What I… Nicole from Vintage Lifestyle Online Magazine

This week I am interviewing vintage obsessed Nicole – the editor of Vintage Lifestyle Online Magazine and blogger behind Diamonds and Dust. Vintage Lifestyle launched in late 2010 and is South Africa’s first vintage magazine, Issue 12 has just been published which means that Nicole is one busy, busy lady!. The content covers fashion, décor, art, photography, travel, literature, unique coffee experiences, beauty icons of the pre 80′s era, music and much more. How Nicole found the time to respond to my questions I don’t know but I’m so glad she did!

What I…

Know
The best things in life are for free: family, weather, nature, laughter, love.
Dreams do come true if you work hard and enjoy what you do.
We’ll never be free if we’re always trying to impress people.

Love
A given, but my fiancé & family. This includes my two cats, Menace and Mischief, and my cheeky dog, Minky. Don’t know what I’d do without them.
My magazine. I see Vintage Lifestyle as my very own cherry blossom tree. I planted it, now I’m watching it grow, and soon there’ll be bright pink blossoms on it! It’s so great to meet so many amazing people through the magazine, whether it’s via email, in person or through social media.
My blog. I’ve had Diamonds & Dust for over 2 years now. I love that it’s like my very own diary, and that I’ve learned to blog as if no one is reading.
Music. It inspires me in so many ways. I can’t be without my favourite music.
Clothes and shoes. Need I say more, ladies?
Cape Town.
My camera. Although I’m not a professional photographer, I really enjoy taking photographs. I guess it’s another way of keeping a ‘diary’.
Assam tea and my Nespresso machine. If you can, you have to try both!
Russian photographer and fashion designer, Ulyana Sergeenko. Google her. She’s amazing!
That I feel free. I am involved in my magazine and blog full time – I often stay up late putting features together. Regardless of this, I always feel free. The saying “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” is so true.

Read
I’m currently enjoying These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. My family bought it second hand. Inside the book, on the first page, there’s a note that says: “Prize for coming top in class September 1939”
Total goose bump moment. I wonder who the book originally belonged to!
I’m also a collector of vintage fashion books. My latest finds are Francoise Hardy by Catherine Par (Franciose Hardy is a famous French singer and style icon), Christian Dior by Marie-France Pochna, and Grace Kelly Style by H.Kristina Haugland (this beautiful actress and Princess of Monaco is still one of the world’s greatest style icons).

Want
To reach as many like-minded readers through my magazine and blog.
To be fluent in French and Japanese.
To travel.

Wear
I mix a lot of modern with vintage. Right now I’m into floral headbands, shift dresses, blazers, long skirts, ankle boots and Doc Martens.
I shop a lot at vintage markets, but some of my greatest pieces belonged to both my grandmothers.

Images: Nicole Danielle Waar

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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