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How would you describe your style?

I don’t think I have a particular style; I like to dress depending on my mood. But I would say I gravitate towards colorful, feminine and fun pieces.

Where do you draw fashion inspiration from?

Pretty much everywhere, from the streets, movies, TV, magazines, designers, Internet, other fashion bloggers and even food!

Do you have any fashion rules that you live by?

Not really, I don’t like to follow rules ha,ha,ha.

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

Shoes, I live for my prosti shoes! The higher the heel the sexier I feel!

Do you have any beauty secrets you can share?

I never go to bed with makeup on, I wear SPF all the time and I drink a lot of water.

You spend a lot of time in New York City, what’s one thing we must do after getting off the plane?

Grab some pizza and go shopping 

When you’re not blogging we can find you on the small screen hosting segments for Univision and Telemundo. How did you get your start?
Not many people know this, but before I started my fashion/beauty blog I used to be a sports anchor, reporter, writer and radio host for multiple Spanish media outlets. I got a communications degree from USD and I’ve been doing TV for over 14 years! So, when I started blogging about fashion and beauty it was just a natural transition.

Your mantra is….

Live every day as if it were your last!

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What made you pursue fashion?

I’ve always been addicted to shopping and clothes. I come from a family with primarily men, so I guess I turned out as girly as possible.

How would you describe your style?

My style is always evolving. I tend to dress for the occasion and what I’m feeling like for the day. Some days I’m super vintage and other days I can be a total hippie. I guess I would say my style is chameleon like.

Where do you find style inspiration from?

I definitely get my style inspiration from fellow bloggers and friends. I love to see real girls wearing pieces I would wear in their own unique ways.

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

A  fabulous full vintage skirt. It’s become my signature piece and I get so excited when I find a new one while vintage shopping.

You’re a Los Angeles native. If we were to hang out, where would you take us?

I would probably take you all over, since L.A. is such a large city. Brunch in Los Feliz probably my favorite little restaurant Alcove, followed by shopping on Melrose, a short peak at the LACMA, and dinner and drinks in Downtown.

We noticed you’re into travelling, tell us about your love for Italy and Via Ghibellina 76?

I spent a semester abroad in Italy about 2 years ago and fell in love with traveling. Europe is definitely a different place. It was so eye opening to see the many lifestyles people lived. Via Ghibellina 76 was my apartment and it was my favorite place to people watch from my window and write.

Tell us, which season do you prefer for dressing up?

Fall is my favorite season. I live trench coats and boots. It’s nice cause you can later for warmth but also de-layer if it gets hot which it usually does in LA.

When it comes to working out, what’s your favorite method?

Bikram yoga is my go to workout method. It centers me body mind and soul. I love detoxing and flushing the bad substances out of my system. It’s more for health than just being fit and having a nice body.

What’s on your workout playlist?

Nothing. Bikram yoga requires you to clear your mind and so you have to be in silence for an hour and a half.

Since your name is Stiletto beats, we can’t help but to ask… What’s your favorite ShoeDazzle heel?

I have so many but the one I love right now is the Levi! Edgy, comfortable and so wearable.

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Blake Von D caught our attention when she won a ShoeDazzle contest. Her unique take on fashion and beauty had us from the beginning. But, her love for law keeps us intrigued. Read on to get to know a girl with beauty and brains! 

Who is Blake Von D?

I’m really just a normal girl. Like a lot of girls, I enjoy pretty things and can’t get enough of dressing up. I’m also a big dreamer and all about girl power. I think there’s nothing that women can’t do and I try to embody that in everything I do.

If you had to tell your teenage-self one thing what would it be?

“TAKE THAT OFF!” Lol. I look back at all the terrible fashion choices I made as a teenager and I cringe. I can’t even justify it by conceding that I was fashionable for the time. Nope. It was just all around terrible decision making lol.

What type of law will you practice? What made you decide to go into law?

I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was a little girl. I’ve always had a penchant for “proving my point”. At the moment, I’m not quite sure what type of law I want to practice. I originally thought that I would definitely go into criminal defense. But lately I’ve been giving some thought to the fields of Fashion Law or IP Law, which deals with things like copyrights and trademarks. It’s a tough decision because I’m really passionate about social justice (I also have a Master’s of Social Work) and I feel like by not doing criminal defense, I’d be letting people down. But I just have to keep reminding myself that, “It’s ok to have more than one dream.”

