Hey guys! Welcome back to the 3rd Trendy Talks! This week I am interviewing Cassandra from The Frillish! Fun fact: Cassandra is actually the person who inspired me to do this series. She contacted me back at the end of May and asked me to interview her. She is a fairly new blogger, but I can tell she puts a lot of effort into her blog and she has a pretty cool life to. From there I came up with the idea for Trendy Talks and the rest is history!
1. Share a little bit about yourself. I am a spunky little red head with a passion and a mission: to invigorate other young women with creative awesomeness. I am in my last year of my college career [dun, dun, dun] at Johnson & Wales University. I’m originally from New Jersey, the Jersey Shore to be exact [yeah buddy], but I move around a lot. I think Meg+Dia has a song that sings, “I’d like to think I don’t have roots yet- still some traveling in me.” Yeah, that’s me. I’ve lived in Providence, Miami, back to Providence, and hopefully next, New York. Maybe move to Europe one day to pick up a language in all its authenticity. Who knows? Obviously, my hometown is always a pit stop in between moves!
2. How did your blog begin? Once upon a time [JK not even a month ago], I interned for a [wonderful] fashion blogger, Kristin of LivingInColorPrint.com, who knew her stuff. I mean the nitty gritty detail of all that is blogging. It truly was an amazing experience, and I got to pick her brain about anything and everything blog-related. I have always wanted to start my own blog, but I never had the resources, knowledge or confidence to start that little sucker up. Kristin really lit a fire under my belly, whether she knows it or not, and she was my main inspiration for the start up.
3. Where did you come up with the name The Frillish? By God’s good graces, I somehow invented the name for my blog, The Frillish. I researched excruciating hours, blogs that had a cool name and a cool vibe, just for inspiration. I researched blog names, via Google search, just for kicks. And finally swept through some of my favorite blogs at that time, again for inspiration. I’ve always loved Thrillist, ironically a digital lifestyle magazine/blog for men, and BAM- The Frillish immediately popped in my mind. I wanted to mirror their awesome, witty posts but direct them towards women and all things girly of course!
4. You mentioned you interned for Kristin at livingincolorprint.com. Do you have any tips for girls who are searching for a good internship? When searching and trying to obtain a good internship, there are a few things I can advise girls around our age. The first is that you aren’t entitled to anything, in any way. Being so young, and trying to earn your spot in this crazy competitive industry, it’s important to bury your pride a bit. Have a modest ego. The second is being open-minded. I always had my eye on an internship with some huge PR firm, or big magazine. But working in an intimate environment allows you to absorb so much more information. Your mentors focus on you, and really care about teaching you something rather than just giving you menial tasks. From my personal experience, I really believe it’s something other girls seeking an internship should consider. Lastly, don’t shy away from asking for help! Networking is key, and alwaysss carry/ask for business cards when acquainting yourself with someone- they may be able to help you out later on down the road.
5. Where do you find inspiration for new blog posts? My blog is all about affordability and individualism, so I guess I’d say my biggest inspiration would be my own closet when posting about fashion! When I’m trying to get ideas for a new post, I’m never like, “Okay, new post-new outfit.” I always see if there’s something in my closet I can revamp or style using current trends and go from there. As for my lifestyle and inspiration posts- all of my inspiration comes from personal experience and interaction with others. I love hearing different views on life, ideas, and experiences. I then reflect, and create a post from it.
6. How many hours per week do you spend blogging? I’m so new to this GIANT arena of blogging; I spend a hefty amount of time on researching, networking, and content development. I can’t really put a number on it, because I haven’t settled into a set routine yet, but all throughout the day I’m on different social media platforms trying to get my name out there! And obviously create [hopefully awesome] posts in between!
7. Do you have any favorite blogs? Maybe I’m a little bias towards it, but LivingInColorPrint is one of my faves. I am a huge fan of bloggers that have a strong sense of self, and Kristin keeps true to her brand and originality. Not to mention her blog oozes class and all things girly! Another [newly discovered] favorite of mine is Becoming Bradshaw. They have several contributors but their voice is amazing [not to mention hilarious] and the girl behind it all is SO sweet!
8. Describe your personal style in 3 words: Funky. Modern. Boho-Chic.
9. What are your favorite stores to shop at? I love to thrift shop! I’m also a huge supporter of local brands and boutiques so whenever I’m in a town I try to check out local stores. It’s refreshing.
10. Is there anything you would like to accomplish this summer? I’m actually traveling a decent amount this summer. I’m going to Mexico and a dude ranch, ha! It will be interesting to say the least. As for accomplishments, content development and networking for the blog will be my main goal!
11. Where would you love to travel to? As I mentioned before, I would love to spend some time overseas in Europe. My dream would be to live in France or Italy, pick up the language and totally submerge myself in their culture. I also wouldn’t mind experiencing their fashion styles first hand!
12. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Ahh, the loaded question that every young twenty-something tries to avoid. I started off narrow-minded in the beginning of college because I didn’t really know and wasn’t exposed to all the different paths in fashion. But as I build professional contacts and experience, especially blogging now, I am exposed to so many different avenues in fashion that I didn’t know I’d like. In 5 years I hope to see myself with a good company, possibly in trend forecasting, fashion journalism, or public relations, and of course- hopefully still blogging on the side.
Thank you so much for doing this interview, Cassandra! I loved how she supports local stores... it is definitely something I am trying to get into more! Share your favorite part of the interview in the comments below!