Good morning and happy New Year! I hope you’re all off to a great start in 2016! First to be featured on my blog this year is Isabella from the Style blog Indigo Rituals. We connected not too long ago after she left a comment on my blog and I was instantly drawn to her relaxed, off-beat sense of style. She reminds me of myself at 17-years-old! She’s a fellow Californian with intense interests in science, art, and literature, on top of pop-culture and fashion (I believe she’s planning to major in biochemistry). You can learn more about Isabella in her post A Proper Introduction (I might have to make one of those myself!). Keep reading this interview to find out more about her style blog:
What is the gist of your blog and why do you do it?
Indigo Rituals is a medium for me to share myself with others through personal style, artwork, and spur-of-the-moment ramblings. I strive to be 100% real, 100% me all the time. When someone reads my blog, I want them to feel like a friend is speaking to them directly, that we are gushing over shoes and books and makeup together. It feels that each day it becomes more and more impossible to have one-on-one engagement, and the internet is the way we communicate today. But I don’t think that at all means we have to lose ourselves, lose the personal touch. I blog because I want to connect with others over things the things that I love most: fashion, art, and writing. So I type in my own voice, post what I really wore that day, and talk about what is really on my mind (or wish list). It’s really validating and inspiring when I think something I post is really cool, and there are people out there saying, “Yeah, I think that’s pretty dope, too.”
Who or what are your fashion inspirations?
Winona Forever, anyone? My number one style icon is absolutely 90’s era Winona Ryder. I also take a lot of inspiration from beatnik photographs from the 60s that I find on the internet, as well as old posts from Tavi Gevinson’s blog The Style Rookie.
How would you describe your personal style and how was it shaped?
I would describe my style as very boyish-soft-witch-thrift-shop-regular. My style is definitely influenced by everything I come in contact with, from austere photographs of Edwardian women to my favorite cult films to the current issue of Nylon Mag.
Where do you buy your clothes? Why?
I buy my clothes at Forever 21, thrift stores and eBay because that’s what’s affordable. Lately, I’ve been trying to live the quality over quantity motto, so I’ve been making fewer-but-higher quality purchases from places like Zara. Mall-shopping is fun, but really constructed and formulated. I feel way more satisfaction when I score dope vintage pieces on eBay, Etsy, or at thrift stores.
Would you be a superhero or supervillain? What would your character wear?
I definitely think that I would be the Superhero with ambiguous morals. I would blur the lines of right and wrong while ultimately fighting for the greater good, maybe even confuse people at times. I would want people to question, “Is she the good guy, is she the bad guy?” I would want them to love me, yet fear me at the same time, never knowing what I will do next because I am 5 steps ahead of everybody. I really like the idea of looking classy af in really fitted, feminine suits with large hats, sunglasses, and nails that slice throats. Charming, but dangerous.
Some of your favorite fashion blogs?
My favorite blogs right now are Mermaid Waves, The Mayden, and No Longer Grey. Dani McGowan of Mermaid Waves in stunning, and is currently on Nylon Mag’s Instagram, which is a personal dream of my own. She is so fierce and fearless in her fashion choices. May Cho of The Mayden writes so beautifully, and captures essence through words as if she were catching stars in a bottle. I truly respect her writing, and I swear, she could be published one day! No Longer Grey is a blog I legit discovered last week, run by a girl named Sarah. Her posts are very real, but have a dreamy quality to them. They are creative and very independent. The teenager vibes are so relatable.
Recommend a movie? Song? Book? Website?
I am obsessed with biographies; I can read them for hours! I recommend reading bios on Patricia Highsmith, a 20th century writer. The movie Carol, which is coming out soon, is based on her 1952 novel The Price of Salt. Way back when, one of her books, Strangers on a Train, was made into a film by the lovely Alfred Hitchcock. Highsmith was quite an eccentric character, very fascinating and borderline off-putting (all my favorite qualities!). Wikipedia away, dears! I also recommend the documentary about Amy Winehouse; my mom and I watched it the other day: very, very good!
Isabella’s most recent post is all about her favorite albums from her growing vinyl collection. You can also find her on Instagram and Bloglovin.
Previous interviews: Becca from FEMMEVIOLET, Iman from Manigazer, Ally from Aye, Sir! Ally, Restya from A Lone Cat Journey, Khensani from Glitter Daiquiri, and Margot from Margot Meanie.
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