Monday, April 18, 2011

Blogs from the heart. Snappy and Savvy.

I stumbled on Snappy, and Savvy a few months ago, and it was hard to ignore we shared one great thing in common, our name. Her style is bold, and she always looks so glamorous. So you can see why followed her blog in a instant. Vanessa lives in a small town in the lovely state of Michigan.
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(post: day in the d)

Snappy, and Savvy is a budget conscious style blog. Where Vanessa shares some of  her daily life, and her style advice. She is unafraid of prints, statement pieces, and bold colors. To put it mildly, her style is fierce. Vanessa puts the total cost of her outfits in each post. Didn't think you could look amazing on a budget? Think again. Her blog shows you can look fabulous, and fashion forward on any budget.

Most recently she had a post featured on Links a la mode. The post was about what type of clothing flatters you, and why you shouldn't always stick to them. She talked about being unafraid of breaking the rules, and showed photographic proof that rules are made for breaking. Where else can you find this snappy dresser? Twitter, and Weardrobe of course.
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Want to know more about Vanessa? Well that's good because I asked her some questions.

Why did you start blogging?
I started my blog because I love photography, clothing and journaling. I wanted to practice my photography skills and challenge myself to take more photographs.
I'm also intrigued by the connection between what I wear and what I remember about the day I wore it, or vice versa.

In high school, I worked at a book store when this little book was published called "Love, Loss and What I Wore". The author, Ilene Beckerman, illustrated her most memorable outfits, including her Brownie uniform from the 1940s and a canary yellow dress she wore after her wedding. Since then, I've been struck by the idea of clothing as autobiography. I vividly remember the red plaid dress with huge yellow buttons I wore on my first day of school just as clearly as I recall the aqua pencil skirt and polka dot print satin slingbacks I wore on the first day of my job. To me, blogging is part practicing a skill set (photography, social media, technology), part clothing celebration, and part mnemonic device.
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What is your favorite thing about blogging?
All that being said, my favorite part of blogging is not looking back at what I wore the last eight months but meeting dozens of fellow bloggers I consider friends.  

Why do you think having your own unique personal style is important?
Because you can! And because having personal style shows confidence, is fun and is a creative endeavor. 

What color or print combination have you been loving lately?
I hail from hardy Scotsman. Naturally, I love a wee bit (lot bit) of plaid.
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 (post: red bows)
When did you start shopping second hand?
In high school.

What advice do you have for someone new to shopping second hand?
Wear leggings and a thin shirt so you can try things on in the store without waiting for a dressing room by just pulling the item on over your clothes. Persistence pays off. Go back again and again to a shop as frequently as possible. 

Do you have any second hand pieces with a story behind them?
I inherited many of my grandmother and aunt's vintage jewelry. They loved cameo pins, clip on earrings, ethnic pieces and chunky necklaces. My favorite piece I've thrifted recently is this leather and brass studded belt I found at an Arizona flee market in June. for $5. My four best friends and I were vacationing, and we spent an hour or so scouring tables in the scorching, dusty, dry heat. When I spied this baby, it was worth sacrificing my pale Michigan skin to the desert sun.
Now go meet the another Vanessa!

With all my heart,
<3 Vanessa


  1. great feature and i loved reading her interview!

    cute & little

  2. Oh, Vanessa. I Love Vanessa! I love her fashion philosophy and her aesthetic. I swear, she has the greatest prints ever! This is a great feature. Well done. :)

  3. Writeitinlipstick.blogspot.comApril 18, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    dude her style is fierce I love the way she uses bold patterns too. I could learn so much from here I will have to check her out

  4. love that she's uses a lot of bold prints and colors!

  5. I love the browns in the first photo!

    Monique xx

  6. great! thanks for sharing!

  7. I love Love, Loss, and What I Wore! I read the book and also saw the stage production recently. It's so true how an outfit can take you back to a place in time.


  8. great post!
    I must go meet her!

  9. I used to follow Vanessa's blog and loved her style!  Now I can't get into read it, is there anyway you can forward me her email so I can request an invite?