Ask Mara

questions, thoughts, suggestions?
I’d love to know more about your Portuguese heritage! What region is your family from?

Hi! My Dad’s family is from Lisbon and the Azores. Matthew and I went a few years ago and had the most amazing time. You can see some of the posts I did here! Would love to go back with my Dad and explore more. It really is such a beautiful country!

Any tips for getting into the fashion industry?

Intern! Once I realized I wanted to go into fashion I interned for a small fashion magazine. I learned so much information that I still apply in my job today. It’s important to try to get your foot in the door however you can. Even if you’re not making money, hopefully the experience you’ll be gaining will be even more valuable. I do think it is hard to get into the fashion industry without having a lot of experience, but once you’re in, you’re in. It becomes a very small world, believe it or not! You could try working for a shop or showroom and that could lead to some buying and styling experience. Don’t feel bad to put yourself out there. It goes a long way and you’ll benefit from it in the long run. If you’re interested in buying in particular, and you’re still in school, I’d recommend taking some math classes because buying deals with a lot of numbers. You’re constantly looking at your budget, making projections, and also analyzing your current sell-through. Taking a job as a Buyer’s Assistant will teach you a lot of valuable information, while allowing you to learn from an Assistant Buyer, or maybe even the Head Buyer. It would be a perfect way to find out if it’s a career you’re interested in.

What kind of camera do you use and who takes your photos?

I work with a few different photographers for my style posts who use different cameras and lenses. When I shoot my recipe posts I use a Nikon D600 and either a 50mm lens or an 85mm.

How tall are you?

I am a 5’6,” when I stand up straight!