A couple weeks ago we had the pleasure of sitting down with one of our favorite west coast bloggers, Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior, at the Vertigo Sky Lounge. Jacey, who went to college in Chicago, was back in the Windy City for the Simply Stylist panel, which she sat on along with her close friend, Catt Sadler. Amelia couldn’t wait to grab a seat at the bar, and get to know the beauty behind the blog…
Welcome back to Chicago! We know you’ve spent time here, but you’re not originally from here, are you?
I am from a very small town in South Texas, near Corpus Christi. My parents grew up there, my grandparents grew up there, I love it. My Dad is a cotton and grain farmer, and farming has been in our family for over 150 years!
A farmer’s daughter? We love it! So when did you live in Chicago?
I moved here right after high school for college at DePaul. My Aunt, Celeste had a store right on Armitage at the time, called Celeste. Chicago was the only big city I’d ever visited outside the state of Texas. I came here to visit her, loved Chicago, loved her store- it felt like a small town, but it was a big city. I just absolutely love it here! Every time I come back it feels like home. I went for a run yesterday, and it felt like I still lived here. This city always welcomes you back with open arms, you know?
So true! What are some of your favorite Chicago spots? What’s on the agenda for the rest of your weekend?
I haven’t lived here in 6 years, but when I did live here… I’m a big foodie, so definitely Portillo’s. My college bar hang out was McGee’s. I really like shopping on Armitage and Oak Street. Now, we’re going to RPM tomorrow night, I hear good things! It’s fun to come back to Chicago because there are always new places, but there’s still a charm like everything’s been here forever.
Definitely. You’ll love RPM! Now, from one style blogger to another… what are you wearing?
I always love asking other bloggers, why did you start your site?
It started out as a hobby, and then I just saw my readership slowly climbing and it’s turned into what it is now. I’m very, very blessed! I’ve always been a writer. I’ve always kept a journal. I have an old vintage suitcase in my office that has all my journals in i! So my blog is kind of a bigger journal… with pictures!
What makes Damsel in Dior unique?
What makes my blog different is that it’s mine. I think whatever you’re doing becomes yours. You have to love what you’re doing!
We couldn’t agree more! Thanks, Jacey!
[Photos by Natalie Probst]