Meet the Blogger Behind: Lifestyle Fashionista

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Happy Wednesday! This weeks featured blogger is 31 year old Evelina Vilke and her blog Lifestyle Fashionista. She is a fashion blogger that shares some of the most stylish outfits that make me want to go out and buy even more things to add to my wardrobe. Check out her interview below. 

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?
I am working as a personal and fashion stylist and ever since I was a little girl fashion has been constant in my life. Growing up with the sight of my mother designing clothes in our home studio is something that has remained with me to this day.

“Fashion is more than art because you live your life in it”, words to live by!

I love exploring new places and every day crave new experiences, whether it be trying cuisines that I haven’t before or exploring new places in the world. I have found that the pleasure of all the above goes hand in hand with (and I would say enhanced by) how fabulous the outfit that I am wearing is!

For me it all begins with planning what to wear, for as I am sure you will agree, selection of the right outfit may make or break a night out before you have even left home. I am a firm believer that you can enjoy everything in your life just a little bit more if you are wearing a fabulous outfit - fabulous style can lead to a fabulous life is my motto. Therefore I created Lifestyle Fashionista to inspire people to live the most chic, fabulous life.

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?

I love documenting my outfits and travels around the world. It will always remind me how many great moments I had and I hope it can inspire other people to try new things – either it’s a new outfit or a new life experience.

3.       What main topics do you blog about?
I started my blog as a personal style diary. Being a personal stylist and helping people to find their personal style inspired me to start sharing styling tips. I also just started a new series on my blog Travelling in Style. For me deciding what I will be wearing during a trip is an essential part of any holiday planning.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?
I love travelling. I am also a bit of a foodie so I enjoy visiting new trendy restaurants (I am planning to start new series on my blog about what to wear in famous, posh and trendy restaurants. I also have a thing for roof top bars. I was a professional ballet dancer and I hope to find more time to start dancing again.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?
Last year I have visited Bali and this was the most beautiful place I have ever been. It was a magnificent place with beautiful nature, rich history and the friendliest and nicest people in the world.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?
I started blogging as a hobby but now it’s becoming more and more than a side job next to my styling business.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?
I would like my blog to be a place of fashion and lifestyle inspiration. I would love if people visit Lifestyle FASHIONISTA when they want to be inspired what to wear in different places in the world, best restaurants or any other important occasions in their life.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
The hardest thing is to get noticed and constantly attract new people to visit your blog. Sometimes it can be very disheartening when you put all your heart in a post and then no one reads it.

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Don’t give up! It will take time for readers to notice you but if you work hard and have something interesting to share, eventually you will get there. However it won’t be easy.

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones and House of Cards. And of course as a fashion lover I am obsessed about Sex and the City. I have to watch all seasons at least once a year. I probably know everything by heart by now.

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique?
I lived in China and can speak English, Lithuanian, Russian, French and Mandarin
I was born and raised in Lithuania and post my early retirement from ballet due to injury, studied International Politics and Diplomacy (I was never a shrinking violet whether on the stage or in life in general!). As part of the continuation of my Master’s studies I found myself in Beijing, China where my life completely changed. Having lived a more cloistered life (which was not at all unusual for professional dancers) this was the first time that I was exposed to a truly international environment, and able to enjoy learning about and sharing with different cultures.
Having quickly realised that this was something that I wanted as a part of my life from there on out upon completion of my Masters degree I moved to London. This was the perfect choice for me as it still allows me to be close to both my family and friends but within a truly cosmopolitan and international city (the fact that London is one of the world’s fashion capitals doesn’t hurt either!).

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?
I adore Olivia Palermo’s style. I think she is the epitome of modern elegance and femininity where classics are mixed with trendy pieces.

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on?
I am very excited about my first post of Travelling in Style series where I share my tips of what to wear and see in Marrakesh. I was very happy to write about two things I love the most in my life – fashion and travel.
http://www.lifestylefashionista.co.uk/what-to-wear-see-in-marrakesh/

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
I love spring and each year I am looking forward to spring blossom, longer days and flower smell in the air. Spring always brings me energy and new ideas - it is a time of new beginnings!

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
I am a “shoeaholic”. My obsession is high heels, and I consider them a work of art. When it comes to buying heels I don’t ever worry about where I am going to wear them, what I am going to wear with them or whether they are going to be comfortable (how boring!). I buy them because they look gorgeous. And guess what? I have yet to add an unworn pair to my collection.

Marilyn Monroe said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” and that lady knew a thing or two about fashion! The right pair is a total game changer, transforming a potentially boring outfit to super stylish. A pair of shoes can tell you how I am feeling, and that’s why I only wear flat shoes when I feel sad!

