Blogging Beauty - Paper Meets Pearl

Today I have a treat for you! The lovely Kelly of Paper Meets Pearl has answered some fun questions.  So have fun getting to know this sweet girl and hopefully some of you will learn something about blogging from her!

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello! My name is Kelly and I’m the blogger behind Paper Meets Pearl! My blog is a fashion/lifestyle blog based out of gorgeous Charleston, SC. By day I’m a marketing/social media guru and by night I’m a blogger and fashion stylist!
  1. How did you first get involved with blogging?
I first got started back in January after making a New Year’s resolution. I honestly owe a lot of my blog’s start to my supportive boyfriend for challenging me to do it. I’ve always loved fashion and writing but was always told that it wasn’t a viable option. Ever since I got started I’ve been able to meet some amazing ladies (like Katie!) and work with terrific brands.

  1. What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Oh gosh! That’s difficult because there will always be challenges with blogging. I would have to say staying motivated and inspired to come up with creative content. I try to keep a notebook handy so I can jot down an idea so I don’t lose it.
  1. How would you describe your personal style?
I would say it’s a cross between minimalism and boho. I love simple styles and patterns but also love a good flowy dress! My favorite type of clothes to wear are midi dresses with either heels or slide sandals and very simple jewelry.
  1. How do you keep coming up with content for your blog?
Write down everything! Every little thought I have I write down, no matter how crazy it is! It keeps me going and some ideas can really become great ones when I start putting more thought into them. Flipping through magazines also helps too, especially with my job as a stylist.
  1. What are your favorite upcoming trends for Fall/Winter?
My favorite trends I’m seeing right now are shearling vests (I just received an incredibly soft one from Entourage Clothing!) and lots of 70s vibes. My favorite boutique, 7 Gypsy, just got this amazing suede fringe skirt that I’m dying to try!

  1. What’s your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe right now?
That’s so hard for me! I would have to say my favorite piece is this forest green tunic I recently got at Forever21. It’s a great summer to fall piece because it has thigh high slits so I can wear shorts under it, then in the fall I can wear leggings and a leather jacket!
  1. If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Join a community! I joined Charleston Bloggers and Southern Blog Society and both have been a great way to meet new friends, collaborate with bigger brands, and learn how to be a better blog. Also, don’t be scared to put yourself out there! Take risks and see how they play out. You may be surprised!
  1. What do you think is the best strategy to get more traffic to your blog?
Besides creating useful content, I would say really utilize social media. It’s such an easy tool to really drive traffic to your blog. Each time I create a new post, I post a link to it on my Instagram in the bio and all over Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
  1. What do you do in your spare time?
I live in a great neighborhood close to a Green Way so I like to go on long bike rides and run through there. If I’m not biking, I’m typically at the beach surfing with my boyfriend (I’m still learning!) or catching up with friends at a local coffee shop or wine bar.
  1. Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
I would love to be a full-time blogger and make my income doing that. As for now, I’m really happy where I’m at and enjoy seeing where it’s taking me! I’m incredibly thankful to be able to do what I love.
  1. Tell me about your proudest achievement?
I would say the day I got asked to start running a weekly fashion show. I truly felt like I was being seen and people wanted to see more of it! It’s starting to drive more traffic to my blog and such a great output for creativity.
  1. Who was your first style icon?
My first style icon was Audrey Hepburn and still is!
  1. What are your favorite places to shop?
I can’t say no to a good vintage or thrift store! I’m always on the lookout for some great pieces. I also like Nordstrom Rack, Forever21, and The Gap.
  1. If you could splurge on one item, what would it be and why?

I’m not too sure! I would have to say something from either Chanel or Chloe. I love both of these brands and how timeless they are.
  1. Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together?
Coco Chanel said it best, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” and I completely agree with her! A perfect outfit is one that is balanced and only uses touches of accessories to highlight the overall outfit itself. This is something I try to use every day when I’m either styling myself or my shows.

Thanks so much for collaborating with me Kelly!  Make sure you follow her on Instagram - she posts some seriously fab fashion pics!

Read my answers to the questions on Kelly’s blog!

Don't forget to Sparkle!
XO ~ Katie

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