UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Stephanie Timmins

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Stephanie Timmins, a well cultured fashionista explains her insights in both travel and diversity. She understands the many cultures she’s apart – appreciating each and every one of her. There’s truly no other fashionista or even individual like her! She can tell you the many differences that exist in each other. She is very worldly and can help you be too! Stephanie is very trendy and unique in her ways. Be sure to hear about it all below!

Tell us about your versatile knowledge in culture? Places you’ve been/lived that influenced your life?

Being of mixed parentage – Anglo-Indian, Chinese, Parsi and English; I have been exposed to different cultures while growing up within my family itself and that has given me a wider perspective of different cultures from a very young age. The Anglo-Indian culture being so different from the Chinese and Parsi culture, made me develop a greater tolerance and understanding of varied communities.

Though I have lived in Mumbai, India most of my life I have also lived  in LondonSingapore for a few years also and travelled all over the globe , so that has shaped me into an Indian with a vast global exposure and outlook. Out of all the places I have travelled, the ones that have influenced me the most are Barcelona for it’s rich culture, splendid architecture, delish Spanish food, and lively spirit …Amsterdam for it’s beautiful quality of life, beautiful warm people and New York for being the city of dreams, filled with such a non-stop vibrant spirit and making me feel like life has endless possibilities. I could see myself settling down in either Amsterdam or New York in the future.

Did you go to school? What’d you study?

I went to both school and college and I’m a First Class Distinction, Business Management Student with a specialisation in International Marketing.


Has fashion always been a passion of yours?

“I’ve been having a passionate love affair with fashion ever since I can remember and I believe true love lasts a lifetime”

Yes my love for fashion is unparalled and putting looks together with passion and utmost eye for detail has been my thin g ever since I can remember.

“I believe that fashion is not merely about what you wear, but more about how you wear it..It’s more than putting together outfits and creating different looks, it’s an expression of one’s identity, creating a new exterior layer of one’s demeanour..I live it..breathe it..express it”

You describe yourself as a global citizen, is an important trait of yours?

Yes being a Global Citizen is an important trait to me.

Today, the forces of global engagement are helping people identify themselves as global citizens who have a sense of belonging to a world community. This growing global identity in large part is made possible by the forces of modern information, communications and transportation technologies.  In increasing ways these technologies are strengthening our ability to connect to the rest of the world—through the Internet; through participation in the global economy; through the ways in which world-wide environmental factors play havoc with our lives; through the empathy we feel when we see pictures of humanitarian disasters in other countries; or through the ease with which we can travel and visit other parts of the world.

As a result of living in a globalized world, we understand that we have an added layer of responsibility; we also are responsible for being members of a world-wide community of people who share the same global identity that we have. As a Global Citizen the community values that I hold in utmost importance include human rights, environmental protection, religious pluralism, gender equity, sustainable worldwide economic growth, poverty alleviation, and prevention of conflicts between countries, elimination of weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian assistance and preservation of cultural diversity.

A piece of clothing you wear way too much?

High-waist pencil skirts, as they totally flatter my tiny waist and accentuate my curves.


Explain the “TT Family section of your blog?

I am of mixed parentage – Anglo-Indian, Chinese, Parsi and English; my Dad’s mom was English married to my granddad who was Anglo-Indian and my Mum’s mother was Chinese married to my granddad who was Parsi. So I’m total cocktail. Growing up in India I was much closer to my Dad’s mom as she lived with us for a while and would visit my mom’s mother who lived in Singapore on family vacations.

What do you hope readers take away from your blog?

I hope that my readers are able to identify and emote with my personal sense of style and are influenced to adapt it in their sense of dressing. Also with regard to beauty tips, I hope that they find them useful, informative and educative. I seek to offer my readers some real girl sensibilities on fashion and beauty, travel and lifestyle that they can adapt to their lives.

Favorite quote?

