UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Marilyn Hucek

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Marilyn Hucek playing fashion designer since she was a kid, has grown into a true fashionista now.  She follows the beauty of the moon phases – relating it to the many stages we go through in life. She has always been creative, never throwing any piece out because it could be used for another outfit. Her innovation inspires us! Find her in some fabulous lace-up anything for she knows it’s a killer look that can finish any outfit. Looking for your next outfit? Get some fantastic ideas from Marilyn’s blog and be sure to find out the rest of her secrets below!

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“The Lunar Phase” what made you choose that for a blog name?

My dad was a meteorologist and growing up he always pointed out the moon, and talked about how beautiful it was. We would camp out to see the lunar eclipse. He had such an infatuation with it, which rubbed off on me. I also saw the similarities between the cyclical phases of the moon and our daily lives. Just as the moon in seen in different lights we are too depending on what we wear and how we present ourselves sartorially.

Did you go to school for fashion?

I did not go to school for fashion. I chose to go to a small liberal arts school called Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, because I believed in the liberal arts education. I also had the chance to play collegiate soccer for four years which was a passion of mine. I majored in Mathematics for its business application, and International Language & Culture: Spanish. I knew I wanted to work in the fashion industry and having strong analytical and problem solving skills would help me get there. Even though my college did not offer specific fashion courses, I got a job in the costume shop for the theater and learned to sew and make costumes. For my senior thesis I went abroad to Spain and studied the underlying geometries within Islamic mosaics in the south of Spain and designed my own fashion line to represent those findings in a modern and contemporary way.

 

Has fashion always been a passion of yours?

I was always a fashionista at heart and dreamed of working in the fashion industry. When I was little I played “fashion designer” and had sketch books filled with designs. My sketches looked more like cartoons, but nevertheless I had some fun and unique designs. I never stopped playing dress up, and my rule of thumb to this day is: never throw it out if it can be used for a costume. I have saved all of my costumes despite annual spring purges.

 

What do you hope readers take away from your blog?

I hope my readers will find the inspiration to discover their own personal style and courage to take risks with what they wear. I blog about my personal style as well as what interests me in the fashion industry. I hope that my readers can relate to me, and learn something new within the fashion industry. There is just so much to talk about!

Hobbies? Other passions?

I am very health conscious and love fitness. I am always looking for the next workout class to try, and healthy recipes to cook up! I also love to play soccer!

A piece you wear way too much?

I love to wear my oversized turtleneck sweater especially when it’s cold in New York!

 

Some upcoming spring must haves?

I would say embroidered denim and flared sleeves.

A trend you hope makes a come-back or never goes away?

I love lace-up in any way. I own lace-up sweaters, tops, dresses the list goes on. It adds such a feminine, and sexy touch to any piece.

Favorite thing to write about?

I love to write about new and fun experiences and what I recommend wearing for them. I like to provide my readers with outfit inspiration for the events and occasions they are planning for or simply day to day style.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Rachel Ross

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Rachel Spross, the trendy tomboy, shows her unique sides of this killer combo title. She’s a college student graduating soon – pursuing her dreams of doing something she loves. She’s always been passionate about the arts, excelling in drawing, writing, painting, you name it! It’s no wonder the fashion world fell perfectly in her lap. She has high goals and maintains a healthy lifestyle, always. We love her commitment and dedication. Find out more about her below!

How would you describe your own personal style?

Trendy, romantic, and tomboy inspired with an emphasis on comfort and affordability.

 

Did you go to school for fashion?

Yes. I am currently a senior at The University of Texas studying fashion design. I graduate this May.

 

Has fashion always been a passion of yours?

I was a tomboy for most of my childhood life, but I’ve always been extremely creative. I have always loved to draw, paint, write, etc. When I got into middle school I felt some pressure to dress more “girly”, and quickly realized that fashion was another form of art. I’ve been obsessed ever since!

 

Your name, “Trendy Tomboy”, would you say that’s your persona?

Yes. Although I did become hooked on fashion and makeup, I am still a tomboy at heart. The name “The Trendy Tomboy” combines both sides of me.

 

Hobbies? Other passions?

I am really passionate about fitness and health, so that’s another big part of my life. I also love music, traveling, and cooking.

 

Some goals you reach for?

I have recently set a goal to reach 10,000 Instagram followers by graduation in May. On a broader note, my goal is to be able to pursue a career doing something that I love—and I have found that with blogging.

 

Are you into healthy eats? 

Absolutely. Living a healthy lifestyle is very important to me. I workout 5-6 days a week religiously. I have always been a big foodie, so I definitely have cheat days every now and then. It’s all about balance!

