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: Lexie, One Stylishly Caffeinated Blogger

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We just discovered Lexie of Style, Caffeinated and we’re so glad we did. Her blog is a beautiful mix of airy images and down-to-earth-but-pulled-together looks. 
The only question we forgot to ask Lexie? What her favorite coffee drink is! 
 
Introduce Yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do?

Hi, I’m Lexie from Newport Beach, California. I write the fashion blog Style, Caffeinated.  I’ve always had a deep love of clothing and style in general and for as long as I can remember I’ve gushed over trends, looks, and shopping in general with my girlfriends.

The blog was born out of my desire for a personal creative outlet after I had my second child and I began to feel like I was drowning a little in diapers, bottles and baby talk ;)  Truly there is nothing I love more than my family and being a Mother but I also felt the need to nurture my own interests as well.  I really don’t believe that being a Mommy and also having your own fab personal style has to be mutually exclusive ;) Combining my obsession with fashion and my love of writing felt natural and I’ve been enjoying blogging so much ever since.

How would you describe your personal style?

 
My personal style tends to shift dependent on my mood or what Im up to on any given day.  I’d say on a whole I gravitate more towards a classic glam look with a bit of an edge.  My high heel addiction is a little out of control but I also tend to live in converse, high tops and flip flops when Im shuttling my kids around.  Converse will also be a staple in my wardrobe.

 

 

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

 

Fashion regrets.  Hmm none as of late but ask me again in a few years - ha ha.  I always look back on old photos and wonder “what I was thinking!?” but thats just fashion.  Style changes.  I will say that I went through an unfortunate phase of coloring my own hair many, many years ago.  It wasn’t pretty.
 

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by so many things.  I love magazines. I know Pinterest is amazing for collecting inspiration but I will never stop loving flipping through fashion magazines and dog earing or tearing out photos I love.  I’m also inspired by my girlfriends, many of whom are also mothers, who have fantastic taste and juggle life so well.  Street style and people watching is also a great way to spot some amazing looks.

 

What bloggers do you admire?

 Other blogs I admire.  Who doesn’t love Leandra Medine (from Man Repeller) (ed. note: shop Man Repeller’s closet on Copious here)?  Its rare to find a fashion blog you actually want to READ instead of just look at.  Her writing is incredible and witty.  
I love www.sacramentostreet.com - its a beautiful, welcoming blog and also the photo blog www.theyallhateus.com.  Its edgy and I tend to love every photo or quote they post.  Le Fashion (ed. note shop Le Fashion’s closet on Copious) and Sincerely Jules are also among my favs.

 

What are you listening to right now?

 
What am I listening to right now:  Everything ha ha.  I run a lot so I update my ipod frequently to keep it fresh.  My iPod ranges from 80s hits to Bon Jovi, to rap, and to newer favorite bands like The Lumineers.

 

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

My ideal day would involve sleeping in, something never happens anymore after you have children!  Waking up and sipping coffee while checking out my favorite sites online…and probably buying shoes ;)  Spending the day with the hubby and kids doing something fun - watching my kids laugh and enjoying family time is the best feeling…so rewarding as a parent.  Then an evening out with the mister or meeting up with friends for dinner.  Drinking wine and lots of laughs.  Thats a good day!!

 

What are you loving on Copious right now? 

 
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I’m loving gold as an accent color in home decor.  I’m really into contemporary, stark decor but sometimes I feel like rooms need to be infused with a bit of natural glitz…this would do just that.
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These ghost chairs by Phillippe Starck are great.  They’d work in an office, as accent chairs in a small space or in a dining room/kitchen.  I love how they give off an airy and modern vibe - personally I’d mix them with a weathered light wood dining table or desk.  I think thats a great contrast.
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https://copious.com/listings/jennifer-meyer-18kt-gold-bangle-with-white-diamond-goop-cohis dainty Jennifer Meyer bangle is the perfect wear with everything layering piece.  I think dainty jewels are so sexy in their minimalism.  Flashy jewels are eye catching and dramatic but dainty jewelry adds subtle character and charm to looks. I’d love a few of these teeny treasures dangling from my arm - they’re so pretty :)

#LuckyFABB Recap! The Business of Blogging

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Last Thursday and Friday were a whirlwind of activity as bloggers and brands descended on Los Angeles for Lucky Magazine’s Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference.
This was a seriously fashionable crowd. Bloggers from around the country gathered to hear from the likes of Kelly Osbourne, Betsey Johnson and Drew Barrymore talk about their style + inspirations. While no trip to LA is complete without a little stargazing, our favorite sessions were on the business of blogging: monetization, growing your traffic and finding your voice. 


