Monday, April 11, 2011

Blogs from the heart. Clothed Much.

Elaine from Clothed Much is a woman after my own heart. She approaches fashion blogging with a whole lot of humor, and is more than budget friendly. She blogs from the star studded Los Angeles California, and lives there with her husband Chase. She is no diva, okay she is sometimes, and I was personally surprised she lived in  LA.

Elaine is Mormon, and believes in dressing modestly. Wondering what dressing modest means? It means tops that show no cleavage, midriffs, or expose your back. For bottoms it means they fall at or below the knee. Neither tops, or bottoms should be fitted too tightly. That is just a three sentence crash course on modest dressing. But, she still keeps it fashionable, and super fresh. Case in point below.
If you are feeling a little risky you can link up your rule breaking outfit on Clothed Much's Rule Breaking Mondays. This feature encourages people to step out of their box once a week, and try something new. If you are looking for more Mormon bloggers there is a great list on Clothed Much. Want to keep up with Clothed Much? You can follow on Twitter, like Clothed Much on Facebook, follow with Bloglovin, add her on Pinterest. So she is pretty much everywhere you look.
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Now on to the grill session.

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging a couple years ago when I was following all these fashion blogs but none of 'em catered to my idea of modesty or mystyle. Why would they? We're all different! So I started my own!

What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love making new friends. I love learning more about myself. I love seeing my style evolve.
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Why do you think having your own unique personal style is important?
It's totallyimportant! With the media, runways, and even fashion bloggers, telling you what's in or out, it's very important that YOU figure out what you like or don't like to layout the base of your personal style. Personal style is a form of self-expression. You don't want to express yourself just like everyone else in the same exact clothes and styles and trends.

What color or print combination have you been loving lately?
I've been breaking my own rule of wearing like-colors lately and I've loved it! I need to find more ways to do that. I don't have a lot of colors. Just white. So it wouldn't work.
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When did you start shopping second hand?
In college. That's when I realized that the real world sucked and you had to work and watch your money!!! It was a cruel awakening.

What advice do you have for someone new to shopping second hand?
Yes, it's still gross. But if you look hard enough you'll find designer items, unused and BRAND NEW items with tags on them, and even slightly used items that you don't mind keeping because you love it so much. Then you take a shower. No biggy. My biggest advice is to be patient. It all depends on your location, how much time you're willing to commit to thrifting, how often you go, and what days you go.
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Do you have any second hand pieces with a story behind them?
My vintage gucci bag! I got it at a garage sale in Provo, Utah. My husband was building a tree house that Saturday (that's another story) and I thought I'd check out some garage sales around the area. I ended up in this ritzier neighborhood and found one home having a garage sale. She didn't have much. I almost left but then I decided to check out the few clothes and accessories she had. In a box full of beat-up vintage purses, I found this beauty. I couldn't believe she was getting rid of it! It was in bad condition. The shoulder strap was peeling and almost completely undone, but nothing some super glue can't fix. It also had a big ink blotch inside. Nothing some soap and water can't get out. So I asked her. It turned out to be her friend I was asking and she wasn't sure. I said I'd take it for $3. She said fine. And that's how I scored my first (beat-up) designer handbag.
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Ready for some sarcasm with a side of clothes? Go check out Clothed Much.

With all my heart,
<3 Vanessa


  1. Elaine is such an amazing blogger!!

    Monique xx

  2. Ah, I so adore you for featuring elaine! She has been one of my favorite style bloggers for ages! Loving this interview!! :)

  3. obsessed with her shoes :)
    great blog!
    loving the posts
    stop by some time xx

  4. Elaine rocks! I was lucky enough to (almost) meet her last year when she lived in Yuba City, a little town near Sacramento. Since her blog said she was from Sacramento I had emailed her and invited her to a local event I had organized, and she actually came! But she said she was shy and didn't introduce herself to me. I vaguely remember this beautiful Asian woman talking to me, and that was her! She has a great blog- a great sense of humor and fantastic style! GREAT feature!

  5. LOVE Elaine! Her style really is very fresh and she comes up with new ideas so often. I love her jeans in the second photo!

  6. i love Elaine's blog and great interview!

    cute & little

  7. Thanks again for such a great feature! You rock.

  8. What a fab interview! Thanks to Elaine and her Rule Breaking Mondays I have been slowly trying new things, the results vary but that's the fun in it!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  9. Such a great feature! I really enjoyed learning more about this wonderful blogger. hugs to you both!

  10. i love Elaine, she is so true to her modesty and does not let popularity run that for her.

  11. thanks so much for this post. i am not a mormon myself but im a fan of less is more so i really loved this. your blog is very cute and so down to earth. im following you, i hope you can do the same :)

  12. I loved reading this! Some thing I didn't know! I love her blog too! :)

  13. Lovely!!! I don't know this blog!!! Excited to pop over there, her experience with fashion is so interesting coming from a perspective of modesty and writing w/ humor-can't wait to check her out. Thanks for sharing Vanessa!

  14. She looks most interesting, and I definitly will have a good look at her, and her blog.
    You are fabulous Vanessa.

  15. Yes she is! For as big of a blogger she is, she is super nice.

  16. I LOVE Elaine's blog! And yours too Vanessa! I've just discovered it :)