CS: How do you describe the focus of Tasty. Southern. Chic.?
MM: The beauty of Tasty. Southern. Chic. is that you get a little taste of everything – from fashion, food, and interiors to DIY and travel. Growing up, I always said that I wanted to be the next Martha Stewart (but for my generation). I figured I had to start somewhere!
CS: What sets your style apart from other personal style bloggers?
MM: Most style bloggers are in larger markets such as New York or L.A., so being from the South I feel I bring a different perspective because of the vast difference in lifestyle. At the same time, I like to incorporate styles from those markets to offer inspiration for the everyday Southern woman.
CS: What current fashion trends do you love?
MM: I love that comfortable fashion is taking over “body con” fashion. Goodbye form-fitting dresses and stiletto heels, hello oversized sweaters, sneakers, block heals, and platforms! Thank you, fashion gods!
CS: What do you tend to splurge on?
MM: Staple pieces that I know will be around a looong time, like a leather jacket or Ray-Ban sunglasses. I never splurge on the latest trend because I know I won’t be wearing it more than a year.
CS: What is the best fashion or style advice you have ever received?
MM: It was from my mom when I was younger: “It’s always better to have style than to be in style.”
CS: When it comes to blogging, what is one thing that people often don’t realize?
MM: Blogging is a lot more time consuming than people might think. You have to wear many hats. So unless you have the funds to hire help, you’re the model, stylist, producer, editor, writer, photographer, social media manager, accountant, office manager, and more. You really have to love what you do to make it all worth it!
CS: Who are you influenced by?
MM: As far as fashion goes, I’m influenced by celebrities like Rachel Bilson and Olivia Culpo and stylists such as Anita Patrickson. With interiors, my love for architecture and interior decorating is greatly influenced by my parents, who are both architects in Charlotte. As far as cooking goes, I’m definitely influenced by the women in my family. I come from a long line of great cooks from many different cultural backgrounds. From Italian to Cajun influences, food and cooking have never been boring for me.