Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Make the World a Prettier Place :: Vintage Marie

Marie is one of the winners of the Color Magic Contest! Let’s learn more about her.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Marie and I live in a small French-speaking town between Montreal and Quebec City, Canada. My first job was for a hotel and I have been working in the hotel business ever since. I work in accounting and human resources now. My colleagues always tease me – in a friendly way - about my shoe collection, colorful tights, chignon, etc. I am proud to be a fashion-loving accountant – there aren’t many of us!


How did you become interested in fashion?
I think I have always been interested in fashion. I took a computer class in my first year of high school and the final project was to create a newspaper. I looked through all of my Vogue and Elle magazines and created a fashion newspaper. Unfortunately I can’t recall its name but I remember how happy this assignment made me. I worked harder on it than I ever did for any other project!


What inspired you to start your own blog?
I read a tiny article in a Canadian magazine about street style websites and my first reaction was: “How come I didn’t already know about this?!” I started looking at these websites and saw a whole new world filled with possibilities opening up to me. During the following months, I got more acquainted with the world of fashion blogging and finally decided to give it a try myself.


What are your dreams and aspirations?
My blog – Make the World a Prettier Place - is a very important part of my life. Blogging – especially when there is personal style involved – includes many different tasks: editing, modeling, photographing, researching, writing, marketing, etc. I love to experiment with all of these aspects of creation. I hope to get more opportunities – like giving this interview – in the future.


How would you describe your style? What’s your favorite look at this moment?
I would say that my style is very feminine, ladylike and sophisticated. I have delicate and soft features and I found out over the years that this style suits me best. I like dresses and skirts, colorful sky-high heels and anything vintage.

Being from Canada, where we have snow for over 6 months, I decided this year to embrace the climate I live in instead of moaning my way through winter. I am currently on a mission to find feminine but warm outfits for winter - “snow queen” looks, but not too costumey.


Where do you get your fashion inspirations?
Bloggers are the most inspirational and creative people ever. They have great style and wear their clothes differently from the models you see in fashion magazines. I prefer people who walk to the beat of their own drum instead of followings trends, and that is what many bloggers do. My favorite bloggers are Barbro Andersen, House of Harps, Chic Muse and The Clothes Horse.


Where do you shop? What are your favorite brands?
This might sound silly, but I hate shopping in stores. I often have a very specific idea of a look or a piece of clothing I want, go to several different stores and still won’t be able to find it. Online shopping on the other hand is something that I loooove. It’s simple, convenient and I can sip a glass of red wine in the comfort of my home at the same time! I shop on Ebay and Etsy, and I buy all my shoes from Aldo Shoes. Aldo has a wide variety of styles at very affordable prices.


Congratulations again to Marie for winning the contest. Stay tuned for more fashion inspirations from Marie!


  1. I think you have an incredible look. I've always admired people who have this insight. You have a sharp eye to find beautyful things. Sometimes, I feel like I'll never find my own style. Wish I could bring you in my purse when I go shopping! Thank you for your great blog.

  2. This is one of the sweetest thing I have ever read! Thank you so much!

    Don't worry about finding your style. Have fun with it. Exprimenting is the best way to find out what suits you best. And by the way, I wouldn't mind if you brought me in your purse to go shopping because I'm sure we would have a lot of fun! :)
    - Marie