Style Talk With a Fling Fashionista – Austin Slave to Fashion

In our new series, we’re talking to some of our favorite style bloggers about their style, their shopping habits, their favorite trends, and their awesome blogs! First up, we’re talking to Cathy, the brains and beauty behind Austin Slave to Fashion. Not only is she a long-time style blogger, but she’s a part of the Fling Fashions family! She helps out with social media and blogging. Take it away Cathy! (Editor’s note: I’m totally interviewing myself here, and it is AWESOME!)

When did you first fall in love with fashion? When did you start your blog?
My mom loves to tell the story of me and my rotating wardrobe. When I was little (like 4 or 5) my poor mom had to keep a close eye on me, because I could change my outfit 5 times a day! It seemed like I needed a new outfit to suit every new activity, every change in the time of day, or just to suit my various moods. It’s been a long descent into style obsession ever since.
I started my blog in 2008. I began with a Tumblr blog since I knew NOTHING about having my own site, and moved to WordPress almost 3 years ago.
me and my jackalope

I didn’t have a picture of today’s outfit so here’s me with a jackalope!

What are you wearing RIGHT NOW???
Today I wore a blue dress my friend Anslee made me, a multi-colored polka dot cropped short-sleeve cardigan, a brown belt, pink ballet flats, and an owl necklace. I almost always wear dresses or skirts, and I ALWAYS wear an owl.
What’s your favorite go-to outfit and why?
I have two. First, I love a dress with a cardigan sweater more than anything else. It’s my favorite combination, and I wear it almost all the time in the fall/winter. Second, when I’m just hanging out/working at home, I wear lots of leggings and tunic-style tops. They have to be super comfy in case I need to nap, but still look nice enough to not be embarrassed if I go to the store.
houndstooth dress - LB

The awesome houndstooth dress

What trend(s) are you digging right now?
Leather on everything! I’ve seen a ton of leather detailing this season, and it’s amazing. Also, can we just talk about houndstooth for a hot minute? I just got a cobalt blue houndstooth sweater dress and it is magnificent!
What are your top 3 go-to stores (online or brick and mortar), and how often do you shop?
Being a plus size woman means options for shopping in stores is pretty limited. But I would say that most of my shopping takes place at OldNavy.com, Lane Bryant (in store), and Nordstrom (online and in store).
What’s currently your favorite piece in your closet?
There are two. One is this black and white striped shark-bite hem tunic – it’s perfect with legggings or even a nice pencil skirt. The other is this burgundy/merlot colored sleeveless lace skater dress that is so ridiculous cute and fun. I can’t wait for it to get cold for real in Austin so I can wear it with a cardigan, scarf, and boots!
Tilda Swinton is AMAZING!!

Tilda Swinton is AMAZING!!

Who is your style icon?
Hmmm that’s a tough one. My style goes through phases, so my style icons go through phases. But I take inspiration wherever I can find it. I love Mary Lambert’s style, as well as Julianne Moore, Taylor Swift, and Jessica Biel. My all-time favorite EVER is Tilda Swinton. Actually she’s just my icon for everything……
What tips would you give our readers for discovering their personal style?
Don’t be afraid to try anything. Throw out any preconceived notions of what you can and can’t wear, and just try everything. Just because once pencil skirt looked bad on you 10 years ago doesn’t mean every single one will for the rest of time. Wear what makes you feel the most like you, and hold your head up high!
Tell us three random facts about you:
1) I played the cello for like 12 years.
2) I have 5 sisters. Yes, it’s a lot of sisters. Yes, they make me crazy. Yes, I adore them.
3) I hoard underwear. Seriously I could wear clean underwear everyday for like 4 months and still not run out. It’s a sickness.
Thanks for letting me share my style story! Stay tuned for more great blogger profiles!

Cathy Benavides

Cathy is a native Austinite, and writes a plus size style blog called Austin Slave to Fashion. She is a blogger and the social media manager here at Fling Fashions and hoards lip gloss, owls, and fine point Sharpie markers.

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