Hey everyone! Hope you’re all well. I’ve been on a break again of late as I’ve been busy moving into my new apartment with Grange, but we’re back to regular programming and today I’d like to share with you an interview with one of my favourite Australian bloggers, Sophie Drew from & Other Things.
A wonderful blog, full of on-trend everyday fashion, and upbeat & colourful modern design.
As well as being a website full of Sophie’s interests, and what’s inspiring her creatively, it is her experimentation with merging photography & design which I find really unique and inspiring. She’s also a huge supporter of independent designers which is always a big TICK in my books.
Definitely one to follow! Stopping by her website always leaves me with a big smile on my face. Check out the blog here & my interview with Sophie below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to start “& Other Things”
My Instagram bio says that I’m easily distracted by shiny things and I guess that’s a good a place as any to start an introduction these days.
I began blogging back when I was in uni completing my Communications degree. We were covering a lot of Web 2.0 stuff so I was spending a lot of time on the internet. At the time blogging was just taking off and I was reading mostly international blogs. I thought it would be fun to add some Australian content to the mix.
The blog has existed under a few names over the years before finally settling on “& Other Things”. It covers a bit of everything but ultimately it has always been a place to scrapbook my likes and interests.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is pretty laid-back. Comfort is key. Nothing can beat the basic t-shirt and jeans combination but I also love colour and graphic prints. Gorman has always been one of my favourite brands and I’m a big fan of their playful aesthetic.
What are your top 5 wardrobe essentials?
A striped t-shirt, black shift dress, high-waisted jeans, A-line denim skirt, and a denim jacket. I really like denim, by the way.
Where is the best place to shop in Brisbane?
I can’t go past the James Street precinct in Fortitude Valley for a great mix of fashion and homewares. Plus it’s close to some of my favourite cafes and restaurants. Nook in West End is also really cute.
Tell us about some of the people who inspire you and why?
Ah! This is a hard one. I guess I don’t really have any specific people that inspire me. But whenever I see someone kicking goals, no matter how big or small, it inspires me to do the same.
What are 3 of your favourite resources which you go to for inspiration?
I really like the The Design Files for their Australian Homes features (because I am a big fat sticky beak) and their regular interview series. Instagram is great for discovering new designers/photographers/creators and Pinterest is my go-to for visual inspiration.
What’s involved in a typical day of blogging for you?
I still don’t have a regular blogging routine. As I blog in my spare time, and on various topics, it really depends on the content I’m creating. Some days it will involve shooting, styling, and editing photos and other days I’ll just develop some film photos and whack them up.
What is your favourite part of blogging?
Definitely the community and meeting other like-minded bloggers. I’ve met some really lovely people over the years.