Whilst I had a blogging hiatus, I spent quite a lot of time focusing on remembering why I'd started blogging in the first place. It all started with a combination of the Lush Forum's Makeup thread (which is a billion pages long) and discovering the exciting land of beauty blogs and youtube gurus. I was hooked. Therefore, I feel privileged to introduce my new blog series - Inspirational Interviews. Over the coming weeks, I'll be treating you to a sneak peek into the lives of some of the bloggers and companies who have inspired me most.
To kick this series off with a bang - I bring you the gorgeous Lady of the Lane. To make things extra special, today is her one year blog birthday, so tootle over after you've read this and wish her Happy Birthday (and if you don't follow her, you should!)
Thank you so much for agreeing to be one of my interviewees! Can you start off by telling me a little bit about yourself?
I’m Charlie, I’m quite old and a stay at home mum of two little girls,4 and 18 months. I don’t know what on earth I’m going to do for a job when the time comes for me to go back to work, I’m toying with training to be a nail technician at the moment. I live down here in Devon, nothing much happens, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!
How long have you been blogging for and what inspired you to start blogging?
This Saturday marks my first year anniversary or blog birthday if you will! I started out planning to talk about all sorts of things, but mostly ranting about Daily Mail readers, I just lost my way a bit as my love of make up came to the fore… I didn’t even realise there was a blogging community!
What's the best bit about being a beauty blogger?
The best bit is writing about things I love. But also, seeing as how I love to moan a bit then I even enjoy writing about the things I don’t love. I also love some of the friends I’ve made as a result.
And the worst?
Oh god. My own insecurities is probably the worst thing. Worrying about what people think of how I look, or worrying people think I’m a rubbish blogger, that kind of thing.
You recently chose to break free of putting disclaimers at the bottom of posts - how are you finding disclaimer free life?
Well! Turns out to be more complicated than I thought since I always discuss within the body of a review where I got an item, it usually gives me my starting point for a piece of writing “ I was recently sent such and such “ or “I was recently in Boots and bought” and turns out most people seem to consider that a disclaimer anyway. But it is nice to not have to remember to try and put that sentence at the bottom of every post!
You did an amazing job on your sister's wedding make up - do you have any plans to start working as a freelance MUA?
No I really don’t have the skill at all for it. I did enjoy doing it and I did a better job than I thought I would but I did have largely a free reign, I think I would struggle to achieve a look someone specifically wanted! I would consider doing friends if they asked though, but I wouldn’t have the nerve to charge!
If you had a free day completely to yourself with unlimited financial resources, what would you do?
Seriously? A whole day to myself with unlimited financial resources? Well in the last four years I’ve barely had any time to myself and I’ve always liked my own company so I would go out shopping in the morning for clothes and make up of course, I’d splurge on Philosophy bath goodies, Nars make up and various other bits and then I’d finish up nipping to costa grabbing a Large skinny latte extra hot and a cake and bringing it home to enjoy some much needed solitude and to play with my new goodies.
What can readers of Lady of the Lane look forward to in the coming months?
Things you can look forward to in the coming months on www.ladyofthelane.com: Le Metier De Beaute Le Cirque review, stash shopping, and Alpha H skincare reviews to name just a few of the coming blog posts!
Ok time for some quick fire questions:
3 Favourite Items of Make up: Clinique High Impact Mascara, Mac Blushers, and a fave for many years, Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer.
3 Favourite Foods: Onion rings! Black Forest Gateaux! Roast Potatoes! Can’t have any of them because I’m on a diet.
3 Desert Island Items: Tweezers, Swiss Army Knife, paper & pen, sorry I know that’s four!
3 People who've inspired you: British Beauty Blogger, Sarahloolaa at I Heart Cosmetics and my Mum for having three children and appearing to love it whilst I have two and seem stressed most of the time!
3 blogs you'd like to recommend: Iceomatic’s Nails http://iceomaticsnails.
blogspot.com/ for inspired nail art. http://www. britishbeautyblogger.com/ for constantly blogging about things I covet but can’t have. http://makeupbyoe.blogspot. com/ She doesn’t post often but she does make up looks I love and if she never blogs again I’ll still enjoy going through the back catalogue!
3 words of advice: Think before speaking.
Thank you so much Charlie for such wonderful answers and for agreeing to let me interview you! Happy Blog Birthday - I'm very much looking forward to the next year of reading!