UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Elle Harper

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 Trendsetter of the Week: Tanvi Kapoor

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Tanvi Kapoor finds herself as an Engineering Manager by day and Fashionista by night. Her versitility stems beyond her career as she her family branches from India. On top of that, she’s a wiz in the science world – having already invented her own machine! She stands proudly and confidently in her shoes, as she should. She gives great advice on how to become successful with her positive attitude.  Be sure to see what she has to say below!

From Florida to San Diego – how do you like the change? What’re some of your fav spots in San Diego?

This change has been amazing, not only in my personal growth but my lifestyle. California is truly heaven on earth. I love the energy and the people of this city. I love the fact there is so many activities one can enjoy and the weather is the same year round, perfect. Some of my favorite spots include La Jolla shores and Little Italy. The ambience of La Jolla makes me happy, especially when walking in the nearby park overseeing the Pacific Ocean with stunning views. Little Italy is a perfect date night with your loved one enjoying authentic an Italian meal. I feel blessed that I get to live in such a personal paradise.

How has your culture shaped you? Is it something that you prioritize a lot?

No, I don’t necessarily prioritize it. My culture is just part of who i am as person as well. I was raised in Indian household in US. So I feel I have best of the both worlds. Both cultures have taught me that hard work pays off and to always strive for the best. And that’s what I do. I strive for excellence in everything I do.

Engineering Program manager by day and fashionista by night? How’s that work? Do you have preference over either one?

I can certainly say I am a fashionista 24/7. I work for one of the biggest defense companies in the world, I have worked on projects that some only dream of. I get to work with people from around the world, which I believe is the best part of my job. One of my current projects is on space exploration; now tell me if that doesn’t sound exciting. Outside work hours, I spend my time on creating looks and styling my next photo-shoot. I keep up with the upcoming trends via magazines or better yet, Google. At the end of the night I spend a few hours answering emails, editing, and engaging with my followers. To be very honest, I love both of my passions, fashion and engineering, but if I had to pick, I would certainly pick being fashionista with room full of clothes and shoes haha.

What’re some of your fall must haves?

This year was big on the “Off the shoulder” trend, and it will continue into fall with cozy and comfy knits. My fall looks or signature pieces include a nice coat, knee high boots, great pair of jeans along with a Pumpkin Space latte. I am a huge fan of neutrals since they just go with every outfit. Neutrals are also perfect for fall; they complement the season look very well.

What’s a trend you hope makes a comeback/never goes out of style?

I am counting on big flare jeans and pants to comeback. It adds fun to the whole look, and it makes me look taller. And I hope the velvet and satin trend doesn’t go out of style. Everything is better with satin and velvet, don’t you agree?

Staple piece in your closet that you’ll never get tired of?

My black shirt, black jeans, black skirt, black shoes and coat. I can never get tired of wearing black. I just feel beautiful in black looks.

What is your biggest tip for young women hoping to get into the fashion and media industry?

Do it now, don’t wait for anything or anyone. Network with people out there who are trying to do the same, form groups and discuss issues/growth. If you want to be a blogger and don’t have a photographer or the money to hire one, look for folks who are also building their portfolios, they would most likely do it for free or better yet buy a tripod, and do it yourself. Start early and start now! One thing I have learned is to lean on the fashion and the media community; you would be surprised by the amount of support there is.

Biggest challenge you’ve faced in the industry?

The biggest challenge is not being paid for products we review and post about. I can understand if they are startups, I am all for supporting small businesses especially if you are starting out. I certainly encourage you do things you like for free. But if they are bigger companies, and they want a blogger to do a write up and post on all their social media platforms for merely $10 -$20 per item, I am not okay with that. They also need to understand, as much as we love our passions/work, it still takes time and effort. I spend around 30 hours in a week on my blog/social media including my full time day job. I encourage all bloggers to set rates, and charge, this way they won’t have a choice if they can’t find anyone who would do it for free. It’s a win-win for all bloggers. Also, just to say this, I highly encourage not promoting or working on things you actually would not use in your life. I have certainly turned down collaborations that have nothing to do with my vision. Stay true to your vision.

Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

I have developed a laser machine from draft to final product, which is used for creating products that are up in space and aircraft. I love science!

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Shell

Shell promotes a positive body image and hopes that her followers will be able to express themselves for who they are – as she does. Her genuine heart is expressed throughout her entire blog. She instills these values in her beautiful daughter and stands as a the number one fashionista mom out there! Check her out below(:

What do you hope people take away from your blog?

 I named my blog ‘A Courageous Beauty’ so that women can find their inner bravery and confidence with their personal style and beauty. Style is all about finding your inner self and worth and expressing that through your clothes. I want to help women build their confidence and self-esteem by how they look at themselves inwardly and outwardly. True beauty shines from within and once you feel secure in your inward beauty you can then feel confident about the outward beauty.

How would you define style? 

I believe that style is all about truly knowing and loving yourself. It is an expression of who you are and your sense of self.

Is blogging your main job? 

Blogging is definitely a full-time job in itself, however, I am also a stay-at-home mother and full-time nanny. My life is full of fashion and diapers right now. 😉

Favorite quote?

