I have been thinking a lot about blogs recently as I am starting my own. Most blogs, like yours, include photos of the blogger. Was that daunting for the first time? Did you worry about ‘internet trolls’?
I know I talk about the internet trolls a lot, but I actually don’t care what they say at all, so they weren’t my worry.
As I said my primary worry was to feel stupid and vain by posting photos of myself… and I sometimes do, but I can live with it I suppose 🙂
What do you like to see/read about most in other people’s blogs?
I like people who can write and take photographs, I like reading posts and feel like I’ve learned something. I like leaving a blog feeling inspired.
I also like blogs that have personality and that are really unique.
Having been invited to Fashion Week, do you feel underpressure to have lengthy reviews of each show or to say you liked shows when you didn’t, just to please the right people?
It is a different story if I am commissioned to write for someone else. Then it means I have to go to all sorts of shows, even some I don’t like. But then I will review them in my commissioned article and ignore them on my blog.
Basically, I want my site to be a positive space, where people come to read happy stuff. No point in slagging off and nagging.
How often do labels give you freebies?
I write about stuff I like on my blog, so if a brand finds out and is happy about it, sometimes they thank me by giving me a gift.
I like it when people contact me first to ask me if they can send me a product to review as when things are sent and are totally irrelevant, it is more a hassle than anything. I don’t live in a castle so I don’t have much space for things to pile up, and often those things are not even good enough for giveaways.
When I used to work as a magazine editor, I received so many things daily, it was unbelievable. But that’s the way things work: for some products, you can’t write about it if you haven’t got it in your hands.
I think more labels should have a loan programme rather than giving away stuff all the time.
Could you explain what you would do on an average working day?
After that I have breakfast while writing my post for the day. If I need to edit photos or a video, it takes me a little bit longer.
Basically the mornings are dedicated to my blog and/or commissioned writing .
In the afternoon, I reply to all my emails if I haven’t had time in the morning and I often go to meetings with brands, or do consultancy missions.
It varies a lot though as I work for myself, but that’s like an average day for me.
Have you ever though about having a cookery section on your blog and what is your favourite food?
I can cook fairly well and I know a few recipes, but I will definitely focus on style and interiors for now.
I love all sorts of food so I have a very hard time replying to this. Something I could eat absolutely all the time is sushi. I really like pot au feu (mainly the one my mum makes) and also I enjoy a good Tunisian couscous.