NAME: Ashley Guyatt
WEBSITE/BLOG: Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes – http://polkadotsandsailorstripes.com/
CITY + COUNTRY: Los Angeles + San Diego, United States
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?
I had a serious Pinterest & Fashion Blog addiction where I would just spend hours upon hours of looking at other blogs and outfit ideas. I realized that showcasing my favorite outfits on a blog was something I could also do myself, so I decided to go for it!
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME?
For a while I had a hard time buying anything that wasn’t striped or polka-dotted. I am always drawn to the two patterns, and I have even been known to wear them together. I decided that it was a good representation of how my style goes back and forth from girly to edgy, and from casual to fancy…depending how I feel that day. I never know what I am going to get when I go into my closet, and that is reflected on my blog. Each post is different from the last, and my style can never really be defined. Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes was something I felt sort of just summed up the two different sides of me!
WHAT MAKES YOUR BLOG STAND OUT?
My blog focuses heavily on budget-friendly outfits. I myself am on a very strict budget, and when it comes to shopping, there’s not much spending room in that budget! I have mastered the art of finding diamonds in the rough, and picking items that only look like they came with a heavy price-tag attached…but you will find by reading my blog, these gems are almost always $50 and under.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?
My personal style changes every day, depending on the weather, my mood, my day’s activities, etc. I sort of just walk into my closet, stare at everything, and figure out what feels like “me” that day. My style ranges from extremely girly and kate spade obsessed, to ripped boyfriend jeans and booties when I want to just look “effortlessly thrown together” and borderline grungy. I am not sure why I can never stick to one style, but it seems to work! My clothes help me be whoever I want to be that day.
WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON?
I would have to say that in this point in time, it is Amber Fillerup from Barefoot Blonde. Not only does she have the best hair EVER, she throws together simple, timeless pieces, in the most effortless way. She’s also the reason my lipstick collection has increased drastically!
FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS?
Oh goodness, this is a tough one! There are so many talented designers that I have come in contact with through my blog, and I am so thankful to know them all! I am probably the most smitten with a new jewelry designer that I just recently got connected with. Her jewelry pieces are so so delicate, and very unique. I find myself reaching for the bracelets and rings I have from her day after day. Her name is Diana Ho and her jewelry line, Diana Ho Designs, is currently sold on Etsy. It’s amazing.
I would say Pinterest is by far my favorite. I could get lost on that website all day! Another website I check daily is Barefoot Blonde because like I said in a previous question, Amber Fillerup is my #1 fashion icon at the moment! I also love love love Cara Loren’s blog. She is really good at looking effortlessly put together as well, and definitely has an edgier side that I love to channel on certain days!
FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW?
I go through moments of hating my entire closet, so right now this is really hard to answer! I would have to say my white coat with fur on the bottom half. It’s not a piece that I get to wear very often, but it’s one of those pieces that I want to put on display because I think it’s just so darn pretty. I love it!
FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE + BAND?
My favorite book(s) at the moment are actually a series by G.J Walker-Smith. It’s such a silly little love story that follows an Australian girl and a Parisian-American guy from NYC, but I love to just unwind and get lost in it after a long day of working. I think it’s the hopeless romantic side of me that can’t get enough of it!
My favorite movie is and will always be ‘A Lot Like Love.’ Partly because I am obsessed with Ashton Kutcher, but mostly because I think it is such a good love story. I am a sucker for romance movies, and I love the way this movie shows that if it’s meant to be, it will be no matter where life takes you. It’s the best!
My favorite band, you’re going to laugh, is One Direction. No shame! I am obsessed with Harry Styles. Even if I am a couple years older than him, I don’t even care!! Haha…but really. They are my favorite. 😉
IF YOU WERE TO HAVE LUNCH WITH ANNA WINTOUR AND CARINE ROITFELD WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR?
Oh my goodness I don’t even know!!! I would have the most insane outfit-anxiety of all time planning for a lunch like that! I would probably stick with a flattering, bright dress from kate spade, with a cute eclectic coat over it, maybe leopard print or something fun! For shoes, I would definitely stick to a pair of mid-height heels (just so I don’t trip…I am extremely clumsy!). I think that it would be a sophisticated choice that is not only fool-proof, but also fashionable.
SONG YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE MOST/ON REPEAT?
I have been absolutely obsessed with Blank Space by Taylor Swift. So good, and so fun to sing at the top of your lungs in the car when you’re stuck in traffic!
ANY OTHER BLOGS YOU LOVE?
Atlantic-Pacific is definitely a favorite of mine; I get a lot of outfit inspiration from Blair Eadie and try to recreate her beautiful looks with more affordable options.
BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?
Oh man…definitely when I bought a pair of kitten heel, sling-back, pointed toe shoes in black AND white. I thought they were the perfect shoe for everyday, and every outfit…and I definitely used them that way! They even had a little bow on both toes. So bad. So much regret. My only saving grace is that I was only 13, so I had a lot to learn.
3 FASHION TIPS?
1 – If you like it, BUY it.
2 – If someone else hates it, BUY it (unless it really is terrible). A lot of my favorite pieces have come from this philosophy; your style is different than anyone else’s, so don’t let them decide what you’re going to wear for you.
3 – If something is just a little too big or a little too small, pass on it. I have fallen into this trap so many times, where it is the last one, and I just have to have it. But you have to remember, it will never fit you well, and you will always wish it was different! In fact, I am wearing a pair of heels that are just a tad too big as I write this, and I regret it every time I wear them. Be patient and keep looking! If it’s not meant to be, don’t force it.
FAVORITE SNACK/ PICK ME UP?
That has to be a cheese & charcuterie plate, paired with a glass of red wine, and followed up with yummy dark chocolate. I think I could live off of this diet (I blame this on my time studying abroad in Italy).