She is well-traveled, chic, and my favorite blogger — Jenny Cipoletti from Margo & Me. I am chatting today in a throwback #SimplySpeaking interview with Jenny about her inspirations, favorite designer, and more. Margo & Me is my favorite blog, because it’s about everything I love — fashion, beauty, and travel. Jenny manages to maintain a certain aesthetic throughout her blog and social media, which only inspires me more with my own blog. What do I love more than her blog? Her style. I love her uber-feminine, french-inspired, and very classic looks. Très chic!
What inspired you to create your blog, Margo & Me?
After studding communications and design in college, I immersed myself in the fashion PR industry straight out of the gate. I started working on the weekends assisting stylists, contributing stories to different websites and managing social media accounts for a few LA based designers – anything I could to broaden my experience.I’ve always felt an innate passion for assisting designers in the branding process and have an eye for graphics and design. The digital space was beginning to emerge around that time and I kept myself on the forefront of this, paving the way for my clients. After 4 years of working at a leading Los Angeles PR firm, I realized that I could be doing the same thing for brands but through my own platform. Now more than ever, I get to work with designers on a really personal level, which is the most rewarding part to me.
Who is your favorite designer?
That’s a tough one – there are so many incredible designers I love. Right now, I’m loving Giambattista Valli. His dedication to delicate, feminine details and his incredible manipulation of material, structure, and architecture makes my heart swoon.
“My style is a combination of Uber feminine and delightfully romantic with just a touch of whimsy. For me, it’a all about endless, vibrant possibilities that allow us to enjoy the magnificent things in life.”
What advice do you have for girls trying to break into the fashion industry?
If I could go back and tell myself anything at the age of 20 (when I was trying to break into the industry) it would be to stop worrying. Success in the fashion industry is easy to achieve, just like any other industry, it take lots of time and commitment to experience. Soak up every possible job in the industry you can to find what makes you most happy. Intern for a PR firm, assist stylists on shoots, contribute to a fashion website, manage social media for designers. “Breaking” into the fashion industry is much easier than everyone thinks, all it takes is a little time and dedication but if you have a unique point of view and strong sense of style, run with it! There’s plenty of room for everybody!
What pieces do you choose to invest in?
When it comes to investing in key pieces, I take my work very seriously. There are a few essential items that are a necessity for rounding out your closet. It’s all about quality over quantity with these staples. A great pair of heels is something you’ll need for just about every occasion in life. When it comes to bags, a great structured handbag is an awesome investment, especially when it can double as a work bag. Opt for something that features durable material, and great hardware to keep it feeling fresh and exciting.
Who was your first style icon?
My very first style icon was Coco Chanel. I used to spend hours playing dress up with my sister – Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, you name it! I fell in love with her mastery of that effortlessly chic look and her iconic hats and layers of pearls – too chic for words! Now however, I’d say I’ definitely inspired by Bridget Bardot, Jane Berkin and Grace Kelly.