The Random Answers

26 March 2011

giveaway winner

You might remember that I held a giveaway a while ago, received over 50 questions and have been trying to answer them ever since! I think I underestimated how hard it would be to pick a winner and what exact criteria I would use.  It's really hard to explain, but I had to pick the question I instantly connected with (and that even inspired a blog post).  There is so much inspiration all over the Internet, but how can you not get overwhelmed by it and make it work for you?  Behold, the winning question and answer...

Floral skirts and tea parties asked: When you save inspiration pics and post on tumblr, do you end up transferring this into your daily/real life outfits? I get really guilty of trawling through endless blogs thinking oh that's a great look, I should try something like that but never do if I feel I have nothing similar in my wardrobe.

Through blogging I've learnt that I have an appreciation of various different styles that don't seem to have any particular sort of theme or common look. Each image is so different and so attached to a personality, that it would be impossible to replicate in the exact same way.  Sometimes I attempt to channel a look I might have spied on the internet, but no matter what I do, it'll never be a direct copy.  This is a good thing! I think that style is inherently individual and can never really be lost, I may try attempt something minimal a la Dead Fleurette but will always end up putting my own spin on it with crazy tights and too many necklaces.  I think the thing to take from these looks is the mood and the feeling, and not to recreate it entirely, but to see whatever you already own in a new light.   I love  finding new ways to project my personality.  If you see someone wearing a denim dress, brogues and hat and you don't own any of these pieces, maybe combine a denim dress with a skirt or find a blue dress that is a similar colour and pair it with your favourite shoes.  It's all about playing with the key elements of a look and making it work for you.

Congratulations Floral Skirts and Tea Parties, I will be e-mailing you shortly.  Now for the rest of the questions, it's a bit of an epic read!  Probably best to make a cup of tea...

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The things I've worn at ages 15, 17 and 19, mainly Punkyfish, pedalpushers and even pink!   There were no fashion blogs to guide me back then so I pretty much had to make mistakes and figure out things myself!

Edel asked: I know style influences can rapidly change with the seasons but do you have something that continually inspires you?
I think my need to try new things and experiment inspires me.  Even though the clothes I like might change, I always like to try and take risks and step out of my comfort zone.  Some great examples are Alexa Chung, Chloe Sevigny and Susie Bubble, they don't always play it safe and go with what is expected of them.  I hope to carry this theme throughout my whole life.

Alex asked: Was there ever a time in your life where you supressed your fashion sense or felt self concious about your style? Or did you always express yourself through clothing?
I'm not totally sure if I ever suppressed my fashion sense, I guess when I was younger and I was still on pocket money, there wasn't really a Primark where I could buy a new outfit on a whim.  When I went through the obligatory 'grunge/skater' phase (though I never actually skated) I guess that was a way of expressing that I wanted to seen as different and alternative and have something to stand up for and defend.  I take any feelings of self consciousness as a learning experience, and try and wear things differently the next time.

Jessica asked: If you were to go to a desert Island what three fashion items would you take with you?
I'd definitely take this Asos spot bikini that would miraculously appear in my size.  I'd also take my knitting needles so I'm forced to finally finish my cardigan and a magazine like Self Service to work my way through.

Voni asked: How would you define 'vintage' clothing? Does it have to be from a particular era etc to be considered vintage?  Have high street moguls sort of re-branded old clothes as 'vintage' and therefore cashed in on the recent cultural phenomenon of recycling, eco-fashion, and second-hand clothing made 'trendy' by the likes of bloggers, celebrities and looking to street style over the catwalk?
I guess that I am probably one of the culprits that assumes anything 90's backward is 'vintage'.  To me vintage is a term I've attached to desirable items such as floral prom dresses, crazy fairisle jumpers and brown leather bags.  It's a feeling of nostalgia, looking back at decades gone by and making it relevant for this new era. I guess brands are selling that sort of feeling to people of something that is authentic, one-off and not mass produced.  If you wear it you are seen as alternative, thoughtful and as a true individual.  Whether the origin of such clothes can stand up to the textbook definition is a mystery, as I often see items I recognise as 5-year-old H&M sold as 'vintage' on various websites.  I guess stores have realised people want to buy into this trend and are doing whatever they can to promote such items, as they evoke such feelings in people.  This post is also a good read.

