For my winter featured blogger, I chose Mandy of Miss Indie! I absolutely love Mandy's blog. She's so sweet, down-to-earth and I love her vintage inspired and colorful sense of style. Her posts are constantly fun and exciting to read. I always look forward to catching up on her DIYs, daily style posts and favorite things. Plus, her photography and radiant self-confidence are always inspiring to me! Here are some questions to get to know her better. Be sure to head over and check out this darling gal's blog!
I started Miss Indie in 2009 as both a daily journal and a way to share bits from my online shop. I've always had some sort of blog ever since middle school, starting with Xanga (remember those?), then moving on to Myspace, and finally my current blog. I can't imagine life without some sort of space to share my thoughts and inspirations.
2. Tell us a little bit about your blog and what you focus on.
Miss Indie is a lifestyle blog with a focus on fashion, handmade, and vintage. I blog daily about peeks from my everyday life, daily outfits, fashion + styling tips, fun DIYs, vintage finds, and things that inspire me. My goal is to share my life while promoting a handmade, vintage-inspired lifestyle, and to inspire others to live as creatively as possible.
3. Can you quick brief us your indie business?
I own an online shop called Indie Darling where I sell handmade accessories like crocheted hats, bags, and jewelry. I'm currently working on a collection of hand-painted rings, and I'm really excited to debut them!
4. Describe your style in three words.
Vintage-inspired, feminine, and quirky. :)
5. What's your favorite thing to do in your free time?
When I have free time (which is rare, haha) I love to go thrifting at my favorite flea markets, get coffee at the Dancing Mule, work on whatever craft project I'm currently tackling, or get caught up on my favorite blogs.
6. What's your favorite recipe?
Most of my favorite recipes are my dad's, which I'm looking forward to having passed down to me some day. :) A recipe I'm looking forward to trying is Mandi's Sweet Potato Holiday Slaw. I think I'm going to make it for our family Christmas dinner.
7. What do you love most about Springfield?
I love all of the cute local shops, restaurants, and coffeehouses! There are so many fun places to visit here, and I love that there is such an exciting creative community within Springfield. This town is covered in cute vintage shops and quirky art galleries. I absolutely adore living here!
9. Favorite bands/musicians?
All-time favorites would have to be…The Decemberists, She & Him, Death Cab For Cutie, and Angels & Airwaves. Currently, I'm loving The Lumineers and Lana Del Rey (and I've secretly been listening to Justin Bieber, but shhh! Don't tell anyone!).
10. Any tips for new bloggers starting out?
If you're wanting your blog to be more of a business than a "personal diary", I highly suggest taking some time to really figure out what type of blog you want to be and what content you want to focus on. Do you want to be a craft blog? A fashion blog? A healthy living blog? I know over time your interests may change and that's absolutely fine, but knowing what you want your blog to be right now will help save you a lot of time and stress when trying to figure out what to blog about. Take your time, make some lists of what you do and don't want to share on your blog, and keep in mind what really inspires you. All of these things will help you create a blog that you will truly be in love with!
I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Mandy a little bit more. Be sure to head over to her blog and follow along! You can also keep up with her on Twitter and Facebook. And... if you enjoyed reading this feature, be sure to check out my other featured bloggers!