In The Hot Seat With Taiba (@theurbananalyst)
Here at Brimah and John, we have numerous inspirations! One of which are fabulous women, with a passion and a drive to do what they love and what makes them happy. These women are forging a path for themselves in their chosen fields and are an inspiration to us all. So what we like to do, is sit them down in the hot seat, shine a spot light on them... and get to know them a little better.
One thing I love love love, are colours! I think I'm naturally drawn to colourful people, and the moment I stumbled on Taiba's instagram, I knew I had to get to know her. Taiba's a young, blue haired, Kuwaiti fashion blogger... and y'all know (or you do now) visiting Kuwait is high on my bucket list. Taiba's also currently one of my hair crushes, blue or purple...eurgh I JUST DONT KNOWW *TEARS*. Her eclectic wardrobe is filled with lots of bold prints, chunky heels, and statement pieces. Very loud, very pop culture, tres cute!
what's your story, how did you discover your passion for blogging? How then did you go about chasing this passion?
I’ve always had a love for fashion and the freedom of self-expression that comes along with it. It is not until recently that bloggers have been making an impact on the fashion industry, and when I was first introduced to a few of my favourite fashion blogs a few years ago, I knew it was what I wanted to do. Though I thought I’d just try it out and see what happens, not knowing how much I’d fall in love with it. Since deciding to jump in head first, I’ve learned so much about myself and what I can do, and have gotten so many opportunities that have led me out of my comfort zone. Just going ahead and starting was the best thing I’ve done.
How has your journey been? Challenges and highlights?
So far it’s been so inspiring and a lot of fun at the same time. The biggest challenge about blogging for me is time. Because I’m still in high school, it can be hard to find the time to do everything I need to. At the same time, my time management skills have totally jumped. Some highlights definitely include all of the opportunities that have fallen into my lap because of my blog that I could not have gotten otherwise.
Looking back is there anything you'd do differently?
At the start I wasn’t too dedicated on certain levels; I didn’t expose all that I had to offer my blog. My writing was not as good as it could have been, and my content was pretty one-sided. I guess I underestimated the amount of work that gets put into a successful blog. I’ve improved greatly since then, and am more happy with my blog than ever.
How would you describe your day to day routine?
It’s pretty packed. I wake up at 5:30 on weekdays and drag myself to school, then study for a few hours at home before keeping up with my blog. I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to managing my time, so I’ll usually write up a schedule and to-do list in the morning to keep me on track for the rest of the day. And weekends are dedicated to my blog; going out and about shooting, writing up new posts, covering events. Sounds pretty hectic, but I love it.
What would you say are the common misconceptions about a fashion blogger?
I would definitely say the biggest misconception is that we are uneducated and self-obsessed. This is the farthest thing from true. Just like any other person would dedicate their time to becoming successful in their field, we are just trying to make a name for ourselves in the industry we love and want to be a part of, which happens to be the fashion industry. Not to mention, blogging is usually our biggest passion, so we are incredibly dedicated and driven individuals.
What's next for Taiba or the urban analyst? What would you say are your short-term and long-term goals?
For short-term goals, I would love to be able to grow my audience and interact with more people who support each other from around the globe. As of long-term goals, I just really want to keep doing what I’m doing and not let anything get in the way.
Who would you say is/are your biggest motivators?
I get so much motivation from other bloggers that inspire me. There are so many amazing bloggers out there these days, but I would have to say my top 3 are Zoe London, Helen Anderson, and Eugénie Grey (Feral Creature). They keep it real and are not afraid to be themselves, which I find is the only way to create real relationships with your audience.
What's Taiba's look? What would you say is your go-to outfit?
I would say my “look” is pretty dynamic. I can be an edgy rocker one day and super structured and professional the next. That’s what I love about fashion, having the ability to express your self however you want. My go-to, everyday outfit would be loose high-waisted trousers and a fun graphic tee, probably paired with a clutch and platforms.
If you could only keep three things from your wardrobe what would you pick?
This is a tough one and I’ve changed my answer about five times now, but I think I’ve come to a solid conclusion. I would pick my skull-printed trousers from Lazy Oaf, 3.1 Philip Lim satchel bag, and Jeffrey Campbell Barclay heels with super cute little hello kitty embellishments.
If you could only shop in one store/brand for a year what would it be and why?
The Topshop in Oxford Circus, London, hands down. It is literally a never-ending vault into shopaholic heaven, with the world’s best brands compressed into three floors. There have been times when I’d go in at noon and unwillingly leave at closing time, no joke.
How would you describe your personal style?
It varies a lot, but overall its pretty edgy and fun. I’m generally a really quiet person, so I like to balance it out with really bold, out-there looks.
You've gone a week without your phone, laptop, or any other interpersonal contact, who do you miss talking to?
I’d miss talking to my cousin for sure. We’re both the “only child” in our families, so she’s like a sister and best friend to me. Shout out to her for being the best!
What's one thing you know now that you wish younger Taiba knew?
This is probably the biggest cliché, but I wish I could go back and tell myself to stop valuing people’s opinions so much. I’ve always pretty much done my own thing, but what’s different now is that I know myself. I know my style and my worth, so negative comments don’t have any effect on me anymore. That’s the main reason why I am able to do what I’m doing now in terms of my blog.
What's one thing you've always wanted to do but haven't managed to yet? Something on your bucket list maybe?
The one thing that has always been on my bucket list is to participate in fashion weeks around the globe, and it’s still mind-blowing to me to be able to say that I’ve accomplished that goal. This February, I got the chance to cover a few runway shows at London Fashion Week, and I can honestly say it was the best experience I’ve ever had. I would say now my biggest goal is to expand on that and experience fashion week in different cities. Each city is so incredibly unique, so it would be a dream to be able to get to see what I love most in the flesh.
Where's your favourite travel destination, and what do you love about there?
London is my favourite city in the world. I’ve travelled quite a bit, but never find myself as inspired and driven than when I am in London. For some reason, I feel totally at home when I am there, as it is such a diverse and artistically advanced city.
Any advice for all the women out there carving their paths in life?
I would say the most important thing is to know yourself and what sets you apart from the rest, because from what I’ve learned, that is the only way to be content with yourself. Also, once you set goals for yourself, go out and get them. Be unapologetic and do whatever it takes to reach those goals.
And lastly our favourite Brimah and John question,
You've got £250 to spend at www.brimahandjohn.com what pieces do you buy?
I would probably spend it all on the kimonos and blazers. I’m obsessed with the prints!
Anything else you'd like to add?
I’ve had so much fun with these questions, thank you Brimah and John! Xx
Anyone else get that "we could soo be besties" vibe? Cool and chic much? I love people who dare to express their individuality. There's a blessing in knowing yourself and being okay with who you are. Conforming is sooo passé! That whole "but what will people say, think..." life is not for me, and I'm glad to see its not for Taiba either!
I loved talking to Taiba, such a friendly, bubbly person and I love her expressive style, looking forward to seeing whats to come for her.
Sidenote: only being you should be living in fear of is God (Taqwa).
*badooshk* *drops mic*
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