Twenty-three-year-old New Yorker, Nicole Alyse is no stranger to fashion. On top of interning for high profile designers such as Rebecca Minkoff and Jeffery Campbell, Nicole is a vintage buyer and takes care of client relations for Socialyte.com. Oh, she also runs the seriously chic blog Running in Wedges that we have simply fallen in love with.
The blog boasts some stunning style snaps with awesome NYC backdrops, eliciting a downtown vibe that’s effortlessly cool. As for her outfits, Nicole nails the indie look but her distinct grungy edge makes her stand out from the crowd.
Aside from the fabulous fashion inspiration, what we love most about the blog is the insight you get into Nicole’s world. Yes, she documents what she wore on a certain day, but also what she did, where she went and how she was feeling. This pulls readers in as you gain a real sense of not just her style, but also her lifestyle.
We wanted to find out more about this online fashion icon, so we spoke to Nicole about her passions, inspiration and style.
CocoKouture Magazine: Hey Nicole! First of all, can you tell us a bit about yourself and what made you decide to start blogging?
Nicole Alyse: I’m from a small town called Goshen but moved to the city about 2 or 3 years ago. I’ve been documenting my style and life online since I was about 15. I gained a huge following back in the day (who remembers myspace?!) and from there my followers inspired me to keep documenting which led me to starting up Running in Wedges.
CK: Were you inspired by other popular blogs out there?
NA: No, not really. I work 5 days a week, run my own blog, and have to keep up with my friends, family and boyfriend, so it doesn’t leave me any time to follow others blogs- BUT, a lot of my friends blog and I do check up on theirs!
CK: Sounds like you’re a busy girl! Your photographs are beautiful, do you take them yourself?
NA: Thank you! Yes, about 90% of the time I take them myself!
CK: Very impressive. If you had to choose, what would be your favorite accessory?
NA: Loads of silver rings and my signature skeleton key necklace, which was my grandfather’s key.
CK: Are there any particular celebrities that you draw style inspiration from?
NA: Mary-kate and Ashley Olsen, Rachel Zoe, and Nicole Richie are my long lost soul sisters.
CK: Do you have a favorite designer or high street label?
NA: Alexander Wang. I’ve never felt a t-shirt so perfect in my life (and I’m a huge t-shirt snob). Everything he does is so chic, timeless, classic and just perfect.
CK: How would you describe your personal style?
NA: I mix vintage with higher end designer pieces. I tend to always balance out girly with grungy, too. But to put it into words seems near impossible because I pull inspiration from a thousand different things, time periods, people etc.
CK: You’re doing something right, we’re obsessed! So what trends will you be rocking this summer?
NA: My closet is filled with bright pieces right now. I’m definitely taking a love to large color blocking.
CK: What are your plans for the future?
NA: Well, I’m going to be working full time now for Socialyte.co, which is a company that connects top bloggers and brands together. I’ll still be buying and selling vintage on my personal blog, contributing to Jeffrey Campbells blog, and pursuing personal styling and photography on the side. I have lots of tricks up my leather jacket. I’m just really lucky to be doing something that I am so passionate about. I have to pinch myself everyday.
CK: Do you have any advice for fashionistas wanting to start up a blog?
NA: Do it- but make sure you’re doing it for yourself and not because everyone else is. It has to be something you’re really passionate about because it’s very time consuming. Be honest, and put out original content you believe in. I would have got nowhere in life if I just imitated someone else. Originality and confidence always stands out.
Wise words. Check out Running in Wedges for yourself here!