Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tea Talk Tuesday : Jillian from Cornflake Dreams

Jillian is the adorable blogger who moved to Charleston a few months ago and is sharing her experience here all on her blog, Cornflake Dreams! I have loved getting to know Jillian during her stay here and have loved seeing her oh-so perfect pictures on Instagram (link down below) of the "Holy City"! Enjoy today's Tea Talk Tuesday where you'll learn Jillian's favorite work out routines, the secret behind her blog name, and more.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hi there! My name is Jillian and I am the blogger behind Cornflake Dreams. I grew up in a way western suburb of Chicago, went to college in Milwaukee, and then moved to downtown Chicago where I met my husband H and started my blog. I recently moved to Charleston, SC and I am loving exploring our new city.

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2. You recently moved to Charleston! What's been your favorite part about the city and where are some of your favorite locations to visit? 
I absolutely love living in downtown Charleston, it has been so fun to go for walks and look at all the historic homes and buildings in my neighborhood. I also love trying all of the wonderful restaurants -- Charleston has so many tasty spots! And it's been really fun meeting other bloggers in person, everyone is so welcoming in the South. 

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3. What prompted you to begin blogging, and how did you come up with your blogs name, Cornflake Dreams? 
I started blogging in 2010 as a creative outlet from my 9-5 marketing job. I loved reading blogs and I thought it would be fun to share my own ideas online. My husband encouraged me to start the blog, so I used his nickname for me -- "Cornflake" as part of my blog name. I also grew up in the country, with cornfields in my backyard -- and had dreams of moving to the city, so Cornflake Dreams seemed like a perfect fit. 

4. If you could pack your bags and go anywhere, were would you go? 
I'd love to go to India! My husband and I have taken some amazing trips in the last few years (Spain, France, Turkey, Greece, Italy), but India seems like it would be SO different than our European trips. 

5. What's your favorite color combo? 
My closet is full of blue clothing -- I love classic navy paired with cream, and browns. 

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6. What's your favorite way to stay healthy and active? 
I absolutely love yoga, I try to practice 3-4 times a week. It's so calming and a great way to stay toned. I also like to mix things up with pilates, weight lifting and kettlebell exercises

7. What book are you currently reading? 
I have been reading Outlander for a few months...I need to finish it before the TV series starts. I have a few other books on my summer reading list I'd love to start. 

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8. What makeup have you been reaching for during the hot summer months? 
I wear as little makeup as possible in the summer. I always wear eye makeup (shadow, liner, maskcara) but otherwise I keep it simple with moisturizer and sunscreen! 

9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
I have no idea! My husband and I are trying to figure out where to live after Charleston and there are a lot of cities we are considering. Whatever city we end up in, I hope in 5 years we are settled down in a house with a yard!! I would love to have a garden. 

10. What's your favorite way to spend a Saturday
I always start the day with breakfast (I love oatmeal), then an hour-long yoga class, I cook up something for lunch (my days usually revolve around food), then H and I take a walk around the hood and do a little shopping, dinner out somewhere fun in Charleston (my to-visit restaurant list keeps growing).... and dessert (that's always the best part!) 
Where can we find you on social media?
blog // bloglovin // instagram // twitter // 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tea Talk Tuesday : Bess Pearson from Belles in Bows

Bess Pearson from Belles in Bows has the most chic and classic style - she's definitely someone I look towards when I'm seeking inspiration for outfits and pieces I need/want in my wardrobe! Bess recently moved out and started her freshman year at college, and I have loved getting to hear all about her experience through her blog! 


1. Tell us a little about yourself! 
My name is Bess Pearson, I am going to be a college freshman at Sewanee this year and I am as obsessed with global politics as I am with new shoes!

2. How did you come up for the name of your blog, and what motivated you to start blogging? 
The blog name was a result of me trying to think of something that embodied my aesthetic, roots, and a little bit of alliteration! I'm originally from the south (hence "belles") and although I've moved around a bunch it will always be a huge part of my identity. I started blogging originally as a distraction from my move last summer and never expected to keep it more than a few months. Much to my surprise, it started to get a good, positive response from people and I fell in love with blogging altogether. 

3. You have some amazing photos on your blog. What camera and equipment do you use to shoot these photos? Any editing software? 
Thank you! I shoot (as of late) with a Nikon d600 and a Tamron lens. I use Photoshop for editing!

4. How would you describe your style? What are some of your favorite stores to shop, and how do you find great deals? 
I would say my style is a classic melding of north-meets-south style. I am a Lilly addict (who doesn't love all that color?!), and also frequent J. Crew (Factory >  regular), Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, and Vineyard Vines. To find great deals I usually wait for big seasonal sales...but I have recently fallen in love with thrifting! I find that I am able to purchase amazing, unique garments for a fraction of the price which is amazing!
5. What are some clothing essentials you feel every girl should have in her closet? 
OCBDs, loafers, dark denim, a blazer, a classic shift dress, Jack Rogers, a neutral skirt, and pearls!

6. What's your go to order for a Sunday brunch? 
French toast. Holy cow am I ever addicted...also coffee...always coffee!

7. What's the best memory of your summer so far? 
My boyfriend took me to the zoo last month (my love for the zoo is unreal) and we just wandered around looking at animals for hours before he took me out to dinner! It was perfect.

8. What are some of your favorite tourist locations in your area? 
The Galleria (it's way better than MOA ...), the zoo, the sculpture gardens, Uptown, and the lakes! Minneapolis has so many fun things to do!

9. What are 3 blogs that you can't go a day without reading? 
Summer Wind, Classy Girls Wear Pearls, and AlJazeera (I know it's not a blog but it's a go-to for news)

10. What are your future goals for your blog and personal life? 
My future goals for my blog include continuing to grow my audience, to become more active on Youtube - it's seriously so fun - and to land a fun internship next summer! As for my personal life I am hoping to maintain a solid GPA, Rush in the Spring, and continue to expand my work experience!

11. Where can we find you on social media? 
Facebook: Belles in Bows

Are Bess's outfits not the cutest? Make sure to go and show her some love, whether it be on her blog or social media! 

Happy Tuesday! 


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