‘Be Fearless in the Pursuit of what sets your soul on Fire’


Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

That after I started dressing up and dolling up for a living, I find it tedious to dress up in my personal life and would rather go the comfort dressing route when I’m not shooting for my blog.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Mona & Sarah

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Sarah and Mona, this dynamic duo kills the fashion world together. Two best friends who run one amazing blog together. They each differ in personalities but share the same love for fashion. They’re well traveled so they can tell you where to go next. They also know the hottest new trends as well as how to tackle the fashion world as true fashionistas. We’re able to get the best of both worlds – as both girls share their answers to each of our questions below! Get the highest quality advice below!

A few words to describe yourself?


Sarah: I am a creative and travel addicted daydreamer. I love beautiful things and to create them. And I live for the moments I can’t put into words.
Mona: I have my head in the clouds but my gravity centered. Give me sweets and a opportunity to be creative and I am happy.


Has fashion always been a passion of yours?


Sarah: Not always. There was a time I only wore blue clothes (crazy if I think about it now), but I changed my view on fashion and a few years later I wanted to be a fashion designer, sketched a lot of pretty dresses and couldn’t wear a pair of socks that didn’t fit to the rest of my outfit. And now I am a Fashion Blogger with a big dressing room.
Mona: Not always in the way it is now but fashion was always a way to express my current mood.


Is blogging your only job?

Sarah: No it’s not. I love blogging, especially with my best friend, but I also like my main job as an Art Director for an Online and Design agency. It’s the best way to be creative in every way.
Mona: No, like Sarah I am a full-time Art Director for a fashion company and blogging is my compensation to be creative in the way I love.

Some hobbies of yours readers would be surprised to hear about?


Sarah: Sometimes I play Ego-Shooter games and I love watching Kids-movies.
Mona: Long time I was the singer and guitarist of a metal rock band – if you see me now,  most can’t imagine this anymore but I really love the music til today.


Best place you’ve traveled to? What’s next on the list?


Sarah: There is no best place in my opinion. Every part of this world has these amazing and breathtaking places and I love them all in a special way. But the most intensive trip was to Australia. I explored this part of the world for 3 months and it was a really special experience. Where I’m up to next? To Vietnam in February. I’m so exited and can’t wait to start traveling again.
Mona: I think the best places to travel and explore aren’t necessarily the ones most far away. I really loved my trip through France for 4 weeks and have so beautiful memories. Last year I had an impressive trip for honeymoon where we visited Dubai, La Réunion and Mauritius and it was also breathtaking. This year we are planning a summer in sweden and I really look forward to it.


Some of your upcoming winter must-haves?


Sarah: Glitter everywhere, overknees for cold days and big big sweaters to wrap into.
Mona: No winter without oversize knitwear for a warm and cosy feeling and I really love some lace details under it.


How would you describe your own personal style?


Sarah: My style is a mix of feminine, chic and fancy.
Mona: A bit feminine, a bit chic and classy, but always with some fancy or rockstar-details.


Favorite quote?

Sarah: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.“ (Joseph Chilton Pearce)
Mona: “Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.”


A tip you would pass along to other fashionistas?

Sarah: Over-planning kills magic! Just wear what feels the best for you.
Mona: Wear what you love, not buck any trend that doesn’t fit you.


Something you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself

Sarah: I would tell myself 8 years ago: “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.“ Cause I should have started longtime-traveling and blogging much earlier. But better now than never.
Mona: I would tell my little self to stop crying over the ones who didn’t understand me, who made jokes at my expense. „Your time will come, just follow your dreams, the others aren’t beneath notice.”

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Jaime Cittadino

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 Jaime Cittadino one of our most hard-working trendsetters balances three jobs! She keeps it casual and chic, finding herself in neutral colors more often than not. We love her genuine answers and positive attitude. She’s not only earned everything she has but also appreciates it. She’s loved fashion from the start – never wearing an outfit more than once a month! A true trendsetter! Her travel advice is killer too. She is an experienced traveler so find out where to plan your next trip with her advice below!

How would you describe your own personal style?

