For my sixth featured blogger, I chose Veronika from Tick Tock Vintage. Veronika has been an amazing friend and fellow Delightful Dozener. I adore her creative and unique outfits with her seamless blend of newer items mixed with vintage. She's just so down to earth and is always so approachable. One of my favorite qualities in a person is their approachability and Veronika is just so sweet and you can talk to her about anything. Here are ten interview questions to get to know Veronika a bit more, but be sure to head over to her blog to follow along. You'll love her!
1. What made you decide to start a fashion blog?
Hmm. A big part of it was due to the awful corporate job that I used to work; I would sit in front of a computer 8 hours a day and be totally bored. I read fashion blogs for years (including Selective Potential, Leibemarlene Vintage, and The Clothes Horse), and thought I'd give it a go. Starting a blog gave me something to do at work, and let me chronicle my thrift store and estate sale finds.
2. Have you always loved vintage style?
Yes! I've been collecting vintage in some form or another since I was 14. My tastes have definitely changed over the course of the past ten years, but I've always been drawn towards it. I think I go through phases with what I like; I used to really love crazy 1960's colorful dresses, now I tend to collect more demure dresses from the 1940's.
3. What is another passion of yours besides fashion?
Well, we have a bunch of pets (3 dogs, a cat, and a rabbit), and I'm very passionate about them - they demand it, haha! A lot of my time is spent taking care of them, and I actually enjoy it a lot. I frequently sew, mostly alterations to dresses that I've found while thrifting. I also like running and long cycling trips once the weather is nicer.
4. What are some of your current favorite blogs?
5. Where do you get your inspiration for style?
All over the place! Vintage advertisements and movies, other bloggers, fashion communities like Chictopia, wedding inspiration sites (what can I say - I'm a sucker for feminine details!), friends, high-fashion stuff, fairy tales, and magazines.
6. What do you love most about living in Philadelphia?
I love being able to ride my bike anywhere I please; Philadelphia has a great bike culture, and you'll find that almost everyone has a bike. I like that we have access to so many amazing restaurants, and such good beer (there are several breweries located in Philadelphia, and many more in the suburbs). I love the houses, the pet-friendly environment, the close proximity to New York City and D.C., and the distinct atmospheres of our different neighborhoods.
7. Who takes your outfit photos and can you tell us more about him?
My husband Bryan takes all of my pictures. He's great! He actually never took pictures before I started my blog (seriously - the man had a camera and I don't think I ever saw him use it). He's gotten so great at photography, and the whole technical side behind it - it's kind of amazing. He's very into cycling, beer (he's a homebrewer), cooking, and his job - he's an engineer for Comcast.
8. What are your career dream goals?
I just graduated with my master's in elementary education, and I'm currently looking for a job teaching first or second grade. I'm not sure if working in education administration (like a principal) is the right fit for me; I'd just like to become the best teacher that I can possibly be!
9. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
I love to wake up super early (6 AM) and drive out to the flea markets where I grew up, about an hour and a half outside of Philadelphia. My favorite one takes place in the middle of a huge field, with rows and rows of vendors selling everything under the sun. I like to bring a giant sunhat and a huge cup of coffee and peruse up and down the rows. I'm going to be keeping my eye out for 1940's dresses, antique quilts, framed embroideries, and a wooden trunk.
10. Any tips for new bloggers you'd recommend?
Be nice! Take the time to respond to comments that are left on your blog, and always respond to emails. Be true to your personal style; your readers don't want to see an imitation of another blogger, they want to see the awesome outfits that you've put together! Also, don't feel the need to spend tons of money on clothing; it's not worth going into debt over a blog! Visit thrift stores, swap clothing with friends, or spend an hour or two putting together new outfits with things that are already in your closet.