Chic petite AMIE: Meet Kelly Dillon
Kelly Dillon (5'4") is an accomplished broadcaster and journalist with over 12 years of experience. With an already jam-packed broadcasting schedule, Kelly also shares her passion for fashion and connect with her readers through her popular style and beauty blog, kellydillon.com.
In every role she's held, one thing is quite clear: Kelly knows the value of hard work. These days, she’s successfully running the blog while also working as a full-time broadcaster. Busy? Yes. Fulfilling? Absolutely. Here's her story. And don’t worry, we didn’t pass up this opportunity to inquire about all things style-related because after all, Kelly is one of the chicest women we know!
This interview is in partnership with Ally Shoes, a fashion startup making elegant heels that you can walk in all day long.
Hi Kelly, tell us more about yourself and your broadcaster/journalist career. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been working in radio and television for over 12 years now. I started right out of college on the air as a news reporter on a small radio station in New Jersey, and over the years worked my way up to the number one market in the country, NYC! Throughout the years I have reported the traffic and news on Fox 5, NBC Connecticut, 1010 WINS, ESPN, and now I am currently the afternoon traffic reporter on WCBS 880AM and WFAN. I’ve also done quite a bit of entertainment reporting and red carpet coverage as well. I have had amazing opportunities to interview big name celebrities like Martha Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Andy Cohen. I got to where I am today in my career through hard work, paying my dues, and networking (I cannot stress this enough!). I am proof that hard work and dedication does pay off.
What’s the most challenging part of your work? The most fulfilling?
The most challenging part is definitely the crazy hours we work in broadcasting. When doing a morning show, my alarm would go off at 2am so I could get into hair and makeup by 3:30am and be on air by 4:30am. I’ve done every shift imaginable over the years from the early mornings, to overnights, and weekends. The hours can be exhausting but I absolutely love what I do, so it is worth the lack of sleep. The most fulfilling part I would say is helping the viewers and listeners. I love to help people (I’m a Capricorn, it’s in my nature). Whether it’s telling someone to avoid the FDR Drive so they can get home after work faster to see their family, or giving them the inside scoop on their favorite new television show, I just love to make a small difference in someone’s day. It’s the best feeling when a listener reaches out to you to thank you for helping them. There’s nothing better than that.
When did you start your blog and why did you start it?
I started my blog quite a few years ago, back in 2011. I wasn’t quite as serious about blogging then as I am now. I did it for fun, and looked at it as a hobby I could do outside of work. I’ve always loved fashion and wanted an outlet to display that passion, so that’s why I started kellydillon.com. It’s been incredible to see how much the industry has grown and transformed over the past few years. To me it’s still so amazing that you can now make a full time career out of being an influencer and monetizing your website and social accounts. What simply started out as a fun way for me to display my OOTD’s, has now turned into a wonderful part time job, that I am able to do in addition to my broadcasting career. I truly love fashion and clothing, and I love to inspire other women, so what better way to do that than through blogging and being an influencer.
What does a typical day look like for you as a professional woman and a blogger?
There is definitely no typical day in broadcasting and blogging, each day is always different and exciting (which is why I love both industries so much). I work my full time job as a traffic reporter on WCBS AM and WFAN Monday through Friday. I’m on the air every day from 3:30-10:30pm (I’m live every 10 minutes with reports, so it’s a long day). I do my blogging work during the mornings and middays. Each day again is so different, but I am either shooting looks with my photographer, editing photos, writing blog posts, answering emails, taking meetings with brands, or attending events. My days usually fill up very quickly between the two jobs, and things can get a bit crazy, but I absolutely love what I do, and wouldn’t want it any other way. I get my chance to unwind after I’m done on air at 10:30pm and you can usually find me watching one of the Real Housewives franchises (NYC is my favorite!) or Vanderpump Rules (my guilty pleasures!).
How has being a “petite lady” shaped your personal style?
I have learned a lot about fit over the years. For instance getting pieces tailored to fit your petite frame is key. You don’t want the clothes to wear you, you need to wear the clothes. I’ve also picked up on some great tips to help give me some extra length. For example a monochrome look is a petite girl’s best friend. Wearing the same hue throughout will really help trick the eye into elongating your frame.
What are your wardrobe essentials?
I love a motorcycle jacket. I own way too many, but I find them to be such a great staple because they are super versatile. I can wear it with jeans and a tee for a casual weekend look, or I can toughen up a flirty dress with one for a night out with girlfriends. Another essential I have way too many of is a great fitting blazer (but I believe you can never have too many). I live in them year round at work. I have all different styles, colors, and shapes. They can truly dress up any look and they instantly make you look more chic.
What is a must-have for all petite girls out there?
Every petite girl should have a great fitting pair of skinny jeans that hit right above your ankle, to help elongate those stems. I also love a perfectly tailored trouser with a high waistline, which again tricks the eye into giving you some added length.
Who is your Ally?
My mom. She always has my back and is the first person I go to for advice and guidance. She’s my biggest cheerleader and fan (she listens to me on the radio every day). I don’t think you can find a better ally than your mother (they really are the best!).
Words you live by or quotes you love?
Don’t wish for it, work for it.
Ready for a round of quick fire questions? Do you prefer…
- heels or flats? Heels, duh!
- mini or maxi? Mini for a night out and a maxi for work
- bikini or one piece? Loving a chic one-piece
- earrings or necklace? A fabulous statement necklace
- perfect hair or perfect makeup? Both!