3

Because what’s better to keep us young and fresh than getting the scoop from a 16-year-old world famous fashion blogger?

Keeping up with fashion blogging, modeling, professional dance, writing, your studies, and crazy life in general can’t be easy… All that and more takes the energy of a pretty driven chick – good thing she’s just a teenager! Hailing from Singapore, the aspiring young Veena McCoole (16!), whose blog seveninchstilettos.com is not only chic and trendy, but ridiculously well-written as well, has become quite the popular little sensation. We sat down and picked her brain on everything from her blogging to Zara to red velvet cupcakes. As she states on her blog, her aim is to inspire – and inspired we are – she’s got it going on! Oh, and I feel old. – Sara Querques

SHK: SO VEENA – WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN FASHION BLOGGING?

Veena McCoole: I’ve always been an artistically inclined person; I’ve tried dance and music, but I only really found my niche within the arts when I started to take a serious interest in fashion. I have always been one to take initiative to pursue my interests, so I combined my love for fashion and writing into a blog!

YOU IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS BEING BOTH IRISH AND THAI. DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR EXOTIC BACKGROUND MOTIVATES YOUR FASHION SENSE AT ALL?

I wouldn’t say it motivates my fashion sense but it definitely informs me to a slight extent. Being Eurasian means I’m lucky enough to get the best of both worlds, but I don’t think it necessarily influences what I wear on a daily basis.

SO YOU’RE ALSO A MODEL AND A RENOWNED FOODIE WHO LOVES RED VELVET CUPCAKES. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO EATING WHAT YOU WANT AND STAYING FIT?

I am a huge foodie, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t take as much exercise as I should, so I’m lucky with my good metabolism but I can’t rely on it being that good forever! I prefer to eat frequent small portions rather than one or two big portions each day, because that’s supposed to be much better for your body. Even though I’m never that hungry in the morning, I live by the saying “Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a Pauper,” so I try and make myself load up on carbs and food in the morning so that I’m less hungry later on. I also like to take my boyfriend’s dogs for walks and hit the gym at least once a week.

IMG_1125 copy

DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW YOU WANTED TO MODEL? HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START?

I did some modeling as a child, but I started again less than a year ago with a few small online blogshops. I guess once you start with a few shoots and get your name/pictures out there, the rest of it sort of takes care of itself – I’ve been lucky to receive numerous offers from some great online stores since I started and I’m very thankful for that.

IYPO, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT YOUR BLOG HAS MADE?

I consider every accomplishment significant because I perceive them as rewards for my hard work, but I’d have to say appearing in three magazines over the last year has been pretty great. I’ve landed a great summer internship at Digital Fashion Week Singapore too, so I’m very excited about that!

WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME, SEVEN-INCH STILETTOS?

I’ve always loved long words, alliteration, the number 7 and the letter “s,” and I guess those things all combine to form “Seven Inch Stilettos!” Normally stilettos are only a few inches tall, so I like the idea of 7-inch stilettos being a little bit crazy, theatrical and unexpected.

IMG_3198qq

OUT OF ALL OF THE OUTFITS FEATURED IN YOUR BLOG, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE ENSEMBLE AND WHY?

I don’t post that many outfit posts simply because I’m not exclusively a personal style blogger, but I love love love my tropical printed blouse in the post entitled “ootd + giveaway!”

DESCRIBE THE LAST ARTICLE OF CLOTHING YOU REALLY WANTED, BUT HAVEN’T YET PURCHASED? WHAT MADE IT SO SPECIAL?

I love the Marc Jacobs “Classic Q Karlie” crossbody bag; it’s so chic and it’s the perfect size. I saw so many people wearing it in New York when I visited there this February, so whenever I see the bag it reminds me so much of my trip!

IS THERE ONE PARTICULAR STORE THAT YOU SHOP AT THE MOST? WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I love Topshop and Zara – it sounds a little cliché because I’m pretty sure every other teenage girl would say the same, but the fact that they always house such a vast range of clothing means that both brands suit a whole spectrum of different personal styles. I’ve sort of gone off Zara TRF a little, but I love their main line of sleek, minimalistic women’s clothes that make me feel very grown up! Topshop is just perfect, it’s very edgy and I like being able to mix pieces from there with other basics or pieces I own to balance an outfit out or give it some variety.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNER? WHY?

I’ve taken a recent liking to A.P.C – it’s simple yet extremely European-chic. Nonchalance might just be my new favorite thing about fashion.

ootd1

WHAT ELEMENTS OF SINGAPOREAN FASHION INFLUENCE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE THE MOST?

I think the simplicity of Singaporean style really influences the way I dress. In many countries, the “fashion crowd” pile on as many expensive accessories as will physically fit onto their arms, causing them to look a bit like Christmas trees. At fashion events in Singapore, everyone is still stylishly dressed, but there’s an elegant element of understatement to their ensembles.

THE WEATHER IN SINGAPORE IS USUALLY A TROPICAL/EQUATORIAL CLIMATE. WHAT’S A WEATHER APPROPRIATE WAY OF DRESSING?

I love flippy hem sundresses, denim cutoffs and flowy shirts for casual wear – it’s a sweltering hot country so jeans are honestly never a good idea unless you want to disintegrate into a pool of sweat! 

SO YOU ALSO WORK ON YOUR SCHOOL’S LITERARY MAGAZINE; IN ADDITION TO BEING INTO FASHION, YOU ALSO HAVE QUITE THE KNACK FOR WRITING. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE WITH WRITING?

I definitely do! Writing is my primary passion, fashion is secondary; it’s simply what I currently enjoy writing about. I want to pursue writing in the future, be it about fashion or other subject matters.

 

Comments

comments