On the first Friday of every month, I like to share new bloggers with you. Now, I realize it isn’t exactly the first Friday today, but I’m a little behind. I hope you’ll forgive me and allow me to introduce you to…
Rachel of Suburban Style Challenge!
Rachel is a former model turned fashion blogger who lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and dog. She is a dog lover, car-enthusiast, and crafty gal who makes fashion work for her and shares her style and her story with you on Suburban Style Challenge.
Read on as I ask Rachel a few questions about her and her blog!
1. If you had to describe your personal style in one word, what would it be? Why?
I’m a Rockstar. I actually just figured it out recently, after struggling with it for years. I kind of created my own style profile, but basically, I’m not afraid to try something new, wear something thrifted, or go all out trendy, which is why my style appears adventurous and all-encompassing, and why I can “pull off anything”. There are certainly a few “basics” I’m comfortable in, like denim, (faux) leather, black, and items that are (or appear to be) worn-in, and I love me some layers.
2. How did you find your personal style?
It’s been a struggle that was years long, but after reading the book “I Have Nothing To Wear!: A Painless 12-Step Program to Declutter Your Life So You Never Have to Say This Again!” by Jill Martin and Dana Ravich, I realized I didn’t fit any of the style profiles they outlined in their book. I spent some time looking at what I own, past photos, and thinking about what I felt myself in and what I really liked to wear, and the Rockstar style profile was born. I actually just blogged about the entire process of finding my style here.
3. You spent some time as a model. How does your modeling career impact your blog?
Since I was a hobbyist model (not signed with an agency or anything), I often wore more hats on shoots than just “model”. I was the wardrobe stylist, and sometimes the hair stylist and makeup artist… though I quickly learned how much better it was to hire someone to do my hair and makeup, because I’m not great at either (ok, I’m terrible at styling my hair). That meant that when I started Suburban Style Challenge, I had a huge selection of clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories in a variety of styles. My closet was (and largely still is) a messy mish-mash of styles, because I would frequently buy items for specific shoots with certain goals in mind in term of look. Because I modeled for so long (a little over 6 years), and because I had trouble justifying paying a ton of money for something I was just buying for a shoot, a lot of what I had was cheap or thrifted, and I learned a lot about digging through sale racks, using coupon codes online, finding pretty good designer knock-off pieces, and remixing pieces for completely different looks.
Modeling also helped me learn my angles and pose well, so taking outfit pics is a pretty easy task for me. I don’t always bust out some of the crazy stuff I did when I was in front of the camera (though sometimes, I can’t resist, and I have fun with it), but I know I can just fall into a quick, flattering pose when I’ve got a quick 5 minutes to shoot. Virtually all of my outfit poses are done with my point and shoot set to burst mode using the self-timer, so I’ve got 3 chances with each button press. Knowing my angles means less back-and-forth to the camera (most of the time).
4. What do you hope readers take away from reading your blog?
One of the reasons I started Suburban Style Challenge was because it seemed like a lot of other style bloggers were based in cities like Chicago, LA, and New York, and almost all of the suburban bloggers were moms, and focused on that aspect of things. And then you have the style bloggers who, upon looking at their “what I’m wearing” lists, make you wonder what kind of internal organs they’re selling to be able to afford that kind of stuff. As a married-without-kids, non-brand-snob, deal-finding suburbanite, I felt like I had a pretty good niche going for myself, and SSC was born. I did know, right off the bat, that I didn’t just want to be a blogger that posts, “here’s what I wore today” and nothing else–SSC had to be dynamic and full of fun stuff, good info, and interesting things. I wanted to not just be a blog of pretty pics, but one that offered advice and shared ideas, along with my own experiences and struggles with style. I hope that readers learn something or find something they can relate to at Suburban Style Challenge, and keep coming back for more.
5. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
SSC has been changing and growing, and I’ve written all kinds of blogs and done tons of random style challenges. I hope to continue growing my content. I’d like to offer more guest posts, more sponsored posts and giveaways, and grow my fanbase more. Thinking ahead 5 years is tough, but I do hope that Suburban Style Challenge will still be around and offering relevant, fun content.
Maybe Rachel sounds a bit like you. Or maybe, she sounds like the complete opposite. Either way, I hope you are intrigued by her profile here today and will check out her blog. Help me welcome Rachel into the blogger of the month club by showing her some love this month!
All pictures courtesy of Suburban Style Challenge.