This week I am moving my weekly Friday feature forward to Thursday due to the holiday season. Today I want you all to meet the lovely and fashionable Desiree of Distinctly Desiree!
# of Kids and Ages:
I have one little girl and she is three. I refer to her as "baby girl" (yay for originality!) in my blog.
A brief description of your blog:
When I started blogging I planned for it to be focused on frugal fashion and creative crafts. It is now centered around personal style and photography with a bit of craftiness thrown in once in a while.
Did you start "fashion blogging" before or after you had kids?:
After, my daughter was two when I first started my blog.
Do you feel that your style changed after you had kids? If yes, how? If no, why not?:
Yes and no. Yes because I definitely find myself dressing more conservatively after having my daughter. And, no because I think I pretty much continued in a rut of jeans, converse sneakers and tee shirts for the first two years after my daughter was born. It wasn't until I started to realize how many amazing clothes I had and how little I utilized them that I started to change my style. Consequently, this was right around the time I started my blog.
What do you think is the biggest misconception of being a mother?:
That once you become a mother that is ALL you are. Being a mother is difficult because it adds another facet to your personality. You have to figure out how to adapt your life to accommodate another version of yourself, which is difficult sometimes.
What do you think is the biggest misconception of being a "fashion blogger"?:
That it takes FOREVER to get ready. Yes, there are definitely days when I stand in my bedroom and feel like I have nothing to wear but, for the most part, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to put on my body each day so it doesn't take all that long.
What is something you enjoy doing that is completely unrelated to your children and fashion blogging?:
I love buying new office supplies and organizing systems. Which, now that I think of it, my love for organization probably does stem from the fact that life with a three year old is much easier when things are organized.
How would you describe your personal style?:
This is always so hard for me to answer. I'm not always super feminine but I love ruffles and sparkly jewelry. I'm not always utilitarian but I love my cargo jackets, jeans and boots. I'm not always outdoorsy but I love plaid and (more recently) duck boots. Since I've started my blog, I have tried out a variety of different trends and "styles" but, especially in the blogging world, I feel like it is so easy to have many different version of you own person style. Which, is one of the reasons I love the blogging world so much.
What are some of your favourite current fashion trends?:
I love (like, love love love) cargo jackets, I am a super sucker for lots of pockets. More recently, I am LOVING duck boots. I am from Pennsylvania and my family still lives there, so I spend most of my holidays visiting them and in the winter that means snow. Don't get me wrong, I love it but I also love my feet to be warm.
And your least favourite?:
I haven't jumped on the cropped top bandwagon yet. I love how other ladies can pull it off, but I'm not sure that I could do it.
What do you think is the key element to balancing “style” with function for mothers?:
Finding the right balance between form and function, definitely. Yeah, five inch heels and a minidress isn't the idea outfit for chasing your child around but that doesn't have to mean sneaker and yoga pants - cute boyfriend jeans and ballet flats work just as well and are pretty much effortless.
Any other random thoughts or interesting things about you that you would like to share?:
Oh I love random facts! Hm, lets see. I twist my hair all the time, it is really calming to me (my mother and daughter do it also, I think it is genetic). I really hate odd numbers, my tv volume is always set to an even number. I rarely wear nail polish because it always chips so fast. Oh, wait, were these supposed to be fashion/mama related things? Hehe. But, in all seriousness, a lot of the times I coordinate what I'm wearing to what my daughter is wearing. I get made fun of for this a lot.
Thank you Desiree for your great answers!
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