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A Reason to be Fabulous

How do you get your inspiration for the outfits you wear ?

*I read blogs constantly! I take inspiration from bloggers out there who are doing new things with old clothes and interpreting mainstream trends in personal ways.  I scroll through a lot of street style sites and I keep a folder on my laptop of inspirational images.  I'm very heavily influenced by colorful combinations, so I often check sites like color collective and wear palettes as well.  And of course, everyday life is inspirational!  The changing leaves, the beach, painted buildings, billboards... these are all sources for creatively approaching my closet.

Who has had the biggest fashon influence on your outfits ?

*I have been reading blogs for about a year and a half, and though my favorites have changed with time, there are certain bloggers I constantly turn to for inspiration. I think the first blogger I found and followed was Tieka of Selective Potential.  That girl has a knack for taking simple outfits to the next level with little details, and I love that she coordinates her clothing with the seasons and with her adventures.  Keiko ofKeiko Lynn wears feminine clothing like no one's business, and she makes the most romantic dresses!  Blair of Atlantic-Pacific and Liz of Late Afternoon are both naturally chic and sophisticated, and Kendi ofKendi Everyday inspires me to remix the heck out of what I already own.  There are so many other bloggers who inspire me, it's hard to whittle this list down to just a few.

What made you start posting your pictures on chictopia,Lookbook etc ? 

*I followed blogs for about 6 months before posting my first photo on Weardrobe.  I was getting really inspired by what I was seeing other girls do, and I wanted an outlet to share my own inspirations with others.  People in real life aren't as forthcoming with compliments as bloggers are, and I wanted to join in on that sense of community.

What blogs and websites do you follow and why ? 

*Oh gosh, too many to list!!  There are three categories of sites/blogs I follow:  fanciful inspiration (street styles, color palettes, and lookbooks), similar stylistas (girls with styles that I can relate to and those who brave trends before I'm ready to), and mutual friends (other bloggers who comment on my blog and with whom I've built a rapport).  My top must-reads are Selective Potential, Kendi Everyday, Late Afternoon, Keiko Lynn, and The Clothes Horse. These are all girls that I am constantly drawing inspiration from with closets I would raid at the drop of a hat.

Would you describe yourself as a trendsetter or fashion follower ?

*No one wants to label herself a follower, and I'm not out there copying every look that gets high acclaim, but if taking inspiration and applying it to my own closet is "following" then I guess that's where I am.  I don't fall for every trend and usually I take my time trying out fads.  I don't necessarily adhere to the strict calendar of what's in and out in fashion.  I haven't come up with the next big thing yet so I'm not necessarily a trendsetter, but I try to stay true to who I am and am always looking for a way to reinterpret my own clothes in a fresh way.

How would you describe your style ? 

*Thoughtful, feminine, colorful, slightly edgy, a little trendy and always fabulous.   

Does the hosiery you wear dictate the clothes or outfit you wear ?

*In the winter, yes.  I live in the south where the temperatures are stifling for much of the year, so once the weather drops below 70 I positively LIVE in tights.  Most of my outfits begin with a color concept and tights are often where I start when putting colors together because I've got such a variety.  

What is in your hosiery drawer or closet ? It would be nice if you could take a photo and list the tights you own. 

*You do not want to see my hosiery drawer, it's a mess!  Once in a blue moon I organize it by color and thickness, rolling each pair up into a little ball so that the drawer is neatly compartmentalized... and within a week it's back to chaos! I have several different colors and patterns, but right now my cranberry tights (from WalMart), opaque gray tights (from Forever 21), and sheer black with polka dot tights (from H&M;) are in heavy rotation.  

How do you choose your hosiery ? 

*I ask myself, "do I already own this color/pattern or something like it?" and if not, I buy it.  

Where do you shop for hoseiry ?

*I won't spend a lot of money on a pair of tights because they're delicate and disposable.  I'd hate to spend more than $12 on something I'm going to snag and eventually toss. We Love Colors has the best selection that I've found, and their tights are durable and within my price range.  I also purchase tights from Forever 21 and Target but my last pair came from Wal-Mart, I finally found the cranberry shade I've been searching for!

Do you physically like the feel of tights and touch ?  Do your legs ache less, prefer than pants ? not thought about it ?

* I prefer tights to pants- they keep me warmer! 

When do you wear hosiery,daily-once a week etc ?

*During winter I wear tights nearly every single day, but since I live in a southern city I really only get use out of them for 3 or 4 months, tops. 

What are your style tips for wearing tights ?

*Tights are the easiest way to accessorize an outfit and really give it that extra oomph!  I play with colors a lot, so typically my tights will complement the other hues in my outfit.  For a long, lean leg line I love solid black tights with black booties or heels, and when I want something that really stands out I layer patterned tights or OTK socks over solid tights.  There is so much room to play and experiment when it comes to hosiery!

The best and worst things about hosiery, Love-hate ?

*Love: the versatility they add to an outfit.  Hate: that they're so delicate.