Blog Spotlight: Introducing Kate of O My Heart!
Welcome to the first edition of a new feature here at Girl & Closet. I'm so thrilled to introduce the beautiful, kind and chic Kate of O My Heart. I found Kate's blog earlier this year and was thrilled to connect with a fellow Canadian blogger. I quickly fell for Kate's girly & classy aesthetic, and she's an absolute sweetheart too. Be sure to check out her blog; you will love her gorgeous style!! Enjoy the interview!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Haha, what would you like to know? My name is Kate, I'm in my late twenties & live on the east coast of Canada! I'm kind and affectionate and a little bit shy, with a love for nachos, music, fruit smoothies and of course, a slight obsession with fashion & personal style blogs!
2. What inspired you to start your fashion blog?
I had been reading fashion blogs for about two years by the time I started my blog and I just kept finding myself wanting to join in... it looked so fun! I always kept folders on my desktop where I'd save photos that inspired me or items I was lusting over, and I loved the idea being able to keep that all in one place & share it with others! I was incredibly nervous to start one though and kept it a secret for quite a while!
3. How has your personal sense of style evolved over the blogging years?
My personal style has definitely changed since starting my blog. I went through a weird phase about 4 months into my blog where I looked at my photos and realized my style was not at all what I wanted it to be. What I liked in my head and what was saved in all of my inspiration folders was not at all what I was portraying. I think over the last year I've become a little less cutesy and a little more polished, which as a girl in my late 20's, was one of the things I wanted to achieve.
4. Aside from fashion blogging, what are some of your other passions?
People! The people in my life - my family, my boyfriend, my friends. Those are my passions. Also, finding new music. I possess no musical talent myself, other than a good ear... I love finding new bands to love, and spend a lot of time looking for something new to listen to!
5. What do you love doing on your days off?
My days off are usually really low key. I spend a lot of time with the fella or with friends, watching movies, shopping, or going to see local bands. I like to go to fitness classes at the gym. I like to go out for dinner or make a big meal when I have the time. Though I also like to take advantage of my days off to take outfit photos for the blog! A dream day would probably involve going to an amusement park - I am a bit of a roller coaster junkie but we don't have any near here! Trips to big cities often involve scouting one out!
6. Who takes your outfit pictures and do you have any photography tips?
Most of my photos are taken by myself, with a tripod and a camera remote! Occasionally the fella will take photos for me, and sometimes I get together with blogger pals Candice of Brilliant Sugar or Kristin of Doll Parade for photo sessions! As for tips, my biggest tip is to take photos in good natural light and to not use a flash. I find shooting in the shade works best, or on a slightly overcast day.
7. What are your dreams and aspirations for your blog?
I don't have any set goals for my blog at this point - I just want to keep doing it, keep growing it, and see where it takes me! It's just a fun hobby for me, so anything that happens beyond that is just a bonus!
8. What summer trends are you absolutely loving right now?
Oh gosh, there are so many fun trends right now. I am pretty obsessed with loose fitting blouses paired with shorts & pumps - I feel like this will be my summer uniform! I am also really loving the casual coolness of boat shoes & loafers. And, of course, all the bold, bright colors, color blocking, and touches of neon!
9. What’s your current go to outfit?
As I mentioned above, all I want to wear right now is loose fitting blouses with shorts. However, I only have a couple of these in my closet, so while it's not my go-to outfit fully yet, it will be! When I’m in a big rush I generally throw on stripes – easy & chic!
10. Do you have any tips for new or aspiring fashion bloggers?
There are so many different aspects to consider, but I guess technically speaking, make your outfit photos big enough that we can easily see the details. I always find it frustrating going to a blog and seeing tiny photos where I can't make out any of the details of what you're wearing! Also, when you comment on other blogs, try to be sincere. Avoid leaving comments that make any reference to "If you follow me, I'll follow you!" - to be honest, I purposely won't go visit your blog if you've left that as a comment. And most importantly, be yourself, be sincere, and try not to get caught up in it all. While blogging has a ton of positive aspects, it also has a dark side... jealousy, feeling inferior, feeling like you "need" certain items to keep up with other bloggers, getting down on yourself for not having as many followers or as many comments as someone else, etc. Try not to let this stuff get you down, and just try to stay true to yourself and what you like. Try to remember you're doing this for FUN! If it's not fun, something needs to change!
A BIG thank you to Kate for this wonderful interview! Isn't she adorable, you guys?! You can visit her blog here: O My Heart ...and stay tuned for the second edition of "blog spotlight." I'll be doing the next one in August. Hope everyone is having the loveliest of Wednesdays. xx veronika