Blog Name: Cobblestone Couture
Blog URL: www.cobblestonecouture.com
Your name: Courtney Skunda
Where are you located? Richmond, VA
Tell us a little about yourself: I have been in PR and Community Relations in RVA for over 10 years now. I am currently the Director of Community Relations and Communications for the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park. I also work for a company called The Nearby, based out of Charlotte and do freelance writing for various publications around town.
When did you start your blog? 2009
Why did you decide to start blogging? My friends in PR urged me to start the blog back in 2009 because there wasn’t much in the way of a fashion blog community in RVA. That has changed tremendously, especially because of the students coming out of the Fashion and Merchandising program at Virginia Commonwealth University. I was also incredibly tired of writing science, health and biotech articles all day for work and needed a creative outlet. So, Cobblestone Couture was born one weekend during a winter snow storm.
Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? There are so many! I like Roan, The Shoebox, Pink, Wardrobe Richmond, Ruth and Ollie and Fraiche.
Top 3 favorite blogs to read? The Cut Blog, Capitol Store Blog and Atlantic Pacific.
How would you describe your personal style? Big. Everything is oversized. The dresses, the bags, the accessories. I am extremely petite and small and I feel like I try to compensate for that with my clothes. I love a long dress or caftan. The bigger the bag the better. The larger the jewelry, I say go for it. And I never wear a flat…ever.
Who is your style inspiration? Rachel Zoe, Lee Radziwill, Stevie Nicks, and the Olsen Twins.
What has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? My blog has actually lead me to a really cool part time job working for someone that I really admire. I have been a huge fan for many years of Laura Vinroot Poole. Laura has literally transformed the fashion scene in Charlotte, NC. She owns two stores, Capitol and Poole Shop. They are known all over the US and Laura is known all over the world for her fashion sense. She and her team recently found me through my blog and references to work on a new cool ecommerce app called The Nearby. It allows you to shop local boutiques all around the US from your iPhone. It helps promote the entrepreneur or small business owner. I’m really excited to be working with her and the Nearby team.
If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Write what you’re good at, not what you think people want to read. I struggled with that at first. Everyone wanted me to write “Look for Less” posts or “What to Wear to Work” articles. But, that’s not me. I write about my ridiculous obsessions with high fashion and couture. I also write about my travels and what’s inspiring me, music or otherwise. I try to stay true to who I am.