Interview With the Fashion Blogger

Hey everyone I am back after a long time. Yes on this new website but the contents would remain interesting as usual. Today on Interview zone I have Katherine Wallace from www.aureliabeauty.com. Katherine is a known fashion blogger and in her blogs she explains the products very well. So I shall proceed to the interview.

Me: Hi Katherine. Thank you for accepting my invitation for interview zone. So shall I proceed with the interview?
Kat: My pleasure. Sure. Go ahead.

Me: So how did you decide to become a fashion blogger? Was it a thoughtful choice?
Kat: I decided to become a fashion blogger because I love all things related to fashion and beauty, they have always inspired me. One evening I suggested starting a blog to my husband as a way to harness my creativity and share it with family, friends and whoever else stumbled across it. My husband was super supportive and now I have been blogging for about 4 months. I would say it was both a thoughtful, and spontaneous choice. Thoughtful in the sense that I knew this was something I was passionate about and had a drive to do. Yet spontaneous because it was a very spur of the moment choice to actually start my blog.

Me: Wow that’s awesome, So How was the response initially? Share some moments with us please.
Kat: I feel that the initial response was everything I could have hoped for. All of my family and friends were very supportive and couldn’t wait to see the content I was creating. I found it very touching that so many people in my life were interested in reading what I had to say. I have a hard time pinpointing any specific moments, because the whole experience has been so overwhelmingly positive.

Me: Do you think Organized Stores keep an eye of the fashion bloggers?
Kat: I definitely think that brands keep an eye on what bloggers are posting and saying about their products. However, in the past I believe brands have focused mainly on bloggers with larger followings. In the past year or so it seems that brands are starting to see the importance of micro-influencers when it comes to marketing. Micro-influencers (1,000 – over 10,000 followers, subscribers) can drive a lot of traffic to a store if they give a positive review of a product, or wear a brands clothing often. Personally, I have had brands interact with my posts on social media (likes, comments, ect.). Therefore I think it is safe to say that they are very aware about what bloggers are saying about their products and how even small bloggers can have an overall impact.

Me: Whom do you envision as your target reader?
Kat: I envision my target reader being a young professional or entrepreneur between the ages of 18-35. But in all honesty I think that anyone who has a love for fashion and beauty will enjoy reading my blog.

Me: There are a lot of people following you on your fashion blog. How do you manage this huge number of followers?
Kat: Other forms of social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter are major factors as to why I have the following that I do. By putting myself out there on all of those social media platforms I am able to reach a larger number of people on a daily basis.

Me: What motivates you to blog?
Kat: Other beauty and fashion bloggers really motivate me. Every time I go on Instagram, Pinterest or WordPress I see the content that is being put out by other bloggers. Sometimes I’ll see an outfit on someone with pieces I would never have thought to put together, but it looks amazing. This makes me look a bit closer at my own closet and try to look for pieces that I thought wouldn’t go well together before and make an outfit with them.
The same goes for the beauty side of my blog. I will see a colourful makeup look on Instagram and be inspired to try something similar. I think that is one of the amazing things about being a part of the blogger community, it is always so inspiring.

Me: That’s great to know. So my last question for you would be would you like to give any Any advice for all our fashionable readers?
Kat: Use fashion trends as guidelines, not rules. Find your own personal style and rock it, regardless of what the current trends are.

Katherine, that was a lovely advice

So readers this was Katherine for you today.

And I really hope you enjoyed reading.

Keep following, Keep reading. And Keep Rocking..

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, some have heard and read about him some have not. Last week was his birthday. He was born in Calcutta on 7th May 1861 and died on 7th August 1941 in Calcutta. He was a Proud Indian He was a Writer, song composer, playwright, essayist, painter. And he received Novel Prize for ‘Gitanjali’ in the year 1913.

Honestly speaking on my blog today I won’t write what everyone knows or can read about him. This is my blog so today I will write what I truly feel, what I truly think about him.

