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Conversations with the Inspiring Julie Trappen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Trappen.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my “fashion journey” back in the 80’s with wild clothing choices. Back then, on any given day, you’d find me in loud-patterned stirrup leggings, some sort of crazy mismatched shirt, hair down to my waist, and thick 90’s bangs. My sisters and I were obsessed with the outfits our teachers wore, and I guess it stuck with me.

Today, I am a kindergarten teacher – one who loves my students and who also loves being a fashionista. Back in November 2013, I decided to start an Instagram account dedicated to sharing my daily “teacher outfits” and quickly found a whole online community who loved sharing fashion on the day as much as I did. It grew into a weekend and summer hobby, then, surprisingly turned into what it is today – not just an Instagram account, but time for blogging on TeacherFashionista.com now and then, too.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a teacher, I wear a lot of “hats.” It keeps me on my toes mentally and physically as I nurture and teach young children. At times, it can feel all-consuming. The decision to influence via Instagram and start a blog was a hobby that turned into a needed creative outlet for me. Using these platforms, I can share a multitude of things I love from local travel, unique brands, and sale finds to teacher fashion, work wear, and weekend or summer outfits. Running Teacher Fashionista has also helped me build relationships with brands and other local bloggers, which keeps me inspired and energized.

The biggest struggle I’ve faced is finding the time. Being a teacher easily keeps me “working” all hours of the day (or night!). When I come home after a long day of work, I want that quality time with my husband. I don’t want social media or blogging to take over – so finding a balance in it all can be tricky. Working with flexible brands, putting my phone down in the evenings, and carving out time to take photos for my Instagram and blog when my husband is out of town or busy with work has helped me juggle it all.

My advice for other women starting out is to keep working hard but play harder. Find that hobby or passion and dive in whenever you have time. Make it happen. Let it become that creative outlet that recharges you and gives you the energy to face every Monday.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Teacher Fashionista story. Tell us more about the business.
Teacher Fashionista was created with a goal to share more than just the daily fashion of a teacher. My hope is that it inspires all women who are looking for budget-friendly boutiques, brands, and clothing to fill their closets with pieces they love and will wear repeatedly. I focus on attractive attire that allows me to be fashionable while on a budget. I will often seek out the season’s trends and must have items, then work to find budget-conscious alternatives.

I try to set myself apart from other influencers and bloggers by sharing ways to mix and match pieces into multiple outfits. Many of the clothes I post can double for work and weekend wear. I also try to build partnerships with brands whose clothes and accessories are affordable, trendy, and high quality.

Ultimately, I hope my blog presents itself as a place to meet an entrepreneurial woman who is down to earth, doing the daily grind thing as a kindergarten teacher, but enjoying this fashion blogging hobby, too, I am someone you can connect with whether it be about fashion, shopping, health or teaching!

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My mom has been a source of inspiration in countless ways! Since my dad passed away from cancer when I was young, my mom had to wear multiple “hats” to help my family. In doing so, she taught me how to be flexible, dedicated, strong, and successful no matter what you are facing. She always gave me freedom and confidence to be myself. My mom did everything in her power to help me pursue the career I was interested in and invested much of her time, money, and advice to help me get to where I am now.

Today, my mom inspires me to live with patience and a positive mindset, not letting difficult circumstances dictate my life. She is the one I can always count on to be a listening ear, a cheerleader in my endeavors, a shopping buddy, and my best friend.

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