Q&A: You Asked, We Answered!

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You may have seen us doing a shout out on Instagram Stories at the end of last year for questions as we decided we’d like to do a little Q&A blog post for you guys to get to know us a little better. So we’ve ventured down memory lane to tell you a bit of our back story and shared some truths about ‘lil ol’ us.

 Yes we’re so vain, and yes, this blog post is about us.

 
BELLE & BUNTY LONDON BLOGGERS BLAZERS AND BELTS notting hill biscuiteers Gucci belt pink house

BELLE & BUNTY LONDON BLOGGERS BLAZERS AND BELTS notting hill biscuiteers Gucci belt pink house

We get quite a few DM’s on our Instagram asking us questions and somethings pop up regularly plus some of our lovely followers also asked us some questions specifically for this post so here’s our attempt to answer them for you in a tell all {well, almost} Q&A.

 How did you start getting recognised as bloggers?

We started completely by accident really! After growing a small following on our Instagram account where we were posting daily outfits plus things we saw and liked in London like favourite coffeeshops, pretty pink doors or items on our shopping wish lists, brands started contacting us and we realised that there was a business opportunity there separate to our label. So we started using professional photographers and had a bank of lovely imagery that seemed a shame to only use 1 or 2 on Instagram. It was then that we knew we needed the blog platform to showcase more content we were creating! We have been working together on our brand Belle & Bunty for 13 years where our fashion label which we used to showcase at London Fashion Week and sell to boutiques internationally moved into mainly made-to-order bridal around 7 years ago. Alongside our brand website we have always had a blog on which we used to feature things like inspiration behind our collections, magazine press and images of celebrities wearing our designs but it was at the end of 2015 that we decide to redesign the blog and separate it from our label and ta-da our blog as you know it was born. Instagram was the main catalyst for this transition! Love it or hate it {that algorithm, grrrrrrr} the app has been a game changer.

 How do you edit you pictures?

 We are lucky enough to work with a couple of amazing photographers {shout out to Victoria & Margarita} who take the majority of the images you’ll see here on this blog plus a lot of our Insta imagery if the photos have the 2 of us in them. These photos are then tweaked in Lightroom with presets and then are good to go for the blog. For Instagram we may use VSCO C3 to add a slightly warm filter {sometimes, not always if they have already been put through Lightroom and match previous images} We also occasionally use the A Color Story app which is great for lightening and brightening {also has some great filters too} and we also may use the Facetune app to smooth skin or remove bruises etc. There are no hard and fast rules on editing every image as it depends on differing factors such as the light on the day, colours we are wearing and where we are shooting!

BELLE & BUNTY LONDON BLOGGERS BLAZERS AND BELTS notting hill biscuiteers Gucci belt pink house

BELLE & BUNTY LONDON BLOGGERS BLAZERS AND BELTS notting hill biscuiteers Gucci belt pink house

How did you 2 meet?

We met many moons ago when we were both studying Womenswear Design and Surface Textiles at The London College of Fashion. We hit it off fairly instantly and always admired each others work and style so once we graduated and were working as designers for the high street we set up Belle & Bunty in our spare time and are still working together to this day!

Any tips for new bloggers starting out?

Let’s make it clear that blogging isn’t a doddle. It’s very time consuming {and all consuming} so if you want to start then you have to throw yourself into it whole heartedly as you’ll find yourself taking pictures in your spare time and writing posts in the evenings and weekends, presuming that you are studying or working already. If you are up for it then we suggest thinking what your niche USP is before starting. In a sea of bloggers you have to have something unique to stand out. Drawing inspiration from those bloggers you love is great but don’t try to immitate others and be you from the start!

BELLE & BUNTY LONDON BLOGGERS BLAZERS AND BELTS notting hill biscuiteers Gucci belt pink house
BELLE & BUNTY LONDON BLOGGERS BLAZERS AND BELTS notting hill biscuiteers Gucci belt pink house

BELLE & BUNTY LONDON BLOGGERS BLAZERS AND BELTS notting hill biscuiteers Gucci belt pink house

BELLE & BUNTY LONDON BLOGGERS BLAZERS AND BELTS notting hill biscuiteers Gucci belt pink house

Which are your favourite brands and shops?

We love a mixture of designer and highstreet so shop between the 2. Like a lot of girls we like to splurge on designer accessories which we know we will get lots of use out of and spend a little less on clothing. Our go to’s for bags in particular are Chloé, See by Chloé, Mulberry and Celine. If you are looking for a great deal on a designer piece one of our favourite places to shop designer brands with discounts is Bicester Village {see our tips on how to shop the village here} From the high street we love Dune London and L.K.Bennett for shoes, Free People, Topshop, H&M Trend range, Oasis, Mango, Levi’s and & Other Stories for denim.

Where do you find inspiration?

We find inspiration in lots of things, from the films we watch to vintage magazines to streetstyle we see in London but now with the ease of the internet and social media 2 greatest inspirations are apps! Pinterest {follow us here} and of course Instagram {follow us here}! Pinterest is great for finding editorial style ideas for shoots aswell as unique styling tips and we are constantly on the look on on Instagram for new and pretty places that suit our style and colour theme! There are also some forward thinking influencers out there that inspire us on a daily basis like @Tezzamb, her pictures are just amazing!

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We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little better and gained some sort of insight from our answers! As always if you have any other questions to shoot our way feel free to ask in the comments below!

Alice wears top by H&M {similar here}, blazer by L.K.Bennett, jeans by {similar here} , belt by Anthropologie {similar here}, bag by Hill & Friends, shoes by Christian Louboutin, vintage hat {similar here}

Hannah wears jumper by H&M {similar here}, blazer by H&M {similar here}, jeans by Re/Done, belt by Gucci, boots by Topshop, sunglasses by Mango {similar here}, bag by Simon Miller

Photos by Margarita Karenko

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