It was love at first sight. You spotted that fringed mini-skirt across the shop floor and raced to its rack. You must have it.
Once you get home, still giddy with your score, buyer’s remorse sets in. Your beloved skirt matches nothing in your closet. You take an inventory of what is hanging on the rail. You flip through sequined blazers, bejeweled crop tops, sweeping wide leg trousers. When did you acquire so much stuff but still have nothing to wear?
Before you dig out the receipt, take a lesson from Lush to Blush. Atlanta-based style blogger Megan Elliot has rooted her personal style (and subsequently her blog) around wardrobe workhorses. Think camel coats, cream cashmere sweaters, and jet black jeans. With style-flexible neutral basics in place, Megan’s wardrobe can easily bring those impracticable but gotta have it purchases. In Megan’s case, those statement pieces are leather biker jackets, oversized printed scarves, and colorful handbags.
Like an experienced big sister, Megan dishes out practical style and life tips borrowed from personal experience. Lush to Blush is an excellent resource for learning what key pieces should make up the bulk of your closet space and how to maximize wears on those one-off pieces. Atop her style advice, Megan shares personal finance and budgeting tips with inexpensive ways to spruce up your home or easy to follow recipes to cut back on dining expenses.
We caught up with Megan to glean even more real world advice—tips so simple that you can implement them right now and still keep that fringed mini-skirt!
When did you start your blog?
I started my blog in March of 2012 when the magazine I was writing for folded. I needed a creative outlet and my best friend suggested I start a blog. I started it that day. I was in a transitional time in life—just out of college—and I wanted to cover a wide rage on topics, from that fun, relaxed girl (“lush”) to the motivated working girl (“blush”). It can also refer to all things beauty.
What are your top five styling and grooming tips?
1. Wash your face every day and night.
2. Stay out of the sun and wear SPF.
3. Only wash your hair twice a week.
4. Keep your wardrobe basics neutral.
5. Just keep it simple—in all things!
What are your best tips and tricks for accentuating features you like?
I think they key to accentuating features is to not overdue it. Be somewhat subtle. For example, I love my eyelashes; they're long and curly. Instead of piling on the mascara to accentuate them, I keep it light to make them look natural. People still notice, but it doesn't look like I'm trying hard to make them pop. When I want to accentuate my lips using lip liner, I stick to a muted neutral instead of a bright bold red. It's all about balance.
What advice can you share with other aspiring bloggers?
Stay authentic to who you are. Readers will be able to tell if you aren't being your true self.
What blogs do you check every day?
What moved you to become a vegetarian?
I read Skinny Bitch in two days. I never ate meat or drank soda again.
What is your favorite recipe to prepare?
Hmm, I really like my goat cheese baked Brie. If it were up to me, I'd have crackers, cheese, and wine for dinner every night.
What is on your playlist?
I listen to Sam Smith 24/7. He's all I need!
Fast & Furious Fashion Quiz
Bikini or one-piece?
Neutral or red lip?
Hose or bare legs in winter?
Mini or maxi?
Skinnies or flares?
Wine or cocktail?
Night out or in?
Sweet or savory indulgence food?
Savory. I don't like sweets!
Why did you choose the Vince Camuto Eli Satchel?
The bag is just stunning. I love the structured shape and the medium size; that makes it so versatile. And the wine color is simply stunning. I was worried the non-neutral tone would limit its versatility, but it really hasn't at all. I can wear it with so much! But that might be because my entire wardrobe is full of neutrals.
I think my favorite thing to pair it with is skinny jeans, a black top, and a camel or tan colored coat or jacket. It gives me that fun, but sophisticated and chic pop of color that you just can't really get with other colors. Since I rely on neutrals from day to day, it actually goes with almost every single item in my closet.