What are your every day, must-reads, online or off? Lula Magazine, Vintage Life Magazine, A Beautiful Mess blog
Favorite Karina dress: I love the Lauren dress, simple, elegant and practical for everyday.
How did you discover Karina Dresses? Bella from the truly inspirational Citizen Rosebud blog!!
What’s you most recent awesome accomplishment? I just finished writing a travel book which will be downloadable from The Fabulous Times in the next few weeks! I got Tweeted at by Richard Branson saying he ‘loved my blog’, was asked to interview designer Orla Kiely, bagged a freelance job designing at Frock ‘n’ Frill, had an article published in Vintage Life magazine and officially relocated to Manchester!
Who is your hero? It’s fair to say I have two hero’s. My Mother (a genuine pioneer woman) Linda Macaulay (B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD, CEng, Cert. Ed., FBCS) Emeritus Professor of Information System Design Manchester Business School and Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Malaysia; twice holder of the prestigious IBM Faculty Award and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. She is a STEM Ambassador and until recently she was co-Director of the Centre for Service Research and Principal Investigator on the SSME UK network project, and in 2012 published a book of Case Studies in Service Innovation. And my Dad, Patrick Macaulay (patrickmacaulay.com) a typographic artist who uses hand-crafted wooden letters to create individual art pieces. My parents are a force to be reckoned with, have fueled me to peruse my love of creativity and technology, and always encouraged me to be myself no matter what. They’re best friends, full of love, individually hilarious and have always been there for me.
Who are your style inspirations? Ah good question! Style to me is much more than the clothes on your back, it’s a combination of confidence, attitude, class and a touch of “weird.” To quote Edgar Allan Poe: “there is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” With that in mind, I’d say a few style icons include: Edie Bouvier Beale, Iris Apfel, Quentin Crisp, Rita Hayworth, Patti Smith, Eddie (from Absolutely Fabulous), Helena Bonham Carter, and Dolly Parton.
Why is it important to love our bodies? I’m not sure when it first began, but the media appears to prey on two human emotions in order to sell products, those being fear and self doubt. Being exposed to the airbrushed, hyper-reality we see in the media drives us to compare ourselves to others, leaving us feeling depressed if we don’t conform or fearful that we’re not as rich, slim, tanned or whatever as the IT girls of today. Oscar Wilde once said “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Many fundamental aspects of living a happy life stem from falling in love with your inner self, to name a few: self respect, self confidence, self discipline, health, motivation, the ability to be loved by others. If you love your inner self, the rest will follow. I find it more productive to focus on the great things your body can do rather than isolating areas you feel uncomfortable with, for example, think not “OMG I’ve got such bad cellulite on my thighs,” rather “my thighs are so powerful I’m going to conquer the nearest mountain!” Every one of us has something unique to offer the world that nobody has or will ever have again. If you have something that makes you stand out, exaggerate it!! Love yourself, you are fabulous!
If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say? Perhaps permanent black hair dye wasn’t a good idea? Everyone has something wonderful to offer the World. Stop being sarcastic and cynical about everything. The train track braces will be worth the pain in the end. Read more, dream more, care more.
Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it? This is my favorite quote by Japanese author Haruki Murakami: “the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets.” His book are incredible, if you get chance you should read them!
Your perfect day. What would it look like? Wake up without an alarm, preferably late enough to be frowned upon by most self respecting citizens, sit on the balcony in the sun, drink a coffee, eat a croissant, have a lazy bath and don a suitably flowery frock, head to Sugar Junction my favourite tearoom, meet my Mum and Dad for a slice of cake. Do a spot of vintage shopping, buy some flowers, get my nails done then head home to flounce around the house, bake a cake, read a book, write a blog post, do a Superman style transformation into evening attire and skip of to a restaurant to meet my BFF’s for dinner. Ahhh all the F’s! food, friends, flowers, flounce, frippery, finery, fabulous!