I had read about him since my childhood. My Grandpa used to say one cannot finish reading his works during his/her whole lifetime. Of course he had written a lot. I somehow could feel whatever he might have felt during writing either a sad poetry or a love poem.

Many bengali people in India love him but some hate him. I remember, last year a renowned camera person from a renowned channel told me there’s no point in loving that man’s work because he got whatever he had because he was born in a rich family.

I didn’t respond him, I just smiled. Of course I could have argued with him because I have read him since my childhood. But I couldn’t make him understand what I exactly feel about Rabindranath Tagore.

If any artist is reading this then my question to you would be, have you seen Rabindranath Tagore’s old age photograph? If yes have you looked deep into his eyes? What do you see?

It is said that eyes of a human reflects everything about that person, I am not sure about others but about Rabindranath Tagore it was applicable. His emotions would be easily understandable from him eyes. I personally avoid looking in his eyes of his picture. Do you know what I see?

He might have recieved everything a man ever wants or wanted but his eyes says he was in agony, in deep pain which he couldn’t share with anyone. His eyes say he wanted peace. His eyes depict, only if he could turn over the time.

There are many portraits about him. Many people draw about him. I only sketched once about him because I can’t draw those eyes. I can’t draw that pain, that hurt. I can’t. I only sketched about him once in my lifetime but for me that was worse because I felt like thousands of knives were hitting me.

I have never seen him but I feel like as if I have known him since ages. May be it’s common.

Many “FAMOUS” people would say ,”Ah, that’s very normal”, if I share my true feelings about what I feel about Rabindranath Tagore. But my question is do you feel connected to him like I do? Do you feel like you have known him always like I do? Do you?

Honestly speaking he isn’t my favourite writer or poet or painter but still I love reading his works. This reminds me of one more incident in 2017 while I was working as a journalist, my senior asked me about one of the phrases of Rabindranath Tagore’s work “Ghore Baire”, a lady who sort of hated me commented, “How would she know about it? You asked the wrong person”, and she chuckled. My senior knowing me well then told her, “Why don’t you answer it then”, she didn’t have any answer to it. I simply completed the phrase and told him the other required details and left the room.

You know I didn’t feel victorious that day because she couldn’t answer it and I knew about it. I was extremely hurt because I can’t portray my feelings.

I know whoever reads it might feel it boring because for the very first time ever I have revealed this side of me but one thing I would say Rabindranath Tagore was really a great man. Not because I know it but because I feel it.

A quote by him, “Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence? I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds. Open your doors and look abroad. From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of an hundred years before. In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one spring morning, sending its glad voice across an hundred years.”

That’s all for today.

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Depression

It is a common word now a days. Someone is less depressed someone is badly depressed. Sometimes it is easy to understand that a person is in depression but sometimes it is not.

You might see a person daily waking up, behaving normally, smiling, working for the entire day and then having a sleepless night. It is because people who are deeply depressed but don’t want to share their issues decide not to open or can’t open up.

These people who can’t open up and are scattered from inside and are dying inside everyday.

There are 9 easy ways to detect if someone is depressed:

1) They behave unnatural. That is, they hide their feelings.

2) If you ask them how are their response would be ‘neither good,nor bad’ or something confusing.

3) They prefer to keep themselves extremely busy.

4) They get angry easily.

5) Their unnecessary risky behavior or decisions.

6) They are unable to think clearly

7) Unable to concentrate. Or unable to do things which they once loved to do.

8) They can’t sleep.

9) And lastly, They prefer to be left alone.

Depression can hamper your mental peace from inside. It kills you slowly and you start giving on. This sometimes may lead to suicide as well.

But yes this is not the end. People in depression can get rid of it by themselves. I personally would suggest 8 solutions that helped me to get out of a deep depression.

Yes, once upon a time I was also depressed. I started giving up slowly. I became suicidal I was tired of life. I was dying everyday. But one fine morning I told myself, “No, why the hell should I give up. This life is worth living for”, and then I did these things and I am doing great today.

