One of the things I like most about blogging is getting to meet other like minded people. When I get invited to events, I sometimes get to meet bloggers who I have been following for a while and admire. I am always pleasantly surprised by how kind, welcoming and supportive most people are and Cecylia Kee is definitely in this category.
I have been following Cecylia.com for a few years now, and I just love Cecylia’s modern and experimental style. Part classic, mixed with a little bit of fun, she often incorporates interesting textures and bright pops of colour into her outfits. Flicking through her blog always makes me want to experiment more with my every day style. It just looks like so much fun.
Apart from her playful style, Cecylia is a seriously darling. Having met her in real life only earlier this year, we started chatting online and before I knew it I was sitting in her living room sharing afternoon tea with her gorgeous family and friends. It’s not often you meet people who are so kind and open, so I have to say that Cecylia is definitely one of the sweetest and most stylish ladies going around for sure. I’m really looking forward to following her blog for many more years to come.
Check out my interview with Cecylia below.
Images via Cecylia.com
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to start your blog.
Hola! My name is Cecylia Kee and I run a blog called Cecylia.com where I share style through life.
I started my blog 6 years ago as a virtual diary to record trends that I loved and places I’d traveled to. I had a grand total of 2 readers: my best friend and my husband. I didn’t expect anything from the blog as it was just a hobby I developed whilst working full time as a vet. I needed something to lubricate the creative side of my brain and to satisfy my hunger for fashion and style. Over time, my blog started gaining traction as I began sharing my style and adventures.
Some time later, thanks to help from a business partner, I opened a boutique in Armadale. We stocked exciting and talented designers from all over the world: Berlin, London, Paris, the Netherlands, Singapore and of course, we promoted amazing Australian-made labels too. I was still working as a vet half of the time and blogging at night – it was all pretty crazy. A few years on, my business partner and I parted ways so we closed shop. I continued blogging, vetting and also became a mom!
What’s involved in a typical day of blogging for you?
Before I became a mom, I used to spend hours attending events, planning photoshoots, editing photos, writing stories and promoting my blog on social media. Nowadays, it’s a lot more hectic, especially when I’m also practicing as a vet five days a week.
Nowadays, I have very limited time to make it all happen. On the weekend, if the weather holds up, I’ll try and shoot some outfit photos with hubby. If it rains, I create flat lay images. But our weekends are usually packed to the brim so it can be quite tricky to fit photos in. I have another photographer who I regularly collaborate with once or twice a month. I tend to blog at night after bub has gone to bed.
Having said that, I plan to devote more time to the blog from now on. I will be setting aside one day a week to plan, style, shoot and write my blog posts. Let’s see how much I can cram into that one day!
How would you describe your personal style?
Quirky and elegant. It used to be more quirky and eclectic when I was younger but now it’s more modern and elegant.
What are your top 5 wardrobe essentials?
Jeans – whether it’s boyfriend, skinny, flared, indigo or ripped, they’re practical, versatile and low-maintenance.
Jumpers – My mom knitted me many jumpers when I was growing up so jumpers have always had a special place in my heart. Plus, they’re warm, chic and go with everything!
Dresses – I love dressing up in dresses. Anything from flowy and floral to sleek and structured, a dress is a complete outfit. You can’t have too many dresses!
Ballet Flats -they’re very Parisian, effortless and perennially chic. I live in ballet flats.
Pumps- I love wearings heels, especially pumps. They’re simple, elegant and you can put them on hands free!
Tell us about some of the people who inspire you and why?
Taylor Tamasi-Hill for her unrivaled, eclectic personal style (and amazing floral arrangements!). My dear friend Jess Dempsey for being able to juggle motherhood and blogging and make it look so chic. My husband. He built my blog, is my tech support, takes photo and proof-reads for me. He inspires me to live a life worth sharing about.
Where is the best place to shop in Melbourne?
My favourites shops are Habbot, for shoes, Leonard St, for clothes and opshops for anything and everything in between.
What are 3 of your favourite online resources which you look to for inspiration?
Elle.com and Style.com for streetstyle photos and trend reports, and Net-a-Porter for styling ideas and drool-worthy pieces.
What is your favourite part of blogging?
I dig the surprise element of blogging- you never know what will come into your inbox every day. Every day is full of surprises!
What is next for Cecylia.com?
Better time management! More planning. More reading and more travelling!