Blogger Q&A: Olive Collar's Aelrid Turner And Marin Monroe's Marin Daley-Hawkins
Marin Daley-Hawkins from Marin Monroe
Grazia Daily: How long have you been blogging?
Marin: Since 2009.
Grazia Daily: What made you decide to start your blog?
Marin: I always wanted to be a journalist, and I needed a place to publish some of my writing, so I could make contacts.
Grazia Daily: What’s been your highlight so far?
Marin: Being listed as ‘influential’ by the Independent and having my photo in Japanese Vogue’s event pages just below Anna Wintour. It’s crazy.
Grazia Daily: What are your favourite Winter 2012 trends?
Grazia Daily: Do you have any winter fashion rules?
Marin: Wear two pairs of tights under your favourite dresses and skirts.
Grazia Daily: You’re modelling in the eBay look book – what are your top tips for posing for photos?
Marin: If you look down and then up quickly before the shot is taken you’ll look brighter-eyed, and for profile shots: putting your tongue against the roof of your mouth stops a ‘faux double chin’ forming!
Grazia Daily: Where do you get your style inspiration?
Marin: From fashion editorials.
Grazia Daily: Which was your favourite London Fashion Week SS13 show and why?
Marin: I loved the Louise Gray show. It was really refreshing to see such a playful offering among a lot of very commercial collections.
Grazia Daily: Which brands do you rely on?
Marin: Vero Moda and Qulit (not quilt!) make some great leather pieces and I don’t know what I’d do without my t-shirts by Mercy & Wild and IAmVibes. If I have something dressy to go to I’ll definitely try and wear a creation by Tarang Bharti.
Grazia Daily: What are your top tips for shopping on a budget?
Marin: Charity shops in affluent areas often have lots of designer finds, the Oxfam in Hampstead even separates ‘labels’ out for you! Designer outlets are also a woman’s best friend, and sites like eBay are great for finding one-offs and high-street brands for a fraction of the price
Grazia Daily: Which other fashion blogs do you love?