I decided to make today’s post simple and re-introduce myself to those of you who may not have been following Little Black Blog BOSTON. Below are some frequently asked questions about me and how I got into this freelance blogging business. Enjoy! (P.S. If there’s anything I missed, feel free to contact me!)

Ballet flats make the world go 'round.
Ballet flats make the world go ’round.

Who influences you most, fashionably-speaking?

I’m a big fan of Lauren Conrad for her effortlessly chic style and am similarly inspired by Nina Garcia and her book The One Hundred. I’m really into pieces like men’s white shirts (see below) that can be dressed up or down, don’t have to cost a lot and can be re-worked with pieces I already own.

What got you into blogging in the first place?

About a year ago I started noticing that some people don’t understand just how essential it is to express yourself the right way through what you wear. I was working in a field where it is very important to be a professional, even on days when a blazer isn’t required. Some people took the term “Casual Friday” a bit too far and I started appreciating the people I met who had really great taste. Blogging about trends and other kinds of style inspiration really helped me to refine my own taste.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts (USA) and attended university at a college just a couple blocks from Fenway Park. My campus was small but once I was out of class I had an entire city to take in and I gained an appreciation for everything from flash sales on nail polish to consignment shops on Newbury Street.

City Girl Simplicity: My style in a nutshell.
City Girl Simplicity: My style in a nutshell.

When did you start blogging?

My first blog was launched in November of 2011 and was an attempt to merge my interest in politics and social issues with fashion. I soon found that merging my interests in social media and showcasing the affiliates I had gained would be better served on a new platform and I came to WordPress. My next endeavor was more Boston and fashion-focused but was halted by my foray into political campaigning. Now I’ve settled on sharing my experiences as a twenty-something professional city girl and the adventures I have in what I wear, who I meet and what I do.

Why is fashion important?

I like to think of style as one hundred percent self-expression. Whether you’re in an A-line dress or a zippered hoodie, what you wear and how you appear to the world can make all the difference. There was a time when I would have thought that a focus on such vanity was entirely superficial but as a twenty-something young professional, I have found that the way I perceive others based on first impressions has a lot to do with what they wear. As it turns out, wardrobe selections have a lot to do with how people feel about themselves as well.

How did you get so many followers?

I’ve built my brand like a political campaign…via grassroots (i.e. word of mouth and social media). Many of my readers have been following me through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr although I’ve met a lot through networking, college and some of my professional experiences. My advice to anyone trying to build a brand is to be proud of your product and know your audience. I try not to overwhelm my guy friends with posts about pearl necklaces and choosing the ideal red lipstick! (Sorry if it happened without my knowledge!)

Never underestimate the power of a LBD...or a pomegranate margarita.
Never underestimate the power of a LBD…or a pomegranate margarita.

Who makes up your readership?

Last time I checked, the US was beating out readers in Canada, the U.K. and the Philippines but I also have readers in Australia, India and Italy (to name a few). These people really seemed to like posts I’ve written about D.I.Y.’s, cold cream and style reports so I’ll try to keep the good stuff coming!

What is your favorite part about Boston?

As a self-proclaimed professional city girl, I like that I can go from a historic section like The North End to a fashion show at the modern ICA in just a short walk’s time. A walkable city is very important to me as I tend to try keep social outings to a budget (but the cobblestones are a killer on shoes with heels)!

Where is your favorite place to get a drink?

The Monkey Bar. (Just kidding! But they do have incredible smoothies…) If it’s winter, you can find me near the fireplace at The Black Rose with a Guinness but if its summer, a roof deck or somewhere in the North End with a glass of moscato or a fruity cocktail is probably your best bet.

Why do you like politics?

I’ve always been interested in social issues (my B.A. is in Global Studies & international Affairs) and how they affect people. I’ve interned in the legislature and the investment good representation makes in their district is really inspiring. I think that reform needs to happen in a lot of areas, (student loan repayment for one,) and I’d like to see optimistic and progressive leadership make it easier for my generation and generations to come to get good jobs, raise happy and healthy families and get the economy back on it’s feet.

My last job involved working for this lady. It was a crazy ride but I still managed to look chic at the victory party!
My last job involved working for this lady. It was a crazy ride but I still managed to look chic at the victory party!

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

(For more on me, visit here!)

xo, Vanessa


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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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