An Interview with Chesley of Smile for Style
Chesley Tolentino, the face behind “Smile for Style” is a model-turned fashion stylist & photographer. Based in sunny San Diego, her fashion is inspired by vintage pieces with a twist, neutral color palettes, textures, and all things sheer! She is in love with thrift stores & vintage shopping and is always on the hunt for hidden fashion treasures. Her blog is filled with outfit posts, behind-the-scenes from editorial photo shoots, plus adorable fashion ramblings that you won’t get enough of.
What do you do when you're not blogging? What is your job?
Chesley: I'm a stylist for DJPremium.com full time and also do freelance jobs over the weekend.
How would you describe your personal style?
Chesley: I'm such a thrift store addict, I love mixing vintage and thrift items with modern, high-street pieces! I love clean lines, pops of color, and feminine pieces.
Where are you from and what are your top three favorite places to shop in your city?
Chesley: I'm from the Bay Area but moved to San Diego for college and live here now. I love shopping at Ross, Marshalls, and H&M!
What are the most prominent colors in your wardrobe?
Chesley: Neutral and pastel shades! But I've been trying to get out of my comfort zone and started to incorporate more edgy and colored pieces.
What types of items do you like to save $ on and what do you splurge on?
Chesley: I like to save money on coats, blouses and jeans since I know I can find amazing deals on those at other stores. I love to splurge on shoes!!
In your opinion, every woman should own:
Chesley: A very fitted coat that they feel beautiful in. A coat, to me, always makes an outfit that much better.
One trend you would like to never see again is:
Chesley: Super low rise jeans that show that muffin top. Gross.
Three things that are always in my fridge:
Chesley: Vanilla yogurt, apples, and salad mix.
My favorite color combo is...
Chesley: For Spring--coral and mint green. For Fall--cognac brown and maroon.
My favorite moment of the day:
Chesley: Finishing a big photo shoot project I have been working on for days! Best feeling of accomplishment. :)
My go-to product in my beauty arsenal:
Chesley: Oil of Olay face lotion. I put it on everyday and it makes my skin feel so young and fresh.
What's the oldest thing you're wearing today? Is there a story behind it?
Chesley: I'm wearing a vintage jacket I got from a thrift store for only $5! Not sure how old it is, but the unique detailing was so amazing when I saw it in the store I knew it had to be mine!
Chesley: Sweetened Black tea from Starbucks
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