Another guest blogger post is up today which is in collaboration with Stephanie from Style in Transit.
Stephanie is a very sweet person, always with a smile on her face. She is always positive and empowering people like me who are quite new to blogging. I got to meet Stephanie at this years Malta Fashion Week, which was exciting having her by my side as she is quite familiar to these shows.
Below you can find her full Blog Post were I have asked 20 questions to Stephanie, so that you get to know her 🙂 Meanwhile I urge you to follow her Facebook Page from HERE, Official Blog from HERE and Instagram to show her some love.
- What is your name? What does your name mean?
Stephanie. If I remember correctly, the name Stephanie comes from the Greek name (Stefanos) that means crown, or to be crowned. My parents thought of naming me after Princess Stephanie of Monaco who was quite an icon at the time I was born.
- Where are you from? Where do you live?
I am from a tiny, sunny island called Malta, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea. I have been living in the charming town of Naxxar for almost a decade now.
- What do you do for a living?
My blog Style in Transit is a passion of mine. However, I have an academic career which I have been working at since I was 18 years old (I hold 4 degrees so far). Now I am a lecturer at the University of Malta Junior College, where I have been teaching English to students aged 16-18 for the past 5 years (before that I used to teach in other schools). I also hold a few part-time positions in relation to my career. I love going abroad to present at conferences, and in the last 6 years I have been reading for a PhD, which is nearly done, finally!
- What is you star sign and favourite colour?
I am a Taurus and my favourite colour at the moment is red. I also like blue, which has been a more permanent favourite.
- What is your favourite music genre and who is your favourite musician?
I like all sorts of music genres except techno and house. I attend the opera around twice a year so I really like classical music. My mother was a piano teacher so I grew up appreciating classical music. At the moment I do not really have a favourite musician as my Spotify playlist is a mix of styles and musicians. However, I have been a fan of The Weekend ever since I heard their first song whilst driving in the US in 2015.
- What is your favourite holiday?
It is very difficult to pick one holiday out of the many I have been on. I think I felt most pampered when traveling to South Africa, as it was the only time I went on a tour, but other than that I love the freedom and flexibility of travelling on our own. That is what a favourite holiday is for me: exploring new places with a sense of adventure, enjoying the locale and taking in the culture of the place. Recently I have started to prefer holidays that offer a variety of things: a little bit of city life, lots of time spent amongst nature, and maybe a couple of days lounging on gorgeous beaches. So I think for the latter mix, travelling to Malaysia and Indonesia allowed such diversity in travel experience.
- What is your favourite pastime and sport?
I love reading, writing for my blog, and watching TV series. As for sport, I have become fonder of exercise and the gym in the last two years. My favourite sport would be swimming.
- What is something you are talented at? What is something you wish you were talented at?
When I was younger I used to paint / draw but now I feel I have lost touch with that. Instead I like creating things through words. I used to play the piano too but I was too young to appreciate it; now I wish I could have persevered in it.
- Describe yourself in a sentence.
Overall, I would say I am determined and passionate in what I do, I have a keen sense of adventure and do not falter too much to try out new things.
- What is the best compliment you have ever received? What are some of your bad habits?
When I am super-efficient, people notice and praise me for it (especially when working on things that require a deadline). The same goes with some friends- they notice when I go out of my way to make time for others, and that drives me even more to be the best person I can be. On the other hand, I have to cop to a few bad habits. If I am in a lazy mood, I tend to procrastinate and put off doing things (this, however, happens rarely). I can be a bit stubborn but I usually am very easy-going and tend to compromise / be more flexible if needs be.
- What are 3 short-term goals? What are 3 long-term goals?
Recently, my focus has been to finish my doctorate so I can ‘get my life back’. Having said that, it was thanks to my doctorate that I took the opportunity to travel as much as I could (given that I postponed having children because it would not have been possible to juggle that with my studies). Another short-term goal is to continue working on myself physically, by exercising regularly and eating healthily. This, however, is more of a long-term goal. Other long-term goals would be to (maybe) have a child, buy a new place, and keep working on my academic career.
- What is on top of your bucket list?
I do not really think in terms of a bucket list anymore, for the simple reason that I know that if I would want to do something, I would try make it happen. There are certain things on these so-called bucket lists that either I have already done (e.g. skydiving, bungee jumping, and other crazy sports) or that I am not really interested in doing. I think the older you get, the more you know yourself and what you want. One thing that I know for sure is that I will do something because I really want it and not because society or people make it look like it is the next best thing.
- What are your biggest accomplishments? What have you done to achieve them?
