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Q: What name do you go by in the real, non-internet world?
I go by Marsadie everywhere!
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
I have no nicknames… Often people butcher the pronunciation of my name (it’s mar-SAY-dee), but I don’t bother correcting them. So you can call ‘Mercedes’ and such my nicknames.
Q: Does anyone ever tell you that you look like someone famous? If so, who?
Kerry Washington the most… then Naomi, Aaliyah, etc. All too flattering!
Q: When did you become interested in fashion and beauty products?
I’ve had a passion for fashion/beauty since youth. The 1105 cult fave movie Clueless sparked my interest in both I’d say… The rest is history!
Q: Who are some of your inspirations for fashion and beauty?
Fashion-wise, it’s anyone that defines their own style. They take what they like from the trends but leave the rest. Beauty-wise, someone who knows how to accentuate their natural features – never against – but isn’t afraid to take risks. I haven’t been following any celebs lately so I can’t name anyone but you get the idea.
Q: How did you get started beauty blogging? How long have you been doing it?
I created Frappelattes on a whim in June 2007. I’ve always loved giving beauty and fashion tips and forecasts. I had no idea then that it would have provided me so many opportunities or introduced me to so many other fabulous bloggers! Frappelattes was and is truly a blessing for me.
Q: How did you decide on the name Frappelattes for your blog?
Haha. I have no idea. Honestly. Knowing what I know now I probably would have chosen a more sensical name related to beauty!
Q: What is the best thing about being a beauty blogger?
…Definitely being invited to events where you are able to mingle with beauty brands and other awesome beauty bloggers.
Q: What is the worst thing about being a beauty blogger?
If you do it for a living (which I do, somewhat) people fail to take you seriously sometimes!
Q: How has Frappelattes affected your life?
It has helped me make new friends I would have never met otherwise, it’s brought me travel opportunities, etc… Plus now my apartment is filled with more cosmetics than I’ll ever need!
Q: What are some of your current obsessions?
My two fave shows right now are The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo) and Weeds (Showtime).
Q: What beauty products can you not live without?
Lip gloss! Highlighters. Cheek stains since powder blush tends to make me look chalky. Also, Lancome skincare.
Q: Do you ever have buyers remorse for spending your hard earned money on products?
Q: Do your family and friends know about your beauty blog?
They do! They seem to be quite fascinated by the idea that I could write about beauty all day and make a living from it.
Q: What do your family and friends think about your product obsession?
They think it’s silly sometimes… But you should see the look on their faces when I unload products on them that I don’t need! Then, they become thankful to have my obsession at their disposal.
Q: Do you have any future goals for Frappelattes?
…Probably taking it to a more professional level. Definitely.
Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of the blog?
I dine out, a lot. Mostly for the experience. Shopping, of course. Also, web design, reading, and learning about the way things work.
Q: Does your current career involve fashion or beauty? Do you hope to have a career in the field?
Until I figure out what I want to go back to school for my bills are paid by ad revenue generated from the blog and also some freelance web development and marketing projects. I’m not yet sure if I want to be professionally involved with beauty or fashion in the long term.
Q: Do you have any beauty secrets or tips that you think most other people don’t know about?
There are some things you should never forsake – like maintaining well-shaped eyebrows. Eyebrows frame your face and can make or break your look, in my opinion.
Q: Can you tell us some fun facts we probably do not know about you?
I’m an open book. Follow me on Twitter! http:/ /twitter.com/frappelattes