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The Eyes of Texas: The Style Scribe Shares Her Fashion Philosophy

A killer sense of personal style can get you far in the fashion blogosphere, but Merritt Beck, the blogger behind The Style Scribe, has the total package: an editor’s eye, a way with words, and the industry smarts—she works in online fashion marketing by day—to really shine. This Texan celebrated her blog’s first birthday in February, and we have a feeling she’s only just begun.

We caught up with Beck to talk Texas style, her most covetable bag, and what she’d do if she could manage to sneak into Barneys after hours.

How would you define your personal style?
I’m a mixed bag, really. I always invest in great basics that will last forever, but I tend to splurge on statement bags and shoes.

Who are your style muses?
Olivia Palermo and Taylor Tomasi-Hill. Both have an incredible sense of style and know what works for them. It¹s really easy to spot someone who is wearing something that doesn’t evoke something personal to them.

What is the most coveted item in your closet at the moment, and why?
Last week I purchased the Chieko (aka Gazelle) bag from Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2012 runway collection. It is such an incredible statement piece and totally fits in with my “I’m-a-Texan-and-yes-I-go-hunting” vibe. This week I’m flying to Cordoba, Argentina, for a trip with my family and I can’t wait to sport this wild oversized clutch.

What inspired you to start Style Scribe?
I started The Style Scribe as a fun hobby and a means of jotting down my fashion inspiration. For a while, the blog consisted of collages of my favorite seasonal trends, fashion event coverage, etc, but in September of 2011 I began posting about my own personal style. Today I still like to have a good mix of personal outfit photography in addition to gorgeous collage graphics and runway reports. I honestly like doing both and don’t see either one going away anytime soon.

What defines Texas style?
What’s great about Texas is that there are a variety of style influences all around the state. Austin has the boho-chic thing going on, Houston has the haute couture audience with its oil and gas execs, and Dallas is the melting pot of fashion, featuring everything from the state’s hottest trendsetters to the classically refined tastemakers. Each city offers something unique.

If you could lunch with any Barneys New York designer, who would it be?
Joseph Altuzarra. I love his daring use of color, mixing patterns, and textures. His collections are just a little off the beaten path, but utterly breathtaking at the same time. He seems to really understand which silhouettes compliment the female body. I also love how his runway looks can be easily translated into day-to-day style. I would take him to Ladurée. Literally my favorite thing in the world is a Ladurée macaroon and I doubt he’d turn one down, considering he’s Parisian!

If you were accidentally locked in Barneys overnight, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
First things first: I’d break into Fred’s and pour myself a cocktail to calm my nerves before exploring the rest of the store. Second stop would be Isabel Marant, where I’d pick up the amazing Elos dress. It’s a perfect year-round piece that would look great with sandals in summer and tights and booties in winter.

Before going to beauty and jewelry, I’d need a big bag to fit all the goodies in. For this, I’d choose the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel in white. I love winter white and think this bag’s structure is edgy enough to bring the angelic color down a notch. Now, onto accessories. This Lanvin cameo necklace is something I’ve been lusting after for quite some time. It’s classic, but with a hint of drama.

I need to stock up on my favorite La Mer product, the moisturizing gel cream, so I’d grab a few of those on my way to the shoe department. Finally, I’d grab these Narcisco Rodriguez ankle booties ­. I love the play on various textures and the banding pulls it all together. To top the entire night off, I’d leave in this show-stopping Altuzarra fur-trim jacket.

1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel 2. La Mer moisturizing gel cream 3. Isabel Marant Elos dress 4. Altuzarra fur trim jacket 5. Lanvin cameo necklace 6. Narciso Rodriguez multi-band ankle boot

Main images courtesy of The Style Scribe. 

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