Inspirational Blogger || Anouska Proetta Brandon

Anouska Proetta Brandon is an Irish fashion blogger who has made a massive name for herself within the industry. Today there are a lot of bloggers from the green isle who are creating and building a career for themselves following in Anouska’s footsteps. She is one of few who have went beyond the profile of just being a blogger and working with huge names such as: H&M, River Island and Parfois.

Starting up her blog in 2011, she wanted to create an outlet to share her personal style. Today it has transformed into a fashion, lifestyle, travel and photography blog. Basically anything Anouska finds inspirational can be found on her blog and incorporated into her own style in a unique and timeless manner. Her style is definitely described as classic meets chic with basic staples paired alongside bold accessories and sharp structures.

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In my opinion, Anouska is the kind of girl who can wear pretty much any look. She has the body shape and confidence to rock a cute demin skater dress (a style that can be hard to pull off) or a full on structured suit. She is 1/2 Irish, 1/4 Spanish and 1/4 Austrian. Her first name is Russian and her second name (Proetta) is Italian, and of course Brandon is Irish. No wonder the girl can wears so many looks with all of these amazing cultures in her blood. Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the simplicity of black lace and a silk scarf?! Absolute perfection!

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Did I forget to mention that Anouska has a thing for printed floors?! Yes, you heard, floors. As us bloggers are keen to take inspiration from pretty much all areas of life and decorate our Instagram and blogs with beautiful and unique shots, you can often find the ‘from where I stand’ hastag a strong favourite in our feeds. The perfect shoes are essentials as is the textile on the floors, with some sneaky editing and perhaps a filter, you’re pretty much good to go.

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I was in complete awe over Anouska and her style during a recent trip to Prague. Her pictures were beyond breathtaking with perfect shots of iconic landmarks, the obligatory ice cream angle and of course her fabulous style. I fell head over heels in love with this magnificent wide leg jumpsuit. It looks effortless on Anouska as she has kept the rest of her accessories etc to a minimum.

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With Autumn just a stone throw away, I cannot wait to see what gorgeous layered looks Anouska will be wearing. I would seriously recommend checking out her blog if you eat, sleep and breathe fashion. If there are any bloggers you would like to see featured, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! ūüôā

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Why I love blogging…

Being a blogger can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can achieve in life. It brings me great satisfaction and has allowed me to work with talented people and beautiful brands. That said, it has also been a testament. In life we all go through times when we don’t feel our best and unfortunately in the blogging world, particularly fashion, that can effect your confidence and therefore have an impact on your blog. We’ve all been there (well I certainly have) and even now I’m still trying to get back to a place within myself that I am completely comfortable with. For me, taking OOTD posts can be a challenge as I don’t feel naturally comfortable in front of a camera. There are times when it doesn’t bother me and times when you can see in certain shots that I’m uncomfortable. I have definitely went through phases when I’ve envied others for just how photogenic they look in their pictures.

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I think that’s only natural though and I’m sure that even the most established bloggers go through the same process. I have been lucky to build somewhat of a name for myself and everyday I’m working hard and meeting with new people in the hope of turning it into a more permanent fixture. The creativity and planning that goes into maintaining a blog is what I find most enjoyable. It’s also a great way to build your writing, networking and interpersonal skills. I love nothing more than finding inspiration from different social media platforms, fellow bloggers, industry professionals and life itself. (Image credit: Alexandra Pereira from Lovely Pepa and Irish stylist, Cl√©mentine MacNeice).

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I’ve also met a lot of new people and some have turned into friendships that I cherish. There is no better feeling that getting together with a group of like minded people talking all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle all the while snapping that essential Instagram coffee or lunch shot. Things don’t happen over night, even after four years of blogging I still have so much to accomplish. I’m not going to lie, there are times when I have thought to myself that things were never going to work out, however everyday is a step closer to my dream and I am looking forward to the future.

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Today’s post was a little different from my usual features but I just wanted to share my thoughts. Please feel free to leave a comment recommending any other bloggers to check out or your own blog!

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Inspirational Blogger || Nadia Fairfax

The latest addiction (and replacement of Margaret Zhang) to Fashion Bloggers TV has made quite an impact to the blogger scene with her boyish charms and impeccable style. Nadia Fairfax from Fairfax Journal is a petite gymnast who has turned her love of the sport into a career by combining her personal style into the mix. Her elegant manner shines through her photographs throughout her blog and social media accounts. Not only does she have the opportunity to rub shoulders with Australia’s finest but she has now made a name for herself across the pond.

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Like I’ve previously mentioned, she is part of the hit TV show and my personal favourite, Fashion Bloggers. She filled the space of another blogging phenomenon, Margaret Zhang when she left the show to focus on her career. I’m not one for change, even when it comes to my essential programmes! After her first feature I quickly grew to adore her.

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She has quite a laid back style with a feisty personality. Her look is fresh with a hint of playful prints and beautifully structured pieces. Nadia does love the basis, as do we all and her effortless beauty make her all the more appealing as a person. Of course, finding that perfect backdrop and working with a professional photographer will be sure to make your blog appealing to every woman with a heartbeat.