 

A trend you hope makes a come-back or never goes away?

I love the sneaker trend! I’m hoping it’s here to stay because it’s the perfect combo of comfy and cute.

 

Favorite thing to write about?

Definitely fashion!

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Cassie

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Find Cassie in a cute hate and lace up black heels. She loves this look and so do we! Her style is laid back and comfortable which aligns perfectly with the vibes she gives off to us. She’s not all looks though! She’s actually a nerd at heart who studied chemistry in college – talk about a curve ball! We admire her nerdy side and optimism. She does her best to spread her positive outlook on life to others – which is truly beautiful. Be sure to find out more about her below!

How would you describe your own personal style? 

My personal style is very laid back and comfortable.  I love clothing that gives a boho feel even in the winter time.  I love loose flowy pants, dresses, hats & big sunglasses!

 

Did you go to school for fashion?

No, I would have loved to go to school for fashion but I actually went for chemistry instead.  I’m a huge nerd at heart!

 

What’re your passions?

My passions are being a mom, spreading positivity and animals.  I have always been a huge animal lover since I was a little kid and one of my ultimate dreams is to open a no-kill shelter.  I also love spreading positivity in my everyday life.  I feel like sometimes it’s hard to be positive in our world.  There’s so much negativity on the news, social media and just in general, so I like to tap out of that for a while and focus on the positive things in life.  Of course the thing I am most passionate about is my daughter and being her mom.  There is nothing I love more in the world than being a mother!

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

I love finding inspiration just walking thru the streets of L.A. and seeing what pieces my favorite fashion icons are wearing.  It gets my juices flowing and I love thinking of new ways to style similar pieces.

 

Hobbies? Other passions?

I don’t have as many hobbies these days as I used to (#momlife), but I love going for walks everyday and spending as much time outdoors as I can.  I also love to travel.  There are so many amazing day trips you can do from LA so I try to do fun stuff like that as much as my work schedules allows me too!

 

A staple piece in your closet you where way too much?

All of my hats and my lace up black heels!  I wear hats almost every day & my black lace up heels I wear constantly.  They are so comfortable it’s hard not to!

 

Some of your upcoming spring must-haves? 

For spring, I’m really loving off the shoulder dresses, pom poms and big floppy hats.

 

A trend you hope makes a come-back or never goes away?

Hands down chokers.  I used to be obsessed with chokers when I was younger and I always wanted to keep wearing them but when they were no longer “in” it was so hard to find them.  I am so happy they have made a comeback and I hope they never go out of style again.

 

Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

Most days of the week I don’t wear makeup or get dressed up cute!  Most of the time I look like a hot mess, but I love getting dressed up and glam a few days out of the week!  It helps me feel good about myself especially since I am always busy with my daughter and work.

Favorite quote?

My favorite quote of all time is, anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful.

– Richelle E. Goodrich

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Elle Harper

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Elle Harper, our most humble and strong fashionista yet! She’s genuine in her ways as she carries her Southern Hospitality with her wherever she goes. Find her in some trendy over-the-knee boots or a cute hat. Her best perk – she can be ready in under 15 mins and still look fabulous! She continues her unique, coolness with her collection of vinyl records. She keeps it simple – a day in nature is a successful day in her books. She’s truly super down to earth and gives the best fashion advice. She’s been through so much which has made her strong and someone to admire – check her out below!

How do you like Little Rock, Arkansas?

I have really enjoyed living in Little Rock. I was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas so this state holds a really special place in my heart. It may not be the most fashion forward place in the world to live, but the people make all the difference. Everyone here is happy and friendly, and Little Rock is definitely a place that lives up the the old “Southern Hospitably” saying. I think this area is a growing hub for upcoming attractions, too. It has really been fun watching my state and community develop over the last years. Although, I love my state, in the next couple months I will be making a big move to New York City to attend grad school.

 

Did you go to school for fashion?

I didn’t go to school for fashion. I actually received my bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. That being said, I have always had a love for putting outfits together and trying to see if I can make things work—even when they may seem a bit unconventional. I’m getting my graduate degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communication, but I hope this will lead to a corporate profession in the fashion world.

 

What’re your passions?

Probably the thing I am most passionate about is people. I love spending time with my family and friends and making connections with people I meet. I am an ENFP so communication nearly fuels my life and drive. I am also a huge animal lover. I really think the more the merrier when it comes to pets! I am a huge fan of music. Something which has been ingrained since birth. I’m a huge classic rock and indie rock fan.

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

Honestly, I think I find most of my inspiration from my mom. She definitely has the best style of anyone I’ve ever known, and she has a true gift of putting things together. She always dressed me in the cutest baby and kids clothes I really had no choice but to enjoy style and fashion. To this day I trust her style opinion over anyone else’s, and I know I always will.

