It's been extremely hot outside these past few days. Taking pictures is starting to become excruciating, but I continue to do it because it's what I love to do. I love communicating with you guys through photos. The support is immense and I love everyone that shows me love.
(Vintage Gap Crop Top, Thrift; Creepers, Boohoo.com; High Waist Wrangler Shorts, Thrift; Jean Jacket)
I was offered the opportunity to collaborate with Go Jane for their 'Go Jane BFF Blogger Program'. Of course, I was more than excited seeing that I purchase a lot of things from their online shop! I was sent a pair of Striped Chambray Overalls and boy do they fit like a glove! I decided to pair them with my new, favorite spiked sandal heels that I recently purchased from Charlotte Russe.
I've always told myself that I wanted to get into making my own designs and although I have only designed something once, I am proud to be able to say that it's mine. This dress was created my senior year in high school (2011) and the outcome of it was great. I was going for more of a vintage 50's/60's style and how I'm wearing it in this post is just me spicing it up. I felt like a princess, so I dressed as such.
(Glitter Vintage Dress, Yours Truly; Color Block Shoes, DIY Project; Pearl Shades)
I've been trying to experiment with photography more and I had this idea to do an 'American Housewife' shoot right in my kitchen. It literally came to me out of boredom, but I love how the shots came out. I suck at cleaning by the way.
(Bandana Top, Thrift; High Waist American Flag Shorts, DIY; American Flag Booties; Pearl Shades)
Usually here at The Skinny Fashionista, you typically see just photos of myself in my latest clothing, equipped with a caption of where I scored the clothes, right? Well, as the days pass, I find myself diving into newer things. One of those things being interviewing other bloggers. It was pretty hard choosing which blogger I wanted to interview for my first one, but I decided to go the easy route and interview someone I was more familiar with. I could have went with a more typical female fashion blogger, but I wanted to do something more interesting. I wanted to interview someone who covered all aspects of media, not only fashion. With this interview, I bring you Jonathan Mclean, co-founder of The Clean Slate 704 (http://thecleanslate704.com) . His partner, Jeff Lockhart (@NastradamusJ on Twitter) was absent for this interview, but his presence is still felt.
(Founders of The Clean Slate 704, Jeff Lockhart (right) and Jonathan Mclean (left). Photo courtesy of Twitter.)
T: First off, let’s start with introductions. Tell the readers who
you are, where you’re from, your dreams/aspirations, pretty much anything. Make
it as random as possible if you want.
J: My name is Jonathan McLean and I am the co-founder of The Clean Slate
704, which is a mens fashion, lifestyle and music blog/online magazine. Aside
from my job there, I am a sophomore at North Carolina A&T State University
where I am majoring in journalism. I was born in Charlotte, NC believe it or
not where I aspire to be a journalist to work in the fashion industry with many
T: How did you come up with the name ‘The Clean Slate 704’? Who
came up with the initial idea?
J: I came up with the name
The Clean Slate 704, but I don’t really like to speak on it because it’s not
just me that runs this blog/online mag. My best friend/brother runs it along
with me. Before we announced and drop the link to the blog I asked him if he
wanted to change the name of the blog and he said no lol. Ever since then, you
have had The Clean Slate 704.
T: For those that have never visited The Clean Slate 704, what
exactly is it? Who and what does it cater to?
J: The Clean Slate 704 is a men’s music, fashion and lifestyle blog/online
magazine that caters to males. We have love for everybody and didn’t want to
discriminate. So therefore, in my eyes I didn’t want to put a demographic on my
product and leave anyone out. Everybody eats, b.
T: Has being in college expanded your knowledge on the fashion,
music, and art world? Or were you already hip before college?
J: COLLEGE DOESN’T TEACH YOU ANYTHING! It just forces you to grow up and
adapt to real world happenings. And no, I was already hip. Been fly since ’94.
T: Where can you see The Clean Slate 704 being in five years from
now? Do you plan on building an empire?
J: I don’t like to necessarily ‘plan’ things out, Jeff and I run with each
opportunity we are presented with and don’t look back. But as far as 5 years
from now and expanding, I plan to be in New York City in my loft overlooking
skyscrapers. Empire? We are already an empire. With the addition of our 6 new
contributors (you being one) we are ready to takeover and bring the black youth
back in a positive way.
T: From what do you guys draw your inspiration from?
J: I draw inspiration from the people and places around me. There is
nothing better than being inspired by the things and/or happenings around you.
That’s life. Embrace it.
T: When it comes to music, what is a must have in your collection?
What is your summer anthem?
J: Jeff will tell you, I’m not really a music head. Give me crisp pair of
denim, white button up and I’m good to go. BUT…it’s a must I have Jay Z, Dom
Kennedy and Max B. That’s fly music for you. Summer anthem? I’m waiting on Dom
Kennedy to release “Get Home Safely” so I can’t say just yet.
T: I see that you guys have a lot of support from the North
Carolina area. Do you also have other supporters from other areas?
J: Oh yes for sure. People email us all the time from all over. I could on
and on. Really…I’m just thankful for the support thus far. This is only the
start of something amazing.
T: Both of you have managed to score internships in New York. What
was your initial reaction when you landed the position? Do you have any advice
for others seeking internships in the media business?
J: First off, let me say big thanks to Complex Magazine for the opportunity,
I can’t thank you guys enough. I was shocked when I first received the email,
but it hit me that when you put in work good things come in return, so all I
could do was thank God. For advice, I would say dominate social networks. Don’t
just use them to score females off the late night, but use them to get ahead of
the guy that’s trying to score females off the late night. You will thank me
T: Last but not least,
here’s a fashion scenario – It’s a blazing summer day and you’re going to a
music festival, something like Coachella…what do you wear?
J: Easy. White short sleeve button up, floral
printed shorts, a low top Nike (probably an Air Max 1), gold watch and my gold
Cartier frames. It doesn’t take much to be “fly”. All you need is confidence and
more confidence and half the battle is already won.
As you can see, Jonathan here is a very well rounded young man indeed, an inspiration to myself as I too take this blogging path. I am honored to be a guest writer in the future for The Clean Slate 704 and I wish these two young men nothing but the best. Sending good vibes their way without a doubt. To see the greatness for yourself, visit http://thecleanslate704.com and also follow Jon on Twitter @J_Clean .