Live Your Color with Noelle Downing

Meet Noelle, the beauty and creative mind behind Noelle’s Favorite Things.

Surrounded by a beautiful collection of vintage hats and urban garden inspiration, Noelle looks comfortable at home in her Brooklyn nook.

I believe we found each other around the same time when Noelle picked up a pair of tabbisocks at Antoientte Brooklyn and a few days after, we decide to reach out through Instagram. When we make this type of special “coincidence,” whether it’s with customers or bloggers, we’d like to call it fate and make a real connection!

The moment we saw her blog, we were instantly attracted  to her signature vintage look with a quirky twist kitty prints, peter pan collars, red bows. It was no surprise when her pet bunny, Monty, decided to hop into the photo shoot next to Noelle’s favorite bunny tights.

In a city where people are constantly chasing trends and the next best thing on the runway, it takes a strong personality to stay true to one’s style. Read more to learn about Noelle and why she surrounds herself with people and all the things she truly loves.

-Anthour: Sakura

February 2, 2016

1. Where did you grow up and how did it shape who you are today?

I am from Hammond, Louisiana. It’s a super, super small town and it certainly made me dream big. I think not being from a big city or anything like that, I always dreamed of living in NYC and being submerged in something so different than the small town I was from.

2. How did “Noelle’s Favorite Things” come to life? 

I’ve wanted to blog since high school and just for so long never knew what to do to make those dreams come to life. I have had one or two failed blogs before because I just wasn’t sure what image I wanted or brand for myself. Finally after living in NYC for almost three years, I met my friend Rachel of Jag Lever and really got to know a lot about blogging, photography, and had really developed my personal style! I think also finally coming into my own and being surrounded by friends with great style telling me I should have a blog was also a big push for me.

3. What motivates you to get up every morning? (besides coffee!)

Posting on Instagram! Haha, but honestly going to my computer to edit a blog post or post a picture on social media! I love my job and feel so blessed to get to do what I do and that really gets me going every day. But, just to be clear, I am by no means a morning person

4. What advice would you give to someone who is currently trying to start a fashion blog and make a career out of it?

Try to figure out a brand for yourself. Know your style, know the style of photography you want your images to have. Also take some photography or editing classes if you haven’t or really focus on photography as a craft. You don’t need really expensive equipment if you really know what you’re doing!

5. Could you tell us about today’s photo shoot location and why it holds a special place in your heart?

It’s all in my apartment! My boyfriend and I moved into this apartment just a few months ago and I’ve been having so much fun decorating it with both vintage and new pieces! So our apartment is very special to me because it’s our home and I put a lot of love into it. Also because our pet bunny Monty loves it here and it makes me so joyed to see him so happy and hopping around everywhere!

6. If you were not a fashion/lifestyle blogger, what would you be doing? 

Possibly a designer.. that’s always something I’ve been very interested in! Or a photographer.

7. If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Red!!! I’m obsessed with the color red.

8. What does “Live Your Color” mean to you? 

Live your Color to me means so many different things. It means living your heritage and really embracing the color of your skin,but also to me it means wearing the colors that you feel inside your heart and soul. Waking up everyday and having the confidence to wear a bright purple dress or bright red socks!

Thank you Noelle!

Shop her Valentine’s Day look on our Heart Collection, and be sure to check out Noelle’s Favorite Things.

Photos by Sabrina Sun of Sabrina SL, Follower her on Instagram