My creative people interview series was on my to do list for a while and finally, a beauty and style blogger from Malta, Caroline Abela from My Diva Inside accepted the invitation to answer my ten questions.
Maybe you did or didn’t know, but Malta is one of the 19 (+2) countries in Mediterranean Region and it is actually situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea as an island. It’s a very sweet island due to a great production of honey which probably gave it a name, from Ancient Greek name for honey - honey-sweet: ‘meli’ - ‘melit’.
Centuries passed by with various conquerers through history, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Aghlabids, Normans, Sicilians, French, and British, until Republic of Malta became independent on 21st September 1964. Malta joined the European Union on 1st May 2004 and Eurozone on 1st January 2008.
They all left their traces which are possible to see and feel in the language, culture, art and architecture.
I’ve never visited Malta yet, but I definitely one day will, and I know Malta from few points of view, sports: they defeated Croatian rugby team few years ago, but also my hometown football club Hajduk played with Maltese football club Birkirkara which win went on our side.
I also know Malta for the very good business opportunities (low VAT rates for example) and successful English language courses.
Over and above all that, in the last year I’ve been following Mediterranean fashion and design creatives and Malta is on my path for all that time because of their interesting designers and bloggers. One of them is here with us through her words and photos. Enjoy!
You don’t say a lot about yourself in your About me page. Can you tell us here something more?
Hehe I feel that this is a tough question to answer.
My life revolves around my family (my partner and my five-year-old). A mum and secretary by morning/afternoon, Blogger by night!
I struggle with myself as sometimes I as I feel as a late bloomer in the blogging word, this because my Blog is only 4 years old, but on the other hand I feel that fashion and beauty have always been a passion of mine and one of those ‘what if’s’ in my life that I deeply regret not looking into it at a younger age. Having said that I love working on my Blog since I feel it’s another extension of who I am.
Is blogging your job yet or still just a hobby? Did your family and friends started to support you?
Here in Malta there are very few people that do blogging or are bloggers as their primary job. Most of us work and we do quite different jobs that do not necessarily have anything to do with blogging.
Where it comes to my family and friends, situation it has changed to the better. I do get questionable looks as many feel that I am a mum and wife first but I am trying to work harder on scheduling my life around things I have to do for my Blog or event that I have to attend.
I see you shop on eBay a lot. Is it because you are a little bit separated from the world considering that you live on the Island of Malta?
In realty we are not separated from the world that much especially when it comes to shopping as all major websites ship to Malta and if they don’t there are tons of shipping agencies that can bring the items to us.
I love doing these eBay posts as I love the thrill of buying something at such a low price or not and sharing my experience with my followers. eBay has some fantastic things to offer, like Korean skin care and make-up brushes to name a few which is fun to test out.
Have you ever got cheated on eBay?
I must admit I have a pretty good record of decent purchases. There have been some mishaps but I blame myself as sometimes I just do not read through the detailed description. That is about it though, and the times I did not receive an item I was given the money back.
In your opinion is sustainable fashion a real thing or just a trend?
Even though we are not really mentally prepared for this I would like to think that it is something that we will be sustained by a lot of brands and something that a lot of brands will venture into in the near future in order to make a better world for the generations to come.
In one of your blog posts you opened up about anxiety and mental health. It was very brave of you. Why do you think it is so wide spread ‘illness’ among young people nowadays?
Thank you, as I explained in my blog post I am not, by no means, an expert or a doctor in the matter. In my case I started seeing some changes towards situations and/or problems that I was facing, which some of them I had previously handled.
In my opinion, I feel that as a generation we are handling a lot of problems, the mundane life added to the social media life that one wants to portray, it’s tough and for me, a 42-year old struggling with these issues too, got me all worried and stressed to an extent that I had to sit down and analyse my life and admit to myself that there are things that I cannot control and that it is OK like that.
"I wish to point out though that I do feel that this ‘illness’ is real and it needs to be acknowledged and addressed."
Describe your style, in one or more words?
I would say fashionable with a classical touch.
We both live in Mediterranean. Do you think that Mediterranean style exists or is it only fashion from France, Spain, Italy that is known?
I think as Mediterranean’s we follow trends coming straight from Paris and Milan fashion weeks, however I feel that we are also channeling the street style that is more known coming from New York and London.
Having said that, nothing beats our laid back summer vibes styles though 😊.
Which designers you prefer the most?
I mostly gravitate towards brands like Zara, H&M, New Look, Stradivarius.
However when it comes to designers, if I had the financial means, you would find me carefully shopping from my favourite high-end designers mostly, Roberto Cavalli, Victoria Beckham, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin.
Can you tell us about your favourite designers from Malta?
Maltese fashion and designers have for the past years been pushed forward into the fashion world by the Malta Fashion Week and Awards that comes around in May of each year.
I have had the privilege to attend all of the shows in the past 2 years and I have to admit that I have seen a lot of talents emerging, but if I had to pick my favourite ones, they have to be the amazing C&R, Gaetano Couture, Ritienne Zammit and Parascandalo.