Interviews with Big Bloggers
Interview with Girl Next Door Fashion Blogger Charlotte Crowley
Today I’m so excited to share this fantastic interview with Charlotte of Girl Next Door Fashion. I never read fashion blogs (because let’s face it, I spend most of my time in flannel and sweats… which is weird, because we’re moving this week and I have about 6 enormous boxes of clothes to go through – how does that even work?!), but when I go to hers I can’t stop scrolling.
Charlotte, a UK blogger, is confident, loves clothes AND food (something we both share that makes her a real fashion icon in my book!) and has a thriving, full life yet is always impeccably dressed. She’s a beautiful person, inside and out, and she deserves every ounce (and more) of the massive success that her blog has had.
1. How did you get started blogging? What are your aspirations for your blog and web presence?
I’ve always loved writing and the online community. I used to be active on music forum and then I started making my own websites, then I moved onto LiveJournal (cringe!). In 2009 I discovered style blogs and after finding out a girl I knew had a blog, I just thought, why not? I’ve been running my blog for two and a half years now. It’s hard work, but so worth it.
My aspirations for my blog are just that it continues to grow. Of course, blogging full-time would be amazing but I don’t see myself being able to do that any time soon. I’d love to have more of a presence in the blogging world- being featured in a magazine would be amazing!
2. I absolutely adore your sense of style. How would you describe it? Can you give us some links to a few of your favorite recent outfits??
Ooh that’s tricky! I think my style has changed a lot lately and is continuing to evolve, which is really exciting. I think my style is kinda pretty and put-together. But also a little whimsical and fun. I don’t like to take my clothes too seriously, I think getting dressed in the morning should be as exciting as dressing up as a kid. I love getting excited about new outfits and putting together new ensembles. I also like to think my style is pretty wearable and accessible- I am such a high street girl. My style used to be kinda cutesy and very girly- very much knee-socks and dresses and cardigans- but now I’m getting towards the end of my degree I feel my style… maturing? Is that the right way to put it? I’m favouring button-ups, blazers, jeans and simplicity. I guess when your life is complicated and stressful- which it definitely is at the moment while I finish my degree!- you like your style to be easy and uncomplicated.
Here are some of my favourite recent outfits (I’m a sucker for pastels!)
3. I see in your About Me section that you like Mexican food. I LOVE Mexican food! Just curious, what’s your favorite thing to order at a Mexican restaurant?
Mexican food is the best! I love a big fat veggie burrito, nachos and anything with shrimp!
4. As someone who wears flannel most of the time and looks like hell in 99% of photographs, do you have any advice for how I could better pose for photos to look less like a moron? You’re always adorable in your photographs!
Oh really? Thank you! I worry that I have about 3 poses! I take the majority of my own photographs, and I try to do them in quiet places or at home, so I think the key is to try to relax and find the poses that work for you. I actually take better pictures when someone else does them for me because I feel less self-conscious than when I’m standing there with a remote and a tripod like a moron! And take a LOT of pictures! I take about 40-50 (and sometimes more!) to get down to 10 pictures for my blog.
5. Ok, back to blogging! How have you grown your blog and expanded your readership?
I spend a lot of time on my blog- posting posts on twitter and Facebook, submitting to sites like Chictopia and Lookbook, communicating with other bloggers and companies and doing my best to interact with my readers. I think blogging is difficult because there’s always another blogger with has 1000 more followers than you but I try not to let it get to me.
I think it’s important to be yourself and focus on what you want from your blog and people will come. I blog about what I would want to read, and I sometimes go and read my blog as if I’m coming to it for the first time. I think it’s important to like what you do. Finally, communication is really important. Read and comment on other bloggers, use twitter, email your favourite bloggers. Get yourself and your blog out there!
6. Since you’re a fashion blogger do people send you free clothes? Inquiring minds want to know!
I am very lucky to have worked with some fantastic companies, and yes, I do get sent free clothes. It’s a great part of blogging, but I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all. Don’t just blog for the free stuff, haha!
7. Who are your fashion icons??
8. Ok, now I really need to stay on topic. What advice do you have to a newbie blogger? What do you wish you could go back and tell yourself at the beginning of your blogging journey?
Ooh what a great question! As I’ve said before, be true to yourself. The thing I love most about blogging is that every blog is different because every person is different. Some people like to share everything, good and bad (that’s me!), others only share the good stuff and keep their blog a positive space, and some blogs are just pictures. My favourite blogs are the ones where I really feel like I know the person!
I would also say don’t worry about success or free clothes or whatever. Blog because you enjoy it, not because you want to be the next Susie Bubble. And from a personal point of view, make friends with your camera. Since getting my DSLR (I use a Canon D550) the quality of my blog has really improved. What would I tell my old self? I guess keep going. Keep plugging away. For the first year of my blog I probably only got one or two comments on a post, but I kept going and I still love it.
I don’t know if I thought my blog would take me this far, but I love having a lasting memory of my life over the last two and a half years. I blogged through my entire year abroad, through relationships, through breakups, through family bereavements. My blog has always been there for me and I can’t imagine life without it. If you’re not sure about starting a blog, just give it a try. You never know where it might take you.