Breanne Gratton: Breakfast with Fashion

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Breanne Gratton as part of my interview series here on The Brunette Shake.

Breanne currently writes for a fashion blog, http://breakfastwithfashion.wordpress.com/ and interns for CollegeFashionista!!

Check out her blog and feel inspired!

xoxo

-Hillary


Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Breanne and I am the blogger behind Breakfast with Fashion. I started my blog mid-December 2010. It’s insane to think that it has almost been a year since my site launched. I’m truly grateful for all the wonderful things my blog has brought me. I never take any of it for granted. I always yelp when someone recognizes me, my work, or mentions my blog. It’s all so exciting for me!
Outside of Breakfast with Fashion, I am the head interning editor for CollegeFashionista. I have been with the site for about a year and a half as an editor. Before that I was a writer for the site. It’s so amazing to see all these posts from people with so much talent—and to be able to edit those posts is great.
Now outside of both of those, I am a full-time student at the University of Oregon. I am a senior journalism major with a focus in magazine journalism. I am a full-time girlfriend, as well as a daughter and a sister. I wear a lot of different hats throughout the day but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I surround myself with things and people that truly make me happy and if I didn’t absolutely love my work, I wouldn’t be doing it.

Describe your personal style and its influences / inspiration.
My personal style has changed a great deal over the years. I have had my number of phases that thank gd are in the past and I got over because they were bad. I’ve had some bad hair, as well. My personal style now is just me. I always tell people I can tell you what I like and what I don’t like but I can’t tell you why. My style is a mixture of classic minimalism and simplicity but with a bit of an edge. It’s a bit Coco Chanel, a bit Kate Moss, a bit Keith Richards, but completely me. I love a crisp white T-shirt—I really think it is the most versatile item to have in one’s closet. I also love a great modern leather jacket and awesome shoes. So, minimalistic with an edge, or two.
My influences and inspirations come from the runways, from the street style I see, blogs, architecture, music, movies—okay, anything. I think inspiration can hit you whenever you are. Some of my “famous” inspirations are Kate Moss, Keith Richards, David Johansen, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour, Daria Werbowy, Coco Rocha, Karlie Kloss, Lauren Hutton, Lee Alexander McQueen. Honestly, I get a lot of inspiration from models and men. Art as well. I think art can play a huge part in coming up with inspirations. I love Warhol prints and photos (the Bianca Jagger print is AMAZE) and George Condo is insane. I love his work.

What do you want to do/accomplish in the next 10 years?
First and foremost, I want to be happy. I want to be in love. I want to be happy with wherever I am in my life. In ten years I will be 32, which is a bit strange for me to think about, to be honest. In terms of my career ideally I would be working in the fashion industry. I would love to work in magazines, editing, and online media—basically anything. In the words of Lauren Hutton, I want to be a “wise woman.”
How did you first get interested in fashion and why is it important?
I think I have always been interested in fashion. I think style is something you have or you don’t have. You are interested in it, or you aren’t. I would be picking out my own outfits as soon as I could. I remember being around four (I think) and I fell IN LOVE with a white fur coat. Looking back on it, it cracks me up, but at the time it was unreal. Fashion is important because it is how you present yourself to the world. It is the first impression you give to others. It is, in the words of Bill Cunningham “the amour to survive every day life.”
I think fashion has the ability to be very empowering and very empowering to women, which is a very positive aspect of the industry.

What are your greatest passions?
My greatest passions are my life, my love, my happiness, and my career. Obviously I love fashion — I really do. Outside of fashion, I love my job and the path I am on. I love just seeing where things take me. I have had ups and downs and I am in a good place now. I really like where I am headed and my passions are the loves in my life.

Favorite designers and places to shop?
In terms of designers (not speaking to the person themselves, but just the pure art of design and the pure fashion) I would say Karl Lagerfeld, Lee Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Coco Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, the Olsens, Alexander Wang, Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto — There are a lot!
Now, if I could shop these designers, I would in a heartbeat. However, I run on a very limited college budget. Some of my favorite places to shop are Nordstrom, Macy’s, the Gap, Nasty Gal, ShoeMint, Nine West, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, boutiques, vintage stores — basically anywhere. I really don’t just stick to one place or one shop. If a place has good product, I will go there!

Most loved/used item in your closet?
Definitely my white T-shirts, my oversized gray V-neck shirt, my fur coats/shrugs, my leather leggings, my T by Alexander Wang pencil skirt, my leopard scarf and shoes, certain accessories, my blazer, and my black maxi skirt with a simple top. I love the oversized aesthetic and making it work for you. Again, this is something the Olsens do so well.

