Behind the Blues Interview Series: Kirsten from Traveling Fashionista

by Jaime on April 18, 2010

I’m so excited to kick off our interview series here on Denim Debutante with one of my favorite people ever. Readers should know Kirsten from her guest blogging here on DD, but she has started her own site – Traveling Fashionista – and it’s an amazing resource for anyone who wants to make the most of their travels (and look great doing it)! So, get ready to learn more about Kirsten – and many other amazing writers, stylists, designers and more – over the next few weeks!

How did you start Traveling Fashionista and why?

Traveling Fashionista was a thought that began a few years back. I have always been known in my family and social circles as the go-to-girl for answers, either related to travel or fashion. I would love to say that I have all the money in the world to wear any designer brand and travel to any exotic location, but I really (key word: REALLY) do not. I hate knowing that tons of women believe they can’t take their dream vacation or afford a pair of designer jeans. My goal is to show them otherwise, and I love the challenge. I know that I have the ability to help, and I know I can find a way to get a little luxury in their life – without the huge price tag. Aside from money-saving techniques, experience has taught me how to travel smart, and how to travel in style. (Both equally important!)

My knowledge of travel and fashion (as a single entity) gave me an interesting niche that I found not readily available on the web – at least not in the manner I was looking for. I have spent more hours than I could count researching both of these worlds. To choose to write about just one would be impossible, and that was when I realized, I didn’t have to choose! This is me, I love them both, and truly believe that you should never live without an unforgettable vacation in your future and amazing clothes in your closet.

Also equally important – my fabulous friendship with the one and only Denim Debutante. Jaime, you really helped me shape my ideas for the site and gave me the last push to go after what I wanted (and of course I love you more for it!).

What is your favorite pair of jeans to wear on a long trip – either in the car or on a plane? How about your favorite jeans to bring on a vacation?

When traveling, choosing one pair of favorite jeans is really tough (my love of denim can be a problem). Currently, my favorite pair to wear on a long trip are my Current/Elliott Boyfriend Crops in Super Love Destroyed. They are baggy and comfortable, as well as so ridiculously soft, I could sleep in them. But, it wouldn’t be the pair I would want to have for a night out! In the end, it all depends on location – especially the weather and overall style of the destination. My rule of thumb would be to choose one pair of casual jeans and one or two pairs of dressier jeans. If you have a pair that does both – you are money. Personally, I would make sure to pack a killer pair of skinny jeans as well as a boyfriend jean. I would wear one while traveling to avoid taking up too much precious room in my bag!

… and your favorite pair of jeans overall?

Oh man, this is almost impossible! Honestly, this depends on how much I have been eating lately!! I fluctuate in weight like most women, and what may be my favorite pair one month, could be totally different the next. So can I pick a few top pairs??? Aside from the C/E boyfriend crops, I love my older pair of Generra Second Skin Stretch Bootcut. Their fit is fabulous and I love the color. Totally bummed they don’t make them anymore! I also love my Earnest Sewn Skinny jeans. They work really well with my body style (rounder in the butt!), and I consider them a very clean style (not a fan of overly embellished denim). I love the original Hudson Signature Boot Cut Jeans as well (also awesome for my body-type). Hudson’s triangle pockets are about as embellished as I will go in jeans, and they fit SO well. I really need to stop now. My obsession is quickly becoming evident!

What about your dream pair?

I don’t know if I have a dream pair, but I do always have a list of pairs that I want to buy. Currently I would love a pair of J Brands in their curvy fit, a pair of Current/Elliott in their skinny cut, a skinny pair of Hudsons, and now – thanks to you, JP – I want a pair of Acne’s. Honestly, any pair of jeans by a brand I don’t currently own – I want. Sad but true. Sigh.

What was your first pair of designer denim (if you remember)?

OMG – JP. Come on, of course I remember!!! My first pair was the 7 For All Mankind Flares. Seriously, how many other people bought this exact pair?? I was so excited. I went to Macy’s one day and bought them, realizing – I need these hemmed. So, I came back with a pair of heels to get them hemmed by the department store tailor. I kid you not – they totally f’d up my jeans. They could only be worn with flats. In my complete lack of knowledge and inexperience, I didn’t demand them to give me a new pair or figure out a way to fix them. They did a horrible job. I have only worn them with flats since. Flats with flares? Ya – not my fave look. Should someone screw up my hem today, all hell would break loose. This is probably why I waited over a year to hem a brand new pair of Kasils (as well as two other pairs of jeans). I can now say I found a fabulous tailor in the SF Bay Area. He is no joke, YAY!

If you had one personal tip for DD readers, what would it be?

Well I’ll stick to strictly denim on this answer – don’t buy denim at full price unless you absolutely cannot wait for it to go on sale. I have been able to get almost every pair of premium denim that I own at a fraction of the original price. This requires patience, believe me, I know it sucks to wait. In the end, you will be able to get multiple pairs of jeans for the same amount of money you originally were going to pay for the one pair. Another important tip – buy for your body. We all have different body styles and we all look good in different brands, cuts, and colors. Go crazy one day at the store trying on all different sizes, brands, and styles. It will totally pay off in the end. Lastly, don’t be stuck on one size. I am guilty falling for this too. I sometimes freak out a bit if I have to size up, but I realize that it doesn’t really matter. You can drop or gain a size or two across a variety of brands. It’s ok – it’s true for all of us!

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