3.21.2010

Style Secrets: Meg Cabot

You can blame her, you know; Meg Cabot that is. After all, she’s the one responsible for my incessant urge to wear dazzling jeweled tiaras wherever I go. Come to think of it, she is accountable for many of the slightly quirky habits I’ve retained from my adolescence, given the fact that much of my formative years were spent holed up in my bedroom, my nose buried deep within books I believed to be written entirely about me, a la The Princess Diaries. Fine, so I lacked the royal title, or the height of Princess Mia; but, at the time, I was a Doc Marten-wearing vegetarian navigating the vile waters of high school algebra who believed that she was my fictional counterpart – as I’m sure many of you did; don’t even try to deny it!

But I digress; darlings, we may not, in all actuality, be Princess Mia (or, for that matter, the plus-sized, ex-pop-star-turned-Assistant-Dormitory-Director-slash-amateur-sleuth Heather Wells of Size 12 Is Not Fat; the Winona Ryder obsessed gossip columnist Melissa Fuller of The Boy Next Door; Em Watts/Nikki Howard, geek-turned-supermodel, of Airhead; or even the glitter loving fourth grader Allie Finkle of Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls), but indulging in the work of Meg Cabot is, and forever will be, synonymous with reading a note from your best friend – one smuggled from hand to hand under the shelter of a wooden school desk scarred with carvings depicting the names of prior students and fellow classmates alike; each minute message full of mysteries meant for your eyes only.

And what do we do with best friends, my loves? Ask them for advice on style, of course! Meg herself has been kind enough to share her number one secret with us!

What is your number one style secret and why?
MC: Wear what makes you feel good, not what other people say is the latest trend. A lot of times what's "in" isn't necessarily right for YOU (Louboutins? The girls on Sex and the City might love them but I've never found a pair I can walk in comfortably. And what's the deal with khakis? I've yet to put on a pair that don't make my butt look gigantic).

Just find what feels good (while still making you look good, of course), even if it means not going with the hottest designer. Who knows? Maybe you'll be the next trendsetter!


You know those fringe boots that so many have cast to the wayside, lovers? I believe that I'll be playing trendsetter by donning them with denim cutoffs - a throwback to the bohemian styles I adore so much. How will you show your trendsetter colors today, kittens?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to The Unquiet Library for the picture.


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72 comments

Leah said...

I love her books. And I agree with her style secrets... create your own style and don't follow the trend.

Have a great Sunday Erika! xoxo

Francy said...

I've actually never read any of her books, but they seem like a lot of fun! I'll have to look into them for some summer reading. I liked her style tips as well. So true! There's such a difference between true personal style and just trend-following.

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Melissa Blake said...

I loved this!! Thanks for brightening my Sunday!!

Emily said...

that's a wonderful style secret to go by.
I have never read any of her books, but the princess diaries is one of my favorite movies to watch!

COCAMIA said...

Gotta get one of her books! Thanks for sharing...xx

The Fashion Fool said...

that's a neat little tip. I've never read any of her books either but I think I will pick one up now. after all, I LOVE the princess diaries (the movie) LOVE IT

I always adore all your posts!!

meraldia said...

Her books are so funny!

nookie said...

indeed!we should always wear what makes us feel good:)

Hope said...

I LOVE Meg Cabot's books and her advice is so true!

Leia said...

I love Meg Cabot! And that is such a good tip - thanks MC! <3

Luinae said...

I wore a tiara to a grocery store once- received a lot of strange looks, but I FELT amazing.

tess said...

I love Meg Cabot!

Sara Lynn said...

OMG Erica!! I love you even more now for posting this! Meg Cabot is one of my idols!! I have almost all of her books and so many of them are so much like my friends. :D :D :D


xoxox
~Sara

Aury said...

I LOVE MEG CABOT! IF I could meet only one celebrity in the whole world it would be her! She is my role model as a writer and all of her novels pull me into the world of her characters. I CAN Not believe you interviewed her! OH Erika my love you never seize to amaze me! Thank you soo much!

Couture Carrie said...

So true about Loubs!

Fun post, darling!

xoxox,
CC

MOLLYKT said...

aw i love her books!
so fun to read :)
xxx

Belle de Ville said...

I have no idea who she is but I like a woman that wears tiaras.

chaoskontrolowany said...

Nice post:)

Shop N' Chomp said...

"Wear what makes you feel good..." So true. Rock those fringe boots, baby! =)

sarah said...

haha we should wear tiaras everyday! i love this! thanks for your comment on my blog!

xo

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GraceFace said...

She's kinda sorta my idol.

AH said...

great post! love her books!

FASHION SNAG said...

I haven't read any of her books, but I think I should! xo

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Joanne said...

For me, it's black leather ankle boots, fall & winter. I wear them with everything, jeans, dressed up, with long skirts, you name it. So I'll make that one of my trendsetter colors :)

Meg said...

I never read any of her books, but I liked watching the princess diaries.

ellie said...

The princess diaries have to be my favs of her. I have to admit I like them better than some of her adult fiction which was definitely, not where I thought it would be going. But we are eating her up..even with Graphic Novels. Very cool post.

coolboy said...

cool words her words are inspired

R. said...

I love Meg Cabot and her answer was so Meg Cabot-ish. Love her! xo

Haute World said...

Great post! I couldn't agree more with her style advice... so many people fall into the trap of buying stuff that looks good on others without fully realizing what suits them.

And I think your fringed boots idea is great! I'm not fond of the current season Isabel Marant ones but I've seen some great alternatives.

Charlie ♥ said...

LOVE her books!





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Midnight Cowgirl said...

I loved reading The Princess Diaries... so many good memories.

