Interview in PrintMag

It’s been a pleasure being a part of PrintMag, an online art and social lifestyle magazine. They interviewed me last month for their third issue. If this outfit looks familiar, it’s because these pictures were from the same set as my previous shoot, which I never published on the blog. Flip through the pages (using the left and right arrows), and you’ll find me!

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You can zoom in to make the magazine full-screen by clicking anywhere on the page (except the navigation arrows). In case you’d rather read in text, I have also included the interview below.

Q: So, let’s talk a little about you. Where do you hail from? What do you like to do?
I live in Baltimore, Maryland, where talented minds like Animal Collective and John Waters hail from. Before I got into blogging, I used to write a lot about my philosophies in life (often deep, sometimes crazy). I have a love-hate relationship with clothes where I  rave about timeless and individual creativity in clothing styles but also rant about the mainstream and commercial trends in fashion. I also like music and movies a lot, which I enjoy with the love of my life.


Q: When and WHY did you start your blog ‘à la Modest?”
The blog à la Modest started in April of 2010, but the idea of it began long before that. Before the blog came, I started a Facebook group for people to talk about the dangers of overtly sexual fashion trends. It raised some good discussion, but then I eventually built a blog to provide regular visual inspiration drawing from my own lifestyle. I think the blog helped a lot to encourage other women to be confident in the beauty they have without selling out their bodies.
Q: What do you do for a living?

I am a Web design and developer and a graphic designer. Recently though, I went back to school full-time, so I have both my job and my hobbies on the back burner. I still blog whenever I find free time. My résumé and portfolio for my Web work can be found at http://redeux.me, so if you ever need some help, wave me down!

Q: How are you able to put together such cool and unique outfits?
Before I decided to “cover up,” I enjoyed fashion but was a slave to it. I think creating a boundary in my life since then from what I know to be sexually enticing and silly trends in fashion helped me to be more creative in my choices of clothing. The limits that I set for myself almost forced me to open my mind to other things unpopular and be more independent. Cultures from decades past, music, and movies became sources of my inspiration.
Q: What are you listening to currently (music-wise)?
Oh boy, this is a big question. Right now, I am listening to the Mumford and Sons’ album Sigh No More. It’s a very deep and thought-provoking album, which leaves you thinking about your purpose in life after listening to it. It’s folky, so it might be hard to get into for some people, but I highly recommend it. I’m also listening to Missing Persons’ album Spring Session M., The Brothers Martin’s only album, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, The Jim Caroll Band’s Catholic Boy, and Metric’s Fantasies and Live it Out, among other things…
Q: Favorite designer?
My favorite fashion designers for clothes include Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Karen Millen, Lee Alexander McQueen, and Mary Katrantzou. I like Jeffrey Campbell for shoes. Since I am a Web designer, I will thrown in Eric Jordan and Billy Bussey as my first two flash animator inspirations.

Q: What would you like to say to the people in the world?
Be brave and do not let your individuality be affected by everybody else’s thinking, but when it comes to making yourself a better person for a better world, change yourself.