Hey Beauty Buddies…
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Talking of excited, today on Behind The Blog I’m joined by the super talented Dannie from Stile.Foto.Cibo. If you haven’t already made a visit to her gorgeous little online haven then I suggest you put it as priority on your virtual ‘to do’ list as it’s literally jam-packed with lots of fantastic features on a whole range of stylish topics. However, enough from me – time to chat to the lady herself. As always, grab your cuppa, curl up and enjoy getting to know the girl Behind The Blog…
In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:
Style, Photo, Food (hence the name), beauty, and lifestyle!
What inspired you to start blogging?
Very specifically, Rosie the Londoner and Damsel in Dior. Then I started exploring the blogging community as a whole and went “Hell yeah, I want to be part of this!”
Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?
Stile.Foto.Cibo translated from Italian is “style.photo.food” because those were the three things I wanted to focus on. Were I to do it again, I would probably have replaced “stile” with “moda,” the Italian word for fashion but I love my name all the same. I love the ring it has to it.
I went with Italian because it’s the language I took in high school and college and I just love it. I have to brush up on it before I decide to go venturing off to Italy, though. Lol!
Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?
Ugh, all the time! I have a notebook in my purse at all times with a pen and a pencil so I can take down any ideas I get throughout the day or sketch outfits I want to make and such.
What’s your favourite post to date?
Fishtail French Braid Updo, Blanket Scarves, and Doggy Debut!
This one was so much fun to shoot and write. We’d just adopted our dog, went for a super long walk, and took a ton of photos on the way. Half the excitement of blog posts is the work that goes into writing them and this one was particularly fun. Though I have a few in the works coming up that could just as easily take first place for favorite.
Describe your everyday clothes style:
I’m a big fan of casual with dressy highlights. Jeans and a t-shirt paired with heels and a pretty necklace is a dream!
What are your current top 3 beauty items?
Ooh, this is a tough one as I just got a ton of really great beauty stuff for pretty cheap.
I’m a huge fan of my em cosmetics bronzer and blush. I went for a bolder palette than I normally would and I’m loving the results! It’s Coral Temptations for those wondering.
I’m also loving this mascara from e.l.f.
And this nail polish from Julep!
How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?
I’m such a fan of baths. A bubbly lavender bath with Epsom salts, candles, a glass of wine, and a good book is the fast track to relaxing for me. But as I usually don’t get home from work until midnight or later and often am waking up around 6:30, I settle for snuggles with my lady and my dog.
Describe your ideal Saturday night:
As I work in the entertainment industry, Saturday nights are when I’m working so those who have traditional work weeks can go out and enjoy themselves! Were I not working most Saturday nights, my ideal would probably dinner at a favorite restaurant, drinks at my favorite pub, then either seeing a show or going home and having a few friends over. My ideal Saturday night based on my work week’s equivalent of a Saturday (which usually ends up being Wednesday night) is cooking at home and relaxing with my lady and some wine.
What do you do to relax?
Baths, puppy cuddles, and beach walks!
Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?
Nail and cuticle biting! You’ll notice I almost never post or talk about my nails at all. They’re so bad. I know it’s a bad habit and I’m trying so hard to stop biting them (with wedding motivation currently fuelling that fire) but it’s so hard!
What’s your most cherished childhood memory?
Going to the zoo with my mom. We were members at one of the zoos here in Chicago so every week during the summer we would hop in the car and go to the zoo. We would go straight to the dolphins and sit and watch them for hours.
What was your favourite school subject?
What’s your dream job?
Going to get real specific here. My absolute dream job would be to become a rare books & manuscripts conservator working at the British Library Conversation Studio. Fun fact, I have a Master’s in Library and Information Science. I love love love working with old and rare books and I love doing preservation and conservation on them. I got to visit the studio in 2013 and instantly knew where I wanted to work. It’s a super lofty goal but everyone’s gotta have big dreams, right?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully at least living in London if not working in conservation in London. If not, just doing my theatre stage manager thing here in Chicago.
What top 5 things are on your bucket list?
I don’t know that I have a specific bucket list, per se, just things I really want to do.
Visit Firenze, Italia.
Live in London permanently
Travel everywhere I have the opportunity to
Marry my fantastic lady. (oh wait, that’s happening!)
Climb more mountains.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
This is a super loaded question! I’m going to go with having some marked success stage managing. Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be on stage. Now I sort of am! But in a way that suits me much better. I think ten-year-old me would be proud of current me.
Who inspires you?
Everyone around me! People who are excited about what they are doing and who are fully present and engaged in their work inspire me. People who bring enthusiasm into their daily lives. People who aren’t afraid to make eye contact and smile at strangers in the street.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
“Get up, show up, and never give up.”
Sometimes the sheer act of getting out of bed is near impossible. But I know that if I get up and get to the job at hand, it will get done and I will feel better. Helps to dress like a beast, too.
What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?
Just do it! Even if you’re not aiming to make a career out of it (I would like to one day), just do it. If it makes you happy, if it’s something that you can be present and engaged in, then do it!
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
Tea or Coffee = Both! A time for tea and a time for coffee.
Coke or Pepsi = Coke, 100%
Messy mayhem or Super Organised = I’m a librarian and a stage manager. If I’m not super organized, call for help.
Cute kitten or Playful puppy = I’m a dog person if there ever one. Give me a wiggly tail any day!
Night In or Night Out = There’s a time and place for both but I have preference for nights in with wine, homecooked food, a book/movie, and my lady.
Heels or Flats = So long as I’m not working backstage, heels all the way!
Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = tough call. Gonna go with lipstick.
Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rock chick!
Paperback or E-book = [puts on librarian voice] I have a preference for paperbacks but I understand and appreciate the place of e-books in giving easier access to books.
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