This week we are featuring our first fashion blogger… join me in welcoming This is Meagan Kerr!
Blog: THIS IS MEAGAN KERR
Blogger: Meagan Kerr
Tell us a little about your blog.
I started This is Meagan Kerr in 2012 as a space to talk about plus size fashion, because style options over a size 14 were (and still are) quite limited, and there were only a few voices in plus size blogging in New Zealand. As well as blogging about style, I’ve really made it into a place to share things that I am passionate about, including health and wellbeing; cruelty free beauty; travel; and self love – things that are of interest to plus size women but often not spoken about from a plus perspective. Since starting my blog I’ve worked with some great people both in New Zealand and internationally, and not just on blog posts – I’ve had the opportunity to give feedback to designers about their collections, consult on new design concepts and I’ve been interviewed as an expert in my field by a number of news outlets – a pretty big achievement, but only the beginning for me!
What is the story behind how you came to be a blogger?
I’ve always loved writing and when I was finishing my design and visual arts degree, I started out writing for nzgirl and when I started winning awards for my writing, people started asking me what my blog was. At that point I didn’t really know what a blog was, so I did a bit of research and bam! This is Meagan Kerr was born.
Where do you go or what do you do to get inspiration for your blog?
I’m inspired by everything from conversations I have with friends to questions readers ask me, to things I overhear in cafes; seasonal fashion trends to art to music. I guess I’m inspired by the real life struggles and celebrations of women.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt and how has it shaped you?
I think “follow your own path” really sums it up for me. Don’t compare yourself or your journey to others (whether you’re a blogger or not!), just find what works for you and rock that 100%. Comparison really is the thief of joy.
What one piece of advice would you give to new bloggers?
Be true to your voice and write about things you truly love – if you’re not feeling it then your readers will be able to tell. Keep it real!
What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
I am, by nature, a stresser. When I am alone in my car, I think about what ever it is that I am mulling over at that point – whether it’s a deadline, a new pitch or how I’m going to get through my to-do lit. Mostly, I’m a singer. I like to crank up the music and sing it out. My voice isn’t that great, but I don’t care – Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Adele are my faves.
What song is your personal anthem?
Shake It Off by Taylor Swift – it’s great for getting me out of a funk and it’s my motto when dealing with haters online (apparently I have a few of them).
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Pan fried snapper with hand cut fries and a fresh salad, with fresh berries and cream for afters.
In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Ellen Page – she really nails my combination of sarcastic and awkward while still being a bit bad ass.
Where is your happy place, and why?
Standing on Wainui Beach in Gisborne – it’s home for me and I always feel so centred when I’m there.
How would you describe your personal style?
Classic mixed with casual – I’m a skirts and dresses gal, and usually dress to show off my hourglass shape. I am constantly challenging myself to try new looks though.
What is the last thing that made you say ‘wow’?
This morning while I was making my morning juice, I found out that caterpillar have decimated most of the mint growing by my back door. It was not a happy wow.
What is your wish for the future?
Short term I’m recuperating from a knee injury, so I wish that would hurry up and get better – I’m finding it really frustrating! Trying to remind myself that patience is a virtue and I need to keep up my rehab. Long term, I’m wishing for a bigger house – we have a small two bedroom at the moment and it’s not big enough to be home + office. Plus, I really want space to have a dog.
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