Ashley from the blog Candy Kawaii Lover
Ashley is not someone you would walk past on the street. There’s something about that sweet smile, beautiful hair, oh and that AMAZING dress sense. She’ll only be too happy to stay and chat a while, about fashion, the world at large – practically anything, because that’s the kinda gal she is.
When did you first fall in love with fashion?
I fell in love at fashion at a very young age – 5th grade maybe? I wasn’t Tavi-great though.
How would you describe your style?
I’m ever-inspired by Japanese fashion, though it’s changing and evolving. Just today, I thought of going fully gyaru, which is Japanese slang for ‘fashionable girl’ and a few days ago I was thinking of going Lolita-esque. It’s all Japanese inspired though.
So Japanese fashion – what is it about it that you love?
I love how Harajuku girls on the streets of Japan are brave enough to be themselves in public. If you look at it generally, everyone is always fashionable especially when they go out, but if you look a little closer, you’ll discover different fashion sub-cultures. Generally fashionable yet amazingly unique.
When did you start blogging and what’s your favourite bit about it?
I started in May 2009 when my friend Sharmaine Chan helped me to put up my official fashion blog by taking photos of my daily outfits from work. She’s awesome at taking photos and I just love to play with different outfits. From then on, there were no tedious days at ‘work’.
The whole process of it is amazing to me, but creating different ways to wear clothes is my favourite! I hate run-of-the-mill outfits. I love to turn ordinary clothes into extra-ordinary looks. At the same time, I love to write and take photos. A bit of inspiration to all bloggers: The best thing about being a fashion blogger (if you play your cards right) is you don’t need to buy clothes anymore, so you can have more money to buy books instead.
What are your goals as a blogger? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
You caught me, I’m the goal-oriented type. Even though, I enjoy the process of blogging, I also love innovations. As they say, there’s no only way but up!
I do love the whole fashion industry and particularly writing, taking photos, styling and make-up. I feel I just need to learn more about creating layouts and editing photos (as I never use Adobe Photoshop, aside from one photo I edited to look vintage) then maybe I could run a one-man magazine? Only kidding. But once, I see myself on ViVi (my favourite Japanese magazine), I will be on top of the world.
Other goals that I’m trying to achieve right now are putting up a store that showcases clothes and make-up. Please watch out for it.
If you could be dressed by anyone, who would it be and what would you have them put you in?
Chloe Sevigny! The Open Ceremony’s collection that she modelled.
What’s your favourite quote?
I am a quote geek. My planner is full of various quotes and I love inventing my own quotes as well so I just scanned my planner and pick the first quote I see:
We will never run out of good things because there is more than enough to go around to everyone. Life is meant to be abundant. -The Secret
Who are your favourite new designers and what is it that you love about them?
I love Thakoon who is designer who debuted in 2004. He’s dressed up Michelle Obama and I adore this collection. I think it’s important that the designers I like have parallel fashion aesthetics to myself.
Who were your style icons growing up and how have they influenced the way you dress?
I looked up to Audrey Hepburn but I was dressing up Twiggy-esque. Colours love me! My icons taught me how important pearls are and how to pick the right colour.
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
I study, work for my shop, travel and read a lot.
What top tips do you have for Sarah Betty readers when it comes to developing a personal style?
1. Never be afraid to express yourself through fashion.
2. Dress your best all the time, you’ll never know who you’ll meet today!
3. Be keen and perspicacious. Don’t drown yourself in fads.
What other fashion blogs would you recommend?
I love CherryBlossomGirl, Fashionsquad.com and Louise Ebel of Pandora.
What do you think makes a blog successful?
A blog is successful if it inspires people to be successful too.
Check out Ashley’s ever-so-fashionable fashion blog here!