Winter Featured Blogger

For my winter featured blogger, I chose one of my really good friends, Emily of The Daily Fashionista. Emily and I have been friends for a while. We started blogging around the same time, so we've experienced a lot together and have had the chance to hang out a few times! Emily came to my town last spring with her husband, Zach, to stay and Brett and I loved the both of them. Emily is so sweet, down to earth and kind. Plus, her style is so colorful and practical for real girls on a budget. If you haven't checked out her blog yet, be sure to head over and say hi. I'm sure you'll love her as much as I do! Here are some questions to get to know her a bit better.

1. What made you decide to start a personal style blog?

I started a personal style blog because I thought it would be a cool way to keep a diary of sorts while also discovering my style and helping to inspire others! I wanted to show how easy it is to have style on a budget while thrifting, vintage shopping and finding those splurges that will last a lifetime in your wardrobe. I also loved the community that went along with style blogs. Mostly, everyone is wonderful and you really make some awesome friends, both on the internet and in real life!

2. What do you love most about your town?

I love the fact that I live in one of the most historical states in the United States. Virginia is so vast with so many things to do! I live near the beach but just 4 hours west and I'm in the mountains or 3 hours north and I'm in the nation's capital! I actually live in a town within a city called Ghent and it's one of the best places to live. There are a lot of young people and you slowly get to know just about everybody with all the parties, bars and shops. It's also super animal friendly since PETA's headquarters are just down the street from me. It makes being vegetarian way easier!

3. A big interest of yours is music. What are some of your favorite bands?

In my humble opinion, The Get Up Kids is numero uno the best band that ever lived! Also, The Descendents, The Riverdales, Screeching Weasel (flew to Chicago to see them in 2009), The Dead Milkmen, Sex Maggots or what is now known as The Goo Goo Dolls, but only stuff from 1995 and earlier. And of course your band, Tieka! Circle Maybe has done such an awesome job with that EP!

4. Tell us a bit about your day job!

Awww...the glamorous world of tellering. I work in a bank as a bank teller. It has its good days and its bad days, but the things I truly love about my job is just talking with people. You have your regulars who come in about once a day and they end up turning into friends. I also love my co-workers. You have to be personable to work in a bank so it kind of leads to better relationships with co-workers.

5. What's your favorite article of clothing you own?

I absolutely love my collection of vintage! If I could pin down my most favorite article of clothing it would be this 1970s light brown tie blouse from this post! I wear it way more often than it appears on my blog.

6. Describe your style in three words.

Nostalgic, affordable and eclectic.

7. What are some of your favorite blogs?

Besides yours? Hehe... I love The Dainty Squid, Ruby Slipper Journeys, La Belle Oiselle, The Clothes Horse and Transient Withdrawal.

8. What's your favorite thing to do with your husband?

My husband and I love road trips! Just within the past two years, we've gone to Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, NYC, Philly, Raleigh, DC and Richmond. This coming year we plan on traveling to Ohio and Michigan again, NY and maybe New Mexico. We shall see about that last one!

9. Future dream goals?

My future dream goal is to finish my business degree and hopefully use my degree to open my own business. Zach and I talk about owning a shop that specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and beer. Who doesn't love a grilled cheese?

10. Any tips for bloggers starting out?

Here are my favorite tips! Network, comment and become pro-active with social media. I was hesitant to have a Twitter, but it's such a fabulous tool for spreading the word on your blog! Also, if your blog is picture heavy you should have good quality photos. You don't have to have a fancy SLR but a good quality point and shoot now-a-days costs just as much as a Nikon D3000, so you have your choices. Also - learn about HTML. It's a pain in the neck but the more you do it, the more comfortable you are with it. And when in doubt, ask a fellow blogger for assistance!

I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Emily 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 first eight featured bloggers!