I don’t tend to follow many style blogs – mostly because they often seem very alike in content and presentation. But every so often, a fashion blogger catches, and keeps, my attention. And since I’m all about sharing the good stuff I find, I’m happy to share with you other worthwhile nooks and crannies of our big ol’ crazy internet. And so: allow me to introduce you to charming Mica, who blogs at Away From Blue.
The first thing to note about Away From Blue is the absence of haute couture fashion shenanigans. Anyone can look great when provided with fancy designer clothes, but it takes skill to start with a simple ensemble – jeans and a shirt/tunic, for example – and transmogrify (how’s that for a word?) it into a statement of style. For anyone looking for casual style inspiration that doesn’t involve shattering the pink porcelain piggy, Mica is a good example to turn to. Realistic, grounded, but ever curious about fashion and its possibilities.
For more, I chatted with Mica via eMail.
What made you decide to start fashion blogging?
A few different reasons. Away from the blue started because I was regularly posting on a forum thread on Effen Haute called "What are you wearing today?" and even if I didn't post there I still took a picture of my outfit every day. Taking pictures everyday helps me figure out what worked and what didn't, and gives me ideas for what to wear on those days when it seems like I have nothing to wear!
One of my friends started blogging regularly and I enjoyed reading it, that made me think seriously about blogging. The new year seemed like a great time to start a blog. Just posting a picture a day is quite easy, and the benefit of knowing that your picture will be posted online is that you try to branch out a little so you aren't wearing the same thing over and over. If you get into a clothes rut and you blog, people will call you out on it. If you have great readers, they will also give you ideas and inspiration for how to change things up.
|ASOS wrap dress, Op Shop Belt, Velo Balencia Bag|
Where do you hope to take Away From the Blue in the coming months?
Hopefully to be able to say that I have stuck to my goal and blogged once a day for at least a year! I don't have any plans for world domination - yet! ;)
How would you describe your style in a nutshell?
Overall it's casual and relaxed, almost predictable. It's definitely more comfortable than groundbreaking, but that's the way I like it.
What is your ideal ensemble?
Jeans, sandals, a loose top and a great bag. I fall back on this a lot (see the predictable comment above!) but it makes me feel comfortable and ready to face anything.
|Jeanswest top, Target scarf, Sass & Bide jeans, Balenciaga sandals, Louis Vuitton bag|
What do you like best and least about fashion?
Best thing about fashion would have to be the variety. You can stand in a crowd of people and see so many different looks. Different seasons, cultures and budgets can create an amazing range of styles.
The thing I like least about fashion is how much money can be wasted on it. Speaking from a personal viewpoint! You can buy into every new trend that comes along and you will end up with a wardrobe full of pieces that don't work well together at all, it's not sustainable. I'm trying to be more thoughtful with each purchase I make and get quality pieces that will last longer, but my bulging wardrobe shows that I've spent too much on the wrong things over the years. It's all too easy to fall into the "have to have it" trap, and I think that's a shame.
So there you have it. Visit Mica anytime you like by mousing to Away From Blue.
Thanks for your time Mica! Note: images from Mica's blog used with her kind permission.