• How to Become a Fashion Blogger - Interview with Lorna Burford

    How to Become a Successful Fashion Blogger

     

    What are some helpful tips you might have for up and coming bloggers on How to Become a Fashion Blogger?

     

    I've actually written two posts about this on my blog, you can see one about Tips to become a successful fashion blogger on The Fashion Supernova.
    But the main thing is to be unique and true to yourself. There's no point in developing an alter ego for your blog, it's just not authentic and it shows. You also need to think about having a clean, effective layout that's easy to use and pretty to the eyes too. My main thing is uniqueness though, don't copy others and make sure all your content is your own. You must have passion behind it so that your posts display enthusiasm! But definitely go through the two posts! 

     

     

     

    What are you most passionate about and why do you blog?

    This is a good question. I would say I am most passionate about a few things in life like family, my boyfriend, animals and generally trying to enjoy life. Experiencing the outdoors and nature, trying to relax and be at ease, that's truly a passion of mine. But in terms of blogging, fashion is my absolute passion, denim being at the front of the list. I'm always thinking up new outfits and searching for new clothes, putting things together and enjoying everything that goes into it. Fashion Blogging is an extension of this. Sharing it with others who love it too and putting my enthusiasm into words really helps me live it to the fullest. It may sound weird, but being able to write about certain items and share looks I love really makes me happy. 

     

    What initially got you interested in Fashion blogging and how has it changed your life?

    I started blogging because I wanted a place online that I could share my passion for fashion with other like minded people. A place where we could share interests, inspire each other and of course, have somewhat of an online diary. I was already blogging for a major American blog, but I wanted something to call my own. It's definitely changed my life, 100%. Blogging is my life now, every part of me is attached to my blog in someway, whether it's thinking up content or just simply using social media, it all helps promote it. It's opened up new doors for me, new opportunities and more. It's let me be creative and it's given me chances to experience new and incredible things. 

     

    What are your future expansion plans with your Fashion blog and current social media success? 

    First off, thanks for saying success as that means a lot to me. But I've had plans to grow my blogs as much as possible. Owning three makes this a lot easier actually as I have planes to add a shop to one of my blogs, that will be awesome, and then I also have a plan to include a denim clinic. For Raindrops, I just want to keep pushing my boundaries in fashion and making everything the best it can possibly be, while social media is something I just want to keep growing. 

     

    Tell us something about yourself that we would find surprising or you normally wouldn't blog about?

    I'm very cautious about health, so I don't drink alcohol. It's nothing fancy, but it's usually something people look at me like I'm crazy for, so I guess it's pretty different for people my ages. Things that I don't blog about are usually because I keep them private and away from the public eye, but I've had many struggles with health and it's definitely changed me. I've had health battles since I was born and I actually think it makes me appreciate life a whole lot more! 

     

    What type of photo equipment do you use, do you have a  favorite photographer that you work with?

    We use a Nikon D7000 and a 85mm prime lens. I also use Photoshop for editing. My boyfriend is my favourite photographer to work with, he really knows the angles I like, the type of photos and style that I like too. We work best together as I'm most comfortable with him shooting my photos and doing the poses. I've worked with professional photographers on shoots, but I definitely love the reality that the photos with my boyfriend posses. 

     

     

    You have been blogging for 8 years now, tell us some pitfalls to watch out for as an up and coming fashion blogger?

    My biggest advice would be to stick to what you are comfortable with and what's worth it. A lot of new Fashion and Beauty Bloggers accept anything from anyone when it comes their way because they are excited that these brands want to work with them, but you must make sure it fits in with the voice and niche of your blog and that it will be beneficial for you in the future. If the post is something you don't feel confident or happy about and you know it's something you might regret in the future, or it might possibly hinder your chances of working with other brands, don't go for it. New opportunities come around the corner all the time, so be sure to the choose the right ones for you. Too many times bloggers can fall into these types of traps. 

     

    What are some helpful social media or SEO tips for How to Succeed as a Fashion Blogger

    This is a tough one because Google are always changing their game plans, every few months. So what might be working and good for the time being will be against their rules in their next update. They definitely do keep you on your toes. But the main things to do are using social media strategically, which means promoting your posts with images and interesting text across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and then for SEO, you want to make sure you rank for some keywords which are relevant to your blog, so Google can find you easier. Definitely read up on the new Google ideas each month! 

