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Hello Beautiful People!
I’m once again excited to announce our SECOND Fashion Blogger Featurette! We haven’t done one since February and I hope to start making this a monthly thing! Maybe even weekly! What do you all think?
This is Miss Cortnie Elizabeth! She is the blogger behind STYLE LUST PAGES & the creator of the stylish LOVE, CORTNIE clutches. I found Cortnie’s blog thru a blogger who was wearing one of the Love, Cortnie clutches in a post. Her clutches are prints and patterns that you have never seen on any clutch or purse before and that’s what makes them so awesome! Once I added her blog to my bi-daily (yes I said bi-daily meaning every other day lol) reads I noticed that her style is amazingly simplistic but she adds statement pieces that take the whole outfit from a 5 on the cool and laid back scale to a 25! Whether its a pair of BAD platforms or pumps with a patterned heel or Maxi Skirt with one of her BOLD clutches she always makes the outfit work!
So we caught up through e-mail and asked a few questions that we figured everyone would want to know!
Press Forward: Where are you from? What do you do?
Cortnie: I was born and raised in Maryland. Currently, I’m making my handbags full-time.
PF: Do you attend school, if so what is your major?
Cortnie: I’ve been out of school for 5 years now. I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. There I majored in Kinesiology. I thought I wanted to get into Physical Therapy. Wrong. A couple of months after I graduated I moved to California to attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. I got a second degree in Merchandise Marketing.
PF: Awesome! What are your career goals?
Cortnie: I would love to see my clutches sold in stores all across the country. That would be amazing.
PF: What made you want to start making clutches? & What made you want to start a fashion blog?
Cortnie: They both kind of just happened. The blog came about almost 3 yrs ago with a main purpose to showcase my styling escapades. It became more of a style blog pretty quickly. I started making clutches about 9 months ago for fun. The bags I imagined carrying I could never find in stores. So I started making them myself. Turned out that people really liked them and I’ve been growing ever since. My blog and clutch-making go hand-in-hand. It was a great platform that allowed me to share with people once I started sewing.
PF: Where do you pull most of your inspiration?
Cortnie: Everywhere! Trends, magazines, tv, or maybe someone I meet while I’m out.
PF: People in the fashion industry view fashion as an art! Are there any other forms of art that you “loose yourself” in? Music, paintings, plays, etc.
Cortnie: Who doesn’t love music?! Everyone has heard at least 1 song they could relate to. Sewing keeps me pretty busy though.
PF: How do you manage to effectively run your blog and making your purses and do everything else your life consists of?
Cortnie: Time management is so important. I usually set up my blog posts ahead of time so I’m not scrambling when I want to post them. It definitely helps when I have orders that need to be completed.
PF: Where do you see yourself AND your blog in five years?
Cortnie: I see my bags expanding, but as for my blog? I’m not sure. I can still see myself blogging in 5 years. As long as I still enjoy it I’ll still be blogging.
PF: What advice would you give someone new to the fashion blogging world?
Cortnie: Stay true to yourself and have fun with it. Blogging takes a lot of time and dedication.
PF: Who inspires you the most?
Cortnie: My mom! She’s one of the kindest people I know. I don’t know where I’d be without her.
follow Cortnie on Twitter @StyleLustPages & On Instagram @CortnieElizabeth
** All 3 Clutches Pictured were made by Cortnie & can be found HERE!
Hope everyone has a great Monday!
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