Haute Visual’s February Fashionista of the Month is Joann Doan, also known as Jo, from her blog, Love Fashion | Live Life. She is a coffee addicted, shoe obsessed, Marketing Expert by day and Fashion Blogger by night. For those of you who know her, she has a comfortable, casual, and chic style with a fun smile and personality. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and is currently getting her MBA in Marketing Management. We love to see beautiful women with a strong education and keen sense of style, all while helping the community at the same time.
What does fashion mean to you?
I believe that fashion and style are different but go hand in hand together. Fashion is what designers provide you at every fashion show every season. What you do with their amazing designs represents your personal style. Fashion is a creative outlet that gives people the opportunity to express themselves as individuals. Fashion gives people the chance to stand out from the crowd. Fashion for me is my passion and my personality. As I go through different phases of my life, my fashion and style change accordingly to match that. It’s an ever changing and evolving process.
What made you start your blog?
I named my blog Love Fashion | Live Life because it’s a pretty accurate description of me and my life. I love fashion and I like to live my life to the fullest. I started my blog when I was going through a career change and finally had the time to invest in something that expressed my likes/dislikes in fashion. I wanted to create a personal fashion diary that not only shared my personal style but also showcased my life adventures. I also felt that I have a practical, yet trendy sense of style and fashion tips that I wanted to share with others. And so, the blogging began.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspirations come from a lot of different places. Some very typical inspirations are celebrity trends and fashion magazines. Other inspirations come from the things or people that are in my life. Travel, art, books, movies, and even strangers – they’re all part of what inspires me on the daily. Oh and for sure, Perez Hilton. He’s a fabulous woman.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I have a couple. 1. I met THE Christian Louboutin and he signed my heels “To Princess Joann” AMAZING moment in my life. 2. I got to style for Senhoa which is a great organization that fights modern day human trafficking. (Watch here: Senhoa Video Shoot)
What are some of your biggest challenges?
Honestly, balancing corporate life with blogging life. To have great material, photos and locations for a fashion blog takes a huge time commitment while juggling a full time Marketing career. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
What do you do when you’re not blogging or working?
Go on life adventures, kiss my bf, try being a foodie then think about joining a gym.
-Advice for other bloggers or fashion business owners?
Other fashion bloggers: keep doing what you love. The market isn’t saturated. Anyone can blog but it takes a little something special to incorporate their personality and love into it.
Favorite Fashion Magazines: People Style Watch, W, Harper’s Bazaar + my 2 guilty pleasures – In Touch, Life & Style
Fave fashion websites: Refinery29, Polyvore, Lookbook.nu
What’s your favorite item in your closet?
My faux fur coat from Lush Clothing.
Favorite beauty product?
Too Faced Bronzer in Sun Bunny.
Jo’s Haute List:
1. Manolo Blanik Hangisi Jeweled Pump – classic must have
2. Schutz Akshya Sandal – purchasing as we speak
3. Valentino Rock Stud Pump – saving for these beauties
4. Balenciaga by Nicolas Bhesquiere Gold Rings – a ring party to die for
5. Celine – must have luggage bag
6. Jeffrey Campbell Soiree – clear shoes without being a stripper
7. Chloe perfume – my signature scent
8. Clear Clutch – my next DIY project
9. Luna Boutique Eye of the Tiger Sweater – for an extra RAWR to my outfits (not picture)
10. Beetlejuice Pants – who doesn’t want beetlejuice pants?! They’re happeningggg!
Check out Jo’s Blog: www.lovefashionlivelife.com
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