Blogger Spotlight | Victoria at It’s Victoria Anne

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This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to a newly returned blogger named Victoria! She recently got back from a break from her blog and has loved the progress she’s made from a purely fashion/art blog to what she has now. The interview touched on a little of everything, even having a bit of fun. Take a look at the interview below, check out the links to her social media, and her blog.

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Q1: What made you decide to expand from just fashion/art blogging to what you do now?

When I first started my blog, it was to also help my instagram which I created simply for fashion and art. I loved it at first, but the amount of blog posts I had was just not good enough as I was thinking I only had to focus on two genres. I see bloggers say that we almost HAVE to focus on a specialist subject, but I felt uncomfortable limiting myself to a small number of topics to talk about. Now I’ve given my blog a more relaxed and less restricted approach, I feel so much happier with my content: I’ve managed to post every week since I’ve been back blogging and the difference to now compared to the very first month I started, well it’s a brilliant change to see.

Q2: What are your goals, career wise, with a costume design degree?

I never expected to study costume when I was younger simply because I didn’t think it was an industry I could go into; but realising my designs are not for fashion and are for costume, I’m really excited about my future career. I would love to possibly design my own range of hats; I would love to design costumes for period drama that I have watched and admired the costumes worn in it; I would love to be recognised for my costume designs which are my own creation and can be made into reality; I would love for my designs to be instantly recognised as my own.

Q3: What are your favorite kinds of blog posts to write on your blog?

Because i’ve only been back blogging properly for just over a month or so, I wouldn’t say I’ve got a favourite kind of blog post to write? I will admit thought that my post about Long-Distance Relationship advice went down very well with my readers and it was so so nice to hear from others who have or were involved in LDR’s like I am right now. I think saying that, I like writing about things that are personal to me because I can really express myself and know that I don’t have to write “pretend” just so it can impress readers if that makes sense? I don’t want to pretend to be writing as someone that I’m not; otherwise, it’s not my blog and it’s not Victoria Anne.

Q4: What top three tips would you give a beginner blogger?

I love being asked this question, even though I feel I give out terrible advice haha! But my 3 tips t new bloggers would be: engage with other bloggers because the support on social media is absolutely amazing; focus on yourself as a blogger because you want your blog to be you and not a false persona: be yourself and write about whatever you feel passionate about or have something to say about. I’ve focused on these three factors since I’ve been blogging again and I’ve never felt so content with how I have progressed in the blogging world.

Q5: If you were on a desert island and could only have three things, what would they be and why?

Now I always think about the ifs and buts with this type of questions and I find myself not coming to a decision at all! I suppose if I HAD to choose three things to have with me on a desert island, they would be: photographs of my loved ones so I have some comfort and can look at when times are tough; a teddy bear I had since I was young because again, I need a cuddle when times are tough; my third thing would be…well suncream. My pale skin and the sun do not mix. I know I could’ve answered with the typical mobile phone or some sort of technology, but unless they are solar powered by the time I am stranded on a desert island, then they are not going to help!

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Blogger Spotlight | Kristy at The Violet Blonde

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This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to an adorable beauty blogger named Kristy! She started her blog after loving reading others’ blogs online and having an obsession with beauty (same, girl). The interview covers a little bit of everything including how her job relates to the blogging world and what her favorite go-to beauty products are. Read the interview below, check out the links to her social media, and her blog.

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Q1: Being a beauty blogger, what are your favorite go-to products for your everyday makeup routine?

A difficult question as I try to switch it up and use a range of products, but one I always go back to is the Benefit Brow Zings. This is the perfect everyday brow product for me, a great shade range and lasts all day. Foundation wise a favourite go-to at the moment is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation. Alongside this, I love using the NARS Soft Matte concealer, L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt mascara, The Body Shop Contour palette, Colourpop eyeshadows and Colourpop lipsticks. I have a Colourpop obsession since finally giving in and making my first haul earlier this year.

