As I had mentioned in my previous post covering the Student Lock-In event at Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centres, I got the chance to put a few questions to Lydia Bright. You may know her from The Only Way Is Essex but she is now embarking on a career in fashion, travelling the UK to promote Bella Sorella Boutique, a business she runs with her sister Georgia selling vintage inspired clothes, accessories and homeware. She also has her own clothing line available at ASOS. I wanted to get an insight into her beauty regime, who she looks to for fashion inspiration and her advice for dealing with the dreaded internet trolls…
What are your Top 5 beauty products at the moment?
I absolutely love MAC make-up products. My top five products at the moment are Mac Studio Fix Fluid, Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick, Rodial Snake Serum, 111 Skin Cleanser & Toner and Shu Uemura Eyelashes.
What are your favourite trends for Autumn/Winter?
I’m loving two piece outfits for A/W – skirt and jacket combos are gorgeous for the winter months.
Tartan is fabulous this autumn – tartan trousers, tops and jackets are great.
Dusky pink is also an easy way to create a vintage look. Pops of subtle colour during the cold winter days/nights is a great to brighten up your outfit.
What are your tips for achieving the perfect vintage-inspired look on a budget?
Don’t be afraid of vintage shopping. If you find something you love but it isn’t in your size, take it to a tailor to get fitted. If you find something for around £30 you can often get it tailored for around £10. Miss Selfridge is a great high street retailer which encapsulates vintage inspired clothing.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to launch their own boutique or shop?
Firstly, look into government schemes. There’s lots of help and advice available for young people looking to start up their own businesses. Research the market in your area – it’s important to know your audience and potential customers. Lastly, make sure you are passionate about your business – if you love what you do you’ll enjoy every moment of your boutique.
Do you follow any beauty or fashion blogs? If so, which ones?
I haven’t had much time recently to follow blogs but I do love Fashion Junkie! I’m hoping to spend time over Christmas catching up while I have time to relax.
Which are your favourite high street shops?
Miss Selfridge, New Look, River Island and Warehouse are great!
Whose style do you admire most?
Sarah Jessica Parker
Some people are critical of TOWIE. Do you think starring in the show has made it easier or harder to build a career in fashion?
I think it definitely made it easier for me. Starring in Towie provided a massive platform when starting up my career in the fashion industry. I was approached by many high street retailers to design my own lines for their brands. The publicity was also hugely beneficial when getting my name out there as it’s an extremely hard market to break into.
Where do you want to be in 5 years time with regards to your career?
I’m not one for making massive lifelong plans – I like to take every opportunity as it comes my way. I would love to do more presenting and grow my fashion boutique and brand.
The growing trend of ‘Internet trolls’ has been a problem for some time now. As someone in the public eye, what advice would you give to someone who is receiving negative or hurtful comments?
I think it’s important not to take everything you read about yourself seriously. People are far more brave behind a computer screen so it’s just a case of trying to block it out. Be brave and talk to your friends and family – its easier said than done but often people would never say the hurtful comments to your face.