For this week's Blogger Spotlight, we're highlighting the petite-and-chic blogger Kelly Tucker of Alterations Needed. She's a born-and-bread California girl with a taste for Mexican food and the best head of curls we've ever seen. Kelly blogs about fashion and personal style for petite women (she's 4'11”) who want to look fabulous, professional and stylish (whether or not they need alterations). We caught up with Kelly this week to talk vacation spots, shopping and how she stays motivated to blog.
Why did you start blogging?
I had a problem that I couldn't find an already existing answer to on the web, so I tried to solve it myself. I started posting the solutions I found on a blog, hoping it would help other people who shared a similar problem. As it turned out, quite a few other people were searching for the same solutions I had been searching for, and it's grown into a small but vibrant online community.
What advice would you give to aspiring fashion bloggers?
Starting a fashion blog is easy…it's maintaining it and keeping it going that's hard. Pick a subject within fashion that you already can't stop talking about or feel strongly about, and you'll find it harder to run out of things to write. I can discuss shopping, tailoring, fit, silhouette, special sizes and the retail industry all night and day, so the passion is still there.
How has blogging affected your career?
Blogging turned my career upside down. I became really oddly passionate about writing Alterations Needed, and after some serious thinking as to why, I realized what makes me tick and why I wasn't finding satisfaction in my career. I discovered my passion is for learning, and then teaching my knowledge to others, and after realizing this, everything I had ever succeeded and failed at in my life made sense. Blogging convinced me to change careers and now I'm happily exploring avenues that are better suited for my personality.
What are some of your favorite fashion blogs?
I'm not much of an aspirational-blog reader, but Blair of Atlantic – Pacific is the closest thing to aspirational for me at the moment. She has amazing style and her photos have pretty much taken over my Pinterest boards. I like to see items on bloggers I can actually purchase or wear in real life, so Jean of Extra Petite is one of my favorites. She's someone I've had the pleasure of getting to know over the years, and I love to see what she's buying and wearing. We're a similar size and she has great taste, so it's fun to see what looks good on her, since there's a chance it could work for me too. Wendy of Wendy's Lookbook is another blogger with great taste, and I love seeing what's she's up to. She (and Mystery Man) are both incredibly creative, and I feel, on the cusp of the newest trends in fashion blogging. By seeing the direction they take with their blog and YouTube channel, I feel I get an idea of the direction fashion blogging is heading as a whole.
When you're not blogging we can find you…
At the mall. I know it sounds cliche and shallow (a style blogger who likes to shop? No way!), but it's where I learn. Even though I can't afford it, I love the artistic nature of high fashion, so flipping through racks and exploring shapes, fabrics and designs is fun and energizing for me. I also have a curious fascination with the inner workings of the retail industry, so I like to chat with sales associates and people in retail about the state of their companies and what people are buying. Interesting stuff. If I had it all to do over again with what I know now, I think I'd go to school for retail merchandising or something similar.