Being a blogger is very new to me. Although I have been sharing my stories for over a year, I still feel like a newborn. There are so many bloggers out there – it’s almost as common as Abercrombie & Fitch was in 2002. I recently had the pleasure of getting to know Kayla Bell. She’s not just another blogger; she’s a girl pursuing her dreams – just like myself. What was so refreshing about her is that although we never had any face-to-face contact, she was still extremely encouraging and very willing to collaborate with me. Once I had the chance to check out her blog, I knew we had more in common than just a URL. Kayla is intelligent, very fashion-forward and most importantly, she has a beautiful soul – all things I truly admire.
Kayla Bell aims for the universe – even when she misses, she knows she’ll land somewhere amongst the stars. Kayla is a New Orleans native and she represents her city with pride. The beach and fashion are two of her favorite things – therefore, California was a necessary change of location. Arrow+Phoenix is going on two years of success. It was created to inspire women through the things Kayla loves- fashion, food, travel and wellness. She loves sharing her stories and you all will love to read them. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Kayla Bell – the beauty and brains behind Arrow+Phoenix.
What inspired you to start your own blog?
A+P: I have always loved fashion and inspiring people, so I figured, why not? My friends and friends of theirs would ask about my clothes, hair, and makeup which was my inspiration for the blog. I also plan on starting a swimwear line before the end of the year. In the beginning, it was hard to find websites/magazines who would feature myself and my work so I decided to create something myself.
Why do you love fashion?
A+P: Fashion has been my outlet since I was a little girl. I always knew I’d end up in fashion design, but once I began going to school for fashion merchandising, it opened so may doors for me! I love the fact that fashion is so intimate and personal. You can have the same exact wardrobe as the next girl and wear it in a completely different manner.
You recently moved to LA (welcome, welcome) where do you like to shop?
A+P: Ah, thank you! Oh my goodness, where don’t I love to shop? I’ve watched Nasty Gal grow from an online store to a physical store so I love shopping there. A few of my other favorites are Fred Segal, Heist, and Reformation.
What is something you always have in your purse?
A+P: I live for Benefit mascara – I carry two in my purse at all times!
What is something that readers should know about you?
A+P: “I love to cook! Whether I have worked a ten hour day or I’ve had the entire day off, I come home and cook. Every time my friends have a party or are hungry, I’m the go-to girl and I love it.”
What is the best advice you have ever received?
A+P: The best advice I’ve ever received is to be myself regardless of where I am and who I’m surrounded by. When you look good, you feel good so always be confident in your own skin and everything else will fall into place.
Wanna know more about Kayla? Check out her blog Arrow + Phoenix!
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