 

Hobbies? Other passions?

These would probably go hand-in-hand with my passions. Probably my favorite hobby would be traveling. Traveling is undoubtedly my favorite thing in the world to do. I love experiencing new places and cultures. A lot of my style inspiration even comes from seeing how people in other countries put things together. I also collect vinyl records as a hobby. I love nature and exploring. If I can get in the car with my friends and just drive and listen to music then it’ll always be a good day! :)

 

A staple piece in your closet you where way too much?

I definitely wear my over-the-knee black boots WAY too much! I just can’t get away from them. I think they look good with nearly everything I put on. I’ve worn them so much they don’t even stay over the knee. I will definitely have to get a new pair before next fall! Second would be hats. One can never have too many!

 

How would you describe your own personal style?

I think typically my style leans a little more on the edgy side. I tend to lean more that direction naturally, but I love mixing different styles in. My closet really has such a wide range of looks, but I like it because it keeps things interesting for me!

 

A trend you hope makes a come-back or never goes away?

I really, really hope bell-sleeves never leave. If so, I’m going to be getting rid of 1/4th of my tops and dresses! I just think they are so fun!

 

Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

Hmm… This may be a little hard because I tend to be candid with my life. haha! When I was 14-years-old I traveled to Nigeria to help open a medical clinic in honor or my older brother who passed a way in an accident when I was 12. The clinic is located in an area that at the time had the least medical care per capita in the world. It was such an incredible experience to see how my family’s tragedy could somehow help others in need.

On a lighter note, I get ready in under 15 minutes every single day and use my fingers to put on my make-up. Definitely not as girly as most would probably assume!

 

Favorite quote?

My favorite quote would have to be the Bible verses Habakkuk 1:5 “Look among the nations; observe, wonder and be amazed. For I am doing something so great in your days you wouldn’t believe even if you were told.” It’s just a reminder to me that no matter the circumstance, and even when we feel like everything around us is crashing down, and we can’t see anything good coming God has something planned for us so wonderful that even if He told us we wouldn’t believe it.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Sara Oberton

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We love Sara Oberton’s southern hospitality sweetheart vibes! She continues her classical, colorful self into her hobbies – organic gardening. Find her growing a wide array of food for her kids! We love her family oriented living status. She’s a super busy woman but always makes time for jokes and laughs. Her blog is a place where can escape, laugh, and be inspired. Find out more about her below!

Living in the “southern world” do you have that Southern hospitality too?

 Yes!  I am originally from the Midwest where people are also very hospitable.  In the south, I feel like our homes are always open.  I always keep a stocked pantry and often invite friends for dinner once or twice a week.  Southern hospitality really comes from the love that you have for your friends and neighbors. If someone has a baby, death in the family, moves or has a rough week, you cook them dinner!

Being a mom must be a huge job in addition to a blogger, how to manage your time?

Time management is something I am really working on.  I have no set schedule because things area always changing with the kids or with the blog.  I try to plan out my day in the morning but it never goes to plan.  I think being flexible and having a checklist helps me stay on track.

We love your “family” section of your blog, are they your biggest fans?

My family has been a huge support system for me.  My husband takes my pictures and will rearrange his schedule if I have an important meeting or deadline.

How would you describe your own personal style?

 My Style is classic and colorful.  I love pieces that I can wear year after year.  If a trend comes out and I feel it is wearable with my lifestyle I will incorporate it into my wardrobe.

Hobbies? Other passions?

I am a pretty big dork.  One of my hobbies is organic gardening.  I have raised beds in my backyard where I grow cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, beans, herbs and lettuce.  It takes a lot of work to keep the pests away, weed and water but the kids love picking their own food.

A staple piece in your closet you where way too much?

My Madewell v-neck tee or my grey wrap cardigan.  Both pieces are so versatile.

What do you hope readers take away from your blog?

 I hope my readers see that I am an everyday busy woman.  I love to joke around and make people laugh.  Life can be hard and I hope my blog is someplace where women can escape, laugh, be inspired.

A trend you hope makes a come-back or never goes away?

A trend I hope makes a comeback is neon- I am an 80’s child and love bright colors, especially during the summer.

A trend I hope never comes back- Tight rolled jeans and big bangs.  I have yet to see a picture where someone looks good while sporting these trends!

Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

I am a BRUTAL dancer.  There is not a rhythmic bone in my body.  I accepted a C in step aerobics in college because I couldn’t step to the beat.  My friends constantly try to teach me to dance and have yet to succeed.

Favorite quote?

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katherine Hepburn

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