Last week, when I wrote about British It girl Alexa Chung calling fashion blogs “ridiculous … just mood boards,” I promised I would interview bloggers who sent me awesome mood boards (aka collages of movie stills, roses, shoes and pensive models holding cigarettes).
First up is red-headed Megan Mae of Megan Mae Daily, who says of her board, “I made sure to add some fireworks for extra fanciness.” Bravo, Megan Mae!
Here’s what Megan Mae had to say:
WendyB: When did you start your blog and what inspired you to do it?
Megan Mae: I started my blog in September of 2009. I was a fan of makeover shows and felt that I needed to “grow up” my wardrobe from the typical jeans, tees and Chuck Taylors. The blog was a way to keep me accountable to dressing with purpose and creativity. And to reduce the amount of black t shirts I wore. [WendyB notes: Blogging has not worked out that way for me!]
WendyB: How much time do you spend on it each week?
Megan Mae: It depends on the week, but I spend maybe 15 minutes a day taking pictures and writing posts. As for reading blogs, I try to read my favorites each day and if I have free time then I’ll look for new blogs to read. So probably a couple hours a day, give or take.
WendyB: What’s your favorite thing about blogging? Least favorite?
Megan Mae: My favorite thing about blogging is meeting new people who share not only my interest in fashion, but my love of books, movies and other things. My least favorite has to be technology – and it breaking! Thankfully I have a technology savvy husband to bail me out.
WendyB: Do you think blogs are nothing but a bunch of mood boards?
Megan Mae: I think there is a niche of blogging that is very much a “lookbook” or “mood board” driven, but there are other blogs that teach, empower, and connect like minded people into a community.
WendyB: What mood does your mood board convey?
Megan Mae: I tried to play with happiness and sadness. Blue and yellow roses to provide the farthest contrast with some rainbow in between. I pulled images from my favorite movies Benny and Joon, Price of Milk, and Rocky Horror Picture Show, which are happy movies that are tinged with sadness. I love contrast and tried to bring that to the mood board.
WendyB: Pretend I’m Twitter and describe your style in 140 characters or less.
Megan Mae: Retro-futuristic. Classically experimental. Constantly in flux.
WendyB: Has your style changed since you started blogging?
Megan Mae: Yes, so much. I went through a lot of phases as a teen: goth, punk, “rave kid,” hipster-like. No specific style ever really fit, so the blog has let me explore style in a way that transcends labels. I think after two years I’m finally beginning to narrow what works for me, but I still like to throw the occasional experimental piece on and try it. I still don’t have a label to call my style, but I’m a lot happier with my sartorial decisions.
WendyB: What fashion item can you NOT live without?
Megan Mae: Boots. I have a very healthy boot collection that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
Megan Mae: A very boring shade of medium golden brown. Shhhhh!
Don’t worry, Megan Mae! Your hair secret is safe with us.
Don’t forget to check out Megan’s blog here. And send your mood boards to me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com.