Meet City Blogger of the Month: Caroline Topperman

BloggersMag (b|m) team is very excited to introduce you to our new City Blogger, Fashion Accessories Blogger, Caroline Topperman of Style on the Side. Caroline has an amazing eye for accessories and enjoys from Vancouver, BC, Canada. She enjoys traveling and discovering new places, like her great eye for beauty products. And get this: she speaks three languages! Wow, we love this city blogger and we’re pretty sure you will too! Tell us what you think in the comments!

“I admire strong individuals who have many accomplishments and I think that she’s beautiful!”

Who
Caroline Topperman

Hometime
Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Do you speak any languages?
English, Polish, and French fluently.

Top  3 places you’ve traveled to?
Paris (of course), Spain, (I have a tie here: Figueras because that’s where Dali was born and Cordoba just because I loved it), and Morocco.

BM: Tell our followers what you blog about

CT: Mostly accessories (including home accessories) but I also love to include what I call Lifestyle posts. These might be coffee shop reviews, store reviews or really they can be about anything that I find wonderful and am dying to share with the world.

BM: What inspires your blog posts?

CT: My ideas come to me almost everywhere [I go], which is why I always carry around my notebook and camera.  My blog comes together on my trusty couch with my feet up on my coffee table.

BM: Why do you blog?

CT: I started [blogging] because I needed a creative outlet. My mom wanted me to be a journalist; instead I went to film school and got a degree in screenwriting. Then I abandoned writing for many years. After taking a social media course I finally found my voice and decided that I really wanted to return to this first love of combining images and words. After that everything just fell into place.

BM: When did you start blogging?

CT: It has actually been less than a year. My blog officially started sometime in June 2012 but it really came together in September so I’m using that as my official start date.

BM: Who is your Celeb Style Crush, why?

CT: This one is hard because I don’t really have one. I’ve never actually been one to obsess about a ‘personality’. There are many people I admire. When I was still dancing, Karen Kain would have definitely been my pick. Now I really love Isabella Rossellini. I admire strong individuals who have many accomplishments and I think that she’s beautiful!

BM: If you could have a super power, what would it be?

CT: I would love to fly. When I was little I used to have these dreams where I would jump off a mountain and just soar through the sky, I’d love to truly experience that feeling.

BM: What is your closet staple?

CT: A black v-neck t-shirt. I can wear it with everything and dress it up or down as needed.

BM: What is your favorite beauty product?

CT: My favorite… really? I don’t know if I can answer that. Okay I’m going to have to cheat on this answer just a little bit. The first thing that comes to mind is a great lipstick: red in winter, pink in summer.  Recently, however, I’ve been using Caudalie Beauty Elixir first thing in the morning and it has become something I look forward to everyday. It’s so refreshing and really wakes me up. I also find that my skin responds to it really well.

BM: If you were stuck on an island and you had to keep three things with you, what would you have and why?

CT: Assuming that I have fresh water and access to food….A journal and pen to record my experiences (maybe I’ll be the next Robinson Crusoe), some sunscreen, and my iPod with a solar panel as I always need some great music around.

BM: What are your favorite style tips?

CT: First, keep it simple.  Classic is always best but definitely make it your own. Find that special accessory you absolutely love, it will make any outfit look that much more special.

Second, don’t chase every single new trend. Instead, be selective and figure out what really suits you and your body. Take your time picking out the pieces (be it clothing or accessories) that you know will last.

Thank you Caroline for being such a great sport and allowing us to get to know you, we thoroughly enjoyed having you as our City Blogger!

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Meet City Blogger of the Month: Zahra Sandberg

BloggersMag (b|m) team is very excited to introduce you to our City Blogger, Style Blogger, Zahra Sandberg of Love Zahra. Zahra is a smart, talented, and amazing design and style blogger from Chicago, Illinois. With a love for A-line skirts and statement jewelry, Zahra talks to us about her inspirations, her celeb style crushes (yes, she has more than one!), and most importantly, some very coveted style tips. (You’re welcome!)

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I am Zahra Sandberg

Hometown
Chicago, IL (USA)

BM: what do you blog about?
ZS: I am a Style blogger [and] I blog about my interest in fashion and interior design. I post outfit ideas and interior design projects. As I am a budding stylist and interior designer, I occasionally spotlight my work for clients as well.

BM: Why did you start blogging, what was your inspiration?
ZS: Most of my friends and family don’t share my love for fashion and design. My friends are gorgeous and dress impossibly well, but they would rather discuss politics and current events than what they are wearing. Also, my full-time job (other than blogging, which also tends to be full-time) is in Business Development in the Manufacturing Industry. I found I needed a place to channel my creativity and share my love of style with other like-minded individuals, and that is how the blog was born!

BM: What has the experience been like for you?
ZS: It has been such a great experience so far, there is something magical about a group of people who are truly passionate about their blogs and take time out to do it. It really does take a lot of time and effort without a whole lot of ROI (return on investment). Bloggers don’t get paid a lot, if any at all, so it is really empowering and reassuring to know that they are doing it out of love.

BM: When did you start blogging?
ZS: Technically I started in 2010, that is when I made my “about me” page. Then I got pregnant…and it took another two years before I came back full force in the summer of 2012.

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BM: Who is your Celeb Style Crush, why?
ZS: Miranda Kerr is currently on the top of my list. She has an effortless style that is classic and feminine. I switch between her and Olivia Palermo often for the top spot.

