Well most of y'all must know that the 52nd Annual Grammy awards are on tonight. I've got my TV tuned to it right now and just finished watching Beyonce's performance. I loved her dress, but she tried the "rock thang" and I just wasn't really feelin it. I was eager to see her "rock it" with her infamous dance routines - so I guess I was a little disappointed. Pink's performance didn't blow me away either. I mean does she secretly want to join the circus or something? Cause I've kinda seen this routine before.....I'll continue to watch the evenings events and will give you more commentary tomorrow night.
Right now I'd like to introduce you to a blogger who's had a fascinating career so far. Not only was she one of the first female professional vertical skateboarders, but she was the only gal to ever be featured in a skateboarding magazine centerfold! After leaving skateboarding behind, she became a fashion stylist in LA and worked with major celebrities. Realizing that there was a void in styling athletes, Cindy Whitehead coined the term "sports stylist", (which she has trademarked) and now styles celebrity athletes like Mia Hamm, Koby Bryant, Michelle Kwan and more. To add to the many hats that she wears, Cindy is also the fashion director at HERS magazine, (a workout mag for women) and plans on writing a book about her experiences as a female skateboarder.
I really enjoy following her blog Cindy Whitehead Sports Stylist. It is updated daily with great visuals of fashions, photo shoots, outfit posts, product reviews and she keeps you updated with local events. I also love that she's a Alexander Wang fan - Love him!
The Creative Mixx gives a warm welcome to Cindy Whitehead.
How long have you been blogging?
I had a blog on my sports styling website for the past 4 years. But it was difficult to update easily and was mainly just for my clients, so 4 months ago I finally decided I had much more that I wanted to talk about and post so I launched cindywhitehead.blogspot and now I post an average of 2 times per day. I really enjoy being able to add content whenever something excites me and I want to share it.
What is your blog about?
My blog is about everything I like - from photos and fashion that inspire me, to sports and athletic apparel, to people who are doing amazing things in life, to places to go and things to do. Really just whatever I think is awesome that I come across , I post it. There are so many things going on and that I see daily and I just want to share it all.
Now, I've done a bit of research and know that you're a Sports Stylist (hence the title of your blog). What's that like? And, how did you get started?
I was a fashion stylist for years doing advertising, celebrities and such, and about 12 years ago I met a photographer who just did sports shoots and I thought "how great would that be?" I was a professional skateboarder when I was younger so I felt really comfortable around athletes and felt I understood them as well. I knew that off season and on were 2 different clothes sizes for most of my male and female athletes, and I knew that most had had experiences with fashion stylists bringing sample size clothes, when their bodies were not built like those of a 5'10 size 0 model. I wanted to work with them to have a look that they loved and were comfortable in. So I started working towards the goal of just working with athletes and on sports related shoots. My agent told me I was crazy but I went ahead and did it and couldn't be busier or happier. I get to work and style some of the most amazing & rad people in the world.
When you're not working or blogging, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to check out new stores in and around LA so I am up on whats current fashion wise. I enjoy going to photography exhibits and events, I also like to surf, skateboard and snowboard as I hate the gym! For the past year or so I have been volunteering some of my time to projects and events that I relate to like the Hermosa Beach Historical Society which helps preserve the history of where I live and includes surfing, volleyball and skateboarding exhibits.
Name one fashion piece that you can't live without?
Wow that's hard, but I guess I would have to say my Golden Goose motorcycle boots. I got them a few years ago and they work well for running around town and when I am working on set during a shoot, they never hurt my feet (as I work long hours standing all day). I always get people asking me where I got them. They are bad ass cool.
Do you spend a lot of time reading other people's blogs?
I do, I love seeing outfit posts, what inspires people and whats going in their towns. Everyone has different interests and takes on fashion so its great to see different perspectives.
What steps have you taken to promote your blog & gain readership?
I read other peoples blogs and comment. I also joined Independent Fashion Bloggers which is a great resource to meet people & their blogs as well as gain more insight on blogging.
Any advice for newbies starting out?
Post and write about what YOU love. Make your template clean and easy to navigate. Respond to other bloggers comments by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment as well.
You've had many career related accomplishments, what would you say is your biggest blogging accomplishment?
I would have to say meeting some of the people I have met via blogging and really getting to know them personally. To me that's the best. Blogging is a actual community and people really want to connect, inspire and help each other in any way they can - at least that's been my experience.
Check out some of Cindy's previous work
This was Cindy then........
And this is Cindy Now.....
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