1) Set a routine for yourself. I know it sounds tough but there’s nothing one can’t do. If you get accustomed in a routine, trust me you can overcome depression.

2) Set a Goal for yourself. When a person is in depression they may not feel like doing anything or even if they do they don’t do it wholeheartedly. So if you set a goal for yourself you can achieve it step by step. That’s what my friend is another step to overcome depression.

3) Exercise everyday. I know it might be tough of people who don’t prefer exercising but it helps. Join a gym. Work hard. You can feel depression leaving you along with your sweat.

4) You need to eat healthy food. I hated eating when I was depressed it caused me anroxia but once I forced myself to eat and that too healthy food, firstly I hated it but later on I must say it helped me.

5) You need to sleep. Having amnesia is different but when a person is badly depressed they have a sleepless night. You need to overcome it. It will be a a forcible step but you have to do it to recover from depression.

6) Negative thoughts will cross your mind by default,but force yourself to think positive. If you can’t on youtube there are many trances which you can listen which will help you.

A) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=txQ6t4yPIM0

B) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kxRRuM99yg0

C) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xWpdsx9WZq4

D) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0yMZ-04ud_Q

Try listening to these. They help a lot.

7) Travel, go out. Though you might not like it bit force yourself to do it. You will feel light. You will feel better

8) Lastly, read. Reading good books will help you alot.

People depression is worse. Try to get out of it for your own self or if you see someone with the problems I have stated above, help them to get out of it.

Let your pain go away and live a happy peaceful life.

Take care.

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Art

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” by Thomas Merton.

Well this is not about others paintings but mine.

I don’t only write but paint as well..

I remember last year after my accident when I was bedridden it left me devastated. One and half months later when I could stand up I asked my mate to get me a canvas and colors. He never asked anything he just got me those.

I don’t know what came to my mind I created this.. 👇

This was the starting.

After that I have made many but never found a gallery to exhibit them and in this case my instagram account deserted_queen helped. People from all over the world appreciate my work.

Today I thought of writing this because I really feel glad when galleries in India rejected, they supported.

Today in this post I will add some of my works. I hope you all will like it.

This one I made when after accident I was tired of myself. So I named it ‘Tired’.

I made this from a selfie of mine which looked dull after I cried… So I named it, “Sorrow”.

I made it the day I got up from my wheelchair and started walking. I named it, “Freedom”.

So what do you think about them?

Let me know if you want to see more works of mine.

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Interview Zone: Life of a Page-3 Reporter

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Page 3 of any newspaper is important as it consists of celebrity gossip. And Today I have Mr Tausif Khan’s Interview who is not only a page 3 reporter but pretty much famous as well. So here we go.

Moni: Hi Tausif. Welcome to Her_Blog’s interview zone. So shall we start?

Tausif: Sure.

Moni: Well, you are a Renowned Page-3 Reporter so what do you like to read on your own time?

Tausif: Well I like to read but I am a very lazy person and also the work load is too much so all I get to read daily is the newspaper.

Moni: At least you read. So What do you do apart from working as a reporter of Page 3?

Tausif: I own an Academy called Mentor Academy where we take English speaking classes, Personality development, Image Development, Content writing and many more classes. I also train there.

Moni: Tausif indeed that is a great thing. We all know that your work is pretty hard so how do you cope with the stress of tight deadlines?

Tausif: Well here’s the catch! I don’t get stressed at all. I love my job, infact I am doing this job because it fascinates me, so no problems with the tight deadlines because one can do anything when One thinks He can!

Moni: I must say you never fail to impress but, Tausif how do you ensure accuracy in your work?

Tausif: Yes I do. And I dnt take in that terms, I just do it, It turns out accurate anyways 😉.

Moni: Okaay, would you mind sharing some examples of your best work?

Tausif: No! Because my best is yet to come. But I can share some of my good works viz. Interview with Farah Khan, in-depth coverage for Asha Bhosle, Paresh Rawal, Mika Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, KK, Aditi Govitrikar and many such Celeb coverages.

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Moni: Will you please describe a time you found and pitched your own story.

