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How would you describe your style?

I always have a hard time with this question mostly because my style is constantly changing depending on my mood every day. I would definitely say I’m always on the girly & eclectic side!

When you’re getting dressed what’s one indicator that you’ve got the look?

It’s an indescribable feeling! You feel confident and it immediately perks up your mood. For me, I instantly start brainstorming for locations to photograph the outfit; even if I’m running late to an appointment. It may sound silly, but you kind of fall in love with what you’re wearing – sometimes, it happens when I have no where important to go like buying groceries and running errands and then I debate on whether or not to save it for another occasion.

What are some of your fashion do’s and don’ts?

Do push your limits! Some of the best outfits are those where we’re thinking outside of the box and maybe slightly outside of our comfort zone, in a good way, whether it’s an unusual texture, an eccentric shoe pairing, or a fun pop of color (or all monochromatic). Don’t doubt yourself. If you feel good in it, rock it!

Have you ever made a huge fashion mistake?

Of course! There was one outfit where I just went too far with mixing textures and prints (think monochromatic, faux fur, leather, textured tights, ikat shorts – it was overboard) but I’d rather be on the quirky side causing a small commotion than boring, any day!

Your husband takes all of your photos, what’s a fun fact about the man behind the camera?

He used to DJ and competed in battles, placing with some of the top names in the industry!

How do you balance your career in Technology Sales and Blogging full time?

It’s definitely something I struggle with, especially during the chaotic month end, quarter end and fiscal year ends as it makes it nearly impossible to not work 24/7 but I would say I attribute it to the fact that my husband and I work together as a team in both careers. Because of that, he really helps me balance it out and keeps me sane! Also, although I definitely spend full time hours blogging (there are just enough hours in a day to work 2 full time jobs and sleep!), it doesn’t feel like work because I love it so much!

When you’re not blogging or working what do you like to do for fun?

We’re big foodies (which is something I do blog about occasionally) so if I’m not working, blogging or attending industry events, you’ll find me at any one of LA’s highest rated eateries or watering holes!

Your mother went into labor at the South Coast Plaza, what’s your favorite store there?

Yes! While she was pregnant with me! What store is there not to love there? I’m not sure I could pick one favorite but I love Hermes (my husband bought my birthday bracelet from there) and well a girl can day dream about their bags all day right? Louis Vuitton from the days I used to collect a ridiculous amount of their bags, Zara because it’s Zara :) and the easy go-to’s Nordstrom & Bloomingdales!

How would you say your style has evolved throughout the years?

I’m definitely much more adventurous. Although I’ve always loved bright colors, fun prints and lots of accessories, I’ve also always had a huge complex about my legs (they’re thicker than the average!) so I used to shy away from fun colored and printed pants. My close friend aka my blogger bestie, Sheryl, would always try to encourage me to try them and she finally got me to wear a pair of red jeans. That’s when I fell in love. Now, I have more crazy printed jeans and crazy colors than I do the average blues and blacks!

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Essence magazine Associate Market Editor, Reneise Francis, recently revealed her ShoeDazzle must-haves to VIP members! We loved her picks so much that we dug a little deeper to find out what makes up her personal style, trends she’s looking forward to, and her go to look for work. Keep reading to  get the scoop!

 

Describe your style in three words.

Girly, Flirty, and Romantic

How did you get your start in fashion?

INTERNSHIPS! I busted my butt, working long hours and handling gruesome tasks, all with a smile on my face. I learned so much just by quietly observing how the greats did it.

What’s your favorite piece in your closet right now?

I have a pencil dress that has this great abstract print in bold colors. I love it because I look like a walking piece of art while wearing it. It does not need much to compliment it. Nude shoes and minimal jewelry will do the  job because the dress is a statement on it’s own.

What’s a deciding factor in making you selects while shopping?

Fit is the most important factor. It does not matter how cool the trend is, if it’s not flattering on YOU it’s in vain.

What style trends are you looking forward to test out?

I would love to find a great pair of high waist wide leg pants in a neutral color. I think that style is so chic. I would pair it with a bold color top to add a little fun to the look.

Go to look for work?

I’m actually a lot more comfortable in a dress than in pants. My favorite silhouette is a fit and flare. It also makes the getting dressed process so much simpler in the morning. Luckily since  I work in a creative field I don’t have to adhere to a really strict corporate attire. What I wear to work is what I wear on my off days as well.

Is it better to be overdressed or underdressed for an event?

Neither. It’s best to be confident in whatever you wear to an event. When you feel great, you look great, so with confidence  it won’t matter whether you’re over or underdressed.

