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Jessi Malay Interview

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Whether it’s singing, creating stellar music videos, running a business, or maintaining her blog, My White T, Jessi Malay does everything effortlessly. Born and based in Los Angeles, Malay is a style blogger, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and an all-around superwoman in her own world. What links together everything she does is her personal style that she strongly believes you should stay true to. Malay’s authenticity shines through not only her extraordinary work in the music industry, but also in the world of fashion. She has elevated a sense of style that sums up the definition of a girl-on-the-go who has places to be and people to see. Malay’s style has been featured in the press of NYFW, Allure Magazine, Calvin Klein, Dita, Nasty Gal, Ray Ban, and plenty of others. She has collaborated with numerous brands all while representing herself through her priceless style. Get to know more about Jessi Malay, where she gains inspiration, and what personal style means to her. 
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Cliché: What inspired you to create a blog and share your style with the world?
Jessi Malay: As an artist, fashion and personal style have always gone hand in hand with my music. While I was signed to Warner Bros. Records, they would always tell me I had to be more eccentric, dress more extreme like Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj, but that’s just not me. I’ve always been more attracted to street style and women that just do great fashion on an everyday basis, which is what initially inspired me to start a blog. I wanted to talk about what real women love and wear, what sets each of us apart in subtle ways. Flash forward to a year later, and the production company I started with my best friend got a gig covering events for New York Fashion Week. I had the chance to sit down with Diane Von Furstenberg and interview her one-on-one about her latest collection and what inspires her to keep creating. It really motivated me to dig deeper, to become a student of fashion, and now I really use my blog as a space to curate all that I learn and see on runways and make it wearable for every woman.
How do you go about curating inspiration for your style posts?
A lot of what I post on the blog are looks that have been inspired by trends that I’m seeing on the runway that I mix into my personal style, which is a hybrid of ‘70s glam and modern street style. I also try to do a lot of high/low price points, show how to pair a $30 jacket from H&M with a great bag and shoes and make it all look really expensive.
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We all have those “I don’t know what to wear” days. What is your go-to look for a day like this?My everyday uniform, whether it be for a lunch meeting, day at the office/studio, or location scout, is a great pair of high-waisted and ripped skinny jeans, deep plunge silk cross front blouse (I have a tailor, and I’ve had her make one for me in every color), and statement heels. I like to have fun with my shoes and bags! Colors, fringe, straps—I’m into all of that! I think it also really helps to have staple jewelry pieces that you wear every day. What I love about fine jewelry is that it becomes a part of you almost. I have a ring on every finger, and I never take them off! Each one has a special meaning attached and they instantly make every outfit look like me.
Do you have any fashion icons who you gain style inspiration from?
Absolutely! I’m obsessed with Brigitte Bardot and her unapologetically sexy yet relaxed style. Also Bianca Jagger via Studio 54 Days for how dramatic and glamorous she was.

Hanna Hotsyk: Dream. Love. Shop.

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Ending our fall 14’ Style Column session beautifully is blogger, Hanna Hotsyk, from the gorgeous blog Dream. Love. Shop. Hanna is a fashion blogger with an exquisite sense of fashion that she features all the time on her darling blog. She mixes elements of European style and French details into eclectic outfits that you won’t want to take your eyes off of. She’s one of our top style muses when it comes to fashion inspiration (put her on your fashion inspo lists, gals)! You won’t get enough of the outfits she is always turning out. Hanna’s blog hasn’t only captured us, but other publications as well, including Teen Vogue, in which she is a contributor. Her talents also have allowed her to collab with many brands and designers such as Daniel Wellington. Doesn’t she sound like a Devil Wears Prada gal? We think so! Gain some inspiration whether it be beauty, fashion, or traveling from this gorgeous soul. Read on for some priceless style and beauty tips she eagerly shared with us!

Cliché: What are you top beauty/fashion routines?
Hanna Hotsyk: I love having a bit more of free time while getting ready to go out. In such situations I spend more time than usually doing my makeup. I love using the highlighter for my cheekbones (my favourite is the Benefit one) or playing with the eyeshadows (Marc Jacobs or Givenchy). I love having my hair curled with a straightener, but be careful, do not do it often because it damages your hair badly.
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
Body Creams and Body Butters (Victoria’s Secret, Body Shop, or Bath and Body Works), Candles (Yankee Candle, Zara Home) and Woollen skirts. Fall is the perfect time to wear a woollen skirt with a warm sweater and a leather jacket on a sunny day!
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Any staple items that you think are fall must-haves?
A warm cozy sweater. Seriously, how can you survive ‘sweater weather’ without a sweater? This season, I am obsessed with grey and I love how grey woollen sweaters look with jeans and leather shorts and olive pants. And don’t forget a matching scarf. I love silky ones. Beige scarf combined with a grey sweater is a must-wear outfit.
What’s your number one tip to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
Leave enough time for yourself. Do not get ready in a hurry. When you have time to carefully pick an outfit for the day and make your hair and makeup, you always get a satisfied feeling of a finished look. I personally always think of what I am going to wear the day before, try to find something original. It is hard for me to feel special in a pair of simple jeans.