I am very excited to bring to you today the first of what I hope to be many interviews for my blog. I am particularly pleased because my first interview subject is none other than the lovely, Nessbow!
Not only is Nessbow one of my all-time favourite bloggers, she is also a close personal friend and the person who encouraged me to start my own blog. She is also the owner of a T-shirt that features two unicorns making love under a rainbow. What could be more perfect than that?
When and how did you first become interested in My Little Ponies?
I got a couple of My Little Ponies for Christmas when I was about three or four. They were among my favourite toys when I was a little girl, so I guess my interest started pretty early on. I do recall making a Christmas list when I was about five years old. I couldn’t write yet, so the list was made entirely of pictures snipped from catalogues and magazines, and most of the page was covered in My Little Ponies (there were definitely a few Ninja Turtles dolls in there too). I think my interest in them began when I saw my older cousin’s collection of them. She used to have them all lined up on the windowsill in her room, and she’d let me play with them whenever I came over.
Who is your favourite pony and why?
I had quite a few ponies growing up, but I think my favourite would be Twisty Tail. She was one of the Brush ‘n’ Grow ponies. I like her most of all because of her vibrant mane and her super-long tail.
What would you be like if you were a My Little Pony?
I think I’d be a Pegasus, because I’d love to be able to fly. I’d be very brightly coloured, and there would definitely be a pink streak through my mane. My cutie mark would be a quill and my name would be Sweet Scribbles.
Apart from My Little Ponies, who or what is your favourite fictional equine?
Binky, who is Death’s horse in Terry Pratchett’s books.
What is your favourite generation of My Little Pony? What do you think of the other generations?
Generation 1 is certainly my favourite, because they were the ponies I grew up with. I do like the super-sweet cutesy appeal of Generation 4 as well.
Do you collect My Little Pony toys or other merchandise?
Do you collect or covet any other toys (including action figures, plushies etc.)?
In the last year I’ve gotten really into Lego, particularly the Harry Potter sets.
Do you keep any of your childhood toys in your room/house now? What about new toys?
I still have quite a few of my stuffed toys from when I was a little girl. I have four large Harry Potter lego sets as well, which are displayed about the place. In addition to these, I also have a “Transfixed Bilbo” doll from Lord of the Rings, which was given to me by a friend as a joke.
Have you seen the “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” cartoon and, if so, what do you think of it?
I haven’t watched it, but I do have a couple of episodes cued up on my laptop, ready to watch.
When did you first start blogging and why?
I started my blog about two and a half years ago. I’ve always loved writing, and fashion was something that I was passionate about, so I wanted the opportunity to write about style and share my wardrobe with other like-minded people. Once I began, I realised that there are a lot of people out there who are simply too self-conscious to dress the way they want to, and I set about writing posts that would spark inspiration, generate confidence and break down the excuses people make for not expressing themselves through fashion. In time, I expanded my subject matter to include hair and makeup tutorials, lifestyle posts and even recipes.
What have been the best and wost aspects of the whole blogging experience for you?
The best part is the opportunity to write every day. I adore writing and it’s wonderful to have a ‘purpose’ for my writing (although I’d write all the time even if I didn’t blog). I love being able to write about the things that interest me. Blogging gives you an opportunity to connect with people with similar interests to yours, and I’ve made some great friends through my blog. I also love having the opportunity to inspire people and build up their confidence and creativity. I think the worst aspect of blogging is that it’s a lot of work for not a lot of reward. I’d love to be able to make a career out of blogging, but it’s incredibly difficult to do. Only a very lucky few get to live that dream.
How would you describe your personal style?
I have a very eclectic personal style. I like punk, alternative, vintage, bohemian and kawaii fashion, and I like to mix and match styles. I think I’d describe myself as a ‘maximalist’. I always want my outfits to have ‘more’, whether that’s brighter colours, louder prints, large jewellery, daring shoes or whatever.
What would you recommend to someone who finds themselves in a “style rut” they want to get out of?
I’d tell them to take some time to think about how they’d like to dress. Watch films with amazing costumes, make lists of your style icons, make scrapbooks of images that make you squeal. Soak up inspiration anywhere you can. Also, I can’t understate the value of playing dress-ups. Spend an afternoon sifting through your wardrobe, trying things on, making crazy combinations, just playing. You’ll dig up stuff you forgot you even had, and think of new ways to wear the things you already own.
Are there any fashion styles or specific types of clothing that you would like to wear, but feel uncomfortable doing so?
I’m pretty happy to give anything a go! I’m not really comfortable in shorts or mini skirts unless I’m wearing tights or leggings underneath. I have a few qualms about going bare-legged. I’d love to be able to wear some vintage style bombshell outfits, but I don’t think I’m quite curvy enough to pull those off.
What inspires the pieces you sell in your Etsy store?
I like to have fun while I’m crafting, and I take inspiration from loads of sources. Sometimes it’s something cute I’ve seen online or on T.V. Sometimes I just make something because I think it would be fun to make. Other times I will see something in the craft store or thrift store, and it will give me an idea for something awesome I could make with it. I try to stock my etsy store with items that I would actually wear myself.
– Blog: http://www.nessbow.com