5 Minutes With... Gladys Doris Dave

Gladys is the founder and voice behind Doris Dave, a personal style blog where she posts about her travels, outfits and other life happenings. The blog was started back in 2011 as a bit of fun but now with over 1000 followers (Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin' combined) and over 5000 on LookBook, to say her blog has been a success would be an understatement. Gladys is a belgian/filipino/german, graphic design student based in Ghent in Belgium and she was kind enough to answer some questions and give us an insight into the life of a personal style blogger...

What made you want to start a blog?

I started blogging when I was in high school, it wasn't anything serious. Just a blog with bits and bobs about life that I shared with friends. But in the summer before my first year of college, I travelled to Stockholm with a friend. And this city just changed my view of fashion and creativity. During that time, I was following tons of other fashion and personal style bloggers. That triggered me to create my own too!

Is there a particular person, era or thing that inspires your style? 

My school and my friends are the ones that inspire me the most.

What will be your three key wardrobe pieces for Autumn 2014?

Oversized coats, fedora hats and chunky oversized sweaters! 

Vintage or high-street- which do you prefer and why?

Both! I think it's a great way to mix and match. A vintage piece is perfect and mostly unique, so you won't see others wearing the same thing!

Which are you three favourite outfits from your blog? 

When you're not blogging, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Probably messing around with Indesign, Illustrator or Photoshop with some rap playing in the background. Besides that I like to hang out in cafes and pubs with friends!

What's your favourite fashion magazine?

I don't particularly have a favourite. Here are some of the ones I like: ELLE, Purple Fashion Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland magazine...

Has blogging given you any exciting opportunities?

Yes! Loads of new adventures! It has given me the opportunity to work on different projects, like YSL Black Opium (more soon on the blog), Ghentstreets (www.ghentstreets.com)..., but also meeting other creative people!

Who is your target reader for your blog?

People that are interested in fashion and art.

And finally, what advice would you give to would-be bloggers?

Create a clean theme, take quality pictures, write about what you love, be consistent, socialize... and have fun with it!
You can check out Gladys's blog here where you can browse through her blog archive and find all the links to her other social networks too. What did you think of this post? More interviews in the future on this blog I'm thinking!


Life In Liverpool So Far

So it's already been a week since I hopped on a plane with my two very large suitcases, hand luggage and laptop in tow to make my journey to Liverpool for my studies. It certainly wasn't easy but here I am sitting in my university room, feeling 'at home' with more friends and contacts than I had before leaving...not to mention the week long hangover i've been having and the freshers flu that has finally caught up with me...i'm surprised I'm even capable of writing this blog post. I don't think I realised how much moving away from home would affect me. I was crying like a baby on the first night when my mum left me - but i'm not crying into my pillow anymore, so s'all good. I've been out (almost) every night dancing to the likes of Zane Lowe and GoT's Kristain Nairn, strolled the streets of Liverpool town centre and soaked up my new surroundings for the next 3 years. Whilst getting lost the other day (for a good two hours...) I found myself walking down the hidden streets where I admired the vibrant street art, the quirky buildings and cute bars and restaurants...

Reality will finally settle in on Monday when lectures start but I actually feel excited about a course i'm doing - for the first time ever, shocking! Anyway, this post was slightly more lifestyle-y/diary related but I wanted to share how it was going for me and also make up for my lack of posting lately. I'll be doing a lot more once lectures start so I will try and make room for review posts and day to day things. I think as a young student, moving to a big city where there's lots of things to do is definitely the right thing for me and I can still enjoy my home back in rural France, best of both worlds.

Welcome to Liverpool!


The Palazzo Pant

Trousers: Promod | Denim jacket: H&M | Necklace: Carboot sale | Leather look rucksack c/o Motel Rocks | Shoes: H&M | White vest: H&M

Hello hello hello! Long time no blog. These photos were taken on a trip into Limoges to visit my sister in her new appartement. It's right in the centre near all the shops, bars, restaurants and just down the road from the cinema- I'm actually a little jealous but I'll be moving in two weeks to start my uni adventure so I'm not really too jealous. Anyway, that would be the reason why I haven't been blogging so much with the endless forms I've been filling in, online applications and phone calls and then the big one- packing. Adult life can be pretty stressful!

Onto the outfit. My love affair with boho trousers continues. These trousers (or palazzo pants as my maw calls them) were a bit of an impulse buy. I saw them in the sale at 20 € down from 40 €...half price! How could I resist? They're in a gorgeous deep purple shade with a beautiful flower print all over and little slits up the side (ooh cheeky). They are the most comfortable trousers I've ever worn, in fact I'm wearing them while writing this post...I love them!

I'll try and fit in a few more posts before I leave as I will have probably no time or will to post during my Freshers week (hangover, hello) but I'll make sure to keep you all updated on my university adventures and what I'm up to, what I'm wearing and all that jazz.

ps. My blog is now on Facebook (about blimmin' time) so you can keep up date when a new blog post goes live or just read my other general ramblings.
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