Glam Girl: Amanda Sanchez
We are over-the-moon excited to be featuring 27-year-old Amanda Sanchez as our Glam Girl today. Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Amanda writes the gorgeous style blog Little Miss Fearless – a positive and uplifting daily dose of fashion. She has a playful, eclectic style and manages to look glamorous in everything she wears. You can shop the fabulous items in Amanda’s closet here, or read on to discover more about her inspirations, her style icons and her favorite beauty tips…
What motivated you to start your blog?
The very fear that I couldn’t do it and be successful at it is what forced me to give fashion blogging a try. I am a firm believer that the things we want most are on the other side of fear and we have to step outside our comfort zone and face our fears to truly be happy with our lives, who we are and to realize our full potential. Little Miss Fearless is about facing my fear to share a budding talent in the most critical and judgmental industry there is: fashion. I don’t claim to be all things to all people, I know I’m not a supermodel or runway designer, but sharing my love for different ways to style and create (and playing dress-up through it all) has been a fun journey and an eye-opening experience. I have learned the importance of self acceptance and overcoming challenges that ultimately always come from the fear to try.
How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day fashion?
The longer I’ve been blogging, the more aware I am of the styles I see all around me. Salt Lake City (and Utah in general) is a pretty unique place. I’m not even sure I can put a finger on how to describe it, but I feel I am more inspired by those I interact with in my day-to-day life than I am by strangers I may pass on the street or at the mall. I think personality is a key component to personal style that people often overlook. When I feel inspired by someone’s personality, their clothing and style come to life. I work full-time as a PR manager for a digital marketing company so I spend a lot of time in an office, but it’s a casual environment that welcomes different styles beyond your typical corporate dress code. I don’t dress as creatively at work as I do on my blog because I want my professional talents to be noticed before my appearance is (maybe I’m weird that way), but I’m often inspired by other women I work with who exemplify fearlessness in simple things like wearing a bright shade of lipstick or trying a fun hairdo (or my 2014 resolution: walking around in loud heels!). And I love that about where I live/work. I am always sure to find someone who is completely comfortable with who they are and it shows in everything they do. That to me is the best inspiration.
Who are your style icons?
I love love love Zoe Saldana and Blake Lively. They never appear to be trying too hard with their style. I’m often inspired by the unique textures and designs they wear to red-carpet events, but also love their casual, street-style looks as well. When I’m looking for “outside-the-box” inspiration, I turn to Jenna Lyons and Olivia Palermo (SO FAB!). Also, my first discovery in the blogging world was Blair Eadie, so I’ll always have thing for her, too.
Name one piece every woman should have in her closet and why?
What piece shouldn’t we have in our closets?! I think every girl needs a smashin’ good pair of skinny jeans, heels (whatever height works for you) and a white v-neck tissue tee (I recommend J.Crew’s). Sometimes the simplest outfits are the most eye-catching. And who would turn down casual comfort?
What items do you always carry in your handbag?
I always intend to keep my handbag mostly empty, but it seems to accumulate everything by the end of the week. My essentials are a pair of sunglasses, my fave MAC lipstick in “Angel,” my fave Victoria’s Secret lotion “Pure Seduction,” a pen, my wallet and some gum.
What is the best beauty trick you’ve ever learned?
I’m sure I have so much to learn still, but one I’ve been using for a while is heating my eyelash curler with the blowdryer before using it. It makes my lashes stay curled all day.
Tell us… what is something not many people know about you?
Hmm. I am half Norwegian, I played basketball in high school and one year in college (although, I always wished I was a dancer), my favorite TV shows are Seinfeld, Modern Family and Extreme Weightloss, and I always hated science, but I won the state science fair in 7th grade.
What are your favorite prints or colors to mix? Do you have any tips?
My favorites are always changing. Lately, I love mixing leopard with just about anything. But that’s what’s so fun about fashion. The seasons change, the styles change and we’re continually inspired to try new things (something our fears would want us to be afraid of). My tips for pattern play and color combos are to broaden the inspiration you consume. I find inspiration everywhere, from the people I surround myself with, to favorite catalogs, instagram accounts, pinterest, magazines, even random things like home decor and office buildings. You’ll get out of it what you put into it, so fill your mind with ideas and you’ll definitely surprise yourself.
When you need a little pick-me-up, how do you add sparkle to your life and feel good?
Nothing makes me feel better than working out. (Sometimes I have to remind myself of that because it always sounds so hard.) But honestly, if ever I need a pick-me-up, it’s usually because I’ve started telling myself negative things about how I look or that I’m not capable of facing some kind of challenge. Whether I’m running, lifting weights or attending a TRX class, I always feel better after I’ve physically released negative feelings. I also love the accomplishment I feel after a hard workout. In a simple way, I’m showing myself that I CAN do something that is hard for most people, and then I feel confident I can face any challenge that comes my way. And if it’s a body-image issue, well, we all know the gym is a great place to start for that.
How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
I am NOT a morning person, so my routine is short due to my inability to ever wake up as early as planned (resolving to change that in 2014 with early gym classes). I typically drink a protein shake as soon as I’m out of bed, then wash my face, brush my teeth, do hair/makeup and lastly, get dressed. Nothing too fancy (I wouldn’t leave time for it if I wanted to).