By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
What is your fashion view?
Fashion is a creative outlet. It is more than just expressing yourself, it is an art form. All art is always changing and growing, and so is the fashion industry. When you can understand fashion you can understand culture and people.
How do you describe your style?
My style is cute and edgy. I am drawn to very edgy street style but I can’t deny that I sometimes don’t look like the toughest girl and I am just forced to embrace my cute side. I am always a mix of the two. I used to have such a narrow opinion of style-sense, and I would reject other styles that weren’t like my own. Over time I have learned to appreciate all types of styles, and at times even to embrace pieces that I wouldn’t have ever worn before simply through having an open mind.
What are your favorite pieces?
SHOES! It’s always all about the shoes. I plan most outfits from the bottom up. I always have a pair of shoes I am budgeting for. Right now I love my cut out moto-boots from Jeffrey Campbell. They are perfect because I can wear a super girly dress but just by adding those boots it gives it that edgy feel I love.
Is there anything you are most excited about wearing this fall?
I am excited to wear winter clothes! All I want to wear is a coat, and sweaters and boots and socks and beanies and I could go on and on. I have been in California for 5 years and compared to here, winter is non-existent and more like a prolonged fall season. Last year, I bought the cutest winter coat and I literally wore it for two weeks and those were the two weeks I visited family here in Kentucky. I will probably bite my tongue after the next brutal winter, but I am so excited to buy another cute coat and bundle up!
Where is your favorite place to shop?
I would say that I am more of a boutique type shopper. Big department stores are overwhelming. I love the simplicity of a good boutique because when you walk in the store it has a set identity or motif. Typically they don’t have as many pieces as larger stores, but the beauty is that every piece is of good quality and carefully curated. I also love streetwear stores mostly because they have a collection of items that can’t be found in your general clothing store, and they have more of an organic feel in their approach to fashion.
Who is your fashion icon?
Cara Delevingne. She is the perfect mix of everything I want my style to reflect. What I love about her is she can rock everything! She can glam up and walk the runway and look gorgeous. However, she also has the perfect street style. Cara’s street style is edgy and has a tomboy feel but the way she wears her looks give a unique feminine touch.
What made you decide to start a blog?
There were a few factors. The first, was that I was interning at a fashion PR firm and I was in charge of partnering with bloggers for product placement. I started to see and understand what it took to be a blogger and I thought, “hey I can do this”. Another factor was that moving from Los Angeles I knew I needed a creative outlet and that I would miss that fashion culture in LA. Put the two together and it was just time to take that leap and start it.
What do you love most about blogging?
I love that no outfit goes to waste. I always say I hate wasting a great outfit on an insignificant day. I love to talk, share, and express my style about clothes with others. Not only that, but I love the community behind blogging. It’s so fun and encouraging to see that others love what you love. Blogging brings it all home it keeps me close to those that are far, it’s really amazing in that way. When I first started my blog I was amazed by my antaytics and that people from literally all over the world were reading my blog. It’s a fun and accepting community where everyone has something to bring to the table.
Coming from LA, how would you compare the style there to Louisville style?
Style is so different in LA compared to Kentucky. A big difference in LA is that it is perfectly acceptable to wear whatever you want. People in LA are open-minded when it comes to fashion. They kind of cheer you on actually. In Kentucky however, I feel as though risky fashion pieces and unusual items aren’t as easily or widely accepted. Kentuckians dress more for practicality, which with four seasons makes sense. I guess you would say that Kentucky is more conservative. What I do love about LA and for younger people is that there is freedom to truly find yourself. In the school system I grew up in (being from Kentucky and living here until I was 19) I took a lot of ridicule for my fashion sense when I was yet discovering who I was. Now I look back at my outfits and most of the time I think, “what was I thinking?” but I am glad I took risks. I just wish no one had said anything. I love seeing kids where you know they dress themselves and just not saying anything. Good for them they are figuring it out. I just have a big passion for stepping outside of the norm and embracing your true self. Fashion truly gives that opportunity.
Is there anything else you want our readers to know about you?
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and lived here until I was 19. At 19 I moved to California for college and to pursue acting, where I lived for 5 years until I moved back this May to Kentucky. Acting is one of my big passions as well. When I started my fashion blog I talked with my photographer and said, “I don’t think I am really supposed to smile a lot for the pictures, I mean I guess it’s just about the clothes.” My thespian side over ruled that really fast and I decided who cares I am just going to be myself. Because of that I am very expressive in a lot of my pictures. I love really wearing the clothes how I would wear them and just having a really good time.
Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of TheChicStreet.com. When Miranda isn’t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.