Allow me to introduce you to one of THE best new blogs of 2015, and the face behind it all. Ashley is curator of CHICVILLE USA, an up and coming life and style blog that is guaranteed to blow you away (I know I was!) I had the honor of meeting her and I can say from personal experience that she is beautiful inside and out…and the girl can dress!!! Enjoy pics from her blog and my exclusive interview with her below.
You can check out her blog here: CHICVILLE USA
If you could pass on one piece of fashion advice to readers, what would it be?
DO NOT just follow the newest fashion fads; instead create your own style and look that is unique and represents YOU! I use the glossy pages of Vogue as inspiration and to keep up with what’s new for each season, BUT I love curating chic pieces from around the world from my travels. One of my favorite pieces I have is an Afghan children’s dress that I found in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; obviously it didn’t fit as a dress, so I turned it into a top. Pick up different types of pieces, at home or while traveling, and keep an open mind. You can alter them and turn them into new things. The best part is no one else will have it!
How and why did you get started blogging?
My wonderful friend Natasha (who is now my Operations Manager, and keeps Chicville running like a well oiled machine with her business savvy) kept bugging me to start a fashion and lifestyle blog from the moment I met her! I had an Instagram account where I posted some fashion shots I made my husband take, and I had some pretty great travel photography. She was like, why don’t you share it with the world. I kept telling her no until one day she took me to lunch and said, “we are buying the domain name for the blog, what should we call it?”, and the rest is history! We have been a team from the very beginning. I may be the face of Chicville but she is truly the inner workings of it!
How long have you been blogging?
I am the new kid on the block, I started my blog in February of 2015.
What is your favorite/least favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing would have to be sharing what I am truly passionate about with the world which is fashion, travel, decor and entertaining. My least favorite thing would be the writing and keeping up with all the social media outlets, it’s exhausting! Luckily our Chicville team just got a little bigger and now we have an incredible social media expert, Latha, who takes a ton of weight off by helping to manage the countless social media outlets!
Your top 3 staple wardrobe pieces?
Anything with a tribal flair!
1.) A killer pair of 5 inch heels, I’m talking show-stopper material!
2.) I love investing in bags so I would say a great designer handbag (they last forever). My favorites are Louis Vuitton and Goyard.
3.) A beautifully embellished light jacket, something you can easily drape over your shoulders on a chilly night.
Which social media platform are you most active on?
Instagram, without a doubt.
Top 3 stores you usually shop?
One piece of advice you could pass on to a new blogger or someone thinking of starting a blog?
Be patient, it does not happen overnight. Be true to yourself and style and be KIND to others!
Check out Ashley at www.chicvilleusa.com
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