I live for a great interview! So when stylist India Monae and her blogging team Chante approached me for their “Nasty Style Special” interview on me and my journey, I was more than thrilled to give them the scoop. They asked me everything from how I got started with my blog and my clothing line Renae Cut Offs to my favorite beauty products and my thoughts on creating my own beauty line. Check out some excerpts from the interview below!
Chanté: When did you start your blog ?
McKenzie: I started my blog in college when I was a makeup artist. Originally the purpose was to educate women as well as my friends on various makeup and skincare tips and tricks. I had so much fun with it that it evolved into trend reports, styling advice, hair, and interviews with industry insiders.
Chanté: As a beauty and style blogger , how do you connect with your audience ?
McKenzie: I think I connect with my audience by being myself. I’m comfortable in my own skin and enjoy setting myself apart from the rest. I promote positivity for women to embrace who they are and to be OK with it. You set your own standard, so just go for it!
Chanté: What inspired you to start “Renae Cutoffs”?
McKenzie: I started Renae Cut Offs two years ago after creating a pair of cut offs and showcasing them on my blog. I had so much positive feedback from my followers who wanted a pair, so I decided to supply the demand. I created the name and had a friend make a simple logo for me, built my website and it took off from there. This is just the beginning, I’m really excited about the future plans for the brand.
Chanté:What’s your number one beauty tip?
McKenzie: Every woman should have a go-to makeup look that she can do in 10-15 minutes. Mine is a nice clean bronzy face with a bold lip and shaped brows. It’s simple, easy, and I feel most confident pairing it with practically anything (style wise). A bold lip can go a long way. Color is so much fun!
Chanté: What’s your next hair color ?
McKenzie: I am HOOKED on blonde for a while, but I really want to try a wild color like blue. I’m just not quite ready to go dark again yet. You know what they say, once you go black you never go back lol.
Chanté: Have you thought about starting your own beauty brand ? whether it be nails , makeup, hair care !
McKenzie: I have! I love everything about beauty, and women will never stop investing into their appearance.
Chanté: What advice would you give a young aspiring beauty/fashion maven?
McKenzie: As corny as this sounds, don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can’t do. There are so many people who are afraid to go after their dreams, so they discourage you from going after yours because they wish they had the guts to step out on faith. Nothing is unattainable. Think outside the box! Set yourself apart from the crowd and always remember what makes you happy and why you started doing it. If God blessed you with gifts and talents, no one can step in your lane, because what’s meant for you, is for you! Put your blinders on and go for it!
Thanks so much to India and Chante for the interview, I had a blast answering the questions! You can check out the full interview and more style tips on her blog India Monae Style HERE!