Despite the fairly overt identification of Style Out Here as a men's life and style blog, I am not shy to admit that most of my biggest inspirations come from women's fashion and lifestyle. As with fashion, the ability to be nationally and internationally successful as a blogger or stylist was truly pioneered by women in my opinion.
Therefore, I've recently decided that I'd be doing a huge injustice to our local community by not also featuring members of other genders who have made unique and important contributions to the Calgary scene.
Please welcome Jessica Phillips, the very first member of Style Out Here's "Women of YYC" segment. I originally met Jessica at a Halloween music show, and she got along so well with my friend group that we never stopped talking.
Jess is one of my favourite women in Calgary because she is never afraid of exploring and sharing her many passions in arts, beauty, music, gaming, and more. Jess' unapologetic list of passions perfectly frames her unique laid back style and attitude. Rather than try to articulate her attitude and outlook myself, read the interview and take her word for it:
First off, what’s your name and what do you do here in Calgary?
A. My name is Jessica Phillips and I just graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor in Communication. I am also working towards getting a diploma in Cosmetology this fall.
How would you describe your own style?
A. I would say my style is ‘broke bitch chic’. I try to make use of clothing that I already have, when I’m done piece of clothing I try and reuse it by altering it in some way to make it into something different. When I do buy new clothes, I gravitate towards blacks and greys, I tend to wear things that don’t pull attention from my makeup.
What are your favourite regular things to do around town?
A. Lately my favourite thing is to go downtown and play “PokemonGo” with friends. It’s got me going downtown a lot more, so I can enjoy what this city has to offer in the summer. I also like to frequent “Habitat Living Sound” whenever there’s a show. The atmosphere is super chill and friendly, it’s like going out with a huge group of friends, everyone knows everyone.
You’re pretty big into the local music scene, specifically in EDM. What connection (if any) do you see between that particular culture here and its certain stylistic tendencies?
A. I have found that the music culture in this city really encourages individual expression. Anytime I go to a show, I see so many different styles. You’ll see someone wearing patterned harem pants with a crop top and scarves dancing with someone wearing all black and a snap back. As long as you can dance in it, anything goes.
Who are some of your biggest influences (in and/or outside of Calgary)?
A. I would say my biggest influence is Samantha Ravndahl (@SsssamanthaaMua). She is a Vancouver based makeup artist that influences my style a lot, both in clothing and makeup. She has a very simple look, but she makes it look so damn good. She has mastered every look from street style, to fancy industry party. She inspires me career wise as well, her dedication and love for her craft are so evident in everything she does. I think she is starting to get the credit now for her style that she deserves, I see a lot more hype online for her outfits.
Lastly, if you could pick three things you couldn’t live without, what would they be?
A. Other than the obvious necessities of life, I couldn’t live without my Nintendo 3DS,my Jaclyn Hill highlighter “Champagne Pop”, and wifi. If I were to miss the release of “Pokemon Sun and Moon” my life would be in a sad, sad state; plus I can’t abandon my Animal Crossing village! I could easily live only wearing “Champagne Pop”, it is the holy grail of highlighters. Finally, I need wifi... I don’t think I need to explain why, I feel like everyone would agree with that one.