Style & Substance is finally back! Today I'm super excited to bring you... drumroll please... Sian Richadson! A lot of y'all already know her from her time in Sydney blogging at Twelve by One... Also because she's the graphic designer behind heaps of our bloggy buddies' beautiful sites and ebooks. Sian is a free-spirited creative wizard who's back living it up in her homeland of New Zealand and cataloguing its natural beauty on her new online photo journal Opaque Destinations. While she spends her days working with ass-kicking brands and businesses to bring their ideas to life, Sian's all about ditching the line between work and play. If you follow her on instagram (and you should - she's one of my all time top 'grammers) you'll expect to find her working away on her laptop lake-side one minute and back on the road in search of another park bench with an even sweeter view the next.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE SCENT
CKIN2U has always been a fave of mine... That scent gets me every time. I don't actually have it at the moment though, I need to buy a new one! haha.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
Garnier BB Cream, Neutrogena Body Mist Sunscreen (that stuff is seriously amazing, and you don't get that usual sticky groseness that comes with the cream sunscreen, it comes in SPF 70 too), Mac Studio Fix, which I use a tiny bit over my BB cream, and it lasts me through the whole day... Other than that I have a few other random products that I use, like bronzer, mascara etc, but I don't wear those every day.
Q: WHAT'S IN YOUR HANDBAG?
Hmm currently - Instax Mini, extra Instax film, my oldschool Canon T50, wallet, x2 pairs of sunnies, mini make up bag (I always have hand sanitizer + plasters + tissues + concealer + tweezers in there, all of which come in handy pretty often), a notebook + pen, and my earphones... Oh and a map! I've become obsessed with maps lately, I love my roadies so I'm always scoping out new places to check out.
Q: WHAT INSPIRES YOU LATELY?
Lots of things! The amazingly rad kiwi summer we're having right now, which means I can work outside & get amongst it almost every day, stumbling across other baller creatives on the interweb, my awesome clients, New Zealand + it's amazing scenery... Pretty much everything. I get inspired so easily.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK/SONG/MOVIE?
Fave song, tough call, I have so many... But at the moment, defiantly Holding On by Flume. Love that guy. Fave book, Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. Fave movie... Hmm tough call between Into The Wild & The Art of Flight. Both completely different, but so inspirational in their own ways.
Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BLOGGING?
I love the sense of community, and how everyone is just so awesome & supportive. I've met so many awesome babes through blogging that I'm sure I'll be friends with for a while to come. It's kind of cool how these internet 'relationships' aren't location dependent too. So no matter where we are, we can keep up with each other via our blogs & social media, which is pretty awesome.
Q: WHAT SCARES YOU?
Getting 'stuck' and somehow not being able to travel the world.
Q: WHAT OR WHO (SO FAR) IS THE GREATEST LOVE OF YOUR LIFE?
Freedom. Hands down. For me its the feeling of not being tied down to any one person, or any one place... Leaving me free to travel & explore and do whatever I like. I love that feeling so much.
Q: WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?
Make it happen. I don't remember where I first saw this or who said it to me, but it's become my 'anchor' really. Over the last year since I've gone full time freelance as a designer, I realised that nothing you dream about, or nothing you want in life will ever just 'happen'. You have to get out there and make it happen... You can't just sit around and dream all day. You have to follow up the dreaming by the doing. Every single time.