Breadsticks and Blush is a personal blog about things that make life interesting. From food, fitness, beauty, book and movie reviews to random life advice, I have you covered.
The blog was created to share things and ideas that inspire me, things that get me excited and just my random thoughts on my life’s journey.
1. How did you first get into blogging?
I moved to the UK in 2008 and in 2009 blogging started to become popular. I thought it would be a great way to document my two year stay and for family and friends to keep updated. I started my first blog in 2009 and haven’t stopped blogging since, although I’ve changed and evolved blogs since then.
2. How often do you blog?
I try to blog at least twice a week. Life gets in the way sometimes, however.
3. Where do you find inspiration to blog?
From everywhere! I read, I watch series, I talk to people and most of all I just observe what’s happening around me. I like to blog about things that I really like or topics that strikes a chord and share it with my readers.
4. Who is your style icon?
It must be a combination of Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss and Twiggy.
5. Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your blogging journey?
I am lucky that I get to mingle with a lot of South African celebrities quite often.
6. What is your favourite beauty/fashion magazine?
7. What are some of your current fashion and beauty obsessions?
I don’t really get obsessed with latest fads, I find that I follow my own personal style because I feel comfortable. I’ve been obsessed with skater skirts for a while now, and more recently block heels. Beauty wise, I am in love with Nivea’s Q10 + C Energy Night Cream. It apparently helps your skin breath better at night and promises to have me looking 25 again. I don’t know if it will, but I like the feel of it on my skin and it moisturises it properly.
8. Who is your celebrity crush?
James Corden – a man with a sense of humour, brains, a cutie and a dad bod – what’s not to like?
9. Coffee or tea?
Tea….I don’t touch coffee
10. Favourite Olsen?
Do I have to choose? They’re both fab…a bit emo…but fab.
11. Heels? Or flats?
Always choose heels.
12. Favourite MAC Lipstick colour?
I don’t use MAC
13. What are your go to beauty products?
Concealer, mascara and tinted lip balm are my essentials.
14. What is the one thing you will never leave the house without?
Avene’s Cicalfate hand cream. I suffer from eczema and this is the only non-cortisone hand cream that keeps it under control.
15. How many tattoos do you have? And what do they mean?
I have zero tattoos.
16. What is your favourite quote?
“You can be a pretty face, but if you're not a nice person, it just doesn't work. I'm not traditionally a beauty, but apparently people think I'm all right. If you're a nice person, it definitely helps.” – Kate Moss.
17. What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear about you?
Probably that I don’t have any tattoos, but perhaps more surprisingly that I am allergic to leeks and white wine. STRANGE RIGHT?
18. Who is your favourite local (South African) blogger?
It’s a difficult one because I respect so many, but I have to say Kevin McLennan from GoTrend. We met through blogging and became best friends.
19. What would you say is your biggest blogging challenge, and how do you overcome it?
Having absolutely no inspiration for a post at times. I have found that opening a Word doc and just starting to write sometimes helps, words flow out. When that doesn’t work, I read and read and read and most of the time an idea will spark.
20. What advice would you give someone who wants to start a blog?
Do it for the right reasons. I see so many newbies come and go because they do it “for free stuff, to go to events and to travel for free.” They generally don’t last too long. Start a blog about something that you love, something that is already part of your daily life. Start a blog because you want to share these things with people. Stay true to yourself, stay authentic. People can tell when you’re fake.
ABOUT ANNE DOLI: Anne Doli is a PR consultant by trade; but also a freelance writer, blogger, passionate amateur cook (definitely not a foodie), not so bad photographer, avid tea drinker and is easily distracted by lipsticks, blush and mascara. She was one of the original South African bloggers. She started her first one in 2009 and blogged about everything from relationships, fashion and lifestyle and continue to do so.
*Thank you Anne for appearing in this guest feature.