Laura asked: From a fashion perspective, if you could time travel backwards and write a blog during any period of history, (computers were SO invented) what era would it be and why?
The 1960s were an intense period of fashion and social change so it would have been interesting to blog then.  I probably would've been a massive Biba and Mary Quant fan and have some epic hauls of paper dresses and miniskirts.  I would never throw anything away so that my future (grand)children could blog about them too!

Melani asked: If you could choose a designer with whom you could work, who would you pick and why?
Probably Missoni.  After seeing their exhibition I became fascinated with all the machines, colours and pattern calculations.  Proenza Schouler and Rag and Bone would be my second and third choices.

Southerners from the North asked:  What inspired you to start blogging and what is your favourite fashion store?
I can never seem to answer a question with one answer, so my favourite fashion stores would have to be Topshop and Asos.  This is where I seem to buy most of my items due to various forms of discount and I just know I'm going to find trends represented there in some way. The answer to the blogging question will be further down.

Maria asked: If you could only wear one colour (excluding black and white) for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? This is head to toe, from hats to socks ;)
I might be boring and say grey!  I love how different shades look together or separately and the contrast of lighter shades against my skin. A a lot of my jewellery is metallic and could technically be classed as grey, so would jazz up the look a bit.

Danielle asked: During your life have you ever felt oppressed or unable to express yourself through your individual fashion sense and was there a specific moment or gradual time scale where your fashion really started to take form and your fashonista came out? Why?
I only really felt 'oppressed' when I had to wear a boring uniform for my first retail job (in Primark of all places) but tried to get my point across by wearing my cowboy boots under my black trousers!  I think my style started to evolve around the age of 16, where I swiftly left the 'grunge phase' and the friends that went along with it, and realised that skirts were not the enemy.  Even though  I shudder when I look back at photos, it was an important time for me as I started to play around with colours and embrace my figure more.  Starting my Art Foundation opened up a whole new creative world of dress and I gradually started wearing jeans less and slightly more vintage.  When I started working at Topshop all hell broke loose and I was trying every trend I could get my hand on!  I'm only truly happy with the style that has emerged in the past year or so, though each of these phases of dress were worthwhile and I don't regret anything.

Sara-Louise asked: British Fashion is incredibly diverse. And i think you are an amazing example of this - who are your British inspirations from past/present. They don't even have to be famous - just whose style do you admire?
I think I've always admired people who don't play by the rules and end up creating something new.  My style icons are a bit of a mixed bag, it could be someone you see on the bus or my Mum in a photo from way back when in a silver dress she made herself.  At the moment I'm most likely to look to blogs for style inspiration, but I love the fact that Helena Bonham Carter just does her own thing, gets slated on the red carpet but carries on expressing herself regardless.  I think certain celebrities can have a great style concept, even though I wouldn't wear their looks myself.

S.Smith asked: What fashion rules are made to be broken? What are your most unexpected items that work?
I think mixing patterns and unexpected colours is always fun.  I love mixing my skirt from the Angels Sale (covered in fruits and all kinds of randomness) with pretty much every colour, texture and shape I can get my hands on.  Sometimes it works well and sometimes not so much, but I think it's enough to have the confidence that somehow makes these items work.

Lucy asked: What is your favourite trend/ fashion statement and how would you make it achievable for anyone and everyone?
Unexpected tights!  I have so many different colours and patterns and I would encourage people to dip their toe into the trend by starting off with a polka dot or vertical stripe pattern.  Colourwise, some great variations from the usual black are burgundy, dark green and navy.  Layer sheer styles over solid colour and wear them with everything, leather shorts, floral dresses and oversized silk shirts.