Our Top Takeaways from Lucky FABB: 

1) Know Your Stats

Pay attention to your analytics, followers and engagement - brands will definitely ask for this before they agree to a partnership or sponsorship. Even if you’re not particularly data or numbers oriented, you should be interested enough in your blog’s performance to learn more about what your Google analytics mean.
 
2) Find a Niche

One of our favorite jokes from FABB was how it felt like you could interchange so many blog names with each other. (Really, every combination of the words fashion, style, diva, closet, glam, shoes, couture and sparkles have already been taken). If it’s hard for bloggers to differentiate between blog names, imagine how hard it is for brands!

3) Be Smart About Your Partners - and Read the Fine Print

Make sure the brands you partner with represent you as a blogger now, and who you aspire to be in the future. Don’t sign anything without reading the fine print - it’s worth the legal fees!

Tips for the Next Batch of FABBers:

1) BYOW (Bring Your Own Wifi)

 As anyone who’s been to a conference knows, wifi and mobile connectivity can take a beating when you have 200+ people in one room trying to get on the same network. Come juiced with your own wireless - Engadget recommends the MiFi Liberate

2) Reach Out Ahead of Time

It can be intimidating to walk into a room of 200+ put-together, beautiful, smart bloggers. If you don’t know anyone ahead of time, reach out on Twitter or via email a week or two before and make plans to get breakfast or sit with a blogger you admire - it’s a great way to start out with a buddy, and it will put you at ease going into the day! 

It was an exhausting, informative, and super fun two days.
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Did we say fun?
From L to R: Michele Klein from Dress Dish Dwell, Aimee Rancer from The Local Transplant, our own Emma Starks and Ashlei Mosley from Kinks Are The New Pink

Copious Crush: Margie Plus, Style Blogger With Major Attitude

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Girls like Margie make us stop and stare. It’s not just her pattern mixing, or her amazing street style. It’s her obvious joy in choosing outfits that reflect her passion and personality. Best of luck on your online vintage business, Margie! 

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

My name is Margie Ashcroft. I am a stylist, fashion blogger of margieplus.com, and freelance fashion writer (I have plus size column on Luckymag.com twice a week) living bi-coastal. 

How would you describe your personal style?

I have a very eclectic personal style. One day you will find me in creepers with leather leggings and the next in a mix of floral and sequins. I am a Kate Lanphear and Chole Sevigny fanatic, which totally influences my style. 

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

 Everything I wear and how I style it is totally a reflection of where I am at emotionally. I do not like to think of any of my fashion with regret, but rather as a transition period. With that said, looking back there have been a few questionable moments… I’m talking denim mini skirt and tube socks. I will never stop wearing classic leather moto jackets and anything sequin.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by all the amazing street style blogs the Internet has to offer (I don’t know what I would do without Street Peeper), fashion magazines, my surroundings, and the clothes I find on my countless thrifting adventures.

 Tell me about Margie Plus. What do you focus on? Any goals for 2013?

For as long as I can remember I have been a plus size girl with an obsession with fashion and aspirations to work in the industry. Margie Plus was started when I was working at Lucky magazine as their Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference event coordinator. I started writing my Margie Plus column for luckymag.com shortly after our last FABB when a Lucky digital editor suggested I start a fashion blog of my own. I had always wanted to catalogue my personal style with a blog and finally had the push I needed to do it. My goals for 2013 are to grow my blog, push my fashion boundaries, and most importantly inspire other plus size fashionista’s to take more risks with their fashion.

What are you listening to right now?

My top Pandora stations of the moment are Bon Iver , Drake (I’m so crushing on him), and Britney Spears. I love a good mix.

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

 My ideal Saturday when I am in NYC is thrift shopping in the morning, lunching in the West Village near Christopher St. with my boy Bradley (perfect for people watching), and ending the night with my bestie Ashlan and friends dancing at The Woods in Williamsburg.

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

I just graduated 6 months ago with my MBA in Entreprenuership and Marketing. Following my love of styling, thrifting, and education in business I am in the works to start my own vintage e-commerce fashion site! So excited to expand my fashion portfolio. 

What are you loving on Copious right now?

It is easy to find things I love on Copious, these are a few things I am digging right now:

Copious Crush Margie Plus

These Iphone cases are edgy and make you look twice.

Me needing this vintage piece is an understatement.

This DIY spiked and bleached denim jacket is major!

I love that these Finsk wedges have both a wood heel and architectural detail.