Tell us a little about yourself—how did you get to where you are today?
Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas I drove by cows every day on my way to a school where I wore the same uniform as every other kid around me. Perhaps my love of fashion came from the thrill of getting to dress up on those rare days where we could express ourselves.
I graduated from the University of Texas with a film degree, and today I combine my love of telling stories with both words and visual imagery with my love of fashion. My blog Keep Austin Stylish chronicles the local fashion scene in Austin.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the freedom that I have. Freedom to make my own schedule, write about what I want to write about, meet people I want to meet. I feel creative and independent which are two very important things to me.
How do you describe your style?
My style is always changing and evolving but the constant that remains is my love of vintage clothing. I have always been fascinated with clothing from the past because it is interesting and different. Also, comfort always factors into what I wear, but never rules it. That’s why I love Austin fashion – you can be casually chic.
Who are your style icons?
I love Gwen Stefani because she is always setting trends and doing her own thing. I also love how she combines sexy feminine with tomboy cool. But I don’t usually look to any one specific person for style ideas. I combine ideas from everyone and everything around me.
From where do you draw inspiration for your style?
Old movies have always been my favorite. But I also draw inspiration from everything around me from fashion magazines to the homeless person on the street. If you open your eyes and allow your imagination to run wild, you can draw inspiration from anything.
Do you have a favorite piece of clothing?
This is always changing. I don’t hold on to many things for that long. I do however have a couple of antique elephant necklaces that I will always love. I have a thing for elephants.
Where do you like to shop?
One of my many talents (and perhaps faults) is that I can shop pretty much anywhere! But I love shopping locally and especially at vintage shops. One of my favorites in Austin is Feathers because they always have a stylish curation of quality vintage pieces that can fit in well with a modern wardrobe.
The Shoptiques motto is Be Yourself, Be Different. What’s one thing that truly makes you unique?
I think a lot of fashion bloggers take themselves and fashion too seriously. I love fashion, but like Santino Rice on Project Runway said, “lighten up, it’s just fashion!” I might carry a designer handbag and at the same time wear a $2 mood ring. I love to look good, but looking good should never interfere with your ability to have fun.
What challenges have you faced so far in your business and how have you overcome them?
Maintaining a blog that gets consistent traffic really can be a full time job. Just keeping up with it is a challenge alone. Being confident in what you are doing and not letting what others say affect what you are doing is the most important part of having a blog, or any small business.
What advice would you give to someone who has a dream or talent they want to pursue?
The most important thing you must have is confidence. It also helps to be almost stupidly naïve. There’s a special confidence that you have when you’re a kid that allows you to get away with things. When we grow up, society teaches us to be cautious and afraid of failure. Keep that little kid who believes in dreams alive, and you will accomplish what you want.
Ten years from now, where would you like to be?
Happy and healthy with meaningful relationships. Everything else is extraneous detail.
What’s the one item that's always in your bag?
Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Dark chocolate covered potato chips.
Favorite day of the week?
Every day except Wednesday.
Plaid, polka dots or floral prints?
All! Mixed together. But if I had to only pick one I’d go with floral.
Are you a handbag girl or shoe girl?
Shoe. It’s taken my whole life to finally like handbags. In college I just carried a wallet around like a boy.
If you could meet one person, who would it be?
The love of my life.
Who are the most important people in your life right now?
Always and forever my family.