I have a special treat for you guys today. I’ve started a collab with Marah Renee from The Media Rebel! She’s already in the fashion industry as a buyer, has a really cool fashion blog and has the chic street style look down. We’ll be doing three collaboration posts in total. So today, I’m giving you the first one. We thought before we give outfit post ideas and try to inspire each other than we should get to know each other. Marah agreed to answer some pretty interesting questions! Read on to learn more about here. Don’t forget to check out her blog, The Media Rebel, and check back for the next two collab posts!
What inspired you to start a blog?
I decided to start a blog because one of my friends actually had one and I always took pictures for her, and she started taking pictures of me as well, and I thought “I should post this somewhere”, so I made a blog and the rest was history! I also thought I’d be fun to share my journey through fashion school at FIDM and my continuation in the fashion industry. Since I’ve been writing my blog, I’ve met so many amazing people and it’s nice to make relationships with people who enjoy doing the same things as I do, because blogging, at least in my circle of friends is not as common as you would think. I’m also expanding my blog by starting a YouTube with called Marah Renee for the same purpose of getting to know even more people in the fashion/beauty industry, plus it’s fun and that’s the most important part of all of this.
How did you get into fashion?
I got into the fashion industry because I honestly went a whole summer with just watching beauty and fashion YouTube videos and not really doing anything else. I ended up buying a whole bunch of stuff online that I could mix and match with my uniform (that I had to wear in high school) and a bunch of beginner’s makeup, so I could start playing around it. I knew I wanted to stand out, because looking like everyone else at school drove me crazy, so I used makeup and fashion to expression my creativity and individuality. From there, in my junior year of high school, I applied to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and I got in! So I chilled all of senior year and then went to FIDM studying Merchandising Marketing for my A.A, then Business for my B.S and now I’m an assistant buyer at a large retailer, so to say fashion is my life is an understatement. I live, eat, and breath fashion and I wouldn’t give that up for the world.
How would you describe your style?
My personal style is pretty neutral, in the sense of color and simplicity. I tend to stick with dark colors and denim, lots and lots of denim. I definitely have a girly side but I always pair girly, sexy pieces with boots since that’s usually my go to shoe. But usually you’ll see me in graphic tees or plain tees with distressed boyfriend jeans and a leather jacket. In the past two years or so I’ve been loving to mix designer or more expensive pieces with cheaper pieces because it keeps things fresh and yet classic. However, spending more money on clothes doesn’t mean you have style, which is why I only really spend more on classic pieces like jackets, shoes, and purses; fades come and go but classic pieces stay just that classic.
What celebrity do you get your style inspiration from?
Some celebrities I get my style from are Kylie Jenner and Ashley Benson. I love Kylie for her makeup skills obviously, and how she mixes sexy, scandalous tops with boots or sneakers, which is how I like to style my more revealing outfits. I love Ashley Benson’s street style because she’s a little grungy during the day with her beanies, flannels, ripped jeans, and boots, but when she goes out, she’s in heels and throws in some sexy dresses every now and then. I don’t really try to copy or emulate their styles, but when I’m having a brain fart on what to wear, I’ll search their outfits on Tumblr for some quick inspo.
What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
My greatest achievement has been becoming an assistant buyer for a pretty well known corporation. I love blogging and now posting YouTube videos, but honestly my pride and joy is my career. It’s so cool to say I love what I do, and I’m quite good at it; and I get paid to do it, which is still the craziest thing to me. Buying, in a short definition, is shopping for your customer, and putting those items in the store for the mass market to buy. I buy for over 850 stores nationwide, and it’s so fun and so stressful all at the same time, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m working on moving up on the corporate ladder as well, my ultimate goal is to become a buyer of my own category or department by the time I’m 25 (I’m 22 now).
What would you say that is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging?
The biggest challenge is keeping up with my blog regularly. I’m so busy with work, because I do work 40 hours sometimes more a week, so it’s difficult to find times to shoot outfits, edit them, and write a post, and at times I’m not consistent. But my blog is such a passion of mine, I always come back to it, and it’s such a passion of mine I can’t give it up. Plus it’s a way for me to relax and get my creativity juices flowing since I have to keep my outfits fresh and interesting to look at.
What do you spurge on?
I usually splurge on purses; they always have been and will continue to be my guilty pleasure. There’s something about buying designer handbags that’s just so rewarding. I remember when I was younger, I wanted a Louis Vuitton so bad, but there was no way my mom would pay for such an expensive item, because it’s a luxury item, not a necessity, and being able to buy it for myself was so rewarding. I’m happy to say every designer bag, jacket, or anything else, I’ve bought for myself, and it makes me feel good about how far I’ve come every time I wear one. Don’t get me wrong, none of the designer purses I have define me, but they’re just fun to buy. My most priced possession in my collection though is probably my Celine Mini Luggage in pebbled leather. It’s the heaviest bag ever!! But I love it too much so oh well if I have a sore arm every now and then.