That’s exciting, I’d love to have you on board! For those interested in sponsoring, please refer to the sponsor page. It outlines everything you’ll need to know about working with Cats in My Closet. You can also view the full sponsorship kit.
Does Cats in My Closet accept blog post submissions/guest blogs?
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 Kristen’s 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 along with a Bambu Tablet. For iPhone photos, I edit using A Color Story and Photoshop. I also routinely work with outside photographers, who are credited in all posts.
Why did you decide to start a style blog?
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 IO 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.)
So, in short, 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.
Is your hair naturally curly? What is your daily routine?
Yes, my hair is naturally curly. She only washes her hair about once or twice a week, otherwise it gets all frizzy. She uses Olaplex and Bb. Curl (Bumble and bumble) shampoo and conditioner as well as Batiste dry shampoo for the days that are a tad greasy. For styling, she uses DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler and Ouai hair oil, and either lets her hair air dry or will blow dry with a diffuser. She has psoriasis on her scalp so she’s required to use a medicated shampoo twice a week.
Does Kristen have a boyfriend?
Yep! His name is Artimus, we met at Trader Joe’s. You can read the story about how we met here.
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.
Do you blog full-time? Did you go to college?
Nope! By day, I work at Abrams Books as a Marketing Manager. I also work as a freelance writer and fashion stylist, but blogging will always be my number one passion.
Yes, I did go to college–I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in 2012, and I’m working on getting a Fashion Styling certificate from FIT.