name Hope Adela Pasztor
location Central Pennsylvania
boyfriend Not at the moment. As much as I enjoyed my previous romantic relationship, I need to focus more on my academic studies and fashion career plan right now.
style icon I really like Clara Bow, 80’s Madonna, and Marie Antoinette and Madame du Barry from the Sophia Coppola film.
favourite chicpost of your own This is one of favourite chicpost
favourite chicpost of someone else I LOVE the effortless glamour of both the outfit and the picture. The festive sequined top, red lipstick and sparkly jewellery are so creatively paired with the 80’s jeans, ankle boots, and fedora. Additionally, this picture also seems like it could tell a story.
This honest and lovely Chictopian has been a proud member of the EIU contributors group for a month now. Her flawless vintage style has got her on the first page several times. You can find more about this girl on her enchanting blog or Chictopia blog by the name of Pink_Champagne
Hope Adela, how would you define your own signature style? My style is an eclectic combination of all-around vintage. I love mixing up different decades for an anachronistic look. My favourite fashion decades are the 1920’s (fringed skirts, long pearl necklaces, Art Nouveau jewellery, exaggerated makeup), 1950’s (red lipstick, cat’s eye sunglasses, full skirts, headscarves, polished pumps) and the 1980’s (big hair, floral rompers, brightly-colored eye shadow, crazy tights, lots of jewellery). When I was younger, I used to go for more trendy outfits; incorporating every little fad into my vintage ensembles. Now, I stay more true to my own style foundations, although I’m always open to discovering new fashion elements.
What are your goals on chictopia? When I first joined Chictopia, in October of 2008, it soon became my goal to become a Chictopian Style Icon. For those of you who were here back then, you will remember my ultra-heavy campaign, which even reached to the point of pseudo message-spamming. I’ve gained some maturity since then. Sure, it would be nice to become a Style Icon someday, but my goals for right now are to publish interesting articles on EIU, as well as start back up with my own outfit posts. My parents put me on a fashion blogging ban for six months, but now that I’m “ungrounded”, I hope to be posting some of my own outfits on here again.
You seem to pick up trends in the style gallery pretty easily. How do you do it? When it comes to fashion, I’ve always been pretty alert. Because of my love for vintage clothing, I find it very easy to predict what styles are coming back in vogue. There’s about a 15-20 year gap between popular fashions, so now (and within the next couple of years), we’ll be seeing a lot of 90’s comebacks: suspenders, jumpers, side ponytails, grungy florals, lace-up boots, Clueless-esque schoolgirl chic, and pops of bright colours. As far as deciphering trends in the Style Gallery, I deem something a “trend” when I see 5-10 people wearing it within roughly a weekly time spam. I’ll then compose an article discussing the trend, in which I’ll showcase 3-5 of my favourite trendsetters.
Why did you decide to become an EIU contributor? I’ve been interested in fashion for as long as I can remember. When I was a sophomore in highschool, I discovered this huge passion for writing via an online AP English class, so fashion journalism seemed like the perfect career. I wrote a weekly fashion column for my local newspaper for a year and a half, but quit after I graduated highschool in order to focus on summer college courses. As classes progressed, I was able to manage my time better, and applied for EIU in late August. I wanted to write for EIU because of the community interaction that’s involved, as well as the possibility of attending NYC fashion week. Also I enjoy scouting out the Style Gallery for emerging trends; it really keeps your eyes open for new fashion options (and gives you a heads up on what to incorporate into your own wardrobe!). It’s also interesting interviewing Chic People. Not only can you visually admire their outfits, but you also get to learn more about why their outfits look the way they do. My advice for becoming a regular contributor is to really put your heart into your work. No matter how busy your schedule, if you truly want to accomplish something you are bound to do it. Even one published article per week is enough to make you become a regular contributor. Set aside an hour or two on the weekends and write that one article!
How do you choose who you want to interview? I like finding out more about the Chictopians whose style I admire, as well as popularizing their Chicblogs/personal blogs through EIU. As for the interview questions, I like to go over a few basic fashion questions, after which, I like to make the interview both informative and creatively intriguing. I’m always brainstorming for new and interesting questions to ask in Chic People interviews!
Thank you my dear colleague for your inspiring words and insight in your chic wardrobe called life. For anyone out there who would love to become a regular EIU contributor; upload two writing samples to your Chictopia blog and contact Cheri either on facebook or twitter, sending her a link to your submissions. They are looking for rich content that is relevant and interesting to our community members. You can read more about it: here and here
Thank you for reading!!