Having only created her blog ‘NathalieNina’ last year Nathalie Cachia is the perfect inspiration if you want to jump on the blogging bandwagon. Juggling being a teacher, whilst writing about Style, beauty and travel, Nathalie treats us to some beauty- and travel picks.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I initially began a degree in Fashion and Textiles at London College of Fashion. Whilst I enjoyed the creative aspect of the course, I found it difficult to imagine how much further I could take the skills practised, into the real world. After changing to an English Literature degree, at Southampton University, I began thinking of the prospect of combining writing with my love of style; perhaps journalism or copywriting – alas I was still unclear on the precise direction. I always wanted to be an Interior Designer or a Stylist, of some sort but lacked a clear path. I began working in Marketing, in a large office, but sadly it still failed to fulfil my creative needs and I found office life extremely stifling. In the pursuit of happiness, I took myself off travelling to Asia and Australia, only to end up living and working in Stockholm, Sweden, for over a year. Here I worked as an English Teacher in a Middle School and it was at this stage, that I found my primary interests lay in the world of teaching. I was born and bought up in Norway, so this move to the UK wasn’t a surprising one.
How did you get into blogging? How and when did you start your blog?
I have had Instagram since it first began in 2012, but only ever really documented my holidays via the site; never really using hashtags or writing much about the images. In fact, my account was private up until about 3 years ago. After a couple of years, and many friends asking for more details about trips abroad, it occurred to me I could make something out of my love of photography; passion for all things cosmetics and style. I wanted a platform to share my ideas and a space for photography, inspiration and love of shopping. I only started the blog last April, so it’s very recent. The site is still very much work in progress and has far to go before I am happy with the very recent. The site is still very much work in progress and has far to go before I am happy with the layout.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own blog?
Decide on the area you’d like to focus on and run with it. Remain as honest as you can; I think readers are looking for that- more so than, glossy and unrealistic representations of reality.
You’re a full-time teacher as well as running your blog. Can you offer any tips on managing time?
With my teaching job consuming the best part of a 50 hour week, I rarely post as often as I would like to. A post on Instagram is easier to manage, rather than a full blog post. I’d like to say I’m incredibly organised but I’m actually quite a hap hazard- I work better under pressure and am very impulsive. It’s often to my detriment but it’s how I’ve always operated- it tends to work ( mostly) and with my day job requiring avid flexibility, I’ll stick with the method I know- for the time being anyhow.
You mention that Scandinavian style is a favourite of yours. Who are your favourite designers?
Whilst living in Stockholm, I began to adapt my own sense of style. Rather than following trends, I found myself leaning towards the clean and simplistic lines, that Scandinavian style has become so famous for. Highstreet tycoons, such as Monki and Cheap Monday were always my ‘go to’ when shopping in Stockholm and it’s great to see these stores doing so well nationwide. High-end style has to be Acne and Zadig & Voltaire – I remember spending far too much on a blazer from the latter whilst in Sweden; it was definitely worth it – their designs are timeless.
Why did you decide to focus your blog on fashion, beauty and travel?
They’re just what I love; it’s also a clean break from the world of education.
What are your beauty must-haves?
Chanel’s Soleil de Tan Bronzing base provides the most flawless, bronzed look- even in the winter. Oribe’s dry texturing spray. I literally could not leave the house without a spritz of this.
Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
They tend to be things or places I’m currently into- so to speak. As I mentioned before, I try to be as honest as I can and that means sharing anything I’m coveting or lusting after. Sharing is caring, right?
Where is your favourite place to travel/ any places you would recommend?
It definitely has to be the Greek Islands. The weather, the food, beaches and people are all stunningly beautiful. Favourite islands include Kefalonia and Zakynthos. I would recommend staying off the beaten track though; even though they’re tiny islands, there are so many hidden gems to explore.
Are there any bloggers you find particularly inspiring?
Before blogging became popular, around about 2007, I always followed Elin Kling, a Swedish model who blogged on a widely read site called, ‘Stureplan.fineste.se’ I guess this might have been one of the first blog style sites to emerge- in Sweden anyway. Since the world of blogging has bloomed, I love anybody who is real, down to earth and intelligent. There are a plethora of beautiful and powerful women, doing their thing, right now- and I find many of them immensely empowering. I adore The Frugality and Lucy Williams, Fashion.
Nathalie was inspired by Swedish blogger and model Elin Kling.
Where would you like to go next with your blog?
I’d love for somebody to reorganise it all for me; the layout desperately needs an image overhaul. Once it’s smartened up, I’d like to have more time to post fashion content- perhaps more outfit inspiration and images. For the moment, I’m just going with the flow – I’m hoping the imminent lighter evenings, will allow more time for everything creative, so watch this space.