Blogger Monday: Brooke "Honza" Johnson
With the digital age, came the birth of bloggers – the new digital age media army, with fashion and beauty warriors alike helping to set and develop trends around the globe. Every Monday, Wear Eponymous sits down to interview an up and coming blogger that has shown skill, quality and excellent blogging values.
This week, we interview Brooke Johnson, a fashion-savvy lady and aspiring blogger. With a background in journalism, Brooke holds a great passion for writing and has previously worked as a television news reporter covering current affairs.
W.E: Hello Brooke! Tell us who you are!
Brooke: Hey, y’all! I am so excited to be sharing a little about myself with you. I’m a Texan girl complete with big hair and big city fashion dreams. I describe myself as a free-spirit who loves to experiment with different trends and I enjoy putting my own twist on looks.
W.E: What has pushed you into the blogging community?
Brooke: Well, I’m not quite there yet, but I have big plans for myself this month. I had a really stylish co-worker who turned me onto blogs about four years ago. I was minding my business just being my own fashionable little self not realizing there was this whole beautiful online camaraderie of other fashion addicts. I think at first it started out as fun to look at pretty things, but then I subconsciously started thinking, ‘That’s cute but I’d style it this way’ or ‘She should try.’ That’s when I realized I could do this and I think I could do this well. The past three years I’ve dreamed & thought seriously about a fashion blog. I feel like I have a unique perspective and a good style voice that others would enjoy, but to be honest I was scared. For the past eight months I’ve been brainstorming names & using my girlfriends like a focus group. Thank goodness for our gal pals, right?! They’ve put up with more surveys about blog names then I’m sure they’d care to admit, but I love them for it. I don’t want to rush the process because I feel like a blog is something so personal, and it really puts you out there to the world. I want to feel prepared and confident in my product.
W.E: What trends are you looking forward to most this Spring?
Brooke: There are so many! I’m currently obsessing over florals paired with black & white graphic print. I tend to dress with a vintage twist so of course I am loving the full skirt. Oh, and a full skirt in a pastel? Dying. And, please don’t forget the luxe sweatshirt! They are so fun and whimsy and add such a cool element to an otherwise basic outfit. As far as shoes go, if I don’t get myself a pair of color block mules I just might die. I think I like them so much because I’m really drawn to menswear elements. A mule is elegantly masculine and can gives your outfit so much personality. Switch a flat for a mule and you went from cute to cool chick.
W.E: In your opinion, what is the ultimate classic wardrobe piece?
Brooke: I’m always drawn to color and until recently didn’t appreciate the importance of a great white blouse and black pointy pumps. These are classic pieces that make you look polished and powerful but can also be the basic starting point for creating something magical. They're also great ways to work in trends without having to feel like you need a whole new wardrobe. Add a full midi skirt and you are channeling an elegant Grace Kelly. Add a floral cropped trouser and you’re instantly preppy chic. The possibilities are endless.
W.E: What is the must-have piece in Texas just now?
Brooke: In Texas it’s all about a great high waist short and slouchy top with a hat, in my opinion. It’s only April and we’re already having 90 degree weather so high waist shorts and a slouchy top give you style and comfort. No one like seeing sweat lines and the slouchy tops helps you avoid showing everyone your glisten. I personally love a high waist short because it’s so flattering, assuming you don’t have them plastered on. This outfit can be dressed up if you’re going out and dressed down when you’re just laying around the house. It’s cute, it’s simple and it’s just as easy as a t-shirt and running shorts, but you look super chic.
W.E: Tell us a funny story!
Brooke: I currently live in San Antonio, which is a largely Hispanic population. The first time I complimented a co-worker on a piece of jewelry she said, “Touch it! You’ll give it ojo!” I sort of gave her this look and said, “WHAT?!” She explained to me that if you tell someone you like something they have or are wearing you have to touch it or you give it "ojo", which is the Spanish word for eye, kind of like the term evil eye. This made sense except for the fact that evil eye is more for protection and apparently “giving something ojo” means you were eye-balling it so hard with envy that it breaks or something bad happens to it. A few weeks later my CEO was wearing her hair a new way and I complimented her and she made me touch her hair – awkward! Several weeks later I visited girlfriends of mine and I received a compliment. Apparently I’ve subconsciously adopted the term “ojo” because I immediately said, “touch it or you’ll give it ojo.” My girlfriends stared at me like I had two heads and I had to explain the meaning to them quickly followed by “I guess it’s a San Antonio thing!”
W.E: Heels or flats?
Brooke: My go-to shoe is my Steve Madden oxford. I love it and instantly adds a masculine appeal to any outfit. I don’t like looking “too sweet” when I’m dressed so if I feel like my outfit is leaning that way I’ll add my oxford. BUT, I love a good heel, and more specifically I love a bootie. I find that I walk taller and more confidently with a little added height. I like that a heel makes you hold your head a little higher and push your shoulders back so you look like you’re ready to take on the world. If you look confident you’ll give off confidence to those around you.
W.E: Finally, what is your favourite Wear Eponymous piece this season?
Brooke: I’m digging the pastel skirt in pink. I’m going through all the things in my closet that would make a perfect mate. Floral flats for a sweet look or some black booties for a little edge would be divine. It’s a beautiful color and automatically makes me think of spring and all the sunshine.