To put it simply your hair is amazing! Do you have any hair journey stories that you can share with our readers?

Thank you! I cut my hair into this style shortly after graduating college in 2009 and I couldn’t have chosen a better style for myself. I think it really showcases my “what you see is what you get” personality and has forced me to truly appreciate my appearance on a deeper level, without relying on hair as a crutch. I’m loving everything about this journey!

Tell us your beauty secrets! What’s something you can’t live without?

I love a good foundation. My current go-to is MACs Liquid Studio Fix Foundation. I’m also a sucker for a good tube of mascara. My favorite is Maybelline’s Stiletto Mascara. And I always close out my day by cleansing my skin with Rx for Brown Skin’s acne treatment system.

We love your style, you were literally the girl crush of our office! Whose style do you often find yourself crushing on?

I’m totally blushing! You guys sure know how to make a girl feel special. I have quite a few style crushes. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but if I had to, it would be Rihanna (at the moment). She’s fearless and always willing to make bold style choices. You can’t help but love a girl with that sort of bravery. I also love Olivia Palermo’s style. That girl has impeccable taste!

If you could raid their closet what would you take?

O goodness, where to start?! I would DEFINITELY take the Stephane Rolland dress Rihanna wore to the 2009 Glamour Magazine Awards. It was showstopping! I’d also steal off with the black Armani gown she wore to the 2012 Grammys. As for Olivia Palermo, she always has great shoes. So I’d probably start by taking a pair…or six.

Do you have any statement pieces that you guiltlessly wear over and over again?

I have a great blazer that I recently purchased from H&M that I just can’t get enough of. It goes great with almost anything. It’s kind of sad how often I find myself wanting to wear it.

Finish the sentence. When I want to refresh my wardrobe I ____________.

I always start with my shoes!

The right shoe can change the whole feel of an outfit and luckily I have Shoedazzle to feed my addiction!

Head nod to your “Notoriously Chic” shirt, what’s one of your favorite lyric’s from the great B.I.G.?

I’m glad you like it! It’s a super cute tee designed by a close friend. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest B.I.G. fan (I’m more of a Tupac kinda girl), but if I had to choose my favorite lyric from the late rapper it would have to be the opening lyrics to “Big Poppa”, “To all the ladies in the place with style and grace…”. What fashionista can’t relate to those lyrics?!

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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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How would you describe your personal style.
I would say my style is new age vintage with an edgy twist. I usually incorporate one vintage item in my outfit everyday and like to edge it up with some boots or accessories. I’m ridiculously into 80s/90s/00s fashion right now so there’s always a vibe from that era happening.

Where are you from?
Los Angeles born and raised!

Who or where do you find style inspiration from?
A lot of vintage imagery, vintage and present models and editorials.

What’s your go to piece to make a fashion statement?
I would say a beanie, shoes or some unique sunglasses.

What other creative outlets do you use besides blogging?
I own an online vintage clothing store called Penelope’s Vintage which ends up being another great, creative outlet for me, from shopping for the inventory to styling the photoshoots.

What are your favorite spots around Los Angeles? Any secret spots?
My favorite spots in Los Angeles are The Dime on Fairfax, The Prince, which is also great for Korean fried chicken and kimchi fried rice, and Hemmingways.

Favorite restaurants?
I can go on for hours but I think my faves right now are Animal, Nabeeya, Roscoes Chicken and Waffles, Cactus, The Little Door, Ink, Earth Bar, and Liquid for all my health freak needs.

What’s a typical day like for you as a blogger?
I usually start my day off with a boot camp class in the morning. After showering and making food I’ll answer emails, work on any freelance writing projects and work on my vintage store; listing items, packing orders, getting projects going etc. Later in the day I’ll shoot some photos for my blog/work on my blog and make some dinner. A lot of times my day ends with an event or two and then I come home to my boyfriend and two Boston Terriers and call it a night! It sounds easy but a lot of times I’ll put in 12 hour days.

Do you have any beauty secrets?
The less makeup the better, take care of your skin and always wear sunscreen.

Favorite quote?
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.” – Elizabeth Taylor

 

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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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