Hello folks! As January begins, we are pleased to present our Blog of the Month – Stylonylon. Stylonylon is a fashion and lifestyle blog full of personality. Besides the posts featuring interior inspiration, we love the What I’m Wearing and What Is She Wearing?! posts! We asked founding editor, Julia, a few questions regarding her blog, her work and of course her ideas about home.
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Tell us a bit about your journalism / blogging story? Are the two related?
I actually started out in philosophy book publishing! I moved into journalism a few years later and then went freelance – which I love! Especially the working from home bit – I’m such a homebody. I’ve blogged on and off for the last couple of years – it’s such a natural thing to do when you love writing and publishing – but I could never quite settle on exactly what I wanted my blog to be or what format to take. It’s only in the last few months, since I’ve been on maternity leave, that it’s all become clear! Marrying my photography hobby with my love of clothes to create a fashion and personal style blog is probably what I really wanted to do all along, but wasn’t brave enough to admit. Obviously being a journalist is a huge help when it comes to creating content – from knowing how to interview, how to approach PRs, how to edit and proof and being happy to network. And I’ve found now that I’m posting regularly, engaging with the fashion blogging community and in the early stages of working with brands the blog has taken on a life of its own! I’m obsessed and it’s the perfect thing to do while the little one is sleeping. When I go back to work, I want the blog to be established enough not to have to take a back seat.
As a freelance journalist, you have written for many great publications. Which of your articles, to date, is most meaningful to you and why?
My favourite pieces to date are, and will always be, interviews. I’ve been lucky enough to interview quite a number of actors, musicians and fashion types – from the Pet Shop Boys and Katie Melua to Alexa Chung, Christopher Kane and Elle Macpherson – and this is definitely the type of journalism I love the best. I love trying to figure somebody out in a set amount of time, to try and see beyond through their front, even if just a little bit. My favourite interviews have been the iconic rock chick and singer Marianne Faithfull for Time Out, actress Gemma Arterton for LA magazine Flaunt and musician Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife & Fever Ray for Mixmag. All strong, inspiring, creative women living out their dreams.
How interesting and fabulous! Now for some home related questions:
What home (decor, diy, organization, remodel) project is next on your list?
Oh my goodness. So much! On a smaller scale, a wardrobe reorganisation is definitely in order. I can just about fit into all my pre-pregnancy clothes again, so all those skinny jeans need to come back down from the attic. On a slightly larger scale we are renovating an old farmhouse in Portugal and hope to be finished by the end of the year. The local St Caterina terracotta tiles have just been laid, next stage is overhauling the kitchen! And our house here in London, it’s so ‘shabby chic’ it still has a few cracks that need plastering over…
What is your favourite interior style/aesthetic? How does it compare to your fashion preferences?
In another life I would love a minimalist aesthetic in my living space. But while I could perhaps achieve that if I was living solo, with my wonderful and very messy husband plus new baby it’s never going to happen. And actually my natural style is more of a shabby chic creative clutter, which I am constantly trying to coax into a presentable state. In our house you’ll find reclaimed floorboards, a bookcase made from bricks, a sanded-down staircase exposing layers of old paint, second-hand leather sofas and a growing collection of Indian Rose crockery bought from eBay. My inspiration is the interiors created by Mark and Sarah Bailey in their book Handmade Home. This probably does all match my fashion preferences quite well. In both, I like quality basics – wood floors and white walls / good fit skinnies and luxe tees – dressed up with something a little colourful and flamboyant – art deco lamps, abstract art and peacock feathers / faux fur jacket, statement earrings and colour popping nail polish. And I’m never quite as neat and perfectly styled as I would like to be!
What is your interior style turn-off?
I hate interiors that don’t communicate personality. Yes, you can spend a fortune on antiques but if the overall look and feel is bland and boring what’s the point? Interiors are something to have fun with. Take a risk, why not?
and finally… What does home mean to you?
I am such a homebody! I’m never happier than when ensconced at home with books, cat, piano, knitting, laptop and food all to hand. And having a baby just magnifies the need for a cosy, comfortable space that you can move around freely and happily in. Home is where I feel safe and most loved.
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Thank you Julia for taking the time to answer our questions. We are so happy to feature you here. And thank you readers for joining us!
❤ Trisha & Holly