Ash Fox said...

she's awesome! great advice.

x

Jen said...

I LOVE MEg Cabot! The Princess Diaries are fabulous books - this coming from a 24 year old! :)

Josie said...

I LOVE Meg Cabot! Especially the "Princess Diaries" and Heather Wells books -- hysterical. What a fabulous choice, love!
xxoo Josie
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Jenn said...

What a great post :) I love her!

J. said...

Lovely post! I haven't read any of her books but her style stays true to her and that's what's truely important!

Today I'm finally wearing pastels! (No surprise!). Light pink cardigan, light grey denim and a gold sequined tank that I've had for at least 2 years and have never worn and black platform pumps... Too cold for sandals!

ediot said...

i have no idea who this is but i love the way you write. always enjoy your posts.
i hope you had an lovely weekend.

xx ediot

Hannah said...

Really want one of her books! xox

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Krislyn said...

i've never actually read any of cabot's books! i just have to say, i adore your writing style. always an interesting read.

Cafe Pasadena said...

What is your number one style secret and why?
MC: Wear what makes you feel good, NOT what other people say is the latest trend.

Right On!! Agree!!!

Emma said...

Her books are so fun to read! What an amazing person to interview...
XX

clarewbrown said...

Oh how fantastic you were able to get in touch with such a talented writer!! I have heard of her books but I have yet to read them.... must go to Barnes and Noble pronto

Sandy said...

Hmm. create your own style. Sounds like something I've done. I don't follow trends, but rather stick with basics and throw in some fun here and there. Besides, at 45 ... trends can look a little silly ... although I guess it depends onw hat trends you're following. You gotta be comfortable in your own skin and with your own style. That will give you confidence and draw people to you. How great is that!

ARANXA. said...

ohhh myyy myyy i love her, i have all her books!
she is just amazing
xo ARANXA

S.Elisabeth said...

I LOVE MEG CABOT!!! Her books have gotten me through middle school. Haha I loved the All American Girl duo and, of course, the Princess Diaries, and her romance books were so adorable! AH so jealous you got to contact/meet her!
And her style secret is perfection.

Meream said...

Oh she is sassy, isn't she? :) I'm thinking vintage with flip flops? The heat is making dressing up just a tad annoying in my part of the world :)

Elle said...

I love this series and what sound advice! I've never been one to embrace khaki pants either.. or pants at all for that matter :) And I'm totally gonna go out and buy all her books now, I LOVED the princess diaries!

Nubiasnonsense said...

I totally agree with her about its what YOU feel comfy in. Great post as always my dear <3

knk said...

hi erika

how are you
i like her,
i never read her books,
i will read now

Claire Kiefer said...

This post reminds me that I should read something fun again instead of the novel I'm struggling through right now . . .

And while Louboutins may be WAY TOO PRICEY, I still maintain that they're the most freakin' gorgeous shoes I've ever seen! ;)

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

never read any of her books actually! but totally agree, no point wearing something that you are uncomfortable in just because its trendy.

sexylegsandbody said...

Hi Erika,
Great post, agree with you on being a 'slave' to others ideas, set your own trend and make other follow you.

Thanks for leaving a thought on my last post, hope your day is going to be great.

Colin.

kumar said...

very nice post have a great monday erika

Rachel Scarlet said...

I used to read her books too when I was a teenage. Ahhh..Princess Diaries.

You always have good things to blog about. :)

Love, Rachel

Audrey Allure said...

So true, not every trend works on everyone. Great post!

Terence Sambo said...

It's hard to say dnt follow trends, if it fits u i think its not bad if u do. All u have to do is add ur personal touch to the trends.

Christina Lee said...

haha she great!! I was more of the My so Called Life vein ( I was so upset when the show was coancelled) :)

SogniSorrisi said...

Meg's books are so fun and her style secret is important for everyone to remember when dressing themselves. No point being completely on trend if you look horrific or feel compeltely uncomfortable!

Maddy said...

She is soo on point! I have to say I'm not a big "heels" girl for that reason. If I don't feel comfortable in them, then I can't exude confidence. And killer confidence is such an important part of having great personal style!

Inspiration in Italy said...

Great advice! :)

Bridget Laine said...

I love reading Meg's books! Especially in the summertime :o)

Alicia said...

great interview!! and no wonder you're a great writer - you read so much when you were younger! i was and still am a bookworm too. ;)

Sherin said...

I loved her answer! It's so true and definitely something that a lot of people need to remember.

Dancing Branflake said...

So true! I wish I understood that before I attempted ankle boots. Umm... no.

Andhari said...

I like Meg Cabot, and Princess Diaries of course. It's so easy to relate to her!

chandra h said...

OMG I adore Meg Cabot and The Princess Diaries books. I have read and reread them - I was obsessed with Mia ages 13-15. I blame Mag Cabot for my overuse of "like", "totally", and "way" in my writing sometimes, just because I still think her style is hilarious.

loved this post! <3

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Iva said...

OMG! so fab!!! love her books! Super fun post Erika! I hope you had a great weekend! Happy Monday!

ps this is random but I just saw in your profile that '10 things I hate about you' is listed in your movies section ;) my cousin played Bianca!

OceanDreams said...

What a sassy lady and I definitely wear what makes me feel comfortable, I love jeans and a tee shirt or a fun dress with frill! :)

Rick said...

you are right Erika. every person must find out what makes them feel comfortable. I love how you found boots work for you, for instance. I say work it! :)

LENORENEVERMORE said...

She is having FUN with fashion~ great words to follow indeed~
xo

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Adorable post. And she's right on with her advice.

Cindy Whitehead said...

I love her books - how great that you got her to talk about style secrets!

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