When it comes to style bloggers, Grace Atwood of The Stripe (formerly Stripes & Sequins) is one of our favorites. Obviously, she can dress her butt off, but she also happens to be insanely nice. Hence, she took time out of her crazed fashion week schedule to quickly chat with us about her success and how she survives this crazy time. Get to know her below.
SHEfinds: Talk to us about your blog. When did you start it and how has it taken off?
Grace Atwood: I started my site in 2010 as Stripes & Sequins. I just started for fun–I wanted a creative outlet. As time has gone on, the site has grown in popularity and I re-branded it to The Stripe this past January.
SF: You’re gearing up for fashion week–love it or hate it?
GA: It’s a love hate thing, I’d say. I love getting to see my friends from out of town… the shows, the parties, and even the hustle and bustle. I hate not getting eight hours of sleep! Between balancing my day job, blog, shows and social obligations, I end up pretty exhausted! And I’m not really into the ‘scene.’ I want to get into the shows, get out, etc. It often feels like the crowd outside the tents is more into getting their picture taken than seeing the actual clothes.
SF: What is the one thing you couldn’t make it through fashion week without?
GA: The one thing that I couldn’t make it through Fashion Week without is a chic/versatile bag that I can bring everywhere with me. It’s key to choose a roomy, but structured satchel that can hold all of my Fashion Week essentials… and makes life easier when you’re running from activity to activity. I love shopping at stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls for amazing designer bags–you never know what you’re going to find for amazing value. A trick I always do is to have a smaller crossbody or clutch on me in case I want to ditch the larger bag when running to cocktails or a party after work. Better safe than sorry!
SF: Any fashion week horror stories? Navigating the snow in heels can’t be fun…
GA: No real horror stories to say, but I have missed shows before because I took a cab and got stuck in traffic. Now I take public transportation to get from shows to the office. I just make sure I’m wearing comfortable shoes. I live in heels with a hidden platform like these gorgeous black designer ones that I scored at T.J.Maxx.! During fashion week I want to feel polished, but still be comfortable when I’m standing for hours or running from one event to the next.
SF: What’s the one item in your closet you can’t live without?
GA: You can never underestimate the power of a great LBD. Whenever you’re not sure what to wear to an event or outing of any sort, you can always reach for your trusty little black dress–it’s fail-proof! It’s also the easiest way to look cute and feminine while also being comfortable. Try topping a black shift dress with a tailored blazer or leather jacket (this one is from T.J.Maxx and goes with everything) and work for every event. To make an outfit even more special, try switching up your shoes and accessories depending on what kind of event you’re attending.