Bee asked: If you had to pick one outfit to wear FOREVER! What would it be?
Aaaaargh very tricky, it would have to include multiple layers of some sort!  I think I'd have to go for my Barbour-esque jacket, cream cardigan, mustard silk shirt, leather shorts, grey tights and Doc Martens.

Rachel asked: Where's your favourite place for vintage shopping in London? 
I think that most vintage shops have become a bit overpriced so I'm a definite charity shop fan when I'm in that sort of mood.  I mentioned Trinity Hospice in the Guardian article and even though I've only been a few times, I've always managed to pick something up.  I'm also a fan of my local St Christopher's Hospice and British Red Cross shops as the prices seem to be reasonable for what the items are.

Kelly asked:   Do you think we are influenced to much by what celebrities wear; just because they wear it does it mean we should?
I think there is a certain type of person that is influenced by what celebrities wear and wants to align themselves with those they perceive as successful.  I think it's important to have a balance and to seek out things that you truly love, rather than to create an illusion of being a certain way through the latest designer handbag.

Amanda asked: Do you consider ethics of something before you suggest it?  For example wearing fur or sweat shop production clothes?
I'm sorry to say that ethics don't really factor into most purchasing decisions.  It's hard to really know how an item has been made as various bits can get sub-contracted and sent to other factories, plus companies buy items (such as knitwear) from various middlemen.  Most shops will use factories of some sort and many can end up manufacturing multiple brands, so it can be really hard to regulate.  I know it's not really helping the situation by buying High Street clothing and going along with the mark ups they make but I feel somewhat powerless and priced out of the more ethically aware brands.   I  wish that stores would take less of a cut and pay the factories more as I believe this is what is putting the whole thing off kilter.  I'm sure that even some mid-range and designer brands are not the most ethical and it's so hard to really know the full story without seeing the factories for yourself.  I try to buy a lot of vintage and to really consider a high street purchase before I buy it.  With regards to fur, I'm happy with fake but wouldn't object to a vintage number.

Iris asked: I can tell you like wearing prints. If you could only be wearing one kind of print, what would it be? For example graphic, or music inspired?
You can't go wrong with a stripe.  They can look very different depending on thickness, number of colours and placement and I would have hours of fun putting different styles together.

Morgan Bethany asked: If you could collaborate with any designer who would it be and why? What would you make?
I would probably collaborate with House of Holland and design some tights!  If you didn't know already, I'm a massive fan of patterned legwear and would love to try a few of my ideas out, maybe some random animals or types of fruit?

Ria asked: I was wondering, if you could knit something that would represent New York and London what would it be?  What colours?  Would it be a piece of clothing or accessory?  Who would be the designer that you'd trust these designs with?  And why?  And which celeb would you have as the 'face' of each creation?
What a tricky question!  Without having the time to develop a fully-fledged concept, I think I'd have to go for a simple jumper with an 'I love New York/London' intarsia on the chest.  I think the London jumper would be grey with red writing and the New York jumper cream with black writing, but I'd probably hand it over to Elizabeth Lau to develop properly as she is great at creating quirky pieces!   I would attempt to get Chloe Sevigny and Alexa Chung to wear them, but it'd be quite interesting if they each wore the 'opposite' city.

Rose asked: How do you find the perfect piece of knitwear? What is the way to determine a great quality of knitwear?
I always look at the yarn content, and try to buy items that contain natural fibres like wool, cotton, linen or even silk (not that I have much of the latter).   If the design of the item is fantastic, I might be swayed by viscose (and even acrylic in rare cases) but the content of the item is really important to me so most things I own are cotton or wool mixes.  I tend to buy a lot of vintage knitwear, so look for well made items without too many holes and a nice feel (no static please).  On the high street I look for unusual stitches, quirky buttons and looser shapes.  I think Uniqlo provides some great basic cardigans but it's worth even considering all sorts of unexpected places.  It's always worth looking in the men's department too.

Behind the scenes of one of my outfit photos, plus all the extra stuff I crop out, sofas, coats and self-timer fails!