Tausif: Sorry Moni, my first story was quite naive. I developed as a writer and m still learning.

Moni: Ok, how often do you use social media? Which sites do you use the most?

Tausif: Not too often, I mostly use it for my work. I have a page for my column on FB. ‘Lokmat Times Party Time Column’ is the name. And another page for my Academy which is ‘Mentor Academy’. So mostly its FB, Insta, LinkedIn and WhatsApp.

Moni: How would you rate your ability to use technology for storytelling within 1-10 (1 being the least)? And along with that what are your strengths and weaknesses in this area?

Tausif: Storytelling via technology? It is a myth anyways. Storytelling is an art from within so technology has most probably nothing to do with it. But still some way it can be useful and I rate it around 3. And I don’t have weakness in any area 😉😎

Moni: Please describe a time you worked with a multidisciplinary team to tell a story.

Tausif: I have always worked with a multidisciplinary team. The only one who was not disciplined in ‘that was me’.

Moni: How has the popularity of the Internet affected your profession?

Tausif: It has affected positively! We are on e-paper now anybody can read my articles from anywhere, you don’t need to have a hardcopy nowadays.

Moni: What are some common myths about the journalism profession?

Tausif: That Journalists are corrupt, they are rude to everyone, they have a very low personal life and all these are just myths. I might agree on the last one though!

Moni: Can you describe a typical day of work?

Tausif: I might write a book on this question! 😅 each day of work is typical for me.

Moni: How familiar are you with your staff writers? Whose work do you follow and why?

Tausif: Well I interact with everyone but there are a very few people I get familiar with. And there are many people whose work I like Mr Yogesh Gole, KM Joseph and Muzammil Bari to name a few.

Moni: Do you feel that is important for someone to be passionate about the journalism profession to be successful?

Tausif: Not just Journalism, One should be passionate in whatever profession he/she might be in. Infact passion is the only tool which helps you give your best shot!

Moni: What awards and/or successes have you received? How important is such recognition to you, personally, and to your career?

Tausif: I always believe that writing is an art and for an artist appreciation is the greatest award. I got critically acclaimed many a times for the quality of my writing. Got the best acclamation when the Director of International Board from US came to me after a show which I compered and said,”You need to be in Hollywood!” Got many awards in sports, Cricket especially. Getting the Best Batsman Award since 4 consecutive years in the annual Inter Press Cricket Tournament.

Moni: What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?

Tausif: I don’t set goals be it personally or professionally. I take each day as it comes. That’s the most exciting part you know, when you take life always unexpected. What if you set a smaller goal for yourself and life has something much more bigger for you? I just enjoy my life day by day as it comes be it good or bad I accept it.

Moni: What has been your personal key to success?

Tausif: My personal key to success? But am not successful yet! Until I have got at least a Harley Davidson and a Range Rover Evoke in my list of vehicles I won’t consider myself as successful!

Moni: So Tausif You prefer Bike or Car?

Tausif: I still love bikes I will always love to ride. Speed thrills anyone and I still prefer a bike ride over a car drive!

Moni: Tell us about your education.

Tausif: My education is still going on! The education am talking about comes from your life experiences, the people you meet and even nature. And for the education you are talking about am a BJ Grad.

Moni: Well Mr Khan it has been a tough discussion, you know that you are handsome so are you married? (Pun intended)

Tausif: Many a times! 😉 (Pun Intended as always!)

Moni: Ok last Question, any message you want to convey to the upcoming journalists?

Tausif: Well I don’t think I have attained that level where I can give this message but being a trainer I will say just do whatever you do with passion and interest. Take any subject any genre but be passionate about writing on it.

Lastly I want to thank you Monidipa ‘Mishti’ Dutta! You are doing a great job and as always you are too good in whatever you do! GOD BLESS you always!

Well, I should thank you Tausif for taking your time out for this interview. I am glad you gave such an interesting interview

So Everyone this was Mr Khan. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed taking his interview.

See you on Wednesday.

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