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August 15, 2019

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Hey everyone! I’m Terra McBride, the creator of Love Nothing More, a blog focused on personal style, fashion, my love for Pittsburgh, holding things down as a working mom and loving wife, and life generally. While this iteration of my blog career began in December 2016, I have actually been fashion blogging since the early days, having started Stylish White Female in 2009. It’s this tenure that has earned me the moniker “OG” in the Pittsburgh fashion blogging community. Because of my work with SWF, I was invited to cover New York Fashion Week as part of the first class of Tumblr fashion bloggers in 2011, which to this day is one of my proudest accomplishments. 

Now that you know me a little better, let’s talk about my take on fashion. 

 

 

What does personal style mean to you? When you hear the word “fashion” what does it mean to you?

 

Personal style is how we market our own brand. The sartorial choices we make, the care we do (or do not) take in our appearance, it all comes together to tell a story of who we are and how we want to be perceived by the world.

 

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Fashion is the art that inspires style. It’s our muse. The luckiest among us get to be engulfed by the art, by wearing original pieces by designers. But we all have the opportunity to be stirred by fashion.   

 

Personal Style: How do you think it is acquired? How did you acquire yours? 

 

Personal style is acquired by being fearless. By seeing something that moves you and saying to yourself, I can wear that, no matter your shape or size or background and most certainly no matter what anyone else will think of you. If you want to establish your personal style, you cannot be afraid to make a mistake. As Bob Ross would so eloquently put it if he could be with us today, we don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. 

 

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I acquired my personal style through experimentation and I continue to tinker with my personal style as my mood and environment shapeshifts. In my early 20s, I rarely ventured outside of #allblackeverything. As I moved into my late 20s and early 30s, I broke out of that dark abyss and burst forth in a cornucopia of color and pattern. I loved mixing prints and throwing together things that I was always told were completely inappropriate together. My favorite pattern was stripes. I’d put stripes on stripes on stripes with a bright blue slingback pump and feel like I owned this town. Other people seemed to enjoy how I dressed too. What I realize now is it wasn’t necessarily the clothes or my bold choices that people found attractive, it was how confidently I carried myself when I felt good in what I wore. 

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While my choices today have toned down substantially, venturing back into a more neutral zone, I still receive a lot of feedback that my style has inspired individuals to be more bold with their own selections. To make styling choices that make them feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. To ignore the old “rules of fashion” and to dress in a way that makes them feel special. I love to see people riff off of outfits I have worn. Seeing a different version of one of my outfits echoes back even more inspiration to me, giving me new ideas of ways to flip my closet again and again. 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about the piece of clothing in your wardrobe that makes you feel most confident? 

 

I love this question because it is ever evolving. But I can always go back to two pieces that give me supreme confidence; a well-tailored black blazer and a wrap dress. Every single person on this planet should have a black blazer that makes them feel like a boss. And every single person who is into dresses should have a wrap dress. Diane von Furstenberg may not have done it on purpose, but she absolutely captured what it means to be a confident, strong, sexy boss of a femme when she designed the wrap dress. 

 

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What staple pieces do you believe every woman should own? 

 

Piggybacking off of my comment above, here are my top 10 articles of clothing. I thought about venturing into shoes/bags but let’s keep it simple.

 

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  1. Well-tailored black blazer

  2. Wrap dress

  3. Tailored black trousers (skinny, wide leg, whatever, just make sure they fit perfectly) 

  4. Plain white t-shirt

  5. Go-with-anything jeans (dark or light… doesn’t matter)

  6. Silk cami/tank

  7. Slip dress

  8. White button-up

  9. Classic trench coat

  10. Pencil skirt

 

 

 

 

Where can our readers follow and engage with you and your work? 

 

Social Media:


@loventhngmore

 

Blog: 

 

www.lovenothingmore.com

 

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