We were joined by the beautiful Mary Kate Dugan this week! In-between sips of wine and Starbucks she took a few minutes to answer our questions! Her site and Instagram are an awesome collection of her diverse style. Be sure to check her out as soon as you can!
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is a mixture of high-end and budget-friendly. I can walk out of the house wearing Louboutins and a Forever 21 dress and still kill it.
When did you launch Chic Little Honey and what made you decide to do it?
I started Chic Little Honey, the blog, to coincide with my anonymous Twitter account of the same name. You know, back three years ago when everyone had anons and it was a thing. This was also back when you could only post one photo per tweet, making it complicated to create a complete outfit post. The blog became my creative space to showcase the outfits I wear on a daily basis.
How do you stay current with what’s new or in style at the moment?
This is where my love for reading comes in handy. Vogue is my fashion bible and I usually pick up the new issue the day it hits the shelves. I follow designers and brands and notice consistencies in footwear, prints, accessories, etc. and piece together which trends will make it big each season. I also keep up with what my fellow bloggers are wearing and showcasing on their sites, just in case I see a piece I want to snag and style in a different way.
Who is your favorite brand/designer? Do you own any of their designs?
Alexander McQueen will always have my heart. He was my favorite designer and his house still can do no wrong. My fiancé gave me a McQueen gown for my birthday last year and all I could do was cry! I’ve since started to grow my collection piece by piece whenever I can.
What’s most important to you in choosing an outfit for the day?
Comfort over everything. I step back and look at my day, whether it’s errand running or just another day at the office. Is it windy? Will I be trying on clothes while shopping? How far will I have to walk? Then I base my outfit, from the shoes all the way to the accessories, on how comfortable I need to be that day. It seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how effective it is to take into serious consideration!
If you had to start your wardrobe from scratch what 5 things would you go and buy straight away?
Skinny jeans, nude pumps, Adidas sneakers, a black leather bag, and a black leather jacket. All simple, buildable, and versatile pieces.
What are your essential travel items?
At least two external phone batteries (because I’m completely lost without my phone), hand cream (because my hands are always dry), my Nook (an intellectual cure for boredom), my Clarisonic (because my skin gets stressed when I travel), and of course my camera (because I’m a blogger, duh).
What’s a place you wish to visit?
Ireland has always been high on my travel wish list. I want to visit where my ancestors came from and dive head-first into the culture.
What is the best advice you have ever received and the best advice you have to give?
The cliché line “Life is short… buy the shoes” has always stuck with me. I don’t necessarily use it as an excuse to go on outrageous shopping sprees, but it reminds me to live without regrets. I used this “advice” to justify going to New York Fashion Week in February and it was an adventure I won’t ever forget!
I’m more of a listener than an advice giver, so I’ll just say “see above”.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I wasn’t always fashion-forward. My idea of a fashionable outfit from high school through about sophomore year of college included American Eagle flare jeans, an Aeropostale lacy camisole layered under a polo, and Sperry’s. I still cringe just thinking about it!