For the first ever Twin Cities Tuesdays, I am proud to present Cate Mezyk of Wild Ruffle. Cate has been blogging about fashion, style and her life as a mother of three since January 2011. Check out my Q & A with Cate, and then head over to her blog.
Blog: Wild Ruffle
City: Prior Lake
Style: Constantly changing
Fashion is constantly changing, and you can always buy the latest this or the newest that. But your own style is something that sticks with you from season to season. - Cate
Q: What inspired you to start your blog in January 2011 and why “Wild Ruffle”?
A: I started my blog because I’ve always wanted to have a boutique of my own, selling not only my own jewelry, but locally and/or handmade products of others’ as well. I’m really passionate about supporting local and handmade businesses. I thought this would be a great first step toward doing that, since I’m currently at home with my three kiddos. Along the way, I’ve continually changed my vision, and now I’m enjoying planning fashion events and handmade pop up shops. My mom and I were sitting around throwing out names, and as soon as she said “Wild Ruffle” I knew it was the one!
Q: How do you balance being a mom and a successful blogger?
A: I think it’s a tough thing – to pull off that balancing act. I don’t always do the ‘smart’ thing when it comes to blogging, like commenting on a million blogs to drive traffic, or spending a lot of time on Twitter. My Instagram feed is mainly pictures of my life and kids – definitely not what they recommend for a big traffic boost. But along the way, I’ve found a true audience - despite the fact that I have to make time for family first.
Q: Even as a full-time mom, you prefer heels over flats, but what is your favorite style and brand?
A: Summer shoes are my favorite - anything strappy with a platform heel is preferred (though when I have to carry the kids around I generally stick to a wedge heel for practical purposes!). My absolute favorite pair of shoes is one I’ve had for 7 or 8 years. They’re by Marc Jacobs, and I spent an arm and a leg on them – but they still get comments after all these years!
Q: What do you look for when shoe shopping?
A: I nearly always have to try shoes on – I can’t order online because I have wide feet. So I look for a balance of comfort (as comfortable as they can be at 5 inches tall!), value (how much do I want to invest in a pair if I won’t wear them often?), and looks.
Q: How would you describe your overall style?
A: My style changes day to day. I wake up some days feeling a little boho and grab loosely fitting dresses and some boots from the closet. Other days I’m much more classic. But in general, I go for bold colors - and I always wear a ton of accessories!
Q: You have a great mix of pieces, but what is your all-time favorite piece?
A: Besides my Marc Jacobs shoes, I’d say it’s one of the many gray cardigans I have in my closet. I know it sounds boring, but they’re classic and comfortable - I can’t seem to stop buying them!
Q: Where do you shop for trendy items in the Twin Cities?
A: I love The Vintage Gypsy here in Prior Lake, and I also shop quite a bit at Len. I love that you can find unique items - you’re not going to see them on everyone else when you’re out and about. I also love that they’re both MN companies! But if I’m not shopping local, you can also find me at JCrew or Nordstrom (and I can’t wait until the Madewell store comes to town in a few months).
Q: What style advice do you have for other mid-west fashionistas?
A: I think the best advice I could give someone else is to find your own style. Fashion is constantly changing, and you can always buy the latest this or the newest that. But your own style is something that sticks with you from season to season. Find your favorite pieces in your closet, or check out what you’ve been pinning to your Pinterest style board, and figure out why you love those particular things so much – then stick to a style that makes you feel great.