Casual chic all the way! I live in skinny jeans and gravitate towards a neutral color palette. I do love experimenting with different trends and like dressing up once in awhile for a girls night or date night. However, for the every day, I keep things pretty cool and simple. I also think the athleisure trend has been the best thing to happen to me and fellow busy mamas around! Haha!


How do you balance the life of a blogger/ mom/ etc?

It’s really tough and to be honest I’m not quite sure that I’ve mastered it yet. I work essentially two full time jobs, in addition to being a mother and a wife. It’s been the most challenging, yet rewarding few years juggling it all!

I have designated office hours for my non-blogging job. When I’m finished for the day and my daughter is home from school, she is my priority. My husband and I are big on phone-free family dinners! I do most of my blog work very late at night or in the wee hours of the morning and will find an hour or two over the weekend to fit in a photoshoot if needed. Having a great support system at home is probably the only reason I’ve been able to manage it all.  That and good coffee!

What’s your favorite fashion piece? Bags? Shoes? Rings?

Hands down, shoes! Is there anything better than a killer pair of heels?! I think not.


What do you hope your readers take away from your blog?

I consider myself to be an average, everyday woman going through the same life experiences as millions of people. I hope to connect with my readers and inspire them to feel confident and be empowered to take on the day while wearing an ensemble that reflects that! Great style can be achieved at any budget and on any body shape, so I like to post attainable looks that can easily be recreated.

While Sunflowers and Stilettos is fashion focused, it really has become a space for me to share all aspects of my life from favorite beauty products to travel diaries to funny motherhood experiences. It’s been fun using this platform to connect with people in so many different ways!


Something you’d tell yourself if you could go back in time?

Such a great question! If I could go back in time, I think I’d tell myself not to worry, and that everything will work out just fine. I recall questioning certain decisions and wondering how things were going to play out for me. Although life is far from picture perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. Actually I’m lying…I’d really like a few more hours of sleep at night, but other than that, I can’t complain! :)


Some of your upcoming winter must-haves?

I just returned home from being in New York for three weeks, and that was basically the extent of my winter! Here in south Florida, we consider 70 degrees (Farenheit) chilly, so most of my real winter wardrobe is currently being packed away. I do love wearing big cozy sweaters and scarves, over the knee boots and pom pom hats! Next year we plan on doing a big snowboarding trip to Colorado, so I’ll have to save my snow bunny gear till then!


Favorite place you’ve traveled? What’s next on the list?

Ah, this is a tough question! I’ve been really fortunate to travel to some amazing places. Israel was an absolutely incredible experience. Hawaii was beyond magical. Sonoma, London, Paris, Barcelona, Ibiza, Amsterdam…they all were so special for different reasons.

If I had to pick a favorite country, it would be Italy. My husband and I spent almost three weeks there, traveling from the Amalfi Coast, all the way up to Bellagio. Every day was our favorite day and every city was our favorite city! We go back in May and I couldn’t be more excited about that! Our last name, Cittadino actually means citizen in Italian, but unfortunately that’s pretty much the extent of my Italian vocabulary!

Ireland will be the first country we visit in 2017 before returning to Italy. Next on the list of places I’d love to go to is Greece! My goal is to travel to as many different countries as possible. What’s that saying? Travel is the only thing that makes you richer or something like that? Well I couldn’t agree more!


You have some great eats on your blog – what’s your fav food?

Thanks! I love to cook and bake, but if I’m being honest…PIZZA is my favorite food! New York pizza with a nice glass of red wine.

Has fashion always been a passion of yours?

Yep! I’ve been color coordinating my closet for as long as I can remember and have always been a go to person for my friends to borrow clothes from or ask styling/shopping advice. I used to jot down my #OOTDs in my high school planner to make sure an outfit wasn’t repeated within a month’s time. Ridiculous…I know. So yes, it really has been a passion of mine and I’m so thankful to now be able to work within the fashion industry on a regular basis!

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Laura Boswell

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Laura Boswell builds her own dreams as a fashionista – striving for her own success story. She keeps it classy with a touch of glam.  She’s had a love for fashion since she was a little girl and when she’s not giving great fashion advice you can find her enjoying the fresh air outside. She not only blogs but masters multi-tasking as she stands as both a mom and credit manager! We admire her hard-working attitude and trendy style. Check out what she has to say below!

