August 9, 2012

Courtney is currently a law student living in NYC. Her blog GirlAvantGarde includes fashion advice, recipes and day to day inspirations. Check out our Q&A with Courtney!
1. When did you start blogging?
I’m a new girl to the blogging world. Although I’ve thought about blogging for a while, I started a little over a month ago and I’m excited and humbled by how fast my blog has grown in such a short period of time. I started taking photos this year in law school as a sort of stress reliever. I enjoy taking photos of the little things that make me happy everyday, whether its the first spring flower blooming in a park or a pretty new nail polish color I’m trying out. Blogging is my creative outlet and a wonderful place to look back on my photos.
2. What has been the strongest influence in your life (thus far)?
My biggest influences in life include my family and my boyfriend. My parents have instilled me with the confidence that allows me to be unafraid to try new things, and I know that my boyfriend and younger brothers will always be my biggest supporters. My biggest fashion influences, though, include Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Brigitte Bardot.
3. What advice would you give someone trying to get into fashion blogging?
I’d say to just go for it. I was initially hesitant, but I’ve found the blogging community to be so warm and supportive. Take a lot of color, quality photos and pick a simple template for your blog. Most importantly, make sure that your personality shines through in your fashion and your stories; that’s what makes your blog unique and interesting.
4. How do you describe your style and aesthetic? Items you try to incorporate into your daily outfit…
I’m drawn to feminine silhouettes, lace, and tiny sparkly details. I wear heels or wedges almost everyday. While everything about my style screams girly, I also love classic pieces like big gorgeous stud earrings and simple black or nude pumps.
5. What is the other half of your double life? Besides blogging?
I’m currently a law student in New York. Although I’m constantly moving at 100 mph, and sometimes a little overwhelmed, both law school and fashion blogging allow me to channel my creativity in different ways and I feel so lucky to have these opportunities. I know it’s a bit of a juggling act, but it works for me!