GUEST BLOGGER SERIES Q&A: COLUMBINE SMILLE
Tell me about the Fall 12 Helmut Lang / HELMUT essentials you selected.
I choose the Voltage Rib Tee and Kinetic Jersey Skirt, because you always need great basics that fit and go with everything. The Drift Print Dress is definitely a more versatile piece than you might think. Just throw on some fabulous sunnies, your favorite accessories and you have the perfect look for a Fall getaway!
Best meal you’ve ever had was at _____
El Chico Perro in Bilbao. I love that restaurant!
What’s currently trending in your wardrobe?
Comfortable jersey pieces, boxy jackets and baggy pants.
Who / What are your main sources of style inspiration?
My grandma has always had a strong impact on me. She’s the kind of lady that walks around the house wearing leopard printed blouses, caftans and golden heels. Other than that, I’m inspired by strong women who have the ability to transform their visions into reality and possess that sort of confidence that shines through and creates an aura around them.
What music festival / concert are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to Way out West and seeing Florence and the Machine, Hot Chip and Bon Iver.
Reading any books you can’t put down?
Joan Didions “Blue Nights” has put a spell on me.
Tell us about your “ah-ha” moment that made you start blogging.
I actually started out blogging with a close friend of mine. As we looked at other blogs and had a big interest in fashion and style we felt that we could add something new to the fashion blog community, something, I don’t know, a bit more personal in terms of style. People in Sweden tend to want to look the same and are a bit afraid of standing out. I felt it was important to bring the catwalk trends into real life in a sort of unpredictable way. I really wanted to spice things up a bit and make people think about how to wear pieces in new ways but still keep it wearable. Back then it was just for fun, I’d never imagined that the blog would grow this big and get this kind of international interest that it has today.
What’s your current social media addiction?
Definitely Instagram! You can follow me @columbinesmille
Favorite coffee table book you own is _____
Mario Testino’s “Let Me In,” “Henri Matisse” and “Gypset Style” by Assouline books. Also, the Yves Saint Laurent book.
You never leave the house without _____
My watch, multiple bracelets and necklaces from Stéphanie Radenac and Maria Nildotter. I can’t live without accessories!