Susan asked: How do you post each day or regularly? I always forget to post or am too busy; any tips and tricks?
Well I definitely don't post everyday!  I think it's important to fit blogging into your existing schedule and not it make the rest of your life suffer.  If I ever get any ideas for a post, I jot it down or start writing a draft so I can work on it later on but I know that not everyone works in this way and some people can write a lot faster.  I also try and take regular outfit and general photos wherever I go so that they can be worked into more regular posts.  I read quite a few blogs and always try and stay up to date with things, as you never know where an idea will come from.  Give yourself a realistic amount of posts, whether it's 2 or 5 each week and try and vary your content and relate it loosely to what is going on in your life.  I really like how Jen posts outfits most days but works the pictures around a different theme or an issue, but it's important to find a way of blogging that works for you.  I think people will ultimately understand if you're too busy to post, but sometimes even a photo and a few lines of text expressing your situation can make a difference.  If you're stuck on something, a post can turn a negative situation into a positive one and the blogging community can be a great help.

Rachel asked: Can you see yourself blogging forever, or have you not really thought about it? Is there a certain cut off point that you've already considered, or would getting a certain job make you want to, or feel you needed to stop? Or would you want to make sure your job means you can keep on blogging?
I was discussing something similar to this with friends recently, about how most of our adult lives will be on Facebook for future generations to see.   Even looking back on my posts now, I've found it quite useful to work out what I was thinking at a particular time and to see how my style might have changed.  I would like to continue blogging for the forseeable future, but if something major were to happen that might change my outlook on life, then I might be swayed.  I'm hoping to work in a career where I'm still able to blog under the understanding that I would never reveal any company details or let it affect my work.

Dreams that Glitter asked: I'd love to know how you go about setting up for your OOTDs, what tripod, camera etc etc you use. A sort of technical element of the OOTDs.
Well taking my outfit photos indoors normally involves me moving the sofa and setting the tripod up in front of my knitting machine.  My camera is a Canon Powershot SD960 and the  tripod was the cheapest I could find in New York, though I know Amazon has a few versions.  I adjust it so it's about 2/3 of my height and normally face it straight on.  I then set my camera to self-timer with 10 shots and 7 seconds in between.  I typically will do about 5-10 batches of photos depending on what I'm wearing and trying to figure out the best pose (and face)!  I then adjust the tripod to take detail shots, whether it be jewellery, shoes or nails.  My camera is a Canon point and shoot and it's pretty easy to use; I normally adjust the white balance as my living room is very dark but outside the pictures are a lot better.  I do get shy when other people take my photos but it can be nice to have someone to react to.  I then edit the pictures using Photoshop, adding and adjusting layers of Curves, Saturation and Auto Levels before flattening, sharpening and resizing the image.

Paige asked: Who/what was your inspiration to blog and why?
There wasn't any main inspiration as such, just the need to share my thoughts about fashion and point of view.  The first few blogs I started reading were probably Style Bubble and Flying Saucer, and I saw so many different approaches that I thought I might as well give it go!  I've always been a major internet geek with websites and various online presences so this was just the natural progression.

Clare asked: How and why did you start blogging? Do you feel that your blog has evolved with your life?
Reading back through my old posts is like a bit of a journey, as when I started blogging I was in the second year of my degree and just starting to discover this alternate fashion universe online.  I'd done a few internships and was trying to piece together my knowledge of the vast fashion network that exists.  Now I've completed placements in London and New York, attended two world fashion weeks and met so many amazing people involved with fashion and various other industries.  I will be graduating in a few months and trying to figure out the next stage of my life and I feel that my blog has cemented what I love within fashion and evolved into some sort of imaginary child that I must protect and nurture!  The 'how' is simple, I stuck to Blogger for it's ease and instant feel of community.

