For October, I’d like to introduce you to Kendi, although unless you live under a rock, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of her. Many months ago, when I actually started utilizing my Google Reader, I was surfing around to random blogs, to see what I liked. I came across Kendi Everyday. Between her humor and great fashion sense, I was hooked.
Kendi is the best friend you’ve always wanted. She tells it like it is, isn’t afraid to be herself and is such a nice person, you can’t help but adore her. She’s funny without being over-the-top, and her doodles and description of what she’s wearing make her blog one-of-a-kind.
Describe your blog in three words:
Style meets sarcasm
How would you describe your style?
Eclectic chic. (does that even make sense? I think it changes every time someone asks!)
Who/what are your style inspirations?
Bloggers for one. I live by blogging inspiration– style bloggers, fashion bloggers, street style blogs. But if we are talking celebrities — Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Zooey Deschanel. Each girl epitomizes class and charm with a little bit of quirkiness thrown in.
What are your three favorite items in your closet?
Suze — seriously? Only three? Fine.
1) a leopard print skirt 2) pair of red heels 3) a navy blazer.
(Suze’s note- wear them together!!)
What outfit or item would you purchase if money was no object?
Frye Over The Knee Boots — they are like $500. But I still think I’d cry a little at the thought of spending $500 on a pair of shoes.
What is your favorite magazine?
Lucky Magazine. It has the most realistic style for me to gain inspiration from.
Why did you decide to start a fashion blog?
I followed so many other style and fashion bloggers that I wanted to have a voice in the community too. I also was in a style rut and wanted to figure out my style and blogging seemed the best way to go about that.
What is the hardest part about blogging?
The time that I put in. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I spend a lot of time on my blog, but the hard work is worth it if you are doing something you love.
What is the easiest part about blogging?
Making friends! I love all of the friendships I’ve made that I never would have otherwise.
What has blogging taught you? That the bigger the risk you take, the more return you will see. It has been hard to put myself out there in front of a lot of people, almost every day. Not only do I put my outfits on display but my thoughts, my opinions, and my life. But I’ve learned that the more you put yourself out there, the more people give back. The return is far more valuable than the risk.
What fall trend are you excited for?
All of the animal print that is out there to buy. I could go crazy thinking about it. The 70-year old socialite inside of me that is dying for a faux leopard fur coat this fall. That and wedge boots, I’ve been eyeing a pair since late August. :)
What fall trend are you dreading?
Socks with heels? Don’t hate me for this — I think it looks absolutely ADORABLE on some people. But I just can not figure out how to rock that look! Maybe I just need to go for it, but if it takes over the world, I fear I will not be able to rock that trend.
Are there days where you’d rather not take photos? What do you do on those days?
Yes, of course! This usually comes mid-week when I’m exhausted or our house is a mess or my outfit is just not happening. I either let my husband talk me into to taking photos anyways or I talk him into going and getting dinner instead.
How has your style evolved over the years?
In high school, I was a lost little puppy when it came to style. I think this had to do with the fact that I didn’t know who I was or where I was going. In college, I dressed in a lot of thrifted, eclectic items — not really my style now at all. I still carry over pieces from that time because I loved how I dressed in college, but I think I’m too old to wear a crazy thrifted dress and copius amounts of jewelry to work (or am I?…). When I first started my career, I again was so lost and I went opposite of what I wore in college. I bought every wrong piece of clothing you can imagine because I was freaked out by my work’s dress code so I went crazy on office pants, button downs, etc. This style just didn’t work for me. Once I figured out how to dress with personality within a dress code, I was on the right path to finding my style. Now I know how to dress for my body within my budget and within HR regulations. I hope that my style will evolve with each chapter in my life.
Have you always been interested in fashion, or did you have to learn to like it?
If by fashion you mean clothes, then yes. And by interested you mean obsessed, then yes. I remember my favorite outfit when I was 5 years old! I used to cut outfits out of catalogs and create my own clothing line by pasting new tops with bottoms. I would also draw my own paper dolls and design clothes for them. So I think it’s safe to say, I was born with a love for clothing. As I got older the love for clothes never left, it just changed. It has always been a way for me to express myself, but now I do it with actual clothes not paper doll drawings or catalog cut-outs.
What piece of advice would you give a beginning fashion blogger?
Stick with it! Don’t give up, as it’s easy to do in the beginging. Do not blog for anyone other than yourself. And write what you know — your story is yours and that makes it unique and worthy to be shared.
Do you think you’ll still be blogging in five years?
I hope so! I hope that Kendi Everyday is a part of my life in some capacity in 5 years, even though I have no idea where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing.
To date, what has been your favorite post to write and why?
I think the one about dressing like what you want to be for that day. For that post I said that I felt like a museum curator and I doodled a museum scene. I liked that post — it stretched me in my writing and drawing (haha) skills.
Anything else you’d like to add? Thanks so much for the fun interview! And to those who can rock socks with heels, I’m deeply jealous.
(All photos taken, with permission, from Kendi Everyday)