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.

unnamed-4When did you start your blog? January 2014

 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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Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 30

tt 30This weeks top ten includes some great fall looks, some local event coverage and announcements, a thrift haul and more!! Check out the posts below:

Bailey Jo: Sheer Panel Dress

Chic Stripes: Monday Chic: Urban

Cobblestone Couture: Ledbury Pop-Up Coming to Stony Point

Glitter in my Latte: 2nd Hand First Project Outfit

Hole in Jean Pocket: Toro, Toro! BULLdozing All Doubt

Joanna Avant: INTERPRETING A TREND: WINTER WHITE

Lilly Rose: Thrift Haul from Diversity Thrift, Second Debut, and Ashby

River City Fashion Uprising: Steven Alan Debuts Fall 2013 Collection at Need Supply Co.

RVA Fashion Girl: New Do’

The Wanderful Life: Updating Your Wardrobe

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 29

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This weeks top 10 features some gorgeous outfit posts, a couple fall trend previews, some DIY nail design tips and more!!! Check out the line up below:

Barclay Inc: Von Vonni Transformer Dress

Classy Ladies: Back-To-School Cool : Kelly Weems

Emily Hudsepth: How to DIY Cool Nail Art

Fizz and Frosting: Three Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress

Joanna Avant: TRANSITION: 5 WAYS TO MAKE SUMMER ITEMS WORK FOR FALL

Kennedy Holmes: H&M and me

Lilly Rose: Celebrity Look for Less

Notorious Styles: Are you READY!!!!!!!……By Chynesha

Skirt Boutique: Take your maxi skirt to work day

Virtual Mutt: In the 212

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.

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 28

tt 28This weeks top ten includes some great summer outfit posts, some makeup tips, a fall wish list, and more!!! Check out the posts below:

Bailey Jo: Scarf-Print Dress

Chic Stripes: Monday Chic: Star of the Show

Cobblestone Couture: Currently Coveting This Look

Elle and Em: On Our Mind

Fashion, Trends & More: Fall 2013 Wishlist

Fashionista Jenn: Outfit Post: Cow Girl meets Chic

Frsh Squeezed: FRSHSQUEEZED FOR DILLARD’S: SUMMER SALE EDITION

Her Late Night Cravings: Massive Loft Haul!

The Little White Collar: RVA’s Up and Coming: CLAYTON STORM HALL

Tiny Pockets: The Little (Effing) Mermaid

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 27

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Check out this weeks top 10 featuring some gorgeous summer outfit posts, some product reviews and more!!! Check out the posts below:

A Stylish Hue: The Alicia Mare collection by Rogiani

Bella Styles: Bella on the Scene: “The Plus Night Out Model Search at Ashley Stewart, Bowie, MD”

Dayi’s Sense of Style: White Hot

Fizz and Frosting: Not-So-Desperate Housewife

Gaptooth Diva: Featured Style: Erica Wright of the DMV

In My Fashion: Style Watch: Vogue Voices – Alexander Wang

Joanna Avant: ANTHROPOLOGIE FLASHBACK

River City Chic: 30×30: Day 7

Style Goonie: Richmond’s Bacskocky Robbed by Project Runway

Virtual Mutt: XXXVII

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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Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 26

tt top 10We took a break last week but we are back with a great list of posts this Tuesday!!! Check out these great blog posts by RVAFB members from the past 2 weeks including 2 posts from new members Bailey Jo and The Wanderful Life!!!

Bailey Jo: Dior Inspiration

Chic Stripes: Video: Weekend Consignment Haul

Fashn-Ad-Dict: Trend Report: Resort 2013/2014

Fashion, Trends and More: Celebrating Four Years

Frsh Squeezed: THE CREATIVE: KEVIN HYBERNATIONS SOLLEY

Hole in Jean Pocket: PUMA Shoe Giveaway: Caroline Wedges & Munsters

Her Late Night Cravings: Collective Instastyle

Tiny Pockets: July 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag

The Little White Collar: Trend Watch: Harem Pants

The Wanderful Life: The ‘Peri’ Silk Tank Dress by Joie

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 25

tt 25This weeks top ten includes some 4th of July inspiration, summer outfit and beauty inspiration, a feature on a new local store and more!!

Barclay Inc: Bianca Flair

Bella Styles: 2013 Fourth of July Fashion Ideas

Bright, Bold and Beautiful: Backyard Patio Party Ideas

Cobblestone Couture: A. Barclay

Emily Hudspeth: Guest Post: Nail Designs to Impress your Friends

Joanna Avant: Copycat: Milan Street Style

North of Commerce: Ancient Fashion

River City Chic: 30×30 Challenge

Steel and Heels: United States of Style: Two Cheap Chic Looks for a Stylish July 4th

Virtual Mutt: XXXV – Tevin Vincent Pt. 2

Tuesdays Top 10: Week 23

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This weeks top ten includes some summer outfits, an interview w/ a local designer, local event coverage, summer style tips and more!! Check it out:

Bella Styles: OOTD: “Red Carpet Ready at the Fashion Awards MD”

A Stylish Hue: Stylish Support

Emily Hudspeth: Guest Post: Sweet Ties Hair Ties

Gaptooth Diva: DashA’veri features Artisan Café and GaptoothDiva Loves It All: Vintage, Thrifted, and Colorfully Blessed

In my Fashion: Style Watch: Punk: Chaos to Couture

Joanna Avant: Cover Up In Style

NY Loves Me Too: Life After Graduation for Vizcaya Swimwear Designer and Miss Virgin Islands, Lisa Opie

RVA Fashion Girl: Black Jumpsuit

River City Chic: Serenity

Style Goonie: Round Two