Hey Beauty Buddies…
Firstly, thanks to all who commented on yesterdays post ‘DIY Cute Snow Owl Christmas Decorations‘ both myself & Em’s had so much fun getting our sleeves rolled up on this little project. And how cute did they turn out right?! 😀 Also, first day of new job was a success – thanks so much for all your well wishes!! My new colleagues seem a fantastic bunch to work with. In fact I’m already feeling pretty settled in, which is a bit of a relief!
However onto today’s post as I have the gorgeous & incredibly talented Chane from Chane’s Collection joining me on the virtual sofa this morning to give us all a little peek behind the scenes of her super stylish (and very beautifully designed) lifestyle, fashion & beauty blog. If you’re not already a follower of her features then don’t forget to head over and say a huge hello… I’m pretty sure you’ll love it just as much as I do 🙂
Time to grab that cuppa & get settled as we take a peek Behind The Blog…
In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:
All things inspirational and fun.
What inspired you to start blogging?
Blogging has always been one of those things that I’ve wanted to do but I never really got round to doing it because of nerves. As an aspiring journalist, I wanted to discover a creative method which would enable me to share my daily thoughts and inspiration with others. Nearly a year on into my blogging journey, I have never felt more happier! All I do now is write, write, write!
Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?
My blog name is a portrayal of me. ‘Chane’s Collection’ is exactly that – it’s a collection of all things that inspire ME and hopefully, which will inspire others.
Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?
I suffer from Blogger’s Block at least 2-3 times a week. Blogging is always on my mind – I could be out shopping or having a cup of coffee and all of a sudden I’ll think, “What am I going to write about this week?” When this happens, I usually rummage through Pinterest in search of something that will inspire my next post. I also have a collection of other blogs that I read on a daily basis, Confetti & Curves included, that inspire my posts. It’s a working process.
What’s your favourite post to date?
My favourite post to date would have to be ’20 Things That Make Me Happy’ purely because it’s a portrayal of me as opposed to just being a blogger. I think it’s important for your readers to know who you really are as opposed to just being ‘the person who owns that blog’. It’s the only way you can make a real connection with your readers.
Read my ’20 Things That Make Me Happy’ post here:
Describe your everyday clothes style:
My every day clothing style is pretty basic. I like to feel comfortable so if I’m not wearing a pair of skinny jeans, you’ll probably find me in a pair of leggings and T-Shirt.
What are your current top 3 beauty items?
I am currently in love with Bare Mineral’s Lash Domination mascara. I hate wearing heavy eye-make up but at the same time I crave long lashes. This product gives you long lashes in less than three coats. I’m also loving John Frieda’s Go Blonder Haircare range as I find that it enhances my highlights. I pretty much love all of Dermalogica’s facial products too. It’s the only brand that keeps my skin spot free!
How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?
If I’ve had a really stressful day, I’ll run myself a hot bath in addition with a few bath bombs from LUSH. I literally chuck about one or two in my bath at a time. Besides, who wouldn’t want to sit in a pretty bath AND smell nice?
Describe your ideal Saturday night:
My ideal Saturday night would include a takeaway (Chinese of course) complete with either a selection of movies or watching the X Factor. You can’t beat Saturday night TV here in the UK.
What do you do to relax?
I often listen to serene music or watch a film in bed. I enjoy my own company…sometimes way too much. I’m not anti-social, I promise.
Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?
I bite my nails…way too much.
What’s your most cherished childhood memory?
My most cherished memory as a child was the day I first learnt how to ride a bike without stabilisers. I felt like a living God! Seriously.
What was your favourite school subject?
English has always been my favourite subject although I did hate the prospect of studying Shakespeare.
What’s your dream job?
Being a Journalist has always been a dream of mine. The thought of interviewing people from different backgrounds and cultures excites me. The prospect of actually writing for a magazine/newspaper and seeing my name in printed letters gives me heart palpitations. I can’t wait to have a career in Journalism!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to have graduated with a degree and hopefully launch myself into the workplace with a career in editorial and Journalism. I crave the journo lifestyle.
What top 5 things are on your bucket list?
Take a trip to New York.
Swim with dolphins.
Go skinny dipping (I like to experiment, people).
Take a trip to Paris and try a snail. I heard they taste like chicken.
Have a picnic in a deserted field somewhere complete with fairy lights, candles and a blanket large enough to fit a three course meal on. I think I watch too many movies.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement has to be passing my driving test. It took me four times…yes, really. However, now that I am driving, I have so much freedom. It’s a new chapter in my life which continues to excite me whenever I get behind the wheel!
Who inspires you?
My family, my Mom in particular. Whenever I’m feeling down, they are the only ones who keep me going.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
I know this is cringe-worthy, but one of my favourite quotes has to be from the movie, ‘A Cinderella Story’. It states, “Never let the fear of keep you from playing the game”. God, I live for that movie.
What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?
My biggest top would be to be YOU and be ORIGINAL. Every blogger is different, so you have to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Always look for ways to improve your blog whether it’s a simple case of changing your header or planning your posts in a more consistent way.
Every little helps, believe me. I recently wrote a post called ’10 Things Every New Blogger Needs to Know’ which features tips for writers who are new to the blogging world. You can find it here: https://chanescollection.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/10-things-every-new-blogger-needs-to-know/
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
Tea or Coffee = Coffee. It wins every time.
Coke or Pepsi = Coke. Pepsi isn’t for me.
Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised. I think I have OCD considering how clean my room is. Not a dust ball in sight.
Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Puppies! Who doesn’t love puppies?
Night In or Night Out = I’m a night in kind of gal. All you need is comfort food, a million blankets and a Netflix account. That way, you’re pretty much sorted.
Heels or Flats = I’ll be honest with you all, I am an EMBARRASMENT when it comes to wearing heels. I live for flats.
Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick…but only if it’s matte!
Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop princess…minus the crown.
Paperback or E-book = Paperbacks are so much better! I like to actually hold the book in my hands as opposed to reading it off a digital device. It enhances your reading experience as a whole.
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Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves 🙂