Behind the Blog

Behind The Blog | Anna H. of Fash Boulevard

In this new series, KP Fusion talks with fellow fashion bloggers to find out what inspires them, what’s in their makeup bag, some of their favorite trends, and that one wardrobe staple that they can’t live without.

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Name:Anna Hodge
Homebase: I grew up in a few small towns in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, but I’ve never felt more at home than I do now living in North Hollywood, California!
Blog: Fash Boulevard
Month/Year Blog Launched: February 2011

How did you get into blogging?
After having my dream job ripped away from me last year and going on a countless number of interviews, I felt defeated and a bit lost. It got to the point where I was turning down everything and wasn’t exactly sure why. I always knew what my end goals were, but the journey of getting there was always something I was unsure about. When I came up with the idea to launch Fash Boulevard it felt like the perfect next step to building a brand.

What has been the best thing about blogging? Hardest?
The best thing about blogging is discovering all of the fabulous opportunities out there for fashion bloggers. I entered the blogging world knowing nothing, so I feel unbelievably blessed daily when I receive e-mails from companies, advertisers and even fans who want to work with me. The hardest thing about blogging would have to be the time it takes. Most people don’t understand the time and effort that goes into each post. I have literally invested my life into Fash Boulevard which is why I am so passionate about it.

What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
You will usually find me working on something having to do with Fash Boulevard these days. I’m always trying to stay two steps ahead because I never want to miss out on an opportunity. On the off chance that I’m not doing something Fash related, I’m most likely consumed with wedding planning. You can always count on finding the latest issue of The Knot in my purse.

Ultimate dream Job:
This is an easy one because it’s exactly why I started Fash Boulevard… Owning my own accessories line would be my absolute dream job. Designing shoes, handbags and of course jewelry has always been my passion.

Describe your look in five words:
Classically dramatic, girly, colorful, and modern.

Who/what influences your style?
Window shopping mostly. I love peering in the windows of the stores I could only dream of raiding and imagining a closet full of their designs. I also love a fashion challenge. Whenever I find an unusual blouse or a skirt that doesn’t look like it would work with anything, I just have to search high and low for its perfect pairing. It’s usually these mini searches that spawn some of my ultra favorite ensembles.

Who are some of your favorite designers?
I have so many it’s hard to narrow them down, but the first few that come to mind are Michael Kors because his designs are seasonally transitional and will stand the test of time. Max Azria because his designs are always refined in design and classically chic. And Christian Siriano, I don’t own any of his pieces but I die for his finale dresses every season.

Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
I adore Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s because they carry a lot of my favorite designer labels all in one store. They both also have private label clothing that I follow religiously. I also love Forever 21 because the prices are perfect and they constantly have new merchandise. And of course I have some online shopping obsessions which include and They both have endless amounts of fast fashion selections.

What’s one item in your wardrobe that you can’t live without?
This fall it would have to be a chunky knit cardigan. I tend to find myself freezing everywhere I go, so having a stylishly cut cardigan that I can throw over any winter ensemble is a must for me.

What’s a classic item that every woman should own?
Skinny jeans! I have a pair in almost every wash and even a few bright colors. They pair well with blouses and are super easy to dress up with a great stiletto or ankle boot.

Which trend(s) were you most excited to try this season?
Fur, sequins and chunky heels. You’ll probably catch me wearing at least one of these every day this season. I can’t get enough!

Fashion on Film: Which movie(s) inspire you?
“Factory Girl” is a major favorite of mine. I adore Edie Sedgwick and I’m completely enamored with her life. I’m also dying to see “My week with Marilyn.” Anything featuring a peek into Marilyn Monroe’s fascinating life is a must.

Last Fashion/Style book you read:
Style by Lauren Conrad. I have had this book forever and it was just collecting dust on my coffee table, but thanks to a recent cross country plane ride I was able to dive in. Her packing tips were a stand out for me. As a girl who flies literally every month, I need all the packing pointers I can get. Leaving a pair of shoes behind is just not an option. 🙂

Three magazines that you MUST read monthly:
Glamour, Elle and of course Vogue

Three items in your makeup bag:
Black CoverGirl crayon eyeliner is definitely my favorite make up item of all time. I’ve been using it for years. Chapstick is a must for me, I think I’m addicted. And Cetaphil moisturizer. I can’t start my day without it.

Favorite color of lipstick/lipgloss:
 My latest lipstick purchase was Love Devotion by NARS. Its silky smooth and the perfect pink!

Favorite color of nail polish:
OPI’s Lincoln Park at Midnight. It complements most of my ensembles and doesn’t chip for days.

Words of (style) wisdom:
Try to remember to push your fashion boundaries daily. Even if that means throwing on a colorful scarf before leaving the house or purchasing that fabulous oversized cocktail ring you spotted at the mall. Even the smallest things can help evolve your style into something amazing and it will definitely keep you from dipping into those dreaded fashion ruts. And remember, no town is too small for city girl style.

The most important question of all: cookies, cupcakes, or ice cream?
Definitely cupcakes! The streets of LA are lined with divine cupcakeries. It’s impossible not to get addicted. Ice cream is messy and cookies can be boring. Cupcakes are seriously delicious and super cute!

Thanks Anna!

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