Hi! Wow, thank you so much for this incredibly sweet message. My aim is to give you all a platform for attainable, fresh and diverse inspiration and I am so happy that you enjoy my content. I won’t ever stop blogging, if you promise to never stop reading!
Thank you again!
Hi thank you for this sending this- It means so much!
I just want to point out that I have gotten a lot these wonderful messages, but a trend I’ve been noticing is that people seem to think I only feature other fashion bloggers - This is not the case! The point of The Style Line is to showcase an array of individuals who love fashion but don’t necessarily all do the same thing. I’ve featured amazing designers, photographers, illustrators and even aspiring doctors, lawyers and the works! As such, I have been adding in each interviewee’s age, location and occupation so people get an even better sense of who they are as individuals! These people may have blogs, but not all necessarily consider fashion blogging as their primary job.
The goal of The Style Line since it’s inception, has been to inspire and thus the diversity of interviewees is extremely important!
22, UNITED STATES, ARTIST
STEPHANIE’S STYLE: Eclectic is a term I would deem most fitting. I don’t exactly fit into a mold and I enjoy that.
INSPIRATION: I am deeply inspired by Love. The elusive nature of it. What it commands of You, its general concept - everything about Love.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST FASHION MEMORY? When I was about 5, I had this odd bit of infatuation with bathing-suits. See, I had just began nursery school at a private institution back in my home-country, Nigeria. I suppose the infatuation came about as my own little way of rebelling against the confinements of my newly-assigned uniforms. Ha! My mum would buy me a couple of new pairs ever-so often and I would wear them around the house to play or do whatever. I remember the overwhelming sense of freedom brought on by my first conscious display of self-expression.
IF YOU HAD TO ONE WEAR THING FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE… I would have to say my black top-hat which at some point was nearly worn on an everyday basis.
THIS SEASON: First of all, Spring and Autumn are my absolute favorite seasons. I enjoy vibrant colors. Not loud. But vibrant. I’m always drawn to floral prints, so that’s a no-brainer. Pastels are quite great, too; complements my complexion.
SUMMER LOVIN: This Summer I’m afraid has been partly-seized by school. I’m in the middle of moving back to New York and I’m trying to find a fitting school. Besides that, I’ll be putting some projects together and hope to have some executed somewhere between late-Summer, early Autumn. These projects will be Art-related (photography, fashion, literature, etc.)
Though I am more drawn to old-school music, my taste in music isstill quite vast - extending from the new to the old. I enjoy soft-rock/classic-rock and old-school Hip-Hop in the Summer, however. From Rod Stewart to Amy Grant to Sting to A Tribe Called Quest to Michael Bolton to The Beastie Boys to Joey Bada$$, who is a new Artist, with an old sound. I may throw a bit of The Weekend, Jesse Boykins III and Chris ”Love-Child” Turner; can’t go wrong with those three.
Hi! Thank you so much for sending me this question, it’s one that I’ve been getting a lot recently…
I started this blog as a way to showcase unseen artistic talent in New York City, which is where I’ve grown up for the past nine years. However since The Style Line’s inception, my vision and of course my reader’s needs and wants have changed. I decided to include international profiling in hopes that would inspire a much bigger amount of people, as opposed to only featuring New Yorkers - I didn’t and still don’t want people to think that New York City has to be the end result.
However, since the blog has grown I’ve become a little more stringent in terms of who I choose to publish, I pretty much base it on this criteria:
- Personal Style: Does their personal style stand out? Is it consistent? Does it reflect bits of their personality? If I like an individual’s style, I’ll reach out to them and it’s very interesting to see their responses to my questions and how they correlate with how the person dresses.
- Social Media: If the person has a blog, website, etc. I check it out as well to see a bit of their voice and content and what they are up to aside from fashion. I’ve interviewed some really great people in the past who are doing some amazing things in totally unrelated fields but still utilize fashion as an outlet for expression. It also helps if the person actively uses Twitter or Facebook, as I can directly @tweet them or include them when I publish an interview - It’s a win win as they can promote The Style Line with their feature too. Everyone gets exposure!
- Location: I try to be as diverse as I possibly can when featuring individuals because that honestly is what makes it interesting. I find it just as appealing interviewing someone from a small town in lets say Ireland as I would interviewing someone from Paris or London. I think it’s great that even if someone’s city doesn’t really engage in fashion or trends, that they are still able to create their own.
