Chelsea is a fan of clean beauty, coffee and traveling. She lives in Vancouver and regularly posts on her lifestyle and beauty blog, oliveandivyblog.com. She took the time to talk to us about blogging, motivation and of course, fashion and beauty. Read our Chelsea Olivia interview to find advice and tips on beauty and style.
1. How did you start your website?
I actually started blogging six years ago when I was living in New Zealand with my now fiancé. I was having a hard time finding a job and needed something to fill my time… enter blogging! Olive & Ivy started out as a lifestyle/fashion blog and eventually gained more of a beauty focus as my interests evolved over the years.
2. What was your biggest motivation when you started?
Blogging was a pure passion project for me when I started, so it was never about getting sent things or paid sponsorships (I didn’t even know any of that existed). My motivation was the community- somehow, I settled in with a group of really great women and their blogs inspired me so much. I am still friends with some of them to this day!
3. What is your biggest motivation now?
My blog has become a business over the years, being that it is now my full-time job, so creating authentic partnerships and being able to work with brands that I truly love has been a huge motivator for me. In addition to that, I have learned a lot about the ingredients in beauty products over the past couple of years and I really love sharing my knowledge on that with others and helping people find clean beauty products that are safe and really work!
4. Your best fashion & style advice to all the women out there?
Do you! There have been times in this blogging journey of mine that I’ve found myself feeling like I needed to be more like other bloggers to be successful or happy or whatever, and it’s just not true. Always be yourself, because an original is worth more than a copy.