Haute Mess began as the personal fashion and lifestyle blog of its founder Madalyn LaMastro when it launched in early 2015. Since then, the blog–which was once only a creative outlet and means of sharing work with friends and family–has evolved into a professional project that explores the effects of new media and social media on the fashion industry.
The title Haute Mess reflects LaMastro’s unique sense of style, which combines elements from high fashion designers, as well as vintage, thrifted and secondhand pieces. Additionally, LaMastro loves adding pieces to her wardrobe from both underground and up-and-coming street style brands in order to avoid looking too polished or too mainstream.
The 23-year-old creative was born and raised near Princeton, New Jersey. In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in journalism from West Virginia University. Currently, she is working towards a Master of Science in journalism at WVU and is expected to graduate in 2017. She also completed a minor in Spanish language, literature and linguistics.
Throughout her undergraduate studies, LaMastro wrote for both ARSENIC Magazine and Her Campus WVU, where she covered topics such as fashion, beauty, health & fitness, art, culture and traveling. LaMastro additionally served as a social media manager for Her Campus WVU. As a graduate student, LaMastro continues to contribute periodically to Her Campus while focusing on Haute Mess.
When she is not studying or working, LaMastro loves reading, exercising (especially running, hiking and cycling) and drawing, as well as cooking and trying new foods. Enjoy, and feel free to get in touch!
(All images on Haute Mess are property of its founder unless otherwise stated.)