Charles

What are your stats?
I was born September 12th 1993, I am tiny! I’m 5’6 and weigh just under 10 stone.

Can you tell us about yourself and your blog?
I’m Charles, I am 23 and soon to be living in Richmond, London. I studied English with Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. My friends say I’m hilarious and incredibly cutting with my words, I say the thing everybody in the room is thinking – even though I probably shouldn’t. Life’s too short!

CharlesTaylorSmith.co.uk was born from boredom. This blog allows an expression of all things I love, fashion, travel, relationships, and fitness (I don’t really love this one, but I have a PT boyfriend and he won’t allow me to have cookies unless I work out…). I’m excited to get my blog off the ground and I hope it goes on to do well, because I’m broke as hell!

Describe how did you first get into blogging?
I actually started a different blog, ‘The dismay of being gay’. The aim of the blog was to act as a diary on the life and worries of being a gay guy in the digital age, where technology rules. At this point in my life, I was incredibly shy and frigid. My friends nicknamed me, ‘Frigid Bridget’, (Bridget Jones), because I was both frigid and tragic. I hated dated, it gave me nervous sweats just thinking about it. Yet, I persisted and I met my partner, Craig. We have now been together two years and I have never been happier. Therefore, the blog burned and died. R.I.P.

Fast-forward and here we are, I’m moving to London, which terrifies me. The thought of having no money and not being able to buy new shoes or cookies. I envision many tantrums. CharlesTaylorSmith.co.uk is both a passion and hobby. I hope that it’s a success and I have a following that genuinely love what I write and what I’m putting out there. So, let’s see what happens!

Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
I think my humour will help. I don’t take myself too seriously and can take a few negative comments. I think you need that when you’re putting yourself out there.

How would you describe your blogging style?
Honest! I have always been incredibly blunt and I don’t have boundaries when it comes to sharing and being open. There isn’t much that somebody would ask me and I wouldn’t answer.
I hope my blog will influence and inspire, my writing style is fun and casual (I hope). Let’s just enjoy it and take it as it is.

What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
An opinion. I think people love bloggers because of their experience with a product or clothes.

How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I know longer sleep!

How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
I want to have kept my blogging consistent and have a successful following!

What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
Still being alive when I’m this damn poor! Not resorting to prostitution yet…

What do you do in your spare time?
As much as I hate it, I gym a lot or I’m in bed eating cookies. I work full-time, my spare time will be dedicated to CharlesTaylorSmith.co.uk.

Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
I would love to be working with huge companies and have a great following, I aiming high! Will a fall on my face and be a massive failure? Maybe, who knows?

What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
Trying to find pictures for the main page where I didn’t look ugly. I have one angle that is just not for me, it’s frightening!

Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?
Lydia Millen and Em Sheldon. Lydia is just stunning, she comes across incredibly down to earth and passionate about what she does. She is sweet but she also doesn’t stand for any abuse, I like that.
Em Sheldon, I have a lot of respect for, she holds nothing back. She talks openly about the hardships in her life, things that are quite raw to her. She is an open book, I can relate to that.

What inspired you to start your blog?
Being completely honest here, I went for a job that I really wanted and was beaten out by somebody, the reason? She ran her own blog. I am extremely competitive and I want to build an even better blog as a fuck you, not to her (it isn’t her fault) but to the company.

In the future where do you hope your blog will take you?
I’d love to travel all over the world with my blog, attend credible fashion shows and be a part of campaigns. I am aiming high and I just want to enjoy the process.

Did you have any professional help or did you created the blog yourself?
I used Pipdig to help design my website. They  make the process incredibly easy and have people that are there to help you if you’re struggling with any aspect of the creation.

Who is your style icon?
I don’t have one main person, but I love Harry Styles’ confidence when it comes to fashion, he will wear something outlandish and look great. I love Oliver Cheshire’s style as well. I feel like we dress to same aesthetic, obviously his clothes being designer clothing and my own from Poundland.

Who takes the majority of your photos?
Mark Lister, a photographer I met doing the ava-j underwear campaign and my Jack The Lad shoot. Mark runs Project Soaked aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer with a percentage of proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK
I ask Craig to take some of them, then I realise he is absolutely useless and I have to tell him exactly where to stand and what angle to take the picture. He isn’t very artistic bless him. One time he posted a picture onto his Instagram (without my knowledge), I was sat in the chair at a hairdressers. He took the picture from down below with the camera pointing up at me, for the first time in my life, I looked chubby. My friend texted me to ask if I had gained weight. Brill.

What would you say that is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging?
I can sometimes have a style that is a little odd, the majority of people wouldn’t wear. Style is very subjective, a lot of people may think what I’m wearing isn’t fashionable, and that’s okay. Personally, I love my sense of style and I wouldn’t change it.

What would you say that is the greatest satisfaction of being a fashion blogger? (Invitations to fashion events, interaction with people, gifts, etc.)
I’ve just started, I am at the bottom of the ladder looking up. I’ll let you know…