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An Interview with Top Fashion Blogger Nirina, Killer Fashion-ista

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An Interview with Top Fashion Blogger Nirina, Killer Fashion-ista
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Nirina Plunkett is a 23 year old fashion blogging goddess from Dublin, Ireland. Her style is elegant, unique, and flirty, and if you have a question about shoes, Nirina has the answer!

Nirina is the creator of the fabulous fashion blog Killer Fashion.

We’re so excited to be able to bring you our insightful interview with the talented and lovely Nirina…

It’s great to meet you Nirina! Tell us a little about yourself, what’s your fashion style?

My name is Nirina Plunkett, I’m a 23-year-old recent graduate of NUI Maynooth and I love fashion! I’m based in Dublin, although I’ve lived in Munich for 8 years, including my Erasmus year at college there. I’m not your typical born-and-raised Dubliner; my mother was Malagasy and my father is Irish, but I was actually born in Munich! I am very proud of my ethnicity and heritage, and also of my Plunkett family history. My style is hard to pinpoint in just one word, so here’s three: elegant, unique & flirty. I like to incorporate statement pieces into my outfits, be it my Jeffrey Campbell studded loafers, a graphic printed blouse or my abundance of rings. I also love the classic red & black ensemble, and often throw gold into the mix.

How long have you been blogging?

I have been fashion blogging for nearly 3½ years. I had a personal blog for years before that, and a fan-art website I ran in my early teens.

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What got you started in the world of online blogging?

As a teenager I loved fan-art graphic designing, so I taught myself basic HTML to create websites to display my work. My love for graphic and web design then helped create the look of Killer Fashion, but my growing interest in fashion helped create the idea of this blog. When I was in 1st Year at university, I was introduced to a whole new level of fashion. The great thing about uni is that there aren’t uniforms, so everyone can wear whatever they want. I am a huge fan of awards ceremonies and following them, the fashion of the red carpet, and performance outfits really intrigued me to follow fashion in a blogging world.

What is your blog about?

Killer Fashion is a fashion-based blog that covers shoes, clothes, accessories, celebrity and street style that Irish people want to read about, as well as worldwide fans. I also aim to help Irish fashion lovers know where they can buy what they like and where all the good bargains & sales are.

Who is your favourite fashion designer?

I can never name just one favourite designer, but my top three are Christian Louboutin, Elie Saab & Marchesa. But I also adore high street brands like River Island, Zara & Lipsy. The world just has so many amazing designers, both high fashion and high street.

Bags or shoes?

Shoes! I just adore shoes so much, and they are one of the main reasons I actually started following fashion and blogging. I will always remember my first pair of shoes I bought, with money I earned: Irregular Choice ‘Cortesan Floral Bar’ in Black/Blue.

What do you think of plastic surgery?

I feel plastic surgery is defying our natural beauty. It’s encouraging and allowing women to change themselves from what their parents made. Personally I would never have plastic surgery, as the saying goes, “my body is a temple”. However I do understand and accept its uses after major accidents and in the case of lifesaving situations.

What do you think of size 0 models?

Size 0 models are…not my cup of tea. On the runway, I like to see shape on the women and men modelling. The thinness of Size 0 models is not to my liking; I feel their arms and legs are too thin and it’s not appeasing to the eye to be able to make out one’s ribs and bones so easily. I understand that not all Size 0 models may have these features and are most probably healthy models, but there is nothing wrong with having body fat. My favourite body shape is the hourglass; Marilyn Monroe was a great role model for this shape, and a great role for women in her industry.

What is your favourite item in your wardrobe?

My favourite item in my wardrobe would have to be Zara Woman Leather Jeans. They’re so versatile; I can wear heels or Cons, a blazer or a tshirt, no matter what they always work! I also love my ALDO Shoes ‘Graziana’ Spiked Wedges. They’re comfy and stylish and I can run for the bus in them! Oh, and also my Malagasy gold & citrine necklace and my gold ring. My mother wore both when she was younger and I’ve worn them every day since she passed away to always have her with me in spirit. And I cherish my Loubis too!

What could you not leave the house without?

