I want to highlight strong, creative, and interesting women as I launch my brand. I’m working to create a circle of diverse & stylish women. As part of my muse series, I’m sharing my chats with friends, clients, and creatives.
Tori Marinucci is a digital creative and blogger based in Los Angeles. We collaborated on a day-to-night style story. Tori is featured wearing our Belen top in black and styled it two ways. You can read more about our collaboration on her blog here.
My conversation with Tori Marinucci:
ER: I took at look at your website and I loved all your articles on marketing and content creation. I really connected to your thoughts on creative expression - we can use blogging, photography, style, and storying telling to make positive impacts on our society. I'd love to hear more about your thoughts on creative expression - what it means to you and tips for creating authentic content with the purpose to inspire others.
TM: To me, creative expression means straying from the "norm" of society. It means having a unique and strong viewpoint about a subject or topic, whatever it may be and it can be portrayed in various different art forms. Some of my favorite forms of creative expression are through capturing a certain moment that I see that makes me feel something. For instance, one of my favorite photos that I've ever taken was of a young couple in NYC just casually walking in front of me; however, my friend and I were so amazed by how natural and confident they looked just from the back.
Creating authentic content is truly just creating something that makes you feel something. We are so overloaded with content and information these days that if we aren't inspiring others, we are going to fall flat and unnoticed. I think so many people have an urge to express themselves, but don't know how or are too afraid to do so. By putting my inner thoughts out there on social media, it makes me feel vulnerable, but I hope that it inspires others to take risks with their content as well.
ER: What are your favorite places, resources, or sources for inspiration and learning?
TM: Currently, I'm obsessed with Jumpcut Academy. It's basically online courses and right now, I am in the process of developing an Instagram Content Creation course! I'm constantly searching on Google and finding myself on other peoples' blogs, which is probably where I learn the most. I also learn a lot from watching motivational and inspirational videos on YouTube. Since I spend so much time in LA traffic now, it has really helped me to have a clear, focused mind by listening to YouTube videos and actually hearing the content. Podcasts are the best as well!
ER: Welcome to Los Angeles! Why did you move to LA? I'd love to hear more observations - maybe relating to style - on the differences between the coasts?
TM: I moved to LA in May after I graduated from West Virginia University!
What I love about LA is you can literally wear anything you want. I grew
up in the suburbs of eastern Pennsylvania and everyone wore pretty much
the exact same things. There wasn't a lot of creativity or creative
expression around me and I always felt that I was so different than
everyone else I grew up with. Everyone always told me I'd move to a big
city and I knew it for myself too. I think NYC and LA are very similar
in this aspect that you can wear whatever you want; however, I think
here, the crazier and more eccentric you look, the better. I love how
everyone here is creative and not afraid to pursue their dreams. It's
really been so inspiring for me to break away from the traditional path
that I've followed thus far in my life and explore other outlets.
ER: Let's talk style: What is your go-to look - your uniform?
TM: My go-to-look is a pair of high waisted "mom" style jeans, white '80s
looking boots, and a t-shirt or tank top tucked into the jeans with a
belt. I love vintage style and everything about '70s and'80s fashion.
I'm also a huge fan of black. My entire closet is black-- I really need
to get some colors in there! (Or do I?)
ER: Do you have a favorite piece of clothing? If yes, what is it and why?
TM: Currently, my favorite piece of clothing are these patched jeans I have
(you can probably see them on my Instagram). Every time I wear them, I
get TONS of compliments and people asking me where they were from, but I
got them from a small vintage store and believe that they were hand
made. It's so cool owning something that no one else has. I think it
really speaks to your personality and makes you unique. There's nothing
worse than a lack of individuality in self-expression.
ER: What are your favorite Instagram profiles for style, inspiration, & laughs?
TM: I love Amy Marietta (@amymarietta) for inspiration. She has over 3,000 photos and
they're all such amazing quality and true to herself, which I admire.
Someone who has that much content is truly passionate about what she is
doing and she is my inspiration for where I want to be in five years,
(or hopefully less).
My boyfriend's sister, Taylor Dini (@m_o_d_a) is one of my style
inspirations! I love how she is always putting her own twist on styling
and isn't just posting normal, typical outfits like most accounts are.
I also am inspired by Rosa Crespo (@rosecrespo) on Instagram because she makes me
laugh and shows us all the behind the scenes of her epic blogger life. I
love her Spanish accent and feel as though she is genuine and down to