Tell us a bit about Full Time Fabulous.
Full Time Fabulous is actually Sunglass Hut’s official fashion blog. In October 2010, Sunglass Hut held a competition for fashion bloggers and after a very intense, 3-month process, they chose me as the winner. I now blog exclusively on Full Time Fabulous about fashion, lifestyle, beauty and art!
How did you monetize Full Time Fabulous?
Full Time Fabulous isn’t monetized. I am paid directly by Sunglass Hut to blog for them.
My personal blog, Vogue Gone Rogue, isn’t monetized either actually. I don’t really like it when blogs have too many ads. I prefer making money by providing a service or selling my own designs, which is what I’ve always planned on doing and how my blogging career came about to begin with.
How has blogging affected your career?
When I was going to design school in Milan, I decided to start a blog to help set me apart from all the other aspiring designers out there. I figured it wouldn’t just be a great way to work on my own style aesthetic, but also to get to know my peers by interacting with them through this great communication medium.
Blogging has really enriched my career in more ways than I’d ever imagined. There’s so much to it and I feel I’ve grown both as a person and an artist because of it. It’s very fulfilling and has added a huge element of joy to both my life and my work. So I’d say that the biggest way it’s impacted my career is by helping to make it something I can truly believe in and enjoy with all my heart.
What are you working on now?
Aside from blogging daily for Sunglass Hut on Full Time Fabulous, I am working on developing my own collection! I don’t want to give away too many details just yet, but I’m very excited about it! It embodies the design aesthetic that I love with a strong philosophy to back it up.
What is the most important piece of advice you can give to aspiring bloggers?
Never stop learning. Read things that inspire you and always strive to improve your content. Just as you wouldn’t let your life get stagnant, don’t let your blog get stagnant either. It is hard work, but don’t get discouraged and definitely don’t fall victim to negativity or blogger envy. Both these things will only distract you from your goals and ruin the reputation you’re working so hard to build. Instead, focus simply being the best blogger you can be. And when blogging becomes your paid gig – even then – never stop learning.