What is your number one goal and priority in life?
To be happy. To get married, have a puppy, be in a career in Journalism that I love and to surround myself with positivity.
What are your top 3 bands/artists?
You can’t make a music lover choose just THREE. But here are a few; David Bowie, Maximo Park, Oasis, Stereophonics, Jaws, Paramore, The Stone Roses, Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Enemy, The Smiths – You get the idea?
How many kids do you want if any?
Okay first up, I want a dog. If ever the time came and I did want a child, it would just be the one – but I don’t think I’m cut out for motherhood
Do you support other photographers in your area?
Of course! Absolutely adore Chris Hollingworth, who has taught me more about photography than a-level photography. Absolute star. Also a massive fan of BehindEdsLens and Chap In The Hat who are often supporting the local music scene at festivals like Lymelight. Mark Vsye is another local music photographer and phenomenal moustache grower. Definitely check out their work.
Who is your blogging inspiration?
I can never really recall reading a particular persons blog and thinking ‘yes I wanna do this’; but I did often scroll through Instagram and seeing beautiful flat lays and scrolling through Twitter and seeing ‘NEW POST’ and thought, ‘yeah, I want a slice of that’.
What is your all-time favourite lipstick?
I’d have to say MAC Velvet Teddy as it’s the first nude lipstick that actually suited me. It’s a beautiful formula, lasts all day and is super wearable for any occasion.
Best Friends Name?
My girl gang is Leah, Anya and Emily and they are actual legends. Music-loving, dog-obsessed queens who I absolutely adore.
Have you got any blogging mates?
I recently became friends with a group of girls we now call Blogger Babes. I tagged all the girls I’m in the chat with in my Sunshine Bloggers Award post – you can find their blogs in there!
What is your guilty pleasure musically?
I think Anne-Marie is an incredibly talented woman and her music is fireeeeee. Not so much ‘guilty’ but definitely an unusual one for me. Also really loving Swalla by Jason Derulo – don’t know why, but it’s groovy and Nikki’s verse is phat.
You blog about so many different things – what do you enjoy writing about most?
First and foremost – music. I love music journalism and all of my music reviews go onto REBEL. However second best would be telling you all my new favourite products and trying them out.
How do you manage your time? I struggle to get out just one post a week and you are publishing multiple engaging posts!
Once a month or so I’ll do a big brainstorm of blog ideas, then I’ll use my calendar to plan what I’ll post and when, and then use my weekly planner to plan when I will take the photos, write the blog and schedule it.
What made you choose Strawberry Blonde?
Firstly, my hair. It’s not exactly the flaming orange it was when I was a 3-year-old anymore; it’s faded to a more subtle Strawberry Blonde, but some days it still looks pretty red! Secondly, it’s my favourite song by The Subways – check it out.
What advice do you have for someone starting out blogging?
Engage in the blogger community. You’ll meet some lovely people who will leave cute comments on your blog and help you reach a better engagement. You’re stronger together.
Where do you recommend people find blogger themes?
My theme is actually a free WordPress theme – however I believe people sell some great ones on Etsy and things like that.
What sort of disciplines do you give yourself when blogging?
None? That’s the beauty of blogging. You can pretty much do what you want.
How organised would you say you are?
On a scale of 1-10, about 8.5.
Do you have any advice for someone buying their own domain?
I went and brought WordPress Premium in order to have my own domain and more storage space, however I’m planning on going self-hosted and sites like 123reg are great for purchasing your domain.
How would you advise approaching a brand for the first time?
The most important thing is enthusiasm. Firstly, introduce yourself, go on to talk about how you discovered the brand, what you have seen that you like – if you’ve previously written about the brand, include that post too. It’s also a great idea to have a media kit ready to send out.
Do you ever paint your toenails?
I was genuinely talking about this with my colleague on Sunday – I only ever bother with painting my toes when I’m going on holiday or wearing open-toe shoes.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring 5 things, what would you bring?
May as well make the most of the nice weather: bikini, shades, suncream, surfboard, towel.
Why do you enjoy blogging?
I like to share my experiences with my readers, be it a day trip or a beauty product. I have so many things going on in my head that it’s nice to get some of them out on the web.
Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
My parents, my boyfriend and David Bowie xo. The REBEL gang are also a massive inspirational force too.
If you could only wear one makeup product for the rest of your life what would it be?
One of Benefit’s brow products, either Brow Zings or Gimme Brow.
If you could only use one makeup brand for the rest of your life what would it be?
If money was no object – MAC as I don’t think I could live without their lip products. Considering money is an object though, Rimmel is a great drugstore brand with some fab ambassadors, like Kate Moss and Rita Ora, so I’d probably choose Rimmel.
If you could go blogging full time now – would you?
I would love to blog full time (music journalism included) – however I’d like to finish my uni degree first as that will provide me with skills that I can apply to blogging and journalism.
What has been your favourite post so far?
My ‘Things Only Stokies Understand’ post has reached almost 10,000 views! I had so much fun writing that post and the feedback was brilliant.
Do you prefer dresses or jeans?
It depends how I’m feeling, jeans I’m more comfortable In, but I like to look good on a night out in a dress – I think I prefer playsuits over anything.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet what would it be?
I would love to have a penguin! But also a big cat like a Bengal or a lion so I can call it Nala.
When you o your coloured looks, do you wear them out?
Erm, hell yes? Makeup is damn expensive and when I’ve spent an hour on my makeup the world needs to see! I wore my NYX Vivid Brights yellow liner out to York for the first time!
How long does it take to do your makeup?
On average, with products I’m familiar with, half an hour; longer if I’m trying out a new look or product.
Your banners are great! How do you make them?
First I’ll use an image as the background, I think flatlays look really nice and always feature things you love. I then layer on a white wash and add the text, playing around with fonts an colours until I’m happy!
Favourite makeup palette?
ABH Modern Renaissance is my Holy Grail palette, however I recently purchased the NYX warm neutrals palette and I have high expectations for this little beauty!
What’s the best time to post on your blog?
I find that before 9am and after 7pm are the best times to post. Mondays do really well for me for some reason!
Hot water and teabag first or milk first?
- Cup, teabag, sugar
- Boiling water
- Stir and brew for 3 minutes
- Squeeze and remove teabag
Favourite herbal tea?
Absolutely none. Especially not liquorice.
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