Just when I thought I said all I can say my chick on the side said she got one on the way…
No okay seriously, over the past year and half that I’ve been writing The Fashion Journals, I’ve had quite a few emails from readers asking me random questions. Recently, these emails have been coming in by the truck load so I decided that I will compile them and answer them all in one big post! I have also condensed and conjoined them into 10 questions because they were all very similar.
What’s your worst habit?
Firstly, I leave everything to the last-minute. I know it’s bad but I can’t bring myself to change it. I should, but I can’t.
What are you like as a person in real life? On the blog you seem supes blogger like…
“Blogger like”? I think I’ll coin that phrase, I like it! To start with, I have an abundance of confidence, but I choose who sees it and when I show it. I don’t think it’s necessary for absolutely everyone to know every little thing about me, although I do enjoy sharing with the right people. In ‘real life’ I’m a lot more quiet and I don’t mind keeping to myself. The Fashion Journals is my version of Beyoncé’s ‘Sasha Fierce’, and I like that on the blog I can be fully based on materialism and all of the little things that I blog about, but I also like that I can have actually meaningful conversations with people. In ways I am your typical Capricorn: I evaluate every little thing like situations, actions and reactions, and even purchases… I don’t like making mistakes. I think to some people I can come across as cold or timid, but it’s just because I prefer when people make the effort with me, and once they do I come out of my shell almost instantly. I like doing things by myself because I like to control everything, right down to the last detail.
I guess I can be “blogger like” in real life because I do get excited about the things I blog about, and I do enjoy photographing my life and organising things to use as content on the blog. I guess it’s a hard question to answer directly because TFJ is not just a fashion or beauty blog, but it’s also lifestyle which means that TFJ spills into my life, and vice versa.
What is your actual day-to-day style like? You blog about so many different styles and stuff that I’m not really sure
I don’t think anyone is going to see my actual style for a little while because I can’t really afford my actual style. I don’t have an exact style, but I’ve always preferred to wear jeans, and at the moment I’m really into more of a sports-luxe look because it’s really chic and comfortable at the same time, especially at uni or to and from work. I love bold lipstick, specifically reds, and I find it hard to wear anything other than black and white monochrome. I love my white Nike Thea’s and I’m really into my super comfy Country Road slides. Since I wear simple outfits, I always add heaps of jewellery; you will never catch me without a necklace, at least two rings and a watch. This season I’ve really embraced rose gold and I love silver, but I always choose my jewellery based on the hardware of my bags!
Why don’t you post many selfies? I think that when you do it makes this blog seem really personal.
I’ll definitely start adding more personal photos, it’s just so hard because my life is always such a rush! I just have enough time every morning to straighten my hair, get dressed and put makeup on, and aside from the fact that I’m fussy, I skip breakfast for time reasons too, so I don’t always have time to set up the camera and take photos! I’m also not a massive fan of mirror selfies unless the background is good, and if I want to take photos, I need good lighting and a good backdrop, which I don’t have! I will, however, be investing in a professional photography set up soon, so that’s definitely going to be a massive help!
What are you like naturally? I’ve read that you’ve got curly hair and you mention things you call ‘flaws’ but you cover it well.
I must admit, I don’t really hide all that much! I do straighten my curly hair, but my makeup is pretty natural looking usually, and even so, you can see blemishes and such anyway. My hair colour is my natural colour and I don’t have much patience so pretty much what you see is how it is, only with a bit of concealer.
Do you have any regrets?
Only that I let some people go too easily and now I sort of miss them, but then again I’m not sure whether I should consider that a regret because it wasn’t me who cut communication so other than that I regret the things that I don’t buy during mid-season sales and I also regret not eating breakfast every morning.
What are you trying to get out of this blog? seriously.
I was kind of waiting for this type of question, and seriously I think the real question is what haven’t I gotten from this blog. To answer the question though, I’ve built a platform for myself to express my opinions and to give advice to people with the same interests and situations as me, therefore, I am trying to reach an audience in my own unique way. This blog is the start of my career so I guess I am also trying to get a self-made career out of it as well. Problem?
I really like The Fashion Journals because you’re really honest, and you’re also a normal person (I mean you are average in a good way) but I want to know how you built up the courage to be yourself on social media?
Well thank you, but I honestly don’t really need all that much courage because I don’t second guess myself when I make posts or write about truthful things. The way I see it is that there are probably a lot more people who can relate to me than they can relate to someone like Kylie Jenner so being honest is my way of being able to properly style and give advice to the large majority of people who want it, in a realistic and achievable way. If I blogged about only high-end products and brands, and every post was an OOTD featuring a new designer handbag, while wearing a Dolce and Gabbana gown to brunch, I don’t think many people can relate to that, and will then lose interest. I am skeptical about social media because you only see what people want you to see, which is the cool things they do or that one on point outfit that they actually wear repeatedly. I used to get really caught up in other people’s lives, and at times would get envious because they would have something that I wanted, but at the end of the day I realised that my life, just like a lot of other people, has great things too, and I don’t have a need to validate them with an Instagram post. Of course I do post often, and do glorify things, that’s just because that’s how the world is now, and I, like many other people, do conform as well, but because I am aware of it, I try to be as honest and modest as possible.
Is blogging your job? What else do you do… do you got to school or work somewhere else?
I consider blogging to be a job, mostly because of the effort that I put into it, but I’m creating a portfolio of work which in the future I hope to either continue to build upon on my own (and make blogging my full time career) or use to get a magazine editorial job. I do have an actual paying job too though, I work for an Australian brand called Mimco. I also go to university and am doing a bachelor of media and communication, majoring in public relations.
How do you have time to do everything for the blog and have a social life? I’m a blogger too but sometimes neglect the blog because I don’t have time for it!
Honestly, I find it hard to juggle everything mostly because I want to make sure that everything I do is done well. When it comes to blogging I create drafts of posts as soon as I get an idea, and then edit and add to the post until I think it’s good enough to publish. Sometimes I don’t post for a little while because I didn’t have a chance to properly edit anything, so I’ll quickly post something from Polyvore or an OOTD, just because it’s quick but it shows that I’m still active. The best thing I have done though is incorporate my life into TFJ, so that means that some things I do socially, I can make a post about (as long as they are relevant to the blog). I also go to sleep really late and usually work on posts while I’m in bed until I get tired, and schedule them for the morning or early afternoon. It’s not the best way to go about it, but at least I do get things done.
Some of the questions have been edited for grammatical purposes.