What’s a day like for you as a fashion editor at Essence?

It’s not as glamourous as you might think. It’s full of pitch meetings and production meetings for story deadlines. It can get quite physical while preparing for a run through and schlepping clothes and accessories to and fro within the office. I do really enjoy when I get a break from the office to visit designer showrooms to see what they have in store for the next season. I also really love photo shoot days when I get to see the story I pitched come to life.

What you like about ShoeDazzle?

Who doesn’t love trendy styles at great prices! I love that your site has a variety of styles that caters to all women OR to the woman who likes to switch up her style from day to day. With ShoeDazzle’s prices you can certainly afford to do so.

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Jag Lever means “I live” in Swedish. What sparked your interest in their culture?

My interest began with my deep love for the Swedish musician Lykke Li. I then began to follow Swedish brands/designers such as Acne and Minimarket. Since my interest started I’ve also fell in love with other Swedish musicians like First Aid Kit and Miike Snow. I subconsciously am drawn to Swedish things!

How would you describe your personal style.

It changes a lot but I’d say lately it’s revolved around a western/60′s/70′s vibe.

Who or where do you find style inspiration from?

I love to follow First Aid Kit’s style. It’s very 70′s bohemian vintage. I love it! I also find inspiration from other fashion blogs. My favorite one is misspandora.fr.

What’s your go to piece to make a fashion statement?

My hats are definitely my go to piece that really transform an outfit.

What other creative outlets do you use besides blogging?

I draw! I love to draw cartoon-ish stuff in my sketchbook. They’re like doodles I take very seriously. I used to paint with oils a lot when I could afford to. It’s expensive!

 You moved from Chicago to New York, how has the location change been so far?

Great and challenging. I love living here but it is a lot more expensive in general. But worth it!

What are you favorite spots around NYC?

I love to go thrift shopping in East Village. I love the pier in Williamsburg too. It’s a great place to be when the sun sets and you can watch it happen right over Manhattan and it’s beautiful!

What’s a typical day like for you as a blogger?

Get up, gotta have a big breakfast (eggs, coffee, toast) and if it’s a weekday I’ll make my outfit post for the day. Then I’ll either style a few looks to shoot, edit photos or work on e-mails for the next few hours. Then around dinner I usually take a break. I may stay up until 2 AM some nights answering e-mails (like I am right now! ;) ) Some days I have events or showrooms to visit.

Do any of your readers ever recognize you on the street?

Yes! I had my first recognition in New York a few days ago. It was at a grocery store that I shop at all the time. I was picking out incense when she approached me and she was very excited and it was really nice! I feel so honored when people come up to me. It’s very strange but amazing and it definitely makes me feel proud of where I’ve gotten over the years.

Do you have any beauty secrets?

Lately I’ve been obsessed with taking better care of my hair. The ends are pretty dry usually since I dye them lighter and I curl my hair often with heat. I’ve been using L’oreal Mythic Oil hair masks and the oil serum. I spread it around all of my hair and spend extra time coating the tips, roll it into a bun and let it sit for 20-ish minutes and then wash it out. It comes out really soft and smooth, almost like brand new hair! It’s also important to use a heat protector before using hot tools. Otherwise… refer to “Burning off the hair” on YouTube! (It’s actually a really great video.)

Tell us, do you ever get mistaken for Zooey Deschanel? If so, we’d love to do a She & Him duet with you haha :) !

Oh my gosh. So often that it is kind of annoying! But I love Zooey. She’s quirky and adorably pretty so I think it’s a compliment… but it happens a LOT. I’ve had the same haircut since I had hair. But I won’t lie… occasionally I can be found playing She & Him on my ukulele ;)

 

 

 

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We aren’t sure if the phrase “Let them eat cake” ever left the great Marie Antoinette’s mouth. But, we’re positive that if Annette Vartanian was around she would have no qualms with the queen. After all, it’s her duty as a bride-to-be to indulge in sweet delicacies.  Find out what other things the blogger fancies below, hint: it’s related to her blog name. 

Your blog name is “I Heart Vintage Couture” do you have a favorite vintage item or places to find great pieces?

I have too many favorites! I love all of the pieces handed down from my Mom (one of my style icons). I’m also obsessed with a Givenchy black lace gown I purchased from Shareen Vintage. It’s so beautiful that I actually wear it around the house just to feel extra fabulous.  I also love a pair of Hollywood regency crystal lamps I purchased from a vintage store several years ago.  They add the right touch of glam to our mid century living room.   My favorite vintage stores are Shareen Vintage for fun and beautiful dresses and Sunbeam Vintage for the home.

