Maria Wilson. Style blogger, wife, mother-to-be, sister, and so much more. Maria is the founder and editor of The Classified Chic, and I’ve been a fan for years. Be it fashion, beauty, food, or travel, Maria certainly has a unique way of sharing her blend of style. She was kind enough to partake in this interview about her creative vision, inspiration, and style knowledge, so let’s dive right in!
You’ve managed to gain a substantial amount of followers since The Classified Chic was created. Where do you see your blog in two years? That is such a tough question because things are changing so much in my life personally, and those changes translate to my blog. I am currently pregnant, and my style is now maternity focused. After the baby is born my style will shift again, and so will other topics. I hope to include more recipes, and touch on interior design. Essentially, having a well-rounded life style blog is my goal. A place for people to find daily inspiration.
How would you describe your style, then versus now? My style is always evolving. Right now, it is changing even more rapidly because I’m expecting a baby later this year. I’d say that I’m definitely not focused on crazy trends as much, and am gravitating towards classics. I’ve been forced to pare down my wardrobe, and am now in love with the idea of capsule wardrobes. I’ll be sharing some of those ideas on the blog soon.
What’s your top two wardrobe staples for spring? My number one would be a comfortable, colorful dress. It may be traditional, but colorful spring dresses are always a great way to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful weather. A great pair of nude heels. Springtime is all about color, and making the best of the weather. A lovely nude heel will go with everything, but try to think a little outside the box from the plain pointy toe. Try a strappy nude sandal for something fun and sexy.
What do you think is the most effective strategy to enhance traffic to a style/lifestyle blog? I don’t think there is one single thing to enhance traffic. It is such a complex subject. The few things that I think help are a good SEO strategy and using social media to drive traffic to your website. In addition to that, creating good content that stays true to your voice.
Heels or flats? Heels!
Polka Dots or Stripes? Stripes.
What’s the most important tip you would give a new style blogger? Just have fun! Try to explore new styles, but remember to stay true to yourself. And get out in your community to meet other bloggers who share your passion.
You’ve shared great travel experiences. Is there another place you’d wish to visit? I’d love to visit Greece and Italy someday.
You’ve mentioned that you have a sweet tooth (as do I- Ha!). If there were one dessert you could have every day, what would it be? Hands down, chocolate cake! Yum!
Collaborations between style bloggers and brands have become the norm over the years. What brand would you like to collaborate with? I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with so many wonderful brands over the years, and am so grateful to each and every one. Since things are changing so much for me right now, I don’t have one particular brand in mind.
If you could interview a historical figure (past or present), who would it be? There are too many to choose from. Coco Chanel for fashion and fun. Marie Curie to spark an intellectual conversation. Audrey Hepburn for everything from style to humanitarian efforts.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the age of 15? That is truly tough because my high school years weren’t the norm. I’d say to have confidence in the strength within, and that tough times do pass. Carry on without fear, and not to let sadness overtake life. I say this because I spent my middle school and high school years watching my father battle cancer. He passed away when I turned 18, and it was a very difficult time for me and my family.
**Stay connected with Maria on Instagram: @theclassifiedchic
First and foremost, Maria thank you for being such an open book. You’ve truly inspired me (among countless others) with your style, but now I’m even more intrigued by your courage and strength. Second, I want to congratulate you and Mike on the next chapter of your life. It was an honor working with you, and I’m looking forward to what will become of The Classified Chic.