UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Tia McIntosh

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They say do what you love and never work a day in your life, Tia McIntosh stands as the ideal image for this quote. She started her fashion blogging career on Instagram never imaging it to blow up the way it did. She got to play in her field of passion and loved every second of it – not to say much patience and hard work wasn’t involved. Tia’s fashion advice stands extremely admirable in the world of both Instagram and ours!

What inspired you to start your blog and social media accounts?
I started blogging on Instagram first when my personal account started to become more and more about fashion.  As my passion grew for fashion it showed on my Instagram more and more until it eventually turned it into a full fashion blog!

What’s your biggest tip for someone who wants to get into fashion industry?
I personally have most of my experience in the creator perspective – so if you want to start doing your own photography and fashion blogging my advice is be patient. I’ve been practicing photography for as long as I remember and I’ve been taking fashion photos for 3 ½ years now and it just takes practice!  It’s a whole art in itself to master!

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family for sure, they are always there for me supporting and teaching me.  I couldn’t possibly ask for more.  And if we are talking about something I couldn’t live without for blogging – my camera and my heels collection.

Any cool hobbies we should hear about? 
Another passion of mine (aside from fashion) is dance!  I’ve danced for about 11 years now and have been on a competitive team for 4 years.  I also love traditional art such as sculpture, painting and drawing.

What is one thing that people would be surprised to hear?
That I was homeschooled until the age of 14 when I decided I wanted to go to high school part time!
I’m very outgoing and bubbly and I owe that to my upbringing.

Any cool places you’re traveling to soon/any destinations you’re hoping to visit?
Yes, I am very lucky to have the privilege to travel lots because my mom is a flight attendant!
We have gotten to travel all over Europe, Japan, and to beautiful places like Hawaii and Aruba!
We have a trip planned for New York in August and Hawaii at the end of summer!

Where do you find your muses/inspiration?
All over the place, sometimes other bloggers inspire me or a piece of clothing.  Or maybe something completely unrelated to fashion with a color scheme that I love!

What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?
Crop tops, because I have so darn many of them!  Oh and rose gold and marble, I LOVE those two things for decorating!

What your hopes/future plans for your blog/social media influence/work?
Oh my goals are always growing! One of my main goals is to reach 100k one day, and also to be making a solid income from my fashion blogging so I can continue this as my career!

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
Lace up heels which I don’t think I’m alone on, blush pink reflective glasses, powder pink and long coats.

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UsTrendy Trendsetter of the Week: Margot Moore

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With Margot Moore’s love for fashion, food, and life, we immediately knew we’d get along just great. Her life in Melbourne, Australia only serves to spike our interest more. Her passion for health and fitness speaks volumes in her writing.  Margot’s originality, and creativity allows for her to give only the best fashion advice out there! She provides us with warm, down to earth responses as we delved deeper into who she really was.  Here’s what we learned!

  • What’s your favorite blog topic to write about?
    I like writing about things that I am genuinely passionate about. I think this is because I find that writing comes so easily when you are passionate about it – words just seem to flow, and I definitely feel my writing is more articulate when everything is flowing naturally. Health and fitness would probably be my favourite topic, not only because it’s something I love personally, but also because I think unfortunately many people, especially young people, are very misguided by popular culture and get swept up by fad diets/products that are usually only causing them detriment to succeeding in their health and fitness goals.
  • How would you describe your writing style?
    I definitely have satirical tone throughout a lot of my work. I like to keep it funny yet articulate and witty. I believe in writing smart, not lengthy – that’s always been my motto. I like to keep my style really conversational as well, so that people can imagine that they are sitting opposite me and visualise my body language, emphasising my words.
  • When did you start writing? Have you always been passionate about it?

I’ve always loved writing since I was in school. English was my best and favourite subject, and I used to write additional essays in my spare time to improve my skills, even though it was not required by my teachers. I think my vocab was at it’s peak when I was about 18! Unfortunately life gets in the way and I don’t have as much time to learn new words and how to use them. Reading and writing regularly is definitely the way to enhance your abilities when it comes to writing.

  • Where do you get your ideas for blog topics? What inspires you most? Have you ever had writers block?

I don’t tend to get writers block when blogging. My full time job is actually in marketing and communications, so if ever, it will be at work that I experience that. When blogging, I’m always choosing what to write about, so understandably, words come quite naturally without too much thought going into it. Generally, I get ideas from my life in general; what am I loving right now, things that might be on my mind, and then of course, things I can help people with like skin care tips and so on.

  • What’s the coolest beauty/fashion advice you’ve been given recently?
    Hmmm, I wouldn’t say I seek out too much advice when it comes to fashion or beauty – I tend to figure things out for myself first!! But something I learned a few months back that has really changed the way I do my makeup, is that I use a lighter pressed powder under my eyes and my upper cheekbone over my concealer which enhances the brightening function of the concealer – there’s no point using a dark powder over concealer because you basically contradict its purpose.
  • What was the moment/turning point you realized you had become a successful blogger?