My watch, phone, earphones, two lipsticks, perfume, lip balm, keys & my purse. They are all obvious pieces like the trio phone-walletkeys, but my watch is an essential piece for everyday. I have two beloved watches, my Tissot and my Michael Kors. I match them to my outfits; the Tissot is silver and Michael Kors is gold. Lip balm and lipstick is also an essential combo, and I usually carry two shades of lipstick. You never know what the day may bring, so always be prepared. And you really can’t go wrong with your favourite fragrance in your bag.

What is your favourite beauty item?

My favourite beauty item is Christian Dior Crème de Rose. It’s a smoothing and plumping lip balm with a combination of Damask rose oil extract and Shea butter. My mam first bought it a few years ago and spoke wonders about it. After she passed away I remembered it and bought one for myself. Mam was right; it’s wondrous on the lips!

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What is your fashion pet peeve?

Crocs are a big no-no in my eyes. I just feel like people could make that tiny bit of effort in wearing something a bit more fashionable: sandals, loafers or sneakers are the perfect alternative! Another is wearing clothes that are two times bigger than your actual size. I see people swimming in these t-shirts, and I just want to shake them! There are shaped tops to help accentuate your best features, and hide features well, if that’s what you want. But an overly oversized tee just doesn’t help. In fact, it does the total opposite!

Who’s style do you admire most?

I love Miley Cyrus’ style because she dresses to her personality. In her Can’t Be Tamed era she really pulled out the stops on the red carpet, with amazing and beautiful dresses. I particularly love her Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress she wore to the Grammys 2010 and also the Jenny Packham gown at the Oscars that year. As of late her style has evolved very much, and although I’m not a fan of everything she’s been wearing, I still love the majority.

At school, what would you have described your dress sense as?

In my school days I was a fully-fledged emo. We had to wear uniforms, so I always incorporated a bit of emo into it: black eyeliner, black wrist sweatbands, the millions of bracelets. My mam even allowed me to dye my hair black with a hint of blue, and I even stitched a red ribbon X onto my black bomber jacket, inspired by Avril Lavigne’s ‘Under My Skin’ album cover. I regret nothing!

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

I would like to do a Masters in Fashion Media Production at the London College of Fashion. It would be a degree that brings together my love for fashion and media in one. I’d also like to live in London, Paris and New York before I settle down. I’m still young, I want to travel and experience the fashion capital cities. I want to be recognized in the fashion or media industry for something I’m passionate about, be it my website, writing for a magazine, becoming a television presenter or being a VIP of either industry. High hopes & high dreams. And then marriage!

What do you love most about blogging?

I love discovering new designers to write about. Some fashion designers follow my Twitter, so in return I like to write articles on their designs and collections. I also love that I have control in what I’m writing, and that my opinion is mostly non-biased. I like to be neutral when I write so that my readers can make up their own minds on the pieces mentioned in my blog. What I also love about blogging is the design of it. As mentioned I’m a graphic designer and big visualizer, and the look of Killer Fashion is very important to me. I have created seven layouts for the blog since I’ve started it.

What is your biggest blogging achievement so far?

This year my blog is on the long list in the Blog Awards Ireland nominations, in the Best Beauty/Fashion Blog category. This has made me so delighted! I hope to go far in the awards, but for now I’m delighted with the nomination.

What do you think about ethical fashion?

I think both consumers and businesses have equal responsibilities in ethical fashion. Consumers should always read the label and/or know the company’s manufacturing methods. Sustainability in the fashion industry is available; therefore businesses and brands should also have a responsibility in ensuring they’re using such methods. Our environment is important for every industry, and there’s really no excuse for non-ethical fashion in today’s world, especially for the richer and bigger companies.

What advice would you give to any would be bloggers out there?

Be confident in your writing and get out there. Try and have a few social platforms where you share your blog, and get in touch with online magazines and websites. If you’re a fashion blogger, ensure your personal style is reflected in how your blog looks and what you write about.

And finally, what will you be writing about for Clothes.ie?

I am going to write shoe articles monthly. My love for shoes will fuel these articles as the industry is ever expanding and there are so many designers to talk about. I hope you enjoy them!

Thank you to the lovely Nirina for allowing us to interview her. You can check out Nirina’s articles on Clothes.ie, and don’t forget to check out her blog too! 

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