For this instalment we are headed to Scotland. This time to talk to the pink haired goddess Amanda Davies; the beauty and brains behind Honey Pop Kisses, award-winning blogger, and all-round babe.
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As one of the top 50 Scottish Fashion Taste Makers, Davies has worked with a plethora of brands such as Karen Mabon, Illamasqua, Lush, Swatch and many many more. All this success has brought her to 2018.
Alongside many other projects and interests, Amanda took the plunge this year and opened her very own Vintage shop in the heart of thriving and vibrant Dundee. Turing a childhood dream into a viable and prosperous business has created another success story for Amanda.
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We caught up with Amanda to talk about how she turned blogging into her very own vintage store Oh Hello Vintage…
Your world is so fashionable and colourful, how did you get started in the blogging world?
Thank you lovely! I sort of fell into blogging. It all started when I worked as an assistant buyer at Next nearly 7 years ago, I loved my job but I felt that I couldn’t talk about the fashion I was inspired by or that I was passionate about, so I started writing online and it snowballed from there!
So I went from working at Next to working at an indie brand in Glasgow as head of production and then took the plunge and went full time with my blog just over a year ago!
What made you decide to start your own business?
With blogging it felt like a natural progression, I also work as the Editor in Chief of Fashion Fix Daily so I wasn’t really looking to add another string to my bow. BUT sometimes there’s too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Why a vintage store?
I’ve always loved vintage, my first ever job was in a vintage store in Glasgow (Mr Bens, it’s an institution!), and I’ve championed vintage and shopping local on my blog since the beginning. There’s nothing better than finding the perfect vintage item as you know no one else will have it!
We also stock independent designers and vegan skincare, hold pop up’s for independent brands and we hold classes and workshops. I wanted to create a destination where everyone feels welcome, even if it’s to come in to check out a new indie brand or buy a new wardrobe. There is something for everyone.
What is the best part of running your own business?
Getting to focus on something I’m passionate about.
What is your favourite item you have sold?
I can honestly say that I love each and every item we sell in store! As we are tiny everything is curated & hand picked by myself so I feel attached to everything.
If I had to choose I would say a peach 1970’s dagger collar dress. We do have some amazing 1960’s wedding dresses in so I’m just waiting till someone gets hitched in one!
What keeps you up at night?
Failing, not doing enough, not taking enough breaks, not seeing my family enough, being a bad friend, any project I’m working on, I could go on and on but let’s just say anxiety is a bitch.
Millennials have more jobs than ever before, how do you relax and unwind?
This is something I really struggle with. The things I find most effective are taking my dogs for a massive walk, going on a cinema date with my other half or seeing my best girls (who don’t work in social media) all of these things force me to put my phone away!
I did practice yoga every night but I just fell out of the routine, it really helped me sleep so I think I’ll have to start it back up again.