Saturday Spotlight: Kayci and Ali of Not So Billionaire Girls Club

Blog Name: Not So Billionaire Girls Club

Blog URL: notsobgc.blogspot.com

Your name: Kayci Graham and Ali Bolster

Facebook URL: facebook.com/notsobillionairegirlsclub

Instagram name: instagram.com/notsobgcunnamed-1

Where are you located? Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself:

Kayci: As a fashion merchandising major, I aspire to be in fashion show production or own my own lingerie store. I have an obsession with online shopping…more like an addiction. A typical snapshot of my day would be me jamming out to Lana del Rey cuddled up with my laptop, working on our blog.

Ali: My athletic roots have made me the unique combination of fashionable and sporty. I often find myself torn between going to the gym and taking off my thoroughly planned outfit or socializing and displaying my creation for the remainder of the day. I also love to draw, paint, or simply create things.

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 Why did you decide to start blogging? We felt that a blog would be a good way to get our names out there and both demonstrate and practice our fashion-related talents. The blog was also a way for us to publish our creative styling techniques to the young fashion world.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? The two of us tend to vary in how we style items, but together our favorite places include American Apparel, Need Supply Co., and RVA thrift shops.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read?

Kayci: “…cos it’s The Bee’s Knees,” “River City Chic,” and “Song of Style

Ali: “Frsh Squeezed,” “Mr. Kate,” and “The BLVD Paradigm

How would you describe your personal style?

Kayci: Feminine grunge with a focus on intricate accessories.

Ali: Tomboy/androgynous, street style. sat spotWhat has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? The two of us were at a social event and a stranger began to express his admiration for us. We were puzzled at first until he identified us as the Not So Billionaire Girls. The fact that we were being recognized and acknowledged for our hard work meant a lot to us. We love our followers!!

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? You never know what you can do until you try! We always had the idea of a blog in the back of our minds but finally taking the initiative to create our vision was the biggest and most important step. Overcoming your fear of failure will always lead to success.

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Saturday Spotlight: Amy of Tiny Pockets

Blog Name:  Tiny Pockets

Blog URL: http://tiny-pockets.blogspot.com

Your name: Amy

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/TinyPockets

Twitter URL: http://wwww.twitter.com/amesplaza

Instagram name: http://www.instagram.com/amesplaza

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Where are you located? Richmond, VA (for now! I’m applying to grad school in the UK for the fall.)

Tell us a little about yourself: I have a BA in Creative Writing from Longwood University and moved to Richmond a year after graduation for a job. Right now, I work from home as a freelance writer so I have lots of time to play with makeup.

When did you start your blog? July 2013

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Why did you decide to start blogging? I started blogging about makeup because my boyfriend got tired of hearing me talk about makeup so I figured I’d just write it all down in a blog instead. I also wanted to create a blog that talked about buying tons of makeup and doing great makeup on a really small budget because while a lot of beauty bloggers do “drugstore makeup looks” every now and then, all of us can’t realistically spend $19 on a tube of lipstick (as much as I would love to be able to.)

Where are your favorite places to shop for makeup in RVA? Ulta, Target,  and Etsy. I’ve got my eye on some Indie brands on there that I’m DYING to try. I wish I could say somewhere a little trendier.

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Top 3 favorite blogs to read:

– My Subscription Addiction (mysubscriptionaddiction.com) makes me want to subscribe to all the beauty boxes ever.

– Essie Button (http://www.essiebutton.com/). I love her blog because of all of her product reviews. She also crossed the pond to the UK so I love seeing UK brands that I’ll be able to buy while I’m over there.

– A Beautiful Mess (http://www.abeautifulmess.com/) because I love their DIY ideas.

How would you describe your makeup style? I wear a lot of black and a lot of makeup. I’m currently obsessed with wearing bright/dark colored lipstick and bare eyes. I also cannot live without black liquid eyeliner.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Ha! Don’t stop blogging for 6 months at a time like I do. Whoops!

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Saturday Spotlight: Olivia Ruffin of All Those Little Things

Blog Name: All Those Little Things

Blog URL:  all-thoselittlethings.blogspot.com

Your name: Olivia Ruffin

Instagram name: @olivebarrett

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Where are you located? Richmond, VA of course!

Tell us a little about yourself: I am really into fashion (obviously), music, singing and such. I am a student who has a serious chocolate chip cookie addiction and obsession with all things glittery and gold!

