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1 Question 2 Bloggers


11 Jun 1 Question 2 Bloggers

The title is pretty self-explainitary, but we’ll explain it anyway. In this series we pose one question to two Washington, DC area bloggers to get their opinion on a particular issue in fashion. We are excited to have Cortnie from StyleLust Pages and Maria-Alejandra from DC Alejandra as our latest dynamic duo.


Why did you start blogging?



I created my blog when I started StyleLust, an image consulting, styling and personal shopping business, in September 2009. It was a way to document my styling and personal shopping escapades. It quickly turned into a personal style blog. That way I knew posting would be more consistent. Blogging is something I really enjoy doing and it has really helped me along the way. I started making handbags in September of last year and my blog has really allowed me to showcase my pieces. Not to mention, I’ve met so many amazing people in DC.



I started my blog as a personal fashion diary for myself. It was where I could store images that inspired me and include pictures of how I translated those images into everyday fashion.
About three years ago I found my first fashion blog. It was FashionToast by Rumi Neely, still one of my favorites. I was inspired by her photographs and her personal style. I wanted to make something that inspired others the way I was inspired by FashionToast.
It was a difficult start. I launched probably three different blogs before I found one that I could customize to look the way I wanted it to. Even still, I am constantly thinking of different ways to make my blog better. It is a never ending project.
My biggest blog renovation will be coming at the end of June. It is a project that a friend and I have been working on for the past couple months and I can’t wait to share it with all of my readers. This blog change includes a new layout, new projects, and even a change of name. My blog will no longer be DC Alejandra but will instead be Mar’s Vida. The name change has been a long time coming. Like I said, it’s a never-ending project.
Blogging has been a very rewarding hobby. I’ve met other bloggers who have become good friends and inspire me every day. I’ve been involved in projects that I never thought I’d be a part of, including New York Fashion Week. And nothing makes me happier than hearing kind words from family, friends, and even strangers on my blog. They’re the ones that keep me going.












Facebook: StyleLustPages

Twitter: @stylelustpages

I graduated from the University of MD, College Park (Go Terps!) in 2006 with a B.S. in Kinesiology, which is the study of movement. I really thought I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. About 2 months after I graduated I decided that I wanted to go to fashion school. So I moved California so I could attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in LA. There I got my second degree in Merchandise Marketing. Long story short, I knew I wanted to do something fashion-related. It wasn’t until August of last year that I learned how to sew and opened my Etsy shop selling handmade clutches. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.















Facebook: Mar’s Vida

Twitter: @marsvida

Maria-Alejandra Avellaneda launched her blog in 2010. Her website is a photo diary of personal style posts that are skillfully planned and put together by mixing current and vintage styles. She also includes fashion editorials and lookbooks that inspire her style. In 2011, Maria-Alejandra worked with Nine West in helping style a “Style Resolution” inspiration board. Maria-Alejandra attended the Tibi fashion show during New York Fashion Week 2011. In 2012, Maria-Alejandra teamed with local bloggers and Northern Virginia Magazine to be featured in the April issue of spring fashions.