Last weekend I had the amazing privilege of working with Rachael Dickens from OC Style Report on a feature for her online magazine. We stopped by Z Collection in Corona Del Mar to pull several outfits for the photo shoot, ate a quick lunch at the healthy hippie haven “The Stand,” and then zipped off to her A-M-A-Z-I-N-G house nestled in a mountainside overlooking the ocean in Laguna Beach.
The whole experience was surreal. It was one of the first times since high school prom that I’ve had someone else do my makeup. I felt legit and had butterflies the whole day. Douglas Neill worked his magic behind the camera, and we all had an absolute blast!
You can read the amazingly kind things Rachael said about me in her feature below, as well as a Q & A with me!
“For those of you who are not familiar with The Style Riot, it’s time to get know the “IT” OC/LA blogger on the scene. Launching her blog at the beginning of this year, Katie has catapulted to the top quickly. She is already on StyleList’s Style Council and has been named one of the 30 LA BLOGGERS “You Need to Know About“
I came across The Style Riot at the beginning of the year and I was hooked. I was shocked to find out at the time her blog was only months old (still is only months old). With amazing photos, incredible style and an infectious smile, Katie Arnold is a blogger to add to your morning blogger roll.
Katie is not only the hottest new blogger on the scene but a super sweet girl with a fun spirit and great laugh to match that infectious smile.”
Q & A
When did you start blogging and what inspired you to start?
I started my blog only 8 months ago in January! My boyfriend actually encouraged me to do it, and it was his believing in me that gave me the confidence to take the plunge into the world of online publishing. I was feeling stuck and needed an outlet for creativity. I felt I had an opinion and something valuable to share with the world and I’m so amazed by the growth I’ve experienced thus far both personally and professionally.
Describe your personal style and what influences it.
My personal style is always evolving. I love to mix it up and toss out the fashion “rulebook” in favor of individuality with an off-duty flare.
Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
I’m always brainstorming different and interesting post ideas. I get tired of seeing the same thing all the time from A-list bloggers who seem to have it all figured out. I like to try new things, break new ground, and always be honest and true to myself.
Are there other bloggers that you admire?
Sincerely Jules was one of the first fashion blogs I started reading years ago. I love how her style has her name written all over it and she’s got the high/low look completely dialed. But Orange County definitely has some amazing bloggers breaking onto the scene – especially my friends Chelsea Lauren (instagram.com/macherechelsea) and Stephanie Liu (instagram.com/honeynsilk).
What is the one item in your closet you can’t live without?
My black leather moto jacket. It’s my favorite piece to play with because it’s so versatile! I love it worn to work with a pair of crisp black, tapered ankle-length trousers, a white tee, and some caged lace-up sandals; or with a breezy, feminine printed dress.
What fall trend are you most excited about?
Oversized everything and sneakers as non-athletic wear. Comfy chic, YES.
What is your next “must-have” purchase?
A plane ticket to somewhere new and exciting. Got any suggestions?
Hair & Make-up: Rachael Dickens// Photography: Doug Neill