An Interview with Erica Leigh of Sweets & Hearts
Erica Leigh is a 23-year-old fashion grad with a love for sewing, photography, food, and ghost stories. She likes dressing up (even when she's dressed down) and has a slight obsession with bows and cupcakes. And sometimes shoes. Check out her style blog, Sweets and Hearts!
What do you do when you're not blogging? What is your job?
Erica Leigh: When I'm not blogging, I work at a bridal salon as a consultant. It's really fun! I'm surrounded by pretty dresses and get to help women pick out one of the most important garments they'll ever wear.
What is your fantasy splurge?
Erica Leigh: Oooh, this one's tricky. I think I'd want to get a Chloe bag or a pair of Miu Miu pumps!
Where are you from and what are your top three favorite places to shop in your city?
Erica Leigh: I'm from Santa Clarita. They have this huge consignment event twice a year called "Dress on a Dime", and I've found great vintage and gently used clothes and shoes. At the mall, I really love Francesca's. I also shop at Marshall's a lot--you can find all of your favorite brands, but cheap!
Favorite kind of candy:
Erica Leigh: Chocolate! Hands down. Chocolate everything. Especially milk and white. Yummmm!
3 fun facts about you:
Erica Leigh: 1. I'm left-handed. 2. When I was in 4th grade, I won 2nd place in a Christmas drawing contest for the local newspaper. 3. I'm a total night owl and cannot function super early in the morning (unless I'm properly caffeinated!).
How are you able to stay fashionable without spending a lot of $$? What are your tips and where do you shop?
Erica Leigh: I think it's important to work with what you already have and experiment with mixing and wearing them different ways. I also tend to look for sales and am a bargain hunter at heart, thanks to my mom. You can find lots of inexpensive/quality clothes on Ebay, TJMaxx, Marshall's, and Loehmann's.
One trend you would like to never see again is:
Erica Leigh: Gaucho pants! I'm glad those went away. Sure, they're comfy, but I think they just look silly.
What are key pieces from your wardrobe that you find yourself wearing over and over?
Erica Leigh: My blue and white striped Tommy Hilfiger button down. I've had it since high school, and I still wear it over and over again! I also have these cheap jeggings by Domaine that just fit perfectly--better than my more expensive jeans. They're just the right length and are super comfortable.
4 things you can't live without:
Erica Leigh: Mascara, my camera, tiramisu, and strawberry lemonade.
How long does it take you to decide on an outfit to post?
Erica Leigh: Not long, actually. I work most of the week, so whenever I have a day off and take the time to "dress cute", I take photos and prepare my outfit post. :)
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