When did you start your blog? About a year ago, December 26th, 2013 was my blogs first birthday! I made it a little video, it was fun.

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Why did you decide to start blogging? I started blogging when my friend showed me all of the fabulous blogs she followed, and I have always been in love with being both behind and in front of the camera, so I gave it a shot!

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Hummm… I am a HUGE thriftaholic, so I’d say, any thrift store… I loved B-Sides, but sadly… they closed. I absolutely ADORE Rumors, they have such cool clothing! And it’s all vintage or second hand, and totally local.

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Favorite blogs to read?

  1. Bri from The Secret Life of Bee
  2. Keiko from Keiko Lynn
  3. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess
  4. Olivia Shutey from Olivia Taylor La Voyageuse

How would you describe your personal style? Always evolving. I move from quirky 1950’s girly, to grungy all black, oversized coats and Doc Martin’s, to super simple and comfortable, bohoesque… the list goes on for miles. It’s always changing! But I really love that, why stick to one “style” when there are so many options to explore especially when you know that it only matters to you what you look like… I don’t feel like I need to dress to impress others, because I dress for me, what makes me happy.

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What has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? Honestly, anything like this… When I can see that I actually have people looking at my blog and they want it to be published somewhere else. Like for instance, when I was asked to be a Teen Vogue fashion blogger, or a Lucky Magazine style consultant. I also just love getting comments, even if they are a simple, “cool!” or a descriptive, “wow I really like this, it reminds me of this one time when I…..” comments mean a lot to me.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? I think probably just stay confident. Starting a blog can be tough, especially trying to get the word out and getting followers/viewers etc. Be creative and unafraid to try new and weird things. Honestly, while we are still staying semi-sane, the strange and unusual, yet cool and clever, spark peoples interests in taking a look! Most importantly have fun doing it! If you don’t love LOVE blogging… don’t blog, do something you really love, find your special thing.

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Saturday Spotlight: Courtney Skunda of Cobblestone Couture

Blog Name: Cobblestone Couture

Blog URLwww.cobblestonecouture.com

Your name: Courtney Skunda

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CobblestoneCouture

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/cobblecouture

Instagram: http://instagram.com/cobblestonecouture

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/cobblecouture/

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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

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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.

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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.

shoesIf 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.

Saturday Spotlight: Bailey Jo Yenglin of BaileyJo.com

Blog Name: BaileyJo

Blog URL:  www.BaileyJo.com

Your name: Bailey Jo Yenglin

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BaileyJoCom

Instagram name: instagram.com/yenglinb

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Where are you located? Near west-end Richmond.

Tell us a little about yourself: Last year I graduated from GVSU (Michigan) in advertising and PR. I was offered a marketing position at a firm with offices in Richmond, so here I am! My boyfriend moved with me for the same company, and we love it.

When did you start your blog? About a month ago. I’ve been using Instagram as my fashion outlet for a year now (celebrating 10,000 followers soon!), but BaileyJo gives me an outlet to write and post more pictures.

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Why did you decide to start blogging? I’ve been asked many times to help create outfits for friends. I also get asked quite frequently where I buy clothes, so a blog seemed like the best way to express this side of myself.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? I’m still learning my way around, but I’m obsessed with Stony Point. It has my favorite stores (BCBG and Aldo), I get to bring Bear (my Yorkie-Pug), and I can get frozen yogurt and Starbucks—all in one location!

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? Negin Mirsalehi (Netherlands), Thássia Naves (Brazil), and Lala Rudge (Brazil).

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How would you describe your personal style? Feminine, classic, dressy, and trendy.

Who is your style inspiration? Magazine editorials, other bloggers, my mom, people around town, friends—inspiration is everywhere for me.

What has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? I just received my first offer for a partnership with my blog which is extremely flattering (I thought it would be at least a year). Most of all, my Instagram followers always say things that are so nice and complimentary—I read and reread comments all the time!

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Be yourself—blog because you’re passionate about something.

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Saturday Spotlight: Yolanda Moore of The Fashn-Ad-Dict

Blog Name:  The Fashn-Ad-Dict

Blog URL:  fashnaddict.com

Your name: Yolanda Moore

Twitter: twitter.com/yMStyles

Instagram name: instagram.com/ymwithlove

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Where are you located? A very small and rural town called McKenney, Virginia.

Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Yolanda. I’m currently studying to become a pharmacy technician, but if I could blog all day, I would. I have a thing for music, cooking, interior design, and reading these fabulous mystery novels by J.D. Robb.

