A conversation with Paris B
Baltimore is a small city and not considered a fashion capital to most. The most fashionable women who have a unique approach to style are few and far between and I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to one. Ms. Paris Batty is a blogger/designer from Baltimore and has a unique approach to this thing called style. She runs the blog In A Style Near You and with her immersive posts you're sure to get a glimpse into her perspective of whatever her focus is. She was so cool and open to sit down and talk with me about everything from style, balancing her dreams with a full time job, motherhood, designing her own custom pieces and of course blogging. Before I even met Paris I had questions written and knew the ordered I wanted to ask her and was actually nervous. Once we sat down we ended up just having a conversation and all of my nerves melted away, thats just how comfortable she made me. It was no longer a "interview". Check out the jems she dropped on me during our sit down below.
What motivates you? I'm motivated to consistently blog because it's not just about fashion. My blog represents me and it's a form of expression. I like to post all the things I love and include a personal message from myself to my readers.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I love to read. The most recent book I read was "Girl on the Train" and it was a suspense thriller that loved!
Do you consider yourself a stylist? Yes I do. With blogging styling ties into it. I feel like my styling skills will grow as my blog does.
What is your definition of style? To me style is just taking your inner creativity and making external. I dress for myself and love to express however I'm feeling.
How did you learn how to sew? My grandmother did a lot of sewing by hand with home furniture and drapery so that was initially how I learned. Once she got a sewing machine I told myself I would learn to sew. I didn't want to put a lot of money into furthering my education in fashion (I feel very different now) so I Googled and found So Fabulous sewing school which is were I learned so much and introduced me to my love for design.
Tell me about your experience at NYFW? (New York Fashion week) NYFW was a great learning experience. I was able to attend some the couture shows but not any of the major ones. While I was there I did experience some emotions of rejection. Here in Baltimore style is different, people aren't dressed for paparazzi photos everyday, but in New York it's a different story. I felt like I had put so much effort into my look and even putting myself out there and I was rejected. It's easy to get lost in fashion week let alone New York but I was able to network with some amazing people and even be featured on some blogs. That trip taught me to continue to put myself out there and not be defeated. I know my potential it's just a matter of the right people noticing it.
What are 3 styling tips you would give any woman? My first one is always dress for yourself and not for anyone else, always be comfortable in whatever look you're wearing. Second, take risks and don't be afraid to go against trends. Lastly everything is not for everyone. Wear pieces that compliment your best attributes and this goes for all body types.
Your house is burning down and you can only take one piece of clothing (or fashion related) item. What are you taking? Lol this is a funny question. I would have to say my sewing machine. I can alway make new clothes lol.
Who inspires you? In the fashion world it's people like Rachel Zoe, June Ambrose. Someone's style I truly admire is Solange. She has such a effortless look that comes off so humble. She gets it right every time. Also I admire June Ambrose not just because of her work as a stylist but as a business woman. She does such an amazing job at marketing herself and it's helped her grow her brand so much.
What is your favorite color?
Lol I get this question all the time and I actually dont have one because it changes seasonally. Right now I'm loving burgundy and olive for the fall.
What inspires you when you make your custom pieces? I get a lot of ideas off of Pintrest actually. I also get a lot of inspirations from different collections. From there I just create what I know will look nice on me.
What does success look like to you? Success to me means happiness. True and blissful happiness, it's not just about money. One day I do want to own a store and grow in the fashion industry.
What is your favorite thing to write about? My feelings. I love to write about how I'm feeling in the moment. I have a habit of taking a picture and studying it, not to be conceited or anything i just like to re-visit the emotion i knew i was having in the picture. I tie a lot of emotions to pictures so that inspires me to write. Fashion can be so on the surface so I want to express to my readers how I feel under my clothing. I just want to express Paris B.
What I took from our sit down was her keen sense of self expression and willingness to be vulnerable. We all have those moments when we doubt ourselves and second guess whatever it is we want to pursue. Paris focuses on her self-expression and being authentic to the person she is which is exactly what style is.