Women Wednesdays: Tamryn Miller

    January 17, 2018

    For our Women Wednesdays series this week, we wanted to feature one of our favorite bloggers and all around style queen Tamryn Miller of Wannabe Fashion Blogger. Like us, Tamryn is a Bay Area gal based in San Francisco. Tamryn’s unique style has turned the heads of many and continues to give us inspiration in refreshing ways. She has parlayed the success of her blog into partnerships with companies such as J.Jill, Lacson Ravello, and SoulCycle. Tamryn is no snob and is totally down with pairing a beautiful thrifted dress with a pre-loved Chanel bag. She can rock the bootleg Gucci from Afterlife Boutique, and have a ton of people buying it the next day. Tamryn is that cool. Read more about her below. And when you’re done, be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Instagram. It’s lit.

    1. Tell us about Wannabe Fashion Blogger. How did it come about?
    Wannabe Fashion Blogger was born from an inside joke between my sister and I. I have always been very into fashion and when blogging really started taking off, I would look at my own outfits and think “I could do that!” I would send my sister photos of my daily outfits and jokingly sign them from “Wannabe Fashion Blogger.” Everyone in my life encouraged me to start my own blog and I did just that about four and a half years ago. I kept the name Wannabe Fashion Blogger because it helped me get started!
    2. What characteristics do you admire most in other women?
    The number one characteristic I admire most about other women is confidence. I have always been shy and less confident in myself so when I see women who just OWN everything about themselves, I love it!
    3. What was the best piece of advice in starting the blog?
    The best piece of advice I would give to anyone starting a blog is be true to who you are. When you pretend to be someone else, it shows. Readers want authenticity, they want to know who YOU are, not who you are pretending to be.
    4. What is your personal or professional motto?
    “Wear Outside The Box”
    5. What resources do you recommend to someone starting a creative business?
    Honestly, Instagram has been a huge source of inspiration for me and I have learned so much from watching others. I would also recommend finding a community that can support you and who knows what you’re going through. When I first started, I was really shy and didn’t want to network with other bloggers because I was afraid. Now, I have such a solid group of girls that truly support each other in such a unique business world. It’s amazing!
    6. What drives you? What keeps you going with Wannabe Fashion Blogger?
    I feel like my style is always evolving and that really motivates me to continue with Wannabe Fashion Blogger. I love seeing how my style has changed over the years and I love connecting with my audience. Hearing from my readers makes me so happy and they really push me to keep going.
    7. What’s up next for you? Anything exciting that you’d like to share?
    As of right now, I have a few projects that I am working on and hoping to make it to NYFW in September!

    Photo Credits: Shannon Righetti

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    Dressed: H.K.M

    January 16, 2018

    H.K.M stands for NY-based designer Hannah Kristina Metz. Hannah was originally known for her photography blog mixing high fashion with vintage appeal. She’s had a longstanding internet presence, and we’re sure you’ve come across her work a few times. Her attention to details and beautiful feminine color palettes are keys to her aesthetic.

    Hannah’s collections are also based on her favorite stories with the FW ’17 collection inspired by the characters from Anne of Green Gables. We love how there’s emphasis on puffed sleeves as it plays a pivotal role in Anne’s character. This collection features an earth tone palette with lots of green, orange, and blush tones. I always imagined those colors were prominent living in Prince Edward Island during the early 20th century.

    Currently the Blythe dress above is my favorite piece followed by the Green Gables blouse. Check out a few of our other picks below.

    Where to Purchase:

    1. Blythe Dress
    2. Shalott Dress
    3. Bouquet Back Dress
    4. Reckless Rose Blouse
    5. Green Gables Blouse

    Dressed: Classicloot

    January 11, 2018

    Last month, we collaborated on with Classicloot, a local favorite clothing and accessories shop here in San Jose. Classicloot has an awesome selection of vintage finds, locally made jewelry, and upcycled pieces (the Future is Female jacket is my favorite).

    I wanted to showcase Classicloot in a playful and hip way. What better way to do that then do a photoshoot in an endlessly colorful pinata shop? Dulceria Mi Carnaval in downtown gladly provided us the space. Everything about this shoot was manic, magical, and badass. I’m so excited to share it with all of you. Check out some of our favorite photos from the shoot after the jump! And when you’re done, be sure to make it over to the Classicloot website and IG. You’re definitely going to find a thing or two that you’ll love.

