ALL OF THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
Q What’s your full name?
A Rowan Reiding
Q Do you have any nicknames?
A Yes I do, the most easy one is Ro/Row. Funny fact: When I was young Rowan Reiding Hood used to be my nickname
Q How old are you and when is your birthday?
A I’m twenty years old and I will turn twenty one may 7th, so I’m a ’93 baby.
Q How tall are you?
A 175 cm, that’s approximately 5,7 feet.
Q What size are you?
A It really depends. Since my body is kinda out of proportion I’m a size 34/US 4 when it comes to tops. But at the bottom I’m probably a size 38/US 8.
Q What’s your favorite holiday and why?
A Easy one, Christmas for sure! I just love the whole winter vibe of this holiday. The stores are decorated so nicely, the cold streets suddenly feel so cosy and everybody suddenly is just so busy (in a positive way) with everything that has to do with Christmas: decorating the tree, buying presents, sending cards and cooking. I especially like the family diner, which many people hate. My family always cooks so much delicious things and we just have a blast chatting and eating on Christmas Eve.
“I like the family Christmas diner,
which many people hate”
Q Is there someone you see as a big example or just as your big example or just a big source for inspiration?
A I don’t know if example is the right word, but I truly admire Angelina Jolie. She just seems to got it all; the perfect body, face, family, husband and career. To me she is the true example of a power woman. She’s tough (Lara Croft), mysterious (The Toursit) and sexy (Mrs. Smith). Besides that she seems to be such a loving person, being a Goodwill Ambassador and a mom of six. Some of you tell me once in a while that I look like her, probably because of the lips. Someone even called me the blonde Angelina Jolie. Thank you so much for these kind of comments, you now know why I appreciate them so much.
Q What do you want to become in the future?
A I study communications, a study with a very wide range of subjects like copywriting, photography and communicationplanning. I would like to have a career in fashion or something to do with writing. I would love to write for a big fashion magazine for example.
Q What’s your favorite place on earth and why?
A Of course I love being at home, where I can be myself and have the people (and cats) I love the most around me. But there’s one other place in the world that immediately popped up in my head, Ardèche. It’s a department in the south of France in the region Rhône-Alpes. One campsite in particular, Arc en Ciel, has a special place in my heart. I’ve been there several times, since I was two years old until a couple of years ago. The campsite lies alongside a beautiful clear river with green mountains in the background. The villages, such like Vallon Pont d’Arc, are very charming and typical French. Besides that I just love talking French, people really appreciate you trying. Okay, it sounds like I’m promoting this place, but at this place I just can relax and forget about all the things I’ve got to do when I’m home.
“At this place I just can relax and forget about
all the things I’ve got to do when I’m home”
Q When did you start blogging?
A April 21st 2011.
Q Why did you start blogging?
A Since a couple of years I’ve been admiring other girls’ blogs and dreaming about the beautiful clothing they wear. One day my boyfriend told me I could have one too. I always thought my style wasn’t ‘alternative’ enough, but then I realized you don’t necessarily have to wear alternative clothing. I think my blog turned out pretty well!
Q How did you come up with the name of your blog?
A I’m so glad to be able to explain why I added the extra ‘e’ in reiding. The answer is simple: Reiding is my last name. My dad always used to call me ‘Rowan Reiding Hood’ when I was young. Another explanation for my blogtitle is the meaning of my surname. One of it’s meanings is ‘little red one’, which explanes the ‘red’ part. I skipped the word ‘little’ since I’m not that little anymore.
Q What’s it like for you to have a blog? Is it always easy or don’t you sometimes have a clue what to write?
A Well, I’ve got to admit it isn’t always easy. I sometimes am in a ‘I don’t have anything to wear’ depression, what makes outfit posting very hard. But since I want to keep you guys interested, I’m forced to literally pull anything out of my closet. I don’t really have a set time to post, just when I’m inspired or have something new to show. But as I said before, to keep you guys interested I think it’s important to post regularly.
“I think it’s important
to post regularly”
Q What’s the greatest thing that ever happened to you because of your blog?
A Definitely the fact that there’s a Frenchonista clutch named after me. The ‘Rowan clutch’, doesn’t that sound amazing?
Q What do you think is the best thing about blogging?
A This may sound cheesy, but really the fact that I receive so much love from people all over the world. Every single one of your compliments make me smile. I’m sorry I do not answer all of them anymore, but I do read them all. The next best thing about blogging is meeting such great people, like designers and fellow bloggers.
