There’s something about being within the virtual realm of the blogersphere that makes you feel connected to people that you don’t even know. Instantaneously, you have the liver to proclaim “Oh I love your outfit” or ask “where did you get that ?”, without a glimpse of hesitation. We thought we would make the most of this new virtual boldness and ask to meet up with the creative mastermind behind the most beautiful blog in the blogersphere.
1500hours, Sketch on Conduit street, Olivia of My New Favourite Thing strides towards us ‘Wang’ in hand and perfectly groomed. She’s a total knockout ! It was so refreshing to meet Olivia in person, naturally effervescent and of course stylish in every way. Although we had questions lined up to ask Olivia, the natural flow of our conversation overrode the clichéd structure of an interview hence we have tried to capture the essence of our gabfest in a structured form, for your reading pleasure.
SBQ: Why did you start your blog?
OP: At the time I was working for a well-known magazine, which folded. I was made redundant. As a writer, I had all these thoughts and ideas and I really needed a place to channel them. That’s how the blog came about. It’s only been in the last six months that I have really begun to go for it. Ultimately, it takes a lot more time to put together a post than people think. Simply because if you are a good writer you want to put your best work out there. Work and life in general keeps me so busy that I don’t get as much time to blog as I would like. I always seem to get a case of blogger’s guilt.
SBQ: What makes you want to keep blogging?
OP: I really enjoy the blogersphere as a whole. It’s surprisingly a really positive, friendly and supportive environment. Where people are really keen to help and encourage each other. To me it’s kind of like a refuge, especially when i’ve had a bad day or a tough run at work. Its so refreshing to come home and read such kind words, from people whom you don’t even know. Ultimately I’m really nosy, I love looking at what’s in people’s bags and what they get up to in their lives. I always have fashion in my head and it is a really big part of my life.
SBQ: Who are your style icons?
OP: Miroslava duma, of Russian Harpers Bazaar is absolutely amazing. She has the ability to pull of different looks with such ease, without looking too contrived. She has this great doll like figure but not too skinny, so everything looks great on her. Yep, she definitely has incredible style. The Olsen twins just look fab. They have perfected the downtown New York shabby chic look, which for most is difficult to pull of and most of us probably couldn’t because we don’t have ‘Olsen-cash’ to back it up. Oh and Chole Sevigny, she can pull off a variety of different styles and outfits, another great style icon. Having said that, Fashion and dressing up should always be fun and you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment, Miroslava does this really well. The real style icons are the people living and working in london and of course the bloggers. It’s more inspiring when you see a real person with impeccable style looking absolutely amazing. London is full of people with great style and great wardrobes. Although, I have to say I am not a big fan of the whole ‘Shoreditch’ look. Britain’s high-street is the best in the world.
SBQ: What is your ultimate bag ?
OP: It would have to be the Chanel 2.55 in black . The Birkin is another great bag but it is definitely a bag that you have to graduate to. There’s no point in having a Birkin, if you don’t have the wardrobe to match it, because ultimately if you don’t – the bag will look like a fake.
SBQ: What do plan to buy next?
OP: Ashish “Same old Chic” T-shirt, absolutely stunning Sass and Bide Tank, Matthew Williams tribal scarf, khaki belted culottes from Zara and a pair of classic ballet pumps.
We had such a lovely lunch, If I lived closer, Sketch would be an extension of my living room . I wish you were all there for our girly confab, you name it we spoke about it! We even talked about our school days. Ironically Olivia and I (Tobi) actually went to the same school but I was too busy trying to work out how to make the school kilt into some sort of McQueen inspired designed, whilst Olivia was plotting her break through into the fashion world.
We can’t thank Olivia, fashion writer and blogger extraordinaire enough for coming to meet us, her Blog is a must click. Here are the rest of the pictures from our gathering.
Tobi – Zara shorts, H&M vest, Zara bag, RayBan Aviators, H&M Sandals
Kike – Topshop leggings, Zara blouse, Missoni bag, Giant Vintage sunglasses
Small silver ring aboove knuckle – Fashionology
Olivia – Zara trousers, Alexander Wang bag, Rolex,RayBan Aviators , Maison Martin Margiela rings, Topshop shoes and Top
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