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    Women Wednesdays: Weekend Creative

    January 10, 2018

    Here at Style Approximately, we are all about creating a space of women supporting other women. Inspired by Grace Bonney and her book, In The Company of Women, we decided to start a Women Wednesdays series. Similar to the book, we wanted to gather inspiration and advice from the creative women in our lives and share it with our readers. We hope you enjoy this series and find inspiration to pursue/continue your passions.

    The first women we are featuring in the series is the duo behind Weekend Creative, Elle Mitchell and Arabela Espinoza. Their eye for design is mesmerizing. They have a “let’s be bold and edgy” and “get out of the comfort zone” attitude that I love. Rebels? Yes…and I’m all about it.

    Inspired by the questions asked throughout In the Company of Women, we asked similar questions for Elle and Arabela. Let’s have you get to know Weekend Creative in their own words!

    1. Tell us about Weekend Creative. How did it come about?

    We met at San Jose State University in a photography class and quickly became partners. We ended up working at a magazine together and realized that we were both passionate about art, photography, and art direction. Starting a business was always in the back of our minds, and something we would joke about, but we felt that it was a long way off. Wanting to expand our portfolio outside of the magazine, we reached out to It’s-It Ice Cream to see if they would give us product to shoot in exchange for photos. Long story short, they ended up hiring us, and it gave us the push we needed to actually start a business.

    Weekend Creative is a creative agency specializing in clean, artful photography. We create beautiful images that showcase the best qualities of a brand in order to help them reach the right customers through print, web, or social media. We want our images to be outstanding and truly represent who they are as a brand.

    2. What characteristics do you admire most in other women?

    There are so many women that we admire for many different reasons, but some of the main characteristics that we love in other women are passion for their art, determination and perseverance, and a desire to support instead of compete in their community.

    3. What was the best piece of advice in starting Weekend Creative?

    A lot of the advice we received was given to us even before starting Weekend Creative. Friends and family told us to just go for it even if we didn’t feel ready or know all that much about starting a business. After making the leap, one important piece of advice that we received was to make sure we had a contract between ourselves. While it’s unlikely that we would go our separate ways, it’s important that we cover our bases and protect ourselves.

    4. What is your personal or professional motto?

    “Let’s do what we love and do a lot of it.” – Marc Jacobs

    5. What resources do you recommend to someone starting a creative business?

    We love following successful brands like Darling, DesignLoveFest, GirlBoss, and Create and Cultivate that write articles with great business tips. We also recommend joining facebook groups of creative entrepreneurs where you can ask for advice and also see conversations that might provide useful insight. Some of the groups we are currently in are Creative Lady Collective, Tuesdays Together SF, Lady Boss Workshops, and Build + Bloom by Jessica Whitaker. If you are looking to grow a specific skill, Skillshare and CreativeLive are great for that. 

    6. What does success mean to you?

    We know we are successful when we provide our clients with a service that is beneficial, high quality, and elevates their brand; and we build strong relationships with them. Success is also loving what we do and feeling proud of everything we create.

    7. What’s up next for Weekend Creative? Anything exciting that you’d like to share?

    We’re currently working with a client who is launching a new brand for petite women. We’re excited about this project because it allows us to work both in and out of the studio and we feel like it will push us in new ways. We’re also talking to a few other potential clients and we are excited about working with brands who are very different from each other. It’s a really good challenge. We have lots of goals for this new year and we can’t wait to see where it will take us.

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    Dressed: Samantha Pleet

    January 9, 2018

    The Samantha Pleet aesthetic is whimsical, magical, and meticulously designed for the creative woman. We’re fans of her bold prints and unique touches to simple silhouettes and lines. Every season, each piece is a character of its own in a larger story. With 10 years and 20 collections under her belt, Samantha brings excitement and art in the fashion world with each season. And to further add why we love this brand: her pieces are designed and produced at fair trade factories in the US and abroad.

    Check out a few of our favorites from the AW 17 collection. Most of the pieces are on sale too! Let us know what your favorites are in the comments.

    Yes Lydia Yasss

    Purchase the pieces here:

    1. Regent Pants in Emerald
    2. Envoy Overalls
    3. Infinity Dress in Black
    4. Crown Dress in Collage
    5. Dove Shirt
    6. Tudor Jumpsuit in Black