When it comes to bold & brave entrepreneurs, bloggers and writers, I'm a big fan. So I'm very excited to interview Laura Platt, the dynamic Chicago blogger behind Bright and Beautiful. One thing that I love about Laura is that we both share a love of bright and bold colors, we both love peonies, and her favorite quote - "life is full of little pleasures" is so true. Learn more about Laura's style, home and a few of her favorite things in the Q&A below!
Name: Laura Platt
Occupation: Life + Style Blogger
Current City: ChicagoFirst off, tell me a little about your style blog, Bright and Beautiful! What inspired you to start it? I started my blog in 2013 as a creative outlet dedicated to personal style, beauty and home décor — and to celebrate the everyday things that inspire me along the way. Aside from the blogging world, my professional background is in Public Relations. Between my experience in PR and personal interest in writing, photography and style, creating a blog was a natural (and fun!) progression for me. What has been your favorite part of starting your own blog? I love feeling creative and inspired to do something I’m excited about each day. Another favorite aspect is connecting with readers, and the opportunity to meet and work with wonderfully talented people and brands. I’ve also enjoyed challenging myself by learning new skills, like HTML and CSS, to really take ownership of my site. It’s empowering to push your own boundaries, continually learn, and put yourself out there. I love your personal style and style posts. How does your home reflect your personal style? Thank you! I find the parallels between fashion and interiors so fascinating. My personal style and home definitely reflect my liking toward classic and traditional design. In my wardrobe, and at home, I like to mix both high and low pieces — saving for key investment pieces (like a quality sofa and dining table or a great signature handbag), but spending less on smaller or trendy items. I will say: I personally dress more “girly” in pinks and such, while my home feels more balanced and plays to masculine tastes, too. What’s the one home styling trick or tip you couldn’t live without? My home (and personal style) tends to reflect classic and traditional elements, so I remind myself to take a risk once in awhile. Whether it's incorporating a new color, interesting print or different texture, at least one piece of décor (or accessory) should not necessarily "match" the rest — to provide contrast and a statement to the overall look. Where do you find new inspiration? Inspiration is everywhere! I often turn to art, music, travel, nature, the city, and people I meet along the way. As much as I love finding inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram, sometimes it helps to get your eyes off a digital screen and switch to a different medium, like print books, magazines or a vintage movie. If you could collaborate with anyone on a project, who would it be and why? Aerin Lauder. Her style is always elegant yet approachable, fresh, and timeless.
A few of her favorite things:
1) Favorite Flower: Peony.
2) Drink of Choice: Champagne.
3) Style Icon: Grace Kelly.
4) I love: Spotify. I enjoy creating playlists for occasions, plus discovering new (and old) music.
5) Last purchase or splurge: A new lens for my camera.
6) My favorite place in Chicago is: The lakefront.
7) If I had a warning label, it would say: But first, coffee.
8) What’s your theme song? "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty.
9) Favorite Store(s) for the Home: Restoration Hardware, Jayson Home, Ballard Designs, Wayfair, Horchow
10) Favorite quote: "La vie est faite de petits bonheurs." ("Life is full of little pleasures.")