Interview with Fashion & Beauty Blogger Catherine Colegrave Meet This Talented British Beauty!

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Catherine Colegrave

Catherine Colegrave

  1. Hi Catherine! Please describe your blog Discover Your Style and what your motivations were for starting such an awesome endeavor.

Discover Your Style is all about inspiring women to find and embrace their own style.  Many women are unfortunately unhappy with their bodies and looks and often feel overwhelmed with fashion and beauty in general.  My blog and services aim to help and encourage these women to enjoy their own unique style journey.

  1. What type of person is your blog geared to reach? Who is your ideal audience?  Who would you like to help with your articles and advice?

Discover Your Style predominantly helps Mums who may have hit a ‘style rut’ which happens a lot – when the little ones come along it’s all to easy to put others first.  I’ve coached many people like this, even mums with grown up children who have been overwhelmed by style so much that they have just accepted dressing down and blending in.  Having a style revival can completely transform you and give you unstoppable confidence.

  1. What other bloggers/blogs inspire you?

I love your Blog, of course, Beth because it’s so diverse and you constantly keep it fresh.  I’m also a big fan of www.mymidlifefashion.com, www.learnsavvy.co, www.disignthelifestyleyoudesire.co.uk and www.ozbeautyexpert.com.

  1. How do you balance motherhood and your blog?

Finding the right balance for any Mum is super difficult, I feel I’m very lucky as I can fit my blog around the kids., don’t get me wrong I do put the hours in and I’ve had to drop the small stuff though like keeping my home immaculate, even though I’m a style coach I’m still a busy mum and certainly don’t look glamorous every day – I focus on looking fresh and healthy, for me I’d rather jog for 30 minutes than preening myself – exercise and healthy eating will always give you a better glow than trowelling on make-up.  Being a working mum is all about prioritizing and being super organized, I’m careful to set limits on the hours I work and ensure I look after myself.

  1. What are some of your favorite articles that you have written?

I’m a guest blogger for www.learnsavvy.co, I also appeared in a book called The Journey of Vivacious Mum which I’m really proud of.  Before I created Discover Your Style I knew I had a huge passion for writing and sharing knowledge I wrote an article for Tiny Buddah http://tinybuddha.com/blog/beat-anxiety-can-live-life-fullest/ about my experience with anxiety and panic attacks and how to overcome them.

Catherine Colegrave

  1.  What are your goals/dreams/ambitions for your blog and yourself?

I want to grow my tribe even further and really help and inspire women anywhere in the world.  I’ve created my blog to be easily accessible, open and honest, in the future I’d like to introduce Vlogs and Makeup tutorials.

  1. Who is your favorite style icon?

Ooh I have a few but my top three are Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Iris Apfel – all because they have created and fallen in love with their own unique style, I really admire each of them.

  1. What is the best piece of advice that you have even been given?

I remember my Mum always saying ‘there’s no such word as can’t which I interpret as you can achieve anything you set your mind to. I remind myself of this every time I feel disheartened.

  1. How would you best describe your style?

Easy, effortless, put-together, fresh, creative

  1. What inspires to you to write articles for Discover Your Style?

I just have immense passion for it, and if you have passion for something it comes very easily.

Catherine Colegrave

  1. What is your background?

I’ve always loved fashion, I got my first sewing machine when I was 10 years old and was obsessed with making clothes.  I completed my fashion degree then went on to work in buying offices for 10 years.  I’ve always been obsessed with anything creative and enjoy painting and making things, I’m so inspired by creativity it literally gives me energy and happiness.  When the children were younger I opened a shop called www.little-willows.co.uk which was a creative hub for kids.

  1. Since starting your blog, what have been some of your greatest achievements?

Reaching thousands of people through my blog and social media platforms.  Meeting other inspirational bloggers and sharing experiences.  Being part of the book The Journey of Vivacious Mum and guest posting for the likes of yourself Beth, Tiny Buddah and Learn Savvy.  I’ve also won an award for best blogger with VIP Bloggers.

  1. What are your future plans for Discover Your Style?

I want to reach more people, write more articles and offer more free advice and inspiration.  I’m really interested in adding makeup to my blog and collaborating with more brands.

  1. What advice would you give up-and-coming fashion bloggers who are just starting out?

Make sure you have the passion then just go for it.  Find your own style, have your unique market and be yourself . . . steer away from looking at other blogs just work on creating your own, it doesn’t happen overnight – you need to be dedicated, flexible and ever learning!  It’s a great experience!

