This month’s featured blogger is Anna Jane of See Jane. Anna’s style is made up of core classic staples, which she effortlessly livens up with pops of bright colors and trendy pieces. She pulls off being a sophisticated 20-something with ease, teaching us all a little something along the way.
Location? Chicago, IL
Occupation? Higher Education Consultant
Who takes your pictures? My husband and occassionally my sister, Emily.
What kind of camera and photo editing software do you use? I use a Nikon D3000 and edit them in Picasa.
How did you first get into blogging and why? On a complete whim. I was home visitng my parents for the weekend and hanging out with my sister who wanted me to shop for things for her. I decided to document it, thus, the blog was born. At first, just my family read it, but they encouraged me to keep it up. I’ve always been interested in style and writing, so it was a great way to combine my two passions.
What does an average day look like for you? During the week it’s a little humdrum: going to work, cooking in the evening when I get home, writing a blog post before bed. On the weekends (or sporadic weekdays), I like to hang out with my friends and family, try new restaurants, go shopping, go to concerts, walk around the city.
What do you think is the best/favorite thing about blogging? The ability to express myself through writing and style and being able to share it with everyone. But also, the blogging community is just fantastic. I’ve met and gotten to know so many great people through blogging alone and I’m so thankful for that!
How do you handle it when you just can’t think of anything to write about? I just take a day off. I try and post 3-5 days a week and if I can’t think of anything to write about, I will just skip a day. I’d rather have one good blog post than two “filler” posts; it’s more about quality than quantity for me.
Who do you look up to within the blogosphere/fashion industry & why? I look up to established bloggers like Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere and Kelly of The Glamourai for paving the way for bloggers today. That being said, I also look up to all bloggers for just putting themselves out there and taking the time to do what truly inspires them (even if they have a full-time unrelated job).
Would you like blogging to become your full time job? I’m not sure yet if I would like to make this my full time job; though, I might be interested in using it to segue into a different career. For now, it’s a fun hobby and I think it’ll stay that way for awhile.
Where do you see yourself blogging wise in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road? I’m hoping I’ll continue to grow in my blog and in the next six months, I foresee myself chugging along, doing what I’m doing now–writing posts a few times a week. I’d love it that if in 5 years I would be writing conttrbuting articles or segments for a bigger institution, like a magazine or fashion website–I dream big!
What advice would you give to new bloggers? If you really do love doing it, stick with it! Also, try not to compare yourself to others. There will always be new bloggers that come into the spotlight or those that get popular really quickly, but I think staying true to yourself is super important when doing this.
What mistakes/ realizations have you come to throughout your journey as a blogger? Is it harder/easier/more fun than you expected? When I first started, I knew of the “big blogs” like Sea of Shoes and DesignSponge, but I had no idea it was this huge industry. It can definitely be overwhelming but also rewarding. I have a great time doing it, which makes it easy for me to keep with it.
What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business? I think Twitter helps. It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and even brands/companies.
How would you describe your personal style? Classic, fun, and feminine
Where do you get your style inspirations? Definitely blogs and also magazines. Bloggers never cease to amaze me with their real-life styling and accessorizing!
Who are your influences/ fashion favorites? Joanna Hillman and Jenna Lyons are two of my favorite “icons” of the moment. I’ll always love Kate Moss for her effortless style, too. I’m also intrigued by musicians that set style trends in the 20th century like the Beatles and David Bowie.
What role does your budget play in shaping your style? I defninitey like getting a deal on things and tend to not buy something unless it’s completely worth it (and generally on sale–unless it’s something that never goes on sale like sunglasses/some jewelry). I do the time old adage of buying classics that will last forever (like my beloved Burberry trench and J Brand jeans that fit me perfectly) and try to spend less on trendier items. Still, I love sales and deals and am always on the hunt–I’m pretty resourceful in that sense.
Whose closet would you most like to raid? Barney’s NY “closet” or Jenna Lyons
You were a finalist in the Refinery29 contest— how was the experience & having a camera crew in your home? It was pretty incredible. I felt pretty awkward at first (kudos to those who film reality shows) as they have to basically invade your home and set up everywhere, but the crew (Randy and Jason) were awesome. We became buddies during the process and shooting the video was a ton of fun.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week who would it be? President Obama. I’d like to get the inside scoop on everything that’s happening in the world.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you like to play the lead role? Well, I’d LIKE Diane Kruger, probably because she’s so pretty, but we look nothing alike (unfortunately for me) so I’d have to do some sort of open casting call :)
What is your secret dream? To live a long, full life surrounded by those I love.
What are some things on your bucket list? Skydiving, but I’m sort of scared of heights so not sure if I could do it!
What is your personal motto? Life’s too short not to laugh at yourself.
Ever been to another country or state that you liked better then where you currently live? I love to travel and think I could live just about anywhere for some amount of time. I’ve been to Italy twice, though, and am in love it. I’d love to move to another city before “settling down,” too–another city like NYC, LA, or SF or even a smaller city down south!
A phrase you use far too often? “same”