Many people doubt the existence of love at first sight, but that was certainly the case when first laid our eyes upon Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky several years ago! We watched her travel across the U.S.A in her trusty Winnebago, saw her get married, move into a new home, and adopt probably the most adorable (and fluffy!) corgi we've ever seen! All along the way, she has never stopped encouraging her readers to embrace the beauty found in each and everyday and sharing the discoveries she finds within herself. We are so happy that Elizabeth is August's Ruchette of the Month, and she was kind enough to answer a few of our questions!
You have had your blog for six years now! In addition to a hearty congratulations, how has your style evolved and changed during the course of the past six years?
I've gone through quite a few phases. I dressed super girly for about 2-3 years, probably as a way to get out of the tomboy rut I was in for pretty much all of my youth and teen years, but not I feel like I've found a balance in my style that encompasses all the different types of styles that I enjoy- from rock & roll, to bohemian, to pin up. I've also found an appreciation of casual style, and not feeling like I need to be constantly dressed up.
What is your favorite DIY or recipe that you've made lately?
I think my favorite DIY is my globe light, and it was such an easy one. My favorite recipe in the past couple months was my Peach Salsa Salmon recipe. Any excuse to eat salmon! You can take the girl out of Alaska but you can't take the Alaska out of the girl.
Our motto is to #LiveBeautifully. What does living beautifully mean to you?
Living beautifully to me means loving others. You can have the prettiest looking life but if you're rude and unkind to other people, what's the point? Living beautifully means giving back to others and standing up for those who don't have a voice.
You've lived in Alaska, Washington, and traveled all over in your trusty Winnie. Can you tell us about a few of your very favorite places you've been?
I think one of my current favorite places is Sitka, Alaska. I grew up in Alaska and my grandparents lived in southeast Alaska, but they lived in Juneau, so I only visited Sitka once or twice to see my Aunt and Uncle. I've always loved the southeast, but Sitka just has such an artsy small town feel that I love. Plus, It's breathtakingly stunning. I secretly want to move there one day. I'd love to travel outside of the US more, though. I've seen quite a bit of the US on various trips and road trips, but I'd like to see more of the world.
What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to find their own personal style?
Experiment! Play! Don't take it too seriously. Get out of your comfort zone. It's a process and you won't get it right all the time, it takes time to find your own personal style. If you don't have a lot of money to experiment with different styles, shop at thrift stores to test out styles you're not sure will work.
We can't get enough of your ever-changing hair! What has been your favorite style or color that you've had?
I really like being a redhead, but I like fun colored hair too, though the upkeep is hard and it's a bit rough on my very dark hair. I'd love to have pastel hair, but I just don't want to damage it with the lightening process in order to achieve that color. Luckily there are wigs, though! I have a couple, but I want some more that have super fun colors.
Spring or fall? Fall
Sangria or old fashioned? Old Fashioned
Horses or Corgis? Pfff Both. But Corgis are more affordable so for now, Corgis.
Salty or sweet? Salty
You can’t leave the house without your … keysphonewallet
Last but not least, what is your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
The Ruche lookbooks are always such an inspiration. As someone who takes outfit photos on a regular basis, it can be hard to stay inspired and keep it fresh without getting repetitive, so having somewhere to find inspiration for my own photography and styling is great!
-- Elizabeth, Delightfully Tacky