One thing I love about the blogosphere world is you get to know and meet a lot of people which in fact is a friend of your friend and a friend of another friend. Well, Cebu is just a small island in the Philippines but I seldom meet new people but when I started blogging I had a great chance of meeting wonderful people around my beloved hometown and one of them is my next favorite blogger.
She loves fashion as she loves her dogs, her family and yes her ultimate love for the Beach. If there is one person in Cebu who knows how to handle work and pleasure with the love of her life perfectly together then that would be Gizelle of Vanilla Ice Cream. Her blog delineates her personal sense of style, she is not afraid to experiment with everything when it comes to fashion, pushing the boundaries when it comes to styling.
Gizelle is one person who can rock an outfit with scarves, or any dress that flatters petite figures, top it off with an oversize sunglasses or eye candy wayfarers with a great aesthetics of mixing vintage shoes, bags and hats plus thrift finds jewelries that all inspires great taste and style. I know for sure her love for her boyfriend Harry is as much as great as her love for fashion.
I am very honored to have this interview with her, and to tell you meeting her once in the middle of the night in Cebu completes this interview more than anything else. She is one lovely person to meet. So here is my wonderful interview with Gizelle.
Sweet: Can you briefly tell us about yourself?
Gizelle: I’m Gizelle, the second of three siblings — yep, the middle child, the so-called ‘black sheep.’ I cannot say I’m the ‘black sheep’ if we talk about being a brat and of naughtiness but I am slight different from my two sisters and I’m proud of it. I’m 25 years old but ironically feels like I’m still 19 and 30 years old at the same time. Haha! I have a puppy named ‘Snickers’ which my boyfriend and I adopted last December. We love him to bits even when he’s such an annoying creature…always running around and barking loudly at 5am. I graduated as Computer Engineer but got into a call center and have been stuck there for 4 years. What else? I am into fashion — obviously and strongly believe in personal style more than anything else.
Sweet: How did you get into blogging?
Gizelle: I got into blogging 7 years ago just so my friends and I have a different medium of communication. I mainly loved designing the blogs more than anything else and just talking about nonsense. As for fashion blogging specifically, I revived my old personal blog and started posting outfit photos last November 2009 because I got sooo inspired by Karla de Rass and Rumi Neely and thought fashion blogging was an awesome way to express oneself in our chosen form of art — fashion.
Sweet: If you had to describe your blog in less than 20 words how would describe it?
Gizelle: My blog is personal and shows my passion for fashion, my life and adventures. (Yey, 14 words!)
Sweet: How long have you been blogging?
Gizelle: Personal blogging — 7 years, in and out. Fashion blogging — 6 months, regularly.
Sweet: Is this a full time job?
Gizelle: Oh how I wish I can make this a full-time job! Sadly, it’s not. It’s a hobby, as we might call it.
Sweet: In what category can you qualify your blog?
Gizelle: Personal and Fashion
Sweet: How many blogs do you have?
Gizelle: Only one
Sweet: What are some of your goals this year for your blog?
Gizelle: (1) To get more followers — just knowing people read my blog is reason enough to motivate me to continue writing, (2) To get sponsors that are relevant to my scope — fashion and art (3) To hold more give-aways only because they’re so much fun!
Sweet: Where do you find inspiration for your outfit post?
Gizelle: Believe it or not, but just my mood. I sometimes get them from the movies I watch or magazines I read but really, when I wake up, I just wear whatever comes to mind.
Sweet: How does your workplace look like?
Gizelle: Cubicles, cubicles, cubicles = boring!
Sweet: What advice would you give to new bloggers wanting to start their own blogs?
Gizelle: Just write, write, write as you are. Post good quality photos and not just for the mere reason of posting photos of whatever. They have to have meaning. Most importantly, be yourself. At the end of the day, no matter how awesome your outfit is or mind-blowing your post is, it will wear out and you will run out of stuff to write.
Interesting facts about Gizelle…
Name: Gizelle Faye
Age: 25 years old
Favorite Music: Indie and Brit Rock, Some Punk, Blues
Favorite Brand: I am not into brands at all — but if I have to name a brand, I would say I love Topshop. Topshop is my store. Now if only I have the money to spend there. Haha! (Because I have never bought anything from Topshop, not one.)
Favorite Food: Pizza — anything on top!
Favorite Design Tool: Adobe Photoshop
Favorite Website: http://www.ivalfre.com — I am crazy about this girl’s illustrations!
Favorite Style Icon: Drew Barrymore, Janis Joplin, Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie, Rachel Bilson
Favorite Designer: Alexander McQueen
Gizelle’s Favorite Style Icons
Don’t forget to visit her sweet blog Vanilla Ice Cream to know more about her.