Copious Crush: Jackie, Sweetie Pie Style

We admit it: when it comes to Copious Crushes, we’re a little bit West Coast biased. But who wouldn’t be, when there are amazing ladies like Jackie from Sweetie Pie Style to feature? Jackie’s blog is full of super cute, amazingly wearable styles for ladies with on-the-go, California-casual lifestyles. 

Introduce Yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do? 

My name is Jackie and I live in Northern California, in a small town about 2 hours north of San Francisco. I am currently a stay-at-home mom, and n my spare time (ha! if there is such a thing) I blog about style over at Sweetie Pie Style.

How would you describe your personal style? 

Due to my lifestyle, I would say my style is “casually put-together”. I prefer comfort over anything, and don’t like to feel too stuffy.  I tend to add items to my closet that have a mix of both classic and boho styles-it’s all about creating an interesting balance.

Do you have any fashion regrets? Or vice versa, things you’ll never stop wearing? 

Well, of course, everything I wore to middle school in the early 90’s! Like maroon pants with a matching flannel and a black lace choker necklace. Yikes! And I don’t think I will ever stop wearing a good pair of denim.

What inspires you? 

Well, I am addicted to Pinterest for starters.  But away from the computer is where I find the best inspiration. It never fails to inspire to just get outside with my family, go to the beach, walk around an outdoor nursery, have a great meal, read a good book or watch a thought-provoking movie. Those are the most inspiring things in my life right now. 

Tell me about Sweetie Pie Style. How did you get started? What are your goals? 

I started my blog without having any idea what a blog really was.  I ran across one on a sleepless night with my newborn daughter (who is now 7!) and I thought it was a cool thing to have a bit of an online diary. My blog has evolved many times over, but has always had a lifestyle related theme. I have always loved interior design, style and entertaining, and my blog has been my way of expressing myself in those areas.  My main goal with my blog has been to share my ideas and inspirations with others, and to always have fun with it!

What are you listening to right now? 

I can’t stop listening to Marina and the Diamonds right now-I’m obsessed! Her Electra Hearts album is pretty much on repeat all day every day.

 Tell me about your ideal day. What do you do, where do you go, who are you with?

My ideal day would involve all of the things that I mentioned inspire me- hanging out with my family, heading over to my favorite local beach town Half Moon Bay, having lunch at the brewery there, then heading over to sunbathe and watch my girls play in the waves. That would be my ideal day. Oh, and throw in a babysitter for the evening so I could have a nice quiet dinner with my husband and maybe some wine tasting for good measure!

Anything I should have asked that I didn’t?

Tell me one more thing I should know. Hmmm, I can’t whistle. For the life of me. And I find that very disturbing ;)

What are you loving on Copious right now?

See By Chloe White Dress. I am so obsessed with finding the perfect lwd for summer. Something easy and breezy, just like this one! 

Kendra Scott Turquoise Statement Ring Kendra Scott is one of my favorite jewelry designers for a fun, bold statement piece. Turquoise is such a great summery color, I can see myself wearing this over and over again. 

Sam Edelman Brown Sandal The perfect strappy sandal to go with everything! 

Circle Cat Eye Sunglasses These are my favorite shape of sunglasses right now!

Get the Look: Saint Laurent Dancing Queen

Alice and Olivia Jumpsuit

Earrings

Leather Jacket

Black Pumps

Floppy Hat

Clutch

Copious Crush: Amberly, A Slice of Glam

Meet Amberly, the Dallas/Ft. Worth bloginista behind A Slice of Glam. We aspire to Amberly’s goal of adding a little touch of something special to your everyday. Isn’t that just the chicest? 

Introduce Yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do? 

My name is Amberly, and I currently live in Fort Worth, Texas which is about 30 miles west of Dallas.  I work full-time in the mortgage industry, and blog part- time. I’ve always loved fashion, magazines, social media, and writing, so a blog was natural for me.   I also needed an outlet for me to share my love of fashion, home décor, diy, recipes, personal style, and other little tidbits of my life here and there. I brainstormed several names and what I wanted my blog to be about and A Slice of Glam was born!

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is classic, with a touch of glam.  I tend to stick with denim, nice blouses, and a little pop of color with shoes or a bag.  I also enjoy mixing in some of my mom’s old jewelry pieces that are timeless pieces and are still on trend today.

Do you have any fashion regrets? Or vice versa, things you’ll never stop wearing?

Oh my!  Probably wearing leggings as pants.  They’re still fine to wear just relaxing at home, or with an oversized sweater.  However, wearing them primarily as pants?  Never again!

Also, Doc Marten’s!  I had a pair of boots AND sandals back in middle school.  Those were THE shoes to have back then, but now I look at them and think, why?!  So huge and clunky.

One item I won’t stop wearing is a great pair of flats.  Whether they are pointy toed or rounded, I LOVE flats.  I literally have to force myself to wear heels every now and then.  Flats are ideal for my full-time job, are great with skinny jeans or pants, and look feminine and cute.  They are also just plain comfortable!

