Meet My British Pal Ellie – Interview with Ellie’s Favourite Things
Hey friends! I don’t recall how I stumbled upon Ellie’s blog. But I’ve been following her since before I moved to England I believe. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t reach out to her while I was there so I could’ve met this adorable blogger, but I may be going back to London next January. If so, I’ll be taking this gal out for a nice cuppa tea or whatever caffeinated drink of her choice is. Heck, maybe even a pint!
You may recognize her if you are a fan of Jessie Ware’s music, because she popped up in her latest music video You & I. I’m obsessed with all her outfit posts, I think her new hair cut is the bomb, and she’s super talented with photography and has a great eye for a perfect image. She’s the cutest. Ever.
She was so lovely to agree to do an interview on my blog, and I’m looking forward to hopefully meeting her one day!
First of all let me say thank you for agreeing to do this interview! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and have even been able to use it for inspiration in some of my fashion classes!
No way!!!!! Actual inspiration? Thank you very much!
Okay, so let’s dive into the interview!
How long have you been been blogging? What inspired you to start blogging? Did you intend for it to be a fashion blog, lifestyle blog or both?
So far, I’ve been blogging for 3 and a half years which is pretty mad. Nothing really inspired me to start blogging – more boredom but it was after a couple of months of posting random stuff I realised there are people who are actual bloggers and actually post about real stuff and started reading blogs like Style Bubble, Wish Wish Wish etc so I gradually got into it and decided to make it more fashion orientated.
What was the biggest surprise about the blog? Were you expecting so much success?
I think the biggest surprise was a couple of years ago and ASOS emailed me about a collaboration – I thought it was spam mail but that was pretty insane! I wouldn’t call it a success as such as it’s been a natural, gradual growth with people finding my blog, but it’s nice to know like reading all that I write (or at least pretend to!)
What has been the best “perk” about gaining popularity in the “Blogger-sphere?”
Not popularity related, but I think the best thing about blogging are all the people I’ve become mates with – there’s some really lovely people I’ve met over the years who I’m really good mates with (and share the importance of taking photos of EVERYTHING on days out!)
You recently moved to London for Uni, (my favorite city on earth) what has been the most surprising thing, or biggest change?
The biggest change is having to cook for myself and realising I cannot cook – at all. Something London related, I suppose it’s kind of obvious, but it’s so busy all the time. Nottingham, the city where I’m from is still pretty big but it’s Sunday evening in London and people are just carrying on as normal …. it’s never quiet!
London, Paris and other fashion-forward areas of Europe are considered to be 1-2 or more years ahead of America, because of this where do you find inspiration? (since most Americans look to you for inspiration)
Nah I follow loads of American bloggers and they have wicked style! For me, street style is a major influence, spending too much time on Tumblr, Pinterest and obviously reading loads of blogs and nicking little bits of everyone else’s style!
What do you trends that are “happening” right now in Europe do you think Americans will jump on?
I’m not sure what the trends are in America but I really like all the a-line skirts everywhere and I’m slowly jumping onto the crop top trend too and of course all the monochrome-y stuff too. The trainer trend is growing on me, slowly.
If someone were to visit the UK and they didn’t want to do “tourist-y” things, what would you suggest?
(I visited Chatsworth house, which is a tourist attraction but I still recommend it…)
Ah Chatsworth house is close to home, they sell wicked food there. For me, I don’t know if this is touristy but all the Markets I really like – especially in London there’s absolutely loads (Borough Market, Greenwich Market etc). For outside of London, my favourite city is Liverpool and there’s so many places to visit there. Also this is the most touristy place in the world but when in the UK it’s only right you visit Cadbury’s World (I’ve been 6 times).
Where are some of your favorite places to shop? Do you prefer vintage or new?
I like all the obvious ones, Urban Outfitters, Zara, H&M, Monki, American Apparel and of course ASOS. I love finding proper vintage bargains but a lot of the vintage stores in London are really expensive!
If you had one day free of classes and homework, and could bum around London… What would be your perfect day?
I’d go to The Breakfast Club for Breakfast (they sell the best pancakes ever!!!) and I’d probably visit Kew Gardens, eat loads of Burritos, wander around Notting Hill and end it with a meal at The Diner! An intense day.
Do you like sloths?
(Oh my gosh let’s be best friends!!!!)
Okay final question, if you could visit any American city which would you choose?
I can’t choose one, but I visited Chicago a couple of years ago and it’s so flippin cool there, I also really really like San Fran but I’ve heard New Orleans is really cool?! ……….
Ellie is hands down my favorite blogger from England, she has a great sense of style, a cheeky sense of humor, a great writing style… Can you tell I basically want to be her? You should ALL go check out her super fantastic blog, it’s filled to the brim with gorgeous outfit and market photos.