Interview: Ellie Connor-Phillips
Ellie is a vintage addict with a love for fashion. Her fashion is experimental, unique and quirky. I was lucky enough to have a little interview with her about her fashion, photography and blog. Not forgetting her wild granny side.
Hello Ellie! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
I'm good thank you!
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I'm an art student from London, I've been working in fashion since 2014 (age 16).
Describe your style.
Eclectic, experimental, slightly on the wild granny side.
I adore your blog posts. What inspired you to create your blog?
Thanks! I was actually hugely self-concious and felt like no one knew me / I had no value so started blogging as a way of building myself a persona that I could take on. It grew from there into an actual interest in photography and writing.
Why did you choose Rose and Vintage as the name?
I chose the name on a whim; I really struggle naming things and it was the only idea I thought of that I didn't hate. It comes from rose as in my middle name, and the vintage part is just because I was very into "vintage" at the time. It's a bit of a twee name nowadays but it's too late to rebrand, haha!
Why did you choose a leaf style design for your logo?
It just fit with the vibe at the time, and actually was part of my blog design package.
What is an important design element to have for a blog?
Large and organised images and a clear font.
What equipment do you use for your photography and Instagram page?
I don't use any equipment for Instagram: its all just my phone really! Also with photography I just use a simple 35mm camera and don't overdo it on settings or lenses or whatnot. I'm into my work being relatable and authentic, and so I don't worry too much with the process!
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
It's enabled my work to spread worldwide which without it I would not have had the chance to do. It also allowed me to reach out to likeminded people and work with them.
Who inspires your blog and Instagram page?
Everyone and everything! People I see on the street, friends, singers, art, you name it, and I've probably used it as inspiration.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your blog?
More posts! And some cheeky travelling for work purposes....to some very exciting (and far away!) locations!
When did you start getting into fashion?
When I was 13 I started reading teen vogue, and the Style Bubble, and from there decided I wanted to study fashion at Parsons in New York or CSM in London.
What inspired you to get into vintage fashion?
I kind of fell into it by mistake! I started to like the styles I saw online and realised that the looks were all vintage, so slowly got more and more into it!
Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?
I don't think it matters really...if you're a designer, then yes, but otherwise not at all! It's fun to do but I think just as much credit is deserved for well-styled looks that havent been made by you.
Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops?
Know what your piece is worth! London is the worst for overcharging for vintage. Also, don't be uptight about stains etc! The piece is old, that's the whole point - a tiny bit of damage won't hurt you!
Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes?
It's nice to know your money is actually going somewhere helpful.
Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes?
Thanks so much! I don't really know if I'm honest - I think I just play around with different things until it feels 'right.'
How did you go about finding your own style?
I looked at other's styles that I admired and from there started to realise what my own style was. I still scroll through pictures of these icons of mine if I need some inspiration.
Have you always been into fashion and photography?
Not at all as a child - but once I hit about 13, yes. It became a really big part of my life, even more so nowadays!
What new pieces have you picked up for this summer and autumn that we haven't seen on the blog yet?
A cool denim patchwork shift dress from Freckle London, a racing jacket with patches on...there are some great things!
What are your favourite pieces of clothing?
I have way too many to decide really! I haven't grown for years so have just kept all of my clothes from the last seven or so years...I guess a tapestry poncho my Mum bought me for Christmas, plus my pale yellow 1950s prom dress are two I will always treasure.
What could you not live without?
Support from friends and family.
Do you have any career plans?
Not exactly! I want to study menswear and then see where that takes me!
Where would you like to be in blogging three years from now?
Perhaps with higher quality content, but other than that I am quite happy with my blog. It's just an outlet for me really. I have aspirations but they lie outside of the blogging field!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own blog?
Don't post when you don't actually have something to say - also don't advertise things you don't genuinely like! Other than that just be yourself and remember everything has to be bad at first in order to get good.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Make! Making makes more making. Mistakes are part of the creative process. As David bowie said, "If I haven’t made 3 mistakes in a week, i'm failing." Just keep producing work and it'll get there!
Follow Ellie on Instagram 'elliecp_' and her blog 'http://roseandvintage.blogspot.co.uk' for exciting updates on her fashion, photography and little adventures.