Where do you live?
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve run lots of different blogs over the last 10 years, covering everything from illustration to poetry to my disastrous stint of online dating, but ikiwn.com is the only blog I run just now and it’s a little over a year old.
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What made you start blogging?
I started I Knew I Was Next when I moved from Bristol to Dundee with my fiancé while he does his PhD at Uni up here. I found myself in a new city knowing no one; with no job and no money and I really wanted to do something productive with all this new found spare time. I hadn’t been able to blog at all in Bristol because the jobs I had there left me with no time for myself. So I went for it, just started up not knowing what it would turn into, and it turned really quickly into a plus size fashion blog.
Who do you admire in the blogging world?
Oh man, there are so many. I have an incredible amount of love for everyone who puts themselves out there and runs a blog, and everyone I’ve encountered so far in the UK plus size blogging scene is a total babe! I’m going to feel terrible for leaving people out but some of my favourite blogs right now are Curves Become Her, And I Get Dressed, Cattitude & Co, xLove Leahx, SarahJaneReign, Dressing Outside the Box, Big Hips Red Lips… honestly I could go on and on.
What’s your favourite post on your blog?
My favourite post is actually one that I found really difficult to write, it’s this one: “Chronic Pain & Guilt” which is when I finally opened up about the Fibromyalgia and CFS I’m currently learning to live with. I had been very cagey about my health on the blog and on my social media up until then, it felt too personal to talk about on a fashion blog. But this post, and the response to it, helped me realise that it’s not something that needs to be hidden. In fact, that piece of writing has been picked up by a medical school lecturer who is handing it out to her students to read in order to gain an insight into how chronic pain actually feels.
Show us a favourite outfit?
My favourite outfit from the past year has to be this one. It’s one of the simplest and most affordable things I wore all year as well.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor, a barrister or a teacher. Whilst I’m sorry none of those things came to be I have learned that you never know where your life is going to take you, so you may as well do what you can to enjoy the ride.
Do you have any pets?
No, I’m currently in serious negotiations to have a cat though… so watch this space.
What does She Might Be mean to you?
The ethos of She Might Be is very much in line with my personal feelings about self love and fat positivity. I love that it is written by plus size people for plus size people, but in saying that it really isn’t here for excluding people who aren’t plus size either.
Anything exciting coming up we should look out for from you?
All being well I’ll be travelling more in 2017, so I’m really hoping to branch out into posting more about beautiful places both in the UK and abroad. I’m also committing to writing as a full time occupation, so personally that will be a massively exciting (and scary) thing for me.