I've met a lot of people online through various interests of mine and when I first started blogging, it was a pretty lonely place until over the course of my time here, I discovered some pretty amazing blogs by some pretty amazing girls. I feel so blessed and thankful to say that many of these girls are my friends - some of them real life that have blossomed into friendships more than just our love of the same lipsticks and blushes, and others that are far across the other side of the world. These girls are not only people I admire as bloggers, but as people in general, and I wanted to do a blog post dedicated to the people who make this whole blogging thing worthwhile. This post was way longer than intended, but I'm not even sorry. I have a lot of love!
First and foremost are my fellow Australian girls... because who else do I have to complain about the extortionate markup of prices and lack of brand availability to? From shopping in the same stores to being in the same season, they definitely make this place more relatable and these girls mean so much to me here. The first Aussie girls I ever met were Katrina from Audrey & Belle and Jessica from Little Henry Lee while I was living in Sydney last year. Katrina works in the industry and is studying to be a makeup artist, and let me tell you, the girl's got talent. She has a love for the high end products like I do and I love the way she writes. I'm absolutely loving Jessica's travel adventures and her photos are simply breathtaking. I think to get out of your comfort zone and travel all on your own is truly courageous and something I really admire in a person as I hope, no matter where I go, to one day do the same. To me, the best thing that you can do with your life is travel and see the world, and to see Jessica do this gives me the strength to do this myself one day too. I wish both Katrina and Jessica updated more regularly, but I understand that life gets in the way and for the majority of us, this is just our hobby. Plus, it just makes it that more exciting when their posts pop up on my Bloglovin' feed. Another one of my Aussie girlies residing in Sydney is Brodie from the blog, Brodie Jay. I've known her for years now as we became friends through our taste in music on LiveJournal and some years later, reunited through our love of beauty products. I met her for the first time with Katrina during my holiday in Sydney back in May and we had never-ending conversations about a variety of topics. I love that I've made so many friends through one shared interest, but have ended up having so much more in common. I'm so glad she decided to start a beauty blog this year and I'm absolutely loving her YouTube channel too.
Despite having known Jennifer for a few years now, we only met late last year when she came up to me at work (busily reconciling the registers, just so you know) and said, "Hi, are you Tenneil?", ha! I guess it was because she stopped blogging for a while, but after convincing her to start again, she's now back with a new blog called Beauty by Jnfr. Like Katrina, Jennifer also works in the industry and as a trained makeup artist, it's really refreshing reading a blog whose love of makeup is actually more than just a blog and knows what they're talking about too. We've caught up a handful of times now and while it doesn't seem like a lot, our friendship has blossomed so quickly and I consider Jennifer one of my closest and dearest friends now. From our essay-long texts to endless conversations, I can talk to this girl about anything. Through Jennifer, I came across Lisa's Instagram and discovered her beautiful blog, Style with Lisa. She has a keen eye for style and I love her minimalist approach to photography, which you wouldn't even believe is all taken on an iPhone! Both Jennifer and Lisa have amazing taste in products and we recently met up for the first time all together too. It's really awesome having such great bloggy friends living in the same city as I do.
My Bloglovin' feed would be bare without the UK girls. When it comes to international bloggers, I love the Brits because I find their style more relatable and brands they talk about more accessible. I happened to stumble upon Rebecca's beautiful blog, From Roses, a couple of years ago when I was searching for an image of Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. I was instantly blown away by her photography and back then, she only had a couple of hundred followers. Since then, her blog has unsurprisingly grown a considerable amount and continues to go from strength to strength. I've come to know Jen over the past few months since reporting to her for A Little Opulent and it's really lovely working with her while being given so much creative freedom. Her blog, Jennypurr, is filled with amazing products from brands I love, awesome features on blogging/freelancing in general and both her and Rebecca are just two girls going after their dreams, which is truly admirable. I'm so happy being a part of the ALO team with them and I love having another creative outlet where I can talk about my other loves in life. I think these girls really set the standards when it comes to full time blogging and I really look up to them.
I don't follow many fashion blogs as I'm quite fussy, but Hannah's blog, Han Valentine, has been a favourite of mine since I first started blogging. She's been one of my blogger friends since the beginning and this girl's got amazing taste in clothes. Plus, I can really get on board with her love of music. During my most recent visit to the hairdressers, I took a photo of her in because I'm a creep and just really love her hair too! I haven't known Tamira or Kate for that long, but from talking to them on Twitter, they're both such dolls. Tamira's sweet and friendly nature to everyone within the community is something you don't see everyday and her blog, The Guilty Girl, is full of fabulous products, both high end and low end, which makes it really relatable. She also has a YouTube channel worth checking out. Kate's blog is called The Glow Edit and from her chic style to love of luxurious products, this girl's taste is so on point. Her blog definitely makes me want to do some wishlisting.
There are so many lovely ladies in the beauty blogging community, but this post was getting way too long, so I'm sure I'll do another one of these types of posts in the future. I'm still getting to know some of you and I just love talking to you all on Twitter, so don't ever feel shy to Tweet me if you ever fancy a chat!