@JoelECarlson – Hello everyone and welcome to today’s Twitterview of @SallyMcGraw. Lets bring in the style!
@SallyMcGraw – Thanks, Joel, I’m delighted to be chatting with you today!
Q – #1 To begin @SallyMcGraw – Where did you grow up, and what steps led you to who you are and what you do today?
A: Grew up in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago. Hated my body as a kid and it wasn’t til I discovered style that I learned to love it.
So I began blogging about the link between style and body image about three years ago at alreadypretty.com.
It’s been an amazing journey! I’ve learned a ton about myself, and even more about women and body image in general.
Q – #2 Very cool. What kind of topics do you discuss, and what are the current “hot topics” you get comments on?
A: It’s been an amazing journey! I’ve learned a ton about myself, and even more about women and body image in general.
Really runs the gamut! I post about anything that relates to style, self-esteem, women’s issues, fashion, or clothing.
Recent hot topics include verbal cattiness among women, and today’s post on modesty and revelation. Heated comments!
My readers are respectful and thoughtful, but they’re not afraid to express themselves
Q – #3 I see. Now in addition to your blog, don’t you also help people dress? (Figuratively, not socks on their feet.)
A: Yes! I offer in-person closet consultations and personal shopping to Twin Cities clients. I love doing those.
I’ve worked with women of all ages, sizes, and styles and had great success with them all.
Often, you just need an outsider’s perspective to confirm what should stay and go within your own closet.
I also offer consulting services via e-mail, and am working with three clients simultaneously right now. Whew!
Q – #4 I’m assuming with the email clients that they send video or photos to help get your insight?
A: Yep, I’ve got a whole process. They send photos of themselves in a few outfits, an inventory, and we work together.
I also utilize @polyvore quite a bit to build potential new outfits. It’s tremendously helpful.
Q – #5 Now you’ve been blogging for a few years, but what forms of Social Media do you use, and how has it helped you?
A: I have a Facebook page for the blog, and a small community of readers gets content solely from that page.
Many of those readers choose to comment on the Facebook page instead of on the blog.
Also Twitter, of course. Readers who want to know more about the everyday me can learn random facts by following me!
I also maintain a YouTube channel w the various video tutorials I’ve posted. http://www.youtube.com/user/badgermcgraw
Oh, the Facebook page for Already Pretty is here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Already-Pretty/68083150521
Social media has allowed me to connect to my readers on a more personal, interactive level. Converse w them casually.
I also find out about new topics, trends, questions, and issues from Twitter. Loads of great info floats around!
Q – #6 Who are say 5-15 people that you follow for insight, humor or inspiration?
A: @budgetbabe keeps me in the know about bargains, sales, and trends.
@lemon_love is a buddy who cracks me up – without fail – by being the most random human ALIVE.
MPR’s @juliaschrenkler makes sure I know at least SOMETHING about what’s going on in the world.
@whorange is my go-to for all things design and art.
@daddylikeyblog is a beloved fellow blogger who is as helpful and insightful as she is hilarious.
@rabbitwhite is a new favorite, with insight into matters of feminism, sexuality, body image … all good stuff.
Q – #7 Now to the FAVS questions: Favorite – restaurant, offline store, online store, summer activity & color?
A: Favorite restaurant is Sapor. Amazing food, gorgeous setting. http://www.facebook.com/saporcafe
Offline store is a tie between Opitz (http://www.opitzoutlet.com/) and Value VIllage (http://www.arcsvaluevillage.org/)
Online store is @Etsy. Handmade and vintage goods from around the world at amazing prices.
Fave summer activity is biking. I ride my 65-pound, one-speed Electra cruiser EVERYWHERE once it gets warm!
Favorite color is red. Always has been. Bold, bright, and looks good with my skin tones.
Q – #8 Nice! To end today – what final thought or mantra would you like to share with everyone?
A: Love your WHOLE body. Even the jiggly bits.
@JoelECarlson – LOL! Nice point. :) Thank you very much @SallyMcGraw for sharing some of your life and thoughts today. Enjoy your afternoon.
@SallyMcGraw – Thanks for the opportunity, Joel! You rock.