Tell us a bit about your blog and why you started blogging.
The Werk! Place is a personal style blog geared towards inspiring women to step outside of the box a little to experiment with prints, patterns and textures in new and different ways. I feature fast-fashion retailers like H&M, Zara and ASOS and pair them with higher-end designers for an elevated look.
I started blogging back in 2012 with a light nudge from a new friend. After a celebratory dinner in Rome, she expressed to me how much she really liked my style and suggested that I start a fashion blog. That little nudge coupled with an amazing visit to Paris during Fashion week encouraged me to start The Werk! Place. I wanted a place to creatively express myself and inspire other women.
What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
Well, I’m a fool for mixed prints! I like taking pieces that look a little scary and making them completely wearable. There are some pieces that I like to call “gaudy hotness” because they’re slightly hideous yet fabulous at the same time.
Some of my favorite fashion items are printed blouses and trousers. I also love what pencil skirts do for the female body, and blazers finish off most of my looks. Finally, I adore my [nude] Christian Louboutin Maudissima pumps. They literally complete my life. Currently, they are under construction for a broken heel. Please take a moment of silence for their health and restoration…
How do you feel about the presence of Black fashion bloggers and Black style bloggers (too many, not enough, etc.)
There are actually a lot of good Black fashion bloggers walking the Internet streets. However, I do wish that there were more African Americans sitting at the table with the some of the more successful and influential bloggers.
I will say, with the freedom and accessibility of the Internet, it’s very open to people and their ideas. So, if your local community isn’t being represented, then start a group. For instance, I live in Arizona and the fashion scene here is a little different from a New York, London or Paris. So, the opportunities for bloggers are extremely limited. I could move or start a movement here. Basically, if something is missing, it is well within your power to make an effort towards making things different.
Tell us anything else you think we should know…
Blogging has allowed me the opportunity to be endlessly creative. There are so many things that can be done with a blog; it’s almost overwhelming. You should see my to-do list!
I would just like to encourage readers that have an interest in fashion and can offer a unique perspective to do something to work towards expressing themselves. Whether it is with a fashion blog, You Tube videos, web-series, or any other social media outlet. There’s no better time like the present to take a chance on yourself.
[Oh, and] keep up with The Werk! Place on the following platforms:
Blog – www.the-werk-place.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thewerkplace
Twitter – https://twitter.com/thewerkplace
Instagram – http://instagram.com/thewerkplace
You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/user/TheWerkPlace1
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org