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Real Life Style Icon: Mustafa of ‘Astute Atire’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to smart, funny people who also happen to be terribly stylish. Then we forward this post to the dudes in our lives with a subject line of “HINT HINT.”


Name: Mustafa Kacar
Age: 29
Location: New York, NY
Online haunts: blog // instagram // twitter // facebook
Three reasons that you’re awesome:
1 – I know 8 different stylish ways to knot a scarf!
2 – I am a craft coffee connoisseur
3 – I once wore the same pair of white jeans 5 days in a row without staining them!

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
As I’m typing this I have grey jeans from Uniqlo, a navy turtleneck sweater, and fleece slippers I like to wear at home. 
What is the last item of clothing you bought?
Last item I bought was a grey wool tie from J.Crew.

What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?

It’s actually an accessory. I really want the Cavalier chestnut leather duffel bag from Ghurka! Would be perfect as I’ll be traveling to Europe at the end of the month for about 3 weeks. 

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
My favorite childhood memory about my clothing involves my mother teaching me how to iron at the age of 6!
What is your best thrifting score?My best thirfting score came last winter as I thrifted a grey cashmere Armani herringbone blazer. It’s a staple item in my closet as it’s super versatile and looks and fits amazing.

Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?

1 – Homemade pocket squares out of bandannas
2 – I avoid huge parkas and down jackets by simply layering. People underestimate how much layering can help you stay warm and looking stylish at the same time.
3 – I like to thrift vintage coat buttons and convert them into lapel pins for my blazers and jackets.

Thanks so much for sharing, Mustafa! Which male fashion blogs do you guys follow?  Any suggestions for future dude Real Life Style Icons?

Free Ebook! Be Your Own Style Icon – 15 Insanely Clever Tips + Tricks


For a few years now, I’ve been interviewing smart, funny, interesting women who also happen to be fashion bloggers
.  I call the interview series ‘Real Life Style Icons‘ because I’ve learned heaps of helpful things from these ladies – like the merits of studs or that you can layer a skirt under a dress (?!)

While I was trolling my own archives (narcissism alert!) I realized that these interviews were rife with tips and tricks that I hadn’t heard before.  Yes, we all know the trick of washing your bangs in the sink or adding a scarf + tights to a dress when the weather gets colder.  But these ladies?  They told me things I didn’t know.  Super smart, I’m-going-to-do-that-immediately-run-to-my-closet-right-now tips.
So, I obviously had to turn all of this wisdom into a free 20-page ebook. 
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And a huge thanks to all the Real Life Style Icons who kindly contributed their stylish wisdom and photos! Pop over to their blogs and say hi!

Real Life Style Icon: LuAnne of ‘Weesha’s World’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to smart, funny, stylish ladies.  And then befriend them so they’ll lend us clothing.


Name:
LuAnne D’Souza
Age: 26
Location: Dubai, U.A.E
Online haunts: blog // twitter // facebook

Three reasons that you’re awesome:
I am proof that contrary to popular opinion, fat does not equal to ugly.
I have my own sense of style and tend to do my own thing no matter what other people think.
I know that above all else, it’s heart that matters the most so I try to be the best human being I can be.

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
An elephant print kaftan from Sri Lanka, it’s perfect for crazy Dubai summers!

What is the last item of clothing you bought?
My most recent purchase was my first pair of Jeffrey Campbells, they were on sale at Solestruck and I’ve wanted a pair for ages but they were always out of my budget. They’re the Perfect Spikes, I’ve been daydreaming about the outfits I can wear with them!

What is the item of clothing you love most at the moment?
I’m very emotionally attached to this frilled wrap skirt my mom got me from Dorothy Perkins when I was 16. It’s bright red and somehow manages to fit me through all my weight fluctuations. It is still a stylish piece 10 years later. I’ve worn it for a lot of memorable occasions and I always feel amazing every time I wear it.

