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