Caylee has completely captured my heart in her simplicity. Her look is truly pure; budget-friendly, something we all can relate to. This gorgeous, 22-year old from Indiana has a defined look of casual basics and I'm truly obsessed. She brings a sweet essence to the blog world as she's only been blogging for a short time and already has received rave reviews, from the likes of Knight Cat and Chictopia. She's given me inspiration for her budget-friendly shopping and her DIY tips. Caylee has a subtle way of being in-her-own fashion-forward; showing off nothing over the edge but just enough to want to capture that look yourself...easy chic and profresh. Check her out and see for yourself.
She's sure to capture your fashion heart.
Why did you start your blog?
I've been reading blogs some of the older fashion blogs for almost two years now. I too wanted to share my passion and connect with others, but back then, I didn't feel like I had anything good to contribute to the blogosphere. At the end of last year, I had finally defined my style and became more comfortable with myself, so I started uploading some outfit photos on my MySpace and then earlier this year I created a Chictopia account. The response was so good, especially on Chictopia, that I decided to give blogging a go...that was just a few weeks ago, and I haven't looked back.
Who/what inspires you?
Scandinavian street style is my biggest source of inspiration. I cannot and will not ever get enough of Sweden and Norway and the incredible, incredible style the ladies have over there - it's absolutely perfect (see my list of favorite blogs below for proof)! I also look to nearly all street style blogs for inspiration, and model-off-duty style is a definite favorite of mine.
What can someone do to look fashionable if they are on a strict budget?
I am that person on a strict budget, so I guess I could lead by example here. There are so many stores that are cheap yet stylish (see next question) and that pick up on the current trends, so if you educate yourself in fashion, and most importantly, find out exactly what works for you and your style, you can find those pieces anywhere, no matter what the place or price.
she truly inspired me to create my own DIY lace shorts lovveee.
Where do you do the majority of your shopping?
H&M, Forever 21, Target, Urban Outfitters, Aldo, Nine West, American Apparel....really inexpensive places, yet you can find just about everything you need. I also buy a lot of things off of eBay. You can find great things at discounted prices (I got a brand new $50 Zara blouse for $20), items from a previous season, or something that is already sold out in stores.
Name fashionable ladies/gents who tickle your fancy.
Celebrity-wise, it’s the three stylish Kate’s - Kate Lanphear, Kate Moss, and Kate Bosworth. Right now I really love Carolina from Fashion Squad, Lena from Elenita, and Ida from Life by Ida – every single outfit they wear is exactly something that I would and want to wear. They’re amazing!
obsessed with the shoes; because of Caylee's blog, I went to scour for these particular shoes but they didn't have my size :(
How do you know what looks good when you’re done outfitting? What's the LAST piece you add?
I'm not really sure; I guess I do stand in from of a full-length mirror and make sure the overall the outfit - the proportions, the accessories, etc. - works together. The last pieces that I add are my rings. I have a variety of that I pick and choose from everyday.
I usually have an idea of what I want to wear, based on a current piece of clothing that I am obsessing over (i.e. sometimes I want to wear my denim vest all week, or I really want to wear boots), my mood, or inspiration that I have just seen; whether I pick that outfit out in the morning or the night before is up in the air.
Describe your style in 3 words or less.
What blogs do you read?
Wow, you really don't want me to go here. I am following 70 blogs on Bloglovin', if that tells you anything. Here's a list of some of my current favorites: KnightCat, Fashion Squad, Stockholm Street Style, Elenita, Life by Ida, Jak&Jil, Style by Kling, Le Fashion Image, LeFlassh, Style Sightings, Fashion Toast, A Fashion Tale, and Anywho.
What do your family & friends think of your blog/fashion sense?
I don't know anyone personally who has any interest in fashion, whatsoever, so a lot of the current trends and things that I wear are pretty foreign to them. My mom thinks it's funny that I love wearing things that were in style during her younger years in the 80s and 90s, like high-waist Levi cutoffs. My boyfriend doesn't mind or really even care what I wear, but he does think some my get-ups are quite crazy, because again, fashion isn't the norm in Indiana. Although not as interested in the idea of fashion as me, my friends understand my obsession and I love getting compliments from them.
Give us a secret no one knows. (i.e. how many pairs of shoes you have, your obsession with toe socks, whatever)
This is no secret, because if you were to look at the credits under the outfits photos on my blog, you could easily see this: I do not own anything designer, and the most expensive thing in my closet is a pair of $110 boots. I'm a bargain shopper on a student budget!
Name one piece from your closet you can't live without?
My Nine West Cuzza boots from last winter - they are the perfect lace-up, chunky-heeled ankle boot; they go with everything in my closet and are incredibly comfortable. I will wear them to death again this fall/winter.
What motivates you to blog?
Mainly the fact that I live in Indiana (not a state known for its fashion sense), and again, I know no one personally who has an interest in fashion like I do. Blogging allows me to connect with others around the entire globe that share my passion and can appreciate it when I say I am obsessing over the latest pair of shoes or gorgeous editorial.
You’re an item in a boutique. What item would you be and what does it look like?
I kind of want be the perfect basic - a fitted black boyfriend blazer or an over-sized, slouchy white tee - one that's not too expensive and is one of those versatile pieces that you can wear with everything. Though I also wouldn't mind being the perfect black "it" shoe of the moment, preferably right now a wedge ankle boot.
Complete this sentence: "I'm obsessed with Cat's blog KnightCat because" nearly every picture she posts gets right-clicked and saved into my inspiration folder.
What advice can you give to blogger on the rise?
Post on your blog often, to give your readers content and keep them coming back. Get accounts on sites like Chictopia and Lookbook.nu to post your outfits on as well, to draw readers from there to your blog. Become friends with other bloggers (hiiiii Cat and Erika!!). Most importantly, I believe, is to stay true to your style - what makes you, you is what makes your blog special.