Interview with Larkie: Part One

I am so excited to share this week’s interview with you because Larkie is someone whose style I’ve admired for a really long time – with a killer Chanel collection to boot. She was kind enough to answer the zillion questions I asked her and to share some photographs with us. There is so much amazing material that I split up this interview into two parts, for today and tomorrow. Enjoy part one of the interview with the ever so stylish, Larkie.

First of all, who are you, and what do you do? Where do you live?

My name is Larkie and I’m a lawyer/entrepreneur/blogger/nomad.

Please give us a peek into your fabulous closet – what are the brands you are most passionate about? What items do you tend to collect (shoes, bags, etc)?

I adore labels like Alexander McQueen, Dior, and Gucci, but I am doing my own “science experiment” on collecting strictly Chanel. Let’s see how long I can last doing this! But for staple items like shirts and pants, my favorite brand is J.Crew.

I’m a cardigan lover, so have to ask you to share some more details behind your amazing cardigan collection.

So you’ve noticed my cardigan addiction! I think Chanel cardigans make great investments because of the quality and timelessness of each piece. And even the funkier ones are great season after season. Some of them can be dressed up to replace a more traditional blazer for work and others can be an easy layering piece for the weekends or nights out when you want a more casual look without looking too frumpy.

What would be a typical go to outfit for you on a casual day? What about going out at night?

On casual days I like to wear slim fitting capris or jeans with a 3/4 sleeve tshirt or tank top under a Chanel cardigan or tweed jacket. I’d wear my Converse leather sneakers or flats with this look. For nights out, it’s usually all black, whether that’s a LBD or pants with a slinky top, and a pair of killer heels. Wearing all black gives me a canvas for wearing statement jewelry that I might not otherwise wear during the day.

I know you are a travel junkie : what are some of your travel tips in terms of what to pack, travel essentials, etc?

What I’ve learned from the road is that your travel wardrobe has to be flexible enough to accommodate all kinds of unpredictable climates. So I pack a lot of lightweight and water resistant items that can be layered. Natural fibers are great, but I look for pieces that can un-wrinkle themselves as soon as I hang them up in my hotel room’s closet. I try to pack light because there’s always shopping on the road–that’s half of the fun of traveling–but my must have items are hat, sunglasses, sunblock, LBD, a favorite black cardigan, a pair of comfortable shoes, and a swimsuit. Everything else can be replaced.

What are some of the favorite places you’ve traveled to? Where for a relaxing experience and where for a cultural one? Where has the food been the most memorable?

Even in third world countries with very few modern resources I can honestly say every place I’ve ever traveled to has been my favorite place. Sure, it’s great to stay at a 5-star resort in Malaysia, but I am equally psyched by sleeping in a tent in the middle of the Sahara during a freak rainstorm. Both of these experiences were memorable for me. But if I had a choice, I’d rather have an adventurous travel experience than a relaxing one. I love the spa as much as the next gal but I can’t sit still for more than an hour. Besides Vietnam, the food has been the most memorable in Sydney. I was there for 5 weeks and did not have a single bad meal. That’s pretty rare!

I hope you enjoyed part one of Larkie’s interview! Tomorrow, Larkie will be sharing her exotics collection and views on fashion. A small preview of what’s coming up below, and check out Larkie’s blog here:

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  • Tara @ Haute Lunch
    April 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Love the cardigans and the handbags! That Alexander McQueen cape is pretty fabulous, as well! If I could score just a single Chanel handbag, I'd be pretty thrilled!

  • Alena
    April 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Great interview! Can't wait to read more tomorrow : )

  • Tangles
    April 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Can't wait til tomorrow! That McQueen cape is ah-mazing! LOVE those Chanel cardis!

  • Teresa
    April 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, that McQueen cape is so beautiful! Love the detailed print.


  • Fabulous Florida Mommy
    April 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Fantastic interview! I love Larkie's style and look forward to reading more about her in part 2. πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!
    Fabulous Florida Mommy

  • Kimberley
    April 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Awesome interview πŸ™‚

  • Fashion Is Passion by Poison
    April 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I love Chanel too!


  • Orange and Cloves
    April 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I adore everything in this post!

