23 year old Perth girl Monique Ceccato runs style blog Little Miss Mon Bon. Mon is a fashion lover, inspiring fans with style tips, showcases and her awesome Lookbook. Read on to find out more about Mon and how she got started. You can follow her on Instagram: @Littlemissmonbon or head to her Website or Facebook for more.
Tell us a little bit about your blog Little Miss Mon Bon and how you got it up and running.
Little Miss Mon Bon initially started as Mon Is Me (oh how we grow and change!) way back in 2009. The blog was a bit of a knee jerk reaction to a job interview that I thought went really terribly. At one point in the interview I was asked if I knew much about blogs, to which my answer was “no, but I am willing to learn”. After leaving feeling like I knew nothing about the industry I wanted to get into, I went home and signed up to blogger.com. The rest is history!
When did you first get into Fashion?
To be honest with you, I really don’t know! I have danced all of my life, so I was always around glitzy costumes which I think kick started my fascination. I was always playing dress ups as a kid, and I can remember numerous occasions where I insisted on dressing myself and making my uncle conduct a photo-shoot in the backyard, or where I dressed completely inappropriately for the occasion (i.e. fully sequined cap with matching ballet flats for Little Athletics) because I had to wear what I wanted to wear.
What inspires you?
To be honest, I have never really thought about this too much! I guess I just get inspiration from anywhere and anything. If something captures my attention, I will remember it and draw on it at a later date.
What would you say is your own personal style?
A complete and utter confusing mess! One day I will be decked out in pretty pinks and heels, and the next in a men’s shirt, jeans and cons. I guess you could say my style is very mood influenced. More often than not I will try and add some element of the unexpected/some little quirk.
What is your favourite ever look you have ever created and why?
Oooooohhhh that is a toughy! It would probably have to be a high school moment (I can’t believe it!) – and the only reason I chose this one is because it was probably that pivotal moment where I realised fashion was what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be.
For my high school years I lived in Bunbury. Back in 2005-2007 (years 10-12 for me), the norm for us Bunbury kids was surf branded clothing (with at least 50% of our clothing store being surf stores). One day I decided to go through all of the old wardrobes in my granddad’s house, and I managed to find a big stash of all of my mum’s clothes from her teenage years. There was one blue and black striped structured skater skirt in particular that I fell in love with. I remember wearing it with either hot pink stockings, silver stockings or a beautiful aqua coloured pair of stockings, along with a long sleeve tee and a braided headband across my forehead. I stuck out like a sore thumb!
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is my work and my play! There is not one moment in a day where I am not living, breathing or thinking something fashion related.
What are your hopes for your future in fashion?
I am currently working super hard on furthering my blog, which I hope will soon give me the ability to reduce my non-blog work related hours to just part-time hours. In the future I would love to focus more on my blog and be working deep within the e-commerce arena.
What advice would you have for creative people looking to get into Fashion blogging?
Be prepared. It isn’t all sunshine and fairy floss. A lot of people start a fashion blog for the wrong reasons and then soon realise it isn’t as easy as they thought it would be, and then drop off the face of the earth (the blog site that is). By the time you have put together your outfit for the day, found the spot you want to shoot in, taken the photos, edited said photos, uploaded them, written content, included all of the appropriate links and used your social media channels to accompany the new post, you are looking at a decent few hours of work! And if you are a consistent blogger, you will do this every 1 to two days!
All I can say is BE PREPARED 🙂