Looking to become a fashion blogger, a fashion stylist or a fashion influencer? You’ve come to the right place!
“It’s so easy to get lost in the numbers and to compare yourself to others, but being authentic is what will set you apart.”
Thinking of how to be unique? Kirsten of The Fashion Faddist knows that all you have to do is to just be you! Keep on reading to know more about her journey!
What is your name or what should we call you, and how long have you been a stylist/blogger/influencer? Do you remember the year (maybe the day and month, too) that you started?
I’m Kirsten from Melbourne, style blog thefashionfaddist.com, and I’m a little bit of everything; blogger, influencer and content creator. I’ve been blogging and documenting my style more seriously for two years now.
Do you have a specific style?
I guess you could say my style is minimalist.
Why did you want to become a blogger or an influencer? Was there anything that happened that triggered you to become one? Did you see something or someone online, or was it because of your avid interest for fashion?
When I started using Instagram, my intention was never to become a blogger. I would simply just take photos of clothing like shoes I purchased and would snap mirror selfies of my outfits. I loved fashion and anything to do with it, and for me, it was a way to document my style. It wasn’t until I gained a following of around 5,000 that I began to care more about what I posted.
How did you start? Did you start with social medias first, then made a site? Or did you start off with a website together with the social medias?
I started first through Instagram and once I gained a following I developed my first (very basic) blog on Instagram.
If it was social medias first, how long did you have to wait to create your own site? Was there like a specific goal first and then after reaching that, you created the site? What were those goals?
Off the top of my head I created my site once I reached around 10,000. I don’t think there is any set amount you need to start a blog. It should come out of pure love and passion for your niche, and wanting to share your knowledge. Even if only one person were reading it, it should make you happy.
Which website are you using for your blog (WordPress, Blogspot, etc.)? Do you have a reason as to why you chose this website? If so, what were they?
My current website is hosted through WordPress, but was developed through a web designer. It is quite easy to use for someone like myself who has little knowledge in this area.
Which social medias did you use in the beginning? Which one do you think was the most helpful one in terms of reaching your audience? Why did you think that it was the best medium to use?
I’m actually not across a whole lot of social media as much as I could be. Instagram is my main platform which gains the most audience reach as its content is delivered in a fast and visually appealing manner.
Do you use more social medias now compared to when you were just starting? If so, which social medias have you added?
I’m pretty behind, but I’ve got my blog and pinterest.
How often do you post on your social medias when you were in the beginning stages? Was there a specific time that you thought was the best to post?
I aim to post twice a day, during hours when people would be on their phones; before work, lunch time, after work and bedtime.
What camera were you using when you started? Did you have a photographer or you took the photos by yourself? Would you be able to compare the quality of the photos from when you were just starting and to how it is now? What were the changes?
I just used my iPhone camera, I believe it would have been an iPhone 5 at the time. The quality of those photos was terrible. Very grainy! Now I use my iPhone 7+ as well as my Canon 700D DSLR. My boyfriend takes all of my photos and is self taught.
Was there a specific blog post or social media post that made you go “Wow!” because of the amount of likes, follows or interactions it received? What was that post?
It was one that I had taken myself after I had just a blow dry. I received almost 3,000 likes and was such a simple photo.
How was your first year of becoming an influencer? Others have said that the first year is the hardest, for any business in fact. Was there ever a point that you didn’t think it would work? Did you ever get demotivated? If you did, what happened and how did you go through that obstacle?
To be honest, it is very up and down. I’m lucky that I work full time and this is my ‘side hustle’ and hobby. I can still have fun with it and be my authentic self while sharing my style. It does get hard to juggle all of it though. In the beginning, you don’t get recognised as much as you do now, so, a lot of the clothes, accessories and etc. you are buying yourself.
As an influencer, there must be a lot of times that you were contacted for a collaboration, do you remember the first time you were sponsored by a brand? Do you remember which brand it was and what it was that you received?
No, but I wish I could! It was probably one of those “skinny” teas haha!
Receiving that from the brand, how did it make you feel? For many bloggers, that must have been such an achievement! Did you celebrate when it happened or was there anything that you did in particular to celebrate?
I always love being contacted by brands and am so excited to work with labels I’ve been a fan of for years. It is very exciting and I’m forever grateful! I celebrate by trying the pieces on and wearing them until they fall apart.
Do you have any advice to the future influencers/bloggers/stylists? Do you have any few words for them that they could keep in their minds to keep them motivated or inspired?
My biggest piece of advice is to just be yourself! It’s so easy to get lost in the numbers and to compare yourself to others, but being authentic is what will set you apart.
Finally, do you have a motivational quote that could surely motivate you whenever you are feeling demotivated? If there is, what would that be?
I love this one from this writer Beau Taplin, ‘She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.”
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