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The following interview is about Billie Phillips, a fashion influencer and blogger from Australia.
What is your relationship with beauty?
I mostly find beauty in things that are most natural. Every day on my drive to uni or work, I am just astounded by the beauty in where I live from the open paddocks to the view of the hills.
I used to not take any notice at all of this world that I live on, but lately just opening my eyes and actually looking, IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! And I think now that I’m starting to form a better relationship with that definition of ‘beauty’, I can find it in anything and anyone.
You know when you see people in public, walking down the street or at the local coffee shop, and they’re just beaming with this natural glow and confidence about them? That’s what I think of when I think of beauty. And that’s what I want to be for myself.
Describe what your version of a “perfect day” would look like:
I’d start with a big smoothie bowl for breakfast topped with loads of fresh fruit to give me energy for the day. The sun is shining, so I go out exploring and adventuring, going hiking up the mountains, exploring the coast and beaches, or even just walking down my street. The perfect day is just taking in nature and sunlight and eating amazing fresh foods!
Who do you look to for style inspiration?
I don’t really follow any particular style, I just wear whatever I want to because it makes me feel good and is also comfy! But some of the people I love to stalk on instagram and admire their style are Mimi Elashiry and Cartia Mallan, ugh they seriously get it right every time!
If you could collaborate with any [fashion] brand, which company would you choose, and why?
I would love to collaborate with Tigerlily, all their pieces are just so beautiful and are amazing quality too!
If you could give advice to yourself as a ten-year-old, what would you say?
Keep doing what you’re doing! Everything in life happens for a reason and you’ll look back in ten years from now and not regret a single thing!
What’s something you can’t live without?
Fruit for sure!! I’m addicted to oranges and passionfruit right now for some reason haha.
Where did you grow up?
Adelaide, South Australia
If someone were visiting South Australia for the first time which places would they HAVE to visit?
The coast!! Seriously we have some of the best beaches in Australia and after 19 years of living here I’ve only just realised that in the past few months…
How old are you?
What are you passionate about?
Photography has been such a huge passion of mine for the past 5 or so years, but recently I have been so passionate about healthy living and eating! I have a weird obsession with fruits and vegetables, but I think that’s a good thing because I know I am nourishing my body with all the nutrients it needs to thrive, and I’ve really been feeling the benefits!!
What advice would you give to other young bloggers looking to connect/work with brands?
Work on creating high quality content, really take the time to produce something that you’re proud of and that you love! Brands will start to notice that you really love what you do and put in a lot of effort, so that’s what they will look for when finding bloggers to represent their brands! But take it from me, you kind of have to be careful with this as it can be really easy to take it to the point where you become too consumed with likes and followers and numbers, and starting to doubt your work. If that happens, take a break and a breather, get off social media for a day and go do something else and be inspired!
Talk about the most challenging thing you’ve overcome, how did you do it?
Getting out of a bad relationship. I was with someone for three years, and it took me all three of those years to realise that I was not happy. A relationship is not about the other person making you feel awful to the point of crying every time you see each other. I guess the phrase ‘love is blind’ is actually true, because I feel like I actually convinced myself that it was normal to feel sad, or that it was normal for him to be angry with me every day, or that with time it would get better and someday I would wake up and be happy! It took me three years to realise I was in an emotionally abusive relationship, and the most challenging thing I had to do was try and get out of it when I gave that person so much of my life!
Where do you feel most inspired?
In nature, at the beach or out in the mountains!
If you could pick a song to be the theme song to your life what song would you choose and why?
Hypocrite by Cage The Elephant. I feel like it really resonates with me about growing up and learning things about yourself. I really connected with the song after my breakup because I realised that I was a hypocrite almost for such a long time. The lyrics “and if you ask me to stay, you know that’s where I will be, won’t ever do that again, don’t wanna do that again” made me think about how many times I would go back after he hurt me, and then saying to myself that’s the last straw and then going back again. But I did finally break out of that cycle, but I feel like as a person I have a tendency to forgive people too easily and think that things will change when they don’t.
What quote inspires you the most? How do you relate to it?
My most recent favourite quote is “thrive, not just survive”. Lately I have changed up my diet and lifestyle because I really do want to thrive on this planet, not just survive and live a life that I know deep down I do not want to. Like with my past relationship, I knew I was not in a healthy mind set and I knew deep down I wanted to thrive and live a happy life and do everything and see everything! Now over the past six months I have really been feeling what it is like to thrive, I fuel my body with healthy food that gives me energy all day long! And I go out and see this world and the place I live, and someday I will go and travel to other places and thrive in every place of the world!!
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