Blogger from Norway
Q: Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
A: I am from a small-ish town outside of Seattle, WA. In 2011, I moved to Norway and have lived here ever since.
Q: What have you studied, and what are you doing now?
A: I have a BA in Communications and an M.Sc. in Change Management. I currently am studying economics.
Q: Links to your style networks?
A: Coming soon!
Q: How would you describe your personal style in 3-5 words?
A: Classic with an edge.
Q: Where do you shop? Luxury or high street? New or vintage? Boutiques? Online?
A: In a perfect world, I would love to shop luxury. But high street is more compatible with my budget. I try to find deals where I can, and love finding unique pieces online or in boutiques.
Q: If you had $300 for a shopping spree, how many items would you buy?
A: It would honestly depend on the items I found. I prefer quality over quantity, and only spend money on pieces I really love, regardless of price point. So it would really depend on whether I found one item I couldn't live without for $299, or ten items I really loved for $30. Or a combination that lies somewhere between those extremes.
Q: Do you prefer street style fashion or runway fashion?
A: Street style is more realistic for everyday wear (in my opinion), but I definitely appreciate runway fashion as an art form, and think it's fun to see what the designers come up with each season.
Q: What do you splurge on? Skimp on?
A: I splurge on well made shoes, handbags, and watches. If these accessories look expensive, the rest of the outfit will have a more exclusive feel to it, even if the other pieces are budget items. I tend to skimp on basics like t-shirts and tank tops, as well as trendy pieces that I know I will only wear for a season.
Q: When and how did you become interested in fashion, and where do you find your inspiration?
A: My mom says that when II was two years old, I would wear her pumps all around the house. So I suppose my interest started there. I remember having a keen interest in her magazines and catalogues, and would make collages of looks I loved when I was bored. This interest developed as I got older and got more in touch with my own sense of style.
My inspiration comes from bloggers, musicians, people I see on the street, vintage photographs, movies, magazines...basically anything or anyone that can and does have a style!
Q: Who are your favorite style icon(s)?
A: Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Stevie Nicks, Gwen Stefani, Lana Del Rey, Nicole Richie, Lady Gaga--anyone with her own unique style.
Q: What are your favorite fashion blogs? Magazines?
A: I love finding new fashion blogs, and spend a lot of time finding and reading new ones. Some of my regular reads include a lot of Norwegian blogs, like Cath in the City, Eirin Kristiansen, and Lene Orvik. I also am a big fan of My Little Fashion Diary and Shirley's Wardrobe.
Q: What do you love about fashion? Not love?
A: I love fashion as an outlet for self expression and creativity. I don't love some of the more superficial aspects of fashion, such as the unrealistic standards of beauty sometimes perpetuated by the industry, as well as the heard mentality that can develop around trends. Sometimes, it seems that once one blogger/fashion figure gets a certain piece, everyone else clamours to get the same item. I find that to be quite boring and unoriginal. I also don't like when some of these trends lead to mindless overconsumption. I feel like it takes away from the creative aspects of fashion, and leads to a watering down of personal style at the individual level.
Q: Your favorite designers & brands?
A: I love the aesthetics of Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Gucci, Acne, By Malene Birger, and Louis Vuitton. When shopping, however, I tend to gravitate towards Zara, H&M, Selected Femme, Villa, Top Shop, and Vero Moda. But really, I just buy and wear what I like, whether it be a bargain piece or more of a splurge.
Q: Do you follow fashion trends? Which ones?
A: I tend to stick to my own style, but will follow the trends as they appeal to me.
Q: Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together?
A: Make sure everything fits properly, and don't over-accessorise. Focus on the materials and construction of a garment more than the brand (cheap material and quality will look cheap no matter what). I also really hate the look of a brown belt with black shoes, and tend to avoid pairing brown and black leather, white shoes with black tights, socks with sandals, or too many mixed patterns/colors.
Q: Which would you be best at? Worst at? (Stylist, Designer, Photographer, Buyer)
A: I would probably do best as a buyer, as that fits the most closely with my work experience. I would not do well as a photographer based on experience with blogging--my photography skills are (in my opinion) one of my weaker points as a blogger. Luckily I am better at editing than I am at taking my pictures!
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is something that allows me to both use my master's degree and travel.
Q: What are your other interests? How do you spend your spare time?
A: I am currently a student, so most of my spare time goes to that. I also have my blog and enjoy training, cooking, and exploring my city.
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