A few weeks ago, I met fashion and beauty blogger Valeria who I was following on social media. I’m a big fan of her blog and I remember that she was the first to comment on my ‘How to Style a Grey blazer’ post. When I heard that she was coming to Paris, I invited her out for coffee and took this opportunity to do a photoshoot together at Palais de Tokyo! It was one of the best blogger meetups I’ve ever had, because we got to talk about different topics such as what fashion and style means to us, the difference between them and how it helps to us to be more confident.
Who is your style icon?
It’s practically impossible for me to choose only one style icon, but I’ll break it down into 3 categories. I love Audrey Hepburn – I think she’s a classic icon that everybody somehow looks up to. In terms of street style and everyday inspiration, I tend to look to Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, Hailey Baldwin and Emma Watson. I also like to keep up todate with different bloggers that for me, have certainly become style icons and that I find incredibly inspiring: Aimee Song (Song of Style), Lizzy Hadfield (Shot From The Street) and Sonya Esman.
What is the one item you can’t live without?
Beauty-wise, I would probably have to say concealer, since at times, I get really self-conscious about my under eye circles and my skin. Fashion-wise, it would be without a doubt my black skinny jeans from Esprit. They are the first pair of black jeans that don’t fade after a few washes. Also, I love how comfortable and easy to combine they are – I think a pair of black jeans is a good staple that everybody should have in their wardrobe.
What is your signature look?
It really depends on my mood for the day. Those last couple of weeks, I tend to go for a pair of jeans, some black Chelsea boots, a cosy jumper and a coat to keep me warm.
I’m studying Fashion Journalism right now and would love to continue that path later on by maybe doing some freelance work for different newspapers and magazines. Of course it would be nice to call yourself editor-in-chief at some point, but I’m trying to take baby steps for now. As long as I can write about what I’m most passionate about, I consider it to be a dream job.
Who is your biggest role model?
My mum. I’ve written a whole blogpost about how I consider her to be the most admirable person ever, so I’ll have to go with her.
London – it has been my favourite city for over a decade now and I consider myself very lucky and am proud that I managed to move here and study my dream course.
Biggest pet peeve?
I feel like I have a few, and the more I think about it the more things come to mind. One of my biggest pet peeves though is without a doubt when people change their behaviour and opinion depending on who they’re surrounded by at that moment. Or even worse, people that have no personal opinion.
Best moment in 2017?
I’ve written a whole recap post about 2017 where I also talk about the fact that I had a really good year, so it’s hard for me to pick only one. I would probably say that moving away from home, starting a course that I wanted to study since I was 10 and living in my favourite city was probably one of my best moments.
What is your main goal for 2018?
I fixed myself 5 goals for this year. My main one would probably be to be more consistent with my blog and stick with my scheduling. So far, it has worked out pretty alright. I’ve been posting three times a week (every Monday, Thursday and Saturday) and sometimes even in between. It’s a lot of work, but I really enjoy creating as much content as possible and putting it out there.
What would you change about the fashion and beauty industry?
Fashion needs to become more diverse and accepting of different body shapes and models from different ethnical backgrounds. People like former Italian Vogue editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani have managed to bring awareness to this problem within the industry – Sozzani for her part, was the first-ever editor to release a magazine only with models that had a dark skin tone. The magazine sold out three times and is considered to be an iconic collectible up until this day. Nevertheless, I feel like we still have a long way to go until we’ll see size 8-models run the catwalk without being considered to be “plus-size” or “extraordinary”.
How would you define your style?
Short: a constant evolution. My style really changes depending on my mood of that day. I don’t like to tie myself down to one type only. Some days, I like to pretend that I’m a really cool, 90s kid; other days, I want to let my inner Blair from Gossip Girl out. Fashion is the easiest and best way to express yourself and your feelings in a visible way for everyone around you, so that’s what I like to do.