Meet Stephanie Liu, the writer and dress collector behind honey and silk. This Cali-girl has only been blogging since of July 2011, and has already been featured in NY Times, LA Weekly and Lucky Magazine. Your Coffee Break talks to Stephanie about the launch of her new online store, her style icons and more…
Where did you go to school? University of California, Berkeley
What was your major? Economics
When did you start your blog? July 2011
How did you decide to start honey & silk? I wanted an official, creative space of my own to share my two passions; fashion and food. I love to write and share with my friends new discoveries.
How would you describe your style? Feminine, edgy, minimalistic, and colorful. I also obsess over prints.
Who is your style icon? Lana Del Ray, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan
How does living in California influence your taste? It’s a paradise…so my style is definitely more laidback, yet bold and colorful and I love to mix eye-catching prints. Plus I’m so grateful it’s sunshine all year round so the seasons don’t cramp my style – I live for dresses and hate wearing big jackets.
Right now I am wearing: Bella Dahl chambray shirt and IntiMINT lounge pants…you caught me out of bed!
As a fashion blogger, the one item I couldn’t live without is: my Panasonic Lumix LX5.
As a fashion blogger, I can’t stand…:…that there’s not enough time in a day to do everything.
These are my 3 favorite stores: Barney’s, Sway in Berkeley, CA, Wasteland
My #1 online shopping site is: Zara.com
You’ve lived in both Nor-Cal and So-Cal. How would you say the styles differ? If you thought SoCal was relaxed, NorCal is super laidback. I feel the style in NorCal, more specifically in San Francisco, is more poetic because of its eclectic culture filled with the vintage scene and unpredictable weather. You also can’t go a day without wearing a scarf or a jacket, even in the “summer” of SF. SoCal is very different and most people say it’s about who we wear, but I think otherwise. There’s so much diversity in the vintage and boutique culture that there’s so much people can do to express themselves especially when weather is not an issue. It’s all about being effortless and cool. Let’s just also say, everyone dresses up to go to the mall.
What are your favorite blogs to browse?
Gary Pepper: http://fellt.com/garypepper
Into the Gloss: http://www.intothegloss.com
I noticed that your blog seems equally devoted to both fashion and food. But if you had to pick one or the other, which would you pick? That’s hard! I would pick fashion as I feel anyone can connect with style. But even if I’m not blogging about it, I’m definitely still enjoying my share of great food ;)
Do you feel that food and fashion intertwine at all? How so? I feel they intertwine for a certain lifestyle. I love to eat well, dress well, and be well – it’s what makes me happy. I love to explore new places, new foods, and these new places are settings for my style and perhaps an exploration in style too.
What is your favorite type of food? Sushi. So tasty, yet light and delicate, and so much more to explore in it.
How do you pick the restaurants you feature honey & silk? I pick wherever the food and setting is enticing, appetizing, and new. I admit I’ve turned into a bit of a food snob so presentation, ambiance, and of course food itself must be in tune and exquisite. Doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be 5 star restaurants – even little cafes can transport you out of the urban bustle in to the romantic, French countryside with the most delicious farmers market fresh foods on the rustic table.
What is next in the life of Stephanie Liu? I’m an avid dress collector and I finally can share my obsession with other like-minded girls – I’m preparing for the opening of my new online dress boutique called “Last Night” (http://www.shoplastnight.com)