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Meet…What I Heart Today

Lily Pebbles is definitely a girl after our own hearts, and her blog What I Heart Today has become another firm favourite. So read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog…
 
Ok, first up who is What I Heart Today? 
What I Heart Today is run by me, Lily Pebbles and it’s mainly a beauty site with a bit of fashion and lifestyle thrown in
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How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the  first place? 
What I Heart Today has been going for 3 years and it all started at University when I was encouraged to start a blog as part of our Digital Marketing module.
What inspires your blog posts? 
Anything really. I’m obsessed with beauty and I’m always eager to try out new launches and tell everyone my thoughts. I read a lot of other blogs and watch beauty videos on YouTube so that really inspires me too.
How would you describe your style? 
I like to keep things quite classic and stylish, but most importantly I’m all about the comfort.
What three items can you not live without? 
My leather detail Zara coat, lip balm and my camera.
What do you get up to when you’re not blogging? 
When I’m not blogging I’m most likely to be shopping, making videos for my YouTube channel, reading other blogs, painting my nails on the sofa or eating out at a new restaurant.
Tell us something no one else knows about you… 
I hide my childhood diaries under my bed and would die of embarrassment if anyone ever read them. I guess I should find a new hiding place now…

And lastly, what’s your favourite thing about Winter?
Coming inside and getting warm. Lighting a candle (usually Diptyque), putting on cosy loungewear, making a hot Ribena and watching films

Meet… Daisy Butter

We were first introduced to Michelle’s blog when she wrote a lovely feature for us last year, and we’ve been hooked ever since. Read on to find out a little more about the girl behind the blog…

Ok, first up who is Daisybutter? Daisybutter started as a revamped, fashion version of a MySpace blog and graphic design site that I ran way back in the day. I can’t remember how I chose the name, but avid Harry Potter enthusiasts might have a clue! Daisybutter is a UK based fashion and personal style, full of outfit photos, inspiration and styling tips/ideas thrown in for good measure.  
How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
I’ve been blogging on and off since about 2007, but Daisybutter really came into its’ own in January 2010. I started it after having read a few of the ‘big’ blogs religiously, and I even documented my outfits on a fashion forum; starting this blog seemed like a natural progression!  
What inspires your blog posts?
Things that catch my eye, things that I’d potentially read about, outfits that have helped to improve my mood in some way for that day, anything goes really!  
How would you describe your style? 
I would describe my style as mostly classic, sometimes a little eclectic and kitsch/cutesy, with lots of layers and textures.  
What three items can you not live without?
 My phone, a good skin moisturiser and coffee!  
What do you get up to when you’re not blogging? 
Usually at Uni, perusing Topshop (in-store and online – whoops!) or cosying up with a good book or film.
  Tell us something no one else knows about you… 
I really like to alphabetise! Bookshelves, magazines, even the bookmarks bar on my laptop. I think I have a problem…  
And lastly, what’s your favourite thing about Winter?
 Having an excuse to wear all of my favourite knits and to pass up nights out for hot chocolate evenings

When I grow up…

For this months edition of ‘When I Grow Up’ we interview the lovely Sarah, a blogger and jewellery maker working under the name the Temporary:Secretary. Here we talk to her about her brand, and what made her get into it in the first place.



Who is the ‘Temporary:Secretary’? And how long have you been making jewellery? Temporary:Secretary is the name of my jewellery and accessories brand. I wanted a name that was quirky and different, something that would suit my brand and what I was selling. I started the business in 2008, so it has almost been 4 years now. 

What inspired you to get into jewellery making? 
It is difficult for me to pinpoint what inspired me to start my jewellery business, because before 2008 I was not in to jewellery and accessories. I was selling things on eBay and it evolved from that. After I graduated, I found it difficult to let go of the business. I had invested my own money in to it and it had potential to do well.

