Heading to the East Coast we were able to visit with Anna Lisa of Recess City (RecessCity.com). She and her boyfriend, Porter, run the wonderful fashion and lifestyle blog. In addition to covering amazing fashion they also discuss some of their best travel – including Antigua and Montreal! It’s always worth a read and be sure to check out their Instagram (@recesscity) once you’ve had a chance to learn more below!
When did your interest in fashion begin?
When I was little, I was a tomboy through & through. In some ways, I still am. I became more and more interested in clothing as a teen (like most girls) but don’t think I really became intensely interested in defining my own style until I moved to Europe when I was twenty. I had a good understanding of what fashions I liked & didn’t like long before then, but they were based mostly on what my peers were into. Being immersed in different cultures and getting to see what women were wearing in international melting pots, like Geneva & Paris, intrigued me. It also sparked the realization that wanting to work some element of style into my future career could be a reflection of my artistic side rather than a quintessentially “girly girl” side, which I’ve never felt I really have.
When did you decide to become a fashion blogger?
I decided to start blogging during my junior year of college. I was travelling a lot and I was an English major, so it seemed like the sort of thing I could get away with doing. Originally, I just snapped away photos of wherever I was & what I was up to. Over time, though, especially when I moved back to Boston after graduating about six months ago, my boyfriend, Porter, a photographer in his own right, became more and more involved. Now, we run everything as a team, and the blogs really adapted into a space to share our life together and our belief that there’s beauty in simple, high-quality, yet distinctive pieces. Creatively, we’re very similar in what draws us in or throws us off, we have completely different creative processes, though. It’s a steep learning curve whenever you’re working with someone you’re very close to personally, but it’s also, in our opinions, so much more rewarding, and, I like to think, more engaging for our followers.
How do you stay up to date with the latest fashion and beauty trends?
I try my best not to stay up to date with trends. I don’t make a habit of buying things based off of what others are purchasing, but am always on the hunt for pieces that match the quality & aesthetic we find beautiful, & love to wear & photograph (minimalist neutrals, for the most part).
How would you describe your personal style?
We both always lean toward the minimalist, Scandinavian styles we’re comfortable in & love. I don’t like to wear anything with too much pattern, and neither of us really venture out of the neutral color palette very often (except for blues, we both love blue). I think if you’re wearing all subdued colors that don’t have very much going on as far as visual design, then, in order for your outfit to make a statement, there needs to be some inimitable quality to either the textures or materials or some small detail. It’s talking softly, not shouting, that makes people lean in. That’s kind of how we approach what we wear. It’s a lot more challenging, too, I think, to be simultaneously wed to minimalism and insistent on not wearing anything you’re indifferent to.
What outfit have you worn that most represents your fashion style?
I think the outfit above with the white coat with the grey striped lines and black polka-dotted tights was a great look. I love when small details come together to make something monochromatic seem entirely new. But, I think I’d feel as much myself in these brown leather leggings I have (& love), some sort of loose, detailed silk shirt, and an interesting pair of boots.
Who is your fashion icon?
I don’t think either of us have a particular person that blows us away in all departments, but we do both love Scandinavian design. Our favorite boutique brands are almost always based in Denmark or Sweden or Norway, and their interest in geometric details and innovative materials is something I see us being drawn to for the foreseeable future.
What is in your purse?
Sticky notes (I’m a list keeper), headphones so I can listen to music while I edit, ginger mints (they’re my favorite), and a ChapStick and to-go pack of Kleenex. When I was little my best friend’s mum used to put a ChapStick & to-go pack of tissues into every single coat pocket in their house as soon as winter set in (even if you were just stopping by, you’d be on your way home an hour or so later, reach in your pocket, and there they were). I just loved that & since it’s my first year being “officially” grown up, I’ve adopted the tradition.
What are your goals for Recess City in 2017?
I’d love to see Recess City continue to grow and gain a wider audience, but I do feel that defining a blog’s success is too often just reduced to numbers. As photographers and creative types, we both want to continue to get better at our craft, travel to places that spur the kind of creative shot we might not be capable of getting at home in Boston, and to open the window into our lives a little bit wider. When you’re a blogger it’s very easy to want to hoard who you really are for yourself and those who know you, and just give your readers bits and pieces of your life here and there. We want Recess City to remain an authentic picture of who we are & why we love to do what we’re doing. After all, we’re very blessed to have people interested at all.