After some gentle nudging from a ‘close friend’ of the Brill bulletin, we decided to introduce a new column here on our blog. Who’s blogging across the Country is our way of recommending sites we love and think you’ll enjoy Luckily, when we approached our first subject she happily accepted. So, without further adieu I’d like to introduce you to Vancouver based Olivia J. Lovenmark who writes a fashion and style blog called Style Stuck.
Olivia J. Lovenmark
Location: Vancouver, BC
What do you do for a living? Or is blogging your full time gig?
I blog for myself at StyleStruck.ca and work full time as a Social Media Strategist for a Vancouver based group buying site. I also work as a freelancing blog content creator on the side!
Tell us a little bit about Style Struck?
StyleStruck.ca the site is my place to share all my interests and passions, particularly to do with fashion. I love sharing interesting things I find on the web, my home, my cat (Marie), and my love for France.
How did you get into blogging?
Blogging came about for me just over two years ago when I was looking for a way to keep myself involved in the fashion community after I finished my time in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fashion program. Blogging felt natural as I love to share what I’m into and love to write! Being able to connect with an audience has become as important part of my life.
You often show images of your personal style on your website, what inspires you?
I can’t say that there is any one thing that inspires me. I’m mostly inspired by a way of life, by having things around me that make for a well-enjoyed life, like delicious scented candles, cashmere, a nice, cozy home (complete with cat), and a style that reflects that. This usually means that you’ll find me in preppy pieces that are clean cut and feminine. I believe that I’ve had the same style since I was about eight when I decided that my look would be candy colored polos and khaki shorts with a bow of sorts in my hair.
What are some of your favorite fashion/beauty blogs?
I love Garance Dore, Cupcakes and Cashmere, The Glamourai, The Doctor’s Closet, Jak and Jil, Aureta’s Blog and A Cup of Jo. I am also obsessed with The Coveteur!
Who is your favorite Canadian designer? Why?
I really like (212), a line designed by two local boys who spent time in NYC and then opened up shop in Vancouver’s Gastown, as well as Vancouver-based Dace.
What are some of your favorite trends for summer?
Onesies – I have two now, nude pumps, clean white V-neck sweaters with everything and of course, nautical stripes.
Let’s talk beauty, what are some of your must haves for summer?
Matte bronzer. I have the most amazing one by Benefit called “Hoola.” I must have a sheer baby pink non-sparkly gloss for summer days and a matte bright pink lipstick for evenings.
We often do posts outlining “what’s in our bag” If we were to look inside yours what would we find?
Oooh, well, I shall have to do one of those again soon! But you will find my over-stuffed leather Zara wallet, at least two, if not three lip glosses, keys, my day timer, my iPad, a few pens and highlighters, my MAC pressed powder, bronzer, sunglasses and kleenex. My bag, as you can guess, is rather heavy.
If you had to chose one item from your closet that you couldn’t live without what would it be?
Anything white. I can not live without clean, white basics be it a white collared shirt, a white V-neck sweater or a white tank for layering. I feel out of sorts without my whites.
Given the choice to have dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Karl Lagerfeld, hands down. Not only is he incredibly interesting, Karl is brilliant. I would show him the picture of me dressed as him for Halloween in 2009.
When you’re not blogging, what are some of your favorite things to do in your city?
Play softball with my team on Thursday nights, visit new cafes and lounges with my boyfriend, go shopping for home decor and host lunches with my girlfriends at my apartment.
Thank you for having me!!
We hope you love her just as much as we do. Thanks for being our first guest Olivia. You can follow her on twitter @StyleStruck.
Until next time…
The Brill Team