Q2: What made you want to focus in on beauty rather than something else?

Beauty is an area I have become obsessed with over the last several years, so it only made sense to include this on my blog. I absolutely love trying new products and seeing how and if they work for me. Discussing this and sharing my own thoughts over on my blog is something I absolutely love to do. Finding new products and reading about new products is something I also really enjoy. I don’t think I could ever not blog about beauty.

Q3: How does being a Marketing Assistant help you as a blogger or vice versa?

Being a blogger helps me everyday in my job as a Marketing Assistant as I market my blog everyday. I talk, and share links and photos through social media which essentially markets my blog to an audience. As a Marketing Assistant I am always looking for new ways to market the company I work for, and put our services out there. Many of the skills I use are invaluable to my position. Vice versa I learn new things everyday at work too, many of which I am always thinking about how it or something similar could work in relation to my blog too.

Q4: What post of yours are you most proud of and why?

There’s a couple of posts that I would probably say and for very different reasons. Both of them are quite recent posts as I only purchased my Olympus camera in March and feel as if my photography is 100x better since I purchased this camera, so since then I have been much prouder of my photography. The first is my post on The Ordinary as this is a brand I absolutely love and it was a post I was incredibly excited about writing; I spent along time writing it. I am also very proud of the photos I took for the post and it has had a lot of views. My other favourite is actually a lifestyle post on 4 years on from university as it is a completely different post for me and one that I really enjoyed writing but also one that I was very nervous about, but it was very well received.

Q5: Who is your favorite beauty blogger?

Another difficult question as there are so many I love, but one of my ultimate favourites would have to be UmmBaby from www.ummbabybeauty.com. Sal is a beauty blogger too and the way she writes is incredibly enticing. I love reading her posts and completely trust her thoughts on any products. Sal is also an incredibly lovely relatable person who regularly interacts with myself and blog too. If you love beauty you definitely need to check out Sal’s blog.

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Blogger Spotlight | Taylor at Espresso and Ambition

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This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to a college lifestyle blogger named Taylor! She talks about everything from fashion to fitness on her blog. The interview itself dived into her blogging life and a little about her going to school. Read the interview below, check out the links to her social media, and her blog.

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Q1: What is your favorite topic to write about on your blog?

Anything related to organization/productivity! I’m super into making everything look neat and organizing my time well – my friends constantly tell me it seems like I’m doing everything, which is really just a result of being super organized and efficient. I created my blog to help and inspire other young women, so being able to share things like this that I personally feel like I’m really great at allows me to really get to the center of that purpose. It also means I’m super excited for the back-to-school season because I have an excuse to write organization/planning posts all the time. I also love writing travel posts after I get back from trips because it almost allows me to relive the trip while I’m writing about it.

Q2: Who are your top 3 blogging influences?

Ooh, let’s see. The first is definitely Carly from The College Prepster – that was the first blog I ever started reading (back in high school, I think!) and I still read it daily even now. I just think Carly’s very similar to me personality-wise, so it’s fun to see what she’s up to. I also love Dorothy at Prep in Your Step, who’s way preppier than I could ever be and pulls it off so well. Finally, although she’s originally a YouTuber, I love Sarahbelle93x (she also recently started a blog, so it counts). I also started watching her videos back in high school, and I think she’s just such a cool person and I’ve loved watching her style evolve over the years.

Q3: What are some tips you would give someone who is just starting out blogging?

Stay true to yourself and your voice. As a developing blogger, it’s easy to see the writing styles of other popular bloggers and want to bring elements of their blog into yours, but ultimately, readers want to hear from you, not some overly picturesque version of yourself that you’ve created. Blogging should be a fun passion first, a business second. And on that note —don’t necessarily partner with the first brand that reaches out to you! It’s tempting to jump on every sponsored opportunity you’re handed, but once again, it’s important to stay true to yourself and your blog’s mission.

Q4: As you are a college lifestyle blogger, what is your major and what do you plan to do with that?

