Simple Yet Stylish – “Because simplicity never fails to make a statement”
I caught up with my friend, fellow blogger and stylist Barbara Adarkwa to discuss all things fashion, blogging and general advice. I met Barbra on-set of a fashion shoot, where she told me all about her brand and how simplicity is the key to timeless outfit. I kept in touch with her and finally got the opportuiuty to ask her 9 burning questions that I think you guys will find interesting. I have always admired her sense of style and how she puts her outfits together combining classic and trendy pieces. I hope you guys enjoy this post, it’s a lot different from what I normally post. I hope you are inspired and learn one or two things from Barbara.
What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
I would say timing. I would have started blogging much much earlier as this was something that was suggested to me on so many occasions, by loved ones who saw my talent and potential at an earlier stage. But with that being said, maybe things wouldn’t have worked out for me. You just never know. So I would say the experience that has come with time is something I wouldn’t want to take back.
What’s your best advice for handling criticism?
Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. Your response to criticism should always involve a smile (and a sweet yet classy clap back if necessary). Particularly within the fashion industry, you will receive a ton of criticism both constructive and unfortunately,some just plain mean and horrible; however if you’ve found your signature style and you feel confident within your form of art, the opinion/s of others shouldn’t affect you severely. One thing you must always be prepared for is the fact that not everyone is going to agree with your style or see/ understand your vision.
How did your brand begin and how long have you been blogging?
My best friend prompted me to the idea of blogging and sharing my views/ opinions in fashion with the rest of the world. She felt as if this was a great way for me to start my business as a stylist, because whenever we had a special event to attend, I was the “go-to girl” for tips and advice on what to wear. Simple Yet Stylish was born in November 2012.
How would you describe your personal style and is there a person/people who are your inspirations?
I would describe my style as very simple, minimal and chic. I tend to add a pop of detail with my shoes. I absolutely love heels and I always let mine do the talking.
Victoria Beckham is my biggest inspiration. Not only in the fashion industry but as a businesswoman, mother, wife and humble spirit.
What would you say is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging?
The competition. Although this is something that should drive you as opposed to putting you off, we now live in a world where so many other individuals are also trying to embark on the same path. This is where you need to focus on making your content unique as well as authentic.
How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently whilst also balancing other commitments?
As a full-time mother, who is also employed in another sector, it’s all about planning and balancing things out. I tend to involve my children in a lot of my work, so if that means bringing them along on a photo shoot whilst my partner is the photographer (or sometimes my son!!) it helps a lot.
Are there any magazines/fashion blogs you keep up to date with?
I can’t remember the last time I picked up a magazine, however I’ve been reading up on a lot of blogs. My favourites are Melissa Wardrobe, Lydia Elise Millen, Pepper Your Talk and Olivia-Gold. I’m also spend some of my spare time watching my favourite influencers on YouTube.
What’s the one wardrobe essential every fashionista must have?
A pair of black pointed court heels. This is an essential that is perfect for every woman and it’s such an easy piece to style.
What advice would you give to up and coming bloggers and stylists?
Consistency is key. Always aim to publish content that your viewers/ readers will find so interesting that they’ll keep coming back for more. Remain true to yourself.
As a fashion blogger, you’ll come across certain days where you may not want to write about fashion and that’s absolutely fine.
Your blog is a representation of you so write about whatever it is that you feel like sharing with the public. Attend as many events and network as much as you can.
There’s no such thing as too many contacts and sometimes it’s nice to feel included in a family of bloggers or stylists.
As a stylist, ensure your listening skills are sharp and in its top form. The result is to make your client feel confident and comfortable in their new-found style.
“A happy client is a returning client.”
Barbra’s Blog : Simpleyetstylish.com