  1. What advice would you give women who seek to become more fashionable or stylish?

Make it a priority to set time aside for yourself.  One thing I tell my clients is to spend 20-30 minutes every Sunday getting their outfits organized for the forthcoming week.  Embrace your personal style and make it fun rather than a chore.  As with everything knowledge is power . . . find out everything you can about your style personality, body shape and best colors.  There’s plenty of free information online – I have lots of free resources and courses at www.discoveryourstyle.co.uk.

 

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Interview with Interior Designer & Fashion Blogger Maria DeCotiis Meet This Talented Canadian Beauty!

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Maria DeCotiis

Maria DeCotiis

Hi Maria! Please describe your blog Fina Style Blog and what your motivations were for starting such an awesome endeavor.

My blog is predominantly a fashion blog; however, I also like to address beauty, travel and as well share images of fabulous interiors. It’s about creating an overall lifestyle. My blog is a place where I want my readers to feel inspired to dress well and be at their best.

I have been wanting to start a blog for 5 years and struggled with the idea. I finally took a leap of faith and started my blog, Fina Style Blog. It was the best decision I have made. I love every minute of it. I’ve always been torn between deciding on pursuing my love for fashion and interior design until now I realized I can pursue both!

It has been a dream of mine to share my passion for styling outfits with others and I often imagined being a personal shopper. This blog is my way to reach out to so many people. I finally decided that no matter how busy I am being a mom, I needed to follow my dreams!

Maria DeCotiis

You describe your background as being in interior design as well as having some experience in fashion merchandising.  Can you expand some on your expertise?

I first attended interior design school straight out of high school but after a few courses I decided to enroll in a Fashion Merchandising program. I absolutely loved the program but still had the desire to continue my Interior design education and so I went back to school and earned my certificate in Interior design.

Maria DeCotiis

I currently have my own design business, Fina Designs (see designs above and below), and I truly enjoy it. I have so much fun designing rooms, selecting materials and seeing it all come together. I enjoy being able to create beautiful spaces! For me, designing a space is like creating an outfit. It’s all about layering, color schemes and adding those final touches. I’m a believer that having a home you love being in will completely change you for the better.

Maria DeCotiis

 

What type of person is your blog geared to reach? Who is your ideal audience?  Who would you like to help with your posts and advice?

My reader is someone who takes pride in themselves and strives to live their best life. I want to empower my readers to find their style. I hope my posts help those that are not sure how to create outfits by sharing ideas on what works together. I also want to be a source of inspiration for those who adore getting dressed up and keeping up with trends. We can all learn from each other.

I want to be that friend that helps you find the perfect lipstick, find a great pair of jeans or get ready for that important event. I want my readers to look forward to reading my posts! I’ve been told by my followers that my blog exudes a happy and fun feeling, I couldn’t ask for anything more! That is exactly the vibe I want my blog to have.

Maria DeCotiis

What other blogs inspire you?

There are so many great blogs that inspire me! Two of my favorites are

Color Me Courtney – Her blog is so vibrant and she is not afraid to be herself! I admire her confidence as well as her inner and outer beauty!

La Dolce Vita – Her take on interior design is awesome. She always manages to find the most amazing interior design images! I actually saw her at an interior design show once and wanted so badly to tell her in person that I love her blog but I didn’t. I still regret not doing that!

Maria DeCotiis

How do you balance motherhood and your blog?

Wow! I’m still trying to figure that out. Balancing the kids and the blog has definitely been crazy but I’m determined to do it all. I aim to do as much as I can when they are sleeping and I make sure to stop and spend time with them.

Being a mom and pursuing your dreams is not easy but it’s worth every moment. I am a happier person and better mother when I take care of myself and do what I love.

Maria DeCotiis

 

What are some of your favorite posts that you have written?

I’m not sure I could pick one. I never gave myself enough credit and convinced myself  that I couldn’t do this, which is another reason why it took me so long to start this blog. I feel so much pride each and every time I publish a post. Each post has been a labour of love!

I recently did a 3 part series on Valentine’s day outfits which was lots of fun!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Maria DeCotiis

Who are some of your favorite designers?

I always enjoy seeing the work of different designers. I admire the work of designer Kelly Wearstler because she is fearless in her designs and creates interiors that are unique yet classic. Her interiors have so much energy and life to them.

Maria DeCotiis

 

What are your goals/dreams/ambitions for your blog and for yourself?

My dream is to continue to grow the blog and to reach out to more people. I truly hope to help those who need advice on creating outfits for themselves. It’s so important to feel good about ourselves and sometimes the right outfit is just what we need to boost confidence. I also want to inspire others that love fashion just as much as I do.

I have already connected with so many great people and my goal moving forward is to connect with even more amazing women.

Maria DeCotiis

To get in touch with Maria DeCotiis, visit Fina Style Blog or join her on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Photo Credit: Maria DeCotiis