Meet Erica: The eco-friendly fashionista behind the blog Recycled Fashion
1. How do you describe your blog to people you meet who haven’t read it before?
I write a blog about fashion, but fashion not in the traditional sense. I write about sustainable fashion, which encompasses shopping expeditions in opportunity shops, charity shops, thrift stores, vintage stores, markets, garage sales, car boot sales, online stores and auctions to find recycled fashion wardrobe pieces.
I also showcase recycled, vintage, upcycled and DIY fashion, sewing, eco-style, ethical fashion, second hand shopping tours, fair trade fashion, and old school styles revisited. My blog is not really a reflection of my personal style, but more-so a collaboration of sustainable fashion initiatives that have been sourced from around the world.
I have a motto: “Fashion does not have to cost the earth.. financially, or environmentally.”
2. When did you first start blogging and what made you first hit the keyboard?
After the birth of my first son, I went straight back to work, however, I struggled with the overwhelming guilt of leaving him at such a young age, so I quit.
Whilst enjoying the change in my life, I do admit to finding the adjustment from working mother to stay at home mother really difficult. I always remember my husband saying to me at this point “you need a hobby” and laughed at him! But, he was right; I did need a creative outlet to focus on. I’d always enjoyed writing, and sourcing second hand fashion, so combined the two together which became my blog; Recycled Fashion.
3. What is the thing you most enjoy about blogging?
I get to write and research all about my passion! I also get to meet the most inspiring people making a difference in the fashion world, some I only get to meet ‘virtually’, and others for real – people that share the same interests and passion for recycled fashion as I do! We’d never have met, if it were not for the blog. I also like the fact that blogging has taught me an entire set of new skills in social media, basic HMTL, SEO and web analytics.
4. What is the coolest thing your blog has helped you do?
Encouraged me to sew!
Soon after I started writing Recycled Fashion, I discovered an online community of clever, talented people creating their own clothes from existing garments. Soon after, I found a collaborative blog Wardrobe Refashion, which really inspired me to start sewing. I received a sewing machine on my birthday two and half years ago, and soon started to make my own clothes using thrifted pieces. This opened up a whole new world to op shopping, I now look at second hand clothes much differently; with a little creativity, old worn out clothes (or even bed sheets!) can be redesigned into a new fashion piece.
5. What piece of advice would you give someone just starting their very first blog?
Don’t worry too much if, at the start, the only people reading your blog are friends and members of your family. The more content you write, the more likely your blog will appear in web searches, and therefore, a higher chance you’ll attract new readers. Keep writing, and they will come! Also, if you’re not particularly skilled in web design, don’t stress too much about your blog design right at the beginning, you can always redesign your blog later, when you have a higher number of readers and web traffic to your site.
6. Tell us about your pets, friends, hobbies, star sign, shoe size… whatever!
I have a black cat, she is recycled too! (She’s from an animal shelter). She has a tendency to sit on every piece of clothing I put on the floor to photograph for my blog, it has become a bit of a running joke. She features on Recycled Fashion quite a lot, under the pseudonym “Her Royal Catness”.
7. Do you have a particular favourite post you think is your blog at its best?
Can I list a few?
8. Recommend a blog to us. If readers like your blog, they’d also like…
Oo so many, but I’ll limit it this time to: Outsapop, New Dress a Day, Refashionista, Refashion Co-op, A Little Boutique Near Home.
9. What do you love about Nuffnang?
I consider Nuffnang to be a networking community which provides so much more to bloggers than just advertisements. If it were not for Nuffnang, I would not have had the chance to meet these amazing bloggers on a Nuffnang mini meet I recently organised.
10. Lastly…if you were prime minister for a day, what would be your first order of business?
For the nation – legalise gay marriage
For the Victorian state – commence work on a much needed rail link to Melbourne airport.
Blog URL: http://www.recycled-fashion.com/
Blog Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RecycledFashion
Twitter Handle: @FashionRecycled
Instagram Handle: @Recycledfashion