Meet Ania Boniecka. She’s a model-turned-blogger who started blogging in 2010. Ania has been a model since she was 14 and trust us, she KNOWS fashion. Her blog is a mix of street style photography and a documentation of her personal sartorial endeavors. In 2013 Ania decided to focus solely on her photography, blogging and modelling, and left her full time job behind. She has been growing her photo business with husband, Tyler Stalman, offering photo, video and design services. Together they have been carefully curating the content of ania.b. you can see more of their photo work on www.stalman.com.
We’re very excited to partner with Ania for Style By Night – where she’ll be chatting through some of her favourite fall looks, but before the whirlwind event began, we took the time to sit down and chat with her about fashion, blogging and Toronto.
Who influences your style and why?
Bloggers are generally the group that I go to for style inspiration. They are likeminded people who work in the same space as me so they understand fashion in a similar way. I look at costume design in movies a lot as well. I love the idea of an outfit as a costume to define a character. It’s the best thing about fashion. You can be anyone you want to be.
What are you most looking forward to about fall fashion this year?
I can’t wait to explore the whole stylish granny look, vintage has never been my thing but I love that you can now buy ready-to-wear and look like you stepped out of the 70s without the smell of moth balls haha. It’s the best of both worlds.
What drew you to blogging?
I got my start in modelling and I really loved the idea that I can finally direct my own shoots and decide what photos and clothes are going to be used. I’m all about control that’s probably I never made a very good model to be honest. Blogging lets me execute my vision and still be involved in the fashion community which has become like my second family over the years.
We love that your husband takes all your photography – #relationshipgoals– how did that start?
I used to be the one behind the camera. My blog used to be a lot more street style heavy, I would do profiles about people who I found stylish and wanted to document my finds. When I met Tyler we started taking photos of me because I was a lot more readily available. From then on it evolved into what it is today. Working together all the time definitely has it’s challenges but the benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks.
We know you’re from Calgary – but what do you love about Toronto?
We actually spend a lot of time in Toronto. The majority of our work is here and we have made some solid roots in the city. We have a studio here, our assistant is here, we love the energy of the city, so much always happens here, there’s a new restaurant opening on the daily and the shopping is of course the best in the country! I keep a list of all the places I want to see the next time we come and it never gets shorter.
Do you have a memorable piece or pieces from Yorkdale?
I actually got my very first Self-Portrait dress at the Holt Renfrew in Yorkdale. It was a short red tiered lace one before anyone knew about the brand. My obsession with their pieces hasn’t slowed down since then.