I don’t really think of myself as a ‘successful blogger’. I guess most of my success comes from other social channels; more specifically, Instagram. I guess the thing I go by most of all is the engagement my content gets. You definitely have to think really carefully about the content you post anywhere and that it is remaining appealing to your audiences and followers.

  • What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?

I really love the off the shoulder trend. I think it is so feminine and sexy, but without showing off too much skin. So I hope this stays around!

  • What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
    Definitely my phone. Unfortunately it practically houses my life so I’d be lost without it – I have slight addition which is not good! I do try to stay away from it when I don’t need to be near it. Other than that it would be skin care!!!
  • What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
    As I mentioned above – off the shoulder. Also love turtle necks, long coats for winter and sneakers. I love that girlie tomboy looks at the moment. So jeans with sneakers and then a long coat. It’s like that very well put together looks that is also super casual.

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UsTrendy Trendsetters of the Week: Aiko Cunanan

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Aiko Cunanan’s perseverance and dedication allowed for her modeling and acting career to flourish. She knew she was born for the creative world and sought to fight for her passion. Her love for fashion and travel serves inspiration to us as she continues to inspire women with her words of wisdom. Grab a quick insight in Cunanan’s fashion tips and inspirations!

  • What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?

I hope that the off the shoulder trend stays forever because I have yet to see an off a shoulder item that I do not like. I am obsessed with them!

  • What inspired you to start your blog and social media accounts?

My blog started off as a hobby about a year ago when I moved to Los Angeles. Living here all by myself and going from audition to audition, I wanted to find an outlet that I could constantly work on during my free time. Being a model and already doing photoshoots for clothing lines, I decided to start a blog to share my passion and connect with others.

Since then, I have been passionate about this craft and constantly learning the business side of things. Each day is something different, but it’s always so fun and exciting!

  • What are a few of your favorite spots in Los Angeles?

So many! I love to eat and drink lots of coffee and thankfully L.A. has a number of places to do that. My favorite coffee shop is Alfreds, and my favorite restaurant is KazuNori. When I am not busy stuffing my face, I love to hang out at the beaches in Malibu.

  • What is the one thing you could go back in time and tell yourself?

If I could go back in time and tell myself something it would be, to start building your dreams RIGHT NOW. In the past, I definitely put off a few big goals because I was afraid to take risks and be different from my peers.

– Who is your favorite social media personality?

Sincerely Jules because her style is so effortless, her photos are amazing, and I love her message “dream, believe, achieve”.


– What was the hardest challenge you faced getting to where you are now?

I think the hardest challenge for me was definitely time management. I didn’t realize how many different things I was juggling between acting, modeling, and blogging. Eventually I went on a publishing and shooting schedule and began to get the rhythm of finding balance between the three.

– Your background seems to lack any family creative background, you choose that path on your own – was it hard to do? Where do you get your perseverance and determination from? How did you know you were meant for the fashion world?

From when I was a little girl, there was something in me that told me that this was the right choice for my life. I used to spend summers in Los Angeles when I was in elementary school because my auntie would always ask my parents to fly me over from Seattle to visit her. I remember my auntie taking me to the mall and seeing actual models for the first time. Since then, I knew I wanted to be in the field of fashion. I’ve honestly been working towards it since then and the passion and excitement has never went away. Each day, I get my perseverance and determination from my family and the fact that I get to do something I’ve dreamed about my entire life. When things get tough, I love thinking back on the times when this was only an imagination and from when I booked my first gig.

  • What your hopes/future plans for your blog/social media influence/work?

Eventually I would love to travel the world more and share my experiences with my readers. I would also love to start and design a line (bag, clothing or accessories) in the future.

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UsTrendy Trendsetters of the Week: Katie &Ashley Hess

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‘Sharing genes and jeans since 1992’, these trending twins Ashley & Katie take on the fashion world together. A true bond between the two warms our hearts as our eyes fawn over their cool, savvy taste. Currently residing in our beloved, Boston, the girls bring their fun, edgy, and creative spin to the streets. Their chic style and witty spirits only leaves us wanting to know more. Here’s what we found about these partners in crime!

Rarely do you hear of twin sisters working so closely together, what’s your relationship like? Do you guys get along well? Are there times where you get annoyed with one another?

A+K: You know in The Notebook, when Ryan Gosling (Noah) tells Rachel McAdams (Allie) he wrote her 365 letters, one everyday for a year, and she asks, “You did?” and he says, “Yes, it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.” That’s what it’d be like if one of us ever really became upset with the other. So in short, yes, we get along very well. Almost too well, sometimes forgetting the other is not just an extension of ourselves. We’re best friends, but without the polite bullsh*t. Business partners, but without the weird formalities.

