This week Country Bumpkin Chic had a make-over. After hours spent Googling for a blog designer specialising in Blogger templates I stumbled across Serena Ozgowicz who blogs over at Loves Pretty Wild Things and also designs Blogger sites at Pretty Wild Things. It was great fun working with 21 year old Serena. She’s certainly in the know on everything there is to about Blogger and had the patience of a saint to put up with my demands. Can I have more teal, a Spotify playlist, some bunting etc I kept chirping. Once we launched the re-vamped site I caught up with Serena to find out more about the girl behind Loves Pretty Wild Things. Grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy!
PS. I hope you like the new site? Very apt for festival season. Would love to know your thoughts…why not pop a message in the comment box at the bottom of the blog.
Hey Serena, thanks for taking part in our 60 second interview. So, how did you first get into blogging?
When I was in college back in 2010, I YouTubed how to scrunch my hair – it didn’t work. However, while I was there I discovered the beauty community and thought it was amazing, at the time I was OBSESSED with nail art and so decided to start my own YouTube channel and from there started my blog – Loves Pretty Wild Things.
Describe what your blog Loves Pretty Wild Things is all about?
LPWT is a place for me to combine my love of writing, taking photos and make up! I love the whole aspect of owning a corner of the internet and filling it with thoughts, ideas and life.
Who inspires or encourages you with your blogging?
There’s no one person that I gather inspiration from but I have some lovely friends in the blogging world whose blogs always remind me why I love blogging. Such as Shona from SHONA LOUISE and Rachael from Me, Myself and… I also get my inspiration from shopping!
Do you have any top tips for newbie bloggers or someone wanting to start out?
Write about what you know and love, don’t try to and copy others to fit in you’ll just get bored. If you’re passionate, people will be able to tell and they will want to stick around for more. The most important thing is not to count views but to just have fun!
How did you get into the world of blog design?
This comes down to my lack of social skills! I was very ‘scared’ of people as a teenager (I still am) and so did anything to keep me from having to go out after school and hang around in the park which I thought was really boring. When I was 13 I discovered PICZO which lead to my love of coding and from there I moved onto bigger and more grown up versions of graphic design and code writing. It’s what I do all day, and what I do as a hobby, I love writing code and seeing it turn into something pretty!
How many blog sites have you designed to date?
Well, according to my store I have sold 73 custom blog designs, but was doing a few via email before I started my store, so around 80.
What did you enjoy about working on the Country Bumpkin Chic re-vamp?
I loved the whole festival vibe, and I love being able to use a lot of colour. Some clients want a very minimal look which is great, but I love the more explosive and colourful designs!
What’s the future for Loves Pretty Wild Things / Serena Ozgowicz?
Who knows?! I hope to overcome my social anxiety disorder and attend my very first blogging event soon which should open more doors for me and make this a more stable career. Although I don’t want BLOGGING to be my job, I really want to own my own little shabby chic homeware store on the beach front somewhere!
Quick fire questions…
Summer fashion must have?
SPF lipbalm – anything coconut scented is a love of mine!
What magazine can you be found reading?
Usually Glamour or Company – whichever is cheapest that month hehe!
What’s on your playlist this summer?
Sam Smith – Stay with me & Mr Probz – Waves.
Favourite social media channel?
Personally – Facebook.
Blogger wise – Twitter.
Oooh this is tough!! I like different aspects from many different blogs, I’m a sucker for anything with nail design posts or web design posts!
Thanks Serena for your time and Country Bumpkin Chic’s gorgeous new design. No doubt I’ll want a winter themed one set in the French Alps, with skiers, and cosy wooden chalet!
To keep updated on Serena and Loves Pretty Wild Things here are all the social bits and bobs you need to know:
Blog site – www.lovesprettywildthings.co.uk
Design site – www.prettywildblogs.co.uk – New blog launching in July for all things blog design with lots of freebies and easy to follow tutorials!
Twitter – @Serena_Ozgowicz
Facebook – Pretty Wild Things
You Tube – Pretty Wild Things