Frequently Asked Questions

About

What age are you?
I’m 25 years old.

Where do you live?

I live in Belfast, Northern Ireland with my partner and my daschund. Although we are on the island of Ireland we are part of the UK – so most of the shops I buy from are typical UK high street shops.


What is your dress size and how tall are you?
UK 16/18. It really depends on the shop! I’m 5”1 (and a half).

What does body positive mean and why do you identify your blog as a body positive blog? 
As far as I see it being body positive is pretty simply not being critical of yours or anyone else's body. It's avoiding terms like "real women" (absolute nonsense term) and realizing that every body is real and every person has the right to feel comfortable in their own skin and dictate what they will wear and how they feel about their body. I don't care for fashion rules, I will wear stripes if I want to wear stripes and if Gok Wan tries to tell me I shouldn't well he can get lost to be quite honest.


Where do you usually shop?
I live on a tight budget so it’s all UK high street for me really. I buy most of my clothes from New Look, Primark, River Island, ASOS etc. I love Topshop but they only go to a 16 (something I take issue with) so it depends on what the fit of the item is like. I buy most of my jewellery from Topshop and online.



Uni and Work

What did you study and where?
I have a BA Hons degree in Film Studies with a Minor in Sociology, and I just graduated from my Masters degree in Film & Visual studies both at Queen’s University Belfast. My writing was focused on gender and sexuality in film. My BA dissertation was on representations of women in films with female directors, focusing on Sofia Coppola and Jane Campion. My MA dissertation was on the representation of sexual violence in film, with an extensive focus on the films of Lars von Trier.


Where do you work?

I run my own bakery company, The Lily Pink Bakery, in Belfast. I work from home baking for birthdays, weddings, any occasion really. I also have a market stall at St George's Market on Sundays, and I supply some local businesses with my cupcakes for resale.

This is my full time job and passion. 


Blogging.

What camera do you use?
I use a Canon 1000D or my Fuji X100. I don’t claim to have any photographic expertise, I just know my camera and I know what I like.

What do you use to edit your photos?
Photoshop Lightroom. X100 photos require very little editing, usually I just adjust the exposure and add a film.

How did you get followers on your blog?
It didn’t happen overnight, I’ve been blogging for 5 years on blogger and 10 on livejournal before that. You can’t expect to start a blog and get followers right away. The blogging community is just that, a community – and the best way to gain readers is to interact with other bloggers. Be active, read lots of blogs and comment, tweet, get to know people. Help other bloggers out, and don’t see anyone as competition. I’ve made a lot of friends through blogging, and that’s one of the most important aspects for me.

Do you make money or get a lot of free stuff through blogging?
I’ve never made money from blogging. I occasionally get offered items for free to review but I turn most of them down because I don’t want to recommend something I wouldn’t pay for or think is overpriced, or if it’s something I don’t believe in. You wouldn’t believe the amount of companies who ask me to accept clothes to review that don’t go above a size 14. That’s just not going to happen. I won’t endorse a company that I or my readers couldn’t buy from.

Do you accept guest blog posts? 
No, paid or not. Unless I am going on holiday and actively recruiting guest bloggers I don't accept them.