Thank you Evelina for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Evelina by following her on: TwitterFacebookInstagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

June 2016 ipsy Unbagging | Video

Friday, June 24, 2016


This is the first month in a long while that I have liked almost everything that I received in my bag. I'm really excited to see what I get in the July bag since it's my birthday month and it always feels like an extra birthday present when I get it. So I'm hoping that it's going to be a good one and better than this months.



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Art of Downtown Las Vegas

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Working in Downtown Las Vegas means I get to walk past all of the different art murals that have painted around here over the past few years. Many of which sprouted up for the Life is Beautiful festival that happens down here every September but they're all pretty cool to look at in their own way. If you travel to Vegas and wind up on Fremont street, be sure to wander around and check out the below images.

















Do you enjoy art possibly as much as I do? Which piece was your favorite to look at?

Meet the Blogger Behind: Sequins are the New Black

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Welcome back to another Wednesday. This week we are meeting 26 year old Tess Felber from Sequins are the New Black. If you are into fashion then you should definitely check out her blog and the outfits that she shares. She's recently shared some gorgeous dresses that I absolutely love.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog? 
I have always loved fashion, and embrace any opportunity to dress up. I was inspired to start my blog because I was often asked where I bought my outfits.  Sequins are the New Black is my creative outlet to showcase outfits I don't get to always wear in my normal day to day life.

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why? 
#1 favorite thing about blogging is connecting with my readers. Whether it be in comments on my blog, Instagram or Facebook. It really lights up my day J

3.       What main topics do you blog about? 
Fashion, lifestyle, home decor

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
When I am not blogging I enjoy skiing, shopping {obviously}, baking, spending time with friends and family & crafting.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
My favorite place to visit has been Turks and Caicos, I went last March with my boyfriend and it holds special meaning because it was our first big trip together! The water is the most incredible blue color I’ve ever seen! { You’ll see what I mean here https://www.instagram.com/p/0h6vP5AzNz/?taken-by=tessfelber } If you’re a coffee lover like me, make sure you stop by the Green Bean café in Providenciales for their iced coffee- I am still thinking about it a year later J

 6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
Right now blogging is just a hobby but my ultimate goal is to become full time!

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
In 5 years I will be working full time on Sequins are the New Black! The goal is to be collaborating with brands such as J.Crew, Revolve Clothing, ASOS. I also hope to have attended New York Fashion Week by then!

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging? 
Learning how to use a camera has been the most difficult part! Since the main focus of my blog is the photos, I am trying to have them be as flawless as possible. My boyfriend is my photographer so we are learning together, YouTube has been a savior J

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger? 
There are so many tips but most important I would have to say is being consistent. Blogging, especially fashion blogging is such a saturated space right now that readers need to see consistency to gain trust. It will keep them engaged and want to follow along for the long haul! Be yourself J  

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
Suits- Not your typical lawyer show, they leave you hanging in the best way
How to Get Away with Murder- Shonda Rhimes is a twisted genius!
Real Housewives {Beverly Hills or Orange County}-I skip through most of the petty drama, I enjoy watching to see their outfits and the amazing trips!  

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
Growing up, I was a dancer from 15 years. Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop- I did it all and that is what sparked my love for glitz, sequins and glitter. I was obsessed with the costumes we wore and the huge eyelashes!

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
Sophia Amoruso is a #GIRLBOSS and I love everything about her! She is the creator of Nasty Gal and wrote the book #GIRLBOSS - if you haven't read it already, go out and get it now! She taught me that I can create the life I want, go after my dreams and the best way to live is to dive into new things without being attached to results. The greatest thing I took away from Sophia is that when your goal is to gain experience, perspective and knowledge- failure is no longer an option. 

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 
I was most proud hitting the publish button on my first blog post! With my blog name Sequins are the New Black it was only right I wore silver sequin leggings J I am still obsessed with them. Starting a blog was something I had thought about for a while before actually executing so it was a big moment, I was so nervous sharing it on Facebook that night, I must have reworded my post 14 times hah! It was all worth it when I ended up having 990 views my first day!

You can find my first post here http://www.sequinsarethenewblack.com/37/

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
Summer is hands down my favorite season! I live in Boston so we have really awful winters but the summers in New England are unbelievably gorgeous! Every year I look forward to making my rounds to all my favorite beach areas- Cape Cod, Rhode Island {where I am from and the most beautiful beachesJ}, biking on Block Island, sipping banana Pina coladas on Martha Vineyard. And of course rocking my summer wardrobe! Is it June yet!?

Thank you Tess for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Tess by following her on: TwitterFacebookInstagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.