February 27, 2014

Joan Marie : Most Promising Personal Style Blog

Meet Joan Marie, the winner of the Most Promising Personal Style Blog in last year's Style Cookie Awards. A personal style blogger from Philadelphia, she has a penchant for bright prints, yet her outfits are chic enough to take you from day to night. I love what she does on her blog DraFashionista because her looks feature a myriad of styles : bohemian, city-chic, summer wear, and this makes her different from other bloggers in her niche. What started out as posting outfits on Instagram as a hobby{where she has a huge following of 11,000+}, became an inspiration to create a blog to chronicle her daily outfits. Find out more about her amazing style below....
1.What made you create DraFashionista?
Before starting the blog, ever since I was a little girl, i was passionate about fashion. Few years (2011) ago, I thought about starting my own blog, but by then I was a medical student, so it was very difficult to update the blog, so I had to abandon the idea.
In 2012 I started an account on Instagram and I started to upload my personal photos, until I uploaded a photo of an outfit and a lot of people liked it, so every day, I uploaded pictures of my outfits and I had more and more attention. I started to know other bloggers and girls who are passionate about fashion like me. So after a few months I decided to start the blog that both wanted, a space to expressed myself and the love for fashion that i have.
So it was that I started my blog and decided to call Dra.Fashionista because the DRA is synonymous with Dr (doctor) in Spanish and i added the Fashionista, because people used to called me Dra.Fashionista, while i was in Medicine School, because of the way i dressed.

2. Why did you choose to become a personal style blogger?
I wanted to express myself and the best way is throughout my style with personal touch.

3. Describe your sense of style.
My sense of style is playful, i love to play with colors, patterns and mixing and matching.

4. How did you feel when you knew of your Style Cookie Awards win?
I was so thrilled and happy to be part of such an amazing opportunity. This awards are a very good way to acknowledge other bloggers and i believe you'll have a lot of success with your blog and this awards in a near future.

5. Where is your favourite place in the world?
NYC, is such a vibrant and beautiful city. Everytime i'm there it makes me feel so powerful, that i always come home with such a positive thought into following my dreams that i can even described.

6. Who are your style inspirations?
I always get inspiration from movies, magazines and other bloggers or street style. But if I have to choose: Olivia Palermo, Lauren Conrad, Jessica from Hapa Time and Aimee Song from Song of Style.

7. What are your favourite style publications?
Marie Claire, Vogue, Glamour & Vanity Fair Magazine.
8. What was your most memorable moment of 2013?
Well it was a great year for a rookie blogger like me, but I really cherish the time I was featured on Latina.com and when i collaborated with a Store Called Gatsby  from my land Puerto Rico.

9. Your top 5 wardrobe essentials?
1. Blazers
2. Jeans
3. Heels
4. Handbags
5. Skirts

10. Any advice for personal style bloggers around the world?
The best advice i can give to a style blogger, is to be yourself and believe in you. If you feel right, it is right!
Dra. Fashionista

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