Louise Chen, the face behind "The Faceless Style" is a very smart & articulate young lady. She is opininated and her blog is not just throwing in daily style photos but more expression of her ideas/ thoughts towards certain topic, the readers would not just be appealed by her outfit but the quality of thinking behind, as well as her pursue of photography/arts and overall life as a journey.
When did you start blogging and how did you come to the idea?
It’s hard to say, I had a ‘personal journal’ type blog years ago. That was my first one, just as a means of spilling out the thoughts I have on my mind. My current blog is quite similar in that nature, but in a more coherent and artistic way. This current blog started back in 2014, so 2 years ago.
Who is your style icon? Why?
It sounds cliché to say I don’t have a style icon, because I’ve learnt to follow my own style. However, my style icon used to be Miranda Kerr, simple and sophisticated. I currently really love Kendall Jenner’s style as well.
How do you describe your personal style? What are your inspirations?
I would say I’ve drawn a lot from Miranda Kerr in the past and from there I’ve just gone off on my own path, with the same simplicity and sophistication. I do like to play around with styles though. Sometimes I am a full tomboy, sometimes I am really elegant. That’s what my blog represents, ‘Faceless Style’ in that the style on there is quite diverse. I take on different personas for different fortnightly editorials.
What are the essential pieces you must have in your closet?
I have a lot of high waisted jeans and crop top shirts and jumpers currently, they’re just very simple to throw on and make your body look leaner and longer.
How often do you post? How do you come up with post ideas?
I have a very timely schedule: once a fortnight.
My ideas arise from either locations (for the photoshoot), an outfit I really want to share, or a deep written message I want to convey in my articles. These ideas come from quotes I come across, conversations I have, and magazine editorials.
What would you describe the biggest challenge in fashion blogging?
I wouldn’t label myself as a 100% fashion blogger, because my articles aren’t completely fashion related. It’s a mixture of lifestyle blogging or the term I prefer: ‘journalism’.
But in terms of fashion related challenges, a very personal challenge of mine would be the concept of taking photos in public. I get very self-conscious when there is even a single person around while I am doing a photoshoot. It completely throws me off. Which is weird for someone who plasters her face/body all over the internet. I’m slowly getting more comfortable though. Very slowly. I don’t struggle with anything else really, like ideas for outfits or finding time. I always find a way.
What is the greatest satisfaction of being a fashion blogger?
The creative outlet! Fashion blogging for me has never been about being ‘famous’ or making money. It has always been to express my passion for photography, fashion, and writing. It is even better when people let me know they are inspired by the things I do. I would say, to be able to inspire people is what gives me the greatest satisfaction!
A fashion rule you never break?
Less is more.
What do you splurge on?
Sneakers! (Other than that, splurge isn’t really in my vocabulary)
From your point of view, what is the notable trend for the upcoming season?
Bomber jackets, especially Khaki bomber jackets. But I won’t be hopping onto that bandwagon, I have a thing against wearing trends, because everyone is doing it and then you just blend in.
Do you make money from your blog? Any advice for others?
No, I don’t like the pressure that comes from monetarising my blog. My friends often ask me this. I just feel like my content would be adversely affected, in a non-genuine way, if I let people sponsor or pay me for what I create. My advice would be not to let money run your life.
What has been your most successful blog post till now and what was it about?
Romantic Warrior (http://thefacelessstyle.blogspot.com/2015/06/romantic-warrior.html) – it’s about our current society and the gender stereotypes in dating strong women. Whether or not the guy should drive her around even though she has a car and can drive herself, and whether he should pay, go dutch, or the girl pays everything when she is making money.
I give my opinion that men should still keep their chivalrous ways. Just because women are more independent and powerful these days (especially in their career), doesn’t mean they should assume she wants to be the same independent woman in a relationship. Independent women want someone reliable and who can spoil her too.
How do you see your blog in 5 years?
I will be working full-time (hopefully) in 2 years’ time, compared to studying and working part-time currently. So in 5 years’ time, I don’t know if this blog will still exist. I don’t know who my photographer will be in 5 years’ time, if I’ll even have one since my current photographer would have graduated university too, probably, and doing his own stuff. Hopefully it will still be around, because I really do enjoy what I do.
Fashion Brand – Zara
Color – Blue (but red right now)
Quote – “Thrive, live life with some compassion, some humour and some style.”
Way to relax – Listening to music and playing the piano
Thanks heaps Louise, we have so much fun doing this interview with you and get to know you a bit more. I believe our dear readers would have enjoyed it too. Please feel free to connect with Louise.