Friday, July 31, 2009

The winner of the favorite outfit contest

So finally I'm going to announce the winner of the favorite outfit contest!
And that girl is...
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And here is an interview with the lovely girl!

Tell us something about yourself
My name is Ariella, I'm 24 and I live in a boring city in northern Norway. I am about to start my writing my master thesis in pedagogics and English, and after that I'll be moving away from here! My interests include, other than fashion, photography, travelling, watching films, reading, spending time with friends, going for walks, learning new things, and cooking.
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What does fashion and beautiful clothes mean to you?
A lot, I'd say. I love being able to express myself through the way that I dress. I am also quite attached to all my clothes, and I love the feeling I get from dressing up in pretty clothes and liking the way I look - I feel tremendously empowered, and it brightens my mood in every way. This may sound superficial, but I can't help it.
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How would you describe your personal style?
Very feminine, girly, romantic... I nearly always wear dresses, skirts, pretty blouses and cardigans. I really like vintage or vintage/retro inspired fashion as well.
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Which item in your closet couldn’t you live without?
Definitely most of my dresses and my coats, but I suppose most of it, since I am quite attached to everything, like I said.
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For what piece of clothing that hangs in your closet, do you feel the most ashamed of?
Hm, I don't think I am ashamed of anything. I put a lot of thought into everything I buy, and my closet consists of clothes that I love... oh, wait! My "work clothes". Those are just regular clothes that are old and that I wouldn't dream of wearing anymore. I just don't want to spoil my other, pretty clothes at work (I work part time taking care of elderly people), so I just have to have this division. It's funny, because people who would see me in my "work clothes" probably couldn't imagine that I dress the way I do outside of work.
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Do you often have miss-buys or do you wear everything you buy?
Very rarely anymore. I try not to buy anything unless I am sure that I love it and that I wouldn't be able to pass it up. I never buy things when I just think "oh, this could probably work" or "this might look nice" because I would get tired of it within weeks or months, and I want my closet to consist of quality pieces that I'll love and cherish for years. I think that's a very important thing if you want to create a wardrobe (unless you like throwaway fashion) as so many people don't put a lot of thought into their purchases.

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Did you ever have the feeling you wanted to fit in as for clothing, because you don’t look like the average person you see walking on the street? I don't think so. Maybe when I was younger, but then I didn't stick out much anyway, so that wasn't really an issue then. 90% of the time I feel very comfortable with what I wear.
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Did you ever had unpleasant comments on your clothing, and if so, how did/do you deal with it? Not that I can think of (though maybe in other languages when travelling, but I wouldn't know that!), but I often get stares. I think people around here are too reserved to say anything at all - even if they do like it. As for the stares, they don't really bother me because they usually come from people with absolutely no style at all. I know that I dress so much better than them, so I've got nothing to feel distraught of or embarrassed by.
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Maybe tips for the people who want to wear their own style, but are afraid? I can relate to this being difficult for many people, especially when you're a teenager (I wanted to dress differently when I was in high school, but the thought of what other people might think stopped me). I think the key is to subtly add bits and pieces of your own style, get comfortable with that, and then add more. You'll end up feeling more confident to dress the way you want and before you know it you'll be dressing the way you've always wanted to!

What is your favorite trend right now?
To be honest, I am not very trend driven, at least not consciously, but I think flapper dresses and swingy knee length skirts are gorgeous. And I am very excited for capes this winter!
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Which trend do you think is awful?
I wouldn't consider it a trend anymore, but I think leggings are awful - they hardly look good on anyone. I also think the half shaved head look is absolutely dreadful.

Do you have a fashion-icon? Or a website where you get inspiration?
I am mostly inspired by other bloggers, such as Sandra, Alix, Aya, as well as others, films, magazines, what I see around me, and Blair Waldorf.

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What would you never, but then also never wear on the fashion area? Leggings, jean skirts, jean jackets, anything scenester, and anything bimboish, sluttish and tacky.
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Is there something you would like to say to the people who read this? Don't be afraid to dress the way you want to, try out new styles... after all, we're only young once and it's sad to waste that time not being able to express yourself in the way we want to.

Ariella, thank you that you entered the contest and now answered my questions! I really enjoyed this and I like that I learned more about you! Hope everyone else also enjoys this :)


Amy // The Girl In The Bowler Hat said...

I wish I had such an amazing wardrobe of outfits. Sadly, I tend to never think about what I want, and buy things I wear 5 times at most. This was inspiring :)
I love her blog!

xxxx (Suz) said...

ja, ik ken haar blog ook, is cool!

Dodo said...

She has a great style and I really like that she clearly knows what she wants :]

Catherine Shu said...

What a lovely girl and what a great interview! I love her answer about how dressing up brightens her mood. Thanks for sharing!

Ilse said...

aww she has an awesome style :3

heleen said...

Jaaa zij verdiende echt om te winnen! ^^ Fantastisch gevoel voor stijl, echt elke outfit die ze samenstelt ziet er super uit.

Kati said...

She deserves it!

Darrah said...

I can tell why she won! She's adorable. It only further supports my theory that all English majors are trendy and fashionable. Haha! I really loved her comment about being ashamed of her work clothes in her closet. I used to work at a grocery store, and I'd always fold my uniform, and put it under my bed. It wasn't worthy enough to be in the closet!

beckylou said...

jaaa, ik hoopte al dat ze zou winnen!

Anonymous said...

So nice that Ariella won! I love her blog...

Missing your outfits, deary! LOL



Mo said...

yeahy !! Ariella rocks !!

Anonymous said...

Never seen her blog before, but she is Norwegian, as am I. Love the style!

piglet said...

Great interview, Ariella is one of my favourite bloggers!

Eli said...

so cute!

The High Heel Times said...

Congrats for the win, she really has a lovely style. Interesting interview, thanks!

Anonymous said...


Leuk idee, Sam!

Little Bow Prep said...

What great outfits!