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
I cringe at all the clothes from my childhood! I only found my sense of
style when I started high school, everything before that was my mom’s
taste. I do have some fun memories of prancing around the house in my
mom’s high heels when I was a kid, I also used to secretly try all her
costume jewelry like those big clip on earrings from the 90s.

What is your best thrifting score?
We don’t have thrift stores in Dubai! How sad is that?

Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
I stick to a colour palette consisting of a maximum of three colours or it’s too much. That is just my personal opinion.
Confidence is everything! I’m always being told I wear outfits that a lot of plus size girls would not wear, I know I can rock almost anything because it all depends on your style, not your size.
Style is self expression so have fun with it! I love wearing clothes that make me feel awesome, even if other people don’t always get it.

Thanks so much for sharing, LuAnne!

Real Life Style Icon: Lisa of ‘Respect The Shoes’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to clever, funny, fashionable women.  And then we distract them with something shiny (or some cheese) and raid their closets.

Name: Lisa
Age: I am almost twenty-FAUX!
Location: Georgia
Online haunts:  blog // facebook // pinterest

Three reasons that you’re awesome:
Oh gosh, so many things to list (haha!)  Here’s some random awesomeness:
1) I’ve got the personality of Gumby – I’m pretty easy-going and ready for anything!
2) I actually enjoy cooking, especially prep work. You want someone to chop the veggies or stir the sauce, I got it.

3) I have a black belt in Google kung fu; I can look up pretty much everything.

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
Denim shirt, madras shorts, flip flops – I am all about comfort in my off-hours.

What is the last item of clothing you bought?
My
first pair of Jack Rogers thong sandals found on sale and in bright
pink! I admit, they are not that comfy, but I’ll make them work.

What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
The Alexander Wang rocco satchel with the studded bottom – in tan or black with the gold studs. It’s been out for a few years now and I’m too cheap to bite – but I still lust for it!

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
My
parents totally created my childhood tomboy persona!  I remember a
family portrait when I was about four with a mop of short curly hair,
wearing denim overalls, a rainbow-striped long-sleeve polo and white
tennies. For some reason, that outfit made me feel awesome!

What is your best thrifting score?
Does Ebay count? Because that’s as close to successful thrifting that I’ve ever gotten. I’ve scored tons of previous season Anthropologie and J.Crew items for cheap on there, loads with the tags still on them.

Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
I don’t know if these are “tricks” per se, but when I put together ensembles, I consider gingham and stripes to be neutrals, so it lends to a lot of interesting combinations. I am also all about pattern-mixing as long as the pieces are in the same color family and there’s only one dominant pattern. And when in doubt, belt it – sounds simple, and it is, but belting has helped me create the waistline I don’t have. As for DIY – I wish!

Thanks so much for sharing, Lisa!

Real Life Style Icon: Catherine of ‘Not Dressed As Lamb’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we ferret through the closets, minds, lives of super stylish bloggers. And then we trick them into being our friends. In other news, I want to dress like Catherine once I stop living out of a suitcase. Or learn how to walk in heels.

Name:
Catherine Summers
Age: 39¾ – my blog was started on my 39th birthday as a one year countdown to my fortieth birthday.
Location: Devon, England (I’m originally from London though).
Online haunts: blog // pinterest // asos fashion finder

Three reasons that you’re awesome:
If it’s not too big-headed to say…!

1. My lovely followers make me feel awesome. I love the fact that I’m inspiring them in the same way I’m inspired by all the amazingly stylish bloggers out there, who are ultimately the people responsible for improving my style no end. I love to get to know other bloggers and build friendships.

2. I would describe my style as eclectic, but erring towards Preppy with an Edge. Hopefully I’ll always be wearing something a little surprising!

3. The most awesome comment I’ve had on my blog recently was a Sex and the City reference: she said my style looked like Charlotte had raided Carrie’s wardrobe – she summed up my ideal style perfectly! Any comparison with SATC is so flattering.

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
A lot of bright colours and pattern: floral jeans layered with an embroidered navy dress, bright pink t-shirt and a pistachio green cardigan.

