She’s been snapped for every lens from Style.com to Vogue to Essence to Paper to her boyfriend’s — he captures the blogger/model’s effortlessly fearless looks for her blog, WhereDidUGetThat — and brands want in too. American Apparel shot her as part of an “As Seen on Bloggers” campaign, while Coach shot a video of the blogger styling about New York which is where Karen, a transplant from London, lives and credits for her style. “I didn’t really have a style per se in London,” she says. “I wore anything really.” Somehow, we think her “anything” was pretty damn fly. Have a look.
*How long have you been blogging your personal style on WhereDidUGetThat.com?
Since Feb ’09
*Your looks are refreshingly unpredictable & fearless. Is there any item of clothing or trend you’re “scared” to wear?
Not really. Anything can be tweaked.
*What’s the most memorable remark you’ve heard while wearing one of your outfits for a shoot?
Can’t think of one. I do get a lot of people staring though.
*What’s been your favorite outfit to shoot so far?
The crochet flares and top I wore recently for my ‘Trash’ blog post. LOVE the outfit. I’m really into the retro look and I LOVE crochet.
*How has your style changed, if at all, since your days in London?
I didn’t really have a style per se in London. I wore anything really. I feel like it’s really gotten better since coming to NY. God knows why though.
*How much of a production is it to shoot yourself for WhereDidUGetThat.com? How long do the shoots take? Do you work with the same photographer? How do you choose locations?
Shoots take anywhere from five minutes (rare) to average 15. My boyfriend takes all my shots and we drive around picking a spot I like or we both like the look of.
*A fair amount of your clothing comes from thrift stores. What’s your strategy for sorting through the bins (& sometimes musty racks) to finding that must-have gem?
I usually scan for fabric and pattern first. After that I tend to look at tall items from the bottom up (for some reason). I move extremely fast too.
*Is blogging your full-time job? If not, what’s your “day” job?
No I have a sales job in the printing firm. So I do that all day then come home to blog.
*What do you think is/will be the lasting impact of the Personal Style Blogger on Fashion?
That the girl next door can be just as influential in the fashion industry as a magazine editor. Maybe not yet, but it’s possible.
*What are your top 3 Personal Style Blogs?
Carolines Mode. Stylorectic. Chic Muse.
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[photos courtesy of WhereDidUGetThat.com]