What inspires you?

Life inspires me.  Just the fact that we’re able to wake up each day to work toward our dreams, and make a positive impact is exciting!

Street style fashion also inspires me.  I read a lot of fashion magazines, spend hours on Pinterest, and other style blogs, but I love picking up ideas from other fashionable ladies especially here in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  People from other places probably think we all wear cowboy hats and boots all the time, but that’s not totally true.  North Texas area women have a style all their own that is classic, relaxed, a bit of glam, and a little trendy. 

Tell me about A Slice of Glam. How did you get started? What are your goals? 

I started A Slice of Glam in July 2011 because I wanted to write and talk about fashion.  I’ve always loved fashion and writing, and I even had somewhat of a blog back in middle school that I would e-mail to my group of friends way back before blogging was the “thing”.  A Slice of Glam has opened up many doors for me. It has also allowed me to connect with others in the blogging community around the country who have similar interests and probably would not have met otherwise.  It really is amazing when I think about it.  My goal with my blog is to inspire others to live an elevated lifestyle with small things to make themselves feel glamorous.  This could be with a bouquet of fresh flowers, a fresh manicure, or a DIY rhinestone vase for their coffee table as I demonstrated on my blog.  I also hope to work in the fashion writing industry one day.

What bloggers do you admire? 

One blogger I admire is Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere.  I’ve read her blog pretty much from the beginning, and I love how she has turned her blog into a brand and into a business.  I hope to do that one day.

What are you listening to right now?

Right now I’m listening to Jusitin Timberlake’s new album, The Band Perry, Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, or Alicia Keys.  There are many others as I listen to a variety of genres.

Tell me about your ideal day. What do you do, where do you go, who are you with?

It would begin with coffee and a banana nut muffin at a cute beach side coffee shop.  Spend part of the morning at the beach, and then the other half shopping.  Have a candlelit dinner with my boyfriend, and then some salsa dancing or a jazz club!

Anything I should have asked that I didn’t? Tell me one more thing I should know. 

Blogging has introduced me to graphic design!  I love nerding out over HTML coding, fonts, and graphics.  Ha!

Chloe Flats

Teardrop Bangle

Studded Bracelet

Copious Crush: Ashlei, Kinks Are The New Pink

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We knew we would meet a ton of cool bloggers at Lucky FABB in April, but it was fate that sat us right next to Ashlei from Kinks Are The New Pink. Witty, hilarious, and totally digitally connected, Ashlei was a breath of fresh air in muggy LA. 

Introduce Yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do?

Hi there! My name is Ashlei and I’m the author of Kinks are the new Pink, a personal style and natural hair blog. I currently live in Chicago and when not blogging most of my time is spent managing a resale clothing store.

How would you describe your personal style?

It’s hard to pin point my personal style as I feel it’s always evolving, especially since I started my blog. However, I will say that I tend to gravitate to more ‘casual-chic’ looks, with a touch of bohemian elements. I love relaxed boyfriend jeans paired with a sharp blazer and killer shoes, cotton shorts with loafers, chunky jewelry, and flowy maxi dresses.

Do you have any fashion regrets? Or vice versa, things you’ll never stop wearing?

In college I would wear leggings under a denim skirt paired with flip flops, a lot! It’s just a really awkward look as it’s disproportionate and can make you look shorter than you really are. Something that I’ll never stop wearing though are maxi dresses, even in the winter I wear maxi dresses, they’re just so versatile and easy to wear to me.

Tell me about Kinks Are The New Pink. How did you get started? What are your goals? 

Kinks are the new Pink originally started as a way to chronicle my day-to-day life as I transitioned from relaxed to natural hair, more so for my family to keep track of my progress than anything.I really enjoyed sharing my stories and started getting positive feedback from people outside my family and friends circle, especially when I started incorporating more personal style and fashion related posts and it’s just continued to grow from there.

My overall goal is to make KATNP a really positive and encouraging space on the web for people to gain inspiration and knowledge about style and natural hair.

What bloggers do you admire? 

Omg, so many! I’d definitely have to say Cynthia from SimplyCyn (aka Addicted2Etsy) for both her style and natural hair, Alicia fromCheetah is the new Black is a daily must read, and I’ve followed Karen from Where Did You Get That since as long as I can remember.

Tell me about your ideal day. What do you do, where do you go, who are you with?

My ideal day would be a warm summer day spent outside either on a boat, in the park, or on a beach somewhere with a really cool and chill group of friends, and lots of cocktails, preferably mojitos, haha!

Anything I should have asked that I didn’t? Tell me one more thing I should know. 

I’m a huge travel junkie! I blame it on growing up as an Air Force brat and moving every 2-3 years, but I love a good road trip and exploring new places. I typically share a lot of my travels on the blog as well.

What are you loving on Copious right now?