What's on your IPOD / bookshelf / DVD player at the moment?
On my iPod I am obsessed with Florence and the Machine, The Pierces, Beyoncé, Patti Smith, The New York Dolls, The Rolling Stones, Adele, and of course Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam. I am currently reading two books. The first is Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life. The second is Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape. In my DVD player there are a lot of TV shows and comedies. I have recently been watching a lot of Pretty Little Liars and Mad Men. In terms of movies I have been watching Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, Waiting for Forever, X-Men, and many Christmas movies since it is that season.
The first thing you look at in another person's outfit is:
A unique sense of self

What do you splurge on?
Shoes! I just got a pair of ShoeMint shoes and I may be more than obsessed.

A fashion rule you never break:
I believe in what Lee Alexander McQueen said — know the rules so you can break the rules.


What is your next must have purchase?
I recently got my leather leggings, but I really am looking for a great sweater in the style of Isabel Marant, who is AMAZING.


Are there any fashion icons or famous people whose style you admire?
Again, Lee Alexander McQueen, the Olsens, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, DVF, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Kate Moss, Coco Rocha, Rachel Bilson, etc. I love people who are unique and make their lives and style their own.

Next place you want to travel to:
London

What is the ultimate showpiece in your closet?
I’m going to go with my huge fur coat. I can’t get enough of it and it definitely makes a statement.

Which magazines, blogs,books, and movies are your favorites?
For blogs I read le fashion, CollegeFashionista, Saucy Glossie, Into the Gloss, Breakfast at Saks, the Coveteur, WhoWhatWear, the Glamourai, etc. I also follow a ton of people on tumblr, which I think is a really exciting outlet!

What can't you live without?
I can’t live without my boyfriend, my family, and my friends. Everything else can be replaced.

Who are your favorite actresses?
Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Bilson, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou, Katherine Hepburn, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Kate Bosworth, Rachel McAdams, the Fanning siblings, the Olsens (though not in the acting realm, outside of Full House).
Do your favorite actresses influence how you dress?
Yes and no. I honestly take inspiration from everywhere. The issue I have with being influenced by actresses is I know they have stylists that work with their image. However, I do love Rachel Bilson’s look and that minimal simplistic look. I’ve always have had a sense of my own style, so the actresses I am attracted to are extensions of my style. I look more to models and “It” girls I suppose when it comes to people in the light of fame.

What is your beauty routine? What products do you use?
A good beauty routine starts with a solid base aka a clean face. I think face wash and moisturizer is the most important part to beauty, in addition to working out and drinking plenty of water (even if I do put lemon in mine). For my face wash I use either BeautyMint or Cetaphil with either a Cetaphil moisturizer or a BeautyMint moisturizer. I also use an Aveda heavy eye cream. From there I use the Maybelline Fit Me line in 115. I have the foundation, concealer and powder and it is all amazing! I then fill in my eyebrows with MAC powder, curl my lashes and apply L’Oreal Voluminous mascara. If I want a bit more I will either do a red lip or a liquid eyeliner. I also try and use eye shadows that make the green in my eyes pop. Ashley Olsen is someone I always look to for great makeup.

What is your hair routine? What products do you use?
My hair is always a mess. It is naturally a bit kinky and a bit curly, so I just let it do what it does. I recently cut it à la Alexa Chung and died it back to my more natural color à la Karlie Kloss. I basically let it air dry and then flat iron out the kinks and curls that are annoying me at that time. I’m not too picky about my hair.
I try and buy good shampoo and conditioner. Some of my favorites I rotate in and out are Pureology and Sebastian products. However, for drugstore prices, Aveeno can’t be beat. I also use Morracain Oil, a deep hair conditioner once a week, a Brocato keratin spray twice a week, and It’s a 10 for leave in conditioning.


Favorite movies? Favorite magazines? Favorite books?
My absolute favorite movie is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hands down. There is no question about that. My favorite magazines are Nylon, Teen Vogue, W, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. I really love Nylon for being so on-trend and cutting edge. I look to Vogue for the higher end market, but I feel that Nylon is closer to my age and my aesthetic. My favorite books? That’s a hard one. I love the Little Prince and I probably always will. I will be obsessed with many Coco Chanel books and other various fashion books. I also love Children of the Albatross. There was something so poetic about that book.

Most outrageous outfit you’ve ever worn?
I honestly don’t know. I’m not too outrageous. I am more grungy chic. Open my closet and you get a sea of neutrals. I put a pink streak (temporary) in my hair. It wasn’t for me. I’m not Sheena and I would make a very bad punk rocker (a Ramones referece)


Favorite pair of shoes/purse/accessories?
Oh, I can’t pick! Before my roommate moved in, I had a shoe room for two years. Now, I decorate with my shoes. A bit much, I know. I will say my go-to and possibly favorite accessories are ones that have meaning to me. My boyfriend gave me an Alexander McQueen ring that I never take off. He also gave me a Tiffany & Co. necklace I am always wearing, as well as necklaces with my initial and his. I also always wear my rings my grandma gave me, and a ring my dad gave me for my sixteenth birthday. I love accessories that have meaning behind them.







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