What’s your biggest tip for someone who wants to get into fashion industry?

A: Don’t expect anyone to do anything for you or for things to just “happen.” In an industry that’s so dependent on the constant creation of new content, you have to be totally proactive 100% of the time.

K: Yeah, you also have to be comfortable with putting yourself out there and remaining authentic while doing so.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

A: Katie

K: My laptop. I’m kidding, Ashley’s probably more reliable. At least, in terms of her battery life.

Any cool hobbies we should hear about? 

A: I have this real neat bug collection…. No, trust me, you WANT to see it! I’m kidding.

K: I think what Ashley means is that we have an interest in comedy, in any way we can get it, which is usually but not always through film, television and writing. But if you want to talk about COOL hobbies we have only about a million, on which we blame being Gemini’s. We shoot hoops weekly at a small court in our neighborhood. I paint, mostly oils but also water color. We both spend an inordinate and straight up silly amount of time looking up mostly useless information on the internet. Ashley is a secret Hypebeast, with an absurd amount of knowledge on streetwear, sneakers, sports, and hip-hop culture. We also work out as if we’re training for a marathon we’ll probably never run.

What is one thing that people would be surprised to hear? 

A+K: We grew up in the South, specifically Arkansas. Don’t worry, we ditched our accents a looong time ago, ya’ll.

Any cool places you’re traveling to soon/any destinations you’re hoping to visit?

A+K: After living in Paris for 6 months and traveling around Europe, we’re both absolutely positive that Australia and Southeast Asia are next on our list. Plus, we have some friends in both areas of the world who could potentially show us around like the non-tourists we try to be.

Where do you find your muses/inspiration?

A+K: Photographers from era’s past and modern photographers and filmmakers inspired by era’s past. A few of our favorites are: Glen Luchford, Brydie Mack, Sofia Coppola, the ever-mentioned but never-exhausted Slim Aarons.

We love our fellow Bostonians, what’re your favorite spots?

A+K: For shopping, The Tannery is our go-to. For drinks, we’re keen on Committee and Yvonne’s. For eats, we’re into Row 34 and Tiger Mama. For a night out, you can find us at the Envoy Rooftop or Alibi.

What are your hopes/future plans for your blog/social media influence/work?

A+K: This one’s admittedly boring, but we can’t fight the truth. At this stage, we hope to continue growing our brand and influence in Boston first, then nationally.  Long-term, however…We’d tell you but then we’d have to kill you :)

What are some of your current fashion obsessions? 

A+K: EVERYTHING Gucci. Alessandro Michele is the creative director, but “director” should probably just be replaced with “genius” at this point. Everything is gold.

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Trendsetter of the Week: PMS Bites

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PMS Bites is a fellow start-up based in Boston, and what it has to offer certainly relates to an even more massive clientele. Any woman around the world can agree the company’s delicious treats are the answer to their long-awaited prayers. The “gluten-free, vegan, and all-natural” delights are created specifically for that pesky time of the month when cravings for just about any type of food-as long as it’s covered in sugar, of course-are at an all-time high. Ingredients range from yummy pecans, almonds, and coconut. We kid you not- a business idea so genius that it even made its debut on Shark Tank! Get to know more about PMS Bites below, and check out what else they’re helping cure!

-What was the motivation behind this killer business idea?

Since I was 11, I would get horrible PMS, and I just accepted it as a way of life. I didn’t realize just how much it affected me until I started to record how each day was going. When I did that, I noticed a consistent trend: most of my bad days were around my PMS time. I looked for multiple remedies, but cravings were the worst. I started to experiment in my kitchen and make a healthy dessert that was just for me during that time.

-What are your hopes/future plans for the business?

PMS Bites are available online for women and delivered to our door the week we need it most. You can customize it! I want women to have a little sweet relief each month.

I am expanding products and product lines as well. My parent company name is: Everything Bites. Product lines include: Nausea Bites, Insomnia Bites, Stress Bites, Hangover Bites, Diet Bites, and Menopause Bites.

-If you could go back and give your teenage self advice, what would you say?

Stop second guessing everything. Believe that you have the power to design your own life, understand what you want, and go get it.

-Any cool beauty/fashion advice you’ve been given recently?

Yes! Women of all ages and sizes have cellulite. It drives us all nuts. Every morning I wake up and dry brush my skin in circular motions up to my heart. Then I jump into a cold shower and then alternate it from hot to cold. I take a loofah and again rub my legs and arms in circular motions toward my heart. Then I moisturize with grapeseed oil. I also hear that eating gelatin helps!

-What has been the highlight of your business venture so far?

Airing on the season 7 finale of Shark Tank! It was by far one of the best experiences of my life. So many amazing opportunities and sales have come from it, and I am forever grateful.

-Do you have any cool hobbies/other organizations that you are apart of?

I weight lift at Beantown Bootcamp and box at Title Boxing North Station.

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