Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Today, I am talking to wonderful Maddy from Cassidylou(dot)com. She is a  relatively new blogger with great style and a very inspiring story behind her blog name.  Hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did. 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Full name = Madeline, nickname = Maddy
Currently living in Grand Rapids, MI, but originally from Toledo, OH
Favorite dessert = chocolate chip banana bread
Job = Digital Marketing
Guilty pleasure = One Direction music videos
I teach SPINNING classes
I race triathlons
Go to meal = filet mignon!
I was a child model for one photo shoot!

How would you best describe your own personal style?
I like to take risks with funky pieces, such as sequin pants, faux fur, blazer capes, leather, neon and mixing prints. None of these seem that crazy to a fashion blogger, but I have gotten some pretty strange looks in Grand Rapids, MI.I stick with classic cuts, because I find them most flattering, but I love to play around with color, print and fabric. My style reflects my mood, which can change daily. Some days it will be a dress, heels + pearls, other days ripped jeans, slip on sneakers + a leather jacket.

Do you think there is a difference between “fashion” and “style”?
I believe there is a HUGE difference between “fashion” and “style.” Fashion, to me, is what is popular or trending in the market currently, whether it be pastels, feathers, studs, etc. Style is how someone chooses to express their personality and emotions

Do you stick to conventional fashion or like to try and be original?
I like to try to add my own twist to change conventional to original. I know what shapes and silhouettes work for me, so I stick to those but add in fun elements such as print and texture. I’m not afraid to mix completely opposite pieces together.

What advice could you give to someone aspiring to get into blogging?
Even though I have been blogging for a year and a half I still feel like a newbie most of the time! I would tell them to be prepared to devote a good amount of time to their blog and network, network, network!

Your blog name has an inspiring story, can you tell me more about that?
Of course! My grandma passed in March 2013 and she and I were very close. Part of our relationship revolved around fashion. She helped me sew my own skirts and tote bags, and sewed almost all her own clothing. I considered her to be a close friend and we always had a special bond. When I decided to start blogging in July of that year, I wanted to choose a name that had meaning but was unique. Her last name was Cassidy, and my mom (her daughter) always called her Martha Lou; which is how I created Cassidy Lou.

What is your favorite thing about your chosen career? Why?
Currently I work for a company doing digital marketing and my favorite part is probably the people I work with

Is there a person that is an inspiration to you? Why?
My parents. Completely cliché but they truly are amazing, selfless, hilarious and generous people. Ask anyone.

What advice could you give to someone who wants to feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin?
You are in control of your happiness.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. I struggle with comparing myself to others in both the blog world and real life. Everyone has their successes and failures at different times in their life and you don’t need to be on anyone’s timeline but yours!

If you didn’t need to work for income, what would you do with your time?
I would travel extensively and be a stylist (although I am in the process of starting my own styling company…more to come later.)

If you met a Genie who offered you three wishes, what would you wish for?
Such a tough question! I would wish for enough money to my parents to finish paying for my siblings college tuition and retire now and travel wherever they want .I would wish for the time and funds for me to take the next few years and travel And this isn’t possible, but I would wish for an end to the violence all over the world. It is something that breaks my heart

THANK YOU so much for sharing your answers with me and Letters to LALA land readers.
You can stay in touch with Maddy and Cassidy lou (dot) com via Instagram and Facebook 

*all images of provided by Cassidylou.com and Madeline

1 comment:

  1. Love this feature, thank you so much!

    xo, Maddy