Karina Austin has always taken risk and broken rules in terms of her personal style. She has an array of interests, but fashion has always been her ultimate escape from anything else. The9thSol was created as a gateway to truly express how we feel through style, taste, travel, and music, to motivate others to do what they love. Read the interview and get inspired by her to live to the fullest.
When did you start blogging and how did you come to this idea?
I actually fell in love with blogging in my sophomore year of college. It was somehting I fell into, I can't even remeber the name. The9thSol is actually my second blog that I started May of last year.
Who is your style icon? Why?
My style icon is my grandmother. She is the epitome of grace, elegance, confidence, and effortless style. As a little girl I enjoyed watching her put outfits together and get pretty just to do simple things like grocery shopping. Its that kind of confidence, boldness, and self-awareness that make an icon. She is still the same to this day.
How do you describe your personal style? What is your inspiration?
The hardest question. I am not going to answer this directly. lol! I wear what I like and I am very big on energy. How I am feeling that day may ultimately just be the inspiration for anyone of my outfits.
What is the essential pieces you must have in your closet?
I must always have a crisp plain white tee, some vintage jeans, and some daitny jewelry. I believe accessories can make or break any outfit.
How often do you post? How do you come up with post ideas?
I try to post as often as I can. I'm a perfectionist and I am constantly just thinking of ideas on how I want things to be portrayed on my blog. So it is very important to me that I always take my time and produce quality content. My post ideas come effortlessly. I just try to be me as much as I can and so far the feedback has been amazing.
What is the biggest challenge for you in fashion blogging?
The biggest challenge I think, and not just for me only is that blogging has become this huge business. A lot of fashion bloggers have sacrificed their own identity and personal style to make it and it can be discouraging to other new up and coming bloggers. I felt that way at first, but I new I had to stay true to me and do things my own way.
What is the greatest satisfaction of being a fashion blogger?
The greatest satisfation is seeing others getting inspired to step their personal lifestyle up a notch from advice they learned frome me. If I never made a dollar blogging, but I got to change someone's outlook for the better I am rich and full forever and that's really the purpose of The9thSol.
What is the fashion rule you never break?
First of, lol! What fashion rules? What are those? In fashion there are no rules. I have my own style. I like it, i wear it. It's that simple.
What do you splurge on?
Shoes! Get really good quality shoes. A girl can change the world in some new pair of shoes.
From your point of view, what is the notable trend for the upcoming season?
The notable trend lately seems to be a fuse between caual and athletic lesiure wear. I love that trend surprisingly.
Do you make money from your blog? Any advice for others?
I have had offers to make money from my blog, but I prefered not to with specific brands. I would love to collab with brands, just the right ones. I say just keep doing what your gut tells you and if there are brands that speak to your style and views you make the plunge and reach out. It never hurts to try.
What has been your most successful blog post till now and what was it about?
My most successful blog is a recent post called "So reckless in My". It was about this sleeky sheer navy dress I found at Zara and about being myself. I think the world needs more of that. I got alot of messges and feedbacks on it.
How do you see your blog in 5 years?
I see my blog doing more collaborations with brands and other bloggers. I want The9thSol to get into other creative worlds. Also, I have always wanted to design and have a shop. So that is defintely happening, sooner than 5 years though. lol!
Do you want to share anything else besides these questions?
Dream big and stay true to yourself. Amazing things happen when you give in to your Sol purpose.
Designer – don't have one
Fashion Brand – Zara
Color – Sapphire
Quote – "just do your thing, the world needs more of that"
Way to relax – Exercise
How can people connect with you
Facebook page: KARINA.AUSTIN28
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