Want blogging with a purpose? Meet London based fashionista  Tatjana who’s elegant style and beauty tips will keep you in the good books of the fashion police! Looks for everyday cool as well as learning how to permanently grow your eyelashes, she had us hooked on her blog Fashionartista.com for hours. Today she talks to us about why she started blogging, what designer bag she can’t live without and how she can help you grow your Instagram following.

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What inspired you to start your blog: I started my blog because I used to do illustrations and needed a website to display my work. Plus, I’m obsessed with fashion so I decided to combine those two passions into Fashion Artista. Although I don’t have time to do illustrations anymore, I decided to keep the name as I like the idea of Fashion being recognised and celebrated as Art.

Blogging is very time consuming (even though it doesn’t look it), how often do you have time to blog: I’m really trying my best to blog as often as possible. My goal would be to blog 3-4 times a week. However, oftentimes life just gets in between and I end up doing 1-2 posts a week.

How did you come up with the name for the blog: I used this formula: (Fashion + Art) * (make it sound unique + find an available domain name) = FashionArtista 😁

What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to become a blogger today: Be very clear from the start what your USP (unique selling point) is. Blogging is a completely overcrowded space nowadays, so you need to have something very special about you to stand out from the mass. Decide what it is and polish it until you become the brightest light in the sky full of stars. Also, always make sure that your images look amazing!  Blogging is a very visual industry – make sure to focus on quality over quantity.

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Who takes your pictures? I’m very lucky to work with lots of very talented professional photographers. However, I also have a professional camera and I’ve also asked friends to take my pictures in the past.

What’s the best camera to take pictures with? I love my Canon 70D! In my opinion it takes the best pictures! If you have a good camera your pictures just automatically look more professional, even if they are taken by a friend.

What type of laptop do you use? I use my MacBook Pro – couldn’t survive even a day without it…

What do you hate most about blogging? Probably how time consuming it is… I always feel like I’m running behind on everything.

What is your favourite quote about fashion? “Keep your head, heels and your standards high!” – Coco Chanel

Apart from your blog, what else are you working on at the moment? Oh, I’m a busy girl… hehe .I’ve co-founded a fashion tech start-up called Looks Good On Me, which is a virtual stylist who helps you find the perfect clothes for your body type. I also wrote and recorded couple of songs which are going to come out soon AND I’ve acted in a few short film. My goal for this year is to get a part in a feature film. Fingers crossed!

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If you had to choose only one social media platform to use for the rest of your life which would it be and why: I think if I had to choose I would pick Instagram. After all, an image is worth a thousand words.

On your instagram you say you can help us grow our audience with great hacks, give us a good one right now? Sure! For example the easiest way to grow traffic on your blog or website is by pinning your images on Pinterest. What you need to do is join as many group boards in your niche as possible and post on them daily That just automatically quadruples your reach without having to spend to much time growing your following. The best way to post regularly is via a Pinterest scheduling software like Tailwind or Board Booster. However, more often than not, the hacks are much more in depth than that. Growing Instagram is time consuming and quite tricky! That’s why I’m about to launch a FREE Instagram email course on which anyone can sign up for on my blog!  www.fashionartista.com

What is the one tech item you can’t live without? My phone… Although I have to say, I have a bit of a hate-love relationship with my phone at the moment… My biggest problem: not enough storage for all my pictures and apps!Really need to update, planning to get an IPhone 7 soon.  Maybe I’ll try my luck at U-wantit 😁

  
What is the one handbag you can’t live without
 I absolutely love my Michael Kors Jet Set Bag – I’ve been looking so long for a bag that looks sleek and also can fit my laptop! Now that I finally found it, I just couldn’t imagine a life without my MK 😁

tatmkorsWhat are the one pair of shoes you can’t live without
I’m absolutely obsessed with my Chie Mihara shoes – they’re so unique! I think I’ve never gotten so many compliments for shoes as I’m getting when I’m wearing them!
 
 
What bargain do you wish you had snagged on U-Wantit.com– 
I desperately need a Chanel bag in my life! ❤️– I think it’s actually still on live auction so I will definitely bid on it!
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To find out more about Tatjana, check out her blog http://www.fashionartista.com/
and follow her on Instagram @fashion_artista and Facebook Fashionartista