MFB Crush: Rachel Sayumi by Tiffany

I LOVE reading Rachel Sayumi!! She’s very beautiful, down to earth, and friendly. I love reading her posts on her engagement, her marriage, and now her new life as a Mrs. She isn’t afraid to be herself and to share what she loves on her blog. Go check her out!! 🙂

How did you come to choose your blog name? Any special meaning?
Well, my name is Rachel Sayumi Porter. I stated my blog before I was married, so I just dropped my last name, and used Rachel Sayumi as my ‘internet name’. I’ve had a blogging identity crisis a few times, meaning I have switched my blog name like… three too many times, haha! But Rachel Sayumi is special to me, because I am half Japanese. My middle name always makes me think of my heritage, my family, and Japan. I love Japan so much! I never want to lose touch with that side of myself :).

When did you first fall in love with fashion? What was it that interested you?
I think I have always loved clothes. In high school, I would tend to go to Target or the mall, and walk around a lot, just admiring clothes. I would usually wear a cute shirt with jeans or whatever, but I definitely became more “fashion conscious” my sophomore year of college. I feel like I’ve always dressed fine, but now I actually really enjoy it. I love mixing and matching clothes, trying out trends, and shopping for key items that are versatile with my wardrobe!

Where do you hope to see you, your family, and your blog in five years?
My husband, Justin, plans on attending grad school, so we still have some of that ahead of us! I will hopefully land a good job, and just work to support him through school. I’m sure within 5 years we will have at least one lil baby :). With my blog, I hope to keep on expanding my personal style. My husband actually gave me a sewing machine for Valentine’s day, and I’m taking a sewing class in the fall. So I hope to do some refashions and tutorials! Maybe even learn to make some pretty clothes or jewelry, and open up an Etsy shop or something. That would be a dream!

What is your spouse’s style like?
My husband is so cute! He dresses really well. He’s not a big fan of the baggy T-shirts and gym shorts look (unless we’re lounging), which makes me happy because he is sooo handsome dressed up! When he dresses up, he will wear a tailored collared button-up + tie with fitted pants. If it’s cold, a sweater over that. When it’s warmer and we are in a casual setting, he wears his clothes from PacSun. They have some nice shirts in awesome colors. You’ll see his style from time to time on my blog :).

Who/What/Where do you draw from for your fashion inspiration?
Other bloggers and Pinterest. I’ve never been one to copy magazine outfits much (those are usually a little too crazy, and look silly in real life..), but I love bloggers and Pinterest. The outfits I see there are so much more relate-able, and doable! I’m usually drawn to patterns and color schemes. If I see a color combination or pattern I like, it inspires me and makes me want to put together a similar outfit!

What are some key pieces in your closet that tie your wardrobe together? What can’t you live without?
Oh man! I definitely have quite a few key pieces! Some include: White button up collared blouse, dark wash skinny jeans, white v-neck shirt, striped shirt, peplum shirt, nude heels, and tons of pencil skirts, haha! With those few items, I’m able to mix and match with the rest of my closet. They are great!

If you carry a makeup bag, what is in it?
I don’t really carry a makeup bag, but in my purse I will ALWAYS have Burt’s Bee’s, Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush lipgloss, Covergirl lipstick, bobby pins and a hair tie, and a little travel perfume. Oh, and a mirror. These are all perfect for a quick touch-up on the go!

What is your nighttime face routine?
It’s nothing special—But I ALWAYS wash my face off. I feel gross if I don’t! I use Pond’s make-up wipes. They are amazing! I have only been using them for the past month or so, but my face has been so much clearer because of them. After wiping the makeup off, I wash my face with St. Ive’s Apricot Facial Scrub. Then I always put lotion on my face after!

