Friday, 27 December 2013

The Blogger Interview Tag with Millicent!

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?

Was this the first question? Sorry! If so, I’m originally from Suffolk, but I currently live in St Andrews where I am in my final year studying Art History.

How old are you?

I am 21.

How and Why did you start your blog?

I started blogging for a variety of reasons. Firstly I annoyed all my friends by constantly commenting on what people are wearing.  Secondly I was also told at school that I would never keep up my art. And thirdly I wanted to challenge my own personal style.  I’ve always taken the second point as a challenge as I used my blog to develop my own artistic skills into fashion illustration. I was unsure of my career path so I’ve tried to use my blog to work out where I want to go. I comment on what I see on the street, on the runways and my own personal style through my own sketches. Because I know my body better than I know anyone else’s I feel challenged to dress in a more exciting manner to make my blog more interesting.

What's your favourite thing about blogging?

My favourite thing about blogging is the community surrounding the blogging world whether it is on Twitter, Facebook or just comments on my blog. I also know that my blog is a little different to most other people’s so I find it interesting to see how others interpret trends through their photography instead of my illustrations.


What is your favourite post to write?

Most often my favourite posts are the ones that the illustrations came out well. I really enjoy researching the runway shows and coming up with my own interpretations. My favourite was the Scottish Chanel show because it was particularly close to me.

How long have you been blogging for?

I have been blogging for nearly two years now.

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

One word? Unpredictable. Not because what I wear is particularly outrageous, but I always try to wear the item that people expect.


Where or who do you look to for style inspiration?

I always find this question hard to answer because I don’t really have a set style. It could be films, music videos, pieces of art, what I see someone wearing or just an idea that pops into my head when I’m trying to sleep. It could literally be anything. Sometimes I feel it is mostly subconscious. The other day I listened to a lot of Amy Winehouse, next thing I knew I had a beehive, winged eye-liner and ridiculous earrings, for example. I’m very fluid when it comes to my style.


What are your must have products?

Vaseline, a Afrocomb, Doc Martens and tweed. I like my hair big, my lips moisturised, my shoes heavy and my back stylishly clad.


What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I have never found blogging a chore. So I love the anticipation of preparing a new post. I can easily put aside a whole day as a break from work to prepare several sketches before writing up the post. What I probably love most is when my friends quote back or comment on a post. I released my RED TROUSERS post just before a party and the amount of people who turned up in the shade made my evening. It’s that support that I enjoy.


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

Persevere. Of course there will always be the bloggers who get 500 visitors a day within two months and then score a few newspaper articles within six months. It’s taken me nearly two years to gain more than five visitors a day and every time is over twenty it is still a wonderful surprise. If you are only blogging to get the recognition then you could be sorely disappointed. Also make sure you check your grammar. It’s surprising how often your blog gets judged for spelling mistakes.


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