Ellie Lee asked: With so many popular fashion bloggers around; and with an increasing number of them doing collaborations with fashion giants and magazines, blogging has never been that lucrative! What do you think are the impacts they would have on someone who is just starting to blog and what do you think of awards/recognitions that always seems to go to the same "veterans" in fashion blogging?
I guess after seeing what can be achieved through blogging, you might think that a certain level of fame needs to be reached to have success and then end up disheartened when things don't exactly go to plan.  There isn't really a formula for why certain blogs become successful.  It really needs to be looked at in it's simplest form, an online journal to document your thoughts and fashion inspirations.  You can't really think about the possible outcomes, you just have to do it and express your personality and point of view.  It's a useful and secure way of organising things and an easy way to show what you're about to friends, family and even prospective employers.  I found (but didn't favourite) an interesting article about the rise of such blogging veterans and I believe some are very deserving of their success.  However there is so much amazing blogging talent going unnoticed because companies can tend to focus on the same people, going against their very democratic nature.  I hope to see the net widened as there's a risk that only the most 'model-esque' and affluent bloggers will be the ones in the public eye and it could potentially put off people who don't fit into that ideal. 

Kate asked:  You seem to have had a lot of success with your blog. Ideally, where would you like your blog to go? Or is it at a perfect place right now?
Thanks!  I guess it depends on how you determine success? I'm happy to have reached the stage where I get engaged comments and have made some awesome friends.  I guess the blog just runs alongside the journey of my life (soppy I know) so as I'm not entirely sure what is going on with my life, I can't really be sure what I want from this blog.  I just want to keep it a true representation of what I'm loving in fashion, art and even architecture and to see how my style changes as the years fly by.

Catriona asked: My question is, given that blogging and shopping are such big parts of your life, if push came to shove, which would you give up if you had to? You can shop but never blog - or read anyone else's blogs (let's go further, you're not even allowed to read fashion mags or anything) OR you can still immerse yourself in this creative, inspirational world, but with no additions to your wardrobe.
Ooooh tricky!  Well going by the state of my wardrobe, I think I could give it up and rework the pieces that I have.  I have random fabric under my bed and plenty of yarn that can be used, so I think that making stuff myself could get around this slightly.  I'd also partake in lots of clothes borrowing and become the annoying blogger begging to borrow clothes all the time!

Charlene asked: How do you get to go to all the lovely events that you do?  Do you go to them alone? Do you get nervous meeting people in real life that you already know from blogging?
I just get e-mails from PR people that have found my blog.  I think there are few social media databases that I am a part of and because I'm normally London based, I think that shows up in search engines when people are looking for certain kinds of bloggers.   I normally bring a guest if I can, whether it's a fellow blogger or an understanding friend.   I actually went to my first event alone as my friend was running late and it was slightly daunting to enter a room with familiar looking strangers, but I just marched up to Reena and Ozzy like I knew them and a friendship was born.  I think now it's perhaps easier to turn up at these things alone, as you're bound to see someone that you recognise and might have interacted with on Twitter.  I guess slight nerves are inevitable but you just have to remember that bloggers are just normal people, albeit wonderfully dressed!  I have sometimes experienced some nerves but once you get talking, they just become like anyone else that you happen to encounter.

Gemma asked:  If you had to pick between fashion and blogging which would you pick and why? 
I guess the two go hand in hand for me at the moment, so I couldn't pick!

Eloise asked: When you first started blogging, which bloggers/writers at that time were your inspiration?
I think I first learned of Fashion Blogs through a Teen Vogue article so my initial reads were Style Bubble, Flying Saucer and Fashion Robot.  I knew I wanted to have a lot of text in a sort of chatty style rather than artfully posed pictures so I looked at blogs that were doing this sort of thing.  It's really important to be yourself when blogging and to work out the way your writing style works best.  I know my posts can end up being really long, but I try and make them easy to read and have lots of pictures to break up the text. 

Rachel asked: How did you think about the design for your blog? It's so clean, but colourful, and who did the illustrations! What did you think was important to include?
I wanted to develop my layout just over a year ago and include some of my own illustrations of my favourite things.  I took slight inspiration from The Cherry Blossom Girl, but knew that including my own drawings would give it a unique spin.  I've included the wooden bracelet and mismatched earrings I always wear, plus my beloved cupcakes, knitting needles and yellow taxis (to remember my New York experience) but I also want to update it with things that come and go in my life.

