Leandra Medine On Her New Book, The Writing Process, & What She'll Wear Next



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In the history of girl crushes, our love affair with Leandra Medine is one for the books. The Man Repeller blogger and perpetual It girl instantly charmed us with her signature blend of wit, snark, and fresh-faced honesty, and we've been hooked ever since. So, when a copy of her new tome, Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls landed in our laps in advance of her W Hotel book party this week, we jumped at the chance to get offline with Medine. She gave us some quick background on the book, as well as some intel on the trends we'll see her take on next. Read on for the scoop from Medine (who we find anything but repellent) and head to the W Hotel on Wednesday to get some face time during the book tour's only D.C. stop.

We've always thought you're a phenomenal writer. Has the idea of writing a book always been at the back of your mind?
"Oh, thanks! I'd say more like the front of my mind — yes."

What was the process like while you were writing? Did you start from scratch with the essays, or did some of them start as seeds in your blog?
"I started from scratch with all the essays. It's obviously very different from writing a blog post in that the stories are longer, need to be a bit more anecdotal, and require a sense of evergreen that doesn't really apply to daily blog entries/articles. In the end, it's very good practice for bettering your writing skills."

Looking back at the early days of Man Repeller, how has your sense of style evolved or changed, if at all?
"I think I've just become a bit more streamlined about the way in which I outfit myself. That's probably more a testament to fashion's changing trajectory, though."

What trends are on the horizon that you're ready to tackle?
"Flat footwear and sheer overlays."

What's your favorite outfit of all time?
"I don't think I've seen it yet."

Is this your first time in Washington? Anything you want to do/see while you're here?
"No, I came on a school trip once, and my brother studied at GW. I'm only around for like, 24 hours, so I'm not quite sure I'll have much time to explore."

Book signing and cocktail party on Wednesday, October 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. P.O.V. Rooftop at W Washington D.C., 515 15th Street NW; RSVP here.