As a child, she always said that she would leave North Carolina and live out her dreams in New York. Now, she is doing just that.
Meet Dr. Steele by day, Monroe Steele when off duty. This fashionista has been seen in Essence, Redbook, and Marie Claire to name a few. I had the opportunity to chat about her inspiration to be successful as a Dr of Physical Therapy and fashion blogger.
What inspired you to become a fashion blogger? I was a writer for my college newspaper The East Carolinian. I never lost my love for writing, even though I went to graduate school to become a Physical Therapist. While working as a therapist I read an article in the local newspaper about 10 fashion bloggers. I was really intrigued. I didn’t know there were other venues for writing other than magazines and newspapers. So I went home and looked those blogs up and thought it was something that I’d love to do.
What designers inspire you the most? My tastes in designers is all over the place. I love something really unique, colorful and inspiring like designer Stella Jean. I also love very clean lines, and cool silhouettes and for that I go to Derek Lam, Provenza Schouler, Tibi and Rachel Comey.
Which fashion shows would you consider your top 3? I’ve kinda gotten out of fashion shows. I used to really love them but they’re all kind of the same. I do like watch Issey Miyake fashion shows because they are so extravagant with live music and runway interactive runways. It’s more like a theater production. I also love Chanel shows too, which kind of have the same feel of a theatrical show than just a fashion show.
What’s the latest trend for 2017? I would say the Mule is still having a moment. I think it will be thee shoe of 2017. As far as trends, I can’t really say, but I think this will be a very colorful year.
You’re a DPT in the day, blogger, and travel enthusiast. How do you manage everything? Well, my work as a PT comes first. That’s my career and my bread and butter. Everything else is done around my work schedule. Luckily I get off work early 3 days a week so that leaves a lot of time for preparing blog posts. I usually do most of my writing for my blog on the weekends as well as shoots. It’s a balance and I’ve been doing it for 5 years now, so it works out pretty well. This year I also started a google calendar to remind me when to post and run my editorial calendar for the year for Fashion Steele NYC.
You can have a 9-5 and still pursue your dreams.
As Gary Vee says, “It’s not about how much sleep you get. It’s about what you do when you’re awake.”