blogs to inspire

Behind The Blog Scene // Gaby Burger of The Vault Files


For someone that never blogs about fashion (which is strictly because of my own personal lack of fashion sense) I do feel a strong pull towards the fashion blogging world. Fashion brands in general fascinate me - purely from a marketing standpoint they are cutting edge, break rules and can often be found leading the way in how brands communicate, engage and influence their consumers. I decided that I wanted to delve a bit deeper in the fashion blogging world so I was lucky enough to catch up with Gaby Burger from The Vault Files for a little chat. 

Gaby has a passion for fashion and loves helping others find their unique style that truly reflects their personality, lifestyle, and most importantly that empowers their own self. Her words are honest and I suggest grabbing a cup of tea, and taking some time to check out her blog, I know you'll love it!

Describe your blog in 3 words… 
Positive, honest, inspiring
What is your blogging manifesto? 
You can read it here ;)
Top 3 blogging essentials? 
MacBook Pro, Photoshop, a DSLR camera
My biggest blogging moment/milestone was….
One that made me really happy was when Anthropologie contacted me to host a little craft event at one of their stores here in Toronto, I was beyond thrilled!
My dream collaboration would be? 
I’d absolutely love to work with Madewell! It’s one of my absolute fave brands so it would be a dream!
Right now I'm listening to…
Mixes from Natural Animal (Ntrl Anml) are always on heavy rotation, but at the moment I can’t get enough of Afterlife by Arcade Fire.
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger? 
Work hard, be patient, consistent, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Don’t compare yourself to others, do your own thing in your own voice, and network with other bloggers ;)  
If I wasn't blogging I'd be…
I have always had this dream to have my own boutique ;)
Behind the scenes of my blog looks like…
Some late nights sitting at my dinning table, music on, a cup of tea, and lots of to-do lists! Also, a huuuuge pinterest private board ;)
In 2015 I'm most excited about…
Finding where life is going to take me and the blog :)


Behind The Blog Scene // Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth


Some blogs just make you happy. They are bright, bold and visually addictive. They provide an escape, can cause party planning envy or this case offer up endless inspiration. Today we say hello to Ashley from Sugar & Cloth, a US blogger who I've watched for a while and who consistently crafts up Pinterest-worthy projects and visual delights that I'm in awe of.  One of the things that I most admire is the way she effortlessly partners with brands - something I think Australian bloggers are still struggling to do or at least in a way that works so organically - we can all learn something from Ashley's partnerships - and don't even get me started on her new studio (I'm SO jealous).  So grab a cup of tea and enjoy her interview below... 

Describe your blog in 3 words… 
DIY inspired living
What is your blogging manifesto?
From home decor to recipes and all of the pretty things in between, Sugar & Cloth is meant to be a resource for modern and bright DIY inspired living.
Top 3 blogging essentials?
Your own creative, original ideas, a DSLR camera, and spell check ;)
My biggest blogging moment/milestone was....
Getting contacted by Martha Stewart Living to style a Christmas shoot as my very first brand collaboration after almost a year of blogging. So surreal! Looking back on it I was an uniformed mess, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
My dream collaboration would be?
HGTV! I would freak out, ha!
Right now I'm listening to...
Gungor, love them!
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger?
Don't underestimate the amount of time you'll put into, but you'll reap what you sew.
If I wasn't blogging I'd be...
Probably working a 9-5 graphic design job, no thanks! ;)
Behind the scenes of my blog looks like..
Organized chaos, but some might beg to differ, haha.
In 2014 I'm most excited about...
The new Sugar & Cloth studio. It's the most exciting and terrifying thing I've ever committed to, but it's already been the most rewarding step I could've taken for my business.