Do you face any challenges in keeping your style authentic? If so, how do you deal with them?
This is a great question!! I feel that in the fashion world, everyone tends to copy each other. And I honestly don’t think it’s bad! Trends come up, and everyone wants to experiment. That doesn’t necessarily make your style unauthentic– it’s all about the execution. If I see a style or outfit I love, and decide to copy it, I always make sure to give credit to who/what inspired me, and of course, I add my own twist to it. I don’t like copying piece-by-piece someone else’s outfit. I’ll mix and match different jewelry, I’ll add something funky, etc. Even if you credit them at this point, it’s so boring because it’s already been done! If you are going to copy someone, I think it’s important to take your own interpretation of the outfit, and make it authentic in that way!

 

Blog Crush: Ruffling Feathers

You guys, I’m so excited to introduce my latest blog crushEmily of Ruffling Feathers. (I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I last did one…) I’ve been following her for a while now and love seeing what she and her cute little family is up to…and occasionally get a glimpse of what she’s wearing! I especially love her Pin Real Life series. She is a wife, mama of two boys, and stylist in Utah. Read on to learn more about this fab lady!

How would you describe your style?

I’ve never known how to pinpoint it, but my friend recently suggested “pretty rocker.” I think that fits pretty well. As far as clothing goes, I like to mix hard and soft, if any one piece is ultra feminine, I can’t help but offset it with something totally boyish or unisex. I’ve never really put much weight in how any one else thinks about how I dress, my family and friends know they can tease me about it, but I wear what I think is beautiful or interesting and it’s something I do just for me.

 

Where do you mostly shop?
If I am in the mood for something unique that I won’t see all over town, I buy it secondhand or thrifted. There are also a couple local boutiques that only buy one set of sizes in their inventory, which is comforting to me. I buy seasonal or trend items at H&M or Forever 21, if I want a better quality I’ll use ASOS or Zara. I love a good deal, so the only things I invest in are shoes and dresses, everything else has got to be $40 or less or I don’t even look twice at it. My friends and I hold swaps four times a year where we bring anything we’re ready to part with, but is still fashionable and in good condition and trade with one another, it’s the perfect way to get new-to-me things and I’m not paying anything!

What/who are you currently inspired by?
A lot of days, I feel like I am on inspiration overload, there are so many ways to gather it these days. Sometimes it’s nice to just turn it all off and go for what you like, because you like it, not because you saw someone else doing/wearing/eating/listening to it. With that being said I still love sites like They All Hate Us, Stockholm Streetstyle or Wit + Delight that post magazine editors’ street style, you can’t beat it! It’s so progressive and authentic. I pour over my magazine subscriptions with Nylon and Harper’s Bazaar each month, and love to pick apart the stylist’s work on TV and movies.
What inspired you to become a stylist? What are your most and least favorite parts about your job?
I’ve always loved fashion, ever since I was a two or three. My mom said she would buy those ready-made outfits with an oversize puff paint t-shirt, matching biker shorts, and matching bows and t-shirt clips to ensure I looked cute and put together, and I would promptly take them all apart and wear them mismatched. My first job was doing visuals and merchandising at Gap, which taught me how to style to appeal to a mass market. I fell into my styling job accidentally really, but did it all throughout college for a local magazine turned website and slowed down recently to have my two boys. Planning, pulling and actually styling during a photoshoot is a blast! Steamer burns, returning said pulls, and the long hours are not as fun. I love the mental challenge of turning a pile of clothes, accessories and shoes into a handful of cohesive looks for a magazine spread. The ultimate success is when someone who knows you looks at a spread and would never have guessed you styled it. Stepping out of your own style can be the hardest part of the job.

Where do you find such cute clothes for your boys?
I have so much fun dressing my boys! Thrifting for them is the most fun, and probably half of their wardrobe was found secondhand. Besides a handful of vintage cartoon t-shirts, their wardrobes are really plain. If you looked in their closets you’d see a section of American Apparel tank tops, another chunk of AA tri-blend tees in standard and neon colors with several vintage Healthtex or old school cartoon t-shirts, then another chunk of thrifted plaid button ups, a few AA cardigans and hoodies, Gap pea coats, secondhand denim or utility jackets. I get their jeans at H&M, Zara, and Baby Gap Girls section. They wear Converse sneakers, Freshly Picked or Minnetonka moccasins, and motorcycle boots or wellies in the winter. Having two boys makes buying the higher quality stuff easier, you know it needs to last for both of them. They’re 16 months apart, but my baby Cal is fitting all of his brother Hayes’ clothes, so now I’m just buying everything in one size now, and probably will until they head out for college!
Thanks so much, Emily! Don’t forget to follow her blogTwitterPinterest, and Instgram!