Q Who takes your pictures? And is it possible for us to get to see this person?
A Most of the pictures are taken by my lovely boyfriend, Vincent. If the bf isn’t available, my sister or niece usually jumps in. Every once in a while my friends take pictures as well. That mostly occurs when we’re shopping or something like that. I know I sometimes complain because no one is willing to take pictures, but to be honest I’ve got a great team around me.
Q What kind of camera do you use?
A I use a Nikon D90 with a 50 mm f1.8 lens.
Q How would you describe your style?
A It’s kinda hard to really define my style, but I think I would describe it as ‘edgy with a feminine touch’. I love leather, layers and oversized items combined with a pair of pointy heels.
“I would describe my style as
edgy with a feminine touch”
Q Where do you get your inspiration from?
A Mostly from other blogs. I could fill a whole day with just browsing other blogs. Also Pinterest has been a big source of inspiration to me lately.
Q Which other blogs do you usually read?
A COTTDS, afterDRK, Style By Kling, Northern Light, 5inchandup, They All Hate Us, Blue is in fashion this year, Camille over the rainbow, A portable package, Mija, The Haute Pursuit, Ola Story, Fashion Landscape and many more.
Q Which color do you like wearing best?
A Definitely black. Boring? I don’t think so. Black can be anything; elegant, sturdy, feminine, boyish and so on. So instead of boring, black actually is a very interesting color.
Q What are your favorite garments?
A At the moment my baggy leather pants from Mango, my leather smoking jacket from Mango and my old white basic tee from H&M.
Q What are your favorite stores?
A Definitely ZARA, H&M and Mango. Although COS is very close as well.
Q Which are your favorite jewelry pieces ?
A For sure everything silver and minimalistic. At the moment my favorites are my tiny crosses earrings and my small leather bracelet by Studio RUIG. I’d love to own a COOEE nutcuff somewhere in the near future as well.
Q How many pairs of shoes do you own?
A Too many to count, but there are seven pairs I’m currently wearing a lot: My Anna dello Russo for H&M tigh high boots, Zara strappy sandals, All Stars, Mango white wedges, Mango suede ankle boots, Sacha fringe boots and Sacha python ankle boots.
Q What kind of make up do you use and how do you apply this?
A I first make sure my face is absolutely clean and then apply a primer from L’Oreal and a bit of Oriflame foundation. Then I take my brown shades smokey eyes kit from HEMA and start applying the lightest shade in the inner corner of my eyelids, the two inbetween shades in the middle of my eyelids and the darkest one on the outer part of my eyelids. To enhance the smokey effect I apply and even darker shade of brown from Catrice (Intensif’EYE Wet&Dry shadow) on top of the first layer on the outer part of my eyelids and a shimmery silver color from Essence on top of the first layer in the inner part of my eyelids. Right underneath my eyebrows I apply a color close to my skin color from Essence. Afterwards I apply some eyepencil on my eyelids, close to my lashes and fade it out. Then I apply a liquid eyeliner from HEMA on top of it and create the ‘cateyes’ look. Think you can’t make a straight line? Think again! Just take away the ‘surplus’ with a cotton bud dipped in liquid eye make up remover. After this I apply my mascara (Maybeline volum express) and a little bit of brown eyebrow pencil from MaxFactor and some bronzing pearls from Oriflame on my cheekbones. Last, but absolutely not least, is applying my lipstick. I always wear a dark red matte shade. My favorite is from Chanel Rouge.
Q Is there anything special you do with your hair?
A Yes there is. I always used to have very boring and straight hair and didn’t have a clue how to get volume. But I just recently discovered a solution! After showering I squeeze some Nivea Volume mousse in my hair and start blowdrying with my head down. After it’s blowdried I squeeze in some L’Oreal matte & messy Salt spray. Only thing left to do is a bit of carefully remodeling with a brush and if needed a little teasing.
MUSIC, BOOKS AND TV
What kind of music do you listen to?
That’s a hard question, since I like so many and what I listen to changes a lot. I like pop, such like Rihanna and Kesha, but also golden oldies, like the Eagles, Don McLean, Bryan Adams and of course Lenny Kravitz. I recenly discovered Crystal Fighters, they’re really good! Oh, and I should not forget to mention the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Pretty Reckless, their songs just make me wanna die ;)
“I recenly discovered Crystal Fighters,
they’re really good”
What’s your favorite song?
