Howdy Beauty Buddies…
Firstly, a huge big thank you from the bottom of my socks for all the love on yesterdays feature: My Everyday Makeup. It seems you lovely lot really enjoy checking out what the everyday staples in fellow bloggers beauty stashes are just as much as I do…. particularly if it’s a pocket friendly stash 😉
However onto our final blogger of the week and I’m chuffed to bits to introduce y’all to the very lovely Hatsy who joins us on the virtual sofa today to chat about life behind the scenes of her budding beauty & lifestyle blog Nearly A Princess. Check out her super cute story of how her blog name came to be – it’s a sweetie 🙂 And of course, don’t forget to pop over and say hello… she’s such a chatty blogger who loves meeting & greeting new blog chums so a warm welcome most definitely awaits you!
Okay, enough from me! Get yourself comfy and grab a cuppa as we take a peek Behind The Blog…
In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:
(Gosh, this is hard!) Beauty, lifestyle and blogging tips. (Darn it, I was hoping to be a bit more creative than that…)
What inspired you to start blogging?
Probably my friend Asha from Miss Asha Blog… when she showed me her blog I instantly wanted to start one and after a bit of fiddling around with WordPress, my blog was born. I also loved watching YouTube, and since I’m not really a natural in front of the camera, blogging was my next best option.
Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?
I talked about this in a post once so I’ll just summarise it. When I was about 6 or 7 I went to my best friend’s house so we could watch this Barbie movie. I think it was called Barbie Princess Charm School. After watching it, my friend and I tried to balance a book on our heads like the princesses in the movie. I was horrible. But my friend (being the epic person she was) told me that I was her princess anyways, and for some reason the event stuck to me and I loved the sound of ‘Nearly A Princess’ so I made that my all around anonymous Internet handle.
Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?
I actually don’t! Am I weird? (I also never wet my toothbrush before brushing my teeth which is another way people can’t trust me.) I find that it’s best to have huge brainstorming sessions and always keep a notebook with you to write ideas down in.
What’s your favourite post to date? *please include link*
This is hard to answer. My favourite post to ever publish would have been my post announcing that I was writing an album (https://nearlyaprincess.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/want-to-help-me-write-an-album/), because, you know, it was a pretty big deal for me! But my favourite post that was a legit post (content wise, not announcements) is probably one of my posts 50 Open Ended Words To Give You Ideas (https://nearlyaprincess.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/50-open-ended-words-for-ideas/). I got a lot of traffic on it and everyone seemed to really enjoy it!
Describe your everyday clothes style:
I tend to just wear really simplistic things like striped shirts and denim jeans, but I guess you could describe it as an urban girl look. I love to dress up and stuff, but for me I just love boots and t-shirts so urban is my main style.
What are your current top 3 beauty items?
I’m currently loving:
Rimmel London Liquid Mousse Foundation
Numtrimetics Apple Fresh Toner
NIVEA Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream
How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?
Check up on all of my notifications and leave some comments of other blogs. Then I repeat. The listen to music. Then I repeat. Can you tell that my iPad is my baby?
Describe your ideal Saturday night:
On Saturdays I go from Saturday sport (generally 8:30-9:30 am) to Saturday School (10am-12pm) and then to my triple threat class (1pm-4:30pm) and then I catch the train to Starbucks for a bit before heading home and making it home by about 5:30pm. Obviously that’s a big day (for me anyways) so I always just plonk myself in front of the TV with some warm milk and honey and binge watch all the shows I recorded throughout the day. I always sleep very well that night!
What do you do to relax?
Sometimes I stop by at a café that sells really nice Blue Heaven Milkshakes and then go window shopping along my favourite outlet street. Other times I just write blog posts on my iPad and watch a bunch of TV. It changes!
Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?
I know this is so unoriginal it’s not funny (I love being original, even in circumstances like this, my dad says I’m on the road to becoming a hipster, haha), but I am a HUGE procrastinator. Just now I’m crying in my own head because I didn’t do my Humanities homework and my teacher is going to kill me. Yay.
