Meet Megan of Step-Brightly, a Brooklyn-based blogger who also works at a nonprofit that supports orphans in Eastern Africa! (A girl after my own heart!) I would have to say her style is pretty New York - if it had to be described in one word, I would say "classy", on the whole understated, laid-back, and a little preppy but never afraid to make a statement (she also has a great collection of coats and jackets!)!
1 - What made you decide to start blogging? How do you fit it in?
I have always helped my friends shop and they typically come to me when they want to find a specific piece at a good price. I am a bit of an expert when it comes to snagging something on sale. The more I dished out advice to my friends the more blogging seemed like it would make sense for me. I am by no means a fashion expert. I am just a girl living in New York City who loves getting dressed and whose style is influenced by lady-like trends of the past.
Fitting blogging in can be hard, but I try to snap as many outfit shots on the weekend as I can and then I get up early before work to get posts out the door. I try to have about a week's worth of posts done in advance and I follow a general editorial calendar.
2 - How did you get into nonprofits? Do you feel like your work affects how you approach the rest of your life and your style?
I have my Master's degree in nonprofit management and living in the nonprofit capital of the world makes working in the social sector very exciting. My work affects my life in that I am civic-minded and I am active in both politics and volunteerism. My work affects how I approach my personal style in that I don't have a large budget to spend on fashion. As a result I think purchases through and never make impulse buys. I am also great at tracking sales and I never buy anything full price.
3 - If you won 20 million dollars from the lotto, what would you do with the money?
I would start a family foundation and fund all the great work of nonprofits I admire.
4 - Is there any fashion faux pas that you are vehemently against but see all the time?
Low-rise pants. Is it me, or do they look good on no one? They had it right in the 1950s. High - waisted pants are far more flattering.
5 - Are you an early bird or night owl?
Early bird! I like to get up early, drink my coffee, work on the blog, watch the news and start my days fully prepared to take on the world.
6 - Do you play an instrument?
No, but when I work out I fantasize that I am the lead singer of a rock band. In my imagination I am a pretty badass rock star.
7 - Describe your high school self.
Sweater vests. Lots and lots of sweater vests... and bangs. I was the queen of preppy style in high school and I had more cardigan sweaters than was probably healthy.
8 - Who has been the biggest influence in your life? What have you learned from them?
I'm not sure I can say one person has been the biggest influence on my life, but someone who has had a huge impact on my life is my grandma. She was an extraordinarily lady-like woman who taught me manners, pose and grace. I hear her voice in my head frequently when I get dressed and if I ever put on something to "out-there" I can feel her judging me from above.
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CREATURE FEATURE #8: Megan of Step-Brightly
By Isa | Published Monday, February 18, 2013