Our featured Creative Fashionista for today is an ace of three trades – fashion styling, photography and blogging. She was chosen as the Blogger of the Year at the ELLE Style Awards 2011. And if her outfit isn´t the top 1 at the Fashion Click Teen Vogue list, it´s guaranteed to be in the top 10. Learn some styling and blogging tips from Michelle of Glisters and Blisters.
Hello Michelle! Tell us a little about you and your blog.
Hi there! I come from Indonesia. My blog is basically my style diary with hints of my personal life and things that inspire me. I started blogging 2 years ago when I was bored during my summer holidays.
What inspired you to start a fashion blog?
I’ve been reading blogs for a long time then that same summer I discovered some local Indonesian blogs. I thought that I could easily relate to these Indonesian girls, so I thought why not make my own? My inspirations were Style Bubble, Sea of Shoes..
What are your plans for the growth of your blog?
Hopefully I can go more international with my blog just like any blogger would wish 🙂 . And I also plan to take my freelance styling and photography side jobs more seriously. My blog helps me shape up my knowledge and ideas for those jobs.
You´ve completed a degree in fashion business. Is there any particular company that you plan to join or are you planning to continue venturing on your own?
Not at the moment. I prefer going solo and doing the ‘trial and error’ thing for the time being. I want to try as much things that interest me and from there, I’ll know what I really want to do for my life.
You were chosen as the Blogger of the Year at the ELLE Style Awards 2011. What do you think made you win the award and how did it impact your career?
I don’t think I’m the right person to answer this haha. The ELLE Award was a real surprise for me, I didn’t even know how I was chosen or how I was nominated in the first place. It was an extremely great surprise though! The award clearly increased my visitor count and there were more collaboration opportunities coming in afterwards.
What blogging tip would you give to other fashion bloggers struggling to make it in this online field?
Be yourself, stay original. And most people have the idea that bloggers always dress crazily. We DONT. Lots of best-dressed list toppers only wear jeans and blazer (think Emmanuel Alt). Its attitude that makes a difference. Just because you’re a blogger, it doesn’t mean that you have to dress crazy. It’s best to stick to what you love and feel comfortable in 🙂
What´s your signature style?
I think I’m famous for being the moody-style blogger. My style changes from day to day but on the bottom line, my signature style would be something sophisticated. When I don’t know what to wear, I pull out skinny pants in a dark shade and pair it with black/white tshirt and some sky high heels. Oh, and sunglasses do the trick too.
What is your best-kept personal style secret?
Good & healthy fresh skin always makes a look MUCH better.. (I still have to work with this though…)
What are the five fashion essentials every well-dressed woman must have?
Really tall black pumps, a black blazer, white shirt, a chic big leather bag to tote daily essentials, and some oversize sunglasses for those lazy weekends.
Which three shops do you love (the most) to shop?
Zara, and shopbop.com . I don’t have particular favorites, I usually shop from all sorts of stores.
Enough talk! Show us some of the most creative outfits you´ve worn.
#1 – I could never wear this outfit in my country.. That’s why I wore it in Venice haha.. The Hat is from Shill, an Indonesian accessory designer who always has GREATTTT pieces. Tartan reminded me of school so that’s why I paired it with school-ish pieces such as the oxford and pleated skirts. The full picture of this outfit hasn’t made it to my blog actually :p (hat by Shill, blaZer by Zara, forever21 skirt, moschino shoes)
#2 – This was another favorite from my blog archives. I was attempting the color block trend and I discovered a way to utilize my printed scarfs to jazz up my bags simply by letting it drape just like that. (velvet top, Zara skirt, Hermes scarf, Beatrix Ong shoes)
#3 – I shy away from prints so wearing this outfit was something new for me. The top is actually a scarf but I tied it up so it became an one shouldered top. I choose pieces that had different shades of pink so the print mixing would work, topped of the look with olive shoes to bring the the olive details in the scarf(top). (Hermes scarf worn as top, Robert Rodriguez skirt, Lanvin platforms, Mango belt)
#4 – My favorite monochrome look! Like I said, when in doubt, wear black 🙂 I wore this to a meet and greet event with Mr. Louboutin. I was just aiming to look sophisticated. (herve ledger dress, Christian louboutin shoes, chanel purse)
#5 – I love metallics for Fall 2011 (not that I have any fall/winter weather here). I think that metallics ooommpphhh up any outfits instantly just like what this gold dress (tucked into pants as a top). Brought out the gold quality with more gold necklaces and I added a leopard clutch for a smidge of prints. (3.1 Phillip Lim dress, H! by Henry Holland jeans, Shampalove Clutch, Manolo Blahnik shoes)
And finally, if you could whisper a fail-safe style tip to every woman´s ears, what would it be?
When in doubt, wear black. I know someone said wear ‘red’, but red isn’t fail-safe for everyone.
Thank you so much for these fab tips, Michelle. Have a great week. 🙂