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Answering 15 Questions about Blogging and Fashion with Style Sift

Oh blogging…

It’s a funny thing, you know? It may be misunderstood and underrated MOST of the times, yet it’s still something I never want to give up on. As bloggers, our biggest goal is to connect with readers through photography and words, yes. But it doesn’t go without saying that all those long hours of content creating + trying to figure out how to find people that want to read/see/share/talk about what you put out is legit, hard work.

SO. Before I get sidetracked, I want to thank YOU all for sticking around and sending kind messages my way regarding what I’ve been doing all these years. Being noticed and appreciated in this blogging world is definitely one of the highlights of this job, so please know I don’t take any of it for granted.

Now, I didn’t really mean to come on here and be so serious/ excessively sentimental. 😉 The reason why I’m writing about blogging (yet again), is because I did this fun interview with Style Sift a few weeks ago and I would love for you to read it! We were talking all about fashion and blogging so if you’re just starting out or need some inspiration/ motivation to get started, this post is for you!

 

Photography by Nikki Neumann

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Blogging 101 Style Sift interview

 

When did you start blogging and how did you come to the idea?

I officially started blogging in 2013, but decided to rebrand years down the road and that’s how Shenska came to be. The reason why I decided to give my all into blogging in the first place was because I always loved documenting and sharing my experiences, especially through photography. Starting a blog was the most logical outlet for me to do so.

How do you describe your personal style? What are your inspirations?

I like to describe my style as California casual. I’m all about comfortable pieces that flatter my body type the most. When it comes to fashion, I’m inspired by what I see on the streets and not as much runways. Of course, the media and Internet (Pinterest especially) are always a big source of inspiration as well!

California-casual-style-Shenska

What are the essential pieces you must have in your closet?

A good pair of jeans, a faux leather moto jacket, a wrap or other well-fitted dress (bodycon), and comfortable shoes with some height (preferably booties). If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog, you’ll notice that I love to wear these things A LOT!

Read more: 5 Closet Staples I Can’t Live Without

California Casual style

What would you describe the biggest challenge in fashion blogging?

Just like any other business, blogging has many challenges. For example, it’s hard to stand tall among such big saturation in the fashion industry, especially when comparison is the easiest thing to do at first. I would lie if I said I never felt discouraged that my blog may not be reaching as many viewers as others seem to have. However, I’m proud of staying in my own lane and focusing on being authentic to my brand, first and foremost.

Read more: The Ugly Side of Blogging

What is the greatest satisfaction of being a fashion blogger?

Having a creative outlet is something I can’t imagine my life without at this point. I blog because it makes me feel free, fulfilled and for the most part – understood. Every connection I make through blogging, whether it’s somebody who is inspired to buy by what I feature or a brand that aligns with my vision, is not taken for granted.

Style Sift interview Shenska

A fashion rule you never break?

I never wear clothes that simply don’t flatter my body type – no matter how trendy they may be at the moment. Since I’m petite with a defined waist and curves, I try not to wear clothes that are too loose or have a drop waist.

Related: Perfect Dress for a Curvy Body

Style Sift interview with blogger Shenska

From your point of view, what is the notable trend for the upcoming season?

I expect to see a lot of transparent pieces, fun layering and even more satin! Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if denim came up with some funky details as well.

What has been your most successful blog post till now and what was it about?

My most successful blog post was about Photography 101. It included my tips, hacks and everything in between I learned along the way to get the best photos possible.

You can read it here: Photography 101: My Tips and Hacks

Blogging 101 Shenska

Outfit courtesy of a local Napa boutique – Boho Lifestyle.

 

Got more questions about blogging, photography or my take on fashion and style? I would love to hear from you!

 

To read an entire interview with Style Sift, go here.

blog post signature Napa blogger Shenska

 

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20 Comments

  1. Asha Raval wrote:

    I adore this interview Paulina!!! It is so hard to be a blogger and stand out but I love your fashion ands style perspective and love your tips and tricks!!! Thank you for inspiring us!!

    Cheers!

    Asha

    https://mscoffeeandcream.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/killin-it-in-2018/

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    • Paulina wrote:

      Asha, thank you so much for your kind words! And by the way, I freaking love what you’re doing on Instagram! Your creativity and vision is definitely something I admire!

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  2. Helene wrote:

    I love your style- that description is so on point!! Keep sharing you’re awesome creativity.

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    • Paulina wrote:

      Helene, you’re so sweet! Thank you for stopping by! xoxo

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  3. Helene wrote:

    Love your style- that description is so on point!

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    • Paulina wrote:

      Thank you, Helene! I actually heard Cindy Crawford using this term before but thought it was perfect! Glad to hear you like it too!

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  4. Thanks for the post girly! Off to read your photography tips right now! xxAshley

    Published 1.29.18
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    • Paulina wrote:

      Aw thank you, Ashley! You made my day! xoxo

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  5. Laurie wrote:

    Love this Q&A chick! Your style is so cute ?

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    • Paulina wrote:

      Thank you so much, Laurie! It means a lot! Have a great week, love!

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  6. Sheree wrote:

    Love this post, it is so real and perfectly described the struggles of a fashion blogger. I def feel the same about over-saturation of blogging industry especially in large cities like NY, LA and SF.

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

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    • Paulina wrote:

      Sheree, thank you for sharing your thoughts! All I can say is that we’re all in this together and I’d love to see more collaboration over competition in the blogging industry! Wishing you a great week! 🙂 xoxo

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  7. Jessi Malay wrote:

    Great post babe!! Love that you’re sharing your honest experience with blogging <3 It's always nice to hear advice from fellow bloggers!

    XO, Jessi
    https://jmalay.com/best-looks-paris-haute-couture-fashion-week/

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    • Paulina wrote:

      Of course! We gotta stick together! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, Jessi!

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  8. Jessica wrote:

    This is so lovely. I love the idea of Cali-casual. You look really chic with your comfy clothes. And I think that’s one of the most important for fashion – comfort.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    • Paulina wrote:

      Comfort is always my number 1 rule when I’m deciding what to wear! Glad we’re on the same page. 🙂

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  9. Ada wrote:

    I love your awesome and edgy street style Paulina. That shaggy nude jacket and the shoes are awesome. You are rocking the poses too, just like a model!

    Welcome by and join my linkup this week. A new linkup goes live every Thursday! There is also a huge giveaway on the blog since I am celebrating an anniversary. Thanks, Ada. =)

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2018/02/thursday-moda-100-special-celebration.html

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    • Paulina wrote:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words, Ada!

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  10. Roxanne wrote:

    You are so fabulous, Paulina! I loved reading your post and getting to know you more! And your fluffy jacket is to die for. You make me need it in pink 😉
    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

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    • Paulina wrote:

      AW thank you for stopping by, Roxanne! Yes, I want it in every color now too! 😛 Have a great weekend! xoxo

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