Nichela is a 34 year old senior carer from Derry. She currently has a fashion and lifestyle blog on Instagram where she shares her outfits with her followers.
Why did you decide to become a blogger/influencer?
I have always had a passion for style and fashion, whether it was hit or miss, I have just always had a love for it. It is my go to therapy if I ever need a pick me up, even if it’s just window shopping, I love seeing how items of clothing are put together.
Tell us something your followers might not already know about you?
I have not had regular upbringing, I grew up in foster care, then in a small unique, care home, I have lived on my own independently since I was 16 years old, hence the reason that I love fashion, it never let me down
What would you consider your biggest achievement as a blogger/influencer?
My followers! The messages I receive on a daily basis from them are so empowering and uplifting, without them it wouldn’t be worth doing
What would you consider the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in the industry?
It would be getting caught in all the events, trying to attend every one of them and feeling that I’m missing out by not attending, I learnt this in my first year, but what I took away from it is that it’s ok to miss events for other life commitments, I can still show my fashion on my blog even though I cannot attend some of these event.
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
My biggest challenge is trying to juggle the blog and life itself, I work full time and try to keep on top of the blog also, maybe pictures or the messages that I have received, I feel that I would be letting people down if I don’t reply, especially when they have taken the time out to send me a message
Do you feel that bloggers are unfairly judged at times, if so why?
Yes, I feel sometimes that it is viewed an an easy thing, but there can be a lot of work in it and it’s definitely not all rainbows and photo shoots!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a blog/instagram page?
Be true to what you believe in, don’t overthink it and the main thing be yourself
What local blogger do you look up to and why?
For me it would be Shauna Lindsay, because she keeps it real, I had the opportunity to meet her in person and she’s exactly the same in person as you see in her stories!
What international blogger do you look up to and why?
It would be Elle Ferguson, I love her style and everything about her to be honest, she’s a stylist and that is something that I have always dreamed about
You can find out more about Nichela and follow her on Instagram at @nichelamaria