Although I’m mainly a beauty blogger, I have a big interest in style and fashion and love to read blogs about them! I’m really excited to be interviewing the author of one of my favourite style blogs (and friend!) – Liz from CharityChic. Liz has also interviewed me for her blog – check out that interview HERE. She has an amazing sense of style, and I wanted to know more about how she achieves it. But I’m not going to give anything away yet – let’s get on with the interview!
Hi Liz! Could you summarise in one or two sentences what your blog is about?
Charity Chic is all about how easy it is to not only save money but look totally awesome and individual at the same time. Anyone can rock the charity chic look no matter what size your waist or pay packet is. All the clothes I feature are items I bought predominantly from charity shops.
How did you choose the topic for your blog?
I have a flair for fashion and an individual sense of style which I definitely inherited from my Mum! I thoroughly enjoy digging around at charity shops, vintage fairs and flea markets. Friends and family kept pestering me to write about it so after a while I thought why not, since then I haven’t looked back!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I adore cooking! I never thought I’d say this but I much prefer staying in and entertaining friends than heading out to bars and clubs. Don’t get me wrong, I love hitting the dance floor at a club occasionally but nowadays I am much happier at home, dishing out some yummy homemade food. In the summer, my fiance and I love the outdoors – we spend most weekends at festivals or camping (pretending to be at a festival.) I also try to run 2 or 3 times a week – it’s a great stress buster. I am hoping to run the Virgin London Marathon next year!
That’s amazing, good luck! How often do you incorporate vintage and charity shop items into your everyday looks?
Nearly every day! People are always surprised when I tell them I am wearing something I bought in a charity shop. I think a lot of people have preconceived ideas about what charity shops are like, yes a lot of them smell but only a small minority. Even if I am not wearing an item of clothing bought second hand, I’ll wear a brooch, handbag or scarf. I have been buying from charity shops and vintage fairs for so long now that I have a massive collection of clothes and accessories. I try to make sure everything gets worn at least once every few months.
Your blog is fashion/style-related, but let’s talk beauty for a minute – what are your top 3 beauty products at the moment?
1. Max Factor Second Skin Foundation – it’s cheap & cheerful but it’s a brilliant light foundation which makes your skin look naturally beautiful
2. Bio Sculpture Gel – it’s an expensive habit but after years of biting my nails, it’s the only way to keep them in shape
3. Simple Radiance Brightening Moisturiser – people actually comment on how healthy my skin looks when I use it
What shaped your love of style and fashion?
My Mum! She is never afraid to express herself or worry about what someone else thinks. She used to poke around charity shops for hours when me and my sisters were little so I’ve inherited my obsession from her!
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I’m sure you can’t give too much away, but will there be any vintage items in your wedding outfit?
Thank you and yes, most definitely! My sister (and one of my bridesmaids) has already bought me a beautiful diamante bracelet from a vintage clothes shop in Bromsgrove, near my hometown, called Echo. She gave it to me on my birthday last year. It is just gorgeous. Every now and then I get it out, try it on and look at my wrist smiling I love it so much! Bless her, she knows me and what I like down to a T.
What are some of your favourite blogs to read?
Firstly Chyaz, who inspired me to start writing a blog in the first place. I always enjoy reading Freshly Pressed (on Wordpress) as it’s a brilliant way to read blogs you’d never normally stumble across.
Let’s talk music – what have you been listening to lately?
A very wide variety but The Prodigy are playing as I write this – I saw them at Glasto a few years ago – they were awesome!
Who is someone that really inspires you?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition politician. She is an immensely strong, intelligent, dedicated and beautiful woman.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their blogging journey?
Write about something you enjoy primarily but also that you do a lot of. That way your readers will sense your passion and you’ll always have lots to write about.
Thanks so much for your time Liz! I would highly recommend checking out CharityChic – it always inspires me to look further than just the high street for unique fashion finds and to be creative with style.