One song? That’s so hard. Well, let’s just go for Hotel California from the Eagles.
Which songs currently are on your iPod playlist?
Ehm. Let’s see; Lenny Kravitz – Black Velveteen, Crystal Fighters – Follow, Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me, Don Omar – Dale Don Dale, Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams, Black Eyed Peas – Bebot and many more.
What’s your favorite book?
Don’t tell this to any one, but I’ve got a huge weakness for chicklits. Some of them actually are really good. I own four titles of Lauren Weisberger (the writer of the Devil Wear’s Prada). I think my favorite is Chasing Harry Winston (the Dutch version is called Chanel Chic).
“I’ve got a huge
weakness for chicklits”
Which magazine do you like reading most and why?
I like lots of magazines, but my absolute favorite is Cosmopolitan. It contains the right dose of fashion, reality and ads. I for example love Vogue, but it contains way to many ads. And the ‘reality part’ is very important to me as well, since I love reading about cheating husbands and that sort of drama. I just told you I love chicklits, so you can’t be surprised, right?
What’s your favorite TV show?
You really can’t ask me to name my favorite tv show, since I’m a big sucker for TV shows. So here we go, these are my favorites: Dexter, The Walking Dead, Shameless, Homeland, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, The Vampire Diaries, Switched at Birth and Gossip Girl.
“I’m a big sucker
for TV shows”
EAT AND DRINK
Q What is your favorite beverage?
A Easy, latte macchiato. This may sound snobbish, but I don’t like every latte macchiato. My favorites are from Starbucks (with caramel) and Douwe Egberts (definitely the Crème Brulée version).
Q What’s your favorite dish?
A Sushi of course! But second comes my mom’s tagliattela with a white creamy sauce, pork tenderloin and mushrooms.
Q What is your favorite snack?
A Pretty much everything covered with chocolate. I’m very much into chocolate rice waffles lately. Sounds disgusting, tastes yummy
“I like pretty much everything
covered with chocolate”
Q What is your favorite lunchroom?
A The Douwe Egberts café in Leeuwarden of course. If you follow me on whatever social media channel, you should know this ;)
Q What do you do to keep your body in shape?
A I just watch what I eat. I don’t do diets (anymore) or count calories, but just listen to my body. Am I really hungry or just bored?
“I just listen
to my body”
Q Do you sport? If so, how often?
A Yes, I do! Since the very beginning of the year 2013 I started running and I’ve been able to run 10 kilometers. I also do squats and hulahoop.
Q Do you smoke?
A No I don’t. Of course I tried it once out of curiosity, but I really dislike the taste of it. And I’m glad I do since it stinks, is unhealthy and very expensive. I know not everybody would agree with me on this one, but I do have to admit that I think cigarettes can be very fashionable though.
“I have to admit that I think
cigarettes can be very fashionable”
BF, FRIENDS, FAMILY AND PETS
QWhat do your friends and family think of your blog?
A Both my friends and family probably are my biggest fans. My grandpa for example checks my blog every day!
“My grandpa checks
my blog every day”
Q Who are the most important people in your life?
A That will be my parents, my sister, my boyfriend, my closest friends and the rest of my very big family. I’m used to having my family around, since we all live in the same neighborhood I can’t imagine a life without them.
Q For how long are you and your boyfriend together and how have you met?
A We’ve been together since the 30th of March 2010, so it’s almost four years now. He played for my dad’s (ice) hockey team and I already was very curious to him before I met him, since he was the only one playing in their team of my age. The first time I saw Vincent was at a chamionship and I couldn’t keep my eyes off him. Sadly enough I was too shy to talk to him, so I sent him a message through hyves, a social network site, and he asked me out for a date. We didn’t need any more dates after that, since we immediately fell in love.
Q Are you and your sister close with each other?
A Oh yes, we really are! Besides my sister Kayleigh also is my friend. We’re the type of sisters that tell and share each other everything. We borrow almost anything from each other; clothes, bags, earrings, make up etc.
Q Do you have pets?
A Yes I do! We’re huge catlovers and so we always had cats. We now have three cats: Ziggy, Sjonnie and Boefje. Ziggy is the oldest and she has a very special place in my heart. She was born at my fifth birthday party and so she became the most beautiful gift I ever got.
“My cat was born at
my fifth birthday party”