FAQ - Cats in My Closet

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to partner with you.
That’s exciting, I’d love to have you on board!  For those interested in sponsorship, please refer to my sponsor page.  It outlines everything you’ll need to know about partnerships with Cats in My Closet.

Does Cats in My Closet accept guest blog post submissions?
No, I am not accepting guest posts at this time.  Sorry!

Why the name “Cats in My Closet?”
The name is an extension of my laid-back cat lady personality that I want to present to the world of fashion, and personal style allows me to exude creativity and confidence. It is a valid declaration of self-expression and an art form in its own right. Exploring your personal style doesn’t have to revolve around trends or acceptance; fashion is what you want it to be, and your wardrobe doesn’t have to be perfect according to anyone else’s standards but your own.  So sure, my clothes might be (perpetually) covered in cat hair, but I’m here to tell you to love your style because it’s uniquely yours.

What are the cats’ names?
Nibs! (Short for Nibbles, because he does this super cute thing where he nibbles the end of my nose when he’s feeling affectionate.)
Clementine crossed the rainbow bridge in September 2016, with Mr. Mittens crossing in November 2017. I miss them dearly.

What camera does CIMC use? How does CIMC edit photos?
I currently use a Canon Rebel T3i with a Canon EF f/1.8 50 mm lens (the “nifty fifty”) along with a tripod and remote. I also Photoshop CC 2018 to edit all photos. For iPhone photos, I edit using A Color Story and the Photoshop app.

I also routinely work with outside photographers, who are credited in all posts.

Why did you decide to start a style blog?
The long answer: I’ve had an interest in clothing ever since I was little. My mom is a professional seamstress and frequently used me as a guinea pig for her latest sewing creations (let’s just say OI wore a lot of Milford originals growing up…) My mother’s love of creating and her sense of style were passed down to me, but for a while I wasn’t sure how to get more involved in this community and decided (at the time) to leave fashion and style behind as a just deep-seated hobby. In 2008 while studying for my Bachelor’s, I stumbled across Lookbook and realized that people were rewriting the blogging industry–literally.  Instead of daily gripes and “angles” photos, like I was used to with sites like LiveJournal and MySpace (god, that makes me feel old), people were posting pictures of their daily outfits. After doing more research, I realized people were getting to collaborate with companies that I admired and were forming underground support networks with each other. I was fascinated but was also pretty hesitant to start a blog without really having a clear concept of my own taste (cue the self-doubt), so for a while, I just wistfully followed her peers while taking an introspective approach on what constitutes “style.” As I watched the blogging world explode in the following years, I realized that it was time to get off of my ass, stop thinking so much, and get involved in this young industry. (I have a lot of thoughts on the future of blogging, which I’ve written about here.)

The short answer: I started Cats in My Closet specifically after realizing my obsession with personal style and how it relates to perception. It’s amazing how reflective outfit choices are of someone’s persona; I’m so inspired by people who wear beautiful, interesting and sometimes outlandish get-ups and accessories, because they stay true to who they are.

What are your measurements?
Height : 5’3″
Bust: 38 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Hips: 39 inches
Shoe Size: 7 (U.S.)
Dress Size: 6 (U.S.)

Is your hair naturally curly? What is your daily routine?
Yes, my hair is naturally curly. I only wash my hair about once or twice a week, otherwise it gets all frizzy.  I uses Olaplex and Bb. Curl (Bumble and bumble) shampoo and conditioner. For styling, I use DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler and Ouai hair oil, and I either lets my hair air dry or will blow dry with a diffuser. I posted about my haircare routine here (to come!)

Where are your favorite places to shop?
I do a lot of online shopping and have much to explore in the Brooklyn area as far as local shops go.  I’ve compiled some shopping guides as well as a list of favorite stores that readers can browse here (to come!)

Do you blog full-time? Did you go to college?
I do not blog full time! By day, I work as a Senior Marketing Manager at a publishing company. I also work as a freelance fashion stylist and still dabble in freelance writing on occasion.

Yes, I did go to college–I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in 2012 in both Communication and Philosophy. I’m working on getting a Fashion Styling certificate from FIT.

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