Since last Friday was spent talking about the fabulous Missguided shows that took place at the Manchester Fashion Week, I’m super excited to be bringing you yet another interview as part of the Follow Friday Interview Series – again, featuring a gorgeous fashionista that’s definitely worth a follow!!
Let me introduce you to Clara Astra from Rainbows & Fairydust!
How long have you been blogging?
2 years now, time flies when ur having fun huh!
How many subscribers (across all media incl Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc) do you have right now?
I dont think numbers are important, I blog because I want to share my style and bargain fashion finds with friends and like minded people, my readers are all fabulous and much more than just numbers! Blogging is a super fun hobby for me and anything extra that comes along with it is a blessing :-)
What do you blog most about (outfit posts? trends? lust-lists? etc)?
I blog mainly about fashion, lots of “what I am wearing”, things I have seen in the shops that I like, nail art, and of course pics of my little dog Captain Bob -)
How did you come up with your blog’s name?
When I was younger and used to write letters and cards to my friends ( as most giggly, fluffy pink teenage girls do) and I would always sign them “lots of love, rainbows & fairy dust, Clare Astra”. So when I decided to start a blog Rainbows & Fairydust just came to mind and I thought it was cute and original!
What’s your favourite part about blogging?
Making new friends, I love chatting to people through my blog and I have made alot of lovely new friends through blogging who I really treasure. I also really enjoy helping girls find great fashion pieces at high street prices. The reason I started blogging was because my friends always wanted to know where I got my clothes from, and a lot of blogs out there were girls wearing clothes that us “normal” people just cant afford! I am a HUGE believer in affordable fashion, no matter what your budget you can ALWAYS look stylish!
How do you take your outfit pictures?
I like to do them outside as I think it gives more interest and the light outside always shows the clothes off better, and I am usually out somewhere walking the dog when the opportunity to snap an outfit arrises!! My husband takes my photos.
What equipment (camera, etc) do you use?
My pics are usually taken on a Canon SLR or a Leica
Do you post-edit your pictures?
I usually put a vintage touch to my pics in Photoshop, if I think the outfit is appropriate!
Have you ever been invited to any blogging events? If yes, which one was your favorite?
Yes, they have all been really cool, most fashion brands are VERY generous to bloggers as they know the blogosphere is a great way to showcase their products, I LOVE events with photobooths and cakes the best tho!!
What’s your favourite piece of clothing in your wardrobe?
Oh my gosh I have soooo many how can I pick one!? At the moment I am REALLY into my pastel and neon jeans ….. cant stop wearing them!! I am also a MASSIVE maxi dress/skirt wearer! I am a bit of a hippie at heart!
What’s your must-have accessory this season?
Arm Candy! More is More has ALWAYS been my moto when it comes to accessorising! Load up your wrists with bangles, bracelets, friendship bands and watches – trust me you will look AWESOME!!
What fashion brands do you swear by?
I shop EVERYWHERE, High street, Markets, Charity shops, and online! To find great unique pieces you cant limit your self to a few stores, you never know whats out there until you explore!
Who are your favorite bloggers?
I have soooo many but here are a few Style Marmalade, Fancy Tree House, Sara Luxe, Sterling Style they are all COMPLETELY different but each inspire me and I just loove mixing fashion styles together! I have many many more but these are some that are fairly new to me so I thought I would like to share!
What’s your pet hate?
People who put their bag on the seat next to them on the train so nobody else can sit there! AND people who talk through a gym class, the other week a woman took THREE phone calls during 1, 45 min spin class! I nearly pushed her off her bike! – I have soooo many more but I shall stop at 2! :-)
What’s your vice? Shopping!
I shop WAY too much! I would be living in a BIG house my now if I didn’t NEED all of these shoes!!
What makes you subscribe to a blog?
It can be anything from, amazing photos, to great writing, interesting content or just great fashion / interior / craft / art inspiration!
How do you think your blog stands out from the other blogs?
Thats a tough question! I just want to share my fashion finds and inspire other girls, and show them that you can be stylish on a budget! Fashion is for everyone, not just the rich!! Also I like showing off how cute my little dog is!! My hubby is a brilliant photographer, and if nothing else I have a high standard of photography on my blog!! I really just enjoy getting to know my readers and chatting about all things fashion with them! I have such gorgeous readers and am blessed by them ALL of the time :-)
Whose style do you admire (celebrity, fashion blogger, etc)?
Isabel Lucas, I am obsessed with her style! She is sooo effortlessly chic! I love her hippie vibe and her HAIR … I die!
How would other people describe you using only 5 adjectives?
Hahah I hate these questions because I am just gonna sound like a big head! Here is how I hope people would describe me – Fun, Creative, Caring, Chatty & Honest – (not always at the appropriate time!)
What is your go-to fashion magazine?
I read LOOK every week, Vogue, Elle and Dazed & Confused – when I remember to buy it!!
What food can you not stay away from?
Crisps!!!! I am LOVING prawn cocktails pringles right now! I also LOVE bananas! Oh and peanut butter!
What do you prefer: online shopping or shopping in stores?
Depends on my mood! Shopping online is great when you don’t have any time, but nothing quite beats and day strolling around the shops, especially if it involves afternoon tea and cocktails!!
Is there something you wanna share that you haven’t shared before?
LOL NO! You know it all and the rest shall remain a mystery :-)
I’m super-jealous of Clare’s hair. It’s so beautifully curly! And she has one heck of a talented husband who takes really gorgeous pictures of her outfits! Oh yeah, AND CAN I PLEASE HAVE HER WARDROBE?! I love her sense of style, even though it’s completely different to mine! Love the hippi-esque flair :-)