LOL, so I’m actually a triple major — I’m majoring in International Affairs, Public Relations, and Economics. (I just really love school, okay?) I do eventually want to go to law school and become a lawyer, but I think I’m going to take a year or two off before I start law school. I want to move to DC and work for a non-profit – although you wouldn’t know it by my blog alone, I’m really passionate about a lot of political issues and really want to be able to work on them in the future. The law school thing is really my big goal – I’m basically a real-life Elle Woods anyways, so might as well add a J.D. onto that!

Q5: What was the inspiration behind your blog’s name, Espresso and Ambition?

think the name actually came to me before I even planned on starting a blog. I’m a huge coffee lover and an incredibly ambitious gal, so the name describes me perfectly. I was probably doing random hand-lettering (my version of doodling) and put the two words side-by-side and liked the aesthetic. When I started considering creating a blog for my study abroad adventures, that name just popped into my mind. Suddenly, the name had a blog to go with it, and boom, Espresso and Ambition was born.

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Blogger Spotlight | Kimberly at The Kim Konnection

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This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to someone who is twinning my name, Kimberly at The Kim Konnection! She is a recent college graduate that enjoys online personalities and hopes to be a publicist to one someday. The interview just talked about her life relating to feeling like “a big fish in a little pond” and her blogging experience. Read the interview below, check out the links to her social media, and her blog.

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Q1: Who is your favorite “online” personality and why?

It’s actually been tied lately between Patricia Bright and Louise Pentland. I’ve been watching Patricia for years and she gives such good advice in various fields (beauty, fashion, life, career, romance, etc.) and I always find myself going back to her videos. Also, she’s a dark skinned woman like myself and that representation is very important to me. And I love Louise because she’s hilarious for one, but she’s also such a strong, compassionate person. She’s been through alot, but she has accomplished so much and to see her so happy makes me very happy. They’re both very inspiring women who have changed me for the better.

Q2: What is your favorite topic to write about on your blog?

My favorite topic to write about is either stories about trips I’ve taken or advice posts based on my personal experiences. It’s always interesting to think back to events that have happened to me and see how they could potentially be helpful to others. I love letting others learn from my mistakes haha.

Q3: What inspires you to keep moving forward with your blog, even though you said you can feel like “a big fish in a little pond”?

What inspires me is seeing other bloggers doing well with their blogs and getting excited about the content they put out. Also, hearing positive feed back on my own blog is really motivating as well. I also would love to see how my blog grows and changes when I finally do move away and all that.

Q4: Do you think that bloggers who write about many different topics or those who have one niche are more successful? Explain.

I think different topics. You can be very successful when focusing on one niche, but then you’re only able to reach one niche audience. Whereas with different topics, you’re able to reach different kinds of audiences, even if they only like a select few of your posts. It just gives you more reach and allows your blog to offer a little something to (almost) everyone. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with niche blogging and a lot of people are very good at it.

Q5: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to start their very own blog?

Be patient and give what you want to receive. If you want views, comments, and likes on your blog, especially from other bloggers, then you need to view, comment and like their blogs. Not everyone is going to return the favor but it’s a good way to get involved and get to know other bloggers, which will really help in the long run. It also helps get your name out there as well. And if you don’t know where to find other bloggers, go on twitter and join blogger chats!

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Blogger Spotlight | Lili at Simple Inspired Life

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This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to an inspiring individual named Lili! She is a college student at the University of Toronto and she loves to spread those positive vibes we talk about all the time on my blog. The interview just talked about her as a person as well as a bit into her life of blogging. Read the interview below, check out the links to her social media, and her blog.

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Q1: Since you live to inspire others, what inspires YOU to keep blogging each day?

Writing has always been therapeutic for me- it’s how I process my emotions. Every one of my posts is relevant to my life in some way; blogging is a bit like journaling, but accessible to everyone. If I were to think of one thing that inspires me to keep blogging each day, it’s the thought that maybe the lessons my experiences have taught me can help others live their best lives.