What is the last item of clothing you bought?
I had a mini splurge in the clothing section at my local supermarket: two sweaters – one with peach and salmon stripes, one ombre blue – and a printed scarf-style top in mint and peach. All super cheap but very on-trend.

What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
I’m desperately trying to get hold of another pair of mint chinos I’d already bought about a month ago which were the perfect fit and colour. The first time I wore them, I dropped a bottle of orange nail polish which smashed and emptied the contents all up one leg. I was so upset I cried, as they were totally ruined! I’m having problems getting another pair in my size :(

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
When I was 10, my then 19 year-old sister bought one of those piecrust collar Princess Diana blouses and I thought it was beautiful. Following this sudden desire for something fashionable, I had a fit at my poor mother because I thought I wasn’t allowed to wear trendy clothes. This wasn’t true of course – I just hadn’t shown any interest in fashion (as opposed to dressing up) before. My dear sister went out and bought me an almost identical blouse… and it absolutely made my year. And cemented my love of fashion 😉

What is your best thrifting score?
I got three vintage dresses from one eBay seller recently – two 60s/70s maxis and a 80s fruit patterned day dress. I’m a demon on eBay – good luck anyone who chooses to bid against me! I’m still waiting for the weather to warm up to wear them.

Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1. Don’t be afraid to experiment: mix every colour and pattern under the sun (and break all the rules in the process).

2. Think of hair, make up and nails as accessories. I’ll always consider what hairstyle suits an outfit, and I try to co-ordinate my manicures with what I’m wearing.

3. Finally, to know for sure whether an outfit is working, always take a quick photo and study the photo, not your reflection in the mirror… you can’t be objective in the mirror for some reason. Before doing this, on several occasions I’d walked around all day wearing a particular outfit that I’ve then photographed for the blog, and only realized then that they looked dreadful. A quick photo first thing in the morning would have avoided that!

Thanks so much for sharing, Catherine! 

Real Life Style Icon: Kate of Scathingly Brilliant

This is one of our (semi-regular) interviews with real life style icons – pretty, smart, awesome ladies whose closets we want to raid.

Say hi to Kate of Scathingly Brilliant!

Name: Kate Gabrielle
Age: 25
Location: Earth
Online haunts: blog // shop / twitter

Three reasons that you’re awesome:
1. I can wiggle my eyebrows and make them dance to music
2. I am unbeatable at Clue
3. I can recite the children’s book “The Fish Who Could Wish” from memory

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
A cream colored lace dress with a gray v-neck sweater and black tights.

What’s the last item of clothing you bought?
This dress. The colors and pattern make me so happy! I can’t wait for it to get here!


What’s the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?

This
is absurdly specific, but I really, really, really want a dress with a
classic 50’s fit and flare shape in an all-over photographic print
fabric. It’s eluding me, though, so I might end up making one myself!

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
I
lived for mismatch day at school! Once a year in elementary school, you
wore the craziest combination of prints you could possibly concoct. It
was so much fun! I think grown-ups should have a mismatch day, too!

What is your best thrifting score?
The thrift stores in
my area carry mostly 90’s polyester power suits and mom jeans, and
charge twice what they were worth 20 years ago… so my thrifting scores
are usually etsy or ebay scores! My all time favorite find is this mint green vintage 50’s dress with a matching bow belt that was only $20 on ebay!


Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1. Wearing things backwards! Once you remove the tag, almost anything is reversible!
2. Tucking dresses into skirts! It’s especially perfect for dresses that are too-short or too-tight on the bottom.
3. Bright lipstick. Whenever I’m feeling blah, bright lipstick never fails to pick me up! I like hot pink now, but I had quite an affinity for blue when I was a pre-teen. I hope desperately that no pictures exist to prove this, though!

Thanks so much for sharing, Kate!

Real Life Style Icon: Cynthia of Addicted 2 Etsy

This is just one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to interesting, stylish, smart ladies we kind of want to be. Hello, hello Cynthia of Addicted 2 Etsy! 

