1. You've been blogging since 2006, but only recently focused more on fashion. What sparked you to focus more on style in your blog?
3. What blogs do you go to regularly for inspiration?
When I first got into the blogging world, my first major inspiration was Lena from http://elenita.no/. Then I found I loved the more personal blogs like Tess from Tessaboo and fell in love with her and even took her picture to the salon to get my bangs cut just like hers! More recently, my absolute
5. Who are some of your favorite artists?
When I started college, I had to do an essay on Georgia O'Keeffe and fell in love with her work. Her ability to take something so simple and turn it into such an amazing piece of art is just inspiring. I always hear, "What is so interesting about a mule's skull with a pink poinsettia?" and when you really think about it... nothing, but she makesit so beautiful. I love being able to take simplicity and turn it into something wonderful. I try to do that a lot with my art - whether it's my personal style or my design work. Take something simple and make it beautiful, make it yours. Take your old cardigan and belt it, add necklaces, cute new tights and make it yours.
My life dream was to marry young, fill a giant old house with four kids, a huge Newfoundland named Tessie (after the sea monster from Earthbound) and our two black cats, Sergeant Death and Ultra Mega and all pile in bed eating popcorn and giggling over old Jack Lemmon
7. Of all the places in the world, where would you like to visit/live most?
I've always been obsessed with the idea of visiting Italy. It's because of Under The Tuscan Sun, I'm sure. I live too much in the movies. It just seems magical and wonderful and the lighting is just... too perfect. I'm huge on lighting and the feeling you get from the atmosphere or the color of the sky. Plus Diane Lane's life in that movie is just picturesque. Plus, I adore riding scooters. I can't imagine how wonderful it would be to ride a Vespa through the streets! Oh boy.
8. What is your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day totally depends on our amazing and uncontrollable weather in Michigan. It's approximately 9:23 PM in the summer evenings and approximately 5:11 PM in the winter evenings, meaning I'm in love with our sunsets. We live right on the lake so it's just gorgeous when the sun is setting on our town whether it be summer or winter; sometimes I can't even describe the colors we get.9. What is your style philosophy? What does style mean to you?I believe that style can do more than just make you look stylish, it can define you. I grew up in a "punk" community where the kids all dressed in studs, leather, mohawks, chucks and it progressed and changed over the years reflecting their growing up process and their different changes in interests and in life. I feel like personal style reflects your personality. The way you dress reflects you and how you want to be perceived to others. I'm such a visual person that I tend to look at what a person's
My favorite thing about Michigan is definitely our lakes and beaches. I have so many favorite things about Michigan, but the first thing when I close my eyes and think about my town is the beach. We live in a little beach town right on Lake Michigan. I love how when you come home from a different town and you step out of your car, you breathe in the scent of the lake. I've always imagined my family playing at the beach, jumping in the leaves, building snowmen and breathing sighs of relief when spring hits and it's just beautiful outside and I feel like I can really have it all with this state. We have beautiful seasons. Plus, Grand Rapids is the cutest city and it's 30 minutes away from our town and we're also just 3 hours from Chicago, my favorite "big" city.
My dream house is... historic, giant and completely renovated. It's always been such a dream to flip an old house, but I've just always been warned of the work and the funds needed to do such a job. I've always wanted an old historic home where there were trap doors or old servant hallways and pulley systems with old attics and hidden rooms. A house with major history. A house with a place for the milkman to put the milk jugs (even though it would never be used), or doors that are painted shut that are 5 feet up from the ground where the horses used to drop off the home-owners, or a carriage house in the back full of old rusted gardening tools and radio-flyer wagons, or a home with a ball room, a library, a music room with old tiling and original wood work. Oh, I'm drooling over here.
I'm inspired on a daily basis by the seasons. It definitely has a lot to do with my fashion sense. So many comments and feedback I get are, "Oh, Tieka... you look so fall!" or "Adorable look for winter!” I'm so inspired by the scenery outdoors, the way nature changes and the way style changes with the seasons. I'm also just inspired by everyday people. Whether it's walking to class, clicking through my favorite blogs, getting together with my friends or even taking note on what Brett is currently into style-wise, I'm always inspired. Life is just inspiring in itself.