How would you describe your own personal style? 

Classic, girly, with a touch of glam or edge.

Best place you’ve traveled? What’s next on the list?  

My husband Shane and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in Cabo last year.  I would have to say Cabo, St. Thomas, London and Paris were favorites.  There is nothing too special on the agenda for this year, but Hawaii is on our list once Leighton gets older.

Has fashion always been a passion of yours?

Absolutely, for as long as I can remember.  I used to dress up all my Barbies and paperdolls.  And I even sewed some of my own Barbie clothing when I was little.  Any other passions?  Getting outdoors and running or riding bikes.  I just love feeling the fresh air while doing something good for my body.

Favorite eats? 

Everything.  Haha!  I appreciate most foods, but if I could only eat one everyday for the rest of my life, it would probably be sushi.

Cat or dog type of gal? 

Dog for sure!  I have 2 yorkies, Spike and Lola.

Is blogging your main job? 

I work full time as a credit manager at a large ag corporation.

What do you hope readers take away from your blog? 

Something real, something relatable.  How to not lose sight of who you are.  To always find the fun in getting dressed and stepping outside of your comfort zone.  To know that other moms can relate to that crying baby you’ve been up with for 6 hours straight because they just won’t sleep.  To know that you’re not alone.

Favorite quote? 

If you don’t build your own dreams, someone will hire you to build their own.  Tony Gaskin.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Yuliya Oleynykova

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Yuliya Oleynykova encourages creativity and sweets! She says it’s important to mix and match pieces in your closet – whether they be fall, winter or spring. On top of that, she’s recommends some candy in your day to sweeten it up! Who doesn’t want to hear that? It suits her personality for she’s a fun, sweet trendsetter who has loved clothes from the start. She wants her readers to explore fashion and beauty the most they can. Find out more about her below!

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What made you get into blogging? Is it your only job?

I am a full-time blogger. I created my blog as a hobby, when I moved to London 2.5 years ago. It was a time when having a blog was becoming a huge trend. Even though it started as a fun thing, over a time it grew into a serious job. My dedication and hard work payed off. Now I employ a full-time assistant and work with leading brands all over the World.

Have you always had a passion for fashion?

Since the very childhood, I was interested in fashion and design. I had a toy sewing machine and used to make all sorts of mini-outfits from scraps of fabrics for my Barbie dolls.

Living in one of the fashion capitals of the World, re-inforced my love to fashion. Today I get inspired by London street style and numerous talented designers of the city. Attending London Fashion Week and press days helps me to stay on top of trends and to polish my personal style.


Did you go to school for fashion?

Indeed, I spent 3 years at Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts studying Fashion Design. In addition, I also attended style and sewing courses at the leading schools in Ukraine.


What do you hope your readers take away from your blog?

I create fresh, high quality content that is interesting for my readers. I inspire young professionals to become fashionable and learn more about beauty.


Salty or sweet type of gal?

I believe that life is boring without sweets. My parents used to hide sweets from me in the wardrobe when I was a kid. But being a smart and very determined child, I always knew my way around. “Not a day without a candy” used to be my motto.


Some of your upcoming winter must-haves?

A proper warm coat, ankle boots and 100% wool sweater will always be winter staples for me. However, I tend to recommend to be creative with your wardrobe. Use summer pieces in autumn and winter, create layered outfits and repurpose the pieces you have in your closet already.


Best place you’ve traveled? What’s next on the list?

My greatest inspiration is nature and everything around me. My trip to Seychelles is a highlight so far. It inspired me to create my fashion collection Fairy Tern for the university project. I dream to visit New Zealand one day to soak all the beauty of this magical country.


Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

When I was a teenager, I was very into punk rock. I used to attend many rock gigs and travelled with the football fans around Ukraine. This interested of mine resulted in my thesis The Fashion of Subcultures of 60s and 70s in the United Kingdom.

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