 


Name
: Cynthia E.
Age: happy to be 30
Location: New York City
Online Haunts: Addicted 2 Etsy

Can you tell us three reasons that you’re awesome?
Yikes,
I think I’m kind, generous and I genuinely love connecting with people –
especially around fun stuff like fashion, music and traveling.

 

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
I
guess I have to be honest! Nothing glam right now. I just changed out of
my work clothes into my bummy house clothes. So it’s a Forever 21 long
and loose tank, with shorts.

What the last item of clothing you bought?
River Island striped dress from ASOS for $31.

 


What item of clothing are you coveting most right now?

I try not to lust over any over the top items. At the moment, it’s actually a bag – the J. Crew Edie tote in red.
Can you share a favorite childhood memory about clothes?
My
mum had these lace Madonna gloves that I loved so much. I was always in
her closet trying on her heels and those darn fingerless lace gloves.
Funny, I don’t really like heels now and I hope the Madonna gloves make a
comeback.


What’s you best thrifting score?

I’m obsessed with
vintage coach bags – Brooklyn Flea and Etsy are great for those. I won’t
buy the reissues even though or perhaps because they’re all shiny and
new. Most of my thrifting scores have been housewares. My friends come
over and they’re impressed that we put apartment together mostly using
Craigslist and the flea market.

 



What are your top three style tricks?

1. You can’t
convey confidence if you’re not comfortable. That’s a big one for me.
There’s so many shoes that look amazing at the store, but if I can’t
walk in them, I won’t bother. Or the skirt that’s so tight and
constantly rides up. Basically, I don’t subscribe to Fashion/beauty is
PAIN.
2. Go for the ugly on the hanger dress. Most
people tend to ignore these dresses, so you won’t have to see your dress
everywhere. You’ll be surprised by how nice some of these dresses
actually look when worn.
3. The right accessories can
really bring an outfit together. Belts, scarves, jewelry, hats etc, Get
them low priced at high street stores like Forever 21, Topshop,
HM and you’ll realize you don’t need to buy more clothes. Just
play around with what you already have!Thanks so much, Cynthia!

Real Life Style Icon: Veronika of Tick Tock Vintage

This is just one interview of many in our Real Life Style Icons.  This is where we talk to smart, interesting, well-dressed women who we’d like to befriend. And then steal all their clothes.  Say hello to Veronika of Tick Tock Vintage!

Name: Veronika
Age: 24
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Online haunts: blog // facebook // tumblr // twitter

 

 

What
are you wearing right now, as you type this?

A thermal shirt from
H&M that I bought on our honeymoon (sexy, I know) and a pair of XL
sweatpants that I stole from my grandma the last time I was at her
house. Oh, and huge wool socks. It’s late at night and I just got out of
the shower!What is the last item of clothing you bought?
I
went thrifting this weekend and ended up walking away with a couple of
scores. I got a Marc Jacobs sundress for $7.99, a pair of Citizens of
Humanity jeans for $4.99, and a vintage sweater with a built-in napkin around the neck.

 

 

 

What
is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?

I have been
keeping my eyes out for warm, wooly cable-knit sweaters. They’re either
super expensive when you buy them new, or ratty and pilling at the
thrift store. Let me know if you find one that’s reasonably priced!Tell
us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.

I wore a bat
costume for a year straight when I was 2. I also had a pair of denim
overalls with a holographic smiley face on the front.

 

 

 

What is
your best thrifting score?

Hmm, this is a tough one! In terms of newer
thrifted clothing, I’d have to say a Tibi silk blouse for $2.99 (retail
around $300) or a pair of never-worn burgundy leather Timberland boots for $12.99
(retails for $180). I’ve found some pretty amazing vintage cocktail
dresses, but my favorite has to be an emerald green shimmery cocktail
dress. I haven’t worn it yet, but I’ll be breaking it out for Christmas
parties.

 

 


Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
Here’s 3 DIYs that I’ve recently shared on my blog.
#1: Never underestimate the potential that a large piece of suede might have.
#2: Just because it’s not in your size doesn’t mean that you can’t make it work:
#3: RIT dye and loads of cheap trim will transform anything.Thanks so much Veronika!

