If you haven't heard of the Fashion & Lifestyle website 52 Thursdays yet, don't worry - you will shortly, because the two babes behind this up-and-coming website (Michelle Marcinowski & Sarah Gargagliano Phillips) are taking on the world of fashion straight from our nation's capital one Thursday at a time.
NTYLS: So, we always want to know - what inspired you to start your blog?
52 THURSDAYS: We are long time sorority sisters and friends who would spend countless hours dreaming up different business ideas…a few years later we finally decided to pull the trigger and collaborate on a fashion and lifestyle blog. It’s been a fun way to express our creativity and fashion sense but also a means to explore new ideas and an incentive to keep busy, push the limits and discover the next new thing. We want to inspire young ladies to do the same thing!
NTYLS: How would someone describe your style?
MICHELLE: Mine is ever- changing, depending on the mood I’m in really. Some days you will find me in an over-sized sweater or button down, jeans and converse, the next I’m in a silk blouse, blazer and heels. You will rarely catch me in a dress unless it’s a maxi in the summer or for a special occasion.
SARAH: My style changes depending on the day and activity but generally speaking I would say that my style is pretty classic and feminine. I love wearing skirts, dresses and you will rarely find me without a pair of heels on. And when I’m not dressed up in my girly garb you will most likely find me hanging around the house in a pair of ripped denim and a comfy tee.
NTYLS: So what does 52 Thursdays mean?
52 THURSDAYS: We actually get this a lot, since our name isn’t the typical blog name. We made it a habit to always meet up on Thursdays to catch up, drink some vino and swap ideas. Whether it be about fashion, food, fitness and eventually our blog! So we named ourselves 52 Thursdays after the many Thursdays that led us to where we are now.
NTYLS: Aww, we love that! So, now time for the lightening round. Starting with, what sister are you?
52 THURSDAYS: We both happen to be the little sister! Probably the reason why we mesh so well.
NTYLS: What advice would you give your younger self?
MICHELLE: “To let go and forget the mistakes of the past to make room for future greater achievements to remember forever.”
SARAH: If you aren't doing what you love everyday then don't waste another minute on it. Life is too short to be unhappy and to be doing something that you aren't passionate about.
NTYLS: The worst date you ever had was…
MICHELLE: I got all dressed up for our first date being promised dinner and a movie, just to be picked up in my own vehicle with a car full of his rowdy frat brothers. Needless to say we didn’t go to dinner. His spontaneous personality kept me intrigued and on my toes. He is now my husband, together for 8 years.
NTYLS: Aw, happy ending!! yeah!!
SARAH: I have been on a few disaster dates in my time but one that stands out in my mind was a guy that took me to dinner and talked about his ex-girlfriend non stop. Clearly he was not over her and by the end of dinner I knew more about his ex then I did about him. That was the first and last date with that guy..
NTYLS: When someone tells you “NO” you…
MICHELLE: Say “Please” and if you get a “no” the second time, accept ones opinion and move on.
SARAH: Working in sales for many years, I have heard the word “no” more times then I can count but I have learned when it is worth it to try to persuade the person the other way and when you should just walk away.
Three things you can’t live without (family doesn’t count)…
MICHELLE: My i phone- It’s sadly attached to my hand like super glue. Coffee- You don’t want to talk to me if I haven't had my morning cup of joe. My fur baby Louis- He makes me smile each and every day. I don't know what I would do with out him.
SARAH: I would also have to say my iPhone - being a blogger and working in social media, I really can’t be far from it. Which can be a blessing and a sometimes a curse. Exercise - I am addicted to exercise and Crossfit is my current obsession. It is such an amazing workout and really pushes me, which I love. Such a wonderful stress reliever as well. My dogs - we have two rescue mutts that are super high energy and absolutely insane but they make each day interesting and always keep me laughing. Love them.
Your guilty pleasure is….
MICHELLE: cheese. I seriously could eat it with anything.
SARAH: Candy, red wine and watching Bravo. And if its been a really awful day sometimes I will indulge in all three!
NTYLS: Thanks babes!! Best of luck, don't forget us when you're super famous.