29 October 2012

Nomad Interview: Guest Post

Carla Mallari

1. When and why did you start blogging?
I started my blog about three years ago, during my sophomore year in university while I was studying fashion design. I thought it would be a great idea to celebrate Qatar's diversity through fashion.

2. Have any tips and advice for to share with us? 
In fashion blogging, just have fun with it! Whatever content you choose for your blog just make sure it's something that genuinely interests you, and resist posts that you think is just out to get readers and hits. But that goes for anything, your best work comes when there's passion involved.

3. What are you favourite blogs? 
 I'm currently following Men in this Town. It's a photo blog full of men's street-style. I love menswear and each time I land on this blog, the more I'm tempted to try and create a menswear line.

 4. How does a blogger & fashion designer such as you get their name out there?
Network, network, network! Get those business cards rolling, put your charm on and use all your socialising skill set.

 5. Where do you shop?
I shop pretty much anywhere, Zara, Suite Blanco, H&M, Mango, Splash, Top Shop, Warehouse, etc. In Qatar, the style choices are quite limited, but I do manage to find an eccentric piece or two here and there. When I'm out of town, I like to shop at market places and little boutiques. Never online though, it's too tempting and I'm more likely to end up eating cup noodles for the rest of the month.

6. What hobbies do you have? 
I don't know really, my hobby has turned into something that I do for a living now. I do like to go out for a drive and have a gander in the mangroves, get in touch with nature.

7. What do you do for a living?
I do a number of things! I'm a freelancer. I design for independent clothing brands and sportswear lines. I'm also a wardrobe stylist for TV commercials and I style for magazine editorials. I'm beginning to delve into costume design too. And, as you know I run a street-style blog. AND, I almost forgot, I model from time to time.

8. Is there a community of bloggers and fashion designers in Doha?
If so, how can we get connected? 
There is a Facebook group I started quite a while ago for people within the growing fashion industry here in Qatar to network, it's called the Doha Fashion Circle. Since then there has been a few other fashion communities that have started too like the Qatar Fashion Makers (Facebook group) and Middle East Fashion (networking website).

 9. What is the best way to get publicity for your blog and talents? 
It all comes down to who you know, and networking is essential.

  Love Polli xx

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