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Any girl who enjoys a good cocktail or two certainly deserves a mention on the blog. I think it is essential as a woman to indulge in the odd ‘sampling’ of delicious, refreshing and often strong drinks. My excuse is that these kind of beverages make for a good photo/Instagram opportunity!

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Just like her co-star Sara Donaldson, Ms. Fairfax is a fellow shoe addict with an impressive collection. Every girl needs a selection of strong styles that can carry you through each season from fairy sandals to colour block beauties. I particularly adore Nadia’s magnificent tan wired pair of fabulous peep toe sandals. The thick wrap around lace makes them the perfect shoe for each season, hell I would wear these beauties to bed if I owned them.

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I hope you’re all enjoying my ‘Inspirational Blogger’ series as much as I am. If there are any fashion, beauty or lifestyle bloggers you would like to see featured on my blog feel free to let me know.

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Inspirational Blogger || Zanita Whittington 

This week is all about the Australian blogger sensation, Zanita Whittington from the hit TV show and my personal favourite, Fashion Bloggers. With the return of the show just last week, I felt it was only fitting to feature Zanita. Over the next few week’s I’ll continue to focus the spotlight on each of the bloggers from the show. My last inspirational blogger was Sara Donaldson from Harper and Harley (you can read her feature here). She is the Yin to Zanita’s Yang, polar opposites and that’s what makes them the perfect best friend duo. They remind me so much of me and my bestie, we are completely different and balance each other out. I don’t know what I would do without her, she’s my rock.

The show focuses on a group of girls who are genuine friends, a hard factor to come across especially within the blogging and fashion industry. They embrace every moment together and lead the way throughout the fashion world accomplishing milestones one post at a time. Her perfect laid back personality makes Zanita all the more relatable and down to earth. This is represented within her own personal style and throughout her blog.

When I think of Zanita’s style, I think of a free spirited individual. Expect lots of prints, boho vibes and the occasional pop of colour. We both have a love for Senso shoes, not a bad designer to have in common, right?!?! Zanita spends most of her time jet setting to Fashion Week and attending some amazing shows and events. She is such a fun girl making her a must have attendee across the globe.

I personally find that most bloggers, myself included has a keen eye for photography. For the large part, we take our own photo’s for social media, ie: Instagram and our blog if we can. Travelling is the beat opportunity to snap some shots of exotic destinations, mouthwatering food and beautiful cultures.

Travel. An mandatory requirement when you are a blogger. Zanita is extremely lucky to have the chance to travel the world exploring new countries, meeting other inspirational individuals and we are fortunate enough to see her do this through the wonder that is social media. If I was able to stay in a luxurious bed like the one below, I’m afraid I would never come home. It is without a doubt fit for a Queen.

Happy Friday, lovelies. I just want to thank you all for your constant love and support, it means a lot. Have a great weekend.

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Inspirational Blogger || Harper & Harley

I first became a huge fan of Sara Donaldson when I watched my favourite show, Fashion Bloggers. Her natural beauty, simplistic style and all round Australian personality makes her a firm favourite and inspiration. Her blog, Harper & Harley has made a huge impact on the fashion world and she lives a very stylish life travelling the world, working with some amazing designers and starring in a hit show.

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Featuring alongside top Aussie bloggers and style icons, Kate Waterhouse, Margaret Zhang, Zanita Whittington and Amanda Shadforth, she helped catapult herself into the blogosphere and kick start her career as a serious business woman and designer. The TV was a huge hit when first broadcasted last year on E! and now it’s set to return for its second season. I’m so excited to see what is in store for the new series.

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The girls are recently enjoyed a trip to the fabulous Dubai which I’m hoping is going to be featured in the new season. The images that all girls are uploading to their Instagram accounts, particularly Sara is just breathtaking. They’re spending time taking in magnificent sunsets, shopping the souks and taking in the culture.

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Attending events comes part and parcel with being a blogger. You get to experience some beautiful dinners, shows and even trips to share with your followers on your blog and throughout social media. Sara however has had the absolute pleasure of attending some exquisite intimate dinners by top name brands such as Mercedes Benz, Marie Claire and rstheCon, I could only dream of taking a seat at one of those but luckily she gets to experience it all for real.

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When a girl shows some love for shoes, I share some love for her. A girl can never have too many pairs and Sara has an insanely impressive collection. From Balmain to Sophia Webster, she has an eye for seriously fabulous heels and unique prints. Even though her style is quite simplistic, she loves making a statement with her choice of footwear. Those Balmain beauties are unbelievable, I could definitely see myself styling those babies.

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As always with my inspirational bloggers that I feature, I love to show some Instagram love. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that she comes from one of the worlds most amazing cities, Sydney. I envy her for that alone, it’s a place that I hope to visit one day soon so for now I’ll see and live it vicariously through Sara. Attention to detail is a must for her, she loves sharing shots that are natural and consist mainly of natural light. Of course I adore her personal style so I thought I’d share this breathtaking shot of Sara wearing this effortless white lace dress with a beautiful Moroccan style backdrop.

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Hope you’re all having a fab day! What did you all think of the first episode last night?! I just can’t get enough of it, I’ll be watching it again on catch up!

Be sure to watch Fashion Bloggers every Thursday on E! at 9.30pm.

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