Interview By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
The Chic Sheet
The most fashionable people I know are the ones that are true to their unique personalities. I value self-expression more than labels and find inspiration in literature, art and music.
How do you describe your style?
Actually, I think Iâ€™m influenced by my work as a restaurant publicist, because I like my clothes the way I like my cuisine: seasonal and spicy.
What are your favorite pieces?
I am a dancer with the Ruric-Amari Dance Studio, and because of my passion for Middle Eastern and Indian dance, I am often drawn to internationally-influenced clothing items. I love my scarf that is made of recycled silk saris and my velvet fingerless gloves that feature a mehndi-inspired pattern.
I design and wear a lot of my own jewelry, and I love handmade jewelry by other independent designers as well. Sihaya Designs in Baltimore and Dixie Dunbar studio in Charleston are my absolute favorites, so anything in my collection that was created by these two ladies is a staple in my wardrobe. I also love garnets and wear a garnet and diamond pendant that was a gift from my husband all the time.
All these accessories pair great with the handmade dresses and skirts that my talented mother has made.
Finally, no Kentucky girlâ€™s closet is complete without boots. Whether they are riding boots, cowgirl boots, vintage boots â€“ I have them all.
Where do you like to shop?
Etsy.com, Just Creations, Regalo and Work The Metal are my favorite places to shop for accessories. I also have a lot of luck shopping at consignment stores like Urban Attic.
And although you canâ€™t wear them, the desserts and chocolates at Ghyslain on Market, and The Bakery at Sullivan University, are my go-to items for stylish and edible gifts. Have you ever seen an edible chocolate stiletto? Check it out at Ghyslain sometime!
My main style inspiration is Alix Bancourt, a French fashion blogger who goes by The Cherry Blossom Girl. She presents herself as a reflection of her current interests, which are always changing. Her ensembles are always inspired by a sense of place or a remarkable moment in time.
How did you get your start making jewelry?
I started out making jewelry as gifts for friends and family, and itâ€™s grown as a hobby because people have seen my work and now ask for custom pieces. I have set up an Etsy store (www.etsy.com/shop/LarkandNightingale) and I am hoping to have my jewelry in a local boutique someday.
What inspires you when you are making your jewelry?
My jewelry is inspired by nature and mythical or historical figures. I am very interested in the symbolism of different colors and stones, so the elements I choose usually have stories behind them.
Photos by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune
Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of www.thechicsheet.net. When Miranda isnâ€™t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.