Interview with Madelleyn Lopez from Instinct to Style
My name is Madelleyn Lopez and I am a 22 year old mother & wife living in Dallas, Texas. I married my high school sweetheart, Joshua in 2012 and also gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Isabella, that same year. I am currently studying fashion design & merchandising and blog/vlog about beauty and fashion.
What makes your style “different”?
I love keeping up with trends but at the same time I add my own twist. I like to experiment and step out of my comfort zone when it comes to creating an outfit. It keeps my style fun and unique.
Describe your style.
My style is very versatile. I can go from wearing a bohemian type of outfit one day then the next go completely sporty or urban. However, no matter what outfit I am wearing, I like to keep it chic.
Who is your favorite designer or brand?
I have so many to mention but my top two would be Forever21 and Chanel. I love both low end and high end designers. Forever21 offers affordable and a wide variety of clothes which makes it so easy to shop there. But if I was to splurge, Chanel would be my pick. I am in love with the elegant and feminine style Chanel offers.
Who is your biggest fashion inspiration?
My mother is actually the one that I look up to for fashion inspiration. As a teen, I would always judge her style because I was at the age where I thought Nike air forces and Jordan's were the only "cool" thing to wear. My mom has always been so stylish and I didn't notice it or understand her style until I got over my tomboy phase. I began to develop my own feminine style around sophomore year of high school and started to actually ask my mother for fashion tips and advice. I still had some tomboy in me but at the sane time, I was a stylish one if that makes sense. Till this day I still call her for her opinion and even go shopping with her. I love her modern and chic style!
What piece in your closet could you not live without?
This is so tough to answer but currently I cannot live without my distressed jeans.
What is your go to lazy outfit, like what do you wear when you don’t even want to get ready?
A graphic tee, grey joggers, a black leather jacket and converse would be my lazy go to outfit.
What is your go to outfit for when you don't know where you are going?
When I have no idea where my husband is going to take me but I know were going out I like to dress up a bit but still stay casual. My go to outfit would be a white tee, statement necklace, jeans and a comfortable heel.
What is your favorite era if you have one ?
My favorite one would have to be the Victorian era just because of those gorgeous and elegant dresses women wore.
What would you say your fashion philosophy is? (what fashion means to you)
Fashion is everything to me. Through fashion I get to express how I am feeling or who I want to be that day.
Describe your style with two words
edgy and chic
What piece of clothing or accessory do you think every woman should have?
Every woman should have a pair of jeans that fit perfectly and boosts her confidence whenever she wears them.
What is your number one fashion advice?
If you like something, wear it. Do not be afraid to be judged by society on what you wear because it represents your style and who you are.
What is your style advice for someone who is still developing their style?
Experimenting is the key to finding ones style. Visit different stores and try on different clothes to get a vision of what your style is. Start off with adding the basics like tee shirts and jeans into your closet as a foundation, then build up by adding accessories that represent who you are.
What do you think is the most important thing in ones appearance for example; shoes, hair, clothes, handbag, attitude, etc.
Attitude would be my answer. How you carry yourself is very important and it is the first thing people notice. Of course being groomed is also important but wherever you go and however you look, that good attitude you carry will reflect in a good appearance.
I dream of one day owning my own boutique with my own designs. I aspire to be a fashion designer.
If money wasn’t a problem what would you do for a job?
If I was in good standing economically, I would still love to learn how to sew and create beautiful garments.
What could you not live without?
I could not live without my husband and daughter. They brighten up my mornings and make me look forward to another day, every day.
I would love to visit the Caribbean Islands. This has been my dream vacation since I was a little girl and hope to make this dream come true.
Favorite song right now?
I cannot get "love me harder" from Ariana Grande out of my head! I love that song!
I am a big fan of Rihanna! I am obsessed with her style and enjoy her songs.
"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - R. Dahl
This quote can also go back to my answer for the ..."most important thing in ones appearance" question. I am a strong believer in this quote and will forever be my favorite.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change?
If I had the power to change one thing from this world, it would be to eliminate violence. It is now that I became a mother that I see how world peace is so important because I want my daughter and every single kid to grow up in a peaceful place. Just watching the news terrifies me of what crimes rise every second and most are now involving young kids.
What is your opinion on the state of the earth and how we treat it?
I personally think that we do not treat earth or care for it the way we should. These climate changes we are experiencing are a consequence of global warming which we are responsible for.
There is a quote that says “every person is here for reason, everyone has a purpose”; what would you say is your purpose?
I feel that my purpose is to influence young girls and women through my blog/social media to not be afraid to go after they're dreams.
Why are we here?
I believe in God and I also believe he put us on this earth to create beautiful lives with one another as a big family.
What are your hobbies?
I love coming up with fun projects for my 2 year old daughter and I. I also enjoy blogging and creating videos related to beauty and fashion.
What keeps you sane?
My small family keeps me balanced.
I have not read a book in so long but my favorite one from my teen years was "Born Confused". Its been a few years so I do not remember the author but it was such a good book!
I love Mexican food. Can you believe sometimes I just crave arroz and frijoles with salsa?!
I love panda bears! They are so cute and look super cuddly.
I am crazy about gold. Golden home decor, gold jewelry, gold sequined shirts/dresses/joggers... anything and everything gold! Not necessarily real gold.
What/who inspires you?
My daughter motivates me and every decision I make in my life. She has so much influence in my life.
If you could go back and give your 13 year old self a piece of advice what would it be?
There is a long list of these that I would like to go back and give myself but the most important one would be to not get influenced by others. To stay true to myself and not change to just fit in.
find out more about Madelleyn on her blog Instinct to Style
thanks for reading :)