Fashion blogger Kelly Heneberry has gone from changing her clothes five times a day as a little girl to sharing her take on the Denver lifestyle and fashion on her blog, Love's the Journey. Fresh from her recent appearance on the Meredith Vieira Show, Heneberry took a break from blogging to answer a few questions about style and her pajama makeover.
Westword: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and when did you discover your love for fashion?
Kelly Heneberry: Believe it or not, I'm a native Coloradan -- seriously, we do exist! I've always been drawn to fashion. In fact, when I was little, around age four, I would change my clothes four to five times a day so I could show off different looks. Times have only slightly changed; I'm down to two or three now, and proud of it!
How would you describe your style?
I've had layovers in Berkeley, Los Angeles and New York City, and I think each place I've lived has truly influenced my style. I can quickly go from hippie bohemian outfits to East Village grunge pieces to fun, flirty, glam looks. When in doubt I live by a helpful motto of "What Would Carrie Do?" and that always makes me put together something fabulous. The one consistency of my wardrobe is that I am never consistent!
What is your take on the fashion scene in Denver? What is good, what's bad, what needs work?
Denver in general is just hopping. Imagination is everywhere you look. From amazing street art in RiNo to hundreds of different food trucks serving up delicacies, Denver is THE place to be creative. We are beginning to form our own culture, and fashion is very much a part of that. It is still small enough to make a name for yourself and to help put Denver on the fashion map.
What or who was your inspiration for your fashion and lifestyle blog, Love's the Journey?
Fantasies of living in Paris and traveling the world documenting creativity in different forms motivated me to start writing. I've always loved storytelling, and Love's the Journey has provided an outlet that not only documents my adventures, but encourages me to take them in the first place.
What is the best thing about being a fashion/lifestyle blogger?
My favorite thing about being a fashion/lifestyle blogger is its ability to keep me creative and force me to think outside the box. I love to look in my closet and challenge myself to pull something interesting and unique together. To style the same shirt five different ways, to wear sequins to work without overdoing it, to be expressively free in each outfit I put together and ultimately help others to have the confidence to do it themselves.
You were recently featured on the Meredith Vieira Show. How did that happen and what other cool contacts did you get because of it?
It was the most bizarre thing in the world. I wrote this post months ago about how lame my pajama game was -- wearing twenty-year-old T-shirts to bed with old high school basketball shorts -- and a producer from the Meredith Vieira Show found it and loved it. He asked if I wanted to come to New York and get a PJ makeover. Needless to say, I laughed out loud at his offer because who would have thought a disgusting old shirt would get me on TV, but I said yes and ended up half-naked on national television three days later.
What is the one thing the fashion community in Denver can do to support you?
I love collaborating with local designers, boutiques and other artists on interesting projects, so if opportunities like that are out there I'd totally be down to partner.
Can you share with us three of your favorite pieces for fall?
Hats (of all kinds). Booties. And lipstick. But lipstick is every for season.
Who are your favorite fashion/lifestyle designers?
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Staying true to my Colorado roots, I love me some 50 Dresses from Tess Vigil, a local designer star. She has a wonderfully unique aesthetic that combines modern and vintage style effortlessly and beautifully. And as for big-name designers, while I do appreciate their work, I don't fawn over them, simply because I can't afford them and I prefer to have clothing that I can update without feeling guilty for breaking the bank when my style changes.