Better Know A Blogger: Honey & Silk
While originally from the OC, Stephanie Liu now studies at UC Berkeley and keeps her readers updated on her outfits, travel and mouth-watering meals via her blog Honey & Silk. You can often find the style blogger in the sun, whether it be sitting beside the pool, soaking in the rays at the beach or lake or walking beside palm trees. The California girl shares with us the impact her home state has on her style identity, the origins of her blog, her style icons and more.
How would you describe yourself?
Stephanie Liu: Three things: I love to eat great food (I'm a bit of a food snob) and venture to new eateries for their specials. I'm totally a listener; I love to hear stories and experiences and be the ear for people to vent, rant, or rave to. I also have a dangerous habit of collecting dresses. A good quarter of my collection has their tags still on them, but I intend to take every one of them out on the town, sooner or later.
How would you describe your style?
Feminine, fun and most times edgy. I'm heavily influenced by my mom's sophisticated and polished style, but I don't know if it's just my youth or personality that has to add something extra fun to the outfit, which usually is a bright color of some sort or a contrasting texture.
What led to you starting your blog?
I actually first started it as a humble food blog, never thinking of using it as an outlet for fashion. One day I posted an outfit I wore to a dinner and page views and responses spiked. Guess people are hungrier for fashion than food. From there I just let my passion for fashion guide me.
How would you describe your readership?
I have the sweetest readers whom I love to hear from and interact with. They're your everyday cool gals and guys from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and all over the world! We're all part of one huge community continuing to inspire and work with one another.
Who are your fashion icons?
The Olsen twins for being always chic and daring, Emma Watson for her fun, youthful, feminine looks, Dita Von Teese and Victoria Beckham for their always glamorous and perfect dresses, and my mom of course for her classic and demure style.
What are your favorite brands?
Mara Hoffman, Alexander Wang, Elizabeth and James, Zara, and the list goes on.
What role does living in California play in your style identity?
It's perfectly sunny and warm all year round, so I definitely have more options to experiment with all types of clothing and trends, without having the weather force me to dress to stay warm or stay cool. I get to dress to have fun! If you put me in Boston or New York, you could probably tell I'm from California straight away.
What's your favorite season to dress for? Why?
My favorite season is Spring because of the bright colors and prints and multitude of maxi and mini dresses that come out to play.
What are your ambitions outside of the blog?
I'm currently in the early stages of opening my own online clothing boutique. If you girls love dresses as much as I do, you'll love this site. You can now sign up with your e-mail for the grand opening special.
What are three posts from your archives from the beginning to now that new readers should view?
One of my most popular posts was a post on my skincare and how I got rid of my acne forever: Finding My Holy Grail.
Another was a post with me wearing my bright pink pants, an amazing piece in my closet that had honestly broken new ground for me. I feel more free and daring to try any trend! Hot Pink on a Cool Day
Lastly this was a really fun post to shoot and write about, where I styled a maxi dress three different ways. This is still my most favorite maxi dress: Wildland