From Retirement Reflections: Remember back in November when I fell off my chair from a request to co-write a ‘Christmas Fashion Post’ for Sizzling Toward Sixty and Beyond? By stepping out of my comfort zone and accepting that challenge, I met some very interesting people. Linda from ‘Boots and Shoes’ is one of them. I am delighted that she has agreed to Guest Host on my site today. She even supplied her own interview questions. How cool is that?
Hi! My name is Linda, and I’m a blogger. By day I’m a cosmetic/retail merchandiser. I’m fifty-two, am happily married to Adam and I have five children aged from ten to twenty-seven. My first three children have all left the nest. My eldest is a professional chef. I have one daughter who is the second eldest at twenty-three. She is currently a hotel restaurant supervisor. My second son is in university studying animation.
I was honoured to be asked by Donna to guest post on her wonderful blog and was given free rein. I thought that the best way to introduce my blog would be to interview myself, which you can read below.
What was the inspiration for starting your blog?
My blog, Boots Shoes & Fashion, was begun in July 2012. It started off being a ‘traditional’ shoe and fashion blog, i.e., talking about styles, what’s in the shops and online, etc. By January 2013 I began to include interviews with fashion designers and my friends who just happen to be in that industry. I found that I enjoyed interviewing people and that the feedback was positive. Today my blog is an ‘interview style/lifestyle/fashion blog’ where I profile many inspirational people from around the world, as well as doing the odd review and fashion feature too.
I’ve never had a career involving shoes funnily enough – fashion, hosiery, and makeup yes, but not shoes! I’ve worked as a hairdressing salon junior; in sales and marketing for a fashion company and a makeup company. I’ve run my own children’s clothing company selling via market stalls. I’ve made and sold earrings and modeled hosiery. My current career is retail merchandiser based in the top UK supermarkets specialising primarily in hosiery and cosmetics.
You have interviewed many different people over the last few years. Do you have any particular favourites?
I don’t have any particular favourites – they have all been fantastic guests. I’m a bit of a bookworm, so I have enjoyed chatting with my author guests from Carol E. Wyer to thriller writer, Simon J. Stephens. The artists Jane McAdam Freud and Niyaz Najafov were also fascinating. I love the zany personalities of model Debi Jones, Rosemary Conley, CBE, photographers Nina Junger and Tom Cairns. The television personalities Celia Sawyer and Alex Proud as well as the Miss World 2014 contestants were also interesting. The fashionistas that blew me away included shoemaker Kevin Garlick, Tiannia Barnes, Bizi Buenos Aires, Milly J Shoes, Goldgenie and Designer Linda Blissett. It was also a great honour to interview Mo Endfield (wife of “Zulu” director Cy Endfield) and Tony Porter (founder of London Fashion Week)…not forgetting my fellow blogging friends too..
Being a blogger, you need to have regular interaction on social media. What social media outlet is your personal favourite? What social media tends to attract more readers to your blog? What is your least favourite and why?
My favourite social media is Twitter. I’m not sure why but I just enjoy tweeting! The most popular social media outlets when it comes to attracting readers to my blog is a toss-up between Facebook and StumbleUpon. My least favourite is Instagram. I don’t like using hashtags. My fellow bloggers think I’m missing a trick by not being on Instagram. I protested about using Pinterest a few years ago and labeled it ‘boring.’ I was then dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century by a blogger friend, and now Pinterest is in my blood! I do use Flipboard and Google+ so for the time being, at least, Instagram is on hold.
What do you like most about blogging?
I enjoy writing, reading and socialising. Through blogging, I have been able to utilise my love of the English language. There is such a fabulous range of different blog genres that I now read blogs instead of magazines. I ‘ve made many ‘blogging friends’ around the world which I have found fascinating.
Let’s talk food… what is your favourite meal? What food genre is your favourite when eating out?
I love cooking curries and casseroles! I love to visit Indian, Thai or Italian restaurants.I also love visiting British gastropubs. I like to pick dishes that I don’t normally cook at home – could be fish or pasta dishes. I’m not a dessert person.
If you could visit any place in the world and money was no object, where would you go and why?
The top of my bucket list was Cape Verde Islands. I was lucky enough to visit there last summer. I would go back to the island of Boa Vista tomorrow if I could. Costa Rica and Sicily are high on my bucket list. The Cloud Forests of Costa Rica sound fascinating, but the wet weather is not finding favour with my husband so that place is not likely to be visited by us any time soon. I’m attracted by Sicily — Mount Etna, the historical towns, weather, the food, and limoncello! To be honest, I’m such a geography geek that no country would be crossed off my list!
A lot of bloggers I know are also bookworms… are you one? What genre of book do you like reading? What book(s) are you currently reading?
Yes, I’m a bookworm. I read quite a wide variety of books. I prefer thrillers, mysteries or historical/classics, e.g., Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, etc. I have just finished reading Dan Brown’s latest book, Origin.
What decade of fashion are you drawn towards? Which popular styles of any decade didn’t/don’t float your boat?
I like dresses from the 1950s; tunic dresses of the 1960s; the hippy styles of the 1970s; the colours of the 1980s… I wasn’t keen on the shell suit fashions of the 1980/1990s although I did own a fetching bright green outfit! I can’t stand onesies.
What fashion item is next on your wish list?
Top of my list is a pair of knee-high laced up boots from Joe Browns. I have bookmarked the item for my husband’s attention!
Boots Or Shoes?
Boots – ankle or knee high, with a heel or flats … I love them all. In summer, I love to wear ballerina style flat shoes, espadrilles or slip-on sneakers.
Thank you for letting me share a bit about myself and my blog. I would love to connect further! You can find me at:
Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/bootsshoesandfashion
Facebook Shoe Group: f.bootsshoesandfashion.com
Google+ : http://plus.google.com/+LindaHobden