This week I’m thrilled to share a fresh Style & Substance interview with my fellow Brisbane blogger and real-life buddy Jess from Nutrition and Style. Jess is a health coaching Nutritionist and personal stylist on a mission to make women feel great about their bodies, inside and out. Her blog takes a light-hearted tone but packs an informative punch when it comes to nutrition, fashion, fitness and wellbeing. My favourite series is Chic This Week in which Jess blogs about the benefits of a particular whole food (like pineapple or Greek yogurt) then challenges her readers to experiment with new ways to enjoy her healthy pick and connect by sharing their culinary triumphs with the hashtag #chicthisweek. It’s fun, motivating, and it’s made me definitely want to give dragonfruit a try! If you’d like to follow along, you can find Jess on facebook, twitter, and instagram too.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
Colourful, relaxed and unexpected.
Q: What item in your closet are you loving most this season?
I fell back in love with my navy suede booties, hard. They have gold
chains draped down the heel that make me feel a little bit Beyonce.
Q: What’s your biggest style challenge & how do you deal with it?
I believe style to be a reflection of your life. My biggest challenge is that
I’m constantly evolving and that’s reflected in my eclectic wardrobe.
At the moment, I’m focusing on filling my wardrobe with good quality
basics to balance out my print and colour-heavy wardrobe.
Q: What fashion/beauty/decor items are you coveting right now?
I’m on the hunt for THE most perfect faux fur vest and leather-look
Q: Do you have a signature scent?
Funnily enough, Coconut oil – I use it as a body moisturizer. I haven’t
worn perfume in years. Coco Chanel once said “A woman who doesn’t
wear perfume has no future” which makes me laugh.
Q: What are your go-to beauty products?
• I only wear Clinique makeup and have done so since I was 16
• Rose Hip Oil as a face moisturizer before bed
• Rosebud Salve for lips.
Q: What’s in your handbag?
NOT my house keys. I never learn.
Q: What would be your ideal meal?
Fresh Hervey Bay Scallops with a rocket salad.
Q: What are your favourite local haunts?
Folio Books – I could browse for hours
New Farm Park – for picnics with friends
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Q: What inspires you lately?
I’m a people-watcher, so it’s people on the street that inspires me.
Q: What’s the most recent thing you’ve made?
I banged together an Ikea bookshelf for my makeshift wardrobe. Does
Q: What are you reading?
Three Famines by Tom Keneally
Q: What’s your favourite song/book/movie?
Amelie is a movie that I can watch over and over and it still brings a
smile to my face. Life is all about the simple pleasures.
Q: What do you love about blogging?
I love being able to help people make small changes in their lives – be it
nutrition, style or any other positive change.
Q: What scares you?
Leaving the stove/iron/GHD on. Fires scare me.
Q: If you could jet off anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’m desperate to go to Cuba – 2014 I’m thinking. And I can’t wait to go
back to New York City – it’s definitely my favourite city.
Q: What or who (so far) is the greatest love of your life?
My work is the love of my life. I never thought I’d be one of those girls,
but now I am.
Q: What’s the worst thing anyone’s ever said to you?
I’m sure people have said plenty of nasty things to me, but nothing’s
coming to mind. I choose to focus on the positive things people say
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.