You’re getting married! Are there any similarities to picking out a wedding dress/bridesmaid dress and styling a post?

Yes, most definitely!  When styling outfits for the blog, I stay true to my style and personality since the blog is an extension of me.  I focus on what I like and what works on my body type rather than what is most trendy.  Shopping for a bridal dress is very similar.  I wanted a bridal dress that had a vintage silhouette with modern touches and fortunately I found the perfect dress.  It’s very unique and screams Annette!

What’s your number one piece of advice for future brides?

Go to as many cake tastings as possible!

Any beauty secrets?

Get lots of sleep and drink lots of water.  To keep my hair healthy and shiny, I don’t color it and I only wash it once a week.

What are your favorite reads? (This can be a magazine, novel, poetry, etc?)

I was an English Lit major in college so I’m definitely a book nerd! I definitely prefer flipping through interior design magazines as I sip on a cocktail (naturally), or curl up with a good book after a long day at work.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. by Epicurus. You can have all the material goods, but if you don’t enjoy life, the people around you, and everyday epiphanies, then you’ll never be happy. This is definitely my motto for enjoying a productive and meaningful life.

Where would one typically find you on the weekend?

I definitely love to sleep in as late as possible and then have a decadent brunch with my fiance, Alan.  We love to hobnob around town to check out new art galleries, visit our favorite vintage stores, and finish the night with a cocktail.

 

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They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. But, we didn’t take heed to that advice when we saw Sazan Barzani of Spaz Magazine. This Texas beauty looks angelic from the outside and actually has an immune system to prove it. Read on to get to know this muse in depth, and see why she’s the exception to the popular saying! 

Entering the Blogosphere: An obsession of sharing pictures of my new shopping purchases and outfits sparked my interest in blogging! I would take pictures of what I was wearing (shot with my cellphone) and inspirational fashion pics I found online and post it to my Facebook page, just for fun! More and more friends started to comment and suggest that I start my own online fashion blog to store all of it. I was always a fan of the fashion blogging world but I never thought I would become a part of it. Online fashion blogs are today’s go-to place for inspirational outfit ideas from everyday girls. And just like that- I become a fashion blogger.

Style Crushin’: I have always had the biggest style crush on Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen. I feel like Ashley’s feminine style mixed with Mary-Kate’s edginess is the perfect combination that makes up my personal style. If I could raid pieces from their closet, I would grab all of their over-sized designer handbags and sunglasses…. totally chic to the max.

Music Therapy: Just like my personal style, my mood depicts the type of music genre I feel like listening to for that day. Right now on my Ipod, you’ll see me listening to a variety of artists from Rihanna and Justin Timberlake to Empire of the Sun, and even The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Love it all!

Epicurean: I moved to Los Angeles from Texas in January and I’ll tell ya, LA is no Texas when it comes to food BUT I’ve become more of a clean eater by living in this town! The Italian and sushi out here is also great! Some of my fav spots to chow down are Lemonade, Blu Jam Café, tex mex eating at Marix, and Cafe Med for Italian! Can’t lie- I love Chipotle too. The list goes on…

Secret Scent: Not a crazy perfume girl. Strong perfume scents make me dizzy! I can do soft scents but for the most part you’ll see lots of Victoria’s Secret body sprays in my bag that are perfect for on the go!

Beauty Ritual: The beauty questions I’m asked about the most on my blog pertain to my hair! It’s no secret that I love big hair (hello I’m from Texas ya’ll). If you’re someone who wants that natural voluminous look, get a good volumizing shampoo/conditioner, and style gel. Try not to use a flat iron at the top of your head (the crown area). Instead blow dry it straight and then tease the roots with a tease comb and flexible volumizing hair spray. After you tease, flip your hair upside down and brush lightly with a round brush. When you flip your hair back to normal, it will instantly look 80% fuller and thicker. To keep it full all day- you have to make sure you are teasing correcting (plenty of youtube videos on how to do this). Also using a separate hairspray to add extra hold if desired.

Weekend Destination: My jobs as a busy part time fashion blogger and entertainment host take up a lot of time during the week, so when I get a chance to relax, you’ll probably find me in doors on the weekends kicking back with my closest pals or attending fun blogger events in LA! I’ve spent a lot of time learning how to balance this industry’s work and also finding time to play. I think both are equally important for living a balanced and happy lifestyle!

Wise Words: My favorite quote is, ” Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius.

