Tell us the story behind your blog.
Hi! My name is Francesca Bond and my blog is vintagelillies. I started my blog when I was 13, the summer before I started high school. I had been reading fashion and beauty blogs for a few years, and decided I wanted to contribute my own outfits and ideas thus my blog was born. I wish I could say there is a cool story behind the name of my blog, but I only chose it ebecause I liked vintage style and the flower lilies and thought they sounded cute together. Although, a little funny story is that I spelled lilies wrong (I added another L) and didn’t even realize it until a year later! I never changed it and don’t think I ever will, it feels like a part of the blog and is kind of quirky. Anyways, the reason I blog is to inspire others and show people different outfits they can make, and my interpretation of trends. It’s not all about the style though, I also want to inspire others though my little rambles and philosophies, I hope some people listen. J
Who or what inspires your style?
My style is inspired by quite a few different things. I think my personal style changes day by day, depending on my mood and what I have been surrounded with. I read a lot of magazines, style books and blogs so they influence my style a lot. Parisian style is my biggest inspiration right now, I love how effortlessly Parisians dress and always try to achieve that look.
If you could only pick five items from your closet to wear for a week, what would you choose?
Wow that’s hard, I guess I would choose my favorite pair of skinny jeans, a cream oversize sweater, my trench coat, a white tee shirt, and my blue booties. I hope underwear was already counted. My go-to outfit is an oversize sweater and skinnies and think I would be happy in that, although I would feel a little like a cartoon character wearing the same outfit every day. Also my trench coat is my favorite piece in the whole world so that definitely has to come.
Give us couple shopping and/or style tips.
Hmm I’ll just give a few of my general style tips. A white tee is essential in every wardrobe. Stock up on skirts because they are easy ways to dress up outfits and can be worn with most sweaters. Find style inspiration everywhere, especially people on the street, and remember what you like and apply it to outfits in the future. Always try to look presentable because you never know what the day will bring. And finally, no matter what you wear, don’t try to be someone you’re not and be confident in yourself. Nothing looks better on a girl than confidence.
How do you balance blogging and life?
It gets kind of difficult because I have a pretty busy schedule. The hard part is not writing the posts but finding time to take the photos. I need to find the right location, outfit and timing and it gets pretty hard, which is why I only update about once a week. I just remember that blogging is a priority and focus on making time for it.
What’s on your bucket list?
My number one thing is to go to Paris. I imagine it would be a lot like when Audrey Hepburn goes in “Funny Face”. I want to experience Paris like a Parisian and see all it has to offer. I also want to start my own magazine, fall in love, meet Justin Timberlake. I dream big.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years I’ll be 26, and I see myself living in NYC in a tiny apartment interning at a magazine or newspaper trying to make it as a journalist, if all goes well. That’s where I would like to be in ten years.
How do you approach life? What’s your philosophy?
Life is a very confusing, crazy experience. Everyone is just trying to be the best they can be, and make it. My philosophy is that is you are happy, kind, and generous, no matter what happens in your life you will have succeeded because you made a difference. “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
What are your greatest fears and biggest dreams?
I have a lot of fears unfortunately, because I’m a huge worrier and sometimes get scared about things I can’t help. But I know that everything will turn out alright and that if I work hard, I can make my own dreams come true. So my biggest dreams are to raise a family, work at Vogue and start my own magazine and be happy with my life.