Today I am going to introduce you to one of my favorite bloggers- Dylana of Nana in Los Angeles. In addition to being unduly gorgeous, this girl has incredible style. I am always amazed with the way she is able to use such simple items to create such fantastic outfits. There has been many a day where I have tried to emulate her effortless style. So for your edification, here is an interview I had with her, enjoy!
How long have you been blogging? I started blogging the summer of 2008 out of boredom during summer school. But I never really reached out to other bloggers or had as much exposure until I reworked my blog to showcase my daily outfits and personal style. I've actually been truly blogging for just about 3 months now!
How would you describe your personal style? I would describe my personal style as simple and a bit masculine meets feminine. I love muted colors, such as blacks, white, grays, and nudes, but I always like to add a punch of color or work with an interesting fabric or texture. My personal style is all over the place, and the best way to describe it would be "practical eclectic". It's hard to pinpoint it, I just wear what I am drawn too and like putting together different shapes, but I really love to stick to clean, nice lines with one main focus.
Are there any specific "rules" you try to follow when picking an outfit? I hardly ever pick out an outfit the night before unless for special events. But when I am ready to get dressed, I always think about color and shape. I love to play with proportions a lot, too. If I have a short skirt or shorts on, I want something more voluminous on top. I don't really think about rules when getting dressed. I just like to put nice and classic shapes and colors together.
You always manage to take casual outfits and make them very unique. What do you suggest for someone who is looking to do the same? To make an outfit unique, even if it is casual, one must stay true to their own personality and style. Wear what catches your eye, no matter what others think. Wear a little bit of your favorite color everyday and put on accessories that you are in love with and have a significant meaning to you. Think about what inspires you, whether it be a movie, a girl you saw on the street, or a book you read and try to bring a little piece of it into your outfit. Don't try to hard. Just be true to yourself and it will come naturally, I think. Fashion is all about creativity and having fun with colors and shape. Dress in a way that makes you happy!
Do you have a "style icon"? I look to so many people for style inspiration, but I would have to say that one of my first and main inspirations is Kirsten Dunst. She pulls off eclectic Parisian chic perfectly, while still keeping that California girl cool and casualness. I feel like I share her same kind of fashion eye. I have all her paparazzi outfit shots on my computer! I also love Alexa Chung and Audrey Hepburn. I really love the styles of models off the runway, and everybody on those street style blogs just look amazing. I don't even know their names, but those Europeans sure know how to dress so lovely!
Do you plan on going into fashion as your career or is it more of a hobby? I have always dreamed about a career in fashion. I was actually planning on doing something in the medical field a few years ago, but fashion has been the one constant thing in my life that has always kept me inspired and motivated to wake up in the morning. I was both a Biology and an English major at university, so my options are very open. But if I were to work in fashion, I would love to be a fashion writer for a magazine or a fashion buyer for a major department store. I was a fashion intern at Teen magazine and I really loved it writing about fashion and interviewing designers. Something along those lines would definitely be a great fit for me. But for right now, I'm not sure whether fashion will be my career, but it will definitely be a hobby I will have forever.
What is one article of clothing you couldn't live without? This is a hard one. If you asked me this earlier, I probably would have said jeans, but right now it seems that I cannot live without my black blazer. It instantly adds volume and shape to any outfit. I love my collection of blazers so much. And if I feel uninspired some days, I just through one on and I instantly feel chic!
What are your favorite blogs to follow? (fashion or otherwise) There are so many that I follow and love. I really love Phosphene, Natalie off Duty, Mode d'amour, Fashion Toast, My Floor is Red, Coco Rosa, Where Did U Get That?, Fashion Canvas, The Clothes Horse, Late Afternoon, and many more! I cannot remember all the names and the list it too long, or else I would mention them all!
Outside the world of fashion, what do you do in your free time? I love to do everything! I love to read and I bring a book with me practically everywhere. Stories always captivate me. I love gong to the movies or staying in with rentals, long walks by the beach, dancing, singing, playing the piano and guitar, visiting museums, taking hikes. I am obsessed with theme parks and roller coasters. Just being outside and visiting friends is enough fun for me! I really love to travel, and I hope to do a lot more of it once I am done with school!
Thanks Dylana for this incredible interview, and for your daily inspiration!