Let’s meet ASW’s guest!
Ariel Burke is a fashion forward 24 year old woman, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. She is currently working on a Fine Arts degree. Ms. Burke’s career goals are to be a creative director of a fashion magazine, own her own vintage thrift store and own at creative arts firm that will focus on photography, graphic design, and fashion styling!
Not only does she work and go to school full time but surprisingly enough she finds the time to blog, thrift, spend time with family and friends, take pictures, draw, write and of course SHOP! Ms. Burke clearly knows how to balance it all.
I’ve known Ms. Burke for about 7 years now. We met freshman year at the University of South Florida and since I’ve known Ariel I could probably count on 1 hand how many times I saw her walk in flats! She loves wearing stilettos. She is very passionate about fashion and stays current with the latest trends of each season.
Interview with Ariel Burke
Visit her Website: Fashiondevotee.com
Who is your fashion inspiration?
I can’t narrow my fashion inspiration down to one particular thing or person. I view fashion as an art form in which you can find inspiration from anywhere rather it be architectural or organic. I am inspired by beautiful well designed articles of clothing, sky high stilettos, oversized clutches etc. I want to look and feel glamorous at all times. When you look good you feel good!
What is one thing you always carry in your bag?
Maybelline’s XXL mascara
What is your current favorite fashion trend?
Color blocking, I am obsessed with this springs way of color contrasting and mixing unexpected colors.
What is the current trend you dislike the most?
I abhor kitten heels for young women. Heels should add to the feminity and sexiness of a women. Kitten heels may achieve that for grandmothers but not for young women.
Why did you start your blog?
Actually it was the idea of a friend of mine Brittany she is the editor of clumpsofmascara.com. She suggested that I started a fashion blog. I wanted a platform where I could just talk about how I see fashion through my eyes. As I have grown as a blogger my focus is on helping women develop their personal style. I have been in this love affair with fashion my entire life. I took that passion and my love for words and created Fashion Devotee.
How would you describe your style?
I have an ever evolving sense of style. My style has evolved so much over time. If I had to use one word to describe my style I would say eclectic. I can wear a 50’s swing dress with a platform pump and a studded clutch. Mixing my love for 50’s vintage with my love for sky high stilettos and rocker chic.
One of the most important things to me about style is dressing in pieces that are flattering to my body type. When I find a silhouette that works for me I stick with it. You can have the most beautiful, well designed article of clothing but if it is ill fitting it is not flattering. I have come to really know myself and my body and I can usually look at an item and know if it will be a good fit.
What is one thing you are dying to buy this Spring?
A nude platform pump
What is the most expensive thing you have bought?
I can’t think of one particular item that was most expensive. I believe in splurging on classics and style staples. Items that I can keep in my closet that wont go out of style. Examples would be a black pump, a classic LBD, a classic leather bag to name a few.
What is the least expensive thing you have bought?
I recently started thrifting and I find some of the most amazing deals. I have gotten belts for fifty cents and dresses for a dollar. I live for a good bargain.
What is one thing that you regret buying?
I don’t really suffer from buyers remorse. I over analyze practically every area of my life. If I make a big purchase, I have really thought about it and weighed my options.
If you could meet one person from the fashion industry/ a fashion icon who would it be?
Grace Coddington the Creative Director of Vogue. Creative direction is my ultimate goal because it combines my love for art, graphic design, fashion, photography editorials and wardrobe styling. In my opinion Grace is one of the most creative minds in fashion and will go down in history as one of the greatest living stylist.
Where would you most like to visit?
Paris, I would love to live there for at least a year, experience their culture and learn to speak French.
What are your top 5 favorite pieces in your closet?
My five favorite pieces would be a black studded clutch, a cream and black striped peplum dress, a rose colored one shoulder ruffled bustier top, a pair of black and nude open toed platform shoes, a black double breasted wool trench coast with patent leather piping
Take a look at her work. She was the stylist for both photos!
Image Credits: Photographer: J Barbanel Photography Styling/MUA: Ariel B Hair: Micheal Kremple Model: Koiya
Image Credits: Photographer: Janelle L Photography Stylist: Ariel B Hair: Joshawah MUA: Marissa/Ariel B Model: Marissa
Well folks I hope you all enjoyed this post! For more information on Ariel Burke please check out her website fashiondevotee.com. If you have talent and would like for me to feature you on my page please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to feature you on my website! Stay blessed and enjoy your Sunday!