Fashion Blogger Q&A: Alexandra Donaldson of Cock and Bull

Writer/editor Alexandra Donaldson’s fashion and lifestyle blog, Cock and Bull, is a collection of personal style photos, beauty product recommendations and thoughtful posts. Alexandra’s style is pure city-girl chill – lots of boyfriend jeans, cozy sweaters and gorgeous flat shoes. We chatted with Alexandra about her blog and personal style.

Alexandra Donaldson of Cock and Bull

 Pink Martini: What made you decide to start a blog?

Alexandra Donaldson: Starting a blog was a way to have a creative outlet that had nothing to do with deadlines or school or work or pressure. I wanted a space to write about literature, initially, but the blog expanded to include many of my interests, including fashion and beauty. And even though, now, I do have some self-imposed deadlines, it’s still a space that allows for a ton of flexibility.

Alexandra Donaldson of Cock and Bull

PM: What would you say sets your blog apart from the rest?

AD: Most of my writing on the blog is stream-of-consciousness—which is both a good and bad thing. I know I could definitely benefit from more editing, but I also know that my friends enjoy reading things that are very much my voice. I think what sets any blog apart is that reflection of someone’s authentic voice and style.

Alexandra Donaldson of Cock and Bull

PM: Who do you think are the three most fashionable celebrities, current or past?

AD: Everything Emma Stone does is pretty spot-on. I always wait to see what she wears on the red carpet. For off-duty style I always come back to Kate Moss. There are others I love, but Kate Moss in skinny jeans, a t-shirt and a moto jacket with bed-head hair is a look I’m always on board with. Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge does that sort of off-duty casual look really well too. My throwback fashion fave is Jane Birkin, hands down. The ease with which she wore clothing—whether is was jeans and a t-shirt or a completely sheer dress—is something I aspire to.

Alexandra Donaldson of Cock and Bull's favourite celebrities: Kate Moss, Jane Birkin and Emma Stone

PM: What movies or TV shows inspire your sense of style?

AD: There are plenty of movies and shows that have great style—though I’m not always sure how much they inspire my own. The ones I love are The Outsiders, Annie Hall, Almost Famous, Freaks and Geeks, Drive, Empire Records, Bonnie and Clyde, The Addams Family, Inherent Vice, Romeo + Juliet… the list goes on.

Freaks and Geeks

PM: What blogs do you read?

AD: Lately I’ve been reading more novels than blogs, which has been a nice way to take an internet detox. But I still love checking my favourites—Le Faz, Man Repeller, Into The Gloss, The Coveteur, Just Another, to name a few.

Lisa Dengler of Just Another

PM: How would you describe your personal style?

AD: Casual, comfortable and laid back on most days. Sometimes I opt for a slightly masculine look and sometimes I go more bohemian. I never wear heels. The foundation of simple silhouettes stays and I’m usually never in anything too fussy or too tight.

Alexandra Donaldson of Cock and Bull

PM:  What’s your number one style commandment?

AD: Be comfortable. Whatever that means to you. I know that no matter how much I love a body-con dress (on the rack or on someone else) I’m never going to be comfortable in that silhouette, so I just don’t do it. But it goes both ways—I have friends who are only comfortable in heels, or feel their best wearing something stream-lined or body hugging. Just figure out what makes you comfortable and wear it!

Alexandra Donaldson of Cock and BullPM: Which spring trend are you most excited to wear?

AD: Anything tropical printed and I love breezy dresses and fringe as well. Plus I aim to live in printed sneakers this summer too—with maybe a lace-up sandal thrown in for good measure. Much as I love checking out new trends though, the truth is I’ll probably live in my boyfriend jeans. :)

PM: Which three Pink Martini pieces would you recommend to our readers?

AD: I would live in the Melissa Tee all summer. White, light tees are my go to and I wear them with everything. This one with tiny holes is the perfect laid-back piece. The Crossroads Sweater in Blue would be great for spring nights, thrown over a breezy maxi dress or work with denim cutoffs—plus the deep blue is a nice, unexpectedly rich colour for spring. Finally, I really can’t say no to a moto jacket, which is great all year round. The quilting detail on the Michelle Jacket is awesome.

Pink Martini Collection's Melissa Tee in Light Grey, Crossroads Sweater in Blue and Michelle Jacket in Black



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