Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Interview With Instagram's OOTD Queen - HeyItsAnnaBanana!

Hey lovely people! :)

In today's post I wanted to share with you a little about how I ended up in the blogging world, and also an interview that I recently organised with the insanely popular instagrammer - Heyitsannabanana! 


Why I Began Blogging


It all started a few years ago when I created my first Instagram page. Not being sure where to begin, my first picture ended up being of our red Smega fridge. Yeah I know what you're thinking, a fridge? Really? Not cool. But that was before I had discovered the fabulous world of the OOTD! After a bit of exploring I started finding these #ootd shots of all different styles, from girls all over the world. Then I came across Anna's Instagram, which was a whole page dedicated to her different looks and outfits - which I instantly fell in love with! I loved how she showed you how to style an item 3 different ways, and how she experimented with a range of different styles.

From then on I kept up to date with her page like it was cosmo magazine, and I also noticed more and more girls creating these fashion pages, which I began to follow. I loved the idea of sharing outfit snaps with other like minded people, and getting inspiration from each others styles, so in the end I decided to give it ago myself. Mainly because, I was raging shopaholic anyway!




Exhibits A & B above are some of the terrible images that I first ever uploaded to my new page. Granted, my camera skills weren't amazing and would it have killed me to tidy up/move the random tissue off the floor lol?!  ... but it was a start! 

Eventually the images got better...and about a year ago I decided to jump into the blogging world. I've never thought of myself as a creative person, I'd always be better at science than I was at art, but I do really love the creative outlet fashion blogging has given me! Not to mention the experiences and awesome people you get to meet along the way. :)

Interview Time

Now lets get to the good bit! I've been exchanging comments with Anna on insta for a while (I even had a mini fan girl moment when she followed me last year!) so I decided to see if she would be interested in answering a few questions for my blog. As always, she was super kind and happily agreed to take part... so here they are:





1. It was a few years ago when I found your page on insta, I instantly loved the ootd shots and looking at how you styled different items - it actually inspired me to start up my own page. What inspired you to start your own fashion account?
Thanks so much, Hun! I've always been into fashion and I've always love reading blogs or watch lookbook videos on YT for inspiration. Before IG, I used to post my outfits on Facebook but people on there didn't appreciate it that much, lol! I think it was back in 2010 and my friend told me about this new app called Instagram. I've only signed up to use the filters then I came across this #ootd hashtag and I saw so many girls and guys posting their cute outfits so I started doing the same :) 

2. And did it surprise you how quickly your followers grew?
Yes! I was really surprised when so many people started following me. I mean I'm just an ordinary girl posting daily outfits and I didn't think that people would love them! 


3. You’re nearly at a million followers now - do you ever get recognised when you’re out and about? 
 I know I'm getting anxious, lol! There have been a few occasions where I got recognized. They just ask me if I was Heyitsannabanana from IG :) 

4. What advice could you give for anyone starting up their own fashion account? Was there anything you did that you found really helped to grow yours?
Just be yourself. Be friendly and stay humble. Start interacting with other fashionistas. Always be supportive of others. Leaving nice comments that would always make someone's day :) 


5. What do your family and friends think about your insta fame? They must be so proud of what you’ve achieved! 

At first, they didn't understand what I was doing. My husband would always complain how much time I spend on IG. People around me thought I was just being conceited and showing off. But now they're used to it. They understand that this is what I love and enjoy doing so they don't say anything anymore. They're actually very proud of me now :) 


6. Have you met any friends from running your fashion page? And who's your style inspiration on Instagram?
One of the reasons why I love IG is that you meet so many people who share the same interests as you do! I've met up with so many girls and I still keep in touch with them :) I really love it! My style inspiration would be sincerelyjules. I just love her simplicity and I can relate more to her style. 

7. What’s been the best thing that’s come from starting up your fashion account?
And the worst?
The best thing would definitely be meeting new friends! I've made so many and most of them I talk to almost everyday :) That and I started my own business which is really cool because it's something that I enjoy doing. I can't really think of any worst thing but sometimes IG gets a little overwhelming. 



