Interview: Shanice Willoughby
Shanice Willoughby has a love for fashion and photography. I was lucky enough to interview Shanice about her blogging and fashion.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Very well thank you! Just fully recovered from a busy weekend/Nottinghill Carnival!
Tell us a little bit about your background.
My background? I'm Shanice, 23, from Surrey. I'm a lifestyle Blogger/keen photographer with an obsession with Yellow and flowers. I studied art & design, and plan to further study floristry!
Describe your style.
My style is a little mish-mach! I take a lot of inspiration from the 70's and 90's with a mix of current. I tend to wear very bohemian, flowy pieces with a statement jacket/hat. Or my go-to colour Yellow!
When did you start getting into fashion?
I started getting into fashion a fair few years ago- I've always dressed differently to most people I knew (even when in my teen emo stage, ha!).
Where are your favourite places to shop?
Fav places to shop are usually charity shops/vintage shops usually in East LDN (Rokit, Beyond Retro etc).
High street I also shop in places like ASOS/Marketplace, Zara, Topshop, H&M.
What inspired you to get into vintage fashion?
What inspired me to get into Vintage fashion per say? From a very young age I would always be trying on my Nan's/Mothers clothes and was so fond of them, I think it sprung from there really. I've always wanted to collect key items and always prefer to buy vintage/second hand because it has more of a story and real history.
Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?
I can't make my own clothing I wish I could!
Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops?
My tips for shopping in vintage/charity shops would be to dive right in there! I'm a very visual person so I usually scan a rack of clothes or run my hand amongst them to get a look/feel of fabric. Also- dare to be different!
Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes?
I think Charity shops are so important because not only are they recycling lovely things but it's all going to a good cause!
Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes?
I mainly just go with the flow, I don't think I overthink it too much, I just tend to group certain colours/accessories/prints with things that compliment each other.
How did you go about finding your own style?
I think I just began to stop thinking about what people thought was perceived as 'Fashion' and what the trends were and just went with what I enjoyed to wear!
Have you always been into fashion?
Believe it or not up until the age of 13/14 I was always in football kits and boyish clothes! I had no idea about fashion!
What new pieces have you picked up for this summer and autumn that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet?
I've started picking up a few lovely Autumn pieces! A few new pairs of dungarees, mustard coloured items and a few more embroidered pieces!
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
Embroidery, Cullottes, yellow, boho chic, metallic/shiny boots/ Literally ANYTHING from Zara at the moment!
What are your favourite pieces of clothing?
I have a vintage oversized denim jacket with a wolf on the back that was my mum's in the 90's which I absolutely adore! Also a floral embroidered pair of boots that I bought last year from ASOS!
What could you not live without?
Coffee, flowers and pugs!
Do you have any career plans?
I have a few thing's actually that I'm going to try!
I'm planning to continue with the next level of my Floristry course and become a Florist, I also want to start my own All girl 90's riot style Punk band! - So if you know of any bad-ass girls who wanna join, send them my way! I also am going to try posting/taking more photos fashion wise for my blog but I'm in need of a photographer!
Do you have a favourite fashion magazine?
Who was your first style icon?
Stevie Nicks all the way (She still is).
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
It's been so great for me on a creative level to get myself out there!
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?
More outfit/fashion shots! Also, more yellow!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?
Just go for it and don't worry too much about followers etc, as long as you're posting what you want, it will all come naturally!
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Don't be too harsh on yourself or compare yourself to others, you're unique, you're YOU.
You can follow this lovely lady on her blog ‘https://shanicesparkles.com’. She is always posting wonderful articles, photography and fashion.