Real Life Style Icon: Audi of Fashion For Nerds

This is one of our many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we drool over the sartorial stylings of funny, smart, gorgeous fashion bloggers we want to befriend/borrow clothing from. 

 

Name: Audi
Age: 42
Location: San Francisco
Online haunts:  my blogmy etsy shop.

 

Three reasons that you’re awesome:
1. At work I do a lot that helps people, both through my contributions to developing drugs to treat serious diseases, and also more directly, as a manager and mentor to other scientists.2.  I have a lot of fun with fashion and style, and I feel like I encourage other people to have fun with it too.

3. I have many varied interests outside of science: I’m a home brewer, I make hats, I love to travel, I’m a huge fan of mariachi music, I speak some Icelandic as well as French, I love reptiles and amphibians. And obviously I have a passion for clothing and style.

 

 

What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
I’d love to get my hands on a pair of the over the knee lace-up boots I saw in the Dior Fall ’11 collection. Shoes are probably my most oft-coveted item of clothing.

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.

I was in grade school in the 70’s, so I fondly remember Garanimals. As an animal lover, I was of course thrilled with clothing associated with giraffes and hippos and such. I’ve often thought I should create a men’s clothing line that mimics Garanimals (GarMANimals?). Of course, instead of matching giraffes and hippos, they would instead pair up things like pizza and beer, or a sports car and a blonde. I could make millions, I tell you!

 


What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
A red, full skirted dress with black patterned tights, hardware-studded boots and a black cardigan. Red and black is one of my favorite combinations right now. What is the last item of clothing you bought?
I splurged on a pair of Prada sunglasses, and I’m glad I did. They make me feel so glamorous!

 

What is your best thrifting score?
My favorite is probably the 1960’s navy and white short sleeved jacket I found at a second hand shop in Paris. It fits like it was custom made for me, and nothing beats international thrift shopping!

 

Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1. Layering skirts and dresses is one of my key tricks for using most of my wardrobe year-round in the variable and often windy San Francisco climate. I layer to lengthen shorter hemlines, to add warmth, and to bring in contrast or add visual interest.2. I love using belts to move my waistline up or down, or to change the shape of a garment.

3. I keep outfits interesting by adding unexpected elements such as a man’s tie, skull motifs, or a leather harness. A little bit of daring really spices up an outfit.

Real Life Style Icon: Linda of Little Tin Soldier

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to lovely, funny, fashionable ladies whose closets we want to raid and brains we want to pick.  Please say hello to Linda of Little Tin Soldier!

 

 

Name: Linda
Age: 30
Location: Texas
Online haunts: I blog at http://www.littletinsoldier.com

Three reasons that you’re awesome:
Oh goodness. I’m awesome because I wear what I love, I draw what I wear, and I enjoy life.

 

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
I’m wearing an oversized sweatshirt, bright turquoise shorts, and navy blue flats.

What is the last item of clothing you bought?
I bought two lightweight camisoles. I couldn’t survive a Texas summer without them! They are great layering pieces underneath blouses.

 

 


What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?

I would love to own a silk navy blue shirtdress.

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
I have always enjoyed putting outfits together. One of my favorite childhood outfits featured magenta corduroys, a turquoise knit sweater with a yellow duck on it, and white plastic pearls. My mom allowed me to dress somewhat freely until fourth grade. After that, clothes became a battleground for us. I spent most of my time wearing what she approved instead of what I wanted. But now she says I have great style.

 

What is your best thrifting score?
My best score (so far) is a green silk floral print vintage Ungaro dress that I bought for $5. It’s in immaculate condition, and it has lovely details– pockets, a straight skirt, and bows! It’s not unusual to find designer pieces at thrift stores in Texas. I like pretending that an oil baroness grew tired of her clothes and told her assistant, “Please get rid of these.” Then they wind up with me!

 

 

Thanks so much for sharing, Linda!