Ashley Madekwe: Interview.

Photos from Ring My Bell.

I had a major pinch me moment a couple of weeks ago when I was given the opportunity to interview one of my favourite fashion bloggers, Ashley Madekwe, who I previously wrote about here. Ashley was so lovely, she has the cutest British accent and she was so polite. I asked her a whole range of questions, from what her favourite labels are, to why she started blogging and also some questions about her role on Revenge. Check out some of the interview below...

Q: What made you start Ring my Bell?
A: I was always a big fan of other personal style blogs, and when I moved to New York my boyfriend would take a ton of pictures of me and I would put them on a blog so that my friends and family could keep updated on what I was doing. I really liked reading personal style blogs and it came from a place of wanting to join in.

Q: How often do you update with new posts?
A: At the absolute minimum I try to do once a week but sometimes it doesn’t work out because it depends on my husband [schedule] who takes all the photography, and if I don’t get home in time because the lights not right.

Q: What are your aspirations for the blog?
A: I want to keep it how it is. I like to read blogs about real girls, what they’re wearing. I don’t want too much chit chat and I want to see great pictures. There are other blogs that do lifestyle and cooking way better than I ever would. I mean people would die if I tried to put recipes on my blog [laughs].

Q: What’s your game plan for putting together an outfit?
A: Oh my goodness there is no plan whatsoever. I’m like any girl though, I do wear the same things over and over again, you see that in the blog. I stick to the same things, I have a lot of leopard, stripes, denim, and leather.

Q: What are the style blogs that you read?
A: Day to day I read Song of Style, Sincerely Jules, and Karla’s Closet they are really, really sweet girls. Those three are all based in L.A. which I guess its because that’s the weather I’m in, I find their posts the most inspiring.

Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: I would say that’s its uncommitted, there are some girls who are girly or they’re into the rock chick look or something like that. I kind of slip between all of them and have pieces from all of the main looks. I’m greedy, I want to try it all.

Q: How has your character, Ashley Davenport’s, wardrobe influenced your personal style?
A: I think my style’s influenced her. Jill Hanestan our costume designer is so generous and patient. Because I’ve always had an interest in fashion, Jill’s open about creating the look with me. She brings a variety of looks and we talk about what’s going to happen in that episode and she lets me take the pick from the choices she brings. She puts all my jewelry in my trailer so I can style the look.

Q: Is there anything that you have your eye on at the moment that you’d like to get?
A: I think I need to chill out after that Chanel bag. I think if you buy everything you want all the time, there’s nothing to look forward to. I’m not one of those people who can buy an expensive item and not think about it and suffer from guilt. So when I’ve bought an expensive item I kind of try to not buy anything else for a while.

Q: What would you say is one item that you cant live without?
A: A leather jacket, I’ve had them in many different rises but I cant remember not owning one. I think my first one was a Topshop one I had a vintage one at one point and then last year I saved and splurged on a Balenciaga.

Q: Who are you style crushes?
A: They range from icons from the past right up to the present day. [When I don’t know what to wear] I just Google icons. I often do that with Diana Ross or Ronnie Spektor — that winged eyeliner look has been influencing me probably since I was about 14. In the modern day I think Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo and Miroslava Duma.

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