Can you look fashionable without spending a lot of money? The answer is definitely yes. You voted The Looks for Less for Best Budget Blog in the Polyvore Blogger Awards, and now it's time to meet Jennifer, the mastermind behind the blog! Jennifer graduated from Florida State University and blogs about how to get high fashion looks with realistic budgets. We sat down with Jennifer to learn more about her style inspirations and tips to success.
Where do you find style inspirations?
I find style inspiration everywhere. My biggest inspiration comes from fellow bloggers that style wearable outfits. I live in a small town compared to fashion-forward cities such as L.A. and New York, so I can't exactly wear runway looks around town, nor do I have the budget for a trendy designer wardrobe. One of my favorite things to do on my blog is take a high-fashion look and translate it for everyday gals like myself.
How did you start blogging and how did you become successful?
I started The Looks For Less a little over two years ago. I am a web developer by day and thought it was time that I learned more about blogging and social media. My little "nights and weekends" learning experiment quickly became my creative outlet and I had no idea it would be so well-received. I've developed such great friendships from my little space on the net, and I really think that has been key to my success. My blog is such a fun place to gather and meet people with the shared interest of amazing fashion at affordable prices.
What's your advice to aspiring fashion bloggers?
My advice to aspiring fashion bloggers is to blog for the passion of fashion and for no other reason. A year later when you're wishing you had more traffic or more dollars, your enthusiasm is what will keep you going and the rest "may" come in time. If you're blogging for the wrong reasons, your readers can sense that and will go elsewhere. My favorite quality in a fashion blogger is their enthusiasm for the art and ability to inspire. Two years later, I'm still learning something new every day and I'm loving every minute of it!
Most importantly, your blog should represent "you." Beyond reporting on the latest in affordable fashion, I try to infuse my blog with outfit posts and reviews because no one else looks exactly like me, has my exact style, or my exact taste - the images and video make my blog inherently and uniquely "me." I'm also obsessed with manicures so I do a feature every Monday showcasing my latest custom designed nail art or my favorite nail polish color of the week. The way I look at it, the best way to make your blog "you" is by breaking out your camera.
Thanks, Jennifer! Jennifer is taking over the Polyvore home page today so be sure to check out her top picks and follow her on The Looks for Less!
Here are some of the top sets created for The Looks for Less for the Polyvore Blogger Awards.