lives. I was always itching to start my own blog, the idea of having a place to archive my very own inspiration and style was really important to me and I knew I just had to do it, regardless of how many people would actually follow it. I am a huge advocate of personal style and I have always been asked for style advice and ‘where to shop,’ so starting a blog was a way for me to connect with my friends and family on a whole new fashion level.

How would you describe your own personal style?

My personal style is glam meets grunge. I cannot go a day without throwing on a pair of motorcycle boots and my favorite lipstick Candy Yum Yum from MAC, a seriously hot pink that makes any dark outfit 10 times girlier.

What do you think will be the big hits fashion wise for next season?

I’m really excited to see people embrace the ‘rock star’ look next season. Tommy Hilfiger has been one of my favorite shows this NYFW and the whole show was so rock star. I loved how he had stars through out the collection and dark reds, so cool! Another trend I see happening is the revival of the scrunchie. I was in Europe a few weeks ago and all of the girls had the coolest outfits on with scrunchies to match. I’m a huge fan of 90s fashion so I’m stoked to see this come back. I’ve already bought a few to wear out and about.

Where do you tend to buy your clothes, and why?

I’m the world’s biggest bargain shopper, my whole closet is either from Forever 21, the ZARA sale, vintage or stolen from my mom’s closet. I believe that great style doesn’t come from having a huge bank account. While I love a good Chanel bag, I’m all about wearing affordable pieces. We’re so lucky to have fast-fashion retailers so easily available and I definitely take advantage of that. However, investing in key pieces is always important and it’s okay to mix and match luxury items with a dress from H&M, I do it all the time.

What is one item you will splurge on?

Accessories are always worth the splurge. I’m really lucky to have a cool and fashionable mom, so her closet is my closet and vice versa. We adore every designer bag but I think it’s important to keep in mind that money should be spent on classic pieces. If you’re going to splurge on something, make sure you’ll wear it and love it forever, the kind of item you’ll want to pass onto your daughter. Shoes are always a good idea, you can never have too many and the same goes for handbags.

Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together?

Never, ever worry about what other people may think. I have always been a risk taker when it comes to fashion, I know what I like and I will wear it regardless. When I was in elementary school, all I wanted was a Spice Girls concert t-shirt. Of course, I couldn’t find one anywhere until my mom found one, literally a size extra large. She bought it for me and the tiny 8 year old that I was wore it to school the next day like a smock dress with shorts underneath. I vividly remember being teased, but I also remember not caring because I absolutely loved it. Fashion is meant to be fun, never let others tell you otherwise.

Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts?

I am a huge people watcher and find myself being inspired by individuals on the street. I love to travel because it gives me the opportunity to see and experience new people, places, things, etc. I had my notepad out all summer in Europe, jotting down cool trends I saw people wearing out and about.

Is there a person that is a fashion inspiration to you?

At the risk of sounding cliché, Sarah Jessica Parker is my fashion guru. I remember seeing my mom watch SATC when I was younger and I was always admiring Carrie’s outfits. When I was finally old enough to watch the show, I took notes and re-watched each episode over and over. Carrie Bradshaw is obviously amazing, but I can’t help but believe SJP had a lot to do with the style. Her attitude, her confidence, her passion are all things I not only admire but adore. It was so cool watching someone love fashion so much. She took so many risks on and off screen and that really stuck with me. SJP is definitely the main fashion inspiration in my life, forever.

What’s your next fashion must have?

Without a doubt, thigh-high black boots. I have been lusting over them for months now and am saving up for the perfect pair.

What’s the biggest tip you have for anyone wanting to start a fashion blog or website?

If you want to start a fashion blog or website, do it for yourself and no one else. There are so many bloggers out there, showing off their closets and purchases of the day. I love shopping as much as the next girl, but bloggers should be relatable. Nothing bothers me more than seeing girls younger than me flaunting the newest Chanel bag that cost more than a car. Don’t get me wrong, a Chanel bag is something every girl should have, but one is enough – especially at 16. If you want to blog just to show off, stop there. Blog because you want to share what you love with people who care.

What is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging?

The competition is definitely the biggest challenge. I try really hard not to compare myself to other people, especially because I am all about being an individual and embracing my personal style. However, I’d be lying if I said that I don’t find myself envying other people every now and then. There are so many amazing blogs out there and so many cool people on the internet so it is sometimes difficult.

What do you love most about blogging?

I have made so many new friends through blogging, and for that, I am so thankful. I love being inspired by the people in my life, I was lucky to go to SCAD where the most talented people on the planet became my closest friends. Through blogging, a whole new world of talent has been introduced to me and I love it. I get to work and collaborate with people I idolize, it’s so cool and fun.

Check out Emilie’s blog, Soul in Stilettos