Meet Blair of Atlantic-Pacific, a San Francisco style blogger who takes old school glam to a whole new level with perfectly coiffed updos and dramatic accessories. With a day job in fashion, she takes her love for style seriously. Read her interview to hear her tips on getting into the biz, and to find out just what inspires her sense of style. Also, don’t forget to peek at her pretty-as-a-picture namesake dress and her ModCloth picks!
Who are your style icons? What else inspires your sense of style?
I adore the style of Olivia Palermo, Joanna Hillman, and Sienna Miller, but have to say that I am far more inspired by fellow bloggers than celebrities or runway models. Print and color are what really drive my mood. In my day job, I spend a lot of time discussing print, pattern work, and colors — these are the elements that usually create direction for me each season.
What blogs do you follow?
I follow a lot of blogs out there because I am attracted to so many different senses of style. I visit editorial blogs, such as WhoWhatWear and Refinery29 daily, but then also visit a number of other personal style blogs such as Late Afternoon, Sterling Style, B. Jones Style, Song of Style, Sincerely Jules, Style Scrapbook, The Glamourai, and many, many more.
If you could live in the pages of a book or on the set of a movie, which book or movie would it be? Why?
A River Runs Through It. The scenery in that movie is like nothing else. I hope someday to own a remote cottage in a place as beautiful as that. City life is fabulous, but country life is what I hope to retreat to someday.
What are your hobbies when you’re not dreaming up amazing outfits?
I love reading, crossword puzzles, brunching (yes, that is a hobby), college football, and running. I also enjoy tracking down the latest pictures and YouTube videos of adorable animals on the Internet, but then again, who doesn’t?
You work in fashion merchandising, right? Did you go to school for fashion merchandising? What would you recommend for a girl trying to get into the biz?
I work for Gap Inc. as a merchant in San Francisco. I did not go to school for fashion or fashion merchandising but got my foot in the door through an internship. My advice would be to get as many internships as possible — show up early, stay late, and make as many meaningful connections as possible. Hard work is the shortest path to any dream.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work in a grocery store. I was an interesting kid.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I know American Sign Language.
Do you have any secret dreams for the future?
Well, I couldn’t tell you…because then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, right?
Don’t forget to check out all of Blair’s picks!
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