Guest Post: Susan Of Susan Mahlburg

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means… time for another guest post from an especially amazing guest blogger! Today, we have Susan of Susan Mahlburg, and let me tell you girls, she’s awesome! She is absolutely gorgeous and was such a pleasure to work with! Not only is her blog amazing and her style chic and fashionable, she is completely stunning! Being from Charlottesville, Virginia, she is my neighbor (only about 45 minutes or so away from JMU!).  I absolutely adore her blog and it has quickly become one of my favorite daily fashion diaries! Check out her blog here, I know you are all going to love it as much as I do.

But, before we get into out Q&A with Susan, here is a little more about her and her blog

My blog is – It’s a simple reflection of my everyday life, with day-to-day snapshots of my outfits, and little blurbs about what inspired them, or maybe something else going on in my life that day.  I’ve considered branching out to lifestyle and beauty topics, but I want to feel secure in my niche first.  I think it’s important that your blog have a voice and a personality of its own.

Guest Blogger Series - Susan Fisher Of Susan Mahlburg

Now, for a translation of what that means…

1. If you were on a tight budget and could only afford one of your favorite magazines (I know, I love them all too!), what would it be? What is your favorites section/part of that magazine? 

  • I absolutely adore Vogue.  (So much so that I did a recent post on a Vogue sweatshirt that I have & my coffee table book is from Vogue).  I know a lot of women in their 20s shy away from the magazine, because it’s very decadent and they feel like they can’t relate.  But that’s the beauty of fashion – to look at the artistic representation, the absurdity, the lavishness of the industry, and then translate it into something that is very unique to yourself.  A little secret: Vogue also has great book reviews.  It’s more than just a shopping outlet.

2. If I were a shoe, I would be…

  • A Jimmy Choo in a bright color – like yellow.  Jimmy’s are classic and reliable and don’t let you down.  I strive to be that rock, in both my personal relationships and also my business endeavors.  But I have a little spunk about me, and like pops of color and the unexpected.  I think shoes are the easiest way to change up your wardrobe, and probably one of the best investments you’ll make as you work on doing so.

3. My fashion crush (idol, inspiration, admirer, the list could go on forever…) is…

  • Zac Posen.  He’s such a young designer, but everything he does is a nod to traditional beauty – from draping, to silk fabrics, to using florals in order to accentuate femininity.  And somehow he does all this while still remaining edgy and modern.  Today’s fashion doesn’t have to be about black and sharp lines, and Zac Posen knows this and stays true to himself and his label.  And I love that he’s so relatable – he’s very real on his social media channels (like Instagram), allowing you to really see who he is as a person, away from runway shows and awards and fancy dinners.

4. If I were stranded on an island and could only have two make-up products, they would be…

  • Dior Lip Gloss – to keep the chap at bay, but also because they do such a great job boosting collagen and keeping the skin firm.  It’s like magic in a tube.  And Nars blush – in pretty much any shade, but Orgasm is a cult classic.  I’ve been using Super Orgasm lately; it’s like Orgasm, but a little more vibrant, with flecks of gold in the powder.  I firmly believe you can swipe on some Nars blush without even wearing foundation, and look like a million bucks.

5. I keep my skin looking fabulous and flawless by… (what are your go-to products?!)

  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple.  When I was younger, I used to ascribe to the standard routine of acne-fighting agents and Neutrogena this and that, and exfoliating beads in everything.  But I was turned onto Purity a few years ago, and it is amazing.  Not only does it gently clear your face and your pores, your skin is super soft, and you’re not introducing any harsh chemicals to your routine.  It’s worth it.  Even my husband uses it now.

