Tell us a bit about Dear Beatrice when she is away from the world wide web Well, when she is away from the internet, she is a full time designer at Tulle and loves little adventures on the weekends, even if it's just to the library.
Why did you start a fashion blog? I started my blog last year in June randomly as a way to organize and archive my outfit photos. At the time I had been using Flickr, but I wanted something more personal and made the switch to blogging.
You make alot of your own clothing and accesories, tell us a bit about how you got started making your darling creations. I have always been really crafty and made little things here and there as a kid, but I started to make myself real clothing when I was a teenager. At first it was just really simple things like skirts or tote bags, but when I learned how to make patterns in fashion school I started making my own real clothing. As for jewelry, I used to make little rings and such made out of tiny beads as a little one but didn't start making anything like in my shop until recently this year. I made them for myself at first but it kind of got out of control and before I knew it there were a lot of pieces and then I thought, well why not?! so in the shop they went.
What is one tip that you would give to a new designer or etsy shop owner who is just starting out in the fashion world? My tip is to just go for it! Even if you don't think you can or you're not good enough, apply yourself to anything you want and you'll be surprised at what you can achieve. It's like they say, you never know until you've tried it and I couldn't agree more!
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would you choose and why? Frida Kahlo hands down! She is a huge inspiration and influence. She is also the reason why I started painting when I was 14.
What do you not mind spending a little extra on when you are out shopping? When it comes to shoes and sunglasses I will not compromise and spend the extra money on them. I do have my limits though and spending anything on said items over $300 is where I draw the line.
What is your number one fashion tip? Always wear what you want, but make sure it fits properly! Nobody likes the muffin top look!!
What is your favorite article of clothing that you own? A couple years ago I made myself a black cotton skirt with an elastic waist and pockets that I wear all the time! It's definitely my favorite because it's so practical and goes with anything and everything.
What is your next must have purchase? My next must have purchase is an oversized floral bag. I have my eye on a vintage one, but it's a bit pricey so this one will sadly have to wait.
What is your favorite flavor of icecream? Vanilla bean! Nothing tops it, it's just so darn good.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next few years? Hopefully I'll be living in either Portland, Oregon or NYC working full time on my own clothing line.
What are some of your favorite blogs? I follow a lot of blogs and love them, but there are a few that are always on my daily reads like Lulu Letty, Idee Geniale, A Thought is the Blossom, Liebemarlene Vintage, Time Enough for Drums, and Style Scrapbook.
What style do you think will never get old? Well, fashion is constantly changing and new trends always emerge, but the thing is these "new" trends aren't even new, just recycled. But if I had to pick one that I see never "getting old" is the nautical trend. It always comes and goes, even as a little kid and looking back at old pictures and magazines I see it, it's there!
And lastly, how big is your jewelery box? (you have the best collection of jewelery!!) Thanks Kate! Surprisingly though, it's not that big! I have a small jewelry box where I keep my real jewelry (like gold and silver pieces), a small plastic storage drawer for the bracelets, an even smaller box for my earrings, and keep all other rings and necklaces on one of those behind the door organizers (small sized). I always like to get rid of something old (like donating) when I bring in something new.