Currently Reading: Right now on my reading desk I’ve got handful of my fav magazines including (just to name a few) People StyleWatch, Elle, and Redbook! Book wise- I recently started reading “God’s Not Dead” by Rice Brooks and I’m hooked!

Life changing Story: In 2008, my little brother was diagnosed with Leukemia and I was his lucky bone marrow donor that helped save his life! Never in a million years do you think that you will be a vital role in helping save someone’s life. The process wasn’t painful, I was put to sleep for it. Him and I now have the same immune system and blood type. Sometimes we get colds at the same time…so funny.  Best gift I’ve ever given. :)

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I don’t know about you all. But, when it comes to dating there’s definitely a height requirement for my heels. I never want to tower over my beau or be too short. So this adds a little bit of pressure when it comes to selecting shoes. If you have the same dilemma, I’ve put together a few options of tall and petite pumps to balance everything out.

 

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Meet Madeline Pendleton, the personal style blogger behind Jean Griege, whom we’ve affectionately given the nick name “Queen of Edge”. Check out her style as she rocks the Kinsley and gives us insight into her world!

Music Therapy: I love anything from the 1970′s! Summer for me always means ELO, T. Rex, and Television.

Quote to Live By: “Anything worth doing is worth doing right”.

Favorite Reads: Oyster, Mirage, and Purple.

Favorite Destination Around Town: Larchmont for brunch, Melrose for shopping, or downtown in the artist district for coffee.

Epicurean: Sage in Echo Park is by far my fav — all vegan with great raw and gluten free options, and it’s a small business owned by a cool chick, so you can’t go wrong!

Favorite weekend activity: Definitely the Melrose Trading Post flea market! It’s my favorite place to get jewelry and knick knacks for the house.

Aroma Therapy: Daisy by Marc Jacobs.

Beauty Ritual: Coconut oil for everything!

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Music Therapy: I listen to all kinds of music, but my replay list this week is Miss Out by Blush, Closer by Tegan and Sara, and Love It by Icona Pop.

Quote to Live By: “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction” -George Lorimer

Favorite reads: Style.com, Elle, and Lucky

Favorite Destination Around Town: I hang out in Downtown LA quite often. There’s a bunch of new restaurants that keep popping up.

Aroma Therapy : Jadore Dior

Beauty Ritual: I wash my face every morning and as soon as I get home at night! I always moisturize and do a vitamin face pack once a week and a peeling gel.

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It’s not hard to imagine that Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightlys favorite quote is “Happy girls are the prettiest girls”.  Her blog exudes bliss and we were lucky enough to discover a few her indulgences.

Music Therapy: I love picking up old records at thrift stores and my best recent find was the Breakfast at Tiffany’s soundtrack, so I play that over and over and over again. I may be a little obsessed. Moon River…

Favorite Read: I’m lucky that I get to write about some of the world’s most beautiful weddings for Inside Weddings magazine, so that’s definitely a favorite for party and decor inspiration — and while I love the design aspects, the couples’ love stories and how they met is actually my favorite part (I’m such a sap). I also love any interior design and decorating magazine I can get my hands on (’til this day, I still miss Domino). And New York magazine is my US Weekly.

Favorite Destination Around Town: Sprinkles Ice Cream and Bouchon Bakery are both in dangerous walking distance from our place, so I’m often getting my sweet tooth fix there. And when I want my clothing and candy fix in one go, I head to A SweeT Boutique, where they serve up both!

We recently bought a weekend house in Palm Springs, so we split our time between LA and Palm Springs. When we’re out in the desert you can find me at Las Casuelas eating Mexican food, shopping at Party Lab for fun party supplies and treasure-hunting at all the great vintage and thrift stores in town.

Curious Epicurean:  I love the casual French bistro Mr. Marcel in Beverly Hills for brunch/lunch and Speranza in Silver Lake for the best Italian (so cute for date night — they even pass out blankets to keep things cozy!). Now that we’re homeowners with an actual yard and pool, I must admit al fresco meals by the pool can’t be beat.

Weekend Schedule: My ideal weekend day is sleeping in, having a long leisurely brunch at home, swanning in the pool,exploring the desert (and maybe getting in a photo shoot) and hitting up a vintage furniture store or two.

Aroma Therapy: I don’t typically wear perfume but have been known to dabble a little vanilla extract behind my ears. There’s nothing better than the smell of baking — even if you haven’t spent all day in the kitchen.

Beauty Ritual: Sleep, lots and lots of sleep. And a big sunhat!

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