I'm super excited for today's interview with Miranda, the girl behind the blog Miranda's Notebook.
Introduce Yourself Miranda?
I love writing, reading, blogging, cooking, photography, tea, sushi, stationery, fashion and ballet. My style icon is Audrey Hepburn, and I listen to music all the time – anything from classical to rap. I think that pretty much sums me up!
What was it that got you into blogging?
I was looking for a creative outlet, and I've always enjoyed sharing what I love with friends, so a blog felt like a natural progression!
Tell us more about Miranda’s Notebook?
It’s a lifestyle blog, and I like to write about anything from fashion, to food, London and a few other things in between. I always hope my blog adds a little more joy to someone’s day, so I tend to stay clear of anything negative.
Apart from running your awesome blog what do you get up to?
I love reading, meeting friends in London, going to galleries and theatres and travelling whenever I get the chance. I’m also a bit of a ballet fanatic, so I love to do ballet style workouts and I see the ballet in London as often as possible.
What made you want to write about style and confidence?
I think the two are very much linked. Fashion has always interested me, but I always go for style over fashion. I admire women who are confident in their own style and use clothes as a way to express their personality.
What’s life like in London compared to places like France and the USA?
I fell in love with London when I first visited it when I was 16, and I knew I wanted to move to the city when I started university. I adore the city because it’s so multi-cultural and there are always so many exciting things to do. I love that feeling of fresh opportunity and discovering new, wonderful places all the time. I do sometimes miss the fresh air of the Alps though!!
How do you juggle everything, working, blogging etc?
It can be a struggle, but one of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt is to be a lot kinder to myself! It’s impossible to do it all in the way my perfectionist self would like most, but I’ve started to understand that done is better than perfect, and there’s no point in making yourself miserable by setting unrealistic expectations. I also make sure to make time to take care of my health though exercise, cooking nourishing meals and doing things I really enjoy, like reading, having coffee breaks and exploring London. Being in a positive state, both mentally and physically, is- in my opinion – the number one way to balance a lot of commitments without suffering from burnout.
What are your favourite things about blogging?
I love the way blogging inspires me to try new things and build different skills. I really enjoy taking photographs, and developing my photography over the past year has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of blogging for me. Through my blog, I’ve also had the opportunity to interview people I really admire in creative industries, which is always so much fun. I’ve also been lucky enough to make friends with readers and other bloggers, so blogging has honestly enriched my life quite a bit!
A few of your current favourites?
I recently tried Charlotte Tilbury make up and skin care and really love it. Her Goddess Clay Mask is amazing, and I like the way she divides her make up into looks you can emulate that suit your personality and style.
The other thing I absolutely love at the moment is Anne Fontaine’s room spray. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in an Anne Fontaine shop, but if you have then you’ll know her shops always smell amazing. I’m always squirting the home scent around my flat, and it instantly calms me and lifts my mood.
What are some of your favourite blogs at the moment?
I’m a big fan of Cupcakes & Cashmere, Coco’s Tea Party, The Elgin Avenue and Rue Rodier.
What is to come on your blog in the future?
I’ve got quite a lot planned that I’m excited about. For one thing, I’m working on launching a podcast with a fellow blogger. I love podcasts so am thrilled at the idea of being involved in one myself! I’ll be announcing more about it on my blog soon. I'm also going to be starting an article club (essentially a club for people who are too busy to commit to a monthly book group) very soon, which I can't wait to get going. I'll be hosting meetings in London, and we'll be discussing short stories, articles, essays, poems, podcast episodes, TED talks - essentially anything that can be quickly read, watched or listened to, but that provides plenty of food for thought and discussion. Again, I'll be posting more details about it on my blog asap.
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