An Interview with Cee of Coco and Vera
Hi, I'm Cee! I'm a Vancouver-based fashion blogger who dreams of living in Paris. I write primarily about what I'm wearing, and what inspires my outfits. The world is full of things to see and experience - I try to incorporate all the things that fascinate me, from travel to ballet to novels, into my greatest passion; fashion. My blog, Coco and Vera, is a place for me to collect what I love and share it, in the hope that it will inspire others, too.
What do you do when you're not blogging? What is your job?
Cee: In my daily life, I work for a human resources consulting firm, managing a group benefits administration team. It isn't particularly glamourous, but it funds my shopping habit...!
Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
Cee: The world is full of stylish women, past and present, but the one I had most access to was my grandma, Nora. When I was a little girl, I used to watch her paint her toenails deep red - then she would paint mine. It was my first foray into fashion. I still treasure that memory.
What would be the one fashion tip you would give to a friend?
Cee: This cannot be said often enough: leggings are not pants. Yoga pants are not pants. If it has more than 2% elastane, it is not meant to be worn outside of your house.
What are the most prominent colors in your wardrobe?
Cee: I'm a monochromatic girl through and through - my closet is predominantly black, white and gray.
What inspires you?
Cee: So many things! My inspiration comes from somewhere new every day... But I'm consistently attracted to ballerina chic, Parisian style and the woman I would most love to trade wardrobes with - Olivia Palermo.
How are you able to stay fashionable without spending a lot of $$? What are your tips and where do you shop?
Cee: I always try to think of Alber Elbaz - the head designer at Lanvin - who suggests that women approach budget shopping with a designer mindset. Even at Zara, where I shop frequently, I look for quality, tailoring and timelessness.
What 5 items do you always have in your purse?
Cee: I never leave home without my Samsung Galaxy - I text message and tweet constantly. I also carry a notebook for jotting down inspiration, a tube of Fresh's Sugar Rose lip treatment, my evil eye keychain from Turkey for good luck, and my Kate Spade wallet.
Your most worn piece of jewelry:
Cee: I have a pair of champagne-coloured teardrop gemstone earrings from La Vie Parisienne by Catherine Popesco that I wear almost every day. They are basic enough to go with everything, but still make a statement.
On the first day of hot weather, you'll find me:
Cee: Sitting near the air conditioner in my denim cutoffs! I'm not a warm weather girl... In my ideal world, the temperature would always be ten degrees celcius - warm enough to go without a coat, but too cool to leave home without a sweater.
What's your favorite animal?
Cee: I fell in love with Winnie the Pooh when I was a little girl - who can resist the tubby little cubby? As a result, I've always had a special fondness for bears. From panda to polar, I love them all.
Where do you want to travel next?
Cee: There are so many places in the world I want to see, but I keep going back to Paris - I love the city so much, I can hardly bear to be away. But I've never been to Italy, so I think Milan or Rome will be next on my list of places to visit.
What's the oldest thing you're wearing today? Is there a story behind it?
Cee: The oldest thing I'm wearing today is a black Kensie cardigan - I bought it when I worked in retail during university. Like most students, I could barely afford healthy food... But clothes always took priority :)
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