BM: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
ZS: Easy, the ability to be in more than one place at once – so I can be at work, home with my husband and baby, and blogging at the same time.

BM: What is your closet staple?
ZS: An A-line skirt paired with a silk blouse and a pair of sky-high heels is my idea of the perfect outfit.

BM: What is your favorite beauty product?
ZS: I have so many! If I had to pick one, I’d say my recent discovery of an orange hued makeup primer. It really makes my skin look fresh even when I’ve had little sleep. Orange primer is great for darker skin tones.

Be confident in yourself and it will shine through no matter what you are wearing!

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BM: If you were stuck on an island and you had to keep three things with you, what would you have and why?
ZS: If it is material things only, I’d say my iPad (hopefully this island has a 4G network), my yoga mat to keep myself balanced and centered, and my Nikon D3100 camera to document the experience so I could blog about it later! I’ve really gotten into photography since I started blogging. I love capturing candid moments!

BM: Could you kindly share your favorite fashion and style tips?

  1. Find a silhouette that you love, that flatters you best, and repeat it in different colors and materials and you will never run out of outfit ideas. For example, I love a blazer, skinny jeans and a t-shirt – I can dress it up by wearing a printed blazer, leather leggings, and bright high heels, or dress it down with a boyfriend blazer with distressed denim and flats.
  2. Don’t buy things just because of the brand name. A friend of mine who is a big wig in marketing for a huge corporation told me some insider secrets about how prices are determined by some top brands. Check for quality of the material, the fit, and fabric before spending double or more on a bag or shoes.
  3. Take pictures of yourself! You will notice the colors that compliment you best and more importantly, what doesn’t work for you. One of my styling clients told me she did it and realized her outfit really needed a statement necklace. She was very hesitant to take pictures at first, but now she thanks me!
  4. Most important – be confident in yourself and it will shine through no matter what you are wearing!

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Get Social with Zahra

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Meet @BloggersMag #Travel & #Fashion Editor, Jediah Jones

Jediah Jones is is a young professional who works in politics, but has interests in social media, public relations research. Yes, she also loves fashion; No, she is not superficial and materialistic. She enjoys traveling and learning new cultures. Her dream is to one day visit faraway lands and have a film crew follow her around as I explore!

She is smitten for shoes, covet comfy cardigans, lives to travel and is all around inspired by art and fashion on so many different levels! Her favorite place to visit is China.

Jediah will be covering all things travel + fashion, so stay tuned!

Meet #Fashion Bloggers, Carcia & Chantell ‘Telly’ Campbell

Fashion bloggers, Carcia and Chantell (‘Telly’) Campbell of popular Toronto fashion blog, ItsMusicFashionLife.com, take some time out of their very busy, stylish lives to dish about fashion, style icons inspirations, and blogging with BloggersMag™. The sisters started blogging serious just a year ago and now have contributors on their popular blog. They have been blogging success in the competitive world of fashion blogging appearing in local press and have been featured on many online sites and blogs, including HuffPost Canada Style. We wanted to know how they got started, why they do what they do, and get some inside fashion, blogging and style tips.

Blogging tips,:“Personality really is everything and your readers will come back repeatedly to see that. Also, write about what you love. It makes for better content!”

What are your names, where are you from?

Carcia Campbell & Chantell ‘Telly’ Campbell, yes we are sisters! We are from Toronto, Ontario Canada.

What do you blog about?

We blog about Fashion, Music and Pop Culture. We feel each element compliments each other and we have always connected the three. We love to show our readers fashion icons and pop culture icons from the past that influence our style. We have a few regular features where we show you how to take on a style icon’s style and be inspired by them. We also cover events within the Fashion & Music and arts community, because we love to support them and in a way, they inspire us. We usually say, we blog about what we know and like.

Do you blog at home or on the go?

We have an office in our house. Depending on our mood, we can blog from our laptops in the kitchen or even in front of the television. If we see an idea while driving around or visiting a store, we take it down, so technically we blog anywhere as long as we have a notebook or phone to take notes.

Fashion tips: “…Make it interesting and be fashionably adventurous!”

Why do you blog and how did you get started?

For us, blogging started as an online journal, but once we saw people actually started checking out the blog and responding, we made the decision to share more about other things and not just ourselves. We both wanted a platform for us to share our thoughts. [Since] Carcia is a journalist by trade and Telly is a fashion designer by trade, we figured we could still express that side of us on ItsMusicFashionLife.com.

When did you start blogging?

We started blogging (seriously) July of 2011

Style tip: “try purchasing one amazing, head-turning statement jewelry piece.”

Do you have any tips—any fashion, blogging or style for our readers?

Fashion tips, we believe everyone should try to step out of their box when it comes to style. You can look amazing at any budget so try accessories and new colors! We can get away with color now, so why not try it. Our motto is Stilettos & Rock n Roll! Make it interesting and be fashionably adventurous! (Another saying we always use at ItsMusicFashionLife.com).

Blogging tips, don’t try to imitate another bloggers success. What makes a blogger successful is their ability to be themselves and show that through their online publication. Personality really is everything and your readers will come back repeatedly to see that. Also, write about what you love. It makes for better content!

Style tip, try purchasing one amazing, head-turning statement jewelry piece. It can save your life, well, fashion styling life anyway 😉

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To learn more about Carcia and Telly and their blog, visit http://itsmusicfashionlife.com/about-us. Follow them on Twitter @her_castle.