Monday, January 5, 2015

Talented blogger, Marlen from Messages on a Napkin and I got together to give you some insight into the inner workings of her blog! I first noticed Marlen's blog when I was going through twitter, I spent some time looking through her outfits and was really inspired by her looks. She has such a warm, effortless and put together style. I love how she has layering 101 tips on her blog, it's definitely inspired me and I hope it does the same for you. I hope you enjoy Marlen's blog and her great looks!

Who takes the amazing photos on your blog?

My little brother, who absolutely hates that he's been knighted with the task, haha! I started my blog about three years ago and I always drag him around our neighborhood, trying to pretend I don't notice his annoyed scowls. He's 18 and would much rather be playing computer games, but he does it for me nevertheless, which is sweet. He also has little diva moments about his role on the blog which I find hilarious. For example when I tell him how to frame the picture, he does this thing where he puts his hand on his hip, gives me a death stare, and with more than a little attitude says, "Mar, I've been doing this for three years now. I think I know what is needed here, okay?"
Well. Okay then.

What made you want to start your blog?

Not even kidding about this: I saw Julie and Julia and decided I wanted to try it, too. I'm trying to be a writer and I thought it was fantastic that she found both her voice and her audience through blogging. I first started as a writing blog but I quickly realized I liked writing about fashion the most so I switched gears. That and I'd spend hours scrolling through fashion blogs, swooning over all the outfits these girls were creating. And after a while (and a hundred archived pages later) I decided that I had a style worthy of sharing, too.

Where do you get most of your inspiration from?

Magazines and Pinterest! I subscribe to catalogs from my favorite stores and when they come in the mail I spend hours flipping through outfits and taping up my favorite ones onto my closet door. I know it's very teenage-girl-in-junior-high, but it works! Sometimes I just like a certain detail or a specific layering trick ("ooo, love how she layered a chambray over her polka dot blouse", "ahh, layering a strapless dress over a turtleneck is kind of genius"), but whatever it is I paste it up onto the wall. The same goes with Pinterest- about once a week I scroll through my style board and try to think how I could piece my outfits together around certain details or layers. It definitely helps you stay creative and interesting.

How do you manage life/blog/work/study?

Very, very poorly, haha. I'm one of those people that has to do a task at a time- I'm terrible at multi-tasking. So when I go deep into blog mode, it's really hard for me to switch gears and focus on my other projects. For example, I'm in the middle of writing my second book now and it was supposed to be finished by Thanksgiving. Welp, that clearly never happened. I'm sure I'll figure out how to strike a balance one day- but for now I have so much fun thinking of content and drafting posts that I'm okay with the one-track workaholic thing I've got going on :)

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