June 28, 2011

An interview with Kaylah of The Dainty Squid

Today we have a lovely interview with Kaylah of The Dainty Squid! Kaylah runs the most colorful blog, and has some of the prettiest hair I've ever seen. She sews up darling pouches for her handmade shop, and picks mushrooms in her spare time (along with spending time with her cats, of course!).

Meet Kaylah:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

-Hi Tea Talk readers! I'm Kaylah, a (currently) blue haired little lady who loves cats, cameras, mushroom hunting and thrifting.

2. What got you interested in blogging, and how long have you been blogging for?

-I originally started my blog to be like a journal, at the time I was really into sharing pictures of flickr but was unsatisfied with how little I felt I could share so that's when the blog came about, and that was just over two years ago. (Boooo, I just realized I miss my two year "blog-a-versary")

3. Can you tell us about your style?

- Oh goodness, it's really hard to sum up my style. It's a little here, a little there. Normally awfully colorful, loud and and bright. But sometimes I feel more comfortable in earth tones. Ever since I was old enough I've been picking out outfits that people would respond to with something along the lines of "only you, Kaylah, only you" which I still take as a compliment! ;)

4. You have the prettiest, most colorful hair I've ever seen. How do you keep your locks looking so beautiful and bright?

-Thank you! It's a time consuming task that starts at the bleaching process but I think my biggest secret to keeping my hair bright is washing and rinsing with cold water! It really helps the color stay.

5. What are your favorite trends for summer?

-I really don't pay attention to trends but something I've been noticing a lot lately are bracelets! I'm crazy about them, I want a whole arm full!

6. When you're not busy blogging, what can you be found doing?

-When I'm not blogging, I'm normally sewing, hanging with my kitties, thrifting or picking mushrooms. Those are my four favorite things, I'm a pretty simple gal who is easily pleased.

7. With regards to fashion, what do you draw inspiration from?

-A better question would be - where do you not draw inspiration from? Seriously! It can come from a pair of shoes, the random colors my hair ends up or a painting found in the thrift store. I love finding bold pieces (like the shorts below!) and building outfits off of them.

8. If you had to pick one outfit to wear the rest of your life, what would it look like?

-Oh, how boring! I can't even keep the same hair color for more than two months let alone an outfit for the rest of my life. But the first thing that comes to my head is this blue vintage dress I own that has little tiny polka dots. I feel comfortable, beautiful and confident in it no matter what kind of mood I'm in. It's definitely my favorite dress. As for shoes I would have to go with a simple pair of brightly colored flats.

9. You sell the cutest zippered pouches. What inspired you to start your shop, and what do you see in store for The Dainty Squid shop in the future?

-Thank you. I started The Dainty Squid shop almost four years ago just as something to do but it quickly turned into my fulltime job! I have no idea what's in the future for the shop, I can only hope and work hard to keep this little baby of mine growing! I've been doodling new designs in my journal all the time and I am currently working on my clutch of the month project!

10. Do you have any advice for aspiring personal style bloggers? What about for someone interested in learning how to sew, but doesn't know where to start?

-Advice for aspiring bloggers - Be patient! For the first months it will feel like you're talking to yourself (and you might be!) but with time and hard work you'll make friends! Work on your pictures! In my opinion pictures are the most important part of a blog. A lot of people don't like to read and will just skim right past your content if your pictures don't make them want to read!

Advice for someone wanting to sew - buy a decent machine so you're not getting frustrated with it jamming, or other silly things that will make you want to just quit. (My recommendation is a Singer Advance, you can find them for just around $100) Next head to the internet and look for simple projects. The internet is an amazing source when you want to learn a new skill or hobby!!

Thank you so much for doing this interview, Kaylah! Don't forget to check out Kaylah's blog, and also her sweet shop!

-Chelsea XO


  1. yay! i love her and her shop, she's so adorable and her blog is definitely on my top ten list (along with tea talk too of course!)

  2. Ahhhh!!! Two of my favorite bloggers! I love Kaylah's blog, and she is fantastic. Oh, Kaylah! First and foremost, I would certainly take "Only you, Kaylah, only you." as a compliment! ;) I've heard that myself from time to time (except with my name of course) and I do!

    Also, that pair of shorts you own is my FAVORITE. I want a pair for myself. I love them so much, it isn't even funny. And the polka dot dress is gorgeous. ^_^

    What a fantastic interview!

  3. I love Kaylah's blog...she's adorable and the colors are so visually stimulating!

  4. i seriously love her style and her blog!! great interview!!!!

  5. love her style...she is super cute! good interview love<3

  6. wow! You are so colorful, I would never have the guts to die my hair like you do. It looks like so much fun!

  7. Kaylah is so great. Thank you for the great interview!

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  8. Clutch of the month project! Oh my that sounds like fun! What a great interview!