- Image Quality: Womp, now here’s where it gets a little technical. I used to be an advocate of showcasing a person with great style that doesn’t necessarily have the best camera or image quality, but for the sake of my own blog, I need it to look consistent. Therefore if someone’s photos are too blurry or highly-edited it’s difficult… I’ve become very fervent on the idea of less is more.
And in terms of the “A Closer Look” segment that I do, where I focus on designers, illustrators, photographers, etc. I happen upon them, or I reach out to these individuals based here in New York so I can actually meet with them and see a bit of their process - It’s really rewarding.
I hope this answered your question a bit more, and I really hope none of what I said turned you off! My goal is definitely not to exclude people from being a part of this site, but it’s gotten to the point where I have people emailing me asking to be featured and it’s so hard to say yes to everyone based on the time factor, content I need to push, etc. I’ve just learned to showcase the most amazing people to keep this blog fresh and inspirational. I do it all for you guys and it makes me so incredibly happy to receive such kind feedback!
But if you, yourself want to be featured or have any other questions please feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to speak with you.
Thanks so much! xo
Hi! Thanks for messaging me - so glad you’re enjoying my content!!
From what I’ve learned about blogging thus far, there a few aspects to making a really successful and appealing blog and they are:
Content: First off know your content and by that I mean know what you want your blog to be centered around and what you will be primary writing and sharing with the public. There are a lot of common categories that we like to give blogs whether it be personal style or DIY, etc. But I’m telling you, if you know you’re content it’ll be much easier to establish your point of view and voice!
Quality: Do your best not to reproduce what’s already been done, and if you like what’s been done, twist it into your own perspective and way! Have quality commentary, and images - people will be drawn to your blog visually if you have clean writing and crystal-clear images (avoid pixelated or too small/large photos). You want to have a nice flow visually to first attract a potential reader.
Aesthetic: Kind of bridging off quality, it’s best to have a simple and clean layout that it’s easy to navigate. You don’t want people overwhelmed by too many in-your-face kind of images. As such, it’s important to follow the idea of “Less is more” but still add personal elements that represent you, your expression and the idea of your blog!
Tying all of three of these things together always remember this… Be confident! Have a confident voice and vision, because if you believe in what you’re saying, other people will too! Also, remember to blog and do whatever you do in life because you absolutely love it and can’t picture yourself doing anything else. Don’t just do it for followers, if you love what you’re doing, people will instinctively become attracted to that and follow and support you in your endeavors.
If you have any other questions please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Good luck! :] xo
Thank you so much, I sincerely appreciate this- You guys make it all worth it! :]
Hi! What a great question. My year-round staples include:
- A light-weight leather jacket (Black and white)
- Sheer button down blouses (Both neutral colors and fun neons)
- A pair of skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans
- A good pair of flats (which I just invested in)
- A black bag
- A pair of converse or “fashion-forward” sneakers (for the nitty gritty kind of days)
- Silver cuffs and jewelry (can be paired with ANYTHING)
Hi, thank you for sending this great question. I am in the same predicament as you… Broke college student + fashion lover = Recipe for disaster. However I’ve learned to get creative:
- Shop at thrift stores or consignment shops I know sometimes these kinds of stores get a bad rep, but I’m telling you, you’ll find so many hidden treasures and gems you won’t know what to do with yourself. I remember I found a Louis Vuitton belt for $3 and a bag from Henri Bendel for $5 at Salvation Army… It doesn’t end there. I would look there, Goodwill, and Buffalo Exchange or Beacon’s closet. Typically any local vintage shop is bound to have old designer clothes or clothes that emulate the season’s current trends.
- Hold a yard sale. Out with the old, in with the new right? By doing this, you’re killing two birds with one stone (excuse the vulgar expression) and you’re getting rid of old unwanted stuff and making money to buy things you really want.
- Save up for items you really want. Stock up on the basics at fast fashion stores and really save your money for things that are long lasting. Recently I’ve really begun to understand the differentiation between quantity and quality… and quality wins any day. Buy clothing that can become staples in your wardrobe, because at the end of the day these are the pieces that you can always go to, if ever in need.
If you need any more advice or tips please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I hope this helped!