Meet Natalie Lee, the creative behind Style Me Sunday.
If you follow anyone new on Instagram this Mother’s day, make it Style Me Sunday. Filling your feed with fun and female empowerment, Natalie epitomises everything that’s amazing about women. Not only is she a mother of two ‘ratbags’ (her words, not ours!) she also uses her influence as a blogger to promote body positivity, diversity, disability awareness, and incredible style!
Natalie has built an empire of loyal followers and is an incredibly busy woman, but took the time to talk to us about juggling her life as a blogger and a mother.
- Sum up your blog in 280 characters for us.
It started off as fashion focus primarily, but now I talk about lots of different things including body image and diversity.
- What did you do before becoming a blogger?
I used to be a midwife, but I’m also a mum of two girls.
- What made you make the change?
My daughter was quite unwell as a baby and still, we have lots of hospital appointments to attend because she has a rare genetic condition, and I needed a job that could be really flexible. I’ve always loved fashion but had no formal qualifications so I started blogging about it.
- What’s been your biggest hurdle since becoming a blogger?
Learning when to switch off. I love it so much that I think about it all the time and it’s hard to just leave it alone sometimes.
- How long did it take you to feel confident in your decision to become a full-time blogger?
I think at the beginning of 2017 I started making a relatively steady income and felt that I could actually make a career out of this. I been blogging for 6 years so it’s quite a long time before I started making money.
- Who’s your blogging inspiration?
- What’s your most successful social platform?
Instagram for sure, I have 44.5k followers. I enjoy it the most. (Ed: You can follow Natalie on Instagram here.)
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Pretty sure I celebrate women every damn day, except when they perpetuate damaging narratives (see stories), but it is nice I guess for everyone else to recognise how bloody amazing we are ????? If you fancy giving a wonderful woman a little shout out please do and tag them below – I’d love to hear why you think they are queens. Tagging some mega babes who celebrate and support the so-called “weaker sex” ? 365 days a year. More tags to come in comments. I love you all. And if you’d let me snog you all – I most definitely would?#IWD #internationalwomensday
- Where can you see your blogging going in the future?
I do a campaign called the Warrior Woman Project which was sponsored by Dove last year, this summer I’m hoping to take it even bigger.
- Would you encourage other mums to take up blogging?
I think it’s important to realise that success rarely comes quickly and easily, it’s hard work. But yes, if that’s what you want to do and you have an interesting, unique take on it.
- Is it hard to balance blogging and motherhood?
Yes, I something get quite stressed and right now I’m really tired because I’ve had quite a few talks that I’ve attended in the evening, so it’s full on. But I also have lots of help and support from my husband and I now have an assistant which has made my life much more manageable.
- What would be your top tip for someone thinking of taking up blogging?
Make sure you have something to say. Try to use it for good and inspire people.
- If you could go back to the beginning of your blogging journey what would you tell yourself?
This a going to be a long journey, enjoy the ride.
- Would you change anything about your blogging journey?
I didn’t really understand how it worked and what the etiquette was when dealing with brands and PR I wish I had got a bit more advice from people more experienced than me.
- What’s the best thing about being a blogger?
The gifts. I get packages most days and I still get very excited every time I open one up, not knowing what today brings.
- What’s been your best experience that’s been a result of your blog?
I was recently in and on the cover of Rock n Roll Bride. The day shooting that was so much fun, I got to wear some great wedding outfits and have my hair and make-up. I love doing photo shoots.
"It's important to realise that success rarely comes quickly and easily, it’s hard work."