Catching Up With Gold Coast Girl

I joined the Midwest Style Blogger network about a year ago, and since then have made new friends, received so much support, found a ton of great blogs to follow, and more specifically learned there are loads of talented Chicago-based bloggers. One windy city favorite is Gold Coast Girl by Samantha Kramer. The two of us share similarities such as a love for fashion, hot pink, Rob Lowe, brunette power, and that whole Midwestern thing.
As I could see myself swapping everything from wardrobes to taste buds with Samantha, I thought I’d ask her a few questions about herself and her colorful blog Gold Coast Girl


Why did you decide to start blogging?
I have always had an obsession with fashion ever since I was little. I am a huge fan of reading fashion blogs so one day I just went for it and decided to start my own. I wanted to express my own voice, style, and creativity. 

What is a shopping weakness?
Bags. I hoard them and seem to feel like I can never have enough. I am always in the market for a new one and am currently crushing on this Loeffler Randal one for fall. 

Snack weakness?
I don't discriminate when it comes to cheese. I like it with crackers or even plain.  

Do you have a special recipe or favorite food you make often you’d like to share?
Mexican food is my favorite and I always try to put a healthy spin on whatever I cook. This Chopped Chicken Taco Salad recipe is super easy, healthy, and delicious. 

Do you have a favorite book you like to recommend to your girlfriends?
Gone Girl was pretty good. It was super suspenseful and I even think they are making a movie of it. Can't wait ;-)


Me too! Oh and Ben Affleck will be there so... Anyway, is there a beauty or skincare item you can’t live without?
I am all about my Clinique De-Puffing Eye Serum. I use it every morning. It does a great job of getting rid of dark circles, de-puffing, and waking me up.



Can you recommend any bloggers or celebs you look to for style inspiration or tips?
I love the style of Olivia Palermo, Rachel Zoe, and Kourtney Kardashian. They are effortlessly chic and always on trend. In the blogger world I am loving Atlantic-Pacificand B Soup. They both have fun, funky styles and are fierce fashionable ladies!

Do you have a go-to outfit?
I don't have a go-to outfit, but usually when I feel like I have nothing to wear, I gravitate towards all things I love: black, denim, gold, leopard, sequined, or hot pink (you can't always combine them!). I feel like my style is a mix of preppy + feminine with a splash of edge. 


What’s an ideal date night for you and your husband?
I love checking out new restaurants in my neighborhood and eating outside (when the weather cooperates). I also like trying new activities with him like a cooking class or glass blowing class. Those are fun too! 

How about an ideal evening spent with the girls?
We like to get together at each other's houses and do themed pot luck dinner dates. Lots of fun and lots of wine ;-)

Lastly, do you have any advice for bloggers?
I think it is important to stay true to yourself and your style. Be consistent with what you are writing because your blog is a true representation of yourself. People are judgmental, but just ignore the haters because you are fabulous!


Thanks Samantha, I loved all your answers, my favorite being your love of cheese!
Make sure to head over to Gold Coast Girl for more Chicago-based style tips and see more by Samantha.

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