I’ve decided to start a little series featuring some bloggers who I love and had an opportunity to get a bit of a chat with, starting with some fellow Northern Irish gals! Meet Katy, the lovely lady behind Katy Belle.
Hi Katy Belle! For anyone who isn’t familiar with you, tell us a little about yourself and your blog!
Hey there! My name is Katy, and I’m a personal style and lifestyle blogger based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Alongside my blog, I’m also a full-time digital marketing manager for a wonderful Belfast based company. I have an unrelenting love for writing, which is the sole reason I started my blog. My blog is a collection of all things that I love, from lifestyle snippets, to advice posts, to outfit posts, to music reviews and more!
So, what inspired you to begin blogging?
I used to read a variation of blogs, and for a while I dabbled in and out of blogging without taking it too seriously. But the more I did it, the more I enjoyed creating content and so I just decided to take it a little more seriously! It was kind of a situation where, if they can do it, why can’t I?
What has been your blogging highlight, or the most exciting thing to happen so far as a result of your blog?
Blogging can bring some seriously wonderful opportunities and highlights, but the one that I’m most proud of by far is winning best newcomer in the Bloggers Blog Awards. At the end of day, I write my blog solely because I enjoy it – so to actually win an award and learn that people actually really enjoy it is incredibly heart-warming and makes me feel that all of the hard work is worth it.
What is your favourite subject to blog about (outfits, interiors, life posts etc.)?
As much as I enjoy outfit posts, they can be super stressful – especially when you work full-time and are so dependent on daylight/weather! In that case, I’d say my favourite are life posts. I love sharing insights into particular topics that really mean something to me. A few months ago I shared a post about friendships, and in a nutshell I talked about why I’m starting to feel okay about the fact that I don’t actually have a ton of friends. I was really nervous to share the post, but it’s probably my most popular post to date. People came to me and told me it made them breathe a sigh of relief, they said they were thankful that they weren’t the only ones who felt that way. Writing a post that actually manages to resonate with someone really blows my mind.
Your top tip/a snippet of advice for newbie bloggers?
There is so much advice I could give and there is literally a world of things I wish I knew before I started blogging. But the main thing I’ll say is this: don’t give up. Blogging can seem like an over-saturated market, but there really is room for everyone. I’ve witnessed so many new bloggers get disheartened because they haven’t reached thousands of pageviews in a week – but unfortunately it just doesn’t work like that. Blogging is hard work, there’s no denying it. But if you find that it is for you, then you’ll soon find that your efforts are worth it.
It’s lovely to discover other Northern Ireland bloggers. What would be your personal top three must-visits in NI?
I absolutely love discovering other Northern Irish bloggers – I hope one day we can build even more of a community over here. Even though I live in Belfast, I’m really not all that knowledgeable about must-visits in NI! Firstly I’d probably say the Game of Thrones tour – you get to see some really beautiful scenery and any GoT fanatic would be in their element. One of my favourite bars in Belfast is called Bootleggers – it’s a rustic-themed bar in the city centre, and they offer some of the nicest foods and cocktails. It’s pretty cheap and cheerful, too. I’d also say that no trip to Belfast would be complete without a visit to Boojum – a homegrown Mexican burrito bar. Trust me, it’s the best Mexican food you’ll ever have.
Tell me your idea of the perfect Saturday – what do you like to get up to?
I’d start by getting up super early, having a delicious breakfast (pancakes or waffles, yum) and getting a ton of work done (how boring am I?) In the afternoon I’d be free to meet up with my closest friends, and we would all go for a drink before attending a gig of one of my favourite bands in the evening. That would be all kinds of perfect.
How would you describe your day-to-day style? Where is your favourite place to shop?
A few of my favourite high-street stores include H&M, Topshop and Pull & Bear. My style is quite casual, and probably a little bit 80s/90s inspired. My wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without an abundance of stripes and denim.
Asides from blogging, what are your hobbies?
I honestly sometimes wonder what I would be doing with my time if I didn’t write a blog. Truthfully, blogging takes up a lot of my time when I’m not working. Besides that, I love music – I pretty much always have a gig lined up that I’m eagerly counting down the days to. I love movies too – my boyfriend and I try to schedule in movie marathon days whenever we get the chance. Blogging has really awoken my love for photography too – so I’ll sometimes go out with the sole intention of snapping some pretty photos.
Quick Fire Round
* Designer or high street? As much as I wish I could say designer – high street.
* Dogs or cats? It’s a tough decision, but because I’m super allergic to cats, I’d have to say dogs. English bulldogs to be specific, they’re just so adorable.
* Saturdays or Sundays? Saturdays – I just can’t deal with the Sunday night blues.
* Nights in or nights out? Unless I’m heading to a gig, I’m not entirely fussed on nights out as much as I used to be! (I know, I know, I’m a total granny). Nothing beats nights in, curled up on the sofa with some Netflix.
* Tea or coffee? Neither!
* Strictly or X Factor? I’m not much of a fan of either, but if I had to choose I’d say Strictly.
Thank you Katy for taking the time to have a natter with me – it was lovely getting to know you a little better! x
Pop over and see Katy here.