Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Style Swap with Little Violet Dress

This Style Swap features a great blogger. Its Jane St Clair from Little Violet Dress. Her blog is fantastic and is full great outfit posts and some really useful DIY! If you haven't already, check out her blog!

1) Tell us a bit about yourself (ie where you live, what you do?)
I'm a 27-year-old third-wave feminist living in North Carolina. I just earned my PhD in Communication Studies. I teach a few college classes and work at a children's clothing store. I'm intensely passionate about and fiercely loyal to the people and things I care about. I'm in love, and I'm getting married in the spring. I love animals so much that sometimes it makes me cry, and kitties, elephants, and rhinos are my favourites.

2)Why did you decide to start a blog?

I started my blog because after being in school for 25 years, I wasn't sure what to do with myself once I finished. I have tried to blog before, but it was more like an online journal that felt way too personal and boring to keep up with. I love fashion and crafting, so I thought I'd try one that focused on those things, and I love it. And you know what's kind of crazy? I had no idea an entire world of fashion blogging existed until after I started my blog.

3) How would you define your personal style?

This question is so hard for me that I almost skipped it. It changes so much, that it's hard for me to really nail it down. Here's are some things like: (1) androgynous looks (e.g. unisex t-shirt and camo shorts), (2) blends of masculine and feminine (which seems so cliche b/c so many people love that, but i still do, nonetheless), (3) super girly flowy things like what the girls in the virgin suicides wore, (4) plaid. I will stop there, but I could go on and on, and my answers would change every single day! Other people describe me as much girlier than I actually feel and think I am, and I think that's because I'm small and blonde.

4) We've seen a bit of your great DIY on your blog; any plans to take this furthur?

I love doing DIY stuff, and I wish I had more time to do it. I learned to sew when I was 8, and I have been doing artsy stuff since I was v. young. In a world that didn't require me to spend time at a job and had unlimited resources, I wouldn't work for someone and would instead do my DIY stuff and I'd sell it on an etsy (or similar) site and at street fairs. Maybe one day that dream will come true.

5)Whats something unique to you?

This is not at all related to fashion, but I can make my tongue into a flower shape. Also, I can tap dance, was a competitive swimmer, and was in 4-H (like Girl Scouts, but with sewing, cooking, craft, and other projects).

6)What fashion trends are you loving right now?

Chunky wool trousers and jackets, elaborate hair clips, layers

7)What is your dream job?

My dream jobs are doing my DIY things for a living and being a mom and wife. I am pretty simple.

8)Who is your biggest role model/inspiration?

This question is hard for me. My biggest role model is my grandfather. He was loyal, selfless, and hard-working, three characteristics that I value intensely. My fashion inspirations are all over the place. I love Nicole Richie, Rachel Bilson, Ellen Page, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashely Olsen, Justin Timberlake, Ed Westwick, Michelle Rodriguez, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Pink ... I could go on and on. I like people who take risks and people who seem at home in their clothing.

9)If you could swap places with one person who would it be and why?

I would probably swap places with Nicole Richie. She has amazing clothes, sweet babies, and an adoring partner (who is also hot!!). Her life seems fun and full of love. She's had a lot of experiences and excitement but also seems really happy with a fairly simple (albeit luxurious) life.

The only bad part about this is that I would not get to be BFF with Nicole Richie, what with me being her and all. My runners up would be Leighton Meester or Ed Westwick. I'm not even all that much of a Gossip Girl fan, but Leighton is so cute and seems to love her life, and Ed seems interesting and smart.

All Pictures of Jane are from her blog at Little Violet Dress.
Picture of Joel and Nicole Richie are from


M said...

Fun read, and I agree regarding Ed!

Miss Neira said...

so cute! sounds so interesting!! its awesome she started a blog like that!

Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

Great interview! I'll have to check out her blog!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Ahhhhhhh, another Nicole lover. I adore her already!

Claire said...

Always interesting to find out more behind the bloggers!

ana said...

Love your post!! I'll go inmediately to this blog it sounds amazing
:) thanks for the link girls

Wild as a Mink said...

Oh thanks for the feature on Jane St. Claire! I read her blog several times a week and it was cool to get even more of an inside scoop on her!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Fabulous interview, Sherin! I had never heard of Little Violet Dress before - but now I'm dying to check out Jane's site!

And swapping places with Nicole Richie? Totally sounds like a plan to me! :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Yay! I loved this interview b/c Jane is one of my favorite bloggers. She is so sweet and funny and has a fabulous sense of style. :)

Maria Confer said...

Jane is so sweet. You girls always do the best interviews.

Christina said...

Coool interview :) I love your blog because I always get to stumble on new blogs.

And nothing from Apple? Not even an iPod??


Sierra said...

What a fantastic woman, I like her style and what she wants to do all of the time - creating and being a mom are the best things in the world. Well, I wouldn't know about the mom part yet but hopefully in the near future!

Luinae said...

I can't wait to check out some of her DIY projects!

Anonymous said...

Oh I totally agree with her! I had no idea an entire world of fashion blogging existed either until I started my blog! And I love it!!

I love these style swaps! Thanks for sharing :)

Giovanna said...

This is a fabulous interview, Sherin. I love it!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Alberto Castro said...

The red dress is so romantic, she«'s very fun

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Unknown said...

As always, this is a great style swap!

jane st. clair said...

thank you so much for featuring me. just offering to do it meant the world to me, and when i read these comments, i almost cried. plus now i have 2 new followers! yay!


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