Guest Blogger: Opposite of Reality
Recently I had a blog contest and the blog Opposite of Reality won! Natalie & Erika you ladies have impeccable taste and style! I just think you girls are amazing and I know my viewers would too! Congrats!
As the winners of the blog contest, Natalie & Erika answered some fun-loving, juicy questions!
1. When did you start blogging & why?
We started blogging early this year, for a couple of reasons. The main agenda behind our blog was to have an outlet to express our strong passion for style and fashion. We thought it would be the easiest way to be able to reach out to those that enjoy the same things that we do and connect closer with the fashion industry. Blogging was to give us more of a reason to be completely submerged in what we love, and that is exactly what it has done. Secondly, people are always coming up to us and asking us where we shop, how we shop, how they don’t think that they can put together the outfits we wear, and so I wanted to have one central location where they can go to get all of these answers. If I can’t have the time to physically be there and help people shop and feel good about shopping, maybe our blog can help inspire them to feel the confidence that we do in our personal style. And then most importantly, because Erika is still in college, four, long hours away from me, so this is the best way to make sure that we have no choice but to talk on a daily basis!
2. Who is your personal style icon?
There are a few people that I think we would have to consider as our personal style icons, and coincidently two of them happen to be sisters as well. 1. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and their “dumpster chic” looks. 2. And then, Kate Moss. She has been a huge influence as to what we enjoy for day to day styling, as well as how we choose to express who we are through what we wear. To the both of us, she was a significant role model during the years when we were first discovering what personal style meant to us.
3. Three things that are a MUST to carry daily?
Nars, “Orgasm” blush, because everyone always needs a little to look alive again half-way through the day. Plus, this color looks good on everyone, so you are prepared to help a friend in need as well. A cell phone, because naturally we all need to be accessible at all times. And a great piece of jewelry, incase my girlfriends call me for a last minute happy hour or dinner date. Trust me, a statement necklace can work wonders to a day-time outfit.
4. One place in the world you would live and why.
We feel we haven’t traveled enough to make this decision, but preferably somewhere near large bodies of water, where they appreciate good wine.
5. Favorite Food?
Okay so Erika didn’t have to think about this for a second, the girl eats Chipotle about 3 times a week, and we are not exaggerating. And for myself, I would say potatoes. They come in so many different forms, fried, baked, I love them all.
6. Who is the best person to go shopping with, other than each other?
Obviously, we would have said each other, there would be no question. But since we’re taking that off the table, we would say our mom. She will always, and I mean always, tell us when she doesn’t like something and sometimes that’s exactly the kind of shopping partner you need, an honest one.
7. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Go to Paris Fashion Week, with our grandma, so that she can show us the ropes. Have large families so that our kids can grow up having lots of aunts and uncles and cousins, just like we did. And to open a no-kill, dog shelter in Virginia.
8. Favorite item in your wardrobe?
Erika: Her studded Sam Edelman ankle boots, she won’t even wear them she cherishes them so much. Me: My circa 1990’s, Victoria’s Secret, completely unlined demi bra. It’s so comfortable and perfect for all of my thin, sheer shirts. I can’t stand bra lines showing, so I end up wearing it almost every day.
9. Best style & beauty advice?
The best advice we can give, is to be confident. Shopping can be intimidating, but don’t be scared of new things so go ahead and try on things that you normally wouldn’t. Don’t always wear things exactly how they are meant to be worn. People will appreciate you for being different.
10. Favorite designer and why?
Of all time, Valentino because of the femininity in his designs and because they are timeless; but more recently, Balenciaga, for their translation of avant-garde into ready-to-wear fashion.