The Sunshine Blogger Award
Today’s blog is going to be different for a vast number of reasons: A -- it’s super difficult to shoot content for this blog, B -- it was opening night at my work last night and ya girl is real tired, C -- I’m actually out shooting content for this blog today, D -- the second leg of Harry’s tour started today which pretty much means it’s a(n) (inter)national holiday, and E -- I don’t do any personal blogs really, do I?
I started this blog not really knowing whether I’d do personal blogs, as I wanted to keep it pretty fashion (and Harry Styles) based, but when I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Nicole at This Is All Going On --which I am incredibly thankful for-- I thought it was the perfect opportunity for you all to get to know a little more about me.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers to those they believe bring happiness and sunshine to the blogging community, and I am so happy to be nominated. The inception of this blog came when I was bored at work one day and had long since been frustrated with the fact that I wasn’t doing anything creative in my spare time -- and thus, Dressing With Style(s) was born in November of 2017 and it’s been a rollercoaster. And while I am not a big fan of actual rollercoasters, I have thoroughly enjoyed the one that is this blog.
Part of the nomination for the award is to answer a series of questions put forth by the person who nominated me and well… let’s just dive in shall we?
1. Is blogging your business, your passion, or both?
Blogging is a creative outlet for me. I have always enjoyed writing and I have always sought out ways to do so on a regular basis, so having a blog felt very natural to me. While it’s not my business --although that is the hope one day-- it’s definitely my passion. There’s nothing I love more than the process that goes behind putting together each and every post.
2. How long have you been blogging?
I started this blog back in November of 2017, though I didn’t start posting until December -- so just three months.
3. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
I can go for quite an obvious answer here and say… Harry Styles. Because really, that’s what the blog is, but also -- I find inspiration in other places; on Instagram, in film, in books, on TV, on other blogs... Wherever there is something creative, I find inspiration.
4. How did you choose your niche?
I was at work mindlessly going through pictures of Harry Styles because I have always enjoyed his fashion choices; they’re very bold, very unique, and very fun. I thought to myself that someone should make a blog recreating his looks, and began searching the web for that because… surely someone had thought of that. I found a lot of blogs, Twitters, and Instagrams that broke down each article of clothing he was wearing or that created “inspired” looks -- but nothing quite like I was thinking… so I made it myself.
5. How has your blog transformed since you published your first post?
Going into this blog, I thought I would recreate Harry’s looks piece by piece. Not only did that turn out to be quite difficult, it also really wasn’t what I was trying to achieve with the blog. So instead, I started interpreting things differently. I keep the integrity of every single outfit and add my own personal twist to it. Sometimes it’s something quite miniscule and other times it’s something quite big.
6. What was the first post you published?
Just an introduction post explaining who I was and what the premise of the blog was going to be.
7. Do you have other creative pursuits besides blogging?
I’m also a comedy writer and (sometimes) performer. I’d love to make a career out of blogging and comedy… but where to begin?
8. Do you have siblings? Where do you fall in the birth order? Do you think this affects your life view?
I do have siblings and we are quite far apart in terms of birth order (10 years or so) and it affects my life view and some ways, but not in others. They are adults and they have struggles, and joys, and they make mistakes -- just like everyone else. It’s all part of living life, and I am always happy to give them advice if they ask.
9. If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?
Classic question, innit?! Teleportation, without a doubt. Feeling stressed? Pop over to Hawaii, enjoy a cocktail on the beach for a few minutes, then back to reality in a snap.
10. What’s your favourite season and why?
I’m going to be all #basicbitch and say autumn because cosy clothes, boots, mild weather, and I get to see lots of pictures of colorful leaves on the ground on Instagram because I live in LA and there’s nothing but palm trees here.
11. What would your dream vacation be?
I’m going on my dream vacation! 😱 Ever since I was a little girl all I ever wanted to do was go to London and it’s finally happening this summer and I am so f*cking excited!
Once again, I’d like to thank Nicole for nominating me for this award and I had such a fun time answering these eleven questions. The next step --outside of posting this blog of course-- is tagging my own bloggers that I nominate and the eleven questions I’d like them to answer.
Bloggers I Nominate:
Mollie at Mollie Clarke
Becca at Becc4
Bella King at Bella King
Fran at Franalibi
Amy at Your Favorite Chapter
Bailey at Bailey Leah
Rachel at Word of Rachel
Larayeeb at Larayeeb Ali
My Eleven Questions:
What inspired you to start your blog and was getting into the groove of blogging difficult?
Is there a particular blogger or bloggers that you admire or look to for inspiration?
Which social media platform(s) would you say is the most important when it comes to growing your audience?
When you first started your blog did you try to keep it a secret from family and friends or were you more open about it?
Are there any brands that you would personally love to work with?
What are three songs that you currently cannot stop listening to?
What is one household chore you absolutely despise doing?
What is one book you remember reading as a child and absolutely loving?
How many languages do you speak and are there any that you would like to learn?
What was the biggest goal that you accomplished in 2017?
What big goal would you like to accomplish in 2018?
As this blog grows, I will probably do more lifestyle and personal posts like this one -- thoughts on that?
Thank you for reading this blog, you guys are all so amazing and loving and it amazes me that you all read this blog. I love you for it.
P.S. Details on the outfit in this post can be found on my previous post, My Stockholm Syndrome Is In Your Room.
Photography by Breakfree Photography