Last week I had the chance to steal a bit of a great blogger’s time – Ashley of FabEllis. I was super excited to grab a coffee with her at Lucette Grace and pick her brain about all things fashion and her experience as a blogger. Her personal passion is encouraging women. Ashley explained that she is dedicated to showing women how to embrace their God-given beauty!
What sparked your blogging journey?
I attended Meredith College and majored in communication with a minor in professional writing. My dream was to work for a magazine, and jobs were scarce in 2008. A friend of mine suggested I begin a blog. After doing some research I started my own blog in 2010. The blog has expanded over the years, even during a wedding and a move. My original vision was a beauty blog, but I decided to add fashion and lifestyle.
How did you come up with the blog name FabEllis?
God gave me the name. The name is a play on the word fabulous. My maiden name is Ellis, so that’s how FabEllis was created.
What inspires your style?
I have to admit, I love vintage style and old shows. Pinterest is my go-to site to find out how to wear different pieces, and I even research ways to style my clothes. The older I get the more comfortable I am with my style.
What is one piece of clothing that every woman should have in her closet?
I think it is a toss up between a white button up and a midi skirt. Midi skirts are work appropriate and church appropriate. I even wear them with chucks on the weekend.
How do you save money when shopping?
It is an art! My husband makes fun of me because I have joined every rewards program possible. My advice sign up for emails and text alerts. I use retailmenot.com and ebates.com. Always make sure to shop the clearance racks!
What is the best way to find amazing pieces in the thrift store?
Try to have something in mind when shopping in thrift stores. Sometimes thrift stores can be overwhelming and all items can run together. Make sure to enter the store with a strategy, try things on and never skip the blazer section. I have found my best coats and blazers in the thrift store.
What was your ultimate thrift store find?
Definitely my J. Crew blazer for $20.00. The jacket was worth more than $200.00!
In your opinion, what is one trend that we shouldn’t pass up this summer?
Add a little drama to your wardrobe with a few off the shoulder dresses and tops.
If you could sum up your style in three words, what would they be?
I would describe my style as classic, sophisticated and lady-like.
Do you have any words of advice for women taking a leap of faith and monetizing their blog?
Live your dreams. Our society has made us scared to take risks these days. You deserve to be happy and you can make money from your talents!
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