We got to know up-and-coming beauty and fashion blogger Lauryn Hock from Lauryncakes , and hear all about her inspiration to start Lauryncakes following a surgery last year.
NTYLS: Tell us all about Lauryncakes babe...
LAURYN: Lauryncakes is a beauty and fashion blog filled with stories of my everyday thoughts. I like to try and connect my outfit inspiration to ideas that happen in my life. The hope is that my readers will find outfit ideas and beauty hacks to make life a little more pretty.
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.
We here at NTYLS have been obsessed with the fabulous San Francisco Bay Area Blogger Jyotsna Shankar of CUPPAJYO.COM for months now, and recently were so lucky to hear from her about her inspiration behind the site, her guilty pleasures and she even tells us what Cuppajyo stands for!
Tell us what inspired you to start Cuppajyo?
I started Cuppajyo in December 2013 as an online diary/journal to share with the world whatever inspired me in fashion, beauty, fitness, etc. As I went through this blogging journey, I realized that I wanted to focus on one aspect of it and eventually settled on a niche for Cuppajyo – it is now primarily a personal style blog with occasional beauty and lifestyle posts.
As cliché as this might sound – I have been passionate about fashion for the longest time. I enjoy living life one outfit at a time. The most fun part of my day is always the time when I decide my outfit for the next day! Not only do I love to play dress up myself, but it gives me immense joy to help others out and inspire them with my two cents of styling tips. All this ultimately made me decide to start my own blog and it has been an incredible experience so far!
How would someone describe your style? I definitely tend to gravitate towards more feminine styles. But I am very adventurous and open to try out different style genres. It all depends on what I am in the mood for!
How did you come up the name Cuppajyo?I wanted to keep my blog name short and sweet, yet personal. Everyone calls me Jyo (pronounced like plain ol “Joe”) which is why I played around the cuppajoe phrase to make it “Cuppajyo” literally meaning a cup of Jyo- your daily cuppa’ style inspo! ;)
Ok, now the rapid fire Q&A round!
What sister are you? I am the older sister. I have a sister 10 years younger than me J.
What advice would you give your younger self? The no 1 advice I would give my younger self is to follow your dream/passion and not be afraid to take the bold step in doing so! I completely switched careers recently and I am so glad I did it finally. But at the same time I also wish I had the guts to have done it much earlier in my life.
When someone tells you “NO” you…. Depends on what they’re telling me “No” for ;). If it’s a pair of shoes – then there goes a Jyo tantrum haha! Just kidding! But yeah, I guess it depends on what the issue is. If its not too important it dosen’t bother me. But if its something I really wanted, then I would think about why he/she told me NO and judge for myself if it was reasonable or not.
Three things you can’t live without (family doesn’t count)… So other than family, the 3 things I cant live without – my phone, coffee and my favorite lipstick!
Your guilty pleasure is…. Anything with dark Chocolate and of course deeming retail therapy as a cure to anything! ;)
Name: Amanda Sanchez
Town: Salt Lake City, UT
Tell us all about Little Miss Fearless! We're obsessed.
Little Miss Fearless is a personal style blog featuring posts about fashion and fitness with occasional beauty + hair tutorials, and motivational pick-me-uppers. At the core, Little Miss Fearless is place for women to find confidence, motivation to accept their imperfections, and inspiration to face their fears.
What inspired you to start your blog?
The very fear that I couldn’t do it and be successful at it is what forced me to give fashion blogging a try. It has been a fun journey and an eye-opening experience. I have learned the importance of self-acceptance and overcoming challenges that ultimately always come from the fear to try.
How would someone describe your style?
Classic and colorful with a trendy-casual vibe.
How did you come up with the name of your blog? Any special meaning?
The short answer: I wanted to share my unique view on fashion and was afraid of how I would be perceived, especially by those close to me. It’s one thing to be considered a stylish dresser, but when you put yourself out there (and promote yourself, which you have to do to grow your blog), there’s an awkward balance between trying not to convey vanity (with which fashion is often associated) and trying to convey a genuine go-getter image that inspires others to face their fears and follow their dreams. My blog name keeps me true to who I am and reminds me to live a life (even a fashion blogging life) of substance. I always try to bring substance to my blog posts and recently started a Self Talk series where I share thoughts and tips about confidence, gaining a positive self-image and other self-improvement topics that go beyond appearance. I try not to take myself too seriously, but I love to connect with people in real, meaningful ways.