Traci Mari Smith is someone multiple lives, a mother, employee, and entrepreneur. Working as a fraud analyst by day and fashion blogger by night, while juggling all three lives, as she chases her dreams. Her driven and bubbly attitude attracts positive people, as she strives to be surrounded by anything she can learn from with substance
“I probably would consider myself a shopaholic, especially since I started my blog. I am always looking for pieces to wear next, but most of my shopping hauls come from thrift stores, so they don’t damage my pocket. Before the blog I would shop more for seasons or occasions.”
“I would describe my style to be sophisticated, edgy, and quirky. I love to turn fun quirky looks into classic pieces by toning them down with classic cut pants and skirts. I love polka dots, fur, and fun feminine colors. My favorite style season would be Fall for me. I love layers and fall colors the most. I also love how fall is the only season with the least amount of rules. Spring is a close second, if we can get past all of the pastels thrown in our face.”
“My day to day retail shopping is truly the thrift store. I live right around the corner from a few of my favorite thrift stores, so I pop in a few days out of the week. If I am not in the thrift store, I go to Nordstom’s, Dillards, or Macys. Department stores are the best because it is a one stop shop, I usually don’t have a lot of time to go from store to store.”
“My favorite trend at the moment is the whole 90’s grunge everyone seems to be doing now and monochromatic looks. I love the 90’s! My least favorite trend right now is the whole bodycon crop top Instagram chick. There just isn’t any inspiration and I bored with it.”
▫️You are traveling out of state to a style conference and the airline has lost your luggage. Your company has given you $200 to purchase an outfit for the presentation as well as something to change into for a dinner party that evening. Where would you go and what would you buy?
“I personally would go to the thrift store first, believe it or not, I find most of my looks there in a matter of minutes. I would go for a monochrome look, so whichever color pants or skirt I could find, just find a matching color top or different shade top. Like grey with black or nude with brown. If the thrift store doesn’t carry it, I know the department store would. Saving me time and money for a pair of solid pumps for both events.
I would wear the monochrome suit for the presentation and a full skirt and top for the dinner party, wearing the blazer I hoped to score at the thrift store.”
“I get most of my inspiration for looks from street style looks and art pieces. Street style around the world helps give me confidence to mix things and do things that are true to my style and not what they put in the stores to force trends on me. Again thrift stores give me inspiration because there are just so many different things in there from all generations.
My ultimate goal with my blog is to be able to assist other women with confidence and make a little money along the way. I personally would love to start designing clothes for the not so average woman. We see magazines, TV, and social media and forget about the normal woman. I only measure to five feet, with large breast, and short torso. So it is nice to showcase my personal style on the normal woman and custom make pieces for them. Being a positive role model to women and their inspiration.”