  • Orange and Cloves
    April 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    especially the cape πŸ™‚

  • EllysMakeupbag
    April 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    She is so well dressed, so classic and chic! Thanks for the interview. I don't think there is any girl in the world who isn't fascinated by chanel and who wouldn't dream to own at least 1 item.

  • Julie and Lauren
    April 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Omg, those Chanel cardigans are too much. Very jealous : ) Don't forget to check out our final looks and enter the giveaway today!

  • Melissa
    April 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Great post!! She has great style, and seems to be very well spoken and interesting πŸ™‚

    You are a great interviewer… asking good questions is not easy!


  • Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet
    April 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Fabulous collection! I'm really enjoying these interview posts. I have to admit, I'm quite nosy about other people's closets and their comments on fashion. It's nice not having to ask them myself! Hehe.

  • Blace
    April 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    wow! gorgeous collection. how jealous am i? very.

  • City Girl Chicago
    April 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    What a fun interview and gorgeous clothes! The McQueen cape? drooling.

  • Corina
    April 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Great collection!! Xoxo

  • theeclecticlife
    April 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Amazing Q&A and I love the tweed. So sophisticated and they're pieces that will last a lifetime.

  • DSK Steph
    April 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Fabulous post!

  • Gina Michele
    April 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Love these interviews! That McQueen cape is amazing!

    β™₯ Gina Michele

  • amy b.s.
    April 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    oh, chanel. so classic. if i had to pick just one brand to buy for the rest of my life, i think it would have to be chanel. it just never goes out of style.

  • Annette
    April 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I love that you do these interviews! Her collection sounds amazing. I also kind of secretly want to see more of the cat that snuck its way into the first photo hehe.

    Can't wait for part 2!

  • Lily
    April 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Wow ! Amazing Chanel !!


  • drollgirl
    April 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    chanelllllllllllll!!! she has so much, and i have none. lol. must admit i am a little jealous! but love it all! πŸ™‚

  • Grace
    April 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I love the Chanel cardigans! you have such a cute blog, thank you for stopping by and commenting on mine! πŸ™‚

    If you follow, I will follow back! πŸ™‚


  • Muffy
    April 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    SUPER FABULOUS!!!! I love her collection. Terrific interview!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    April 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I'm thrilled that you interviewed Larkie. I'm mostly a lurker on the Chanel subforum and I just adore her cardigan collection.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    April 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I'm thrilled that you interviewed Larkie. I'm mostly a lurker on the Chanel subforum and I just adore her cardigan collection.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    April 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I'm thrilled that you interviewed Larkie. I'm mostly a lurker on the Chanel subforum and I just adore her cardigan collection.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    April 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I'm thrilled that you interviewed Larkie. I'm mostly a lurker on the Chanel subforum and I just adore her cardigan collection.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    April 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I'm thrilled that you interviewed Larkie. I'm mostly a lurker on the Chanel subforum and I just adore her cardigan collection.

  • Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking
    April 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Great interview!!! To quote other comments – that McQueen cape is AMAZING!!! Like seriously AMAZING!

  • Sarah
    April 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    What a Chanel collection. Looking forward to part two.

  • CoutureJunkie
    April 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    This is such a great interview, can't wait for part 2. I totally agree with Larkie about wearing all black and setting a scene with statement jewelry.


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  • In New York Paris Tomorrow
    April 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Seriously, this was such a good interview and the pictures explained so much.

  • April of A. Liz Adventures
    April 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Oh, to have those cardis in my closet … I don't know what I'd do with myself!

  • Natali
    April 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I really like the casual outfit!!!

  • travelkate
    April 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Such a great interview! Can't wait to hear more…her Chanel collection is fabulous!

  • She Wore It Well
    April 14, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Ahh I love everything! Funny thing is last night I had a dream that my parents won the lotto and bought me a Chanel bag hahaha :))

  • Jess
    April 14, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Wow, i loooove that cape!!!

  • Jane Alisa
    April 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Great interview, love her Chanel collection. xoxo

  • amanda jane
    April 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    this is great. thanks for sharing and for the sweet comment. πŸ™‚

  • RenΓ©e
    April 15, 2011 at 8:54 am

    oh I love her chanel bags, have a nice weekend!

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