There are so many awesome things on Copious right now it was hard to just pick a few, but my favorites would have to be:

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Alice + Olivia floral pumps - I’m dying for a pair of floral pumps and these are perfect, unfortunately not my size, but I still like looking at them :)

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Cambridge Satchel - love the satchel and the neon color is perfect for summer time. I’m actually seriously considering buying this.

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Chicago Throw Pillow - I may be a little biased, but I think Chicago is pretty awesome ;) so I love it when I find Chicago-related home goods.

Last but certainly not least, Thanks Copious for the feature!

Copious Crush: Le Minimalist

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Do you ever find something you really love, and then find out that one thing about it that makes it that much more amazing? It’s the best feeling, and it’s exactly what we love about Kathryn from Le Minimalist. Her blog is an amazing mix of style, local art and music happenings, and things around her she loves. Even better? She’s writing about Nashville, Tennessee, one of our absolute favorite cities, anywhere. (Go Dores!)

Introduce Yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do? 

My name is Kathryn and I’m currently living in East Nashville, Tennessee. I’m a freelance writer, photographer and part time blogger. My blog, Le Minimalist started as a pet project to find a way to share and categorize all of the things I was passionate about. It focuses mostly on Nashville - the lifestyle and local businesses, but I also find plenty of ways incorporate DIY projects, style posts and random musings. 

How would you describe your personal style?

As the name suggests, I’m pretty minimalistic in my wardrobe choices. I tend to lean toward structured things in neutral tones. I love classic colors that extend into different seasons, surpass trends and are easy to just throw on and go. I wear a lot of black. When I’m not wearing black, I’m probably wearing a shade of gray. Much like the book. Which I’ve read, and I’ve got to say - if you’re into that type of thing, I’d just go the extra mile and read Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy. Fifty Shades… Pffft. Well great, now I have everyone thinking I’m some huge perv. Simplicity, structure, texture and expression are the reasons I find fashion fulfilling. I eat, sleep and breath it. Fashion is my soap box. 

Do you have any fashion regrets? Or vice versa, things you’ll never stop wearing?

Regrets? Never! Okay, maybe. The entirety of my High School experience. I wore hooded sweat shirts, band t-shirts and an excess of black eyeliner. Things I’ll never stop wearing: My Jeffrey Campbell collection, my Alexander Wang Rocco Bag, my old dirty boots - the older and dirtier they get the better they look.

What inspires you?

Nature. The flow of energy. Feelings. All of these things can be translated into an outfit. I love the way sunlight plays off of materials. It really makes my heart happy. 

Tell me about Le Minimalist. How did you get started? What are your goals?

I started Le Minimalist to encourage myself to write more. I wanted an outlet and one that would hold me accountable. Having readers who enjoy your content, encourage you with comments and recognize you when you’re out buying soymilk at the grocery make it all worth while. I enjoy writing, but what is it all worth if there is no one around to read it?

I love the engagement of the fashion community. Especially in Nashville. It’s growing exponentially here. You’d be so surprised how a little city everyone believed was full of washed out country music stars and stetson hats could become such a stylish, versatile place. We have so many talented people here. Musicians, artists, stylists and designers. It’s a mishmash of awesome. My goal was to create something of a professional portfolio to use for jobs and future opportunities. Blogging has opened up so many doors for me professionally and even better still, personally. I’ve made so many great friends from networking! 

What bloggers do you admire? 

I can’t forget two of my favorite Nashville bloggers Under The Guise and Pennyweight - both very talented ladies! 

Some of my all time favorites over the years would have to include A Pair and A Spare just because I LOVE DIY. The Man Repeller (Ed.note: Shop her closet here), plus size vixen Nadia Aboulhosn (She has some killer style) Honestly WTF and my favorite for minimalistic inspiration: Love Aesthetics.

What are you listening to right now?

The new Phoenix album, Bankrupt will be out soon so I have a feeling that will be the only thing I’ll be listening to.  I love Tennis, Ben Howard, Best Coast, Washed Out, Alt-J… the list could go on and on. Forever. 

Tell me about your ideal day. What do you do, where do you go, who are you with?

Paris. Shopping. Sight seeing. Brad Pitt. All day and all night. hah. 

Anything I should have asked that I didn’t? Tell me one more thing I should know. 

I’m a huge sci-fi nerd. Not even kidding. I’m just generally obsessed with space. I swear I’ll write a sci-fi thriller one day. 

What are you loving on Copious right now? Send me links of things you love and tell me why.

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Chili Pepper Chocolate Bar // Two of my favorite things combined into one. Plus - look at this sweet packaging. Yeah. I’m totally one of those people who buy something based on the package it’s in. 

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Bill Murray Iphone Case // Being a huge Bill Murray fan, this snazzy Iphone case totally won me over. I may dress in a minimal fashion, but I’m all about some good accessories. Just looking at this thing makes me giggle. 

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Geo Terrarium // I’m  big fan of geometric shapes and I love plants. I may not be a successful gardener, but terrariums are easy enough for my ‘opposite of a green thumb’  problem.