AN INTERVIEW WITH BISOUSHOLLYOLIVIA

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Holly is a 19 year old fashion and beauty blogger from Newcastle upon Tyne. she can be found at bisoushollyolivia.co.uk.

When did you start blogging?
I had a blog when I was 14 but gave up with it, as I was still discovering who I was and it ended up not fitting with my personality anymore. After I finished high school, I didn’t have much to do so decided to start a blog again and I’ve now been blogging for nearly three years.

Why did you start blogging?
I always loved reading other people’s blogs and loved writing and photography so really wanted to share my own style, and a blog seemed like the ideal outlet. 

What is your skin care routine?
I don’t always have as much time as I’d like to spend on a skin care routine since I get back from work late-ish. In the evening, I always remove my makeup with Garnier Micellar Water and do a double cleanse, to ensure that my skin is really clean. If I am short for time, I will only apply my L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream, it works wonders on my skin and the pots last for ages! I do like to use a face mask or my cleansing brush weekly as well. 

How would you describe your style?
I’d describe my style as Modern Vintage; I am highly inspired by vintage fashion as well as current trends. What I wear varies quite a bit, some days I want to channel a more retro look, other days I want to clash prints and colours; it all depends what mood I am in. I’m currently trying to keep myself on a spending ban, so am aiming to buy vintage and second-hand a lot more which has got me back into a more vintage way of dressing. 

What was your favourite era for fashion?
I love the 60s and 70s, specifically Jane Birkin and Anna Karina, but I also like more grungy looks some days, the 90s are quite big at the moment so I am also taking inspiration from then! 

Where do you go to get good outfit pictures?
This one depends on the outfit and who I am shooting with! If I am shooting with a professional photographer then they usually suggest a location, but most of my photos are taken by my sister. We usually don’t go too far from home, since we are both really busy, but any pretty street, wall or graffiti usually makes a good background!

Who is your blogging inspiration?
This one changes all the time! At the moment, I am really loving Alice Catherine, her French 60s style is so cute and I am now lusting after a wicker bag because of her. 

What are your blogging tips and advice?
If you are thinking of starting a blog then just go for it! I look back and cringe at my old blog posts, but blogging is such a learning curve that you will discover so much about yourself and what you love along the way. It is also such a good way to meet people, I met my best friend Beka through blogger Twitter chats. In terms of tips, trying to build up a regular schedule can help to maximise readers, and also Google Analytics is super useful if a little confusing! I’d also highly recommend buying your own blog domain, it makes you look a lot more professional and mine only cost £10 for two years. 

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