Good morning, my fair ladies and gentlemen! Today I will be introducing you to a good blogger friend of mine, Miranda from Shop&Twirl. You should really check out her blog, it’s relaly one of my favourites and I’ve been following her for months! We’ve set up a sort of interview post, so please, read on and enjoy!
Miranda, please introduce yourself.
Hi everyone! My name is Miranda and I’m a 20-something cat lady living, working, and blogging in Houston, Texas. I’m just another gal with a shopping addiction who happens to post my everyday outfits on the internet. My style (and personality!) is very feminine and twirly with touches of edge and sass. Despite my never ending quest for fashion, I still manage to shop on a tight budget and I’m a true believer that anyone can look great at any price point. I also enjoy being a resident “everyday girl” with an average body size representing the non-model types of the blogging community.
Could you please tell us a bit about your blog? When and why did you start blogging? Has it gone further than you thought it could?
I started blogging in June 2012, so this month is my 1 year blogiversary! My blog is a personal style diary about the outfits that I wear on an everyday basis. A lot of the popular style blogs out there right now are what I call “fantasy blogs” where the girl is wearing a $500 dress, photo-shopped to perfection, and prancing along 5th Ave. While it’s gorgeous to look at, I realize that life is not Vogue magazine. I wanted to create a blog that’s about a real woman, someone with a career and a budget, that wears regular outfits and isn’t afraid to repeat a clothing item. I like sharing what I wear for weekends, work, and everything in between. I also love to try new trends and write about how they work for my life and my budget. My blog is a place where people can go to get practical advice about what to wear in real life. I didn’t have many expectations for myself when I started my blog, so I’m not sure I can say it’s gone further than I imagined. I know my blog is really small, but my friends and family are always complimenting me on how impressed they are with my blogging progress. I guess because I am so immersed in the blogging culture, it’s hard to see the big picture sometimes. I will admit though that I am really proud of myself and how much my blog has improved since I first started out.
What is your all time favourite desert?
I’ll eat anything with chocolate in it, but I’d have to say that my favorite dessert is cheesecake! I actually make a killer cheesecake, which is one of my awesome hidden talents. Ok,…it’s probably my only hidden talent.
What is it that you do for a living?
I try to not give too much away on my blog about my job, but I will say that I work in cancer research. The patients I see are all so incredible and they inspire me every single day.
If you were able to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I LOVE to travel. I want to see the world! I’m always up for going somewhere new. Right now I am really itching to go to Greece. I follow a blogger/model on Instagram who was just there and her pictures were breathtaking! The architecture, the history, the ocean…I am all about it!
What are your fashion pet peeves?
If I see another bubble necklace, I might die. I could also live without wedge sneakers and overalls. And I never hopped on the chambray bandwagon. I think my fashion pet peeve in general is when everyone becomes a carbon copy of each other. I know I can be guilty of that too sometimes, but I wish people would just do their own thing!
What is your favourite hobby?
Blogging has pretty much grown from a hobby to a side hustle at this point. Obviously, I love shopping. I also really enjoy cooking and baking, and I love to watch DVD marathons of TV shows. Basically, I am a really boring person.
If you could have any job in the world, what would you be doing?
That’s a really tough question. I love my job, but it can be really draining on me. I always said my dream job would be to be Vanna White (from Wheel of Fortune). She gets to wear a new gorgeous formal gown every day and just tap letters. She is seriously living the life.
What is your favourite shop?
That tends to change a lot. There are a lot of boutiques in Houston that I just adore. If money were no object, I would probably spend every penny I had at Nordstrom.
And there we have it! Thank you very much Miranda for dropping by. Don’t forget to check out Shop&Twirl!