Interview: Hannah Rupp / The Outfit Repeater

This is the first in an occasional series of posts interviewing other bloggers, vintage sellers and other people I find interesting. In my other life, I'm a journalist, so I am nosy and love asking people questions. If you'd like to be featured in an interview, let me know

My fellow Shaped by Style sistah Hannah of The Outfit Repeater was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about blogging. Here's what she had to say:

Describe your blog in 25 words or fewer: 

A showcase of my personal style, creative undertakings, and love for all things unique.

How has your blog evolved since it began? 

I learned to share. In the beginning, my blog was all about me (boring!) and when I started making blogging friends, my space became more about sharing with others and cultivating a community.

Do you consider blogging a job, a hobby, or something else? 

Somewhere in between. I like to think of it as a hobby I take very seriously. I would love to cultivate it and grow it into a job, if that's what my future holds. If not, I still find it very fulfilling as is.

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started blogging? 

That it's OK to abandon your blog and start over. Trust me when I say it's never too late to completely change your entire concept. Why in the world did I sit around for five years with a blog name I hated and that left me uninspired? If you're reading this and looking for a sign — GO FOR IT!

How do you plan/pick out your outfits? 

My outfits come together with little frustration and a lot of looking through my inspiration sources. Between the two, I usually come up with some winning combos.

How would you describe your aesthetic? 

I take most of my style cues from the 1980s so I guess it would be described as "quirky" or "vintage."

What's inspiring you, style-wise, at the moment?  

I can't go a day without reading a magazine. They constantly keep me inspired!

What do you have too much of in your closet? What don't you have enough of?

Nobody needs as many patterned clothing as I have in my closet! Maybe I should take it down a notch? What I could use more of is shoes. Having big feet is a license to have more shoes because they're harder to come across, right?

What's the best thing about being a style blogger? The worst? 

The best thing about being a style blogger is having a place to indulge my creativity. The worst thing about being a style blogger is constantly trying to outdo myself. Everyday I try to be better than who I was the day before and sometimes that leaves me drained. But I like a good challenge!

Thanks, Hannah, for sharing some behind-the-scenes info! I'm looking forward to doing more interviews in the coming weeks, and if there's anyone you'd like to see featured here, let me know.


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