Combine a stylish sensibility and winning personality with a measure of tech know-how and some good old-fashioned chutzpah and you have blogger/vlogger sensation Chriselle Lim.
Lim launched The Chriselle Factor in 2011 and it didn’t take long for her sea of admirers to find her. Gorgeous photos and irresistibly cute YouTube videos have us returning to her site again and again. (We can also relate all too well to her addiction to sweets.)
Read on for our Q&A with this perennially chic Angeleno.
What inspired you to start the blog?
I started off in the fashion industry as a wardrobe stylist, and initially I began my blog to chronicle my latest jobs and projects. I would post a variety of campaigns and editorials that I worked on, along with some behind-the-scenes images.
It was when I started my YouTube channel, when our viewers and readers requested to see more outfit posts, that things really took off. Since then, we’ve been chronicling my outfits on a daily basis on the blog and uploading weekly style tutorials on our channel.
Which designer constantly impresses you?
Olivier Rousteing of Balmain. He makes women feel sexy in an effortless way without trying too hard, and he has a knack for making the most intricate and glamorous pieces wearable and street-friendly. It’s a given that women will feel instantly glamorous in amazing gowns, but when you can make someone feel equally glam in a pair of leather pants—Olivier has mastered that.
Where do you go for fashion inspiration?
I love diving into the archives of fashion books and magazines that I’ve collected. At our office we have Vogue magazines from the ‘80s. I’m constantly inspired by history and the way women adorned themselves back then.
Take us on a tour of L.A. Where to?
My weekly go-to spots are Larchmont Bungalow for brunch, Shape House for a good sweat (especially if you need to shed a few pounds before an event), Wi Spa for the best Korean scrub down, The Mondrian Hotel for drinks and to chill out by the pool (and they are dog-friendly!), and Bestia in Downtown L.A. for the best Italian. Their truffled pizza is to die for!
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
My business partner sent me a quote after I got sick from overworking and it changed my life. The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” This quote helped me put things into perspective and reminded me to always live in the present!
If you were accidentally locked in Barneys, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
Photos by Jana Williams courtesy of The Chriselle Factor.