My Fashion View

This December I had the pleasure of being chosen by Miranda Rogers McDonals, the voice and fashion icon behind TheChicStreet.com,  for  an interview in our local Voice Tribune. I am truly honored to have the chance to share my Fashion View, and as always I  absolutely loved working with Miranda!

Here’s my Fashion View…

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Interview By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD

 TheChicStreet.com

What is your fashion view?

Fashion is an immediate way for me to express myself. It speaks for me before I even have a chance to open my mouth. I have a lot to say, and fashion is another means of expression. As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

How do you describe your style?

I would say that my personal style is highly eclectic, vintage and somewhat quirky. I have been known to wear anything from cowboy boots to a Grateful Dead tee in public, all in the same day. Life is about taking risks and making the most of what you have. I may not have the most luxurious and label-lined closet, but I can take that $2 thrifted mumu, pair it with my vintage leather vest and “make it work.” No one should pigeonhole themselves into one genre of fashion. We’re all multifaceted, fascinating individuals and our style should represent those different facets of our personalities.

Where is your favorite place to shop?

Working in a locally-owned boutique, and as a local business owner myself, I have a high respect for local boutiques and thrift stores and try to shop locally as much as possible. Some of my favorite vintage pieces have come from Urban Attic and Mariposa Consignments, while Dress & Dwell is my go-to for each season’s current trends. All that being said, a girl just can’t resist J Crew’s effortless looks and Target’s amazing prices. And, as a former mall rat, I do find myself often perusing through the big chains to find some great bargains while chowing down on a Cinnabon.

What are your favorite pieces?

As much as I would love to rock stilettos and tulle skirts on the daily, my jobs call for high traffic and ready-to-wear comfort. I am often in velvet slippers or riding boots and leather pants or colored denim. I almost always layer, and I try to add as many textures as I can while still looking polished. When the time calls for a more “glam” approach, I head to the back of my closet to raid my vintage dress collection, and I slip into some fun heels and statement jewelry.

Any trends you look forward to wearing for fall and winter?

I am loving the turn to glam this season. I am wholly embracing the sequins and feminine frills, but to keep the look fresh and current I try to tone down the “Gatsby” nod with a more masculine element like pairing a sequin skirt with a plaid top or leather jacket.

Has your career affected your outfit choices?

My career is constantly changing. Every day is different, and my style choices must be versatile and functional as well as fashion forward and professional so that I can meet the task at hand. In just one day I may be styling a photo shoot, meeting with a client, perusing the flea market and attending an antique auction, so unfortunately on most days those heels and frills give way to flats and ready-to-wear ensembles. However, no matter the look I always layer on the jewels to keep my ensemble upbeat and quirky, because nothing takes you from dowdy thrifter to fashion vixen in no time flat like a statement necklace. When it comes to bits and baubles, the more the merrier.

Who is your fashion icon?

Since the first time I laid eyes on Audrey Hepburn, I was mesmerized. Her very being exuded an air of effortless elegance – so iconic, yet utterly approachable. Everything about her presence enchanted me. She had such openness, yet such pride. She was so unsure of herself, yet completely confident and competent. And, atop the list of numerous characteristics, even before her beauty and grace, her crowning merit was her compassion for others and her awareness of the world around her. I think that in this age we could all take a lesson from her, because we are so plugged in, yet so disconnected from the world around us.

Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know about you?

Well, I’m an open book. I often overshare, I laugh too loud in public and my love for felines far surpasses society’s “norm.”  Just like most people my age, I am figuring out who and what I want to be when I grow up, and the best way I’ve found to do that is to find out exactly what and whom I don’t want to be. I’ve been many things, I’ve worn many hats and I’ve found that the one that fits best is the one with no label.

Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of TheChicStreet.com. When Miranda isn’t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.

Photo by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune

Symmetrical Chaos

After my recent trip to Charleston I had a design epiphany, and upon my return home promptly decided to redesign my entire living room. You see, I have a little problem with hoarding. Well, actually I am NOT a hoarder (I proved that to myself when I set of shop at The Fall Flea and sold off some amazing collections for rock bottom prices), but my house is just too small to contain my mass collection of stuff. Practically every wall of my home is lined with vintage furniture, mismatched light fixtures, and gilded frames. I can’t part with my collections, yet I feel like I’m being swallowed whole by my own home. My mother assures me that my home looks just fine and that I’m overreacting but SHE did not set foot in the tastefully tantalizing Federalist & Confederate mansions. The attention to detail and graceful symmetry made me want to set up a swap meet in my front yard and opt for a more minimalistic approach to the whole thing. And then, I looked around while deciding what to keep and what to toss I, and just couldn’t do it (because I am a hoarder collector).

So around midnight the other night I had another epiphany. What if I mirrored Federalist symmetry in my design but kept the ‘I’m a cooky collector’ look.

Voila! A Domino worthy look, with the Symmetry of the south and the cooky soul of a beatnik loft.