Who are your inspirations? And where do you get you ideas from?
I used to be more creative with inspiration. I was still at university when the business started and making jewellery was just a hobby. There was no pressure and I was having fun with it because I never saw it as a long-term venture. However, now with having bills, fees and overheads to pay now, the pressure gets to me and that stunts the creativity slightly. I constantly think in “business mode”. I guess I feel I have to be more commercial, for mass appeal. I know I have a lot to learn still.



What makes a good business idea? 
With both the blog and business, you have to make sure you stand out. In such a saturated market, it is vital to ensure that you’re different – put your own twist on something and give someone something to be excited about. It is nice to take inspiration but ultimately, be individual. It’s the only way you’ll get ahead. Don’t be afraid to be creative, even if it means weeks of brainstorming and research. The hard work will pay off when you finally have something you can shout about.

What do you do when you are not blogging/jewellery making? 
Blog and work. That’s about it. I find it really difficult to switch off from work. I am constantly working. I am always on the computer, laptop, mobile phone – working. People that know me will tell you this. I rarely watch tv or listen to music these days. Even when I am watching tv, or if I am out shopping, I’ll use the internet on my phone to answer customer query tweets and emails. 



What was it about jewellery that made you want to make your own?
I started to make jewellery for myself because at that time, there was very little jewellery that looked like this. I used to look at accessories on the high street and they were either really dainty little pieces or encrusted with tacky diamonds that would fall off after a few wears. Nowadays, they have all caught on to the “novelty” kitsch jewellery, it has been difficult to compete with the high street giants! Especially Primark. 

Do you have any advice you’d like to give people who may be thinking about doing something similar?
There is no easy and quick solution. It takes a lot of hard work! It’s just pure hard work and perseverance. People may think it’s easy but you’re going to become your own boss, and although there will be people to help you, you’re the one who makes the final decision! So be cohesive, think about all the aspects and how to execute them. I have learnt this the hard way!Be willing to learn and accept feedback, good or bad! It all helps you to make your business better, and when it all fits in to place, it may develop in to more and there will be rewards! Hard work first, rewards later! 

DIY Wrapping Paper

Now that we’ve bought lots of pretty things to give to our friends and family for Christmas this year, it seemed such a shame to wrap them up in bog standard festive paper. So we went on a mission to find some creative ways to wrap up our presents and we think these two ideas have come up trumps!



Geri gave us the very clever idea of printing our very own patterned paper, complete with tags. It’s quite fiddly, but we love the idea of putting our own stamp on them!


However, if you’re not feeling that artistic Ellie showed us how to transform some plain stripy paper with  some cute doilies. And we just love the vintage labels too!

Voila. The perfect finishing touches. 

Meet….. Gem Fatale

Gem is definitely up there with our favourite bloggers, so it was a no brainer when deciding who to feature next. We love her infamous Tuesday tips and can always rely on her to bag some awesome charity shop bargains. So what are you waiting for? Read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog…




Ok, first up who is ‘Gem Fatale’? 

I thought the name up before I had a blog whilst I was creating a new email address for an eBay account! I’d been studying Film Noir at the time so femme fatales were on my mind… When I came to start the blog soon after, the name stuck. I didn’t think about the meaning of it much at the time as I never though anyone would read the blog, but now I cringe when my postman brings me parcels addressed to Gem Fatale… I sound like a porn star!

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place? 
I started in the summer of 2007 after being inspired by the few popular bloggers of the time (eg. Susie Bubble!) I was living in an OAP-crammed seaside town and feeling slightly alone in my burgeoning interest in fashion. The blog became a place for me to air my take on all things stylish and a way to communicate with like-minded ladies.



What inspires your blog posts? 
Anything that makes me go ‘OMG’! The things that usually excite me are bargains, cute things (baby hedgehogs etc.) and DIY projects. I’m really inspired by food and craft blogs at the minute. I’ve got lots of festive baking and crafting blog posts planned! 

How would you describe your style? 
Girly with a rocky edge. And always comfy: body-con dresses need not apply. 




What three items can you not live without?
My laptop, my nail art pen and my big brown faux fur coat I found in a charity shop. 

