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Behind the Boston Blog: Feathers and Stripes

If you’re reading this on the day it’s posted, it’s a dreary, rainy day in Boston. I think we all need something to brighten our mood, and that something is Alyssa of Feathers and Stripes. Alyssa is a sweetheart and mom to an adorable daughter and dog. I love Alyssa’s sense of style and her reliability. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING AND WHAT MADE YOU START?

It feels like forever! I had my own webzine (that’s embarrassing…) when I was 13, but I started blogging officially in 2012. I was actually taking a required class for my MBA, and someone mentioned to me that I should start a blog. I had actually been thinking about it for a while, but I didn’t know where to start.


TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT FEATHERS AND STRIPES

Feathers and Stripes is a lifestyle blog focusing on affordable fashion and attainable travel, with bits and pieces of my life mixed in.


WHO IS YOUR BLOGGER CRUSH?

Every day I read Chronicles of Frivolity, and I feel like Katey and I could be bffs in real life!


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE POST YOU’VE EVER WRITTEN?

I made a change to my working life so that I could pursue personal projects, and I loved the experience and writing about it, too.


WHAT IS YOUR DREAM BRAND TO COLLABORATE WITH?

Oh gosh… I would love to work with Athleta, Nordstrom, Old Navy. I live in these brands!


 

Behind the Boston Blog: The A-Lyst

It’s been a little bit since we chatted about Boston bloggers, so let’s get back to it, shall we? Meet Alyssa, the beauty and brains behind the Boston blog The A-lyst. Alyssa is a sweetheart with a lovely, feminine fashion sense. I’ve only met her in person a couple of times, but you can tell that she would be an amazing friend.Now, let’s hear from Alyssa about her blog.

The A-Lyst


HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING AND WHAT MADE YOU START?

I started the blog in August 2016. In short, my passion for writing and my affinity for the city of Boston. I’ve lived in Boston for almost 15 years and am still discovering new and exciting shops, restaurants, and hidden spots. I wanted to find a way to bring together my love for this city with my appreciation for travel, style, and beauty, so after years of “thinking” about starting a blog, I finally decided to create The A-Lyst.

My day job is as a publicist and I represent a number of amazing brands, restaurants, and consumer products, so delving into the world of blogging was a very natural addition to my everyday life. My favorite part of blogging has been meeting and connecting with new people, especially those who are new to Boston or are planning a visit here. I love providing recommendations on how to best enjoy this beautiful city!


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT The A-Lyst

The A-Lyst is a Boston-based lifestyle blog curating the very best of style, beauty, food, and travel.


WHO IS YOUR BLOGGER CRUSH?

Julia Engel of GalMeetsGlam.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE POST YOU’VE EVER WRITTEN?

Each post focuses on a unique topic in the category of style, travel, beauty, or Boston-related activities, so it’s hard to pick a favorite! I really love my two travel guides to Nantucket (here and here) because it is one of my favorite places. Even though I enjoy researching and traveling to new destinations each year, I always block off vacation time to make a few trips back to the island. It’s truly a special place and I feel like I was able to share a good snapshot of what to do there for my readers.


WHAT IS YOUR DREAM BRAND TO COLLABORATE WITH?

Chanel…a girl can dream, right?!


 

Behind the Boston Blog: Brunch on Sunday

Happy Friday, loves! If you’re located in the northeast, I hope you’re surviving the #bombcyclone that hit yesterday. If you’re like me, you didn’t leave the comfort of your own four walls. It seems all those Instagramers braved the snow and wind for some bomb pictures, but I couldn’t be bothered.

Anywho … weather discussion aside, let’s chat Boston bloggers, shall we? I met Mackenzie about a year ago (I think) and have had the good fortune to spend time with her at a few events sense. Mackenzie is sweet, funny and has the most amazing hair! I wanted to get to know Mackenzie a bit better, so I figured you should too. Enjoy!

Brunch on Sunday


HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING AND WHAT MADE YOU START?

I’ve been blogging for almost two years! I launched my blog in March of 2016.

I’d been wanting to create a blog for years before I actually started planning my blog for real. I guess I’ve always been someone who has felt the need to have their voice heard. My mom likes to tell stories about how even when I was a toddler, I would pick up my toy phone… (old school cord and all), talk a bunch of gibberish, then slam down the toy phone. I guess you could say I’m a talker! That being said, growing up, especially through my middle school years, I was extremely shy. I resorted to social pages like Xanga page (anyone remember those or am I dating myself?), LiveJournal, and Myspace because I felt I could be myself through writing and connecting with others online.

In college I used to get a lot of questions and comments about my hair, which is hilarious to me because I had the worst hair through high school and half of college. I didn’t even own a flat iron or curling iron until I think, senior year of high school. I was very inspired by Amber Fillerup Clark of Barefoot Blonde and I think I’ve actually read her blog from almost the very beginning. I thought to myself, she’s just a regular girl like I am… I could do this too! After college, I found myself with a ton of spare time that I didn’t know what to do with and hence… Brunch on Sunday was born!


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BRUNCH ON SUNDAY

Brunch on Sunday is a Boston-based fashion and lifestyle blog catered to the female 20-something. I love sharing about style, hair and beauty, travel, and my favorite spots in and around Boston! Many people ask about the name of my blog and this was something I struggled to come up with when creating my blog. I wanted to somehow make my little corner of the internet feel like you’re with your best girlfriends. I love those Sunday mornings (let’s be honest… afternoons) when you’re reunited with your girlfriends and can laugh at brunch over a mimosa, chat about something crazy you did the night before, your favorite new pair of boots, or what’s going on in your life. More than anything I wanted Brunch on Sunday to be a space where my readers and myself feel like we’re all girlfriends chatting over brunch!


WHO IS YOUR BLOGGER CRUSH?

I’m obsessed with Marianna Hewitt of Life With Me. Marianna is Los Angeles based but she has this really effortless style that to me, is a mix between New York City street style and laid back, California style. She makes everything look effortless and I’m obsessed with her YouTube channel!


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE POST YOU’VE EVER WRITTEN?

I’d have to say my post about visiting a genetic counselor was my favorite post I’ve ever written. My mom battled breast cancer when I was a freshman in college and soon after found out that her sister (my aunt) had it as well (both are fine and healthy today). I knew that moving forward, I most likely had a higher risk of breast cancer. I finally made the decision (after so many doctors told me I didn’t need to) to visit a genetic counselor and make a plan for myself. This was one of the most personal posts I’ve ever written and something I was nervous about sharing, however the response was so great!


WHAT IS YOUR DREAM BRAND TO COLLABORATE WITH?

Ohhh, this is so hard because I have so many goals and dreams for myself. I would love to work with L.L. Bean because I’m a Maine girl at heart even though I live in Boston now. I would also love to work with Oribe or Kérastase because I love their hair products!


 

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