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Charleston, My Trip Via Instagram

I have always been drawn to the lulle and song of the South. Growing up right on the Mason Dixon line, I’ve always felt torn between the bustle and brash gumption of the North and the deeply rooted traditions of the South. I believe that I have been blessed with both, and as a gal with gumption I still hold on tightly to tradition. But I can honestly say, as of late, I have been leaning heavily on to my Southern roots.

This month I had the pleasure of visiting Charleston, and I quickly fell in love. The architecture that this city boasts is alone enough to make me to want to sell the farm, close up shop and sell my soul for a sleeping porch (aka ‘Piazza’); but the pride and long standing tradition is the soul of this city, and that soul drew me right in like a bear to a honey pot.

I decided that this trip wouldn’t be about capturing the moment, but rather living in the moment. I drank in the Southern life, and was indeed in love with this place.

Here’s a little peek in to my trip, via my instagram.

First stop of the trip, my cousins adorable home in Knoxville full of vintage charm, homegrown veggies, and kitten snuggles. My kinda place, my kinda people!
First stop of the trip, my cousins adorable home in Knoxville full of vintage charm, homegrown veggies, and kitten snuggles. My kinda place, my kinda people!
Charleston here we come, first vacation since our honeymoon. Here's to not being workaholics!
Charleston here we come, first vacation since our honeymoon. Here’s to not being workaholics!
Found me a 'Fixer Upper', take note my mother in law is now obsessed with 'sleeping porches'
Found me a ‘Fixer Upper’, take note my mother in law is now obsessed with ‘sleeping porches’
Dinner the first night was lovely, and so was the view.
Dinner the first night was lovely, and so was the view.
Boone Hall's drive took my breath away.
Boone Hall’s drive took my breath away.
Sunrise beach combing, slim pickin's today.
Sunrise beach combing, slim pickin’s today.
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There’s nothing like the sunrise on the beach & life with #nofilter
Afternoon tea at Black Tap, man do I need a little pick me up! (note to Charleston Travelers, wear walking shoes NOT bluegrass boots)
Afternoon tea at Black Tap, man do I need a little pick me up! (note to Charleston Travelers, wear walking shoes NOT bluegrass boots)
Lunch in the park, then house hunting for our summer home (p.s. we're looking for investors)
Lunch in the park, then house hunting for our summer home (p.s. we’re looking for investors)
Hello dear, may I take you home?
Hello dear, may I take you home?
I'm thinking this needs to be my new back yard...
I’m thinking this needs to be my new back yard…
That. Fabric.
That. Fabric.
Per my mothers request, 1700's (pre occupied) China. Bought it all mom, please deposit the amount of [priceless] in to my account. We will be eating Thanksgiving on the same china as good 'ol George Washington this year. We may not be able to afford dinner but by golly we'll have some fancy dishes!
Per my mothers request, 1700’s (pre occupied) China. Bought it all mom, please deposit the amount of [priceless] in to my account. We will be eating Thanksgiving on the same china as good ‘ol George Washington this year. We may not be able to afford dinner but by golly we’ll have some fancy dishes!
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Terracotta Patina
The best selfies are the ones with 18th century chandeliers, 19th century mirrors, and magenta lipstick.
The best selfies are the ones with 18th century chandeliers, 19th century mirrors, and magenta lipstick.
By far my favorite, I wish I could insta share the coastal breeze coming in off of the Piazza.
By far my favorite, I wish I could insta share the coastal breeze coming in off of the Piazza.
Am I in Italy? (dreamy)
Am I in Italy? (dreamy)
I just can't get over all of this magical Spanish Moss...
I just can’t get over all of this magical Spanish Moss…
Apart from the sheer luxury that these mansions offer, I think my favorite aspect of the beautiful Georgian and Federalist architecture is the perfect symmetry and symbolism in every ounce of every detail. They didn't just slap things together with ticky tacky and call it a day. Just as everything in the South, these properties are full of preparation for the future and steeped in their rich faith and traditions.
Apart from the sheer luxury that these mansions offer, I think my favorite aspect of the beautiful Georgian and Federalist architecture is the perfect symmetry and symbolism in every ounce of every detail. They didn’t just slap things together with ticky tacky and call it a day. Just as everything in the South, these properties are full of preparation for the future and steeped in their rich faith and traditions.
Missing the sun & gilded fun on this gloomy ride home...
Missing the sun & gilded fun on this gloomy ride home…
Did he now?
Did he now?
My oh my, that's the way to make an entrance.
My oh my, that’s the way to make an entrance.
It's bitter sweet to be leaving with the dawn. So sad to leave but so inspired to return home. This city has fed my soul. I often become so busy doing that I forget about the living. Time to make time.
It’s bitter sweet to be leaving with the dawn. So sad to leave but so inspired to return home. This city has fed my soul. I often become so busy doing that I forget about the living. Time to make time.