Interview – starcrossedsmile

Hi all,

Time for another interview. Today we have Nnenna from starcrossedsmile. I recently stumbled across her blog through another blog and joined up with her correspondence club.

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1. Tell us what your blog is about and what inspired you to start blogging?

My blog is about fashion, beauty, knitting, and really anything that makes me smile!  I started it in the summer of 2010 when I doing an internship abroad in Spain and I thought it would be a fun way to chronicle my adventures.  That was also around the time that I first discovered the world of fashion blogging.  I was really inspired by seeing real girls wearing clothes I could really get myself, so I hoped I could also inspire someone else in that way 🙂

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2. How do you choose what you blog about?

Oh gosh, it really varies from week to week!  I keep meaning to have an editorial calendar where I plan everything out in advance, but that doesn’t always happen 😉 My outfit posts are not as frequent as they used to be, because I no longer have a good indoor space where I can take them if I don’t have my photographer friend to help me, but I try to get up 2-4 outfit posts a month.  I’ve transitioned into more of a lifestyle blog since I started, so that means I’ll also share things around my home, meet-ups with other bloggers and friends, events I’ve attended recently, and more!  Then since I’m a nail polish addict, I like to share my weekly manicures and since I’m also an avid knitter, I also share personal projects I’m working on or things I sell in my Etsy shop.  So as you can see, I’ll blog about anything and everything that’s related to my life!

3. Your blog has a lot of NOTD’s – what is your current favourite nail polish?

Eesh, that’s a tough one!  Well, right now I’m really loving bright/bold colors that really stand out, so I would have to say that I love Zoya Creamy.

4. I love how you started up correspondence club – what made you come up with it and how has it grown?

Well, a few months ago, for some reason I started thinking about this pen pal I used to have and wondering about how she was doing.  Then I thought about how fun it would be to connect with bloggers around the world in another way, through the art of letter-writing!  Also, I love stationery and sending/receiving mail so any excuse to do more of that seemed like a good idea to me!  I was really nervous about posing the idea on my blog because it wouldn’t really work if no else wanted to participate.  Luckily, several people signed up for the Correspondence Club that first month, and we’ve been growing a little bit in the following months. We’re now at 13 members and I would love for us to just keep growing and growing! 🙂

March Correspondence Club Collage Correspondence Club: March 2012

5. Makeup, shoes, nail polish or bags?

Nail polish! Shoes would be my second choice, but I think I show a lot of expression in the way my nails are painted 🙂

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6. I have to throw in a random question – what is the scariest thing you have done?

Hmmm, the scariest thing for me to date was being a senior in college and having no idea what I was going to do after I graduated! The whole job-hunting process was really long and tough, but I was so lucky that I got offered a job the Friday before I graduated (I know, seriously cutting it close!).  The second scariest/toughest thing was apartment-hunting in New York City.  I’m not sure I’ve fully recovered from the stress and I’m so not looking forward to the next time I have to do it!

7. What’s your favourite destination to visit?

Hands-down it would have to be Spain!  I’ve been twice- the first time I went with my best friend and we spent a month studying n Madrid and then about a month visiting her family in a different part of Spain.  My best friend’s family was so warm and welcoming and really made me feel at home in a strange country.  I then went again the following summer to work an internship and it was just as amazing being there again.  I love the language, the food, the people and the different feelings of each of the cities in Spain I’ve been to.  I could seriously go on and on about how much I love Spain- I’m dying to go back!

8. What is on your latest wish/lust list?

Fashion-wise, I’m so ready to pick up some new pieces for spring!  I would love to add some colored denim, more florals, mint colored clothes, floral denim, and bright/fun shoes to my closet!  Also on my wish list is a new computer and/or an iPad- I’m so ready for an upgrade!

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9. What advice do you give new bloggers who are starting out their own blogs?

My advice to new bloggers would be to remember that it’s your blog.  It’s so easy to get caught up in what other people are doing or to blog about something in particular because it’s popular and that’s what everyone else is doing, but if it’s not you, then there’s really no point.  Your unique perspective and your unique voice is what will separate you from other bloggers, so you should focus on cultivating that.  My other piece of advice is to connect with other bloggers in real life.  Not only is a ton of fun to meet up with other bloggers, but it’s a great way to make new connections and get advice from other bloggers who’ll know what you’re talking about when you say “OOTD!” 🙂

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10. Lastly, tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know?

Something that most people wouldn’t know is that I’m the pickiest eater!  My friends make fun of me about this all the time and claim that I only have one food group- white foods (such as bread, rice, pasta, etc…)!  There are a lot of foods that I don’t like, but the ones I do like I could eat for days and days! 😀

Thanks Nnenna for letting me interview you 🙂 For those who haven’t checked her out. Go and join up the correspondence club 🙂


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