the style file: Kristin
In this week’s The Style File, Kristin from the popular food blog Iowa Girl Eats is trading in food for fashion talk. She’s stylish; she cooks; AND she knows how to dress! Kristin‘s dishing on her wardrobe favorites (cardigans + flats!) as well as her favorite pieces of clothing from June Ruby. For more Style File features, visit our archives.
hometown: West Des Moines, IA
occupation: I’m a Marketing Manager for a non-profit outdoor history museum where I maintain, update and design our company’s website, and design collateral pieces for distribution to the public – think brochures, handouts, posters, etc.!
blog: Iowa Girl Eats
describe your personal style in three words: comfortable, casual, classic
what is a quintessential “Kristin” outfit?: The quintessential Kristin outfit from top to bottom is generally gold or silver ball stud earrings with a flowy blouse, long chunky necklace, and a light cardigan, polished off with a pair of dark, tailored jeans (I’m 5’2 so most of my jeans have to be shortened!) and a pair of flats. Although I only get to wear them for a short time every year, I am obsessed with sun dresses paired with a thick belt and wedges in the summertime, like the outfit I’m wearing in this picture with my husband Ben!
how long does it take you to get ready in the morning?: 40 minutes from the time I wake up, to the time I’m out the door.
you live in snowy, wintry Iowa – please tell us how you survive those cold winters and still manage to look cute?: It is a challenge, let me tell you. The key to looking cute here in the winter is having lots of classic pullover and button down sweaters to layer on, some fitted blazers to wear out, and lots of mid-calf height boots to keep your feet warm and dry. Long, classic pea coats are a must too!
what are three items you always have in your purse?: Cherry chapstick, a compact mirror, and bandaids (random).
heels or flats?: FLATS! I love Steve Madden’s classic flats and have them in nearly every color. They can be worn with jeans or sundresses and are my saving grace. I do have a soft spot for summer wedges though. They give you the height and dress up feel of heels, but don’t hurt near as bad!
what are the three items from June Ruby you’d most like to own?:
- Duffy Terry Zip: Cashmere. Zip up. Sweater. Need I say more?
- Trunation Peasant Blouse: A classic blouse that can be worn year after year. Dress up with a long and chunky necklace for a super cute work or day time outfit.
- Beth Bowley Ikat Shirt Dress: One of those summer dress obsessions I was telling you about. I love the bright colors and casual feel of this dress.