Friday, 13 December 2013

Blogger Interview Tag with Nicole!

Hi! How are you? Welcome to Touch Of Belle! Let's talk a little bit about your blog! Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi Gemma, I’m great! Thanks for having me on a Touch of Belle!
My name’s Nicole Smith and I am an Adelaide girl who moved to Melbourne for University… and hasn’t left yet!
One of my biggest passions is to travel so I run two blogs – Stylish Travels ( which focuses on boutique travel, global beauty finds and shopping and my main blog, Bitten by the Travel Bug ( which chronicles my travel journey as a solo-female traveller.


How old are you?

 ’m 23-years-old

How and Why did you start your blog?

When I started my Journalism degree I decided that I needed to begin a blog, not because online Media was becoming bigger but because writing is my weakness. I’ve worked in radio and television for 8-years but my grammar and sentence structures were appalling.

I also found that there wasn’t much information online for Australian travellers, everything being very American dominated, and that’s just not fair!

I began Stylish Travels only in April when I saw a gap in the market for something that fulfilled the role of a travel and lifestyle product. I mean, lets face it girls – finding the hottest shops or beauty finds is the first thing we do when travelling, right?


What's your favourite thing about blogging?

The friends you get to meet. I moved to London on a work visa and knew no one but because of Twitter I had connected with a few bloggers, including one Australian who was moving there for the exact same reason, and they ended up being a core group of my friends – and still are.

In fact, I met some of my best friends through blogging. It sucks sometimes that we aren’t in the same cities – Becki ( is in Cambodia and Dylan ( is in London – but we’re always a Skype call away from each other.


How long have you been blogging for? 

I’ve been blogging on Bitten by the Travel Bug for four-years in December!
Stylish Travels is the baby and I’ve only been blogging over there since April.


If you could describe your style in one word, what would it be?


When travelling for long periods of time I wear a lot of the same thing – jeans, polo shirts, collared shirts with jumpers, moccasins or brogues, and minimal make-up.
In fact, this side of me is a mix between American prep and Oxford British-style.

When I’m back in Australia or taking shorter trips I’m a lot more versatile with my clothing. I LOVE buying quirky jewelry from Wonsuponatime ( to toughen up a floral dress; Smokey-eyes and red lipstick for a night out is a statement, and I’ll be rocking those five-inch statement heels.


Where or who do you look to for style inspiration?

My style inspiration comes from my travels.

Brightly coloured scarves, layered necklaces or ones with a travel motif (think feathers, airplanes or city skylines), or even statement pieces I’ve found while travelling.

I bought an Icelandic lopapeysa ( in Reykjavik, which are hugely popular with locals of all ages but would be considered a little 80s outside of Scandinavia so the trick is to style that for a Melbourne winter without looking like I’ve raided my Mum’s closet.


What are your must have products?

Benefit’s ‘The Porefessional’, Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara, Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Crème, and Lucas’ Pawpaw Cream.


What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Having the privilege to share my journey and experiences with my readers. First and foremost, I write for myself but I do get a little rush every time someone comments or shares my posts.


Finally, do you have any advice or helpful tips you could give to new bloggers just starting out?

 Don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing, just focus on yourself and creating something that you’re proud of.


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  2. Thank you for featuring me Belle! :)

    Can't wait to read more of your series.

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