We’re huge fans of your Tuesday tips… have you got a favourite? 
Aw, thank you! My discovery that liquid eyeliner could double up as a nail art pen really kick started my love affair with nail art, and seemed to go viral round the blogosphere at the time which was extremely exciting, so it’ll always have a special place in my heart. There’s nothing as heartwarming as having someone say that they’ve tried and loved a tip you’ve shared! It’s my favourite thing about blogging. 





What do you get up to when you’re not blogging? 
Whilst not blogging I’ll be found working at Topshop, cosying up with my boyfriend in front of the telly, or raiding the local charity shop circuit. 

Tell us something no one else knows about you… 
I have an unhealthy obsession with horoscopes… I once cried when I read that my boyfriend and I were doomed to fail as he’s a Capricorn and I’m a Gemini… I suppose the fact we’ve been together 6 years ought to tell me to stop believing what I read! 



And lastly what’s your favourite thing about Autumn?
Layering! The bingo wings can retire safely away in chunky knit cardigans and bad hair days can be easily masked with a woolly hat. Nippy weather hides a multitude of style sins!

Meet… Tick Tock Vintage

We meet another wonderful blogger for our next installment of our Meet the Blogger series. This time we chat to Veronika  from Tick Tock Vintage. We love her effortless writing style, not to mention her covetable collection of gorgeous dresses! 
Read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog… 




Ok, first up who is Tick Tock Vintage?  
Well, I’m a 24 year old gal that lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m a third grade teacher at a school in north Philadelphia. I live with my husband, our three dogs (Oliver, Louie, and Henry), cat (Meow), and rabbit (Peter). I’m an avid runner and cyclist, and I love doing outdoor sports and activities. I also bake and work on sewing projects (mostly restyling thrift store finds). I like long hair, deep sea life, rural Pennsylvania, 1960’s fashion, and bicycles.



How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place
Before I started grad school, I worked a really awful job doing web analytics for a huge company. I absolutely hated it and the day seemed to drag on. Blogging gave me a way to pass the time!



What inspires your blog posts?
My outfit posts are inspired by all sorts of things: vintage advertisements, movies, my friends, other bloggers, whatever I find while thrifting, etc. I also post about Philadelphia a lot, since I really love the city. I try to feature parts of the city that might not get a ton of attention (like my neighborhood, East Passyunk, or Chestnut Hill). I also like to share random things that happen in my life, like meetups with Philadelphia Activity Club

How would you describe your style?
Scattered! I’m all over the place. I like super girly pastel vintage dresses, crazy shoes, bold and colorful
patterns, furry hats, and leather belts. I think I definitely dress with a vintage flair, I try to incorporate several modern pieces, or items from different decades to avoid looking like I’m on my way to a fancy dress party.
What three items can you not live without?
My denim jacket, brown peep-toe pumps, and any one of my vintage dresses.
What do you get up to when you’re not blogging?
I spend a lot of time with friends and my husband, playing games or activities, eating together, or just enjoying Philadelphia. My pets also take a up a whole bunch of my time, too. School is also a huge priority for me, especially since I’m a first year teacher.
Tell us something no one else knows about you… 
Hmm. I hate swimming in bodies of water where I can’t see the bottom. It freaks me out.
And lastly as we’ve just released our End of Summer issue, we want to know what’s your favourite thing about this season? 
Aw, I can only pick one!? I love summer so much that it’d hard to choose! I guess my most favorite part of summer is that it stays light out much longer than in the winter. Darkness at 5pm is so depressing! I also love long bike rides, ice cream, beach trips, big slices of watermelon on the porch, and picnics.

Meet… A thought is the Blossom

Blogs are a huge inspiration for the Cellardoor team, so you can usually find us trawling endlessly through our favourites on a lazy afternoon with a cup of tea. One girl we’ve got bookmarked is Starr, from A Thought is the Blossom, whose blog is a treasure trove of inspiration and beautiful photography.
 Read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog….



Ok, first up who is ‘A thought is the Blossom’? 
A Thought is the Blossom is a small town vintage-loving girl who loves nerdy things like history and educational programming. I like to write, love taking pictures, and I’m also madly in love with the South.


