We were introduced to Jenna when we participated in St. Louis Fashion Week a few months ago. Her newly-launched online mag, Regale, is all about ways Millenials can make their lives better - think a gender neutral Real Simple for a younger set. Check her out!
Introduce Yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do?
Hi! I’m Jenna Stratman, the founder and lead designer over at RegaleMag.com. I live in St. Louis now, but am relocating my entire life (including Regale!) to Kansas City in just a few short weeks! Regale is all about celebrating the Millennial Generation and enabling each other to build a better lifestyle. We cover everything from fashion to fitness to DIY projects - all with the goal of making the lives of our fellow Gen Y’ers a little more amazing.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style…in three parts, it would be a little classic, a little casual, and a LOT feminine. I cannot get enough of pastels, sparkle and (here comes the super girly) hearts, galore! I also like to stay more on the minimalist side most days - just a touch of shine or a pop of color is the perfect addition to any ensemble, in my book.
Do you have any fashion regrets? Or vice versa, things you’ll never stop wearing?
How far back in my life are we going? ;) High school and early college were full of (gasp) bell bottom jeans. On a girl just over 5’, let’s just say it wasn’t the most flattering article of clothing I’ve ever purchased. But when skinny jeans hit the stores, my eyes were opened to a new kind of heaven. Skinny jeans are still my go to for casual weekends or running around town. And my latest obsession: blazers in every style and color.
Where do you shop? What do you buy online? What do you buy in-store?
I tend to gravitate towards H&M for the basics. You can never go wrong with their prices! Otherwise, you’ll find me in places like Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic Outlet or J.Crew Factory. I’m a bit of a deal shopper and always on the lookout for great quality at great prices. I tend to browse online and buy in-store. But shoes…I will happily buy out an entire website of shoes online.
Tell me about Regale. How did you get started? What are your goals?
Regale started as an parties and entertaining blog for people in my 20’s - kind of like Martha Stewart for Millennials! After chatting with a few friends, some new and some old, about the idea, however, it sort of took shape as this online magazine aimed at Millennials with all kinds of interests. We’ll share recipes, personal stories about finding a job, our thoughts on the latest trends…all of the things swimming around in the minds of 20-somethings just getting out in the real world and trying to do something amazing in this world. We’re all just trying to survive and thrive in this world, so why not share our ideas and experience with others our age??
Soon enough, Regale is going beyond the magazine. We’re going to start holding workshops and events for Millennials to network and learn something amazing that they can share with their friends. The ultimate goal? To become the go-to brand our generation turns to for advice, new ideas, and a Saturday morning read at Starbucks.
What bloggers do you admire?
How much time do we have?? Some of my more recent blogger crushes include Bri Emery from Designlovefest, Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere, and Taylor Sterling of The Glitter Guide. These ladies all have amazing style and the cutest blogs on this planet!! Definitely some of my faves in BlogLovin’ right now.
What are you listening to right now?
I listen to anything I can work to…which always ends up being some kind of mixture of Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Lenka and A Fine Frenzy.
Tell me about your ideal day. What do you do, where do you go, who are you with?
Hmm, what fun! It would undoubtedly start at Starbucks with a morning catch-up of the latest on my favorite blogs. Then off to the farmers market for fresh flowers. There would be a little inspiration shopping in there, maybe a photo shoot with some of my girls. Some time to sketch out a few new design ideas for Regale would be thrown in… Dinnertime would likely result in either sushi or burgers (two of my faves!) followed by a trip to the nearest Fro Yo. I would end the night snuggled up next to the boyfriend watching the latest Jason Segel masterpiece. When it comes to movies, he’s the one thing we can always agree on. ;)
Do you have a favorite quote, movie, poem or book? Why do you love it?
As much as I still love curling up with a good book on a Sunday afternoon, one of my favorite movies hands-down is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I adore Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey together. And who knows? Maybe that’s where my love of magazines and publishing came from!
Anything I should have asked that I didn’t? Tell me one more thing I should know.
I have an addiction to those little latte bowls at Anthropologie. I want to use them in every room of my apartment for storing everything - not just eating out of! I’m currently loving the blue, teal and seafoam colors together.
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My inner graphic designer is swooning over this print. I love everything about it, from the peach and mint colors to the whimsical quote. Roam if you want to. Kind of sounds like permission to explore, in my book! ;)
Let’s face it. I’m a sucker for anything cute that I can put my coffee in. And these eco-friendly cups are kind of darling.
You know those bags you feel like you could take anywhere with you and it would match everything…this is one of those bags.