Blog Crush: Thread Ethic

I recently stumbled upon the modest Salt Lake street style blog, Thread Ethic. I was instantly taken aback by the style featured on the blog and their photography. They make Salt Lake City look better than I remember!! The two stylish ladies don’t divulge much about themselves so I had to email them to unveil this mystery.. Turns out they are 2 parts of the sibling piano musical group, The 5 Browns. Now I feel stupid.. As a fellow pianist (hahahahahahh), I should have known!! I’ve even listened to their music!!! Read on to know more about this sister duo and their amazing style.

 Desirae

 

 Melody 

 

Where are you from?

Melody:  Although Utah has been home for the past few years for both of us, we like to claim New York as home away from home (and now a true home for one of us). I spent 9 years of my most formidable years there and feel that New York played a huge part in who I am…fashion and all. We also have a bit of Texas in our past. So all three states, Texas, Utah and New York feel like little bits of home.

 

Why are you in Utah? School? Work?

Desirae:  Melody and I are both part of the musical group The 5 Browns and for the past 6-7 years the group has been based in Utah. Both of our husbands families are in Utah so we wanted to be close to relatives too. Just this past month though I, Desirae, moved back to New York City where my husband will be attending grad school. As Melody mentioned, we both lived here in the past from 1997-2006 while we were attending The Juilliard School so New York feels quite a bit like going back home. We are excited to be contributing to the blog from both New York and Salt Lake City. I’ll be searching for high fashion yet modest looks as I’m out and about in the city and share them with everyone on Thread Ethic.

How do you guys know each other? (This is me being stupid and oblivious!!!)

M:  Obviously apart from being sisters, we work together as musicians. Being a part of our musical group has really shaped who we are in fashion. In our work on stage as musicians, randomly we had quite a few people asking us questions about style. So we figured we’d take it all a step further and work together on a blog to give people more options in fashion. So yes, beyond the familial, we are very much business partners in many ways.

Where do you like to shop in Utah?

D:  Funny enough, our favorite place to shop in Utah lately is Deseret Industries. If you know what you’re looking for you can find things that look exactly like they came off the runway, and it is soooo affordable! We also really love Zara, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Banana Republic, and couldn’t be more excited about the soon-to-be-coming H&M. We also frequently online shop at Topshop.com, Ebay, vintage websites like vintgeous.com, and online stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales which will put Utah girls immediately within reach of BCBG, Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and most designer things they might be looking for.

What are your favorite styles?

M:  We are huge fans of designers like Marc Jacobs and are absolutely loving everything about Valentino right now. Oh and you can rarely go wrong with such power houses like Chanel and Prada. It was kind of amazing to be pretty big fans of Zac Posen and then to work with him so closely. He will always be a favorite in our book. Of course we can’t always afford our favorite designers, so we use them as inspiration for looks we can afford. Their inspiration gives us the creativity to try and recreate what they’ve done on our own and with our own pieces.

What’s your history with fashion?
D:  Through our work in The 5 Browns we have had the great fortune to work with amazing high fashion photographers, stylists and designers. The designer Zac Posen actually asked us to perform on the runway of his Fall 2009 show and designed dresses for us to wear. He very generously wanted our input on the dresses and wanted to collaborate our ideas with his. We learned a lot from that experience. We’ve also learned a lot from watching what solutions stylists come up with to our modesty requirements. Through these experiences we’ve been able to see what ‘high fashion’ really looks like close up and in a real way. After all we learned, Melody and I gained the confidence to take on the task of styling our music group for stage and print ourselves and have been doing so for quite a few years now. We feel we’ve been through a style evolution and are bringing what we’ve learned along the way to Thread Ethic.