Blogger Feature: “Zoe With Love”

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Zoe Namey, Creator of Zoe With Love is next up in our special feature on fashion and lifestyle bloggers. She is dishing the scoop on her favorite Pittsburgh based boutique, Spring and Summer trends to look out for, and her idea of the perfect date outfit. Check it out!

Define your style?

Feminine and chic -all the way.

What is your idea of a perfect date outfit (for a man and woman)?

A killer dress and heels for the ladies and a tailored pant, casual jacket and slim button up shirt for the guys. That’s how my husband and I usually dress, anyway.

In what ways do you think that fashion is evolving in Pittsburgh?

Well… I just think it’s a good time to be doing anything related to style and fashion in Pittsburgh right now. It seems like there is a genuine interest from the city as a whole and people are in search of things like this to follow locally. It’s great to see it unfolding.

Using one word, describe Pittsburgh style?

Eclectic

Who is your celebrity style crush?

I have 3 in particular that I swoon over. The always fabulous Sarah Jessica Parker, the age defying JLo and the Olsen twins who I grew up watching since the Full House days (I guess that’s technically 4.)

What are your favorite places to shop in Pittsburgh?

No. 14 has never disappointed me. And this isn’t fashion related, but my all time favorite place to stroll and shop is the Strip District on the weekends.

What inspired you to start a blog and what makes your blog different?

It started with searching for a creative outlet and a place to organize all my thoughts. I liked the idea of funneling things that inspire me into one place. This is a difficult question because every blog is different since each blog incorporates something unique about the writer’s personality and interests. My interests go beyond fashion and into interior styling and florals, which I personally believe go hand in hand with fashion.

What is your favorite lipstick (color and brand)?

Dior Addict Lip Glow in Lilac.

What trends can fashionistas look forward to for Spring and Summer 2016?

Lots of floral prints!

What is your favorite accessory?

A great bag, if you’re going to splurge on one item, this is it.

What advice do you have for someone who is trying to discover his/her’s sense of style?

Think of your personal style as a means to express your personality. It’s a way to visually express ourselves without having to say anything.

Connect with Zoe at Zoe With Love.

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Blogger Feature: “Yes, Wear That!”

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Recently, we decided to do a special feature on Pittsburgh-based fashion and lifestyle Bloggers and Kimberly Allera, the mastermind behind the fashion blog Yes, Wear That! is first up. Check out her thoughts about fashion, trends, and more!

Define your style?

“I think this is a difficult question for most people to answer because often our style is a collection of things. I love following trends, but as I get older I know that it makes more sense to invest in timeless, quality pieces. I think your style can change with your mood and what’s on your “to do list” for the day. There are days I thrown on leggings and sneakers because I know I have a ton to get done! There are other days when a classic pencil dress, heels, and bright lipstick are needed to get that confidence boost to go out and conquer the world.”

What is your idea of a perfect date outfit (for a man and woman)?

“For a woman, I think you can’t go wrong with the perfect pair of fitted jeans paired with a chic blouse or tank under a blazer. Top it off with heels and a clutch (you don’t want to start off with too much baggage). If it’s summer, I say rock a cute sundress and sandals. For guys, I think a great pair of dark denim with a button-up. If it’s a cooler time of year, I think blazers are great. I’m a sucker for a guy in a baseball hat, but wouldn’t recommend it for a first date outfit.”

In what ways do you think that fashion is evolving in Pittsburgh?

“I think there’s a pretty big style evolution going on in Pittsburgh right now. I think it’s due in large part to the many awesome boutiques popping up in and around the city. I also think events like Style Week bring attention to fashion and style in Pittsburgh. I think people are feeling braver, more confident. They are more willing to step outside of their style comfort zones and try something new and a little bit different. I think the city is totally embracing it – which is great to see!”

Using one word, describe Pittsburgh style?

“Thriving”

Who is your celebrity style crush?

“I’m not sure who my “style crush” would be because I take inspiration from a lot of people. I think for high fashion, Olivia Palermo has incredible style and I can’t imagine having access to her closet. I love seeing pics of celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, and Mila Kunis – they do the effortless casual thing so well.”

What are your favorite places to shop in Pittsburgh?

“I’ll be honest, I shop online a lot. Like probably way too much. It’s just so easy and convenient! However, with all of the new boutiques taking over Pittsburgh, I have found a lot of new favorite places this past year. No. 14 in Lawrenceville, Kristi Boutique in Aspinwall and Rosewood in Sewickley are some of my faves! If you love cute mugs, decorative prints and other fun items, check out the Sweet Water Décor website – the owner is also from Sewickley.”

What inspired you to start a blog and what makes your blog different?

“I was working at a job that was rather uninspiring and was really just looking for a creative outlet. I went to school for Fashion Merchandising and had worked in various retail roles in the past. I’ve always loved writing and I felt like starting a blog would be the perfect way to combine all of these interests. I am constantly trying to come up with new ideas to set my blog apart. I recently started a couple of new series “splurge vs. steal” and “Friday Favorites.” I also work in the events industry, so I use the blog as a place to showcase some of my wedding and events work and to also offer insider tips and advice on event planning. Finally, when I started the blog, I really wanted it to be about collaboration and highlighting other creative individuals and entrepreneurs in the city. I’ve profiled quite a few local businesses and plan to continue with this in the coming year.”

What is your favorite lipstick (color and brand)?

“I actually owe this discovery to my “birthday gift” from Sephora this year. The gift contained a Marc Jacobs eyeliner and lipstick. The girl helping me at Sephora said the lipstick is one of her favorites because it’s the perfect “not so pink” pink. It’s called “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and I would have to agree that the color is fantastic! I think it would really work with any skin tone.”

What trends can fashionistas look forward to for Spring and Summer 2016?

“I haven’t done much peaking at Spring trends yet (trying to control myself). Some of the highlights from runways I have seen are the shifting of lingerie styles into everyday wear – so feminine silks and slip dresses. The body part to bare seems to overwhelmingly be the shoulder. There are a ton of dress and top styles that are off the shoulder or have unique shoulder cut-outs. Ruffles and tiers will also be big for shirts, skirts, and dresses. I think color and prints always make a come-back for spring and summer as well.”

What is your favorite accessory?

“I think I would have to say sunglasses. I’ve had a pair for years that I should probably part with, but I can’t think about letting them go! When you find the perfect style for your face shape, it can change an entire look!”

What advice do you have for someone who is trying to discover his/her’s sense of style?

“Don’t try too hard and don’t worry about what everyone else will think! Fashion is about creativity, self-expression, and putting your best foot forward! You can find sources of style inspiration everywhere, so try new things and see what works for you. As your style matures, you’ll be able to quickly know what will work for you and what won’t. And you don’t have to be locked into a specific style. Your style will grow and evolve with you.”

Follow Kimberly’s Blog Yes, Wear That!