I have been following Bee from @queenbeady since the start of the year when we met at Blog at the beach, which is a huge blog event held in Leeds. She was one of the bloggers who were speaking at the event and I was so nervous to go and speak to her when a group of us were having breakfast but I’m so glad that I did as she is so lovely and so kind. I love her photography style and it is very unique to the ‘fashion blogging world’, as her photos are edited in a much darker way and her photos are often shot in the countryside as opposed to the city streets where the typical blogger photos are taken. I love that she goes against the current a little and she does it ever so well, and I think I can speak on behalf of a lot of people when I say that her content is some of the best.
As always, from now on my text will be in bold and Bee’s will be in a regular font.
What made you start @queenbeady? Was it planned or a spontaneous decision one day?
It was quite a spontaneous decision really. I worked a lot of weekends and found myself quite lonely on the weekdays I did have off. I’d also seen someone I went to school with documenting her time working with Topshop and LFW and I loved the idea that in a weird way, I could talk to the internet when there wasn’t anyone else around to converse with. Thankfully I now don’t work weekends so I don’t find myself talking to bricks walls anymore 😉
We first met when you did your speech at blog at the beach back in January, Were you nervous? I couldn’t have stood up in front of that many people with cameras!
I was shaking! I was so, so, so nervous and whilst there were so many bloggers cheering me on and telling me I was going to do fine I still couldn’t contain the nerves. However, when I got on the stage it got easier and it started to flow – thank goodness!
What is your favourite part of creating a blog post? The writing, photography or something else?
I do love the photography aspect, it has kind of helped me learn to love myself a bit more (not in an egotistical way!) But I also love the storytelling aspect of blogging, it helps relive my travel experiences when I don’t always have the greatest memory!
I absolutely love your darker more countryside photography style, was it hard to find your own style and go outside of the ‘white and bright fashion Instagram’ vibe?
I remember the transition quite well. It was AW 16 and I looked around me and I just looked at all the stark white, perfect pictures and I thought “this is never ever going to be me.” One, I don’t have a perfect, Instagram worthy house and two my countryside surroundings should lend themselves more to my Instagram and photography style. I made it work for me and from that moment it fell in to place, I won awards for my photography and was always complimented on my moodier / earthy style which at the time, was quite rare!
What is your favourite moment that has come out of @queenbeady?
So many things, making new friends at a stage in life where you don’t really meet new people. Some of them I can confide in like no other friends I have. Winning blog awards has also been an incredible milestone for me, it’s always nice to recognised for the hard work you put in. And, of course, the amazing Travel experiences I’ve been able to enjoy. Never in a million years did I think that I’d have more opportunities to travel the world blogging than I did when I actually worked in Travel!
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is thinking of starting a blog?
Find your own style. Try not to be a carbon copy of someone that is already out there. It’s completely transparent! When I found my own vibe it definitely reaped its rewards.
With a full time job, successful blog and everything else (including moving house!), you must be very good at time management. How do you stay on top of it all and not stress out?
You might see a cool, calm and collected human on top, but below the water I’m treading water like I don’t know what. Recently I have found it very difficult and my blog posting has gone down a lot. I’m hoping once I get in to our new home, I’ve set up my very own office that I can begin posting on a more regular basis. I don’t have a schedule I stick to because I feel it puts an enormous amount of unnecessary pressure on me.
Would you leave your full time job and run @queenbeady full time if money allowed?
Wouldn’t that be amazing? But, in truth, I like this as my side hustle. I’m too scared to make the leap because I love the security of a full time wage. Never say never, but at the moment I’m enjoying this as a hobby.
What has been your favourite day of 2018 so far?
Probably every time I step off a plane in a hot country! Sorry, I can’t narrow it down to one sadly. My nephew was born the other day so that is pretty cool. I like to think that I make each day of my years as enjoyable as they can be.
I talk a fair bit about beauty on my blog so we will have the last question as something beauty related, what is your holy grail product that you couldn’t live without?
I am terrible with beauty to be honest. I very rarely wear make-up. I, however, do make sure I moisturise every day. I am partial to getting my lashes and nails done though! (If that counts!)
So thats the interview! Thank you so much to Bee from @queenbeady for wanting to feature, and I hope that you have enjoyed this post as much as I did. If you want to look into @queenbeady and her content further then click below to be redirected to her social media pages and blog.