Hey Everyone! Welcome back with a new article and a new interview session with one of the talented and recognized fashion blogger on Instagram. Either it is in ethnic outfit or western outfit, fashion blogger Komal Marathe looks amazing in all. With her cute smile and ocean-like eyes, she can steal your heart. So let’s know about her beauty secrete and fashion style more.
1. Who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?
I look up to Danielle Bernstein for her ultra-chic style and the daily dose of fashion. She can rock any outfit be it anything from basics to glam party look.
2. What made you decide to start blogging?
I have always loved fashion and styling excites me. I was also passionate about modeling, so I thought of combining all my interests and created a fashion blog. Initially I couldn’t write much but eventually I learned by following some tips about content writing.
3. Favorite fashion magazine?
Vogue will always be my favorite
4. What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
Obsessed with animal prints these days, especially leopard print & Snake print. It gives classy
and fierce vibes.
Animal prints are extremely versatile as print is fashion’s new neutral and is styled in numerous
ways by adding other elements to the look.
I am not a fan of structured and tailored outfits but I still obsessing over power suits as it
radiates authority, looks classy and projects confident personality. It kind of gives total boss
5. Celebrity crush?
6. What type of camera do you use?
Canon M50 for most of my pictures for the blog, Instagram and YouTube GoPro hero 7 for my travel videos iPhone 7 when I am too lazy to carry canon M50 (Instagram stories and pictures)
7. Coffee or Tea?
Die-hard chai lover, so definitely Tea over Coffee
8. Heels? or Flats?
I would prefer flats over heels because I am more confident when I am comfortable and being
confident is very important to look stylish.
9. What is your dream job?
I am not a job kinda person as I love being my own boss, hence dream job isn’t a thing for me. I would love to work for 12 hours for my venture rather than working for someone else from 9 to 5.
10. Name your Top 3 favorite bands.
I am shopping a lot from Shein these days as they have an amazing collection at an affordable price but my favorite brands are “ZARA” for their sophisticated chic collection,” H&M” for all easy-breezy vacay outfits and “ONLY” for the perfect-fit denim.
11. Favorite lipstick color?
MAC “Ruby woo” is the all-time favorite but I am also loving over MAC -“All fired up” these days.
12. How many tattoos do you have?
None, but I am planning to get one soon.
13. Favorite Quote?
“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.”
14. What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear?
My readers would be surprised to know that I am Pharmacist ( Masters in Pharmacy) by profession and not a model. Also, I am working on a project which includes skincare formulation that would be useful for acne and other skin issues. I am also a certified yoga trainer.
15. Five beauty products you can’t live without?
My MAC Studio fix compact, mascara, eyeliner, lip balm, and lipstick.
16. Hair “done” or messy?
Hair was done always because I feel a person should look presentable rather than messy.
17. Makeup or no makeup?
I would say minimal makeup. Again it’s very important to look good and feel good. I don’t prefer applying a lot of makeup, but a compact to even out skin tone, mattify skin texture and lipstick to brighten up my face.
18. Favorite item of clothing?
I am obsessing over high waist pants these days. They are extremely comfortable and looks uber cool especially when paired with a sassy crop top.
19. Gym or exercising outdoors?
I prefer Yoga always.
20. Can you cook?
I hate cooking and never stepped in the kitchen until last year. But eventually, I learned a few dishes so that at least I can cook something and survive when the cook isn’t available.
21. Favorite food?
I love anything that is chatpata and spicy, So pani puri is eternal love. I also love Manchurian a lot.
22. Favorite drink?
Always up for a glass of Red wine
23. Happiest moment?
I recently visited the Maldives and shared my vacation pictures and wrote a detailed blog about it. The response I received on my pictures and blog was amazing. It was unexpected, I thought people may like only pictures but so many found the blog really helpful and even planned their vacation according to my suggestions and it was overwhelming.
24. Blog or YouTube?
I have spent more time on my blog than youtube, so Blog over youtube.
25. 9-5 job or full-time influencer?
26. How much time goes into a normal picture found on your Instagram account?
Whatever perfect and beautiful picture people see on Instagram includes a hell lot of efforts. Out of 50-100 pictures, a best one with perfect lighting and angle goes up on Instagram. I don’t rely on anyone else to edit my picture and I do it myself so even that takes a lot of time, and later comes the most important part that is caption and hashtags.
I make sure that the caption aligns with the picture or it has some kind of story to express so that the audience find it meaningful to spend their few seconds on my post. So in short, even if it’s a normal picture it requires a lot of time, patience and effort.
27. What’s your top Instagram tip?
The first and the most important is ” Content is King” The next one is to be consistent with the posts. There was a time when I used to be on & off on my Instagram & blog due to various other things that I was doing and that affected the engagement badly. Over time I have realized that it is very important to be consistent with the posts otherwise the audience may lose interest in your content. I also feel that the people whom we follow has some impact on our thoughts & feelings, so if someone is motivational or helpful then it is justified to follow them or else if you ever feel intimidated or depressed coz the person you follow has negative vibes than unfollowing that account right away is a good idea.
