Writing her first blog at the age of 12, Alexa Curtis is an active social influencer. She has been inspiring thousands of teenagers to love themselves and promoting positive life ideology.
We recently checked in with the founder of A Life in the Fashion Lane to learn more about her passion for fashion and get her favorite footwear picks.
Tell us about ALifeInTheFashionLane.com. When and why did you start your site?
I started blogging when I was 12, in 2011. I never fit in in school, and writing and fashion became the only outlet I had to escape the bullying I was enduring as a teen. I started blogging when blogging wasn't anywhere near as trendy as it is now. My goal was never to become "famous" or rich, I simply wanted to pursue my dream of writing and inspire a few other kids to follow theirs.
Fast forward four years, and my tiny dream of inspiring young adults to follow their dreams has turned into a full-time career. I blog, conduct lots of TV segments, and have a PR/ social media business on the side!
How did you become so passionate about fashion and style?
I didn't grow up with money, so I started experimenting with clothing I'd take from my sisters closet (she's super into fashion) when I was a kid. I got a cheap camera and had my mom take pics of me all of the time. Then I came up with the name A Life in the Fashion Lane, and put it on Blogger.com. Every day after school I'd go home and write a new post. Once you start something you're seriously passionate about it's hard to stop, you know? I was obsessed with writing and photography, so I always had to find new outfits to shoot.
Who are your style icons? What sets them apart?
Definitely Gigi Hadid, Blake Lively and Julie of Sincerely, Jules. I'm not one to follow trends or celebrities, but I love their vibes. They also all seem like super nice and genuine people, which is hard to find in this industry nowadays.
Tell us about one of your biggest fashion regrets? Something you look back on and cringe about.
I look back at some of the blog posts I used to write and I actually cry sometimes! I used to put on this purple Forever 21 skirt with these zipper Uggs I got on sale at REI and a chunky sweater ... the look was bad. My writing was super bad, too. But you have to start somewhere, right?
How do you mix style and comfort day to day?
I'm not someone to deny that the majority of the time, I'd rather be in sweatpants and sneakers. If it weren't for my job, I'd probably be showing up to an office in that every day. But since my job requires me to look nice a lot of the time, I have to find a way to be comfortable and chic. When I'm traveling, I usually just throw a cool hat on (I love hats from this brand Aviate) and a pair of skinny jeans and Nike sneakers. I wear sweatpants all the time on airplanes too, I don't get how bloggers who travel look so nice when they're on a nine-hour flight!?
What are your favorite footwear trends right now?
I'm a huge sneaker advocate. I love going to Paris and London and stocking up on Stan Smith Adidas. I adore Novesta sneakers right now. And of course, a good bootie or staple black heel is a go-to for a night out.
What are your go-to shoe styles for comfort?
Adidas, Nike wedge sneakers and cork wedges.
What's your approach to shopping for footwear that mixes both style and comfort?
I kind of just go for what my eye is attracted to. I always say, invest in a pair of shoes if you seriously think you'd wear them more than once. If they're expensive, don't buy them immediately. Wait a few days and if you're still thinking about them after three days, buy them!
What shoe trends are you loathing right now?
Those plastic wedges with metallic or gold straps! I can't decide whether I despise them or love them. Some brands make them look super expensive, and some make them look cheap.
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