When did you start your blog? I began blogging a year ago, but I didn’t begin to take it seriously until a few months ago.

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Why did you decide to start blogging? Not to have this total sob story, but I really have no one to share my passions with, and I still have the problem of letting my family tell me what I should do with my life. I started my blog as a creative outlet, a place where I could share my favorite style trends, recipes, or whatever. And my aim is for readers and visitors to leave FAD with at least one beauty/style tip.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? I love Carytown and all of its amazing shops; American Apparel and Need Supply are two of my favorites.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? Cheetah Is The New Black, I Dress Myself and The Man Repeller.

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How would you describe your personal style?  Casual with a hint of flash. I add fun accessories to make my outfits really stand out.

Who is your style inspiration? I’m not inspired by a particular person. My style tends to be pretty simple, and usually depends on the weather. Perhaps that’s what inspires me.

What has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? Blogging has led me to me communicate with several amazing people, whether face-to-face or through social media! I love hearing fellow bloggers going through similar blogging woes, or seeing and hearing what progress their site has made. Those comments and stories are uplifting and encourage me to keep going in my journey.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Don’t be a copycat. Never steal anyone else’s photos or their text, and don’t compare yourself to the more “popular” bloggers out there. Simply enjoy your blog, enjoy watching it blossom to what you want it to be.

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Saturday Spotlight: Stacey Barclay of BarclayINC

Blog Name: BarclayINC

Blog URL:  barclayinc.blogspot.com

Your name: Stacey Barclay

Twitter: twitter.com/barclayinc

Instagram name: Instagram.com/BarclayINC

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Where are you located? Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m originally from New Jersey but have lived in Richmond for most of my life. I’m a true Virgo in every sense, and a very free spirited individual! I love to travel, blog, and make sure to always enjoy the simple things in life. My love for fashion has always existed, and I hope to open a boutique within the next few years and continue to grow as an individual and blogger.

When did you start your blog? August 2012

shopsWhy did you decide to start blogging? My love for fashion paired with my obsession for other people’s blogs inspired me to start my own!

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? I’m a huge fan of online shopping but when I do shop in Richmond my go to stores are usually H&M and Diversity Thrift.

 Top 3 favorite blogs to read? My top 3 favorite blogs are Be Loud Be You, Fashion Bananas, and Karla’s Closet. Each of these ladies really know how to put together a complete finished look while making it look effortless!

How would you describe your personal style? I would describe my personal style as ever evolving, lately I’ve been giving a more “Cali-Chic” look as I like to call it, next month it could be something totally different. I will say I’m not afraid to try different looks, I love bright colors, and I’m a huge fan of mixing prints & patterns.

radio+cityWho is your style inspiration? My father is one of my biggest style inspirations, he grew up in a time when leather, afros, and fringe was in, so whenever I go through old photos of him his outfits always seem to inspire me! Kelis, Jimi Hendrix, Grace Jones and Tracy Ellis Ross are also some of my style inspirations; they all bring something very original and refreshing!

What has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? I’m a huge fan of networking; you never know who you’re going to meet. By blogging I’m consistently attending events, and getting to meet others who share my love of fashion and blogging, so that in my opinion is a great experience within itself.

 If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Do your own thing, and do what you love! Don’t try to follow what someone else is doing or try to fit in with others. It’s your blog, so let it be a reflection of who you really are!

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Saturday Spotlight: Maria Parenti of Style Goonie

Blog Name: Style Goonie

Blog URL:  stylegoonie.tumblr.com

Your name: Maria Parenti

Twitter: twitter.com/riaa_p

Instagram name: instagram.com/riaa_p

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Where are you located? Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a rising senior at VCU studying Fashion Merchandising. Fashion is one of my biggest passions, I believe studying it reveals something so special about the individual.

When did you start your blog? I started my blog back in June of 2011. As the years have gone by the blog has evolved a lot. I have learned a lot through the process, and still have so much to learn.

tumblr_mhwypuMIJX1qm99j1o1_400Why did you decide to start blogging? I decided to start blogging so I could have a different platform to explore and express myself through fashion. I also wanted to focus on improving my writing on fashion, personal, and cultural blog posts. I would find myself so blown away by the rich culture, street style, and essence of Richmond and I wanted to share that.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? I really enjoy the culture that surrounds thrifting. I find some of my favorite finds in the most unexpected locations. Specifically for thrifting, my favorites are Round Two Vintage, Fan Thrift, B- Sides and Rumors. I also like shopping at American Apparel, H&M, and Halcyon.

