My personal circle of business connections don’t usually take me across the ocean and into the United Kingdom world of fashion, but Twitter is an amazing connector! Natalie Wo is a popular fashion blogger from the U.K. and has created a unique name for her blog that replaces the “O” in blog with an “A.” I think it is quite clever since her British accent makes the word blog sound like blag anyway! I was honored to be invited by Natalie to provide and SEO assessment and recommendations to help increase traffic to her already highly popular and creative blog. Her creative and playful spirit is matched by her focused approach to journaling the UK Fashion World. Meet another budding “Entrepreneur in Action!”
1. Career influences
I would have to say my mother who is a woman of many talents and experiences. She showed me that as a black woman I will have to give 120% effort in life. People sometimes don’t understand me, but a long as I value what I am trying to achieve that’s what matters. My mother used to say, “Natalie, once you have your education no one can take it from you, but its how you use it that brings the benefits.”
2. Biggest career success
Being able to freelance my work through my Blag which is leading to offline work. Meeting Stefano Gabbana, part of the designing duo Dolce & Gabbana, Stefano now follows me on Twitter and Instagram. Other luxury fashion houses and brands such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and other international brands are recognizing my social “klout.”
3. Recent lessons learned
A recent lesson is that I don’t have to feel guilty or apologize for what I do. Fashion won’t stop, it never stops. I am also still learning how to create a work/life balance. Spending hours online can easily get out of control for me. This is work in process!
4. What inspires and motivates
What inspires me is how I can inspire others through what I am doing. Before starting my blag I was in a dark place in my life. My blag helped to lift the feelings of depression. Expressing myself is something that I do regularly through my blag. It might be my choice of words or how I explain something. I love when my followers say that a particular post had them laughing.
5. Share a leadership story
You need thick skin in the fashion industry and it’s a dog eat dog world. People are not afraid to try and make your attempts at breaking into the scene seem invalid. I have experienced cyber bullying by another blogger personally. I was able to move forward and stay focused. The negative behavior just made me stronger, more focused and determined and taught me a lesson; “Natalie your doing something right!”
6. Your Top Two
- Look only towards the best as no doubt they learned from the best.
- Be yourself and know your worth. Someone once asked me, “If someone asked you how much your work is worth would you know?”
7. About Natalie Wo
I am Natalie Wo, aka: Blags. I attended the University of the Arts London and studied Retail Management and Buying and Merchandising. My official role was visual merchandiser. I now write and edit my blag: Fashionblagstheblog.com. It is my daily medication of celebrity fashion, fashion findings, runway vs. high street, fashion must-haves, fashion house reviews and reports on fashion weeks.
Connect with me everywhere!