Our first Blog Cat Awards was really successful; in may I nominated a few of our very first followers and you amazing readers voted for your favourite blog. It was a tough vote, as we have some super talented bloggers following us, but the winner with a whopping third of all the votes was Nia from Nia Fashionista.
Her blog looks super professional, you can tell she's passionate about it as soon as you hit her site, and she's got a true sense of style; shes no imitator. Her prize was some advertising, and we got to interview her, which was a little prize for ourselves really! When I read Nia's responses to the questions I sent her, I found her to be super inspiring, and she talks about some valuable lessons in originality we all need to learn as Bloggers. I'm really lucky, cause being able to share this interview with you guys is an absolute treat.
How and why did you become a blogger?
I started blogging because I mainly wanted a way to keep track of all the pictures that I took from traveling and from the events that I attended right before I left to study abroad in London. I never got into scrap booking so I figured it could almost serve like my own personal online scrapbook or memory book because I knew that some of the things that I was doing and places I was traveling were events that I wanted to keep documented forever.
My personal style is very eclectic and based on my mood that day, essentially. I mix everything from minimal, sleek neutral-colored pieces to bright colored color-blocked outfits comprised of clothes from New York to London. It just depends on where I am going and how I am feeling.Overall, I'd say it is sophisticated but quirky and I always try to incorporate unique pieces into my outfit.
Do you see yourself blogging in the future, or has it inspired you to do other things in a similar industry?
I will probably continue blogging for fun, as that is why I started and it is why I do it now. With my upcoming full-time job I do not know how much I will be able to time-wise but I definitely plan to continue.
If money wasn't a factor, what one item would you have to add to your wardrobe?
A fitted YSL "Le Smoking" Tuxedo Suit.
My advice to new bloggers would be to follow your own style and blog about what they are passionate about. Don't try to mold your blog or content based off of what's popular because people can read through copy-cats and phonies. Stay true to your original blog ideas because that is what you know and will write about best.
Is there ever anything you wish you had done differently when starting your blog?
I wish that I had maintained consistency when I first started my blog. I began on blogger last year as a way to document my study abroad trip but after only a few posts I fell off of the blog scene because I didn't take time to craft my blog and understand all of the blogger tools. Then, last October I decided to start it back up and realized that I had missed out on a lot of great content I could have blogged about.
So here is the moral; if you're going to blog, it's ok to be inspired by the big players like StyleBubble, Sea of Shoes, LLYMLRS etc. but don't fall into the trap of copying them; they got to where they are today because they were the first people to use that format of blogging! So be creative, think of some exciting places to shoot your OOTD posts, review items you've never seen reviewed before, and try something different! You never know where it will get you.
Also, can we say, we're super sorry for the lack of posts lately; we've been prepping to go to TOWIB! Is anyone else attending this year? It's going to be my first time there and I've been kindly adopted by Bex from Futures, Lisahh-Jayne and Louise from Inspire Magazine. Check out their amazing blogs if you get a chance! I'm really hoping they'll teach me a thing or two about blogging!