28. Who takes your pics?
I have a team who clicks my pictures mostly, otherwise, I don’t mind carrying my tripod wherever I go. Most of my travel pictures are clicked with the help of a tripod.
29. A most terrifying moment since being an influencer?
I can’t remember anything terrifying but I have faced rude behavior of brands, PRs and also some fellow bloggers which is heartbreaking. Somewhere I feel everyone should support each other and grow together but somehow some people don’t co-operate no matter what.
30. The best gift you’ve ever received as an influencer?
So here goes a little story about the best gift. Two years back when I was going through Instagram I saw a brand called Daniel Wellington and I loved a watch from their collection. I even planned to buy one and visited their site but I found it a little expensive so gave up on the thought of buying. A few months later I got a collaboration mail from the brand itself and I did a happy dance. They sent me a watch that I loved along with a cute handcuff.
So, I feel that watch is the best gift I have ever received because my thoughts actually came into existence.
This was two years back when they were collaborating only with some bloggers, now the collaboration has become very common and every blogger has a DW watch.
31. Last thing you googled?
I am inclining more toward ethnic wear these days and I have developed this new love for Lucknowi Kurtas which looks very elegant. So last thing I googled is about Lucknowi Kurtas and sarees.
32. Living in the city or living by the beach?
I always love being close to nature as it makes me feel fresh and content. Also, I am totally a beach bum so definitely living by the beach rather than the city.
33. Partner or single?
Happily married to the love of my life.
34. Top five Instagram accounts to follow?
1-@weworewhat( Danielle Bernstein) for her amazing sense of fashion and ultrasmart looks
2- @natashandlovu (Natasha Ndlovu) for her effortless looks with the perfect dose of confidence
3- @backpackdiariez for breathtaking travel pictures. I am impressed with the effort they take behind every picture.
4- @chloe_t ( Chloe Ting) for her fitness tips and videos. I have been following here since a while and also included her fitness suggestions in my workout routine and it actually works. So fitness enthusiast should follow her account.
5- @goal.cast for the daily dose of positivity & motivation.
35. How did you decide to become a fashion blogger? Was it a thoughtful choice?
I always loved experimenting with my outfits and adding an element which reflects my style. Most of my friends used to be impressed with the way I dress up and would consider my suggestions to amp up their styling game. That’s when I realized I should share my perception of style and the best way to do that was through blogging. Initially, I was quite nervous to go about it because I thought people may criticize me or may not support me and I may fail in this process. But, ” You only fail if you stop trying” so I thought of giving it a try and I am glad I
started my blogging journey. Now when I look back, I feel great about my progress in these years and I am grateful for everything and everyone who supported me.
36. How was the response initially? Share some moments?
The response I received initially was unexpected, everyone around appreciated my content, the pictures and even the way I presented it. People who had no idea about blogging were also very curious and excited to know what I am doing. It was overwhelming and encouraged me a lot to continue further.
37. Do you think Organised Stores keep an eye of the fashion bloggers?
Yes! I think organized stores keep an eye of the fashion bloggers because bloggers are getting a lot of recognition as they have an audience who tend to buy things which they use. Also in this digital era, marketing and promotion help a lot to create awareness about the brand and promotion through fashion bloggers is one of the dominant parameters in driving sales. Also, a lot of people look for reviews before actually buying any product.
38. Whom do you envision as your target reader?
When I started with my fashion blog, I thought of targeting only Female who has a passion for styling but when I started posting about lifestyle, travel blogs & beauty tips. Travel blogs received a great response, especially from the male audience. So I am planning to post more about my travel stories along with fashion & lifestyle so it helps to target reader of both genders.
39. What motivates you to blog?
My main objective behind blogging is to share my perspective about fashion and my knowledge about beauty and lifestyle. I feel motivated when friends or people around appreciate the blogs or ask me for suggestions. It gives me immense pleasure to know that my blogs help people in some or other way.
40. Suggestion for your readers?
I would suggest that if you go through any content online be it styling, beauty or anything else, If you find it helpful, take some efforts and appreciate the content creator. Even a few kind words of appreciation motivates the content creator and means the world to him/her. Creating content is not at all easy. It is not just a mobile click with tons of filters on it (which most of the people think)
A lot goes behind the beautiful picture or video you see on social media. It’s a long process from planning, production to execution. So do not hesitate to show some love.
The most important is never compare your life with someone you see online, everyone has a different aim in life.
So be happy with whatever you are right now and this kind of positivity will help you achieve your goal
So how was it, guys? I hope you guys enjoyed this conversation and got a lot of hints about the secrete of Komal Marathe’s fashion and beauty. She elaborated every question is amazing and honest about the industry.
For more fashion tips from Komal, you can visit her blog thestyleinfusion.com or Instagram account and Youtube for video tips.