From the dressing room to the boardroom, fashionista Kelli Goss Johnson has always done it with her signature flair and style. With an impressive resume that puts her alongside film marketing giants, billionaire entrepreneurs and iconic fashion designers, one thing has always been constant – Kelli’s enviable and seemingly effortless style. One can’t help but feel that this rich work history has rubbed off on Kelli in the best way possible and led her to exactly where she is supposed to be, sharing her keen eye and je ne said quois with us through her latest project, lifestyle blog Bellas a la Mode. Launched earlier this year, BALM chronicles fashion, food, and everything in between through the eyes of Kelli and her notably fabulous kindred spirits, Shelby, Lindsay, Laura, Courtney and Arlene. You need only take one look at the blog to quickly realize that we benefit greatly from the fruits of their labor.
Precious Beast recently had the opportunity to sit with Kelli for SOMEONE YOU OUGHTA KNOW... WITH BELLAS A LA MODE…
PB: Tell us about Bellas a la Mode - what inspired you to start it and how did it come together
KG: I was inspired by our group's collective love for fashion and food... we're all equally obsessed yet we have completely different styles and takes on everything. I felt that having a style site with different girls on it would be interesting and a lot of fun.
PB: Where did the name come from?
KG: I loved the play of "a la mode" relating to both fashion and food. I spent a lot of time finding the right name because it was important to us that it fit.
PB: How did your personal journey lead you to this moment right now?
KG: I've always been obsessed with fashion, for as long as I can remember. Additionally, I've always loved art, especially photography. For years my father has been asking me, "What can you do to bring all these things together?" The blog has been the answer. I can put my love for fashion and photography into one and use my graphic design degree as well. The final push: being laid off and all of a sudden having a ton of time and zero excuses to go after it.
PB: How old were you when you first became style conscious?
KG: I think I'm still working on that! There are pictures of me at 2 years old with an armful of bracelets with matching purse and shoes ... I'm not sure if I would label that "style" necessarily but at a very young age I was clearly aware of putting some form of a look together. My personal motto has always been "It's not what you wear but how you wear it."
PB: Where do you find inspiration?
KG: All around me, wherever I go. I believe you can find something to inspire you anywhere.
PB: What do you look for when producing content?
KG: What currently is interesting to myself at the moment: an inspiration, something I saw, anything I am obsessed with. It must be visual enough so that the right content can be created around it. That is super important to me.
PB: What would be your dream collaboration?
KG: Oh where to begin!! I would love to be styled by Lagerfeld, mostly because I just want to have tea with him and meet Choupette.
PB: What do we have to look forward to from Bellas a la Mode?
KG: More of everything! One day I would love for us to have our own small brand of basics and accessories, but that is a dream away.
PB: Any advice for other fashionistas or any aspiring bloggers out there?
KG: Just go for it. Be yourself and be confident. No one else has your voice, so why not put it out there?