I am a HUGE Disney fan and my favorite inspirational quote comes from Walt Disney himself. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” 

This quote keeps me going when I have days where I just want to give up on my blogging dreams.

Courageous Beauty, any significance behind that? 

It was named after my daughter, Bravely Belle, who’s name means just that. When deciding a name for my daughter, I wanted it to reflect the character and life I had hoped for her. I wanted Bravely Belle to be courageous in her faith, love, dreams, and hope. I want her inner beauty to shine out to others through her kindness and love.

Any favorite designers? Some you’ve worked with?

I absolutely love Ann Taylor. I have had the privilege of speaking at an event for them in the D.C. area and became an even bigger fan once I saw the diligence that goes into every piece. They put a lot of thought into their materials, fabrics, quality, and structures. I have much respect for them.

If you could go back in time and give yourself advice what would you say?

For fashion, I would tell my younger self to just be YOU. Don’t worry about trends. Don’t worry about other’s opinions. Just be yourself.

For blogging, I would say to never sell yourself short.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Pinterest! Pinterest is probably what started my love for fashion. It opened up a whole new world for me. (

Tips for becoming a successful blogger?

Work hard and stay engaged. Blogging takes a lot of time, even more so then I had every anticipated.  It is important to be engaged with your followers and other bloggers to create community and relationships.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Vanessa Kandzia

You’ll be able to relate to our latest trendsetter, Vanessa Kandzia, as she loves wearing leggings as much as we know you do! Her ‘girlstalk’ section of her blog creates an even stronger connection – she shares daily life problems that all of us gals face. It’s comforting to read and definitely leaves you feeling like someone out there understands. Make sure you check her out below!

How would you describe your own personal style?

Sophisticated, casual yet chic.

What’s a trend you hope makes a comeback/ never goes out of style?

I really hope that skinny jeans never go out of trend. I seriously can’t imagine myself wearing only flare pants.

Magazines you love?

Vogue Magazine, for sure!

What piece in your closet do you wear way too much?

That’s probably a lame answer… but my simple black leggings are the piece I wear the most. They are just way too comfortable for an everyday bases!

What’re aspirations as a blogger? What do you hope your followers take away from you?

My aspiration as a blogger is to inspire people with the same interests. I hope they take inspiration from my outfits and articles.

Something your followers would be surprised to hear about you?

Hmm, that’s a good one! I guess that I’m actually running around mostly casual with sneakers on a daily bases!

We love your “girlstalk” section, super innovative! How’d you come up with that? What inspires you?

Oh thank you so much! Happy to hear that! Well, I think I took it out of my daily life. I love a good girlstalk with my friends or even my mom, so it was kind of obvious for me to do something like that on my blog as well! The inspiration for that I basically get from my daily life and daily problems.

What’s your biggest obsession? Shoes? Belts? Hats? Scarves? Jackets?

Ohh that’s a hard one! I would say… bags! Designer bags to be more precisely.

Cool fashion advice you’ve gotten recently?

Don’t try to be someone else! Always wear what you feel the most comfortable with. Fashion is a game, there are no rules.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Natalie Lucas

Natalie Lucas excels not only in the fashion world but also education. She stands proud with a dual degree having completed parts of her degrees at 5 different universities in 4 different countries around the world! This versitile, classy chick sticks to all black everything; pairing simple pieces with luxe accessories. Pick at her brain below!

How would you describe your own personal style?

My colour palette of choice features lots of blacks, whites, grey and neutrals, occasionally mixed in with a pop of seasonal colour. I love to splurge on accessories, often pairing a more simple, minimal outfit with some luxe accessories.

What’s a trend you hope makes a comeback/never goes out of style?

The bomber jacket. So easy and comfortable to wear, I some how ended up with way too many of these in my wardrobe this season!

 Have you always had a strong passion for fashion?

When I was quite young growing up, I wouldn’t’ say so no. It wasn’t until I started doing some modelling late high school and then became a certified makeup artist that I became really interested in fashion and beauty.

 Places you’ve traveled that you’d recommend? What’s next on the list?

Europe is definitely my favourite region to travel to as there’s such a variety of beautiful countries so close together to travel to. If you’re feeling adventurous (or are too unorganized to plan) just grab a Eurail pass and see what countries you feel like going to when you get there! I always love Prague, Paris, London and Barcelona.

Some upcoming fall must-haves?

I can’t get enough of loafers, white over-sized shirts and knits.

Staple piece in your closet that you’ll never get tired of?

A classic bag (my favourites are my Celine Mini Luggage and Proenza Schouler PS11), good pair of black jeans and a staple leather jacket.

What is your biggest tip for young women hoping to get into the fashion and media industry?

Get inspired and find your passion, whether this is blogging, styling or writing (or all of these!). I love looking to Instagram, Pinterest and magazines for inspiration. If you love creating content, Instagram is a great platform to enter the industry with and showcase your work.

Is blogging your only job/hobby? What else do you find yourself doing?

It’s not, no. Last year I finished a double degree in Commerce and Economics and work in the finance and accounting industry. I’m also now doing some postgraduate studies, so my week is always pretty packed!

Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

Probably the above! I also completed parts of my degrees at 5 different universities in 4 different countries around the world.


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