We stumbled across Daniella and her blog Lella Victoria through last week's Blog Love, Personal Uniform. Both members of the online collective Creators of Desire, they opened our eyes up to a slew of new bloggers with style that goes on for days. Hailing from the UK, Daniella has mastered the art of oversized pieces and bold prints, always topping off her look with a pair of perfectly chic sunglasses. Read on to find out what she's overcome to get where she is today, and where she dreams of going in the future...
StyledOn: Tell us a little about yourself - how did you get into blogging? Do you remember the first fashion blog you read?
Daniella Robins: I am 23 years old and a real family girl who doesn't like being away from home. I have suffered with an illness called M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) since the age of 11. I originally got into blogging because I wanted to keep a photo diary of what I wore on a daily (or almost daily) basis. With the illness I have always been quite restricted in what I can do, but fashion and personal style was something that came naturally and easily to me and I wanted to document and hold on to that, as it gave me a sense of purpose. I can't remember the very first blog I read but I remember one and I still follow it now - it's called J'Dore Fashion.
SO: How has blogging most impacted your life?
DR: Being a dedicated blogger is time consuming and more so than I ever imagined, but at the same time if you are dedicated enough it opens you up to all sorts of wonderful experiences which have impacted my life in such a positive and uplifting way.
SO: What's your favorite part about going and experiencing London Fashion Week?
DR: Probably being able to see people like fashion editors and big time bloggers in real life, they posess so much style that is original and refreshing - it was especially exciting to see the ones I am personally inspired by.
SO: What's the one item you can never leave home without?
DR: Sunglasses. I HATE forgetting my sunglasses, I don't feel complete without them. And yes I am one of "those" people that wear them come rain ro shine. HA.
SO: What are the three items you think everyone needs in their closets?
DR: A Breton striped top, a good piece of knitwear, and a pair of statement shoes/boots, oh and a good pair of sunglasses. I know you said three but I couldn't help myself!
SO: If you could collaborate with anyone on anything, who would it be and why?
DR: I don't know who yet, but I would love to collaborate with someone who can: 1. draw (as I can not); 2. is just as passionate and intrigued about the design side of clothing as I am. To design clothes is becoming a bigger dream of mine day by day.
SO: Who's your main style icon?
DR: Ohh that is a hard one. I have so many and for many different reasons. As predictable as it may seem, I am always so captivated by the way Olivia Palermo puts things together, it's polished but unexpectedly edgy.
SO: We're currently loving your blog! What are some of your daily must-reads?
DR: I love street style blogs and especially The Satorialist, it's never predictable and he knows how to capture true, timeless style. I also love personal style blogs like 5 Inches and Up, and The Man Repeller - that woman is hilarious, her confidence is inspiring and, well, we would all love to raid her wardrobe, wouldn't we?! I also like Sheree from It's Not That Deep. It's not a really known blog but I admire her sense of style. Oh, and also Miss MargaretCruzemark.
SO: What most inspires you?
DR: Whilst predictably a lot of designer collections inspire me, both up and coming and established ones. I am also inspired by people that are clearly confident with their style, whether they're young or old, men or women - it's a beautiful and inspiring thing to see. I have to say though, I am especially inspired when I see an older woman confident in what she is wearing because you often see a lot of women that have insecurities when it comes to personal style due to this stupid pressure put on them to stay looking young, or the other extreme of wearing "age appropriate" clothing which I think is insulting.
SO: Do you have any style secrets you'd like to share with everyone?
DR: I once read that when it comes to accessorising your look with jewelry, it's good to pile everything on first and then unload until you get the right balance. So, for an example, start off with lots of different necklaces around your neck and then work your way down as you might find 3 necklaces work better than just one that day. It's unpredictable and great for adding a personal touch to your look.
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