Kristin Hofsli is one busy lady but we were able to adjust our schedules on what became quite an interesting Monday! We chatted away about her personal style, her interesting jet-setting job as a fashion journalist, and the city she lost her heart to.
Where to start? I am 26 years old, I live in Stavanger, Norway, and I work as a freelance fashion journalist. I studied Fashion Marketing and Management at Berkeley College in New York, where I also interned at Diane Von Furstenberg and Vogue during the 3 years I was there. I initially started a blog to share my experience abroad, but it has now expanded to fashion and my travels.
What exactly do you do as a freelance journalist?
I am a freelance writer for the Norwegian newspaper, Finansavisen. I work on their fashion section and their fashion magazine (Finansavisen Fashion), which comes out four times a year. This line of work takes me around the world and this season I was invited to Paris to see where the grand Louis Vuitton grew up, and got to attend the launch of the Norwegian fashion app, SoBazaar. I also conduct independent interviews like the one with Jonathan Adler I did a while back.
Tell us a little about your dream job...
It's hard to give you specifics. I just want to be happy with what I do and want to have sufficient freedom to have a flexible working schedule. My family is very important to me, so I would like to still make enough time for them. A challenge motivates me so that is always more than welcome!
How would you describe your personal style?
I think my style can be described as classic with an eclectic twist. A lot of my outfits depends on my mood and the weather, when it's sunny outside I will wear florals and in the winter I may opt for an all black outfit.
Which are some of your preferred brands?
My personal favourites are Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and ACNE.
How have you styled your Unknown Curiosity pieces?
For the first look (depicted above) I am wearing my favorite trousers from Theory matched with the lovely UC scarf. For me this is the perfect look for lunch with the girls. The outfit is comfortable, which is a must for me, it's not overdressed and I basically feel good wearing this. The scarf makes the outfit a little more dressed up, which I love, and it will keep me warm during lunch! (trousers - Theory, blouse - Zara, scarf - Unknown Curiosity, bag - Alexander Wang)
The second look I put together is what I would call my every-day outfit. When I go shopping this is what you will see me in. A white blouse is always a must but I mean, who doesn't like wearing a cute jacket and a pair of comfortable jeans? I love how the distressed jeans makes the outfit cool, the blouse makes it cute and the jacket just seems to tie the whole outfit together. Don't be surprised if you see me walking down the street in this outfit more than once! (jeans - Stella McCartney, shoes - ZARA, shirt - ZARA, jacket - Unknown Curiosity, bag - Tory Burch)
What are your favourite places around the world?
If we are talking cities it would be NYC, London and Amsterdam. New York is definitely my all time favourite and I love London for its clubs, people and restaurants. Amsterdam caught my eye recently and I was in awe of their history and their sense of style. I love to travel so any new city is fun to discover. I will always research people or friends that can give me tips to get around in a new city. I live quite a hectic life with being on the road so much, so on the other hand my favourite place might be a deserted island where I can just relax and enjoy the moment with my boyfriend.
What would life in your favourite city look like?
I suppose that with the work I do now, my life in New York would very busy. My days would be filled with meetings and my evenings would be filled with exciting events. Ironically, having a hectic schedule energizes me, but I suppose I would need the weekends to relax, go out with friends and to get some shopping done.
What gets you curious in life?
People that I admire make me curious. This can happen in real life when meeting new people, but also online. Like the founders of Who What Wear, Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, they have launched a business that is running well. I admire their courage and they inspire me to be better. Thus I haven't met them I hope to do so in the future! The most inspiring person that I have met must be Anna WIntour, Lisa Love or Celly Cutrone.
What do you like most about living abroad?
When traveling you easily come in contact with a lot of different cultures and meet a bunch of interesting people. This forms a culture that makes you grow and teaches you a lot. I love being exposed to new adventures – it keeps me curious.
How do you interpret "Unknown Curiosity"?
To me it's like travelling, when I am out and about I constantly discover new things and all my senses are triggered. I may come across something unexpected but you can't predict that you will until you do, and for me thats unknown curiosity.
Can't get enough of Kristin? Have a look at her blog here.