I’d like to feature an awesome blogger girl today. To many of you, she needs no introduction. Siyaam blogs over at Simply Siyaam. She is based in Cape Town and we’ve never met, but I consider her a friend – and that’s what I love about the blogosphere!
Q&A’ing it with Siyaam:
Why’d you start blogging?
I have always been interested in and passionate about fashion and had reached a stage in my life where I wanted to embark on something new. Career wise, I was where I wanted to be and my creative side was really calling on me to try something different and challenging in a sense.
What’s so fun about blogging?
Blogging is fun for me as it is the complete opposite of my professional working life as an Attorney. Work is serious, stressful and requires an objective perspective. Blogging about Style on the other hand is completely subjective and personal and allows one to express one’s creativity in a number of different ways.
How did you choose a career?
I based my choice of career on my strengths and weaknesses while at school. I was always terrible at Mathematics and the Sciences but very strong and competent in languages and history. In Grade 11 I applied to a job shadow program and worked at a law firm for about a week. I really enjoyed the researching and analytical aspects of the job which was what cemented my decision to study law.
What do you do when you’re not at work, and not blogging!?
I spend a lot of my time with my boyfriend and my family, we are all very close. I also have an online store which I run off my Blog and which keeps me quite busy. Recently I have started offering my services as a personal shopper or wardrobe consultant to my Blog readers. This second job takes place on my weekends since I am in the law office all week.
Why is fashion, or the way you present yourself, important? It’s often judged as frivolous. What do you say to that?
I’d have to say that the way you present yourself to the world is probably more important and has more of an impact than ‘fashion’ per se. Whether or not we believe it’s right, people do tend to judge one another based on appearances and since in most situations, we only get one shot to make a good impression, I believe in putting the best possible version of yourself forward. Taking pride in your appearance can illustrate to the world that you care about yourself which instills a sense of confidence in others that you can see to their needs as well.
Do you have a style icon?
Yes! I absolutely adore fashion blogger, Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook. Her style is always impeccable, ladylike and elegant.
Opinion on trends? How do you approach them? What are your favourite trends?
I love checking out new and upcoming trends but my approach to them is only to wear the ones that suit my figure and my lifestyle.
What do you love about South Africa, generally?
I love the natural beauty of our country and having travelled quite often, I can definitely say that South Africans are by far some of the friendliest people around .
And Cape Town?
The chilled city vibe suits my personality perfectly. We just seem to be on our time zone of our own here. I also love that everything in Cape Town is virtually within 20 minutes of each other and there is always a lot to do in the city.
What do you think is key for women to know or do, when getting where they want to be?
I think women need to really recognize that they don’t need to depend on anyone else but themselves to succeed. Of course it’s wonderful to have a supportive husband, family or friends but it’s absolutely essential to be able to stand on your own two foot. Independence gives you options. Options give you freedom. And freedom in life is Happiness.
Check out Siyaam’s Blog, here.