From Classroom to Catwalk: Claudine RO's Claudine Ro

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Claudine Ro makes pulling off editorial-worthy photo shoots seem effortless. The Slovanian blogger may look like she just stepped out of a magazine, but she's just as down to earth as she is stylish. (Sidenote: is there anyone more real than a blogger who admits she just wants more Insta likes/comments? No. There is not.)

Here, Claudine shares how her mother's death inspired her to pursue her dreams, the accessories that kick your wardrobe up a notch, and her photography tips for making your blog look more professional:

The Interview:

College Fashion: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Claudine Ro: I'm from Slovenia! I have a master's degree in law and work as a lawyer. When I was a very young girl, I lived in Munich (Germany), where I attended a makeup artist school. So, I'm also a makeup artist and beautician. I also worked as a DJ in a club in my hometown. :) I also lived in Switzerland for a little while!

Blogging is my hobby at the moment, but I wish it were my full time job :). I like to travel and go to the gallery. My favorite painter is Rene Magritte. As a little girl I always played theater at home and was the perfect Charlie Chaplin ;) So, if I was born in America... I never would have been a lawyer! :) My zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

CF: How would you define your style? 

CR: I wear everything - I'm a chameleon! I often buy clothing in the men's section. I spend most of my money on handbags and accessories, but less for clothes.

CF: How did you find your style? 

CR: I like everything, and I'm still figuring it out!

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CF: What inspired you to start a style blog? What motivates you? 

CR: I started blogging months after my mother's death - during one of the toughest periods in my life. Maybe she directed/me inspired me to start blogging. She adored art, photography, ballet, theater, and also painted and enjoyed photography.

CF: Did you go to college? If so, where did you go to school and what did you study? What was your college experience like? 

CR: I graduated from the University of Maribor [in] Slovenia with a degree in Business Criminal Law.

CF: Where do you like to shop? 

CR: Zara and River Island are the best!

CF: What advice do you have for being stylish on a college budget? 

CR: I'm always on a college budget :) Buy quality (wool, leather, silk) ON SALE. Invest in a good cut, material and eternal classics (jeans, black, wool coats and leather jackets). Shop during sales! Hats, caps and scarves are relatively inexpensive and work wonders.

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CF: What are your favorite pieces in your wardrobe? 

CR: Maybe my leather pants - I would wear them every single day, if I could! They're the new jeans!

CF: Who/what inspires you most? 

CR: Old divas and actors from the '60s such a Audrey Hepburn, Romy Schneider, Grace Kelly… film costume design is still one of my biggest inspirations!

CF: Any advice for new bloggers or college students starting a blog? 

CR:  Be yourself and have good photography! I never follow blogs with bad photos - don't shoot with automatic settings!

CF: What's writing a blog really like? Could you describe a typical day? 

CR: During the day I'm in my job - every day. At night, it's time to shoot some pictures, to work on the computer (yes, unfortunately, with a blog is a lot of work and that never ends!) or to go for a walk in nature. On the weekends, I spend time with my family and in nature.

I set high expectations for myself with each post I write - especially to get lots of comments. But unfortunately: I'm a blogger with lots of followers and few commenters!

Your Thoughts?

Does Claudine's story inspire you? Who should I interview next? Tell me in the comments section!

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