Better Know A Blogger: Juley Le of Swank Heights

By Leah Faye Cooper

“Was never into those bulky Jeffrey Campbell shoes — please go away!”

When Juley Le isn’t giving readers a rundown of her favorite ensembles, the New Orleans resident is often in her kitchen, whipping up something delicious. A software analyst by day, Le spends her off hours blogging about fashion and food on Swank Heights. Her posts are often featured on Styleist.com and she’s a friend of Refinery29. Between visits to NOLA boutiques and her frequent trips to Nashville, Le shared with us the inspiration behind Swank Heights and what it’s like to be a Big Easy Blogger.

Food and fashion are popular blog platforms by themselves. Why did you want to combine the two?
July Le: Fashion was always something I wanted to refine and hone since the beginning of this blog. It serves as a good platform for me to experiment and learn from other bloggers. On the other hand, sharing my love for food came natural. I grew up in a large Vietnamese family surrounded by amazing cooks. Combine that with the unique cuisine in New Orleans, and it seemed necessary to infuse this aspect into my personal blog. Sometimes I think styling food is more enjoyable  than an outfit because with food, there isn’t a trend that’ll recycle one hundred times over on different blogs. You can really make it your own. But after developing my voice on Swank Heights, I think it’s important and more fun to have variety and a balance of these two passions.

How did your partnership with Stylist come about and what does it entail?
The wonderful team from Stylelist.com approached me about representing the South in their network and, of course, I happily agreed! Nothing really changes on my end as far as content. If their team likes one of my posts, they’ll highlight it on their main site as well as their blogger’s page.

You won the Refinery29 x Armani Exchange Ultimate Night Out contest. What was that experience like?
Amazing!  The R29 team asked me to describe my ultimate night out and delivered a truly memorable night. My sister and I checked in at 60 Thompson Hotel in Soho. There I was spoiled with hair and makeup and then dressed to the nine in Armani Exchange. We had a fun dinner at Momofuku Ma Peche, followed by cereal milk shots at the popular Milk Bar. Then we headed to the ultra swanky rooftop bar at The Jimmy where my closest friends from the city and I spent the rest of the night taking in the beautiful views. The R29 x AE team was so kind and even extended the trip so we could explore a bit more. Definitely one for the books!

How would you describe New Orleans style?
The street style in New Orleans is very relaxed. No one takes themselves too seriously but when Sundays come around, you’ll see plenty of seersucker suits and Sunday dresses.

Where are your favorite places to shop in NOLA?
I love to go to boutiques where I can stretch my dollar such as Haus 131, Swap and UAL that all offer trendy pieces at affordable prices. For the investment pieces, Magazine Street has some beautifully curated stores  that carry my favorite brands including Alexander Wang and DVF. There are also great vintage and thrift shops that line Magazine Street.

What trends are you currently crazy about?
For a while, it was all about layering and bulky platforms, but now I’m loving looks that are minimalistic  and streamlined. My current focus is adding timeless shoes and tailored pieces to my wardrobe.

What trend are you over?
Was never into those bulky Jeffrey Campbell shoes — please go away!

What I love most about blogging is…
The creativity and individuality that unique bloggers bring to the table. I’m constantly inspired to step out of my comfort zone and bring back inspiration to my home, wardrobe, and kitchen!

Have you ever considered blogging full-time?
It’s so great to see some of my favorite bloggers make careers from their blogs and I would love to pursue that if that opportunity came up. As of now, I’m happy working in the IT world and dabbling in my own little projects.