My relationship and career: I have been married for 9 years now and it is a constant ‘works-in-progress’, but something that I am proud of. Career-wise, as mentioned earlier, I feel that I have accomplished the aims that I had when I was 16 years old: that I would work at college and get my PhD. To achieve them, I have done the following things: WORK HARD AND EVEN HARDER than was thought possible at most times, be patient and perseverant (i.e. not giving up), and pushing myself when I thought it was not possible. Believing in myself was the most important.
- What countries have you visited? What countries would you like to visit?
I have been to numerous countries in 4 continents so far: Europe, Asia, America, and Africa. For the latter, I have been only to South Africa, but in relation to the first three, I am so grateful that I have been to so many places. I visited Asia and America 3 times each: so far, I have been to China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia; whereas to the US I have visited the following states/cities – New York (New York City), California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Nevada (Las Vegas), Massachusetts (Boston), Oregon (Portland and Salem), Washington (Seattle), and Washington D.C. I have been to many European countries and cities (e.g. Italy, France, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom), some of them a number of times. Additionally, I have also visited Canada (twice) and Russia.
If I had to think of places I would want to go to, the list is almost endless, but to mention a few, these are (not in any order of preference): New Zealand, Costa Rica, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, South America, the Maldives, the Seychelles, the Caribbean, the Galapagos islands, and more US states.
- How would describe your fashion sense or style?
I am versatile and a risk-taker when it comes to fashion, often trying out new styles and pieces. However, I have a sense of what suits me and what I would not be caught dead in, no matter what the trend is. I would not define my style as fully minimalistic but somewhere between the classic and the daring.
- What is your go-to outfit? Do you have a ‘uniform’?
In summer, I would say a cotton shirt and light denim, or a no-fuss dress that can be dressed up or down with a stylish bag and a colourful pair of sandals. In the winter, I would reach out for my ‘uniform’: a shirt, a pair of jeans, a blazer, ankle boots or block-heeled shoes, and an extra outer layer for colder temperatures, such as a tan coat. For this reason, I prefer winter for dressing up, because the possibilities of layering make it more fun, and it is more ‘me’.
- Do you follow trends? If so, what trends are you into this season?
I like following some trends that match my aesthetic design and the idea of who I am. I am not one who gives in to all trends, otherwise that would be a very costly and useless endeavour. Imagine having to replace my entire wardrobe every season! Instead, I have been creating and curating a capsule-style wardrobe in the last three years, mostly buying pieces that can be worn from season to season. If I really cannot resist buying something that risks being dated, then I try not to spend too much money on it, or go for a cut that still makes it less easily dated. As I try to stay away from cheap, fast fashion, I prefer getting good quality items. The key to this are the materials. If you see someone in a shop turning over shirts or items, then chances are it is someone like me checking the labels and ensuring that the material is something breathable like cotton rather than something artificial. This season, I am into some gingham (not too much or it becomes an overload), v-cut shoes, anything that has some sort of architectural twist to it (or that reminds me of Scandinavian design), ruffles and interesting shirts. One rule I have is that, when I look at my wardrobe, it has to make me feel serene and calm. I have learnt how to let go of anything that is considered clutter or that does not bring joy to my wardrobe. As a shopper, I have become more discerning and do not really buy impulsively. I look at the design of the item, how versatile it is, and whether it adds value to my wardrobe. I have also made it easier for myself because I do not buy from certain shops anymore. Having less choice has become a blessing, because it has taught me to be more selective and to know what I want.
- Who is your style icon?
I do not really have a style icon at this point, but I would say I am attracted to the French /effortless style like that exuded by Garance Dore or Jeanne Damas; alternatively, I really love the Scandinavian ‘clean’ looks, as worn by Pernille Teisbaek. When I observe how the French and Scandinavians dress up, I feel it is closer to my style. For example, the typical shirt-denim-blazer combo is something that I have been donning for years now, before I started following trendsetters or websites like Who What Wear.
- Do you see your style changing in 10 years’ time?
I would say yes and no. Yes, because there will be things that I will not want to or be able to wear. And no because some pieces or cuts that are more classic and less trend-driven will still be part of who I am and what I like. What I will resist will be the mumsy or dowdy style associated with people of a certain age; for example, wearing a twin-set with pearls is a big no-no for me. I think you can be stylish at any age, and that will be my aim.
- Where do you see yourself in ten/fifteen years’ time?
I feel that thinking too far into the future is a gamble at any age. Sometimes what we hope for does not turn out as what we had wanted. However, if I had to just attempt an answer, I would say the following: I hope to be as happy and calm as I am now, but maybe more than I am because sometimes it is challenging; I hope that I would have travelled to more fantastic places; and maybe, that I will be lucky enough to be nurturing a child of my own.