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How would you describe your personal style? Evolving. I find myself always oscillating between extremes then a few months later I am in a whole new direction. One thing that is consistent with my style is I try to have it reflect my personality. I always try to push barriers and discover new aspects of my style.

Who is your style inspiration? There are so many amazing style icons but Audrey Hepburn is definitely my biggest inspiration. Hepburn’s style is iconic because it was lovely and powerful, but always looked effortless and genuine. I am very inspired by the bold and eccentric styles of M.I.A. The late designer Alexander McQueen will always be a really important part of fashion for me, I find myself constantly reflecting and in awe of his words and the art of his fashions.

tumblr_inline_mnubk9Naid1qz4rgpWhat has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? I believe my favorite experience that came from the blog was covering the Valentine Museum Gala. I was able to take up close pictures of fashions from as early as the Victorian Era. I also met a lot of notable people in fashion in Richmond, even Ms. Jay from America’s Next Top Model was there!

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Don’t be afraid that your view isn’t cool enough, or is odd. Express yourself fearlessly, and be bold!

Saturday Spotlight: Paula Peters of Skirt Bouquet

Blog Name: Skirt Bouquet

Blog URL:  www.skirtbouquet.com

Your name: Paula Peters

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/skirtbouquet/

DSC03282Where are you located? Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m originally from Brazil and I’ve been studying in Richmond for one year. Fashion is one of my biggest interests, so I’m constantly going through style blogs, coming up with new outfits and complimenting strangers on their clothes. I’ve even taken up sewing. But I’m a little nerdy too: books and movies are my passions.

When did you start your blog? September, 2012.

lace3Why did you decide to start blogging? When style blogs came out, I quickly became addicted. After following several style blogs for a while, I wanted to share my outfits and inspirations too.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? I like H&M and Ann Taylor (both on Short Pump Mall) but most of my clothes come from Goodwill and thrift stores.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? I like Kendi Everyday, she has that girl-next-door vibe which I love. I also read What I Wore because Jessica manages to look polished and fun at the same time. And I can’t get enough of ISPYDIY’s project ideas.

mix8 How would you describe your personal style? Hum… I’d say my style is South American preppy, which means I pair button down shirts with colorful skirts. But I’m definitely feminine and classic.

Who is your style inspiration? I get style inspiration from all over the place, from street style blogs to classic movies.

profile2What has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? Well, it was through my blog that I became a part of the RVAFB group. Being new to Richmond, this was a great way to meet some amazing girls.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Be true to your personal style and tastes. Don’t wear certain pieces just because they are trendy and never write about topics you are not passionate about. Readers can tell when you are not being yourself.

Saturday Spotlight: Tori Radday of Fashion, Trends & More

Blog Name: Fashion, Trends & More

Blog URL:  www.fashiontrendsmore.com

Your name: Tori Radday

Facebook:  facebook.com/pages/Fashion-Trends-More/

Tumblr: www.fashiontrendsmore.tumblr.com

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Where are you located? Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself: Hi! I’m Tori, a seventeen year old high school student who has fallen in love with fashion and blogging. I adore leopard print, faux fur, dresses, DIYs, blogs, vintage, oxfords and bold lipstick. I try to fill my blog with inspiration, personal style posts and easy DIYs. Next year, I plan on attending Philadelphia University to major in fashion merchandising and minor in fashion journalism. My blog is helping me get my foot in the door of the world of fashion.

When did you start your blog? I started my blog approximately four years ago.

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Why did you decide to start blogging? I decided to start blogging to become more involved with fashion because I plan on starting a career in the fashion industry.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Thrift shops are my fave but I also love Urban Outfitters (located in Short Pump Town Center) and Forever 21 (located in Regency.)

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? Oh this one is a toughie! However, I really like La Vagabond Dame (http://www.lavagabonddame.com/), Miss Annie (http://thefashionmirror.blogspot.com/) and Rouge Fox (http://www.rougefox.com/).

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How would you describe your personal style? My style is very vintage and feminine.

Who is your style inspiration? Natalie Liao of La Vagabond Dame. I also look to fashion magazines for style inspiration.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? You get out what you put in. The harder you work, the more successful your blog will be. Also, never be afraid to reach out to other bloggers and companies. Networking is key!

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