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Exclusive interview with Jenna Burke: The Bachelor Fashion
· January 16, 2012 · By Dana Weiss ·
I’ve often said if I were ever to go on a reality show, I’d be that girl who drinks too much and cries.
Unfortunately Jenna Burke beat me to the punch.
Jenna Burke, the blogess from New York is this season’s Bachelor breakout star. The brunette beauty dished about being a crybaby on national television, owning the crazy, and why Michelle Money isn’t always right.
Say what you will about the neurotically adorable Jenna, but I’d be happy to share a tampon with her.
Not to mention my therapist’s number.
Possessionista: You had some of the best style on the show – where are your favorite places to shop?
JB: Thank you, thank you! I’m a huge vintage shopper. Some of my best pieces come from vintage stores and thrift shops. I love digging for those hidden gems because I don’t like wearing what everyone else is wearing. If I had a fat wallet, I would buy everything at DVF, Haute Hippie, Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Phillip Lim. I’ll splurge here and there but in real life, I usually shop at Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, Zara, Madewell and Forever 21. I also spend a lot of time discovering new boutiques and vintage stores in Brooklyn.
So in a nut shell, my style is simplistic and then I like to accessorize the hell out of the outfit!
Possessionista: What was your favorite outfit we never got to see. What was still in your suitcase?
JB: I’m actually getting sad right now! I had 3 suitcases full of my best outfits, jewels and shoes. Bummer. Maybe that’s why I was crying so much when I didn’t get a rose?? Kiiiidddinggg. One night, we were just laying around and I was tired of talking about love so I laid out all my dresses and jewelry. We had a little fashion roundtable going on. My all time favorite outfit that I didn’t get to wear was an outfit I was planning on wearing for a one-on-one date. The outfit consisted of a dark pair of gold sequin shorts, an oversized white blouse, a vintage roman medallion necklace and a pair of nude heels. I was hoping to wear it somewhere that exotic. Eh, I’ll wear it on my next vaca! Regarding other things in my suitcase, I had quite a few pieces from DVF. A LOT OF COLOR! I had a great romper and a couple of incredible Dolce & Gabbana dresses. And SOOOO much jewelry!!! My mom looked at my suitcase and called me nuts. Even though I wasn’t emotionally prepared, I was definitely prepared fashion wise;)
Possessionista: Michelle Money thinks your melt should have started higher, but I totally covet your ombre hair. What’s your hair secret?
JB: Michelle Money seems like she has a lot to say about everyone lol. But I don’t agree with everything she had to say. Maybe it’s an “LA vs NY” thing. I’m definitely a Michelle Money fan but I think ombre can be either soft and subtle like Rachel Bilson’s natural-looking locks, or play more progressive and dramatic. I can’t tell you how many people emailed me about where I got my hair done in the city. I guess it’s a New York thing! BUT, I do agree, I should have put a brush through my hair before the rose ceremony! My brush went missing. It just wasn’t a good night for me but I’m over it. Anyways! I don’t spend a lot of money on hair products. I’ve tested both expensive and non-expensive products, and I couldn’t tell the difference. I use a lot of Bed Head products. I don’t really like my hair curled so I go for more of that beach wave look. Those clampless curling irons are THE BEST invention!
Possessionista: Okay, so spray tan or real deal?
JB: Would you believe me if I said real deal? They are actually spray-on products. I always use Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs for a medium glow and then I top it with Sally Hansen Airbrush shimmer to add a subtle shimmer. And I always make sure whatever bronzer I use on my face to make sure that it matches the color of my body. Other than that, that’s all I use. I’m naturally tan and have olive skin. It’s the Spanish in me!
Possessionista: Speaking of beauty, you sure do cry a lot. Best waterproof mascara?
JB: Haha, now this is the best and most important question! The best is definitely Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara. It’s $19 but well worth the price. I used to buy Maybelline but I only buy Benefit mascara now.
Possessionista: I got a few sneak peeks of your shoes. What are some of your favorite shoe brands? How many pairs of shoes did you bring to the Bachelor?
JB: I love clothes but I’m even more in love with shoes and accessories. My jewelry bag was insane which is why I had no choice but to carry it on the plane. I was told to just bring the basics for shoes since they won’t really be shown on camera too much. But that really didn’t stop me. There’s something about being in a great pair of heels that just makes you feel better. I probably brought around 7 pairs of heels, 5 pairs of flats, 1 pair of running shoes and a pair of brown boots (which I think everyone brought!). I can’t go anywhere without a classic pair of nude heels. First of all, they go with everything and they do a really great job of elongating the leg. My favorite pair of shoes I brought were these nude fringe heels, made by Colin Stuart. I actually wore them in the beginning of the cocktail party after the first group date.
Possessionista: You have a fashion blog, right? What’s it about?
JB: Yes, it’s more of a lifestyle blog. In no way am I self-proclaimed relationship expert. This totally got blown out of proportion. Why would I go on The Bachelor if I was? Or why would I have a breakdown on national television? But I do love talking about fashion, beauty, relationships, music, etc. Let’s be real, we all analyze everything. Everyone sure did with my actions, clothes and hair on the show. But since I like to write about it and am comfortable with it, I consider myself an “over-analyst.” I like to get deep about certain things. It’s all in good fun. I love just sitting around with friends and talking. I’m usually the one to instigate the topics so it’s a joke that people call me “The Over-Analyst.” But I think it’s quite an appropriate joke.
Possessionista: Any regrets? If you could do it all over would you have changed what you wore?
JB: No regrets on the show and no regrets on my outfits. I think I had a total of 3 outfits? I just wish I would have gotten to show more of my style but I’m so happy I was sent home. Clearly, I wasn’t at the place in my life for this kind of thing. A lot of things were going on that I chose to openly talk about and there are other things I still would like to remain private. I guess I’ll just have to wear a sick dress when I go back for The Women Tell All!
Possessionista: If you were the Bachelor and had to choose solely on fashion, who would you give the rose to?
JB: Only my favorite person, Lindzi C. I’m somewhat biased tho! I also think Casey S. has a great style. I think we will be seeing more of her in upcoming episodes.
Possessionista: Who were the worst dressed Bachelorettes?
JB: Not going there! I am not one to talk negative about people. I think anyone has their right to rock their own style. But I always have my opinions on what I like and what is considered GREAT FASHION.