   

   How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
A little over 2 years now. I was a regular follower of all the vintage-selling ebay shops during the golden days of Myspace and decided to start my own shop and blog. I wasn’t very good at maintaining a lucrative vintage shop, but keeping up with a blog was fun to me. It really helped me develop my personal style.



   What inspires your blog posts?
I’d say the internet is a big inspiration for me. Work from other photographers, models, designers, bloggers, you name it. There are so many cool people out there that I get inspiraiton from everyday.

   How would you describe your style?
It’s definitely vintage and a little romantic. I love the shape of little girls dresses from the 40s-60s, and of course, lots of florals! For a while there I was only wearing whites and neutrals, but now I’m getting into color again.



   What three items can you not live without?
Baggy dresses during the summer, a cute pair of flats, and my Laura Mercier concealer.

   What do you get up to when you’re not blogging?
I work a lot and I go to school. I have two waitressing jobs, alongside a job as the fashion columnist for a local magazine. I also do a little bit of freelance photography. If I’m not doing that stuff, I’m usually spending time with my boyfriend and our cat, Monkey.



   Tell us something no one else knows about you…
I’m not very good at keeping secrets…

   And lastly as we’re just releasing our Summer issue, what’s your favourite thing about this season?
Stripes and boaters!

Meet….. Lost in the Haze





 Meet Jo from Lost in the Haze. We first came across the  twenty-two year old form Christchurch, NZ and fell in love with her dreamy photographs and love reading about all of her adventures.  Peter pan collars, floral wallpaper, going on adventures and  cupcakes, just a few of the things Jo lists as things she loves and we couldn’t agree more… definitely a girl after our own hearts!  
Read on to find our more… 









Ok, first up who is ‘Lost in Haze’?
Lost in the Haze consists of me, Jo, and my long-term love, Barnaby. I am a vintage enthusiast and am constantly scouting the local vintage stores to see what I can get my hands on! Barnaby is a genius with cameras, and he does all of the beautiful photography and behind-the-scenes work. It is definitely a plus being able to work with my best friend!  

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
I have been blogging since February 2011; so five months now! I have been an avid blog reader for about three years, and felt that I had something different to offer. I live in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, which has the most beautiful landscapes. The blog was partially created to show off the beautiful scenery, and partially to show off my love for vintage fashion, DIYs, and just generally cute things! 










What inspires your blog posts?
I am notorious for going on many scenic excursions, and this definitely plays a role in my blog inspiration! I am also inspired by quirky and stand out garments I find when thrifting. I regularly look at vintage magazines (particularly from the 1960s!) when I am feeling a lack of inspiration, and they never cease to let me down!

How would you describe your style?
I would definitely say that my style is a bit of a mish-mash! I often take key elements of the 1960s and 1970s, like mini dresses and velvet fabric. I love quirky staple items; such as my peach coloured faux leather shorts! I am also crazy about nautical elements to my outfits, and have been known for never turning down a sailor collar. I adore cute pan collars and elbow patches, and often think to myself that I dress like a cross between a young child or an old woman.




What three items can you not live without?
My iPhone (I am truly addicted to Crash Bandicoot racing!), my woolen toy panda; Bales, and my faux fur lined desert boots which are getting me through winter!

What do you get up to when you’re not blogging?
I’m currently a full time university student who graduates in December (I am already planning my graduation outfit, eek!) I also run an online boutique which sells both new and vintage items. Lastly, I also do a bit of freelance work on the side.





Tell us something no one else knows about you…
I am a long-term vegetarian! When I turned eleven I decided I didn’t want to eat meat anymore, but gave up on my first night and ate a saveloy! Whoops! I’ve been good ever since though, and have now been a vegetarian for eleven years.

And lastly as we’ve just released our Spring issue, what’s your favourite thing about this season?
This season I am crazy about colourful plaid prints and flower crowns. I have also found myself eyeing up a pair of creeper shoes!


