Blogger of the Month: Charl at Ginger Girls Says
Welcome to our Blogger of the Month feature, as you know each month we bring you a new blogger to find out about their interests and what they love to blog about. This month we’ve got another fabulous interview for you from the beautiful Charlotte, also know as Charl who blogs at Ginger Girls Says!
So let’s get straight to it and find out more about Charl…
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging on and off from around the tender age of 15. Ginger Girl Says was born a year ago after combining a couple of blogs, that I wrote about into one.
What do you blog about?
A little bit of everything. It’s basically the inside of a girl’s head on the internet. I talk make up, men, music, life and of course – fashion. I like to speak my mind and I’m not afraid to say what everybody else may be thinking – all tongue in cheek though.
Who inspires you? / Where do you get your inspiration from, when writing your blog?
My inspiration on a daily basis comes from everyday life or past experiences. I’m also lucky to have met and be surrounded by some amazing bloggers who definitely inspire and push me to write better posts, take better pictures and evolve my style.
Biggest achievement? (blogging/otherwise!)
My biggest achievement blog wise is hitting milestone page views, 10,000, 20,000 etc > it always amazes me that people actually take time to click onto “my blog”. I got retweeted by Lord Alan Sugar too – that was pretty incredible.
How would you describe your style?
My style is hard to put a finger on. I’m quite feminine, I like flirty and floaty outfits with an edge, lashings of studs, accessories and colour. And I always wear bright lipstick.
What do you do when you’re not blogging? / What would be your ideal job?
I currently work in administration and it’s the furthest away from what I blog about than you can get. I’d love to be one of the lucky few who manage to make a living from writing their blog, but for now, I’m happy to just do it because I love it and it justifies my need to shop.
Which celeb style do you admire the most?
I love Kim Kardashian (pictured left) and Christina Hendricks’ (pictured right) style and how they both dress to emphasise their assets without looking like Jodie Marsh.
What do you like about Simply Be?
What I love about Simply Be is that it’s just so refreshing for a range available in plus sizes to offer fashionable and wearable clothes, not just from their core line but other collections like Joe Browns. So many plus size ranges don’t seem to be designed with fashion in mind – it’s disappointing that there is a stigma that just because you have a few extra curves it means that you have to dress like a frump. Simply Be makes it possible for me to take looks from the catwalk – that are available in high street stores but that don’t cater for my curves – and make them my own. Simply Be makes me, “me”!
Any favourites from the Simply Be collection?
I bought the Aztec print panelled dress as my “birthday night out dress.” I’ve only worn it so far to pose in the mirror, but I’m absolutely head over heels in love with it. It’s so bright and playful and sexy – paired with some bright blue heels, a clashing clutch and a coral lippie, I’ll feel every inch the Kardashian (and there’s a lot of inches!)
Do you have any style advice/ general words of wisdom you’d like to share with our readers?
Just to wear what you feel comfortable in, don’t be afraid to try out different looks, textures and colours. Style is as individual as your thumb print, if we all looked the same life would be pretty boring (and creepy). Also don’t stick to this preconception that you “shouldn’t” wear something. I always figured that the operative word in “skinny jeans” was “skinny” and therefore my Amazonian thighs would look ridiculous. Same for “body-con” dresses, I figured if I didn’t have a figure like Victoria Beckham I’d look like a lumpy bumpy mess, but that’s where shapewear comes in. It’s all about dressing to show your personality and to make the most of your body shape – if you’ve got it, flaunt it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“You only get one life” – my mum told me this at a pretty “meh” moment of my life and it definitely gave me a kick up my shapely but fabulous bottom.
What single item could you not live without?
My phone, I’m one of *those* people who is surgically attached to their iPhone. Unashamedly.
Apart from your own, can your recommend any favourite style blogs or books we can add to our reading list?
Style blog wise, I have major clothes crushes on Callie at From the Corners of the Curve, Rosie at A Rose Like This and Danielle Vanier. Book wise, read One Day by David Nicholls or Me Before You by JJ Moyes.
Shoes or handbags?
I once read that dependent on shoe size you’re either a shoe person or a bag person. I think it was if you’re a size 6 or over, you’re more predominantly a bag person (because pretty big shoes for clown feet are harder to come by) – I wear a size 8.
Anything else you’d like to get across?
Confidence is key to pulling off any look, so when you learn to love yourself and your body this will shine through and make you look extra hawt.
Thanks Charl! We totally agree with you, it’s all about the confidence
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