Do you have a passion for living a holistic lifestyle? Snap! So does this week’s featured blogger! Find out how she turned the diagnosis of a chronic illness into a positive…
Blog: BARE BEAUTY BY CAITLIN
Blogger: Caitlin Harsant
Tell us a little about your blog.
Bare Beauty by Caitlin was created out of a passion for all things organic, natural and cruelty-free. Though the blog predominantly features beauty product reviews, it is also a place where people can come from all over the world to learn more about the benefits of living holistically, without feeling overwhelmed, or unappreciated. I personally believe that every little step towards becoming a healthier version of you is a step to be proud of, regardless of your background/lifestyle. Aside from beauty, the blog also features posts revolving around fitness, food, home, and living mindfully.
What is the story behind how you came to be a blogger?
For me, the creation of Bare Beauty by Caitlin was a classic situation of something good, which came as the outcome of something not so good. In mid 2010, I was diagnosed via laparoscopic surgery with endometriosis, a chronic illness which causes a lot of pain (predominantly pelvic pain) and is the leading cause of infertility among women. Shockingly, 10% of women worldwide suffer from the condition though it is hardly spoken about. My doctors were wonderful throughout the diagnostic process, however, myself and my parents were not very keen on me being on a load of medication, so in my quest to find a more natural healing route, I discovered how my food and beauty products could be affecting my health in a negative way. Upon learning this, I made the conscious decision to remove all chemical laden products from my life, and replace those things with organic and natural alternatives. I began eating a nourishing, gluten-free diet, and discovered a new found passion for teaching others about living a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with others around the world, so in 2012 I begun blogging about my journey.
Where do you go or what do you do to get inspiration for your blog?
I love trawling through other bloggers content, and reading about the things they love, and the things that are working for them. Being a typical visual learner (ironic considering how passionate I am about writing – doh!), I really enjoy watching video reviews, looking through posts on Instagram, and finding delicious, new brands via Etsy.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt and how has it shaped you?
The biggest lesson I learned was a very tough and hard one which in hindsight, was the result of an extremely unhealthy friendship with someone who did not deserve the trust and kindness I gave them. From this, I have learned the value of always trusting intuition and gut instincts. Whether that is about a person, a place, an event, a job…whatever, I really do believe that you know yourself best, and that if you learn to tap into your intuition more frequently, you will be able to recognize when a situation in your life just doesn’t feel right. This has played a huge role in shaping who I am today. As I grow older, I have found it easier to let go of things that aren’t working for me (including friendships), and am not afraid to speak out about things I think need to be said.
What one piece of advice would you give to new bloggers?
Your blog should be a reflection of yourself. Always stay true to your own unique writing style, and ensure that you know your niche well. Only take paid work if it actually ties in with your own morals, and your own blog, and never feel pressured to post content. Try and be as consistent as possible with posting, if you can’t manage more than one post per week, just ensure that whatever you are publishing is quality writing that you are proud of.
Name some of the bloggers that you look up to and why?
Ingrid Nilsen for her bubbly, vivacious and caring personality (which is always reflected through her words). Kassie (from Cloudy Apples blog) for her informative, thoughtful, and awe inspiring content. She is absolutely stunning (and a little cheeky which I love!). Lastly, Meagan Kerr from This is Meagan Kerr simply for being herself and breaking the mold.
What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Whenever I am in the car or the bus alone, I always listen to music. As funny as it sounds, I often find myself dreaming up beautiful dance choreography in my head, or I think about what the future may look like for me (dream job, family, success, and good fortune… I hope! )
What song is your personal anthem?
I don’t really have any one song that I would refer to as my personal anthem; however, I always seem to find myself listening to ‘Around the World’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers, or if I’m feeling like something a little more chilled out, I really enjoy listening to Spooky Black or some nice deep house music.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Oh, this is a tough one, but I would have to go with some kind of tomato-based pasta dish. I have never come across a person who didn’t enjoy a nice big bowl of noodles. Oh, and cheese.
In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Another tough question, but I would have to go with Kate Winslet. She is such a talented actress, and she plays an independent, kind, and slightly fiery woman very well!
Where is your happy place, and why?
I actually have a couple of happy places, the first of which being my bedroom. I know that sounds awfully boring, but I love being surrounded by all of my things. My bedroom makes me feel safe, secure, comfortable, and relaxed. Sometimes I spend hours just going through my stuff, looking at pictures, memories etc. My second happy place would definitely be Hahei Beach. I have strong family ties to the Coromandel in general (my family is originally from there, and I grew up in Thames), however, there is something extremely grounding and restful about that particular beach that I have never experienced anywhere else.
How would you describe your personal style?
Chic and sophisticated with a touch of glam! I love wearing beautiful, flowing fabrics, and cool-toned colors, but give me a pair of great fitting jeans and a cute knit cardigan and I will be a very happy girl.
What is the last thing that made you say ‘wow’?
It was probably watching an amazing pole dance routine on YouTube. I recently went to my first pole dance class and fell in total love. Despite how the media portrays it, pole dance can be a very beautiful art form that takes control, strength, elegance, and flexibility to master.
What is your wish for the future?
I hope the world becomes a little less superficial, and a little more focused on issues that need addressing, particularly those to do with the environment. As for my personal life, I would love to be successful and happy in all aspects of my life, and be proud of who I have become.
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