I need to go back to Jamaica asap, a little help?
Charlotte asked: What was your favourite part about living in New York and how do you think your time there has influenced you?
I think that living independently in another country brought about a wealth of experiences; it may not seem like a different culture but there were quite a few things to get used to, even the way things were spelt!  I got lost, got food poisoning and probably encountered SAD within the first week, but I didn't let it put me off.  I'm glad I survived the long working hours and didn't get too homesick (I didn't see my immediate family for over 6 months but Skyped a lot).  The time there taught me to make the effort with people, persevere and not to just stick to your comfort zones.  

Emma asked: If you could (without having to think about money or anything), would you go back to New York, or would you visit somewhere else instead?
If we're talking holiday-wise, then no.  I'd probably take a trip East and go back to Hong Kong, visit Thailand, Vietnam and Japan before heading to Australia.  It's a corner of the earth I haven't really discovered yet.  I'd also like to go to Morocco, Turkey and Greece, so I don't ask for much!

Caz asked: If you could move 5 things from New York to where you live what would they be?

Crumbs - I think the U.K needs a nationwide cupcake brand and Crumbs often do themes for certain events, imagine a Royal Wedding Cupcake!
The Subway System - After paying the equivalent of £60 for a one month all zones travelcard for New York City, I've realised we are being ridiculously ripped off in London.  The Subway also runs 24 hours which would solve a lot of my problems getting home and allow for more spontaneity.
Beacon's Closet - I think a system where you can trade clothes for money would work well in the UK.  I know that we already have nearly new agencies but they're not really marketed (or appealing) to the younger consumer.
Metalliferous - I loved being surrounded by endless necklace making possibilities but my indecisiveness meant I didn't bring too much chainage home with me.  I would love for there to be a contemporary one stop shop for jewellery making.
Yaktori Taisho/Oh Tashio! - This is one of my favourite places to eat in NYC; no frills dining but really tasty and reasonably priced Japanese food.

A Thrifty Mrs asked: What do you see as the main differences in style between London and New York and why do you think that is? 
I don't really want to generalise as there are always exceptions to the rule, but I might just have to jump on the 'London is more eccentric' bandwagon.  People in New York can be very well put together and chic but I think that London just takes things that step further.  There are a few similarities though and I think the rise of blogs and countless ex-pats is helping.

Nadine asked: Would you like to live in NYC one day? Its a dream of mine to live in America but I'm always worried about the downfalls like no NHS, how about you?
Definitely!  Of course there are differences to the way things are done here (random taxes added at checkout, confusing tipping system, paying for healthcare) but I think it all evens out somehow. I felt as if I could go anywhere, eat anything and do the most random things.  I would definitely move back for a few years, but I think I'm a London girl at heart.

Wasn't sure how to get this across, so just took a picture of my Alphabet tote bag.  I rarely buy such things but I'm a sucker for anything with my initial!
Twannywun asked: If you could create a new cupcake flavour, what would you choose and why?
White chocolate would probably contain more calories than a roast dinner but it'd be wonderful if done well!

Becky asked: Who or what has inspired you the most? In terms of fashion or life in general?
Is it cheesy to say Oprah?  She is a bit of a powerhouse with her own TV network and is probably worth about the same as a small country but it's great how she's broken down so many boundaries.

Chelsea asked: Do you feel like a minority because the majority of fashion bloggers are white? How does it affect your blogging, if it even does at all?
Ultimately, it never really crosses my mind when I'm blogging as I would never let my race hold me back from anything in life.  I never let myself be seen as 'different' and I would never automatically assume that anything negative occurred because of it, although this could well be the case.  The thing I like about blogging is that it showcases many things that the magazines choose to overlook and breaks down any pre-conceptions and stereotypes that people might have about race.  We're all individuals really and fashion blogging is largely an accepting world.  You are only really categorised by what you blog about and skin colour doesn't really come into it.  I'm glad that blogs can also showcase different forms of beauty and in turn help others feeling insecure about their features.  I would encourage anyone that felt under-represented in this world to start writing or at least posting about their inspirations.

