With the digital age, came the birth of bloggers – the new digital age media army, with fashion and beauty warriors alike helping to set and develop trends around the globe. Every Monday, Wear Eponymous sits down to interview an up and coming blogger that has shown skill, quality and excellent blogging values.
This week we interview Elizabeth “Mungle” Mullenger - fashion, lifestyle and beauty blogger at MungleVille.
W.E: Hey Elizabeth! Tell us a bit about you!
Elizabeth: Hi W.E! I'm a 28 year old curvy tattooed blogger known as Mungle (my childhood nickname) and I run the blog 'MungleVille'. I'm a mature student studying Media Production - think film, photography, digital magicalness and popcorn... I have background in retail management, specialising in visual merchandising, so I know a bit about the fashion industry! I'm also a trained make-up artist, photographer, winner of a how-many-cream-crackers-can-you-eat-in-thirty-seconds contest (7 and a half) and an official member of the Sylvanian Families club!
W.E: What made you begin blogging?
Elizabeth: I began blogging last October after spending a few months following other beauty and fashion blogs. I'd previously won some Dior make-up in a fabulous online competition and wanted to write about it, and how lovely the products were. As my blog grew I realised my viewers liked to see women of regular proportions showing them how clothes actually fit, compared to the skinny mannequins in the shop windows. After struggling for years with my own body shape, and going to drastic measures to change it, I realised that I could help spread a positive body image message through my blog. Words are our strongest weapon, so I'm putting mine in the public view.
W.E: What is your summer beauty regime?
Elizabeth: In the summer I definitely reduce the amount of make-up I wear – I get very hot under too many layers of products, they end up slipping and sliding all around my face! So I use a light primer from Arbonne to help keep my make-up stay in place, it isn't too heavy so it doesn't clog up my skin. I switch to a lighter coverage of foundation with Revlon’s skin illuminator on my cheekbones to highlight them and draw the attention away from my red cheeks! Finally I tend to go with bare eyelids in the summer, just some black kohl on the inner eyeliner and water-proof mascara to stop those under-eye smudges.
W.E: Minimalist or print-crazy? Why?
Elizabeth: I used to be all about crazy prints, the brighter they were and the more they clashed the more I loved them. However, as I've got older I've toned down my wardrobe a lot. I still wear prints but they're in more neutral colours then the acid brights I previously wore. Why? Because I spend my days with 19-20 year olds and I feel that if I still dress like them I am in danger of looking like mutton dressed as lamb! I've also found that I've subconsciously switched from shopping specifically for lots of bargain cheap tops to instead spending my money on a single higher-quality item that will last longer and hangs better on me and my curves.
W.E: How do you define beauty?
Elizabeth: Beauty is within. Undoubtedly there are some lucky individuals out there who have the most gorgeous striking looks, enough that the whole world would agree that they were pretty, but for me beautiful is strictly reserved for those who shine from the inside. Whose thoughts are selfless, positive and courageous. The people who walk into a room and set it alight are not always the prettiest or the best dressed – no, they are the ones who's confidence and beauty shines through from their heart and soul.
W.E: Your all time favourite wardrobe ensemble?
Elizabeth: Am I allowed to say pyjamas? The second I get in the door at home all I want is to put my pjs on, they're the only clothes I can truly relax in! My other answer would be the maxi dress, they just suit every single shape of person. They can be worn loose to cover any lumps and bumps or in tight jersey styles that highlight firm bums (apparently some people have them...) and fabulous boobs. They're inexpensive, can be dressed up or down and the best bit is – you don't have to shave your legs to wear one!
W.E: Name a wardrobe item you'd be lost without.
Elizabeth: Aside from my pyjamas? I'm kidding, I'd be lost without... my spanx! They are life-savers on bad self-image days, they give me the confidence to wear what I want without worrying about having an extra slice of pizza the night before.
W.E: Finally, what is your favourite Wear Eponymous piece this season?
Elizabeth: I can only pick one? Really? Nah, I'm picking two! I love the houndstooth blouse – the '60's print is so classy and the block edge styling means it works for any age group. I'd wear it with a tight pencil skirt or sharp black tailored trousers. To accompany it I'd pick the classic clutch bag, it's like a mini briefcase! I love the flexibility of this bag, it is easily converted from day to night with a removable shoulder strap. Two bags in one – perfect for a student budget!
To find out more about Elizabeth, head on over to her blog, MungleVille.