8. You must have the biggest closet ever! Where do you store all your clothes!? And where’s your favourite place to shop if you had to pick?
I wish! I seriously need more room for my clothes, lol! I have a small walk in closet and I bought some shelves and a dresser from ikea for extra storage :) 

I would pick Target! They have everything that you need ;) 


9. Lastly, what are your plans for the future - do you think you’ll start up a blog or venture into anything else? 
I would love to have my own clothing line/boutique in the future :) I don't think I'm going to start a blog anytime soon. 



And that's all of the questions! I hope you enjoyed, and if you've got a question for Anna about her success or anything you're interested in etc - then just let me know in the comments and i'll make sure I ask her the best ones, and update the blog post with her answers! :) You can also find her awesome Instagram page here.


Have a lovely rest of the week - I'll be back very soon! 

Gabby xo


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31 comments

  1. To be host, I like your blog very much! I think that you do a great job! I know that blog requires much time, but keep doing it!

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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    1. Hey Diana! That's so kind of you to say, glad you like the blog :)

      Will have to check out your blog - thanks for leaving the link! xoxo

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  2. Lovely post.
    I love her photos too.
    The ootd's are superb.
    XO

    Check my new post.
    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin

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    1. Hey Zarrah! She does have fab style!
      Will deffo check out your latest post :) xoxo

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  3. Wow she has alot of followers! Great interview and I love your blog xx

    Sophie Elizabeth
    www.popcornandglitter.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Sophie! I know right!! Nearly a million!

      Thanks for leaving your blog link will deffo check it out :) xoxo

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  4. I loved reading this interview and wow! Look at all those amazing OOTD's! x x

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hey lovely ladiessss! Awh thanks so much - glad you liked the interview :)

      Going to catch up with your latest post now! xoxo

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  5. This was such a great interview!! I have always appreciated Anna for being so supportive despite her immense Instagram fame. She has always made sure to leave genuine comments on my photos, even when my account was very small! You both are definitely style inspirations :)

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

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    1. Awh thank youuu lovely! She really is very genuine not to mention stylish! I've had so much style inspo from her page!

      You're too sweet thanks Christina :) Looking forward to catching up with your latest outfit!! xoxo

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  6. Amazing interview and pictures too! =)

    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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    1. Thanks Jess! She's one of my faves :) Loved your recent post btw! xoxo

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  7. Really cool and interesting interview, what a humble girl! Enjoyed reading this a lot. :)

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    1. Hey Kei! Thanks so much for commenting - glad you liked reading it :) You'll have to leave me your blog link next time if you have one - would love to check it out! xoxo

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  8. Great interview and great photos.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Hey Lenya! Thanks so much glad you liked it :) Will deffo have a look at your blog :) xoxo

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  9. I've never heard of her before, but I'll have to check out her IG page. This is such a great interview!

    TRENDGALORE
    BLOGLOVIN

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    1. Thanks Hana! Glad you liked it & you should deffo check her page out :) xoxo

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  10. I absolutely love her account. Super excited to read this interview!! :D

    Elleosophy

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    1. Thank you, she has great style! :) xoxo

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  12. Wow, this was a great reading! I really enjoyed it, plus, it's super inspiring! xx

    http://alemint.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Maria, that's what i was hoping for! So glad you enjoyed and can't wait to check out your blog! xoxo

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  13. She's gorgeous! I can't wait to see more posts from her. And I would love to read more interviews like this.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Hey Jess! That's so kind thank you, glad you enjoyed it! Will have to check out your blog! xoxo

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  14. Pretty blog, keep up the good work.
    Ax

    www.champagnecity.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Glad you like it :) Will deffo have to check out your blog! xoxo

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  15. Oh my gosh, I follow her too! I love her style, so cool you interviewed her. I love that she's sweet and humble!

    Love, Karina
    TheLovelyLook

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    1. She is super humble and lovely! Thanks for reading hun - need to catch up with your blog :) xoxo

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  16. Holy crap she has a lot of followers. I love seeing how people improve over time with photos and such.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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