Hey guys! Welcome back to the 3rd Trendy Talks! This week I am interviewing Cassandra from The Frillish! Fun fact: Cassandra is actually the person who inspired me to do this series. She contacted me back at the end of May and asked me to interview her. She is a fairly new blogger, but I can tell she puts a lot of effort into her blog and she has a pretty cool life to. From there I came up with the idea for Trendy Talks and the rest is history!
1.Share a little bit about yourself. I am a spunky little red head with a passion and
a mission: to invigorate other young women with creative awesomeness. I am in
my last year of my college career [dun, dun, dun] at Johnson & Wales
University. I’m originally from New Jersey, the Jersey Shore to be exact [yeah
buddy], but I move around a lot. I think Meg+Dia has a song that sings, “I’d
like to think I don’t have roots yet- still some traveling in me.” Yeah, that’s
me. I’ve lived in Providence, Miami, back to Providence, and hopefully next, New
York. Maybe move to Europe one day to pick up a language in all its
authenticity. Who knows? Obviously, my hometown is always a pit stop in between
2.How did your blog begin? Once upon a time [JK not even a month ago], I
interned for a [wonderful] fashion blogger, Kristin of LivingInColorPrint.com,
who knew her stuff. I mean the nitty gritty detail of all that is blogging. It
truly was an amazing experience, and I got to pick her brain about anything and
everything blog-related. I have always wanted to start my own blog, but I never
had the resources, knowledge or confidence to start that little sucker up.
Kristin really lit a fire under my belly, whether she knows it or not, and she
was my main inspiration for the start up.
3.Where did you come up with the name The Frillish? By God’s good graces, I somehow invented the
name for my blog, The Frillish. I researched excruciating hours, blogs that had
a cool name and a cool vibe, just for inspiration. I researched blog names, via
Google search, just for kicks. And finally swept through some of my favorite
blogs at that time, again for inspiration. I’ve always loved Thrillist,
ironically a digital lifestyle magazine/blog for men, and BAM- The Frillish
immediately popped in my mind. I wanted to mirror their awesome, witty posts
but direct them towards women and all things girly of course!
4.You mentioned you interned for Kristin at livingincolorprint.com. Do you have any tips for girls who are searching for a good internship? When searching and trying to obtain a good
internship, there are a few things I can advise girls around our age. The first
is that you aren’t entitled to anything, in any way. Being so young, and trying
to earn your spot in this crazy competitive industry, it’s important to bury
your pride a bit. Have a modest ego. The second is being open-minded. I always
had my eye on an internship with some huge PR firm, or big magazine. But
working in an intimate environment allows you to absorb so much more information.
Your mentors focus on you, and really care about teaching you something rather
than just giving you menial tasks. From my personal experience, I really
believe it’s something other girls seeking an internship should consider.
Lastly, don’t shy away from asking for help! Networking is key, and alwaysss
carry/ask for business cards when acquainting yourself with someone- they may
be able to help you out later on down the road.
5.Where do you find inspiration for new blog posts? My blog is all about affordability and
individualism, so I guess I’d say my biggest inspiration would be my own closet
when posting about fashion! When I’m trying to get ideas for a new post, I’m
never like, “Okay, new post-new outfit.” I always see if there’s something in
my closet I can revamp or style using current trends and go from there. As for
my lifestyle and inspiration posts- all of my inspiration comes from personal
experience and interaction with others. I love hearing different views on life,
ideas, and experiences. I then reflect, and create a post from it.
6.How many hours per week do you spend blogging? I’m so new to this GIANT arena of blogging; I
spend a hefty amount of time on researching, networking, and content
development. I can’t really put a number on it, because I haven’t settled into
a set routine yet, but all throughout the day I’m on different social media
platforms trying to get my name out there! And obviously create [hopefully
awesome] posts in between!
7.Do you have any favorite blogs? Maybe I’m a little bias towards it, but
LivingInColorPrint is one of my faves. I am a huge fan of bloggers that have a
strong sense of self, and Kristin keeps true to her brand and originality. Not
to mention her blog oozes class and all things girly! Another [newly
discovered] favorite of mine is Becoming Bradshaw. They have several contributors
but their voice is amazing [not to mention hilarious] and the girl behind it
all is SO sweet!
8.Describe your personal style in 3 words: Funky. Modern. Boho-Chic.
9.What are your favorite stores to shop at? I love to thrift shop! I’m also a huge supporter
of local brands and boutiques so whenever I’m in a town I try to check out local
stores. It’s refreshing.
10. Is there anything you would like to accomplish this summer? I’m
actually traveling a decent amount this summer. I’m going to Mexico and a dude
ranch, ha! It will be interesting to say the least. As for accomplishments,
content development and networking for the blog will be my main goal!
11. Where would you love to travel to? As
I mentioned before, I would love to spend some time overseas in Europe. My
dream would be to live in France or Italy, pick up the language and totally
submerge myself in their culture. I also wouldn’t mind experiencing their
fashion styles first hand!
12.Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Ahh,
the loaded question that every young twenty-something tries to avoid. I started
off narrow-minded in the beginning of college because I didn’t really know and
wasn’t exposed to all the different paths in fashion. But as I build
professional contacts and experience, especially blogging now, I am exposed to
so many different avenues in fashion that I didn’t know I’d like. In 5 years I
hope to see myself with a good company, possibly in trend forecasting, fashion
journalism, or public relations, and of course- hopefully still blogging on the
Thank you so much for doing this interview, Cassandra! I loved how she supports local stores… it is definitely something I am trying to get into more! Share your favorite part of the interview in the comments below!