Tuesday, April 1, 2014

If you've seen our past Style Files, it should come as no surprise that Tieka of Selective Potential is our latest Ruchette of the Month. From her on-point rustic style to her honest, heartfelt blog posts, this Michigander shares glimpses of her daily life in a way that inspires readers to cherish the beauty of the everyday. A talented graphic designer to boot, this gorgeous gal is proof that dedication to your hobbies pays off and that adventure can't help but find you when you're dressed in a cute cardigan and ankle boots! Read on to learn more about Tieka's optimism and style.

Describe your style in 3 words.
Feminine, wearable, and of course, rustic. ;)

What are a few things currently on your Ruche wish list?
I love the Weekend in Wichita Crocheted Skirt, and I'd pair it with the June Cutout Booties and the Tidepools Embroidered Peasant Blouse. So pretty for spring!

Why is fashion and personal style important to you?
I've always loved personal style, because it's fun and it makes me happy. It gives me something to look forward to. Personally I feel like anything you can participate in daily that can bring happiness to your life is a really powerful thing.

What's the purpose of having a lifestyle blog?
I originally started my blog to help me discover my own personal style. Once I figured that out, I kept blogging because it encouraged me to live more. Because of my blog, I've taken so many adventures, traveled to the most amazing places, and met some of the best people I've ever known. I've also grown personally. I'm better at photography, social media, networking. It even helped me land my full-time career as a graphic designer!

Our motto over here is to #LiveBeautifully. What does living beautifully mean to you?
Living beautifully to me means that you are living your life in a way that makes you happy. I'm a firm believer in happiness, and whatever you need to do to make that happen. Surround yourself with people that lift you up, spend your time (or spare time) doing the things that you enjoy, laugh more, don't be so hard on yourself, and continue to move forward as the best version of yourself.

Tell us the first thing that comes to mind:
Favorite season: Autumn
Instagram or Twitter? Instagram
Cocktails, wine, or beer? Cocktails
Keys, phone, wallet, and... Burt's Bees lip balm!

Last but not least, what is your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
Every time I visit Ruche or the Ruche blog, I leave feeling so inspired. I always look forward to the new lookbooks, the blog features, seeing the styled outfits, and reading the interviews of other inspiring Ruchettes. I love how Ruche fits so many unique personal styles, and all types of girls in the community. It inspires my wardrobe, and my life. I feel lucky and proud to be a Ruchette!

-- Tieka, Selective Potential

Tieka's blog always inspires us to live beautifully; her optimistic outlook and charming style are truly contagious! For more on Tieka, browse through Tieka's featured Style File posts and her 7 Items, 7 Outfits feature!