Kira Brown believes that fashion has power -- and she wants to convert you.
"Be conscious about the vibe you're putting out there," says the brain behind local style blog Fashion Phoenix (where she saves the world as wardrobe consultant The Shoperone); "That's the power of fashion and what it can do for you."
As a stylist for Ann Taylor, Brown's classic yet modern taste fits right in. But the sunny blonde claims she's actually an "equal-opportunity shopper," who pops into stores including Buffalo Exchange and Michael Kors.
If you know what looks good on you, she asserts, you can shop anywhere.
So, what are you wearing?
Black dress from Target, a "Love Letter" Scrabble pendant from Art Wonders; Ann Taylor wedges, a Michael Kors watch, a Miracles bracelet, and a bag from Buffalo Exchange.
What's your favorite outfit to wear?
Depends on my mood. I like modern, clean lines, but sometimes it's fun to mix it up. I'm going through a time when black [mixed with] soft colors feels right.
What's the last item of clothing you bought?
These Ann Taylor shoes.
Where do you usually shop?
Target -- I love Target. Also, Michael Kors, Ann Taylor, and Buffalo Exchange.
What do you like to accessorize with?
I always wear a watch. I love shoes and handbags, too, but lately I've been more interested in shoes.
What item of clothing do you most covet at the moment?
I look at so many things everyday, but I can't think of anything I'm coveting right now besides a seaside vacation!
Where would you love to have a shopping spree?
The Wynn shops in Vegas.
Who are some of your style icons?
Katherine Hepburn, just for the clean lines. Nicole Richie, who really dresses for herself, and the Duchess of Cambridge. Oh, and my friend Chastity. She always looks amazing, stylish, and consciously dressed. You get the energy that they all feel good about themselves.
Give us a childhood memory of you and clothes:
In high school, I wore dresses everyday. I just liked it. Now I know I just feel comfortable in a dress. It's the ease and it's not a lot of a fuss.
Name five items every woman should have in her closet:
1. A blazer in their best color, not necessarily black.
2. A great pair of black shoes.
3. A solid pair of flats.
4. A good bra and panty set -- you wear those everyday!
5. A nice pair of dark jeans.
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What is your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix:
Learn what fits you. You cut down on shopping, time, and in the long run, money. Buy consciously; shop mindfully. It's what I've learned, and it's what my blog is really about. You have to do your own thing, and sometimes it's a learning experience.
Visit Kira's blog for more updates on trends, style, and Phoenix fashion.