Meet… Sincerely Jules



Julie is definitely up there with our favourite bloggers, so it was a no brainer when deciding who to feature next.  We were immediately drawn in by her cute blog (who doesn’t love bunting!) and fell in love with effortless Californian style. So what are you waiting for? Read on!


Ok, first up who is ‘Sincerely Jules’?
Jules is a go-getter who loves to live passionately about what she enjoys doing. She’s honest, hardworking, driven, sweet, laid back and has a knack for putting things together quite well. She’s just a girl who loves to do what she loves, be around the people she cares about and lives to follow her dreams…her motto are the words Dream, Believe, Achieve- there’s a Jules’ in all of us! :) 

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
I’ve been blogging for 2.5 years! I started because I was stuck on a creative rut and wanted something new & fresh to keep me going. At the time, I was attending fashion school (FIDM) in L.A and was constantly swamped with projects, finals and starting the blog definitely freshen things up for me! It came at the right time for me!
 

What inspires your posts? 
Everything! One day it can be the weather, the next can be a certain color or a song lyrics. Depends on my mood too! Its always fun to keep it interesting and post things that genuinely inspire me. How would you describe your style?
Always have a hard time answering this just because I don’t like to define my style. I just love to wear what I feel comfortable, confident and pretty in. I can say though, in every outfit I wear, you’ll be able to notice my California flare.


What three items could you not live without?
My vintage Lee cut-off shorts (best buy ever!), Opening Ceremony pony hair booties and vintage Hermes kelly bag!

W hat do you get up to when you’re not blogging?

I do all sorts of things when I’m not blogging from working on my t-shirt line, to freelance styling, brainstorming all the time for future/potential projects, scouting locations, hunting down vintage/designer pieces to resell, etc…i mean, everyday is something different which I love because I never get bored.


 Tell us something no one else knows about you… 
Behind all the photos/blog, I’m extremely shy…no one ever believes me just because I have a blog! It’s pretty funny!

And lastly as we’ve just released our Spring issue, what’s your favourite thing about this season?
I’m really diggin’ all the color blocking and how bangs were such a hit this season!

Meet… Me and My Polar Bear


We love spending some of our free time scrolling through our favourite blogs and Emily’s is definitely one of our go to sites. Describing herself as “A 25 year old lover of baking, dresses and shoes” she’s pretty much a girl after our own hearts. Read on to find out more.



Ok, first up who is Me and My Polar Bear? I am a 25 year old Londoner, originally from Yorkshire, who spends far too much money on clothes, bakes a lot, is desperately trying to learn to sew and takes full advantage of her boyfriend’s photography obsession (and website coding abilities, ahem).


How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place? Although an avid reader of style and lifestyle blogs for many years, I only actually started mine up about six months ago. I work in finance during the day, so I love being able to write about pretty things I’ve seen, things I’ve made and places I’ve been. And the fact that people are actually reading it makes me pull my socks up and keep blogging!


What inspires your blog posts? I’m constantly inspired by all sorts of other blogs, of all genres and although I love fashion, my blog is quite personal and not totally style focused. Having said that, I manage to mention dresses fairly often and shoes are a massive weakness. Lots of my posts are simply inspired by trips I’ve made and things I love.

How would you describe your style? If I could, I’d wear dresses all the time. I’m definitely a simple dresser, fond of clean lines and classic shapes. I’m hopeless with accessories, I just can’t carry them off.



What three items can you not live without? Errm, super hard! My iPhone is a definite, a good mascara (although I chop and change which I like) and a pretty pair of shoes I can walk a long way in.

What do you get up to when you’re not blogging? Amongst other things I love baking, visiting museums, watching films and DVD box sets, walking, reading and making dresses.


Tell us something no one else knows about you… My boyfriend and I have a cuddly toy fox and polar bear (hence the name of the blog) which we have been taking photos of and writing stories about for 4 years! 



And lastly as the Spring issue has been released, what’s your favourite thing about this season?
It always makes me smile when the days are getting longer, the daffodils are out and the sun is shining!



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