MAY BLOGGER OF THE MONTH: Miranda of Shop & Twirl

Hi everyone! My name is Miranda and I'm a 20-something cat lady living, working, and blogging in Houston, Texas. I'm just another gal with a shopping addiction who happens to post my everyday outfits on the internet. My style (and personality!) is very feminine and twirly with touches of edge and sass. Despite my never ending quest for fashion, I still manage to shop on a tight budget and I'm a true believer that anyone can look great at any price point. I also enjoy being a resident "everyday girl" with an average body size representing the non-model types of the blogging community.
A little more about me: I love cats, pandas, and otters. I love to travel. I'm slightly obsessed with Audrey Hepburn. I'm addicted to coffee. I have a masters degree in psychology and I work in cancer research (that one usually throws people off). I'll wear anything with a bow on it. I love being an aunt to one very sweet baby boy. I'm Houston born and raised and I will always love my city!
What is your blog about and what are your goals for your blog?
My blog is a personal style diary about the outfits that I wear on an everyday basis. A lot of the popular style blogs out there right now are what I call "fantasy blogs" where the girl is wearing a $500 dress, photo-shopped to perfection, and prancing along 5th Ave. While it's gorgeous to look at, I realize that life is not Vogue magazine. I wanted to create a blog that's about a real woman, someone with a career and a budget, that wears regular outfits and isn't afraid to repeat a clothing item. I like sharing what I wear for weekends, work, and everything in between. I also love to try new trends and write about how they work for my life and my budget. My blog is a place where people can go to get practical advice about what to wear in real life.
My goals for my blog right now are to grow and connect with more readers and other bloggers. I'm still relatively new to the community (I've been blogging since June 2012) and I'm still trying to work out exactly what I'm doing! All I know is that I love meeting new bloggers and connecting with my readers. Everyone I've met so far in the blogging community just seems so genuine, and I'm glad to be a part of that! I even started a new blog series this year where I interview one of my favorite bloggers once a month, and I'm excited to continue the series and learn more about my faves!

What's your favorite thing about being a blogger:
My favorite thing about being a blogger is having a creative outlet! I've always loved fashion and I've been addicted to shopping as long as I can remember. My career in research hasn't really allowed me to express my creative side, which is one of the reasons why I decided to start my blog. I love having a place where I can show off my outfits, connect with other people who love shopping as much as I do, and I even enjoy the design/advertising/business sides because I'm learning something new every day! My blog is something that makes me happy and fulfilled every single day, and that makes it all worthwhile.

Why did you choose to join Houston Fashion Bloggers?
When I first started my blog, I didn't know of any other Houston area bloggers. I knew there had to be some out there! After a quick Google search, I was happy to learn that there was a group out there that I could fit in with. While I usually can't make it to social events due to my job, I enjoy being able to connect with other Houston bloggers online and being able to read up on the latest happenings!
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