When you’re a creative innovator living in Queensland, sometimes it’s a little hard to feel a part of the fashion epic centre that’s Sydney, or Melbourne. Carmen Hamilton from The Chronicles of Her is proving one post at a time that distance is neither an issue nor an excuse!
Holding a permanent position on my personal reading list, is seems I’m not the only one who’s fallen in love with The Chronicles of Her. During its seemingly short life span, this blog has made itself known, demanding attention and captivating its cult following.
Hidden amongst the DIYs, outfit posts, style secrets and trend reports, you’ll find my favourite part of Carmen’s blog… her creatively distinct and uniquely inspiring voice.
I caught up with the brains, (and the beauty), behind The Chronicles of Her, to talk inspiration, daydreams, the future of print, good food, spare time, (or lack there of) and an infamous spandex mini…
Tea or lattes: Coffee is my weakness.
Vodka or tequila: Vodka, lime and soda is my drink of choice but I’ll never say no to a good margarita!
Jeans or tights: I’m a jeans girl.
Lipstick or eyeliner: Lipstick!
Splendour or Stereo: Just seeing the word Splendour gives me butterflies ♥
Heels or boots: I live in boots all year round.
The Real Housewives of… I have a confession to make, I never, ever watch TV.
Blair or Serena: Serena – purely because Blake Lively is a goddess.
Vogue or Harper’s: Tough one! I buy both, but if I had to choose – Vogue.
Paris or New York: Without having been to either that’s a tough call to make but I’ve always said I’m going to live in New York one day.
Colour of my nails at the moment… Neon with Navajo print from the DIY tute on my blog!
Carrie, Samantha, Miranda or Charlotte: Carrie.
Mac or PC: Every single day I vow to stab my PC. Mac all the way.
Purple or Oyster: Oyster.
Reading at the moment: Still trying to find the time to finish Lisa Chaney’s ‘Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life’.
I blog because… I love the satisfaction I get from creating something that is my own.
On my playlist at the moment… Still not over Del Rey.
Blog in silence or noise: Silence. Shhhhh.
Wearing at the moment… Black velvet leggings, vintage cable knit jumper. Brrrr it’s cold!
C&C: When did you decide to get into blogging and why?
TCoH: Just over a year ago because I’m determined work in the fashion industry and there doesn’t seem to be many good opportunities for it on the Gold Coast. I figured starting my own blog was the next best thing to interning at a magazine.
C&C: Where did the name The Chronicles of Her evolve from?
TCoH: Essentially, a blog chronicles someone’s style as it develops over time. I knew one element of my blog would be personal style but I didn’t want to limit it to just being about me because I’m intrigued by the lives of other people – so I figured the word ‘her’ could refer to any and every girl.
C&C: Where do you ultimately want to take The Chronicles of Her?
TCoH: At the moment I’m just taking it day by day. I love doing it and I’m constantly surprised by the opportunities it brings my way so I’m excited to see where it takes me. I can’t imagine what I would do with my spare time now, if I didn’t have one.
C&C: It’s 7:30pm on a Saturday night, where are we most likely to find you?
TCoH: Hanging with my boyfriend, eating good food – way too much of it!
C&C: How would you describe your style on a scale of Mary-Kate to Lady Gaga?
TCoH: Definitely more down the Mary Kate end.
C&C: Who is your biggest fashion influence and what is it about them that inspires you?
TCoH: Taylor Tomasi Hill – never boring, always ahead of the game and manages to maintain an element of class.
C&C: When you’re not blogging, what will we find you doing?
TCoH: Most likely at a coffee shop hanging out with my bestie.
C&C: What’s the best advice you would give novice fashion bloggers?
TCoH: Give it 110% and be patient. Never compare your blog to others because the variables are never the same. Compete with yourself and you’ll get better and better.
C&C: What do you think lies ahead for the future of blogging and why do you think it is becoming such an important part of the fashion industry?
TCoH: With platforms like FELLT etc popping up everywhere I think we’ll start seeing more full time bloggers who are essentially the editors of their own online magazines.
C&C: Do you believe the internet will ultimately ‘kill’ print media?
TCoH: I don’t agree that blogging will make magazines obsolete – there’s a place for both. There’s nothing better than holding a fresh copy of a mag in your hand and being able to pull the pictures out to pin on your wall – but who wants to wait a month to get another one? That’s where blogs come in...
C&C: Blogs on your reading list?
TCoH: Sincerely Jules, Jak & Jil, Lust for Life, Style by Kling, Lovemore, 4thandbleeker, Knight Cat.
C&C: Teenage fashion faux par?
TCoH: Spandex mini dresses – leave something to the imagination. Gahhh.
C&C: Fashion mantra you live by?
TCoH: You don’t want to be the next anyone.
All Images courtesy of Carmen Hamilton: The Chronicles of Her