A true student of style, WishWishWish, AKA Carrie, studies fashion in London and blogs about all things style-related. WishWishWish also includes musings on arts and crafts, books she likes, things that make her smile, tips and advice, and travel. You’ll love her outfit photos that mix whimsy with classic silhouettes, plus her snazzy new videos that show her clothing in action. So read on to hear what she has to say in her interview, find out her favorite ModCloth items, and get the first glimpse at her namesake dress.
How did you get interested in fashion?
I started to experiment when I was around 14, but I was a typical self-conscious teenager. I knew I wanted to look a little different but I wasn’t sure about how to achieve it – then I found the Internet! There are endless amounts of inspiring people on the Internet, and that taught me that I didn’t need to fit into the mold that people in my small town had imposed, and I started to become a little more creative. I’m still a little slack when it comes to keeping up-to-date with the latest runway looks, but that’s something I’m working on!
How would you define your personal style?
That’s always a question I find difficult to answer – I think my personal style is still developing. Anyone that visits WishWishWish will probably associate me with polka dots and bows, but with time that’s changing – I’m slowly adding more black into my wardrobe, and I’m even on the lookout for a pair of big black boots! I love all things feminine and childlike (think rompers and Peter-Pan collars) but at the same time I’m falling in love with a more tomboy look. Shorts and bow ties please!
What is your fashion/styling rule? Any tips for getting your look?
Don’t be too serious! And follow your gut instinct. If you think “WOW” when you first see an item on the hanger, then it’s usually a winner. Less of the impulse buys and focus on the staples; a black high-waisted skirt, some baggy shorts, a beautiful silk blouse. Always top off an outfit with layers of quirky jewelery!
Favorite style icon?
At the moment, my style icon is Alexa Chung. I know she’s an obvious choice (she’s in all the best-dressed lists) but I’ve fallen in love with the way she mixes pretty dresses with big boots. It always seems so effortless with her – a baggy T-shirt with a skirt can look almost glamorous! I love that she is genuinely interested in fashion, and the fact that she sometimes makes mistakes makes her all the more endearing.
Oh no! The dreaded movie question! If I’m honest, most of the time I end up watching whatever my boyfriend puts on, but there have been a few stand-outs. This is going to sound completely obvious and unimaginative, but I love Le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain. No matter how sickly-sweet and cliche you might think it is, it never fails to give me that happy feeling in my stomach. Everyone loves a love story. Plus, the soundtrack is amazing!
This is another tough one. I really don’t read as much as i’d like to (blogging and University keep me busy!) despite studying English Literature for two years! I love Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, it’s a great read. And also The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for those cliched lines that make you smile, it contains issues that so many teenagers can relate to.
Is there a specific era that inspires your style?
2009! Haha, no, I’m really not sure. I’m a huge fan of vintage, but I loved it mixed up in a more modern way. I love elements of 40s fashion, the shapes of 50s fashion, and the short hemlines of 60s fashion, but all with a more modern twist. Vintage fashion is definitely my favorite kind.
What style blogs do you follow?
Far too many! Like everybody else on the internet, I’m an avid reader of Susie’s Stylebubble.co.uk, and had the pleasure of sharing a bus journey with her just a few weeks ago. I also love the beautiful pictures on Niotillfem and of course, previous Blogger of the Moment, The Clothes Horse.
What inspired you to start your own blog?
I’d been interested in Web design since I was much younger, and planned for WishWishWish to be a website mainly about graphic design inspiration and photography, but it turned out a little differently! I love having my own little bit of the Internet. It’s great to be able to put not only your pictures and creative ventures online, but also your opinion – and to get great feedback is the best feeling.
When you’re not blogging, what are your other hobbies?
I’m a complete geek and spend most of my time on my computer! But when I’m not looking at blogs, I’m at university studying a degree in Fashion Design, Styling, and Promotion.
Any tips for girls wanting to start their own fashion blogs?
It’s tough putting yourself out there on the Internet, because it can be such a negative place sometimes, but you really have to go for it! Receiving your first comment is so exciting, and there are so many girls in the blogosphere that are there to support you. I think the recipe for a successful blog is to have interesting pictures, an individual layout, and of course, fabulous content – if you think you’ve got something to offer, go ahead and do it! Don’t forget to always be yourself.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and what food would you eat?
That’s a tough question. So many people have idols, and people they aspire to, but I’m not quite sure of mine right now. So I’ll be boring and say a night in with my boyfriend! And believe it or not, we’d eat my favorite kind of food – junk food. Chips and more chips.
You’ve already succeeded at creating an amazing blog. What are your other dreams/hopes/aspirations for the future?
I’m currently doing a fashion degree, but I’m not 100% sure if I know where I want that to take me. I’d love to fit in somewhere in this crazy industry! I hope I’m going to be somewhere doing something creative – and hopefully still blogging!
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