In all the time I've been writing this blog, I think I've never taken part in anything like this 'blog hop' and I did wonder at first what it would entail. Turns out it's a really nice way to 'hop' around blog land and get to know bloggers we haven't come across before.
So, my friend Kimberly of Swoonworthy invited me to take part and answer some questions. Kimberly is an American living in Manchester or "Oop North" as I call it, in the true style of somebody living in London. We've met through blogging and have since become very good friends which is probably more down to a very similar sense of humour (which seems strange given that she's American and I'm French… ) rather than a shared sense of style because our styles couldn't be more different. Whilst I love her colourful and crazy home style, I could never live like that myself and I know that Kimberly could never live with my "bohemian/neutral" look.
Anyway, now for the blog hop. There are four questions which everybody taking part in the blog hop needs to answer and I will do my best to answer them now. Maybe you'll even learn a little bit more about me...
1. Why do I write?
The most honest answer is probably…I'm not sure, because there's not a single, pinpointed explanation for it that would answer the question completely. There are so many and so few reasons all at the same time. I write because I want to explain myself at times. I want people to understand where I'm coming from and why I'm doing certain things. I also write to share happy moments and frustrating ones. At times I might write to vent my anger over something and writing it all down helps me deal with it. Other times I simply write because I want to share the thoughts behind some images as they're not necessarily always self-explanatory. I guess if you're really looking for that one sentence answer, it would be that I write to share.
2. What am I working on?
So many different things! I'm wrapping up my last few weeks in my day job before becoming a full time freelancer. At the same time, I'm working on several freelance styling and photography projects on top of all the contributor work I'm doing writing, cooking and crafting for other websites. I have some very exciting projects in the pipeline which I can't make public just yet. This month is going to be absolutely crazy and it won't leave much time for relaxing, but it will all be worth it in the end and I can't wait to start my freelancer life.
3. How does it differ from others in its genre?
I guess that would depend on how you define this genre. I call it lifestyle because I mainly blog about interiors, food and styling, so all things which come under the lifestyle description I would imagine. I would say the difference is that I only use my own photography. All images on my blog have been shot by me, styled by me, baked and cooked by me. This blog is essentially my portfolio, my diary, my recipe book and my inspiration board all in one and I hope that others might see and use it in the same way, to inspire them.
4. What is my writing process?
What is a writing process?! I have never really thought about that one. As with everything I do, I let my gut feeling guide me. I might wake up (really, it does happen) in the middle of the night because I suddenly have an idea I'd like to share or a situation is niggling me and I need to write it down. As I'm a very visually guided person, I very often have the images first and let them dictate what I might write to go with them. When I write, I generally sit at my desk and just let the words spill out - unless I suffer from a sudden attack of 'writer's block' in which case the post will have more images than words. I occasionally go over the text afterwards to make sure it makes sense (important for recipes), but when I write about something personal, I usually leave it as it is. So what you read will very often be the first, and most honest, draft. I never said I was after the Pulitzer Prize…
So, I hope you've found this interesting and you've learned a little more about me. I now need to nominate two fellow bloggers for the next part of this blog hop.
The first one is the lovely Vanessa from Take only Memories. Vanessa is a super creative actress, filmmaker, photographer and illustrator living in Berlin. We "met" on social media and I just love the way she captures small things on Instagram and the way she 'sees' things others might miss. One day we'll manage to meet in real life and I know we'll just get on like a house on fire!
The second one is my friend Anya from Anya Adores in Copenhagen. Anya and I have followed each other's blogs for a long time and finally met in London a couple of years ago and went to New York together on Blog Tour last May. She's a fabulous photographer and mum I love her scandinavian aesthetics and taste in interiors and design.
So, hop over to the links and find out more about the other bloggers.