Meeting new bloggers always inspires me and recently I discovered a beautiful lifestyle site called Sugar & Spice Lifestyle.
Run by Durban-based Siobhan, her blog features all her favourite things – beauty, travel, food & drinks, & general lifestyle topics.
Get to know more about Siobhan by reading the interview below…
That being as authentically you as possible in every area of life is the key to happiness. If you compromise on who you are, you put yourself through so much mental stress, which is just not worth it! I always try to keep my platform a positive space, but sometimes you have to share that you aren’t doing so well, whether it be in terms of daily stresses or your mental health. I also never profess to always being perfectly poised and put together – because who is??? This is why I try to be as real as possible online, I show how goofy I really am (something my Hubby laughs a lot at) and I show how I don’t always wear makeup or have my hair perfectly styled a lot of the time. I’m just ME.
Family and friends. It’s so important to have a support network! I’m lucky enough to have an amazing family on both sides, and we have some truly phenomenal friends. And always remember – quality over quantity. It’s better to be close to a handful of absolutely amazing people who add real value to your life, than have more friends than you know what to do with. Also – my fur-children, because they really are my kiddies, and sometimes I actually prefer my dogs to people haha!
I enjoy reading a little non-fiction from time to time, but to be honest, I’ll always reach for historical fiction first. I’m a massive Phillipa Gregory fan, I own so many of her books (and was reading her novels long before The Other Boleyn Girl even came out in cinemas). I used to be a real bookworm and fly through books, but time was an issue for me. Now I’m trying to ensure I get in 15 – 30min of reading every day at a minimum, as it’s great for my mental health.
To feel on top of things at all times. I realise this is just not possible, but sometimes I feel that working a full time job and trying to keep the passion project that is my blog, social media and YouTube channel alive and kicking can be a real struggle. Sure – I try to plan content out as much as I can, but sometimes it’s hard when you get home from a long day, and all you want to do is kick up your feet and sip on a glass of wine – but instead I know I have posts I’d like to write or a campaign I need to film and edit for. Yet I still love what I do and I make it work as best I can – I’ve just learned that even if I want to be able to do it all, I sometimes can’t.
Comfort is key for me. There is no way you’ll find me out in something that isn’t comfortable, so I try to pick out quality pieces that I know I’ll wear a lot. I love floaty wrap dresses (and have quite a few in my collection now that I love – always looking for more though!) and I love an all-black ensemble paired with a bit of colour in the form of sneakers, makeup or jewellery.
Travel. I love being home SO much, as it’s my little sanctuary, but I just love travelling – especially around my own province, as there is so much to see and do in KZN. I also love the Western Cape, as it’s just as varied in places and things to do, but in such a different way! Getting out and exploring leaves me feeling so fulfilled, even if it’s just a little day trip somewhere new