I love fashion and I love Quinnipiac. So, when I found out Alexa from Bright and Sassy is a bobcat alumna, I had to interview her. Alexa is stylish, smart and fabulous: three things I'd like to think represents QU well! Here's what she had to say below:
I’m Alexa, and I write the fashion blog “Bright and Sassy.” I just completed graduate school and can’t wait to pursue my career as a (fashionable) teacher.
TCD: Why did you start "Bright and Sassy"?
AB: I started my blog the summer after I graduated from college. I was in this awkward transition in my life (as most of you probably can relate to), and I wasn't sure what was next. I went to the Alexander McQueen exhibit at The Met in New York City and wrote my first blog post about it that night. I've always looked at other blogs for inspiration so I thought, "Why not me?"
TCD: You went to Quinnipiac (woohoo, Bobcats!!), how has it played a role in making you who you are today? Has QU influenced your fashion or writing style whatsoever?
AB: I had such a great experience at Quinnipiac and am so proud to be an alumna. Quinnipiac played a role in me growing up, living on my own, and forming new relationships. At the beginning of college, I was a bit lost, but by the end, I completely found myself, my passion, and made the most amazing friends.
As for fashion, Quinnipiac really proved that individual style is cool. I was the opposite of most girls at school and would always dress up for class. You would rarely see me in sweats, even in my night classes!
TCD: What were you involved in at QU?
AB: I was involved in a few clubs at Quinnipiac — my favorite being Habitat for Humanity. I also worked in the inner city schools in New Haven, CT. This is where I decided that I wanted to pursue teaching as a future career.
TCD: How did you end up in Florida for grad school?
AB: When I made the decision to pursue my Masters, I thought Florida would be such a fun change. I was born and raised in Connecticut and went to college there, so I was ready for something fresh and new. Now that I’ve completed my Masters, I’m ready to go home. Living in Florida for the past two years has made me realize I’m a New England girl forever.
TCD: Okay, back to the clothes! Who are your fashion inspirations?
AB: So many! I read other fashion blogs for inspiration (my favorites are “We Wore What,” “Cheetah is the New Black,” “Atlantic-Pacific”). I also look to celebrities for outfit inspiration. I love Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, and Olivia Palermo — just to name a few.
I’m inspired by street style as well. I love seeing girls who have unique, individual style, who rock it with confidence. Other inspirations are magazines, and, of course, New York City.
TCD: How do you get dressed everyday - what's your regular routine?
AB: My personal style truly reflects my mood and is ever evolving. When getting dressed for work, my outfits are always planned the night before to make the morning a little more seamless. Other than that, I don’t have a regular routine besides stand in my closet and hope for the best!
TCD: What's your go-to outfit?
AB: My go-to outfit for daytime is a maxi skirt, a chambray top, sandals, ray bans, and a carry all tote! For night, my go-to look is black jeans, a silk blouse (usually Rebecca Taylor), and leather!
TCD: Do you have any advice for readers on style?
AB: My style advice for readers is to wear what makes you feel comfortable. If you can’t decide what your personal style is, experiment. Fashion should be fun, not stressful. Confidence is key.
Alexa is an awesome blogger, with an enviable style and closet (no, seriously - her clothes are stunning!) Be sure to check out her blog and "like" her on Facebook to see more of her photos and posts.