An Interview with Kyla of Blue Collar Catwalk
I'm Kyla of Blue Collar Catwalk. I live in small university town in central Pennsylvania with my husband of six years and our 4-year old shih-tzu Iggy Pop. Finding a perfect wardrobe in a small town on an even smaller budget can be challenging, but I refuse to let it affect my personal style. Creativity is still free and where inspiration lacks, imagination prevails.
What do you do when you're not blogging? What is your job?
Kyla: I am a leader at a weight loss company and a free lance graphic designer. I love working for myself, finding jobs that I'm passionate about to piece together a livable income.
How would you describe your personal style?
Kyla: Very comfortable, yet unique. I have to be able to move in my clothes - I can't stand anything being the least bit restrictive. I love layering simple pieces and pairing basic tees and buttondowns with unique pants and statement necklaces.
Where are you from and what are your top three favorite places to shop in your city?
Kyla: I live in a small college town in central Pennsylvania. You will inevitably find me shopping at our local vintage shop The Rag and Bone, our local Goodwill or Ross/TJMaxx. Okay, that's four places.
3 fun facts about you:
Kyla: I love to run and just completed my first half-marathon. I have a four-year old shih tzu named Iggy Pop. He makes lots of appearances on my blog. I have a degree in Film/Video from Penn State that I don't really use at all.
What are you currently grooving to?
Kyla: Wilco and The Gaslight Anthem seem to be ruling my iPod lately.
What are 4 of your favorite brands?
Kyla: I'm not really a label lover, but I seem to gravitate towards American Apparel tees, Hue tights and socks, Boutique 9 shoes and Betsey Johnson accessories.
What types of items do you like to save $ on and what do you splurge on?
Kyla: I will always splurge on quality items like shoes and bras. While I'm a smart shopper most of the time, I never pay a lot for trendy pieces. Lately, I'm trying to conserve as much money and energy on the pieces I buy, so I'm really focussing on fair-trade, USA-made or pre-owned fashions.
Do you have a favorite fashion era? What did you love about it?
Kyla: Oh, the seventies, no doubt. I LOVE the silhouettes, the colors and the simple, laid-back vibe of the decade. Give me a simple tee, big pants and a floppy hat and I'm a happy camper.
Three things in your closet you cannot live without:
Kyla: An American Apparel deep-V tee, over the knee socks, a chambray button-down.
How are you able to stay fashionable without spending a lot of $$? What are your tips and where do you shop?
Kyla: Vintage and thrift stores are a great start, but staying fashionable on a budget isn't just about buying inexpensive pieces. It is about shopping with intention. A small wardrobe full of useful pieces that stay true to your style is far better than a closet over-flowing with cheap, useless pieces.
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