FEATURE Friday

FEATURE Friday with
Parker Simmons

Changing the world one bad outfit at a time!



* Who is Parker Simmons?

     Believe it or not, this is a somewhat challenging question.  However, I'm a straight forward person; what you see is what you get.  I'm fiercely loyal and I believe that my purpose in life is to help people whenever I can.

* What do you find most exciting about being a fashion and lifestyle bloggers?

     Seeing how what I do impacts other peoples lives.  Encouraging people to take a risk, wear a bold color or wear a fitted shirt or a bodycon dress even though they may feel like they don't have the perfect body.  I feels great to be recognized for my talent.

*What's the most rewarding opportunity that you've experienced as a result of blogging?

     I've had a lot of amazing opportunities.  Working with Henri Bendel and hosting events for them.  Most recently I was able to travel to New York with Lane Bryant.  On a personal note, my most memorable experience was when I was hosting an event and I noticed a young lady who was on the verge of breaking down because of her weight.  Being able to relate, I made it my mission to help her see how beautiful she was and we (the store manager and I) worked to pull together a few looks for her 16th birthday party.

*What's your biggest challenge about being a blogger?

     Blogging is challenging period.  Having to deal with all the politics of the blogging community.  Or the attitudes and the feelings of entitlement.  Some relationships have changed or have been lost all together.  Right now I'm in a place of rediscovering myself, so I haven't been blogging as much lately. 

*Who does your amazing photography?

     For my professional photos, I work with a few photographers.  My everyday pics are taken by my co-worker/work husband using my iPhone.  I use my selfie stick when there isn't anyone around.

* As a stylist, what are the top 3 staple pieces to keep in your closet?

     A great pair of jeans.  A good ol crisp white button-down or a denim shirt.  And of course a statement skirt (gotta have it.)  

* Do you have any fashion rules when putting a look together?

     I always start with my shoes.  Whenever I start putting together a look, I build it from the bottom up.

* In 3 words describe your personal style.

     Flirty / Classic / Chic

* How often do you shop? What item(s) do you splurge on?

     I really don't shop a lot.  I prefer to recycle looks or see how many ways I can recreate a piece.  I shop maybe once a quarter.  If I do any shopping it's mostly for shoes and accessories.  I splurge on my custom made skirts or really nice statement pieces.  

* How did you come up with Everyday Runway?

    It was originally named Parker's Playground for a column in a digital magazine I used to write with.  About a year into writing I changed it to Everyday Runway.  When the magazine dissolved I continued writing under Everyday Runway.      

* Is there anything you'd like to add?

Words to live by (from my grandmother): Look as good as you can, as long as you can, and look bad when you can't do any better

"Make the world your personal runway and see you on the front row."