Friday, 13 June 2014

Meet Donna (and Passion4 Fashion Linkup!)

Today i get the chance to make the most wonderful introduction. Donna is my northern soul mate, my dress double and 1 part of #frockswapuk.
When i first 'met' her on IG we became buddies straight away and i distinctly remember saying she should start a blog. What with her excellent eye for colours and patterns,  a beautiful wardrobe just begging to be shared with the world and envy inducing hair she had to give it a shot.
And i am so pleased to say, she did just that...


Hello Lovely Donna can you tell us what your blog is and how long you've been blogging?

Polkadot Pink started Christmas 2012, as a place to document my life: the places that I'd visit, the craft projects I'd make for my new home and of course, capture the quirky outfits that I used to wear. It was a time in my life when I was feeling uninspired and needed a creative outlet to focus my energies on. When I met my boyfriend in the following year, Polkadot Pink evolved to include street art, travel and my 'grown up' style. I never took blogging seriously until summer 2013 when I really began to think about blogging my personal style on a regular basis. One hazy summer night, we shot in the golden hour in the beautiful Lancashire hills and it really inspired me to document more of my outfits. 



What made you start blogging (apart from me nagging you)?
Like most bloggers, I was inspired to start blogging through the blogs that I read. After discovering Rachel on Instagram and realizing we shared the same wardrobe choices, I soon found her blog and began reading it daily. I would also read blogs like athriftymrs and lesser known blogs. It was the smaller blogs that filled me with the confidence to start blogging. With a journalism degree going to waste, writing my own blog was a natural next step. 

Having read your blog from the very begining, i love each and every post but especially when i first really saew you in this outfit! I was all 'WOOAHH!..dammnn girl looks good in jeans!'
But what would you say is your favourite post? 
It's so difficult to choose a favourite post, I'm my own biggest critic so I'll choose an outfit I dearly love and a post that I really enjoyed writing. The gingham midi dress. This beautiful Duck and Duffel dress arrived on my door step towards the end of the spending ban. Debbie had very kindly agreed to swap me this beautiful dream dress for another frock. I chose to wear it for a family lunch at my parents house. They live in a cottage in the English countryside. On route, the boy and I decided to shoot some pictures. He pushed me to climb into a field of rotting leeks to get this shot. It reminded me that sometimes you have to take risks, a motto I write by at Polkadot Pink

Your posts are always colourful and you are so at ease in every shot..where do you find inspiration?
My blogging inspiration is heavily dictated by my everyday life. I find travelling to be one of my biggest inspirations. Naturally, I can't always go travelling to find inspiration and fellow bloggers inspire me. Blogging link ups and Pinterest help to open my mind to new ideas and introduce me to new ways of styling. From time to time, there are times when I'm feeling totally uninspired and I think taking a break can sometimes help to reignite inspiration. 


Having spent the past 12 months changing and growing my own sense of style i have noted a certain style-volution within your own outfits. Its been wonderful to watch.
How have you felt this past year and what prompted your changes?
My personal style is definitely evolving. I think nearing the big 3-0 forces you to think about how you dress. Age is a mere number, but I had started to feel immature in outfits made from brights and quirky prints so I decided to tone it down. I've always had a huge fascination with the sixties style and in most outfits, you'll find a patterned print or a strong collar. The 100 Day Spending Ban forced me to take a good look at what I wore and owned. I'd had some dresses for years, so recently I've been selling what I no longer wear on eBay, Instagram and Depop. 


And lastly because we all know i'm nosey;
Where do you blog from?
My bed! I've tried blogging in various spaces in my house: the office, the breakfast bar, the spare room, the living room but there are no comfier places than my bedroom. It's awaiting a complete overhaul and has limited furniture, but it's the one place where I can focus and my writing flows. It's where I feel most at home. 


Complete Babe isn't she! 
Be sure to swing by and follow along for her wonderful style and lifestyle posts, you will leave feeling all warm and fuzzy inside by the time you leave i assure you.

There will be another outfit post from me coming up tomorrow so be sure to pop back fro that as I have the most gorgeous dress i would love to show y'all.

And lastly, of course Friday wouldn't be Friday without Passion 4 Fashion.
I jsut wanted to say a quick thank you to all of you who participate each week, or even just now and again.. You ladies rock Lena and my world!
Keep linking and visiting and finding new blog buddies. The blogasphere is an amazing place!




Fashion is for everyone. 
Whether you're single in the city or a stay at home mum from the country...

we all have a passion for fashion!
Every Friday Lena & I will be co-hosting a fashion free-for-all linkup!

Anything fashion goes!
Link up your outfit posts, a fashion recap, a fashion wishlist, get your kids or hubby in on the fun... if you've got a passion for fashion, this is the place to be!
Celebrate your style with us every Friday!
We'll be pinning our favourite looks to our Passion for Fashion boards on Pinterest!

You can find the board HERE 
Follow both hosts Lena and  Me so we can come visit you!

If you could link back to us via text link or button and help spread the 
Passion For Fashion word.
Then go visit, blog hop, follow and comment on all the fabulous ladies you are meeting!

{By the way, we would love for you to help us spread the word! }

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9 comments

  1. You two look alike. I love Donna's preppy style and she has gorgeous eye. I'm definitely going to check out her blog.

    http://princessaudu.blogspot.com/

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  2. You two could be sisters! Thanks for hosting.

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  3. You two could definitely be sisters! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great weekend!

    xo, Erica
    www.casuallystyled.com

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  4. Fun feature. Thanks for hosting!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  5. Ahhh Rachel, my lovely little Welsh lady! You're so kind :-) xx

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  6. Hi Rachel! Its so wonderful that you inspired Donna to start her own blog! Her photos are gorgeous as is she! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanx for the linky & I hope to join in often! Ax

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  7. Linkup is a great idea! Would love to participate in that. Enjoyed reading this. Thanks!
    Jo-Ann
    Vintage Jewelry Girl

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