Q2: Who are your top 3 favorite bloggers and why?

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is someone who inspired me to start my own blog. I love his writing style, his advice, and the simplicity he loves to foster in life. He definitely motivates me every day to be better as a blogger and a person. Dani DiPirro of Positively Present is another one of my favorite bloggers; I love her take on life. There’s a ton of negativity in the world, and it’s easy to focus on that. I always remind myself and others that happiness comes from the inside out, and Dani embodies the joyful spirit that I aspire to have. Lastly, there’s Alden Tan of alden-tan.com. His writing is extremely raw, uncensored, and to-the-point. He cuts straight to the chase and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. I don’t agree with everything he says, but the way he voices his opinions is fearless, and I admire that. Plus, he gives lots of great advice!

Q3: What is one quote that you live by and why?

Ever since I first heard the George Harrison song, I’ve lived by the quote “all things must pass.” It means different things to me in good times and bad: when things aren’t going so well, it reminds me that time will heal all wounds and I’ll make it through. In good times, it reminds me to appreciate what I have because nothing lasts forever. It’s always good to remember that time passes quickly when you’re not looking, and that every moment, and every experience, is infinitely valuable.

Q4: What are you studying in college and what do you hope to do with that?

I’m studying classics and linguistics. I’m fascinated with the development of language, and the ways in which it’s still changing constantly. Plus, I’ve been a classics nerd forever- I’ve been studying Latin and Ancient Greek for years. I always want to understand language better, not just because I find it incredibly fun but also because it helps a ton with effective writing. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and gaining a better understanding of language is how I strengthen my skills.

Q5: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to begin writing a blog?

My best advice would be this: blog for yourself first, and for others second. Don’t do it for the money or the followers. Write about what makes you happy, and if you want to become successful, you will. Everything else will follow. Others will want to read your work if it’s passionately inspired and enthusiastic- all the marketing tips in the world won’t help you if your heart isn’t in your writing. Be excited about your blog, and it’ll go where you want it to go.

 

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Blogger Spotlight | Cairon at Travel Bear

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Another Blogger Spotlight for you guys! This babe is all about travel. Cairon is a 25-year-old blogger from Northumberland, England. Today’s interview is going to focus a lot on the travel and mental health aspects of her blog as that is what she emphasized in our personal conversation! Below is the interview I had with Cairon as well as her links to her social media and her blog.

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Q1: What inspired you to travel to Australia?

I was inspired to go travelling to Australia because of a family holiday to Florida in April. The holiday came during the height of my mental break down and it wasn’t until I was in Florida that I started to feel better and like there was something worth living for. I decided once I got home from this holiday that I needed to pursue my passion for travel & I wanted to go somewhere in the sunshine…So I chose Australia. Then once I started to research it and saw how much there was to do there I couldn’t not book it!!

Q2: As you mentioned that you are using your blog as a way to write about your mental health issues, what kinds do you struggle with specifically?

I struggle with anxiety & depression quite badly. Earliest this year I was very ill, I couldn’t leave the house, go to work, talk to friends. I felt so so isolated. But with the help of one amazing friend in particular I started to open up about the dangerous thoughts I was having and got the help I needed to start to feel better. Then I went on my holiday & started to chase my dreams.

Q3: Do you think that you will eventually dive into providing advice to those who are thinking of traveling?

I would love to help people live their dreams of travel! Part of my blog now is all the details of all the preparation going into my trip so that if anyone is considering it they can look at all the steps they need to do to complete it! Obviously once i’m out there in Hong Kong & Australia i’ll be able to give more first hand information about my experience which I hope will be helpful!

Q4: What is one piece of advice you would give an aspiring blogger?

