Today is my first Blog Feature and I chose one of my closest friend's blog, Craving a Peace. Kelsey is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland and will be continuing in the fall studying International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver. Kelsey is a fun, silly, extremely caring individual who always has everyone's best interest and well-being at heart. Through our friendship, she has taught me to broaden my horizons and learn to love the world and I have worked to inspire her style-wise. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Southern Africa and parts of Central and South America. In her blog, she showcases her creative side and love for everything in this world from people to landscapes to food. I decided to ask her a few questions to share with you all, my lovely readers.
To be honest, I never thought about starting a blog until I learned about them just a few months ago. You opened my eyes to blogs and how personalized they can be. They are a great medium to express yourself; I love being creative in a variety of capacities, making blogging a great venue. After years of traveling and thousands of captured moments, I was inspired to start "Craving a Peace" when you showed me how you put your blog together. So, without "Savoir-Faire Style," my blog would not exist. It is the perfect project that can allow me to bring everything I am passionate about to the world
Some of my on-the-go staples when traveling are a watch (running from here to there in whatever country you're in can be fashionable and handy), girlie flats and/or gladiator sandals (they are compact, easy to pack, multifaceted, and much easier on your feet than heels while sight-seeing), and a sarong (I know it sounds silly, but they can be used as a shawl, skirt, or even a towel).
A variety of tops, definitely. You can make different outfits with the same bottom by easily changing the top--people notice the top half of you more so than the bottom. Also, the best packing secret I learned along the way is to roll your clothes. You have no idea how much more space you'll have (or how much more you can pack--depending on how you want to look at it :) ) if you roll your clothing. Plus, it helps eliminate the wrinkling that often happens in transit.
The most life shaping experience I have encountered was during the six months I lived in Bangkok, Thailand. As a result of my time in Southeast Asia, I recognized and developed the person I am and strive to be. I would never appreciate the world as much if I wasn't exposed to the beauty of such a unique part of the world. Because of that experience, I was fortunate to eventually spend time in El Salvador, on a mission trip, learning about the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of the human race. Once you see the world, you never want to stop exploring.
Absolutely! My style will forever have a shimmer of Asia woven into it. I love fisherman pants, kimono-esque styled shirts, and all of the jewelry I bought in the countries I traveled to. When I was fortunate enough to travel to Africa, I grew a strong appreciation for earthy patterns and mismatched cloth. I have yet to travel to Europe because I know I will want to buy everything I see; but, it is definitely on my fashion-must travel destinations in the future.
Five things I never leave home without are: a stick of Blistex Silk & Shine or Five Star Lip Protection (both have a great shimmer and moisture protecting factor), a small silver folding mirror to check for potential make-up mishaps, Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy cream, a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, and last, yet most important, my camera (for those moments I want to remember or even just something I see that makes me smile).
In the near future, I will be attending the University of Denver for International Disaster Psychology. In the distant and continuing future, I want to travel the world, see every nook and cranny, and help people along the way. I am confident that I will use and develop my blog in order to keep everyone up to speed on my adventures. Through my writing and photography, I hope to capture my favorite cultural, fashionable, and natural moments that come my way. Who knows, one day I may be living in some country you have never heard of but as long as I have access to "Savoir-Faire Style," I'll be able to keep up on the beauty of fashion and style.