Maddie Haisch is a lover of the LBD, the LBT (little black top)—actually it's more like the LBE (little black everything). The Capitol Hill fashion blogger makes that pretty clear on her site, Black White and Brunette, where she shows off her chic, minimalist style. While the Seattleite's outward fashion illustrates a love of everything neutral, Haisch chats here about her vibrant and colorful passion for all things style.
For a little background, where were you born and raised and where are you currently living?
Haisch: I was born in Tacoma, and lived in the suburbs my entire life in the Puyallup/Tacoma area. My husband and I finally moved up into the city after 3 years of commuting and settled nicely into north Capitol Hill. We love living in Seattle with a view of the Space Needle and a quick walk to Starbucks. It really fits our personalities and our lifestyle right now.
Your personal style in three words:
Street, Comfort, Chic
What do you do outside of blogging?
For right now, fashion blogging is a side gig (and I love it). Professionally I work as a pediatric nurse at the amazing Seattle Children's Hospital. I adore being a nurse. It allows me to be intellectually challenged everyday, as well as have the amazing opportunity to help families in some of their hardest times. I will probably always work as a pediatric nurse in some capacity, but am excited to see where blogging takes me.
Your blogging timeline: Is this your first? What, if anything, came before?
I started blogging just under a year ago. It's crazy to think of all the opportunities I've been given through just simply putting my love for fashion into words and pictures online. It's kind of a long story, but my amazingly talented friend Alana Denham met up with me and my husband in during New York Fashion Week one year. She would attend the shows and guest write features for different NYC blogs. I couldn't believe that this was actually a thing. Over the next year to year a half she kept encouraging me to start a fashion blog/Instagram. I was hesitant because I didn't think anyone cared about what I was wearing or the outfits I would put together. However, after starting my first nursing job, I needed a creative outlet. Thus, Black White and Brunette was born. I owe it to her and her amazing encouragement.
What's the hardest thing in terms of blogging about Seattle style?
I find that the hardest challenge can be the weather—I've had to cancel shoots, or adjust my thinking for styling when it is pouring down rain. However, when it is nice out, there is no better place to shoot than our city.
What's the best thing in terms of blogging about Seattle style?
To me, fashion is in the eye of the beholder. I know that some people probably feel my look isn't cohesive or chic, but that's what is great about style in general: it is what you make of it. I find Seattle to be the most amazing hub for transitional fashion. We’ve learned to adapt to weather, to being amongst nature, as well as incorporating the urban side of our city and the tech boom. I am inspired every day as I walk the streets of Capitol Hill and Downtown. I love this city, the fashion and the energy that it breeds.
One blog/Instagram that you've been obsessing over lately:
There are SO many people/blogs that inspire me. But I have been totally crushing on @krystalboydpriest of The Black Wall. I seriously just scroll through her IG feed and am drawn to it all. She is based in Australia, where I generally find my style inspiration. I would say that 75 percent of the accounts I follow on Instagram are Aussies.
What's your ultimate, essential wardrobe item?
I want to say a pair of black Lululemon Wunder Unders, but I will refrain out of not wanting to ruin my reputation or embarrass my husband. More seriously, it’s really important to have a go-to dress that makes you feel amazing—a really nice piece that you can wear to go out, yet feel absolutely like yourself and comfortable. Something that fits your body and accentuates your best features. Finding this piece can be hard, but once you do buy it in every color. And by that I mean buy three in black.
Give other style bloggers a piece of your own advice.
When in doubt, wear black. Secondly, be yourself. It’s nice to try and keep up on current trends and mix in new pieces. I like to buy pieces that make me feel alive inside, that inspire me to make a multitude of outfits, not just one. I find that I tend to get the best response from others when I am completely and utterly myself, and comfortable in what I am wearing. After all, confidence and a smile are a woman's best accessories.
What do you hope to see more of in Seattle's style future?
I would love to see a boost in Asian brands in the Seattle area. I am obsessed with seeing the bright, bulky and eclectic pieces that swarm the Asian market. Chunky platforms with geometric oversized sweaters and neoprene/polyester skirts. My dream is to be invited to Korea’s Seoul Fashion Week. Some day...