Ever since I decided to become the seven letter word (blogger, in case you forgot), I have come in contact with a few bloggers from the city whether it was at a fashion show, fundraiser, or just simply walking through these Edmonton streets. I remember sitting at my desk creeping Aleali May’s blog , it was post 061 to be exact. As I scrolled past photos of Aleali’s black Vetements ankle boots, another blogger had commented on the post prior to mine. After posting my comment about how Aleali’s Vetements footsies were a dream, I spontaneously clicked on the bloggers name. I was then directed to a site where the name MUSE x MALU written across the top. Her name is Melissa and she resides in Arizona but dreams of New York. After scrolling down to see what this girl Melissa was all about, I instantly became enamoured by her ability to slay in the most simple pieces known to man, or woman in this case. I instantly got a Karla Deras vibe from her simply cause her outfit shots are done so effortlessly. Honest to God, I got shots of inspiration running through my veins from looking at her outfit shots along with her knowledge in streetwear fashion. After following her on Instagram instantaneously and spamming her account with likes and comments, I have found a new muse. A muse named Malu that is! I wanted to know more about Melissa in areas of fashion inspiration, Supreme knowledge, blogger muses and her thoughts on the blogging community since its all you see on social media. She is not only a blogger but also a freelance stylist who has big dreams of becoming a stylist and when she does, girl better make a trip down and style me. She could probably style you, and your life for that matter. Check out my interview with Melissa below and please familiarize yourself with Melissa and the slayage that follows her at www.musebymalu.com.
1.) Tell me about yourself:
My birth name is Melissa, but I like to go by Malu. I was born in NY, raised in Arizona, but hope to live in NY one day. I am working on getting my Bachelors Degree in Art & Design at ASU, and my dream is to be a stylist. Editorials are my favorite, so I have started to go towards being an editor for a fashion magazine, but we’ll see what happens.
Edgy, Impulsive, & Daring
I think my appreciation for fashion came about in a variety of ways. I loved clothes since I was young, and I remember always stealing my oldest sister’s clothes from her closet so I could wear them to school, because I thought hers were so much cooler than mine. She always had the best pieces, so I would always look up to her for inspiration. I would also see kids at my school dressed in certain outfits and remember being inspired by what they wore. Another place that had a big influence on my appreciation for fashion was definitely TV shows. I watched every season of America’s Next Top Model as a kid and it was always so interesting to me to see this part of the world that revolved around clothing. That’s So Raven used to be my shit too, because in the show, Raven Symone dreamed of being a fashion designer, and so it made me want to be a designer at the time. As I got older, I started watching shows like Sex and the City and remembered falling in love with fashion even more.
I feel like there are so many, but main ones are Rihanna, Aleali May, Gilda Ambrosio, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Pharrell Luka Sabbat and A$AP Rocky, Did I mention Rihanna already?
One?! You’re killing me here! haha I would say one staple piece that every fashion lover should have in their closet is honestly a t-shirt. They never go out of style, and they are always on trend no matter what the season is, they just work! You can wear them with anything, and you can dress them both up or down with your look. I can’t think of one time they have let me down, plus, you can style it so many ways. Go crazy!
Well for starters, the blogger community is huge now, especially with social media being such a popular way to connect with people. It started with only a handful (i.e. Bryan Boy and Chiara Ferragni), back in 2009, so it was different for them when they began. They are actually lucky to have been some of the firsts, because the blogger community was extremely lucrative, and they were fortunate enough to get first dibs on it, which is cool, but now that it’s 2016 I would assume that it is more difficult for newer bloggers to shine because there are so many of us. Although, I do like the community and I have been fortunate to meet so many new people from it.
8.) If you could visit any fashion capital in the world, where would you go?
That is so hard, but I would have to say Milan, and I made this decision keeping the food in mind. One of my favorite foods is italian, so that was a given! I can shop, plus eat good, and there is nothing that would make me happier than a combination of both.