     

     Lorna Burford is an awesome Fashion Blogger from the countryside of England, who has a serious passion for blogging! She's been at it for many years, sharing her style tips and love for all things denim with readers everywhere. Her style of blogging has allowed her many opportunities, and her goals for the future are bright as ever. Take a peek at her other blog as well, Raindrops of Sapphire, and follow her on Instagram for your daily dose of all things Lorna!
    @LornaRaindrops on Instagram
  • Claire Liu of Von Vogue on Personal Style

    "Most of my style inspiration is from magazines (my favorite one is Harper’s Bazaar), fashion runway shows, and Instagram fashionistas."

     

    I’m not the kind of person who follows every single of the latest fashion trends, because these styles might not suit me while some fashionitas can definitely pull off the styles. Some of my friends (females and males) have asked me for some “fashion” tips, but I always told them this, “study your body type, learn to love it and wear in the clothing that you’re comfortable and confident with.”
     

    "My style philosophy is to aim for versatile chic by mixing and matching designer pieces with affordable and stylish ones."

    You don’t need have every item to be glamorous; one or two statement pieces are just right to make you look polished. I suggest one should invest a good designer piece that will last in the long run and can reflect your own sartorial taste, despite the current trend. Sometimes my outfit can be as simple as it seems, but I always like to add a few of statement pieces (such as a bold necklace) or interesting prints/textures (stripes and plaid) to enhance the details on the whole look.  
     

     

     Claire Liu is the intelligent and beautiful face behind Von Vogue. You can find her digging through fashion magazines and gathering travel inspiration in her spare time. She started Von Vogue in September of 2013, and has collaborated with esteemed brands, such as Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, and Banana Republic Factory to name a few. Claire calls Vancouver home, but she is always looking for her next big adventure :) Click below to check out her Instagram!
  • Body Chain Jewelry Never Goes Out of Style

    Body chains are one of the most popular and up-and-coming trends in the fashion world.

     

    They started to pop up in the bohemian and chic scene and then expanded to nearly every style. They’re bold yet simple Fashion Accessories that elegantly go well with every outfit. Whether you use the body chain to wear with a bikini, dress or just casual outfit, it’ll add flare to your attire. The use of body chains and body jewelry can be traced back to Indian origin. The woman of the area would decorate their waists, sides and other body areas with chains worn over there dresses or exposed skin. Then, the style moved into Europe, where women started wearing the chains with crop tops.

     


    They come in many shapes, sizes and styles.

    The chains can range from being simple and dainty to chic and bold. From real gold to plastic. Some have no charms and beads, others are covered in them. Depending on the look you’re going for, there’s a body chain for everything. The most popular chain that’s being worn is the ‘cross body’ chain, made popular by celebrities like Rihanna and Beyonce. It’s a good way to accent the natural curvature of your body.


    Body chains have been more commonly seen as accessories for swimsuits. Single colored swimsuits no longer have to be bland. By simply adding a body chain, big or small, the swimsuit will simply pop. It’s recommended that your bikini chain isn’t too bulky and large, since you don’t want a weird tan line. You also don’t want to get caught when playing in the water.

     


    The cheapest and most simple outfits and clothing pieces can become elegant and fashionable in an instant with body chains. Try wearing a body chain over a dress. That little black dress never looked better with a cute gold body chain.


    Body chains don’t have to be expensive pieces of jewelry.

    Nearly everywhere you shop will offer some sort of body chain. Each body chain is different and will make every outfit look unique. Try wearing a longer body chain with a large charm on it with a crop top. It’ll bring attention to your fabulous body as well as your stylish body chain. You can spruce up a simple collard shirt and make it sexy and perfect for a night out with a body chain and a few less buttons. Wearing a plain shirt with high waisted shirt can seem boring, but will look super fashionable with the addition of a body chain. Almost instantly your outfit will have a whole new look and feel.


    Going for a natural and bohemian look? Wearing some natural and earthy tones and then adding a long body chain can give you a very ‘hippie’ vibe.

     


    Wearing these cute accessories spruces up nearly every outfit in your wardrobe.

    Owning just one body chain can give you twice the number of possible outfits. If you buy a few more (since they’re not all that expensive, usually), just imagine all the possibilities! Another simple style of body chains are bikini body chains. They’re dainty but also very edgy. When wearing shorts, skirts or dresses, the addition of a bikini chain can add a new elegant feeling to your outfit. They can also draw attention to your hips and legs, as they are generally worn on the thigh. These chains usually don’t have charms or anything bulky on them. As well as this, there are cute arm chains as well. These will occasionally have charms on them. These arm chains are great for when you wear tank tops or crop tops.


