Haute Visual’s January Fashionista of the Month is Lillian Babaian, also known as LIL on her blog, Studs and Sapphires. She is an LA fashion and style blogger trying to take over the world one blog post at a time. For those of you who know her, she has beautiful long ombre hair and a fun rocker chic style. She went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising majoring in both both Merchandise Product Development and Business Management. When she’s not blogging you can find her traveling, shopping, photography, and spending time with her friends and family.
We had the pleasure to interview her and got the dish on her current haute list!
Where are you from?
I grew up in Los Angeles, which has always spoiled me with breathtaking weather. From art walks to Hollywood to many nights filled with sunsets on the coast, sunny L.A is where my heart will always be.
What made you start your blog?
I have always loved everything about fashion and working in the industry gave me the opportunity to be exposed to many blogs that would inspire my daily. Researching new trends and being inspired every day led to me needing a creative outlet, which is when Studs and Sapphires was born. I decided to start a blog hoping to share my love for fashion with others and inspire daily. I am truly blessed and thankful for the loyal readers and new followers that visit my site every day.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Since my style is so versatile, anything from music, culture, to art and architecture inspires me daily. Besides trends in the fashion industry, street style is also a great part of the inspiration behind my personal style.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion. One word with a variety of meanings. It has to reflect who you are and what you feel at the moment. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the current trend or the hot new item, it just has to be loud, bright, and most importantly YOU.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being Armenian and moving to L.A during my pre-teen years was a difficult yet life-changing move. My greatest accomplishment would have to be mastering the English language and believing that anything is possible once setting your mind to it. Starting my blog was also a big accomplishment. Dreaming about inspiring others, I finally decided to act on it, which led to Studsandsapphires.com.
What are some of your goals?
My main goal for 2013 is to revamp Studs and Sapphires. I will be focusing more on current trends and also posting various inspirations daily through my many social media sites. Although I am still learning about all of the aspects of blogging, it has changed my life and can’t wait to see where this personal fashion journey takes me!
What are some of your biggest challenges?
My main challenge would have to be juggling the blogging world vs. real life. Working full time in the fashion industry is the most rewarding experience but also a big challenge and time consuming since I am also a full time blogger. However, I have mastered the art of being nocturnal and love what I do, which in this case I plan to overcome this challenge as well.
Who are your top three favorite designers?
This is always a difficult question for me. Chanel, Marchesa, and Balmain are the classic designers I love! Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, and Marc Jacobs are also some of my favorites. Although designer pieces are always phenomenal, I love to create outfits together that offer both vintage pieces mixed with designer for a fun yet different outtake on style.
Advice for other bloggers or fashion business owners?
Hard work and being positive is my daily mantra. Blogs have greatly impacted our world today and will continue to change and affect our future in fashion. Although there are many out there, a true authentic voice will always find its way to stand out. Stay true to your style and self, you’ll see endless opportunities come your way!
Favorite beauty product?
I don’t leave my house without my Lancôme Hypnose mascara and Cargo blush.
Favorite Magazines: Vogue, Bazaar, Nylon, In Style, Glamour
1. Combat Boots
2. Mac Diva Lipstick
3. Gel Nail Polish
4. Colorful Beanies
5. Anything ZARA
6. Starbucks Zen Green Tea
7. Leopard ankle booties
8. Everything on the Cheesecake Factory menu
9. YSL Arty rings
10. Obsessed with New York
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