Interview: Chris Killen

by Danielle Holian

For our readers, tell us about yourself?

I am 25, I am originally from Donegal but I lived in Galway for a few years before I moved to Scotland to attend uni.  I’ve always had an interest in Fashion but I never realised that it was a career option when I was doing my leaving cert back in 2008 so I went to NUIG to study an Arts degree but I didn’t like the course.  I went to GTI in 2015 to study Fashion Buying and Merchandising and now I am studying Fashion Management in RGU.

Can you describe how you got into blogging, and what inspired you to start it?

I’ve always thought about blogging but I guess there were loads of things holding me back; I would tell myself I didn’t have enough time as I worked and studied, and it is quite daunting to write about yourself on a platform which has a global reach. When I went to uni in Scotland, it is part of our course to start and keep up a blog (there goes the I don’t have time excuse!  We did not have to make our blogs public but when I had written a few posts and actually worked hard on them, I thought it would be shame not to share it with my family and friends.

How would you describe your personal style and is there a person who is a fashion inspiration to you?

My personal style has changed a lot over the years but I guess that’s the thing about fashion, it is constantly changing and it evolves with you as a person.  Now, I have a kind of chic-casual look – I love wearing skinny jeans with boots and a shirt and smart jacket. I get my fashion inspiration from other bloggers.  My favourite ones being Retro Flame and 5 Inch and Up.

Where do you tend to buy your clothes, and why?

I usually buy my clothes from highstreet stores such as Topshop or Zara and I buy all of my basics from Penneys. I will always browse through all of the high street stores but those three are where I do make most of my purchases. I like Zara as they always have something new in store and I am a big fan of Topshop because I am quite small and their clothes are a good fit.

Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together?

I wouldn’t have any ‘rules’ as fashion which is always changing and rules are made to be broken.  What works for me though is that less is more, if I am wearing a statement piece I will usually style with other pieces which are quite simple so as not to take away from the total look.

Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts?

I find my inspiration when I’m out and about doing things, I will think of a blog post and make a note of the idea in my phone; some of my notes never become blog posts but its good to have the inspiration there when you need it.

What would you say is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging?

The biggest challenge so far has been finding the time especially to go out and take photos. It gets dark at around 4pm now in Scotland so it is hard to find the time when I am in uni and with my part time job.

What do you love most about blogging?

I love the way it your own little space to express yourself.

What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?

There has been no major life changes as I am still very new to blogging but the feedback from my family and friends has been so great. It has encouraged me to keep it up.

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