Feb 24, 2011

Style Blogger Love: Dylana from Color Me Nana!

*Illustration by Yours Truly -Giovanna Mariela*
All rights reserved-Photo by Dylana Suarez
*Ilustración hecha por mi-Giovanna Mariela*
Todos los derechos reservados-Photo Dylana Suarez

BM: You’re a fabulous girl with a great fashion sense. Who or what is your main inspiration?
Dylana: My main inspiration are the people I see on the streets, as well as the personal style blogs. I can relate more to someone my age and on my budget rather than an editor sitting front row at a fashion week. I also feel that normal, real people with a great sense of style are much more spontaneous with their fashion choices, and you never know what to expect from them next. There is nothing more fascinating than a person on the street showing true confidence with what they wear, as well as the way they carry themselves in their clothes. I am also very much inspired by nature, my travels and the characters I read about in novels.

BM: How did you start blogging and why?
Dylana: I started blogging 2 years ago during a boring Summer that was packed with summer school courses at university. I used blogging as an scape from the monotony of schoolwork and classes, and I desperately needed an outlet where I could express my love for everything involving fashion. None of my friends shared the same love of fashion that I did and blogging was my way to connect with people that had the same interests as me. My blog didn’t necessarily start out as a personal style blog, but was more of like a daily scrapbook of my inspirations and just random things I loved. It has undergone many changes since it first started, and I didntreally dedicate myself to blogging until last Fall, when I posted my outfits and showing my readers a more personal side of myself.

BM: How would you define your style? Can you share with us some of your style tips to look fabulous?
Dylana: I would define my style as a mix of a lot of different things. If I had to put a name to it, I would say it is eclectically minimalist. I like to wear classic and timeless pieces like blazers, trousers, and silk blouses. But I have to mix things up with color and fun print. I am inspired by so many things at the same time, and I try to incorporate it into my own personal style anyway I can while still keeping within my comfort zone and personality. My tips for looking fabulous is to always be confident. Choose clothing that suits your body type and never be afraid to try something new, whether it be a color, print, or texture.Fashion should be fun and experimental, but don’t try too hard that you end up not being yourself.

BM: A piece of clothing or accessory you would never wear and why:
Dylana: I love miniskirts and short lengths, but I would never wear booty shorts because I don’t think that exposing too much of your rear is sexy. There is a limit on how much skin should be shown at one time, even in the Summer.

BM: What do you think is a must-have piece in every girl’s closet and why?
Dylana: I think that a Vintage blazer in your favorite color is a must have piece because you can wear it with everything. It instantly adds a timeless appeal to any outfit. If you are wearing even the most mundane of outfits like jeans and a basic shirt, a blazer in a sleek silhouette takes it from boring to chic.

BM: Your favorite Style Icon(s) are:
Dylana: This is a hard question because I am inspired by so many people with great style, and I take bits and pieces of inspirations from each to create my own look. But one of my favorite girls to look for a quick fashion fix is Alexa Chung. That girl has got it going on. I love how she mixes high and low, new and vintage, girlish and tomboy. She wears a little bit of everything, but it never seems too over the top. Her style is fun and eclectic, yet enviably timeless and classy. I think she is so unique because of this. I am also so inspired by Audrey Hepburn. She always looked so chic and refined. Her style will stay with us forever and ever. I am obsessed with anything 80’s and have a total girl crush on Molly Rinwald during the Brat Pack era. She was so cute and her kitschy outfits inspire me to bring out my more eclectic, colorful side. Meg Ryan from When Harry Met Sally is also another style icon moment for me.

BM: Do you have any other passion besides Fashion?
Dylana: My other passion is music and singing. I’ve been singing since I was just a toddler. I grew up watching all the classic Disney movies, and The Little Mermaid was my absolute favorite. I seriously cried when the movie ended because I didn’t want it to ever end! Haha. Part of Your World was my theme song growing up and I sang it all day long, everyday. I used to take singing classes and piano classes, and even did some musical theatre when I was in junior high andhigh school. Even though I was a very shy child, singing was the one thing that really allowed me to express myself. Even now I sing for myself just because Ilove it, and I hope to start posting more videos of me singing on Youtube just so my readers get to see this other side of me. I also write my own lyricssometimes, but I haven’t yet had the time to compose music for them. My sister and I love to play music and sign together, so look forward to a new video being posted soon of us! I’m ok at the guitar, but the piano is my favorite instrument. Whenever I need to take a break or feel stressed, I just jump on the piano and play the theme song to Amelie. Other than music, I also enjoy creative writing and dancing.