What’s your most cherished childhood memory?
Oh goodness, how do I answer this? I guess my main childhood memory (I think it’s my earliest memory, to be honest) would be meeting my little brother for the first time when he was born. I was three at the time, and all I remember was holding him for the first time and Mum buying me lots of white Lindt Chocolate, which sparked my love of that particular kind.
What was your favourite school subject?
I’m actually still in school, and my favourite subject is probably either Design or RE. I score really high in all of those subjects and I have some really great teachers. To be honest, having good teachers makes all the difference.
What’s your dream job?
I’d love to continue as a blogger, as I love doing something I’m good at (writing!) and I’ve met some amazing people. As my hobbies have faded in and out, I’ve never gotten sick of blogging and it definitely NEVER feels like work.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don’t really know how to answer this question. I’ll be eighteen, so I would still be in high school and I’d just be studying for my IB exams (my dad is making me do IB, so doing the state exams, VCE, is out of the question). I guess I just can see myself working as hard as I can in every subject and getting some good marks. After that, I just want to do something that makes me happy… and of course, if I’m still blogging that would be awesome!
What top 5 things are on your bucket list?
I have a bucket list with 50 things on it (I’ve currently completed seven… I think) so I’ll just pick my favourites. I really want to watch Dan and Phil live on their tour should they come to Australia, go to at least one live concert with Brendon Urie in it, one day become a backing dancer for a live concert (preferably with Brendon Urie in it, who are kidding here), go to GoodLife (can you tell I LOVE live performances?!) and to finish writing my album (and possibly write more in the future).
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
Probably when I got accepted into something I really wanted to get into and was incredibly hard to do so. I was really nervous and was pretty sure I wasn’t going to make it but I did!
Who inspires you?
Probably Melanie Martinez and Halsey. I know that the stuff they sing about isn’t exactly something to aspire to (dying children and drugs… hmmm…) but I just love how they are so confident in what they are and how they want to express themselves and it’s made them famous and successful musical artists. Melanie Martinez also was very resilient as even after she lost The Voice she continued to make her own music and still did an amazing job. It just shows that you don’t have to be labelled as ‘the best’ to be one of the best.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
Oh, it changes all the time! I think the main one (at the moment) would probably be either an actual ‘quote’- ‘be sure to taste your words before you spit them out’ by who knows what- or some song lyrics. The lyrics aren’t ‘inspirational’ as such, but more just cool and fun- ‘we could be immortals, but not for long’ or ‘you can set yourself on fire but you’re never gonna burn’- by Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco respectively.
What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?
- Start on WordPress.org! Seriously. I started on WordPress.com instead of WordPress.org and I kick myself for doing so, and now I can’t really move to WordPress.org, even though I really want to. If you start with WordPress.com, sure it’s free, but you are virtually owned by WordPress unless you pay the ‘oh so small’ fee of $130 a year. At least. If you gain a large fanbase on WordPress.com, then want to move to WordPress.org, it is so hard to direct all your followers over there and you lose a lot of readers. You cannot use any of your own custom designs, plug ins or any other form of personalization unless you either go to WordPress.org or pay the fee on WordPress.com (and even then, the options on paid WordPress.com is limited). JUST DO IT FOR THE SAKE OF EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL! XD
- Find other blogs in your niche and reach out, whether you just comment regularly or do a collaboration etc. People are more likely to find your blog this way- no-one’s just going to ‘come and find you’. Soz.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS: (Oh yay, quick fire! I’m gonna time myself.)
Tea or Coffee = Both!
Coke or Pepsi = Pepsi
Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised
Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Playful puppy for sure!
Night In or Night Out = HOW DO I CHOOSE? YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME.
Heels or Flats = Flats
Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Both
Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Alternative ape??? Haha I’m all about alternative so I guess it’s more Rock Chick.
Paperback or E-book = Paperback all the way!
**Oh and answering all those questions took 1 minute 45 seconds.**
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