    All in all, body chains are a great and fashionable way to add to your outfit. No matter what look your going for, or what your price range is, there will always be some Body Chain Jewelry that is perfect for you.

  • Mermaid Adventures Somewhere Under the Sun

    Mermaid Adventures Somewhere Under the Sun


    Brazilian-born,  currently living on the north shore of Oahu, a mermaid bodyboarder, model, designer and photographer who defines her style as boho mermaid surfer girl meets hippie, bumps into gypsy, country and a bit of rock N roll.


    Claudia Cox has dreamed of Hawaii since her youth. Raised in the small town of Matinhos in the southern part of Brazil, Cox learned how to surf at the age of twelve. From that point on, she shared a goal with many other like-minded wave riders. “As every non-Hawaiian surfer’s dream, mine was to come to Hawaii and surf the North Shore of the island of Oahu,”


    After short stints as a competitive bodyboarder, model and stunt woman, Cox found herself adrift in Hawaii, searching for “the next big thing.” That’s when a local casting director noticed Cox’s unruly dark curls and athletic build, traits that made her a dead-ringer for the star of the newest prime-time sensation. Cox would work as a stand-in for Lilly’s character “Kate” on LOST for the next few years.
    And when the tv show ended she decided that she had enough and was again searching for “the next chapter” , here is a bit more on how photography became her “new thing”.

     


    I always loved to design everything, I modify almost everything I own, adding to it, cutting a little here and there, re-dying, re-sewing … I  started designed a couple gowns one of them for my friend Evangeline Lilly wear at one of our local premiere of Lost and surprising enough she was vote the best week  dressed by people magazine, a lingerie line after that with my two best friends then  after that we had a house fire where all our belongs burned to the ground and I lost all my designs and samples so I was again asking myself “what’s next?” .


    I then started to designed jewelry, and because every time I had a new piece I had to have photos of it  for the website, so I bought myself a camera and started to shoot it myself on models. And that’s where photography entered my life, after that I got a GOPRO which I mount on a GOPOLE  and been shooting underwater self-portraits, wave shots and even fashion with it  and posting on my IG,  after that  I started to get requests for collaborations with companies and other artists. From there I been photographing almost everyday, I live in Hawaii and it’s like living in a giant outdoor studio, everywhere you look it’s like a photograph itself.

    Being A Mermaid


    I have a different connection to water than what I have with people. It is as if I can merge my soul with water, and it is then I truly become one. Within water I feel loved unconditionally, revitalized, refreshed, renewed, happy, pure, cleansed, and euphoric. All these words do not fully describe the feelings that water brings…

     

    My Inspirations


    Inspired by hand-me-down treasures from the earth, Mother Nature, family and friends, childhood fairy tales, favorite books, travels, different cultures, colors and textures that remind me of the things I love.

    I love to do photography and brand collaborations, but only if it makes sense. When both parties share the same values and appreciates each others communities, the results most likely will be incredibly meaningful and impactful.” Being a model/photographer allows me to share trends, and have an intimate connection with my readers/followers.

     

     

     Claudia Cox has quickly become one of our favorite people, as she inspires us to be free and enjoy life. She has recently created an Etsy Store to showcase her creative talents, make sure to take a peek at those! Her Instagram account boasts beautiful underwater photography, and scenic shots. Check those out by clicking below!

     

  • Fall Fashion How To: Little Black Dress

    The perfect black dress for the Holiday Season

    Bikini Luxe "Jamie" Dress | $39.88

     

    Hi everyone!  I'm Kathleen from Carrie Bradshaw Lied and am honored to guest post for Bikini Luxe today.  I live in Southern California where there are definitely still many girls in swimsuits, but I've given my suits a short break and am focusing on holiday party attire for the weeks ahead.  This comfortable and flattering LBD is perfect on its own or layered.  With some sexy over-the-knee boots, I feel both confident and comfortable.
    A big thank you to Bikini Luxe for the opportunity to collaborate and check out my blog, Carrie Bradshaw Lied, for more lifestyle inspiration!  XO - 

     

    Dress - Bikini Luxe | Vest - Rachel Zoe | boots - Wild Rose | bag - Shop Prima Donna | sunnies - amazon | charm bracelet - vintage | black cuff- market | earrings and statement ring - c/o Favery

     

    Kathleen is a caffeine fueled, budget friendly fashionista, who gives you insight into life after College. Carrie Bradshaw Lied is her entertaining blog which is packed full of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle details you shouldn't miss. Take a peek at her Instagram here: