"You HAVE to meet my friend Cara!" is how the conversation began as a mutual friend of ours proceeded to inviting me to the celebration of the launch of her blog. And as the old saying goes, it was all history from there, as I instantly became a fan of Cara Santana's newly launched blog "CaraDisclothed", a fan of her amazing style, and of course, a fan of Cara herself. That night she was wearing this super adorable pink dress with the perfect booties and bun having "the ultimate fashionista" practically written all over it. Yet, it was once I got to talking to Cara that it truly became all clear that she exuded the triple S package: sweet, smart, and stylish. You always wish for your fave fashionistas who seem to make it onto your best dressed list from every red carpet event (like here, here, and here) to share their wisdom, insight, and style with you on the daily. And thankfully with this new day and age of blogging, we are blessed with the opportunity to have that become a reality to which Cara is now granting to me and many others. With her fun blog that takes us into a day in her life and gives us all the behind the scenes looks and thought processes about what goes into putting together her super stylish outfits for anything from major events to red carpet looks to her simple everyday on-the-go style, CaraDisclothed becomes an addicting website that keeps making you want more. I was lucky enough to get a chance to meet up with Cara in between all the craziness of this award season rush to do this super adorable shoot (like.... how amazing is this outfit?) as well as get all the deetz on her and everything fashion.
Fashionlaine: What inspired you to start this blog? Cara Santana: I loved the idea of opening a dialogue on fashion. It's fun and I found it insightful to articulate why we decide to wear what we wear and why we put together what we did. Self expression in the form of individual style is compelling and I found so many people interested in having that conversation.
FL: How'd you come up with the name CaraDisclothed? CS: I've had so many people ask me what I'm wearing and why, so I thought the play on words was not only clever, but appropriate!
FL: How would you describe your style? CS: My style is always evolving and dependent on so much. But if I had to list 3 adjectives I'd say: feminine, edgy and modern.
FL: Who would you consider as your fashion inspirations? CS: I'm constantly inspired daily by women who are daring and exude confidence and express themselves freely, who wear what they want to wear and have no inhibition about being who they are. The biggest risk takers of history are the most revered from Coco Chanel and Karherine Hepburn to Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn. And similarly, I feel like the modern muses are girls who dare to be different. My friend Nicole Richie never conforms, but knows how to masterfully put an outfit together that is fashion forward and stylish and is so unique in her approach. Olivia Palmero has the art of mixing and matching down to a chic T! And, Kate Bosworth patented the "effortlessly glam" look. They're all individual and true to themselves and I'm inspired by that. And the girls that I'm excited by that have been turning my head is Naomie Harris and Rose Byrne. I love seeing what they're going to wear next and I'm always intrigued and impressed!
FL: What pieces in your closest can you currently not live without? CS: My vintage Chanel bag and black Alexander Wang tee.
FL: What's your favorite part about having a blog? CS: Having a voice and a forum where anyone who wants to as well can! I love hearing what people have to say about fashion. I love making the conversation accessible.
FL: Are there any exciting projects or posts that fans and readers can look forward to in 2014? CS: We have Fashion Week coming up and Award season that has been going on, so definitely keep reading!
And for more amazing pictures from Kali McCabe check out her website here!