Kendi Everyday blog.
Kendi is one of my absolute favourite blogs to read for a number of reasons.
- 1. Her style is unique and down to earth
- 2. Her wardrobe is gorgeous and very affordable
- 3. She showcases "everyday" outfits and is a great inspiration
- 4. She started the 30 for 30 remix challenge to encourage people to "shop their wardrobes and save some money!" Totally loving this girl's motto.
1) How do you manage to keep yourself from 'slipping' during the challenge?
Last year I did a 30 for 30 each season, so I feel like I'm pretty well-hearsed on getting through the challenge. Or so I thought. After my fall remix, I thought I had it in the bag and then winter came along and it was the hardest challenge of all. I figured out though that the best way to keep from slipping is to find inspiration. I looked to other bloggers for inspiration and played dress up in my own closet to find new ways to wear my limited items. I also looked at online shops -- I just didn't buy anything! I would see how stores were putting things together and try to mimic those looks. And sometimes I'd make a list of items that I was going to buy once the 30 for 30 was over. The best part? Most of the items ended up on sale or I decided I didn't need them after all :)
I'd say 98% of the people who finish the challenge feel positive about the experience. (I made that statistic up). I equate it to running a marathon -- actually doing it is hard, but once you finish you feel so accomplished and you want to try it again. For me, I am reminded that I can put cute outfits together without spending tons of cash. Some of my favorite outfits have come from the 30 for 30 -- it stretches my creativity more than just peering into a bottomless closet of clothes and feeling like I have nothing to wear.
3) I do find that many fashion blogs are intent on wearing/having the latest couture fashion and extremely expensive shoes etc - how do you stay true to yourself and not feel like you "need" to have these things in order to be a successful blogger?
Well first off my budget keeps me pretty honest most days! Trust me -- there are times of weakness where I'm standing in a shoe aisle and I have 4 boxes stacked and my husband is just staring at me like "you're kidding right?" My budget could be $200 that month or $0 that month and I just have to go with it. I also don't let myself go to places where I'd be prone to spend thousands of dollars. I have to remind myself that I have enough, which is what the 30 for 30 helps me do. But on the other hand, I wouldn't know the first thing to do with an expensive shirt or dress. I'd be too afraid to wear it!
4) Do you know how many people have taken part in your challenge?
I think overall about 1200 bloggers have participated in the challenge as well as a few non-bloggers as well. It's been so exciting to see others take on the challenge and to see others thoughts on the challenge. I feel like I have a group of 1200 close friends :)
5) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This might be the hardest question to answer! I'm not sure what even the next year holds, but in 5 I certainly hope that I'm still blogging and still remixing! And if Oprah is in that plan, I welcome that with open arms. (For the record, I'd settle for the Today Show.)
6) Can you offer advice to fashion bloggers who have just started out?
Of course! I think some of the best advice I can give is to find your community and be an active member in that community. Fashion blogging has so many different types of people with diverse styles that it's fun to find where your blog fits in. When I first started, I knew that I was not and would never be high fashion, but more of the everyday girl. So that's the community I sought out and joined, by commenting, reading and being interested in similar blogs. Don't worry about readership numbers or sponsorship, just write what you know and create the blog that you would like to read.
I will also be partaking in this 30 for 30 remix challenge this month! Can't wait to save some money!