Meet Linda Park, the fashion blogger behind, NomNomBlingBling. In addition to making a splash within the DC fashion community, images from Linda's blog have also been featured in a DC fashion article in the March 2012 issue of Elle. Linda graciously took a few moments from her budding career to answer select questions regarding her blog.
Can you tell us a little about your blog?
My blog is a documentation of my outfits and recipes that I think look or taste good and are worth sharing. It basically is a site where I feature the things that I love.
How did you decide to begin blogging?I’ve been reading/stalking my favorite fashion blogs for over a year now and finally garnered the courage to blog about my passions (food and fashion) for everyone to see. I wanted a creative outlet for myself because these are things that have no correlation to what I do professionally.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’d say it’s classic yet chic, trendy yet wearable.
What is your go-to outfit for everyday wear?
Because it’s been so cold these days I’m usually wearing skinny jeans, a cozy sweater or layers, with some sort of bold accessory.
How would you describe DC fashion?
DC fashion is becoming a force to be reckoned with. The fashion scene is definitely emerging with very stylish people who you will not be wearing mundane business suits.
Where do you hope to see DC fashion go?
I hope that it breaks the conservative stereotype fashion mold DC can’t seem to get past.
What are your favorite places to shop in DC?
I love shopping for trendy pieces at affordable places such as H&M, Gap and Forever 21 and for shoes, accessories, and classic investment pieces, I shop at Saks or Neiman Marcus. I have a rule for myself where I refuse to pay full price for items unless I know for sure they will never go on sale (Louis Vuitton, classic Chanel, etc.).
What do you love most about DC?
I appreciate the cultural diversity and the rapidly growing food scene.
What are your favorite activities to do in DC?
During the summer time, I love biking along trails that take you from MD to DC or DC to VA, walking through Eastern Market, or dining outdoors and people watching.
Where do you find the majority of inspiration for your outfits?
I find inspiration from fashion magazines, bloggers, and images from models “off duty” who always seem to look so effortlessly chic.
What are your favorite spring 2012 fashion trends?
Cotton candy colors, neons, and prints (tribal, abstract art).
Where do you hope to take your blog in the future?
I’m not sure yet. I just started my blog a little under 6 months ago to document the things I’m passionate about and didn’t really think about where it would go. I honestly was and still am surprised that people actually read my blog until a recent article from the Washingtonian featured me (along with 9 other bloggers) as one of the blogs to watch for 2012. Needless to say, I was pretty shocked when I found out they wanted to include me haha. I just hope that people will continue to enjoy my content and be able to find inspiration from my style and recipes.
What is your advice to aspiring fashion bloggers, especially aspiring fashion bloggers in the DC area?
Haha I find this question a bit strange because I still feel like a new blogger myself and am constantly seeking advice from blogging veterans on how to make my blog successful. However, a couple of things I have learned so far is that it’s important to put out quality work and to be original. It’s still a learning process on balancing my personal life and blogging life because I would love to have more time to post more frequently, but the most important thing to me is quality over quantity. Finding inspiration from other bloggers is great but you shouldn’t copy their style because readers will end up going to the site with the original content anyway, so be yourself. Also, have fun with it! Once it starts to become “work,” and the fun isn’t there anymore, that’s when you should step back and reevaluate why you’re blogging.