I would say…write for you! Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks or wants to see. When you’re starting write about things YOU care about and your passions. This will shine through to people who share the same interests and your following will grow naturally! I tried to start my blog & only focus on travel – but after a week or so I realised I didn’t feel like I was being true to myself and it has slowly developed into the most intimate and honest place in my life/ Because of this I received such amazing feedback from people saying I’ve helped them with things too. It feels amazing!

Q5: Do you think that mental health should be made more of a priority in day-to-day life? If so, why? If not, why not?

I think mental health should be a priority for each and every person! Yes, not everyone wil get a mental illness, but EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE WORLD has mental health. It’s essential to know how to maintain and care for this, know what triggers your anxieties or stress. We’re all human, we’re all affected by things on occassion. We need to normalise mental health completely. It is just as essential as physical health and two are completely interlinked! It should be taught to us from a young age in schools and then carried through with us into adulthood and the workplace. Mental health is crucial to our producitvity and happiness in every aspect of life; friendships, relationships, work, study, family. To me it is just completely essential and needs to be spoken about so much in society. That’s why I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved with my little blog so far and hope to take it so much further in the future!

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Blogger Spotlight | April at Travelling Wanderer

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Bringing back my Blogger Spotlight series and I am so excited to be doing so! The first blogger I am featuring is this sweetheart, April. She has been a doll and I have enjoyed getting to know her on Twitter (@travellinwander) and love how raw she is on her blog. Below is the interview I had with April as well as her links to her social media and her blog.

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Q1: As you stated in our conversation, you changed your blog’s name from “Hopeless Wanderer” to “Travelling Wanderer”. Is there a particular reason or did you feel this was more suited to your style?

“Hopeless Wanderer” originated from the Mumford Sons song which I felt personally connected to. Specifically, the lyric “I will learn, I will learn to love the skies I’m under.” After I started to focus more on my blog and what I wanted to write about, I realized that when you travel the feeling of hopelessness rarely occurs. Through travelling and broadening my world of perspective, I realize that I am far from hopeless which sparked the name change. I travel, and I am a wanderer person driven by a taste for discovery, newness and invention, a person who sees adventure in the every day, in every moment.

Q2: What do you think the most exciting part of traveling is?

I love that travel awakens your senses, and makes your life rich with experiences. The world is so busy, that some people forget to take time away to explore new areas. The exciting part about travelling is that you embrace the unknown, and muster up the courage to be in an area unfamiliar to explore. You gain a broad perspective of the world outside of your own, and that can plant seeds to help your own personal growth. Travelling is about the beautiful places to you go, meeting new people, and gaining riches that will last a lifetime.

Q3: What are the top 5 places you want to travel to?

One of the top places that I want to go to is Alaska, ever since I was little. I dream of one day being able to stargaze in the forests, and capture astrophotography of the stars and northern lights being as one. Secondly, I would love to travel to Thailand to be embraced in culture, the food, ride an elephant, and to wander the beautiful beaches. Third, I want to go to Iceland to encapture all the scenery, and go to the Blue Lagoon. Fourth, I want to go to Oregon (which I will moving there in the upcoming months) as I am a sucker for the oregon forests and coastline that hugs the entire state. Fifth, I want to go to Greece for the intrigueing culture and to see the different towns. This travel list continues…

Q4: Do you have any tips for newbies who want to dive into the world of blogging?

In the world of blogging I am still considered a newbie, however, if I was to give one piece of advice I would say to just be yourself. There is a whole blogging world out there, find it and connect, but stay true to what your original creation is and continue to be uniquely different. Follow your love and always remember the reason why you started it, to use your passion to inspire yourself and others.

Q5: To you, what does the quote “Not all those who wander are lost,” mean?

A person who wanders does not need to have a destination or a goal, and that would not deem them as lost. These wanderers have a deep curiousity and need to explore without a compass or a map. It is about where that journey takes you, it is not about the destination or where you plan to go. Some wanderers, are lost and hopeless because they have not realized the value of the journey, only focusing on the destination. It is about learning to love the sky you are under, and following the wind without hesitation on the journey that you were meant for.

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