This mom is fashionable and fun! We are smitten with Gretchen's easy style and adventurous personality. We met the blogger behind Living Life Pretty t
hrough our collaboration with Style Collective
. She has some great style tips like visualizing your clothing purchases before you buy them. We also love her approach to travel--we are dreaming of one of those stress-free vacations she takes.
Let's learn more about Gretchen!
When did you first fall in love with fashion?
I have always loved fashion. My girlfriends and sisters would always raid my closet (still do). These past 5 years I have really gained the self confidence to wear and rock whatever I love regardless whether it is "in" style or not.
When/Why did you first decide to start a blog?
I started blogging back in February. When my son was born, I spent all my time feeding him and reading blogs. I am a freelance make-up artist and true fashionista. I believed I had advice and knowledge to share.
Who are your favorite fashion bloggers to follow?
What is your favorite part of blogging?
My favorite part is certainly connecting with my readers. It is such a great feeling to have a reader tell me she purchased an item and loved it, or tried that trick and it worked. I have gained a great connection with followers on Instagram and my blog. I love watching my confidence and skills grow along with me.
What draws you to the Sweetest Stitch brand?
I love how wearable the pieces are. They are geared to teenagers, young adults, and also mothers like myself. These are pieces you will find yourself reaching for over and over again.
What are five summer essentials everyone needs?
-A great pair of sunglasses.
-Sunscreen...wear your sunscreen. You will thank your younger self in the future.
-A great beach bag/carry all. In the summer you never know where the day might take you.
-A very hydrating shampoo and conditioner because your hair gets a lot of abuse in this hot weather.
-ICED COFFEE! With my very active son, I need gallons of cold brewed iced coffee.
What is your favorite Sweetest Stitch item on the site?
This is hard....I am going to have to say the Truth Be Told Vest
with the Sweet Plaid Top
! Both of these pieces can be worn a ton of different ways. I use a trick when I shop: picture the piece in five different looks. If I can't, I probably won't wear it enough.
What is your favorite sweet treat?
I honestly have the biggest sweet tooth! My favorite is coffee heath bar ice cream. I eat it every night and will pay for it some day!
Tell us about your favorite vacation? Any tips for our sweeties when they are ready for their next girls weekend?
I don't get away to much being a mother. When I do, my girlfriends and I find a cute little town within driving distance. We pack up, wave good bye to the husbands and kids and off we go. Spa days, shopping, good dinners. These are the best vacations, we really get to connect and a lot of R & R. Wether flying or driving, always want to be spontaneous. The vacations with the least planning always seem to be the most memorable!