Winnie asked: What is your favourite memory EVER. One that never fails to put a smile on your face and makes you feel all content and happy?
I think it would have to be passing my driving test.  The intense moment of relief I felt was second to none (after failing the previous three tests and spending £££s) and I think I ended up crying!

Veronika asked: If you can change for one day to some other person from present, past or future, who would it be?

Maybe Anna Wintour?  It would be interesting to see how people responded to you with that much status and power.  This is a really hard question and the one that took me the longest to answer; it's the kind that you'd have an answer prepared for in your head but my brain has failed me!  I would most like to swap with the people whose lives are different to mine and in another location.

Hannah asked: You're stranded on a desert island with only your favourite Valentino scarf, a packet of wine gums, £1.30 and some buttons. What are you wearing and what will you do?
Eat the wine gums, pop the scarf on my head and arrange the buttons and coins into some sort of pattern on the sand.  I am wearing my lace maxi dress over a black swimming costume.

Filipa asked: If you were to write a book, what would it be about and what would the title be?

It would probably be a continuation of the story I started writing when I was about 14, 'Mizzy's Diary.'  It was written in the style of 'Angus Thongs...' and I had each chapter planned, plus a sequel, but I never ended up finishing it.  The subject matter was pretty bog standard really, about a teenage girl and her very different friends and experiences.  It would be nice to revisit it someday.

Bibi asked: If you could have one piece of art, what would you choose (person it's by too ) + your reasoning

Probably something by Jackson Pollock or Cecily Brown.  I love 'messy' art and a strong mix of colours and any of their pieces would totally transform a blank wall.

Alison asked: If you had a boat, what would you name it and why?

I would probably name it 'The Pam' as I love that Friends episode!

Sassy asked: What's the one thing in your life that changed you?
It's hard to really pinpoint one thing that has changed me, ultimately I like to think I stay the same in essence, but somehow refine certain qualities about myself.  The main things would probably be working at Topshop, going to University, starting this blog and moving to New York for 6 months.  They've all helped contribute to the person I am today.

Fiona asked: Marry me? Seriously.
You'll have to wait Fi, I am focusing on my career and cannot be tied down!

Lottie asked: If you were an odd pink sock in a draw... where would your other half be?
New York!  Then I'd have no excuse not to return.

Lo-Lo asked: I love the Layla Graffiti topcoat, because it's so effective and takes seconds to apply. What's your recommendation for a high impact nail art technique or product that is a bit of a 'cheat'?
I don't really know of any others apart from Barry M Nail effects (which sounds similar) but I'm looking forward to seeing the new Wah Nails Models Own collection when it comes out.  I have my eye on the white and purple colours.  I wish they could somehow create a version that could make instant leopard print or polka dots but I don't know if that's even possible!

And there you have it, the answers.  If you've made it to the end of this post let me know in the comments and any thoughts on how I've responded.  I probably won't be doing such an epic FAQ for a while, but it's certainly been fun and made me think, so thanks to everyone that entered! 

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  1. This was so fab to read, it's so interesting to see your answers :) And I should have excluded grey :P Great question from Floral skirts and tea parties though :)

    Maria xxx

  2. I'm a new follower of your blog and enjoyed reading this and learning more about you. Looking forward to your future posts.

  3. I got to the end yay!! Great post, its nice to see a blogger answering questions that aren't just the normal who is your fav designer/piece of clothing ones and reading in depth responses is great too. I think its really interesting that you said working at topshop was something that changed you, they're a brand I'd love to work for, but I never considered working in that environment would have such a big impact on someone. Also, love "The Pam", haha!! xxx

  4. Wow, you got some great questions! It's bee fascinating reading your answers!

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