Monday, April 26, 2010

Blogger I Admire: April

It's time for me to join the band wagon and start some sort of 'blogger of the month' on this blog. Instead of naming it blogger of the month I think it would be more fitting for me to name these posts 'blogger I admire' because I plan on choosing bloggers I admire in some way.

For April and for my first of these posts I chose Avalonne Summers from The Girl from HK, LDN & SF. I really admire the way she styles her outfits, has no fear and the creativity that goes into every post she makes on her blog. I also love that she writes for College Fashionista and explores new looks from classmates and peers and finds wonderful new trends!

Name: I'm actually blogging under a pseudonym Avalonne Lou Summers, not because I want to keep my name private, but because my pseudonym is way cooler than my real name. If you want to know my real name, I wouldn't mind revealing it.
Age: 21 years old.
Current Location: San Francisco.
Hometown: I was born and raised in Hong Kong, went to boarding school in England and studied in London for a year. I think I know London more than I know Hong Kong, that's why I like to say London is my hometown.
Favorite Color: I love all shades of pale/pastel purple, my absolutely favorite is lavender.
Favorite Food: I enjoy lots of types of cuisine, but I could eat sushi everyday, my favorites are tuna and scallop rolls. Yum!

When did you start becoming interested in fashion?
I've always been interested in fashion, but growing up, I knew I never wanted to work in fashion. I think fashion is more of an interest and hobby and I would like it to remain that way. But who knows, maybe it could be a backup plan, if film doesn't work out for me. I have a huge appreciation for fashion, but there are so many things about the fashion industry that I cannot agree with. I have a love hate relationship with fashion, but for the most part, I think fashion can unite people, especially this blogging community.

Why did you start your fashion blog?
I started my blog, because I wanted to keep track of my outfits and I thought the best way would be to start a blog. I also needed a daily project to keep me occupied and I needed to do something creative on a regular basis, so blogging has given me the chance to be creative. Since I've started my blog, I've met so many wonderful and passionate people, I think that is one of the most rewarding part of blogging.

I see you've moved around a lot, did you like moving around and where was your favorite place to live?
I like being in different environments and I can adapt very easily, which helps very much. I definitely appreciate London a lot more now that I'm not there, which is probably how I will feel when I move on from San Francisco to hopefully New York City. Hong Kong is my home and as much as I love Hong Kong, because my family is there, I wouldn't want to stay there, because it's not the city for me. I do appreciate the food, the amazing transportation system, but I have no interest in the Hong Kong film industry. I would absolutely love to live in Manhattan and work there and make movies for the rest of my life.

What's your favorite place to shop in?
My heart drops every time I go to vintage shops and thrift stores, I wish I could shop at just vintage shops, because I love the quality of vintage clothing, they're rich with history, I love the scent of vintage clothing and items. If I still lived in London, I would shop at Brick Lane, Camden and Portabello Market all the time (if I could afford to). When I'm in San Francisco, I go to Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange, Wasteland, Held Over and other thrift stores. I also love Urban Outfitters and Zara, they're my favorite stores for new clothing.

Where do you get your inspiration for your outfits from?
I love all things vintage, I get my inspiration from the past decades, my favorite decades are the '20s, '50s, '60s and '70s. I love the Jazz Age period, the glamor of the '20s was so inspirational, their lifestyle and fashion have influenced my lifestyle and mentality. I have a huge appreciation for modernism and liberal, forward thinking, these philosophies have shaped the way I am and the way I dress. I am also very inspired by my favorite bloggers, every one has such impeccable style and their inspirations have in return inspired me.

If you could have one item in fashion (clothing, accessory etc.) what would it be?
I don't know if I can answer this question with one answer. I love collecting all fashion items.

What are some of your favorite fashion blogs?
It's hard to narrow down some of my favorite fashion blogs, I respect every one of them, because they're all so creative in the way that they dress and present themselves.

What are your hobbies or activities that you love outside of blogging?
I'm a film student, so I enjoy watching movies and television, right now I'm really into LOST (really sad about it ending) and How I Met Your Mother. I also love photography and art. I wish I could set aside more time to creating fine art, because I love making things with my hands, which I don't do enough. I'm not really an outdoorsy person, the only outdoorsy things I enjoy are tennis (and watching tennis), sprinting and shot putting. I wish I could cook, I'm thinking of purchasing Julia Child's cook book, that might inspire me to cook good food!

What school do you go to and what are you studying?
I'm studying at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and I study film, officially, the program is called Motion Pictures and Television, but I just like to say I study film. I'm emphasizing in Production Design, but I love and appreciate all aspects of filmmaking, so I also edit, do camerawork, write, direct, etc.

What advice do you have for other bloggers just starting out?
Blogging may seem like an easy task, but I must say it's not as easy as it looks, especially if you're a perfectionist. I'm not completely obsessive compulsive about the presentation of my blog, but sometimes I want everything to look organized, so be weary of the presentation of your blog, like your photos, your header, your writing, the content on your sidebar. If you like to be organized, be weary of the consistency of your blog and it will instantly make your blog look clean.

When I make my way out to San Francisco, can we hangout!?!
Yes please! If you ever visit San Francisco, I'd love to hang out! We can go shopping at thrift stores and eat crepe!

You can find her here:

Thank you Avalonne!
lovelove, M.


beeble said...

shes so pretty, and her outfits look great. will definately be stopping by her blog (:

Meggstatus said...

I absolutely love her, she is such a sweet girl. And I've actually had the opportunity to become friends with her outside of the blogging community and she is just as sweet as she seems. Great interview!

Sonya said...

Thanks for posting this, I love her blog!

Kallie said...

I absolutely love her blog! Plus she is a Lost fan which totally endears her to me and my Lost-y-ness.

rachel / Red Lips Vintage said...

i love this interview! avalonne is so interesting and creative, i love that her blog is so diverse and very atypical of most fashion blogs.

thanks, m!

Times of Delight said...

I love her outfits, you are so right for admiring her blog

Anonymous said...

i think i read about that yesterday on nyt

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