Snapshots from Behind the Blog
WHAT | The Black Velveteen
WHO | Stylist & Blogger Lucille Wenegieme
WHERE | TheBlackVelveteen.net | @theblackvelveteen
Started | February 2014
You’ll Find | Fashion, Food, Lifestyle
What inspired you to start your blog?
I had another blog a while ago, but I started The Black Velveteen in 2014 when I moved back to Denver after finishing grad school. It was born from my insane boredom from not having a job, wanting to channel creative energy after doing science for almost two years, and was boosted by my interest in Instagram, which was starting to catch on in the fashion space.
How’d you tap into your creativity?
When I first started, I had a lot of time to alter and create new designs. All of my first blog photos were taken with my iPhone on my parents’ deck (shoutout to my mom for being my photographer!). I’ve always been inspired by traditional print media, theater costuming and pop culture.
What is your muse?
My muse is the young working women, which luckily enough, I am. I’m constantly thinking about the truth of where I’m at, whether that’s what I can afford, or what I’m tackling in my personal life and career. My friends are my biggest muses, and I want every person who sees my blog to relate to it, not idolize it.
Styling-wise: What has been your favorite shoot to date?
My favorite shoot was part of a feature I did called “Sips & Style” where I profiled restaurants & bars, then collaborated with local boutiques to feature fashion suggestions for the venues. Plus, I got to sample drinks all day!
What’s the scoop on the best hot spot in Denver?
One of my current favorites is Retrograde, the speakeasy hiding inside the Frozen Matter ice cream shop, but there are tons of hidden gems like the new art gallery Rare Tempo on Welton.
Define your personal style.
My personal style is focused on my shape. I’m tall and curvy, so I learned a long time ago that I don’t need to wear any trend that doesn’t make me feel amazing. After that, I stick with super basic pieces that have just a bit of interest: classic wrap dresses in unexpected prints, doubling denim, mixing metal jewelry.
Any advice for inspiring bloggers?
Do you, boo! It can be wonderful to share stories and techniques with other bloggers but find your voice. Don’t feel like you have to do what anyone else is doing to get noticed.