Those of you who follow me around on my social (diary) pages, know that I joined my sister this morning as she got the keys to her new apartment. It is a massive step for her, since it’s the very first time she bought herself a home. Of course, as her big sister, I’m super proud of her and I’m sure she’ll enjoy living there! As for today, I wanted to share some other personal things with you. You remember I was planning on doing the second part of the Q&A (read part 1 here)? Of course you do! 😉 So without further ado, let’s get right into it!
1. How come your English is this good?
Are you kidding me? Well thank you, but I’m not so sure on that! – Guys, is it on that, or about that? – Let’s say my English is good enough to write what I want to write (most times), but seriously, if you’re one of those perfectionists out there who’s reading for mistakes, you shouldn’t be reading my blog. My English comes with flaws and imperfections, I’m a foreign English speaker and I haven’t been working on improving my English that much lately. I might however be taking a course to fresh up my vocabulary real soon, just to get a little more confident. But yeah, I try to focus on the matter at hand as much as I can and write about something I really like, I guess that helps. I’m glad that you acknowledge my efforts! Thank you!
2. You mentioned you have a boyfriend, can you tell me about him and what he thinks about your blog?
Yes, in case you were in doubt, I have a boyfriend. He’s a little older than me, the cutest ever (do you read this?) and we’ve met last October (2014). We live approximately 130 km away from one another, which takes about 80 minutes by car and about 150 minutes by public transport. But that’s totally doable for us. He works at an adaptive agency specialized in digital interactions, so he often pretends to know things he clearly cannot know. Like what’s in fashion and what’s not for instance. 😉 No, he is really helpful and motivates me a lot to continue fashion blogging. I remember, at the time we met, I was unsure about my future, but since then it all just became a lot clearer to me – what I want to do, what I want to achieve in life, what makes me happy, et cetera – and although I did that by myself, I think he defintely plays a role in that.
3. Do you have a bucket list and if so, what’s on it?
Yes I do, and I do have a list written out actually, not a definitive one however. First off, I want to have a dream wedding! No, I’m kidding, I don’t know if I want to marry, but I do know that if I want, I already found the perfect man for that! Other than that, I want to continue doing something in life that makes me happy, I want to travel to Mexico (to a friend) and to Ibiza and Sweden (both great memories), I want to have a family, I want to .. uh, what else? – I don’t have my bucket list over here.. – Ah, I remember, I want to spend a day on an uninhabited island with my lover, and I want to improve my English. 😉
4. What do you do to relax?
Ah, good question. I always like to read what other people do (or not do) to relax / get relaxed. In all honesty, I often find it quite hard (to allow) myself to relax. But if I do, I relax most if I’m living in the moment and really take the time to notice that, instead of capturing the moment. I get caught up with capturing instead of experiencing things quite often. So sometimes it’s really good for me to take a step back from the future and focus on living in the moment. Now that I’m a blogger, that makes me feel quite bad at times. Why should I enjoy things without picturing it for my followers? Isn’t that a waste of time? But then again, it isn’t. Live life without taking photos every now and then, even if you are (or want to become) a top blogger.
5. How tall are you?
I’m 1.76m tall.
6. What music do you like?
Ha, funny, I I was listening to Flume the other day. I guess this is how you came up with this question, right? Flume is an Australian electronic musician with great beats, I’ve been loving his music lately! Besides that, I like to listen to deep house and lounge, and I like to listen to various bands (rock), from MGMT to The Foos, and from Passion Pit to Röyksopp (that’s not a band and not rock actually, more like a duo, haha, anyway). I often listen to men, I don’t know if that has a specific reason, might just like a mens voice more than the voice of a woman. When I’m on the go, I listen to the radio. But I do get bored quite easily if I hear a random song multiple times. My ‘Frederique faves’ playlist on Spotify doesn’t seem to bore me at all, I can listen to those songs all day every day. Pretty narcissistic he. 😉 No, I like music a lot and one song can really make my day so much better!
7. Hi! I started blogging in December 2014. In the beginning, I didn’t noticed there are so many fashion bloggers, I found it really hard to make me stand out. Do you have any personal tips for me, things you’ve experienced yourself?
Great question, dear. You’re truly right on that, the blogger market is very saturated. But don’t let that scare you! You are you and you have something unique to offer to the world. I think it’s really important to create good content. I do believe that great content in the end is the only thing that will set you apart. Blog about things that are close to you, things that suit you, your style and lifestyle and be authentic. I believe that will not only set you apart from others, but will also give you a more engaged following in the end. As from personal experience I think it’s really important to look at what other bloggers in your field (fashion) do, but to not copy paste what they’re doing. For instance, flatlays are quite hot and you see a lot of flatlays everywhere. Lately I’ve been wondering if I should do that myself more often too. I’ve discussed it with my boyfriend and he convinced me not to do so if that doesn’t make me feel good. Then I asked myself the question: is posting flatlays within my personal style, within my lifestyle? And the answer was no. Thus, I shouldn’t be forcing myself to make more flatlays, even though I see others bloggers do it and I like their content. It’s just not for me. Same goes with various trends in fashion. Take hats. I love hats on others and my mom always told me they look great on me, but then again, I don’t like them on me. It just doesn’t seem to suit my personality and style. I think it’s really important to be inspired, but also be true to yourself.
8. What is it is life that you are most proud of?
Until today, I think I’m most proud of myself finishing my Master in Law (May 2014). A lot of personal things were hindering me from focussing on my thesis, but I succeeded! And I grew so much stronger out of it. Although I’m not there yet and I don’t have everything in life sorted out, I’m honestly more happy to be me than I ever was before. YAY Thumbs up!
So, that was it! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about me and my personal life. Of course job and blog are also part of my personal life, but I already answered them last weekend. If there’s anything I haven’t answered or if you have this burning question you forgot to ask, leave it down below and I will get back to you. By the way, you can find the MANGO oversized blouse I’m wearing in the picture below here. Wishing you all a happy April Fools’ day!