6. I blog because… (Tell me when and why you started blogging, and then why you continued after you initially started!)

  • I actually began blogging in October – so I’m very new to the blogging world!  I was at PoshFest, a conference for the fashion app, and everyone I met encouraged me to start my own blog.  So I came back and did!  There’s a lot of great angles to take with blogs these days, but I decided to just go the simple route, and express something that was uniquely me – so my blog is more like an everyday style diary.  I generally give a short intro into what I’m wearing, then snap some photos at lunch, and link up to the products in case anyone thought they’d like to incorporate something into their look.  I’ve had some great positive response in this first month, and it’s become a nice outlet in the middle of my days.  You’re going to put clothes on each and every day, so why not dive in?

7. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would choose… 

  • France.  Proximity to Paris would be nice, to be a part of the fashion world there and the culture and arts.  But I love the French countryside.  I took a roadtrip through France this summer – for two weeks – and it’s amazing to see the simple way of life (entire villages without cars, without running water) and explore castles, and picnic in fields of poppies.  It’s no wonder so many great Impressionist painters came from that area.  You feel like you’re care-free and can really enjoy life and love and beauty.

8. When I grow up I want to be… (If you could be absolutely anything, what is your dream/ideal career!?)

  • I would love to be an Editor for a magazine – I mean, a girl can dream, right?  I was an English major in college, then I lived in New York for a year and worked for a jewelry designer, and then I returned to Virginia and now work for a math/science company.  I miss the part of me that I left in New York, and how fleeting that part of my life was, because I recognize how much it changed who I am as a person and the things I view as important.  I think all 20-somethings should explore multiple career paths, because you never know what might be out there for you.

9. My favorite designer is…

  • So I mentioned Zac Posen as a fashion idol, but for me personally, I love to wear clothes from a variety of designers.  I think you can really appreciate the differences in their aesthetics, and start to notice what makes one label stand out from another.  I did a post on Nanette Lepore a few weeks ago and would love to go to one of her shows.  Her style is so quirky – feminine, yet unexpected.  I also love finding clothes from up-and-coming designers, like Kara Janx, Christian Siriano, Graham and Spencer.

11. My rock is… (Who in your life inspires you and has helped you get where you are today?)

  • My husband is truly amazing.  Ladies, if you find a man who appreciates your love of fashion, marry him.  Seriously.  But in addition to his positive reaction to my hobbies, he’s such a great father, and truly exudes such love and compassion for his family.  I know everyone says you can’t have it all, and life is full of tough decisions, but I feel like with him I can have it all.

12. With the abundance of free time I have (don’t we all wish this was the case!), I like to…

  • I actually play volleyball, or variations like wallyball, at least twice a week.  I think it’s good to have a physical outlet to let out your frustration and stress.  And athletic wear is becoming much trendier; any excuse to drop by Lululemon, right?

What did I tell ya ladies… Is she great or what?! I only wish I was as great as she is… Not only does she have a phenomenal life now (with what seems like an absolutely amazing husband…), but she got to live my dream for a year of living in New York City! Words cannot even describe the jealousy I have for her! But, seriously guys… Check out her blog! It’s awesome and I know you are going to fall in love right away, just like I did!

Also, check out her blog for a post that features me!



  1. diplostreetmix says:

    Vogue has the best ads, followed by Harper’s Bazaar. It’s much more fun to see the abstract ideas about fashion in the super high-end mags than the more mundane ads in relatively attainable titles..

  2. So fun to read about Susan’s favorites! Thanks for featuring such a great guest blogger!

    • Hi Paula,
      I’m glad you liked learning a few things about Susan! She is fantastic and she is participating in the Holiday Gift Guide Series as well so keep an eye out for her!
      We also have a ton of amazing guest bloggers to come, so stay tuned! A new guest post is featured every Wednesday!
      XOXO, K

  3. Rebecca Brown says:

    Really enjoyed the interview – Susan sounds like a very down-to-earth, real person (emphasis on family) who puts the fun into fashion. Keep on dreaming….

    • Hi Rebeccca!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview! She’s so great and I have really enjoyed getting to know her over the past few weeks in working with her. She only lives about 45 minutes down the road from where I go to school, so I am hoping to have future collaborations with her in the future! Keep your eyes open from more from Susan!
      XOXO, K


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