"I think trends are important and can be fun, but I think one thing people need to remember is not to let trends overtake who you are." - Betsy Parks
• Name: Betsy Parks
• Age: 27
• Profession: Francesca’s assistant manager
“I think fashion is an outward expression of who you are on the inside. Though it sounds cliche, it’s totally true. It’s a way of representing yourself from the first moment someone meets you. They can tell by the way you’re dressed if you’re fun and crazy or more reserved. I think trends are important and can be fun, but I think one thing people need to remember is not to let trends overtake who you are. It’s important to know your own style. Choosing a few trendy pieces is key. I’m a huge fan of fashion magazines. I get 10 a month and read them from cover to cover. It doesn’t mean I’ll go buy all the trends, but I will choose what compliments my look.”
Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...