NAME: Melinda Fleming
WEBSITE/BLOG: Curated Cool – http://curatedcool.com/
CITY + COUNTRY: Los Angeles, USA
We could not have been more excited to get to know Melinda Fleming of Curated Cool. She is one stylish and fashion forward lady! Not to mention she lives and travels all over the world. Total global fashion girl. We think you will love her taste, genuineness and energy as much as we do.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?
I wanted to do a business online, like a creative outlet not even knowing it would be a blog. Then one day I had an “ah-ha” moment. People had always commented on my style and taste and would always ask me ” Where did you get that?” So I started finding unique accessories and decor pieces. Then in December 2013 I started doing fashion outfit ideas, because I posted a picture of me wearing something on social media and got such a response – That became a game changer when I did that.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME?
Ha! I tried to be so brainiac and serious about the name in the beginning, then I just thought about what was my message? A curated collection of really cool stuff. So I put two words together and there we go!
WHAT MAKES YOUR BLOG STAND OUT?
People have commented how clean and minimal it is. And that’s always been the aesthetic I’m going for. So hopefully I’m succeeding at that goal. I know who I am and I focus on a style thats about a way of life, not just a look for the day.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?
Clean lines, minimal with edge, and high-end vintage. No two days are the same, so I dress very much in the moment and how I feel. I never worry about trends. If anything I run the other way. I find it more interesting when somebody can say “Where did you get that” without recognizing who the designer is.
WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON?
I’m gonna go with Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen. Since they are a duo I’m counting them as one. They seem to just get it.
FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS?
-Band Of Outsiders
FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW?
An vintage Italian weekender bag. It’s got the mix of perfect color and patina and I get so many comments on it.
FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE + BAND?
Book – The Little Prince
Movie – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” because all the outfits were designed by Givenchy and were simply spectacular.
Band – The Black Keys
IF YOU WERE TO HAVE LUNCH WITH ANNA WINTOUR AND CARINE ROITFELD WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR?
Yes please!! I’d wear my favorite beaded vintage jacket, burgundy leather skinny pants, stiletto booties, and a massive clutch bag. I’m a sucker for a clutch. I like tension in an outfit as I find the opposites attract and help bring a look together.
SONG YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE MOST/ON REPEAT?
Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” – I rock out every single time.
BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?
Wearing stilettos on a grassy field. Your heels will sink into the grass guaranteed!
3 FASHION TIPS?
1. Wear what works for your body shape.
2. Less is always more.
3. Confidence is sexier than any outfit. Remember that you wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you.
FAVORITE SNACK/ PICK ME UP?
Fresh pineapple chunks.