Hey Rachel! We love your blog Twenty Something Beauty, how did you get into blogging?
I got into blogging because I needed to know that I was not alone in my crazy love of makeup! Seriously, it was such a relief to find out that there were other people in the world who could happily talk for hours about makeup. They became my refuge for when things were difficult in my undergraduate degree.
Do you read many blogs yourself? Who inspires you in the blogging world?
I read so many blogs! No, seriously, you should see the length of my Bloglovin feed each morning, it’s practically my newspaper. Blogs are a serious source of inspiration for me on so many fronts; beauty, fashion, mental health, fitness, well-being, they provide me with insight into all of those topics. I much prefer reading blogs to magazines actually.
Who is your biggest style influence?
Ha, oh dear, that depends on whether I can class myself as having style or not! I’m a bit eclectic. If I was going to look like anyone though it would be the classic Mrs Victoria Beckham. I love classic dressing and that woman has nailed the classic look to a T. If I ever won the lottery I would be buying her entire collection.
If you could shop with anyone, past or present, who would it be?
It would have to be one of the greats! Elizabeth Taylor always looked drop dead gorgeous, and she could give me some tips on how to control a room just by walking into it. Once we were BFF’s I’m sure some jewellery lending would have been on the cards as well…
What’s the best piece of career/blogging advice you’ve ever been given?
Perseverance. Perseverance. Perseverance. As the saying goes, nothing worth having comes easy. This is something my parents have reminded me again and again during my life and it always sticks with me in moments where things seem hard, whether than be professional or personal. I love the feeling seeing something that you have worked incredibly hard on come to fruition, there really is nothing like hard work.
What advice would you give to bloggers about developing a unique style and growing their reader-base?
Be yourself. Too many people these days are interested in being like ‘big’ bloggers, but you can’t, because they’re them and you’re you! Why would you want to be like someone else anyway? Everyone has something unique to offer the world of blogging and their readers. The best of way of growing your reader base and finding your style is to write what you’re passionate about and practice! I have quite a wry, sarcastic way go writing that doesn’t gel well wit everyone, but it’s me, and you can be damn sure you’ll get me on my blog! At the end of the day people want to connect with people, and they can only do that if you are writing as yourself, about things that you love and are passionate about.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Right now I’m just finishing off Uni so my life is pretty boring. I work on Uni projects from 6am to 12pm every day, then usually go for a run and do some yoga in the afternoon. Night times are spent playing with cookery books and attempting to whip up something delicious before settling down to blog and catch up on blogs and youtube videos for the day. Who needs tv when you have youtube huh…
Like Mallzee, you’re based in Scotland. What advice would you give to other Scottish bloggers about getting their blog out there, without the regular blogger events that London has to offer?
Network! Every Scottish blogger that I have met has been absolutely lovely, and you can guarantee that there will always be someone about to chat on Twitter. Just open up a conversation, in my experience 99% of the girls out there will be willing to engage with you.
What are your top tips on staying positive, regardless of setbacks with blogging?
Be nice to yourself. We all have setbacks in life, take a break, step back from your blog a bit, look for other sources of inspiration. At the end of the day if you have to force content then it won’t be good content.
What do you think of the new Mallzee app?
It’s really fun! I’m really lazy when it comes to fashion, so having something that points me in the right direction is always much appreciated!
Finally, we’ve all had ‘em…what is your biggest fashion disaster?
My entire teenage years…Those skirt/legging abominations of the 90s spring to mind as something particularly hideous though…