Always interesting and inspirational, StyleBytes is another blog on my must-read list. Agathe, the author, writes about everything from runway trends to flea market finds – she also posts pictures of her daily outfits! We had a little e-mail chat about the blog, it’s readers, and the craziest item in her wardrobe.
When and how did StyleBytes get it’s start?
Style Bytes was put up by an ex boyfriend of mine, then under a different name at a different web address. I began to write about DIY projects and slowly got more and more readers which made it too fun to stop.
How has your blog (and it’s reader base) changed over the years?
While Style Bytes originally didn’t have anything to do with me or my life, I found it necassary to make changes as the number of blogs grew or else I could easily disappear among all of them. That’s when I started doing the outfit shots and so on. In the beginning most of my readers were American, but now I have readers from all over the world. I also think that my reader base change along with my blog. When my blog changes I will lose some readers and gain some new ones.
I’ve noticed that you’ve been featured in a lot of publications… how does it feel to see your name and pictures in print?
It’s feels kind of surreal to suddenly have big news papers and magazines interested in me and my blog, and most of the time it’s fun. Sometimes though, when people take bad photos or quote me wrong it can feel a little uncomfortable.
When did you first realize your passion for clothing? Have you always loved to dress up?
I remember very well when it started. I must have been about 12 and I bought clothes that perhaps were a bit different than the other kids were wearing, without giving it too much thought. This resulted in that some people started talking behind my back. People’s reaction to what I was wearing, often expressed in a negative way, fascinated me, especially since what I was wearing wasn’t all that odd. Since then I used clothes as a way to protest against this short minded way of looking at the world. Now I don’t really have an agenda with what I wear, but it’s still an important way for me to express who I am.
Do you have a favorite “fashion moment”? And by this I mean a moment where everything just works out perfectly – like finding exactly what you’ve been craving in just the right size and color… and for $1. Does that make sense?
Finding my Chanel bag for $7 is one of my favorite moments. It was the first thing I saw when I walked in to the shop and I got so stressed out and nervous that I didn’t manage to look at anything else. I paid for it while doing my best to hide my feelings so that they wouldn’t realize what a gem they practically were giving away. It’s one of those things that happens only once in a lifetime.
You have a pretty incredible wardrobe. I know it’s hard to play favorites, but are there any pieces hold a special place in your heart?
Hmm, this is a tough one. My wedding dress and wedding shoes are of course special pieces to me. Other than that things that I have inherited from grandmothers that have passed away or my mom also feel extra special. I like it when they tell a story, I guess that’s more important to me than how much they cost or what brand they are.
This question might be related to the previous one… What’s the most outlandish and crazy piece in your wardrobe?
It must either be my blue metallic prom dress from the 80’s or my pink ruffled mini dress from the 60’s. Neither of which I have worn cause they demand a fairly special occasion.
Your style is such an inspiration to me; I always look forward to your updates and I definitely keep them in mind when I’m pulling together outfits. Like recently, I’ve started experimenting with wearing a belt over an open cardigan… something that you’ve been doing lately. Who inspires you?
The runway inspires me a lot, different street fashion blogs, other fashion bloggers, people I see on the street. I couldn’t pinpoint one person cause I think I get inspiration from anyone and everyone.
And one last question. Do you have any words of wisdom for up-and-coming bloggers?
Don’t give up! Sometimes it feels like it isn’t worth it, but usually that feeling goes away. It takes time to build up a solid reader base, and even when you do there’s always someone that will have something negative about what you’re doing. But in the end it’s important to remember that there is always someone who feels what you do is important and interesting.
Thanks to Agathe for taking the time to talk with me… and read more to see some of her daily outfits!