Hi, I’m Nikki Parkinson. I write this blog to help busy women like me get out the door each day looking and feeling the best they can. It’s not about embracing the latest fashion (although this certainly helps). It’s about really understanding what makes you tick, what drives your personality, and dressing accordingly so that others can see the real you. I’ll share a secret with you here … sometimes the real me isn’t so crash hot. On those days I choose to stay home and embrace my inner dag (You have my permission to do the same).
Why the blog?
Styling You was born in 2008 when I said goodbye to a 20-year journalism career. In my latter years as a journo I’d successfully managed to nudge the title “fashion and beauty editor” into my job description and I also edited the newspaper’s Saturday glossy magazine.
So, I thought, hey, why not style everyday women, not just models?
I kind of stumbled into this blogging game when I asked a web designer for a website I could update myself. He said I needed a blog. I said, sure, whatever you think, and went home and googled the word, blog!
This blog was initially a way for me to market my fledgling styling business. Now it has grown to attract more than 75,000 visitors every month (and more than 200,000 page views – readership stats are updated here every month) and is the focus of my business (you can catch up on my blog-to-business story here).
The premise of my blog is still the same: to write fun content that is useful and contains information that helps women feel good about themselves. Most of my readers are women who feel that their favourite magazines are no longer talking to them in a fashion language they understand. They want real-world advice and accessible fashion and beauty tips – with online links to buy products there and then! Click over here for a read about SY readers who have found their personal style through this blog.
If it’s new on the beauty counter and I think you should give it a go, I’ll trial it and let you know whether it’s worth spending your hard-earned cash on. And if it’s a new fashion trend landing in a chain store or boutique near you soon, I’ll let you know whether to steer very clear or embrace it immediately. I’ll also give you my two cents worth on how to style it up for certain events and occasions. I’ll give you an insight into how I incorporate new clothes with pieces from my existing wardrobe to create everyday outfits. And I’ll even try on a garment that’s been photographed on a model to let you know what it looks like on someone who’s not.
My weekend and off-duty life has also crept on to the blog, with travel, food and other lifestyle topics now part of the content mix. Plus, you won’t want to miss the regular competitions held here featuring prizes we’d all like to win!
Oh, and if you’re a fan of Offspring and Nina Proudman fashion, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. What started as a one-off post two years ago has become a weekly post throughout each Offspring series.
I’m still pinching myself that I have a book deal. Hachette will publish Unlock Your Style, a book based on a series I started right here on this blog, in August 2014. You can read more about it here.
The past two years has been a little crazy. Good crazy, but crazy all the same. After winning two national awards in 2011, and the Jasmine Award again in 2012, I’ve done a tonne of media interviews and I’m very grateful for each and every one. If you’d like to read some of them, head over to my media page.
Work with me
Perhaps you’re a business which would like to connect with Styling You’s readership? I’ve worked with many brands, including Maybelline NY, NIVEA, Vanish Napisan, Dettol, Schwarzkopf, Lastminute.com.au and HHilton Honors, The Athletes Foot, Price Attack, Blackberry and Woolworths, to help get their product message across to their targeted demographic. Click here to find out more.
And if you’re a business or organisation that is looking for someone to speak about styling, blogging, social media and how to work with digital media to grow your business, I’m your girl.
I live and work in Queensland (lucky, hey?). For details on how to contact me, please click here.
I don’t know where to start with finding my personal style. Can you help?
Most days on the blog I tackle a style or beauty topic, offering up advice on trends and new products I think you may be interested in. My e-book, Unlock Your Style in 14 Days, will help you catch up quickly and give you confidence to embrace some of the trends I suggest.
I’ve got a specific style question I’d like you to answer. Do you do personal answers?
I’d love to be able to help everyone individually but unfortunately my time doesn’t allow it. I do, however, write posts that answer some reader questions in my Wardrobe Boot Camp series. Here’s an example. To be considered for this series, you need to be able to supply a photo of yourself for inclusion and the question needs to be one that would have wide appeal.
How do I keep in touch with what’s on the blog?
I offer many ways to follow this blog. Many simply bookmark it in their internet browser or follow on social media. Other ways to follow Styling You can be found here.
Who takes your photos?
If I’m not in the photo, it’s either my daughter (Miss SY) or husband (Mr SY) who does the photography for me. Most photos featured here are taken using a Canon Powershot G12 or my iPhone 5.
How do I start a blog?
My first advice to you is to buy a copy of How to Start a Blog by Louisa Clare. This is a great resource for new and would-be bloggers. I’d then suggest buying two of Problogger’s e-books, Problogger’s Guide to Your First Week in Blogging and 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.
I’ve also got an archive filled with blogging how-to advice that you might want to check out here. Want a summary of my blog posts about blogging? Jade Craven has compiled this post: 14 lessons you can learn from Nikki Parkinson.
How do you make money from your blog?
There are many ways to use your blog as a platform from which to grow a business. Here are just 10 ways. This blog’s main income source is from sponsored work with brands (read my disclosure statement here), paid speaking jobs, banner advertising and now book publishing.
The Styling You Manifesto. Click on the image below for free download details: