We’re heading back down south for this edition of Sparkling Across America. This time we chatted with Jessica Camerata, an Atlanta transplant, blogger behind My Style Vita, and co-founder of the Southern Blog Society. Read on for the full scoop on Jessica’s style life
I started blogging to build a writing portfolio since I wanted to get into journalism. Then my love of fashion took over when I discovered what was going on in this blog world.
You’re a co-founder of the Southern Blog Society. What inspired you to start this blogger network and what do you think is its greatest benefit for bloggers?
I started this Society with Cathy of Poor Little It Girl. She was a fellow blogger in Atlanta at the time and it took us WAY too long to meet and connect. Once we did, we became instant friends and realized having a blogging friend was really important to your success. We realized it shouldn’t have been so difficult for us to find each other, and that other people had to be in the same boat we were. We decided to create a place where we featured bloggers’ content and drive traffic to their sites as well as connect them face to face at events. Plus, you can find a list of our members by state/city and connect with bloggers near you. It’s great to find a new blogging friend to help take photos, grab lunch, co-host events together and so on. There’s SO much this community offers, I’d be talking all day.
How would you describe your personal style?
So many people ask this question and I have such a hard time answering it. I’m a simple dresser: jeans, v-neck tees, great shoes and tons of gold jewelry. That’s when I feel most comfortable. I love simple pieces.
Where do you get your style inspiration?
So many places, other blogs, Pinterest, friends and so on. I definitely feel like I dress for me and my body. When I first started blogging I didn’t; I tried to be like everyone else, which clearly didn’t work. I try to wear what makes me feel good.
What do you like best about living in Georgia?
Probably the weather. I used to live in Montreal and Portland, OR and this definitely beats rain and snow any day.
Do you notice any regional trends that aren’t as prominent in other parts of the country?
Pearls and monograms. I’m not a fan of either since I’m not a southerner, but it seems to be everywhere here.
How would you define Southern style?
Proper and preppy.
Atlanta is known for its unique style. Do you think it breaks from traditional Southern style rules?
I think it tends to be a little less Southern than other Southern cities, but I don’t think I’d necessarily call it unique.
What is one of the major trends you’re noticing as it moves further into fall?
Leather and crop tops. And a leather crop top would just be ridiculously amazing.
What is your favorite piece of jewelry you own and why?
I have a chunky gold bracelet I got from Bloom.com. Although I have a zillion gold bracelets, this one can be worn alone and make a statement or stacked up with a whole bunch and it still works.
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