As someone who's rubbed elbows in the realm of fashion for years, I have met countless editors, bloggers, influencers, and street style stars. Contrary to popular belief, many of them are totally cool. But of all the people I religiously Insta stalk, no one has proven nicer, more relatable, or more fabulous than Caroline Vazzana.
A fashion editor turned fashion celeb, Caroline made the scary jump from working full-time at InStyle to focusing on her own creative brand. With over 180,000 Insta followers, features in top glossies, and a must-read website, I'd say she's doing pretty well. And while her colorful approach to style certainly stands out, what makes Caroline truly unique in a sea of influencers is how eager she is to share her success.
Her site, Making It in Manhattan, not only features fun fashion and shopping stories, but also tons of practical advice for anyone looking to establish a real career in the industry. From behind-the-scenes stories of the #hustle, to tips for networking and interning, it's a valuable resource for those looking to land their dream job - or dream life, in Caroline's case.
And, if her penchant for shoes and showstopping outfit choices weren't enough to compare her to Carrie Bradshaw, she has now broken through to the publishing world. Seriously, between running around from runways to red carpets, girl wrote a freakin' book! Never say there aren't enough hours in the day, people.
Inspired by her blog (or was it the other way around? - more on that later), Making It in Manhattan, THE BOOK, is a "beginner's guide to surviving and thriving in the world of fashion." In it, Caroline sheds some light on her journey, shares funny stories from the scene, and, most importantly, provides useful tips for fashion industry hopefuls. It's a must-read - one that will make you laugh one minute, and want to take extensive notes the next.
Ahead of the book's release on August 21 (pre-order it HERE), I caught up with Caroline for a coffee and a chat. Click through for her journey to authorship, style tips, and shopping secrets!
[Photos via @cvazzana]