Visiting LA is never a bad idea! Today we prove it with another awesome blogger and stylist in Kristen Richie! Kristen’s site is wonderful and her fashion even better! Be sure to check out her site and Instagram page as quickly as possible!
When did you begin High End Hippie and what made you decide to start?
High End Hippie started many years ago as a Tumblr. I started it as an outlet for creativity and a place to go for inspiration. I had come up with the name when I was describing my style to someone and basically treated it as a mood board for my life. I acquired a large following and when Instagram and bloggers started getting bigger and bigger I started an Instagram as an extension of the brand. I would link back to the Instagram from my Tumblr to migrate my following there and eventually started posting my own pics and outfits. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but after about 3 years I’m happy to say I kind of know what I’m doing now (kind of).
When did your interest in fashion and beauty begin?
I was obsessed with fashion from day 1. I found putting outfits together was my way of expressing my creativity. I would pair things together that others considered unexpected and was obsessed with keeping up with all things fashion. My interest in beauty didn’t really come until I had started blogging, mainly because it overwhelmed me. These days the 2 kind of go hand and hand so I’m much better versed and up to date with all the trends thanks to the brands and their PR companies.
How would you describe your personal style?
Honestly High End Hippie pretty much covers it. I would say my style is pretty bohemian and laid back but I still love splurging on high-end accessories. It’s a good mix of affordable and designer pieces. Since I am so into trends I tend to stick with affordable highstreet brands for my clothes and splurge on my more timeless designer shoes, bags, and sunglasses.
Do you prefer designer, vintage or highstreet?
If I’m talking work, highstreet because that’s what my readers love and what I wear the most but truly I love having something that is one of a kind. Unfortunately having an all vintage wardrobe isn’t ideal for any audience though. People want to buy exactly what you have on so I definitely have to limit my vintage purchases just based on ROI and such.
Who is your fashion icon?
I have a lot but Nicole Richie is the first person’s style that really resonated and inspired me. The bohemian flower child thing had always been my favorite but she’s one of the first that kind of brought that to life again in a modern way. Rachel Zoe did a great job of that as well.
What is the one essential item in your wardrobe you couldn’t live without?
Jackets. I have a million different kinds of jackets because I’m such a 3rd piece person. I can’t just wear a top and pants and be done, I need it to be busier.
What is your favorite social platform and why?
Tumblr. I’m a day one. It’s my escape from reality. As weird as it sounds scrolling through it and reading quotes has gotten me through some tough times and made me feel less alone in my problems. It’s seriously a form of therapy! But other than that it’s just a great place to go for inspiration. It’s one of the big platforms that hasn’t really changed no matter how big it’s gotten. Plus it’s not saturated with sponsored content.
You’ve amassed nearly 19k Instagram followers. That’s really amazing! How have you been able to grow your following?
Like I said I think at first it helped pushing my following from Tumblr to Instagram. But in terms of growing that initial following I’ve found it’s all about creating content that people want to share. Whether that be the brand sharing it on their own profile or someone tagging their friend in the caption. It creates a soft intro and gives some validation.
What’s your favorite thing to do in LA?
EAT! And go to the beach. And I love the fleas and sample sales. Definitely perks to living here.
What are your goals for High End Hippie in 2017?
Start styling people other than myself and get more into other parts of the fashion world. I want to work with photographers and brands to take my talents and what I’ve learned to the next level while getting introduced to other sides of the industry. I have so many big plans for High End Hippie so my goal this year is really to start paving my way down those other paths.