It's been a while since we've had a Writer Wednesday post, but when I saw that Alaina had started up a blog, I knew it was time to get the band back together! Alaina is a dear friend of our family—I've actually known her for almost 25 years—and it's such a honor to see the incredible things she's doing now that we're all grown up. Alaina is a professional hair stylist and is taking her first steps into the world of fashion blogging on Black Jean Bird. I'm so excited to feature her here today, and I hope that as soon as you finish this interview, you'll go check out some of the great outfits and fashion tips she's sharing there! (And, I'm selfishly hoping she does a blog post on bridal fashion soon, since the photos from hers are gorgeous and an inspiration to me as we're wedding planning!)
Who are you?
Hi! I am Alaina Kelly, a twenty-something New Yorker living in New England! I am a crazy pup mom of two who has always been a little eccentric.
Where can you be found online? How would you describe your blog to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? Remember, you're in a hot tub with them on a clear cold night, stars twinkling above you. They want all the details.
You can find me online @blackjeanbird on instagram or blackjeanbird.com.
I am currently starting a fashion blog to show my personal style and favorite items while showing my generation that you don't always need to shop at Forever21 for up-to-date styles. Now is the time in our lives where we should start investing in statement pieces as well as investment items (a hand bag that may be worth more money one day, or that you can pass down to your kids). You can buy good quality items that will last more than one wash at a good, affordable price if you look hard enough. I want to do the looking for people. I want to show both girls and guys in my age range that quality products will last and be worth the money in the long run. I feel like some many people will run to large market stores like Forever or H&M on a Friday night to get clothes to go out in that weekend. Don't get me wrong, you can find good items at both of those places, but will you be able to wear it again next year?
I also want to show people who might be a little shy or afraid to express themselves. That its okay to break out of their shell! I am sure everyone has that ugly pea-green stripe sweater in their closet that they love but are just a little too afraid of what someone might think if they wear it!
What inspired you to start blogging? When did it happen?
I have always spent a lot of my free time on the internet looking for fashion inspiration; whether it be on blogs, websites or social media. In the last few months I knew that what I was doing with my career path was wrong for me. I needed to step out, follow my dream, and see if I could make something of it. After a few months of working with someone who knows how to build websites and has more experience then me, I was able to make my dream a reality!
Why do you write?
I write because I have always been an open person; I have always said what was on my mind (for the better and worse!). Whenever I wear something that gets compliments the first thing I will say is where its from and how great of a deal I got it for! I just love to share information and maybe to inspire people in a way.
Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you?
I think one of my biggest inspirations is Victoria Beckham. First of all, I just love her, but she also went from British pop start to one of the biggest influences of the fashion world. I also grew up with the Olsen twins, who have also built a fashion empire.
Aside from the typical celebrities, women who follow their passion in life just inspire me in general! People who aren't afraid to be their real selves in public.
In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Hmmm... all-expense paid trip.... that is really hard because I love to travel. I am also not very good at being too hot so I would say somewhere pretty and cold.
The perfect place would be Sneem Ireland. My husband's family is Irish and we went to Ireland on our honeymoon. We now joke about moving there and having a black sheep farm. Seem is beautiful: it's right on a coast—and by "coast," I mean cliffs too. It is the perfect distance from Galway and Dublin for shopping and I can wear an Irish knits every day!!
What is your favorite place on earth?
I feel like there are so many places I love! I would have to go with Napa. It is just so relaxing and calm. I love to romp around the vineyards and drink wine. There's an In-and-Out burger pretty close and the temperature is cool at night; perfect for a night out.
Anything else you'd like us to know?
I am also a professional hair stylist so there will be a lot of beauty and hair aspects to the blog! I love to share my knowledge and help people build their confidence.