Meet Kate and Jeanne

We thought a fun way to kick off our NEW BLOG and introduce ourselves to our readers (all three of whom know us already!) is for us to interview each other. It was interesting exercise – I think we even surprise each other!

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1990

K: Define your personal style today.
J: I’d call my style age-appropriate, pretty up to the minute and informed by Harper’s Bazaar AND J.Crew by way of online sales. I have definitely become an online shopper since I am living so far away from you.

K: Why is being stylish important to you?
J: I am not a natural beauty and I’ve felt self conscious about my looks for many years because of wearing glasses and having had some weight issues in the past. Being stylish has been my way of feeling better about my looks and standing out from the crowd. In addition, I see personal style as an artistic expression – a mix of color, texture, and shape that results in a good package.

K: Have I influenced your style over time? How?
J: You HAVE influenced my style over time. You definitely have helped me maintain a younger, more carefree look. It would be easy to just continue my more “corporate”  look from the 90s – you know, dressed up matchy-match for work and Friday casual the rest of the time. But you’ve been my guide to get me past that. You’ve also helped me become a better budget shopper, although I still stray occasionally.

K: Who else has influenced your style over the years? Who is your inspiration today?
J: I’ve always been influenced by fashion magazines and by visiting Manhattan and seeing chic women on the street. Do I have fashion icons? Well, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Donna Karan,Gwen Stefani,and today Emma Stone. Iris Apfel is also high on my list. I love the insouciance of young women in the public eye today.

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1996

K: How would you define my style?
J: I think you are still finding your ultimate personal style, but today it is trendy in a way that is right for you with a touch of preppiness.  You don’t have much money to spend on fashion, but you make what you can afford really work.

K: What is the BEST fashion bargain you’ve found this season?
J: Everything I’ve gotten this year has been a bargain and I also got some great bargains last spring, but the biggest bargains this fall have probably been from Gilt and J. Crew.

K: What are the three most important items to own this fashion season?
J: Wow, three is such a limiting number, so I’ll list four. I would say 1) the perfect white shirt (I buy a new one every year because they never look fresh after that), 2) one fabulous statement necklace, 3) a great multi-season coat in a bright color, and 4) a pair of trendy heels – probably a mix of colors or one great color. Everything else can be finessed from prior years if they can be mixed with these items.

Now Jeanne turns the tables and interviews Kate.

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1998

J: Define your personal style today.
K: I think my personal style is constantly evolving, but currently I’d call it mostly preppy with some trends and risks thrown in. I am definitely taking more fashion “risks” these days – and by that I mean going outside my comfort zone. This season, my personal “risk” include booties and a wide-brim fedora from Gap.  

J: Why is being stylish important to you?
K: My friends have always turned to me for style advice, and I really enjoy giving that advice and being considered an authority on the subject. I think style is also a way for me to express my creative side. I love playing with colors, textures, and layers to build something new from pieces I already have.

J: Have I influenced your style over time? How?
K: You have probably been the largest style influence in my life. Part of this is due to the fact that I get a lot of your hand-me-downs… but I have also watched your style morph over the years. I’ve always been impressed by your willingness to take risks and wear what you love, not what you are expected to wear.

J: Who else has influenced your style over the years? Who is your inspiration today?
K: I’m not sure I’d say that I have had style influences, besides you, until recently. These days, I read a lot of style blogs – I am mostly heavily influenced by J’s Everyday Style. I also keep an eye on the J.Crew catalog, and celebrity style.

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2001

J: How would you define my style?
K: Sophisticated and eclectic. You love quirky and sometimes silly pieces that I would never have the confidence to wear. But you also fall back on the same basics that I wear. You pay much more attention to high fashion than I do, and I see it as having an influence on your style.

J: What is the BEST fashion bargain you’ve found this season?
K: My wide-brimmed fedora mentioned earlier. I got it on sale for $13 (after I had already bought it and returned it once)!

J: What are the three most important items to own this fashion season?
K: Here is where you’ll notice my preppiness probably: skinny jeans or cords; patterned collared shirts for layering, and booties. None of these are particularly trendy, but they are key to stylish outfits this season.

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1 Comment on Meet Kate and Jeanne

  1. Bruce Jenkins
    December 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Not sure about the Chairman Mao outfit but I am a man so what do I know? Will keep an eye on this thing for sure. Maybe you can do something for 55yr old working men. ( Just a thought )

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