BM: What’s your favorite band/singer and what’s your favorite music genre?
Dylana: My favorite musical genre is classic rock, but I also love indie rock. I listen to all kinds of music, and it is hard to pinpoint just one genre down, not to mention certain bands and singers. My favorite singers include Jewel and Michael Jackson because I grew up listening to them. My first CD when I was just a little girl was actually Jewel’s Pieces of Me and I listened to her over and over again. Right now I really love Diane Birch, The Black Keyes, Young the Giant, Vampire Weekend, Of Montreal, Paolo Nutini, and Florence and The Machine. I always come across new bands that I love and listen to over an over,but in the end The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, and the Strokes top out everyone else on my list. These classic bands will never fade.

BM: How would you describe a happy moment?
Dylana: I think a happy moment is one when you are totally at ease with yourself and the people who surround you. When you are in your most relaxed stated and not even a care in the world can break or ruin it for you. Being happy means living life to the fullest and not worrying about the little things. I am so grateful that I get to share many of these kinds of moments with my friends and family every single day.

BM: What do you see yourself doing in 5 years time?
Dylana: Hopefully, I will be living in NYC or maybe abroad,and working in the fashion industry, either as a writer, marketer or fashion buyer. I wouldn’t mind still staying in Los Angeles, as long as I am doing what I love to do. But my heart is set on discovering new places and meeting new people.

BM: What’s your motto?
Dylana: Every single day is a chance to look and feel fabulous.

To learn more about Dylana, please visit her fabulous blog and if you want to enjoy Dylana's beautiful voice and music, visit her YouTube Channel HERE

Thank you Dylana!



  1. Great find, I love her style!

    Little Rachael

  2. Hi Giovanna! Thank you for sharing this interesting interview :)
    a big hug!

  3. what an adorable drawing. i love it!!! and i love your chanel bag as well.

  4. awesome interview with an awesome style icon in an awesome blog :)

  5. great interview! she has one of the most unique blogs and a great personality to boot - of course, incredible style too!

  6. it´s great!!!
    besos enormes!!!

  7. NiCE interview and interesting answers from this great blogger we met sometime ago... And your ilustration really fantastic

    Cheers from Spain

    Sergio and Cristina&Mageritdoll

    Saludos desde España. Te invitamos por supuesto a conocer nuestro pequeño espacio si gustas. Un afectuoso abrazo.

  8. Love Dylana and her blog Nana in nice of you to feature her! And your artwork is amazing! I am so excited to follow and see all that is to come ♥
    xo Cara

  9. great interview & amazing illustration. x

  10. this is so gorgeous! you are so incredibly talented! congrats on the interview xo

    visit me!

  11. So beautiful! I love you blog, will visit again!

    Sandra Alice

  12. Great post! interesting interview and I like the photos!
    check out my newest blog post :)

    Style and the City

  13. This is so great post.:) So beautiful to see it.:)

  14. Very nice interview. I enjoyed reading about Dylana. :-)

    Beautiful illustration too. L xxx

  15. hi. i just read your blog and you're so amazing. i'm such a loser cause i never knew you; not until you were featured in dylana's blog.

  16. I came across your blog through Dylana's and I want to let you know that you are sooo very talented!! Your artworks are phenomenal! I really love the detailing you focus on with the denim jeans!

    Cup of Fashion

  17. Holaa!
    me encanta esta ilustracion que as echo! super bonita!!
    colour me nana esta genial su blog mola muchisismo! :D

  18. Such an incredible illustration - so talented!

  19. i love her style!!!!!!!

  20. Lovely've got so talent!! Im an illustrator too hehe!!! >;-)
    …1KiSS from Spain!*

  21. I always love going here!
    And I found it all looks amazing!


  22. Oh my goodness ok, your artwork? I absolutely ADORE it. Seriously so so lovely. I love the softness of your work.

  23. You're are really talented, it's amazing! If you want, you can draw me :) LOL. See yah, love xxx


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