Name, Age: Sarah Parker Cotham, 23
Location: Boston, MA
Blog Title & Link: Parker the Prepster www.parkertheprepster.com
1. Tell us a Little about Yourself:
I am a 23 year old wife, recruiter by day, lifestyle blogger by night, bunny mom, bag lady, and lip balm addict.
2. What are you notoriously known for:
I am notoriously known for being a total TJX (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods) connoisseur. I worked at TJ Maxx for 3 years during college – talk about addictive!
3. Who is your number 1 fashion inspiration?
My number one fashion inspiration has always been Rachel Bilson. We have a very similar sense of style: part classic, part boho, part edgy.
4. What made you decide to start blogging?
I started blogging in 2010 in order to share my fashion finds. In college it’s all about getting the most bang for your buck, although this motto still remains close to my heart. People loved seeing where I purchased my clothing and accessories, and how much I paid. My blog has gone through about 3 revisions in the past 4 years and I love how I have evolved from a shopping blog to a fashion blog to a lifestyle blog. I love this quote from Gap Inc: “Style is more than what you wear. It reflects how you live, how you choose to navigate your life, and how you show up.”
5. What is your personal fashion philosophy
Style and fashion are constantly evolving. There are so many times that I look back and think “what was I thinking?” However, that outfit might reflect where I was in my life at that time and the lessons I learned along the way. In summary: keep it classic, but take risks.
6. Favorite fashion magazines? Why?
InStyle, Harper’s Bazzar, and of course…Vogue. All three of these magazines have the best articles and the most inspiring outfit inspiration for all ages.
7. What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
Mirrored sunglasses, vests, maxi dresses, and oversized coats.
8. Celebrity crush ?
Ben Affleck all the way!
9. Travel destination on your bucket list?
I was born in Germany and apparently traveled all over Europe, but I was too young to remember most of it. I have since been back to Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, and Turkey; but I am dying to go to France.
10. Looking back at this past year what are some of your greatest accomplishments?
2014 was an insane year for me. I graduated college, moved to Boston, started my first “big girl” job, and married my best friend. It was a VERY exciting year.
11. What do you want to achieve in 2015?
I want to have 4 weekly blog posts and really build this part of my career. I also would like to travel once a month. Most months will just be quick weekend trips skiing or wearing Fierce Simplicity in Cape Cod, but I also would love to visit my best friend in Florida and possibly go someplace exotic on our “second honeymoon”.
12. What type of camera do you use?
13. Coffee or tea?
Tea! I’m a major chai latte addict.
14. Champagne, vodka, or tequila?
Champagne, although I am going to attempt to make Starburst Infused Vodka this weekend.
15. Heels, flats, or boots?
Boots. I live in Boston, so I wear them 8 months out of the year.
16. 90’s grunge? Or 60’s glam?
60’s glam for sure! I find so much inspiration from this time period, especially looking at my family’s old photo albums.
17. What is your dream job?
I wanted to be a buyer forever and then I found recruiting. My dream job would be a self-employed blogger, but I would also love to be a college recruiter and travel while making an impact on student’s lives.
18. Favorite Mac lipstick color?
I love the name: Sushi Kiss!
19. What is your signature style?
Prepster: Really a chimera of two existing groups, the prepster is someone most likely raised in the suburbs and very preppy, that moves to a very hipster centered city (Brooklyn, Portland, Austin), and due to scene exposure adopts certain hipster trends whilst retaining the preppy spirit (Definition form Urban Dictionary). While I have never been overtly preppy, I’ve always had a very classic and timeless style. However, I also like to experiment with fashion. The best word I can find for the combination is “prepster”.
20. Go to beauty look?
Cat eye, big lashes, coral lips
21. Favorite shoe designer?
I love Prada shoes! Every pair I own are extremely comfortable. My wedding shoes were Prada.
22. Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn
Both? I find these two women extremely inspiring.
23. Favorite Quote?
“I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it.” - Jack Dawson
24. What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear?
I am obsessed with pajamas. I love style and fashion, but I could live in cute pajamas.
25. What is it that you hope to achieve in the fashion world?
I would love to achieve my own signature style and be able to share that with the world through blogging.
26. What makes you unique as a fashion blogger?
I think I’m a very good “high-low” mixer of fashion. I know when to splurge and I know when to save. My goal is to have the outfit always feel seamless.
27. What is your favorite look in your blog?
My favorite look was this boho chic outfit I wore in August. The entire look was so comfortable and I remember the weather was gorgeous that day!
28. Is there anything you would like our readers to know about you or your blog?
I absolutely love the fashion/lifestyle blogging community. Everyone has been so sweet, supportive, creative, and inspirational. Thank you for reading and always remember to have fun with fashion!
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