@KatieDohman – Hi! I’m ready for ya.
Q – #1 So tell us @MNMOstyle, where did you grow up and what steps lead you to working for @MNMOmag’s style section?
A: I grew up in West St. Paul, and attended the U of M j-school, with internships at the Pioneer Press and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
Then worked as a weekly newspaper editor, then in the style dept. at Mpls.St.Paul, where I learned what style reporting is all about.
After a layoff, I worked for Brain Traffic, a web-writing firm, for 2 years. Then, the position opened up @MNMOmag and I was hired!
Q – #2 Neat. So what would you say Katie is your approach to style reporting? Who is your niche or demographic target?
A: My approach: Everyone can and should have a well-styled life, from home to fashion to beauty to health/wellness.
And I think you can do that on ANY budget. And latest trend is not always “style.”
Coco Chanel once said “Fashion fades, but style is eternal.” If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!
I want to help people feel good about themselves, be stylish without being talked down to, and to reap positive impact of good style.
Q – #3 What have you found to be unique about the stores and boutiques in MN that is different from say NYC or LA?
A: Retailers know we want great style, but they also know we have realities . . . i.e. open-toed boots don’t work in snow.
Q – #4 Lets now focus on other interests of yours. Your Twitter BIO mentions dogs. Can you elaborate on that?
A: I’m dog crazy, plain and simple. I adopted my cockapoo at 8 years old from the Animal Humane Society of MN…
And as such consider myself an advocate for adopting rescue dogs, especially senior ones. Old dogs can learn new tricks!
I think that living a stylish life means doing good for others, and while I get a lot out of having a pet, it also saved an animal.
Q – #5 You should definitely connect with @BeckyEwert! More about you, FAVS: restaurant, store(s), winter activity and gadget.
A: Restaurant: Taste of Thailand or Ruam Mit. Can’t get enough Thai food. Winter activity: reading (I’m not into snow).
Stores: tough, because it depends what I’m shopping for! Love Lula and @Rewindvintage for vintage, Picky Girl. Focus on local/indie.
Gadget: not really gadgety. I guess I would pick my phone, but it’s not a fancy one. I have a press to emboss my books with my name!
Q – #6 No problem. :) Is travel something that you’re interested in, and if so, where have you been?
A: LOVE traveling. SO many places I want to go. I got engaged and married in Hawaii, so that’s especially notable.
I spent three weeks in Thailand this past winter, touring the country. It was completely amazing–trip of a lifetime.
Q – #7 Sounds like fun! So to end with you today Katie, what’s 1 or 2 style tips you’d give for people dressing for winter?
A: 1. Tights/leggings keep you warm, on-trend 2. Tall boots! 3. Infinity scarves. 4. Outerwear can absolutely be stylish.
@JoelECarlson – You are a VERY busy person, so thank you so much for your time and comments today @MNMOstyle! Have a good afternoon.
@MNMOstyle - It was my pleasure. Thanks for thinking of me! Happy Monday, all!