Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria “Wednesday”.
Maria, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve had a love for fashion since I was a kid honestly. I remember I used to make dresses for my Barbies out of excess fabric that my mom had lying around. And as a teen, I remember wanting to start a fashion blog was like a dream for me and when I got to college that’s exactly what I did. I used to blog about the pieces I would find when thrifting, and how I would style them. That’s where my love for styling truly began. It really all started because of thrifting, and that blog. Little by little, I began to grow somewhat of a following on Instagram. I began to receive a lot of positive feedback from people in regards to the pieces I would find, and the way I would dress. I constantly had girls in my dm’s asking me for styling advice. They would tell me I’m going to this party or this event what goes good with this? You know, questions like that. I realized people trusted my judgment and I kind of felt special.
Eventually, I realized people actually liked my content too, and I was really happy about that. Even though I began blogging for me and my personal goals, it felt really nice to hear people say, “omg, I really liked your blog.” My initial response was always, “Aww, you read it?!?” haha. So that was always reassuring in terms of my work. Apart from the blogging, I would also get so many questions in regards to thrifting. People always asked me for tips when it came down to thrifting, and what spots were good to go. Throughout my 4 ½ years of college, my Instagram was fashion this, fashion that but because I was a full-time student and a part-time worker, I never had the opportunity to fully tap into my creativeness. I tried my best to practice it as much as possible with the blog, so my weekends were definitely reserved for photoshoots.
Even after I stopped blogging, I still kept creating and when I graduated in 2019 was when I decided to fully focus on styling. I tried modeling for a bit while I was in college, but I didn’t like it as much as I liked styling. I definitely enjoy planning shoots way more, from creating mood boards to having a creative vision for someone else that is definitely my thing. In March of 2019, I styled someone for the first time and we had a whole photoshoot. I messaged my friend Cristina Cotton and asked her if she were interested in taking pictures of the model I had styled, and she said yes. So we all got together and had a shoot. and I honestly loved it. Even though it was a friend of mine who was the model (Crystal Vasquez by the way), it meant so much to me and I was truly proud of myself. My friend also loved the outfit and she felt good in it so that was a success in my eyes. Thanks to this specific shoot, I decided to kick start Fits by Wednesday a personal styling service. My goal is to assist people by helping them revamp their wardrobe, style them for a photoshoot, or simply go thrifting with them and show them what I usually do when thrifting. I’m happy to say I’ve had a couple of clients already but I haven’t fully launched my services, but I’m excited too because it’s happening soon.
Has it been a smooth road?
No, it definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. I struggle a lot with my mental health and I won’t lie it gets the best of me sometimes but I always keep it pushing. I never give up, I may pause but I don’t stay there. I also struggle with the pressure of the industry at times. I definitely believe in quality over quantity. But the way the industry is, as a creative you’re expected to drop good quality content like every other day or so and there are times where I feel like that is not possible haha. Let me add that Fits by Wednesday is my side hustle, in which one day I hope it becomes my full-time hustle so I juggle this while working 40+ hours a week and my social life. So most of the time, I can’t create everyday but I still try. Usually when I get home, I try to work on something fashion related whether it’s planning my next shoot or perfecting my virtual styling.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Fits By Wednesday story. Tell us more about the business.
Fits by Wednesday is a styling service where you get styled by me Wednesday. I will be offering personal shopping services, where you bring me along to shop with you. If you’re interested in revamping your wardrobe, then personal shopping option is best! I offer styling services for photoshoots. In this case, I provide the outfit, shoes and accessories for the shoot and lastly, I offer virtual styling services as well. Through this option, I create a visual look for whatever event the client is asking to be styled for and I also provide links to the items in the visual or something similar. Since we’re in quarantine, I definitely recommend this option since it’s the easiest and safest way to get styled by me. I know most stores are still open and relying a lot on shipping so it’s still possible to be styled even in this pandemic.
In a sense, I feel like what sets me apart from others is that I can be very versatile when it comes to styling. Although I am known for having a 90’s/early 2000’s aesthetic, I can tap into other styles and aesthetics when it comes to my clients. In the end, my goal is that the client is content with their look.
Where do you see yourself or your company in a few years?
I definitely see myself being a full-time stylist with an office/studio space filled with all my styling pieces, shoes and accessories. I see myself having a team. An assistant on board, as well as a personal photographer and a manager.
- $25/hr for a virtual styling session
- $150 to style a photoshoot
- $60-$80 for personal styling
- Website: fitsbywednesday.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitsbywednesday/
- Other: personal IG: https://www.instagram.com/wednesdayy14/