Hi, I’m Nikki Parkinson and I’m a full-time professional blogger, social media influencer, author and fashion designer. 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 can help). It’s about really understanding what makes you tick, what drives your personality, and dressing accordingly so that others can see the real you.
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 about 46,000 visitors every month (and more than 70,000 page views – readership stats are updated here) and is the focus of my business.
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!
Styling You The Label
In 2019, we launched Styling You The Label, a collection of trans-seasonal basics designed to help take the stress out of the daily what-to-wear question. What I hear every day from women in the Styling You community is that fashion marketing does not speak to them – that as women aged over 30 they can’t visualise themselves in a garment they’ve only seen on an 18-year-old, size 6, super-tall women. My hope is that you can identify with one or two of our models and be inspired to try a clothing piece you otherwise wouldn’t have.
I’ve been sharing my everyday outfits since late 2013 on Instagram and Facebook with the #everydaystyle hashtag … other fabulous women do as well. You can follow the hashtag for style inspiration from women of all different, shapes, ages and ethnic backgrounds.
We also have a thriving online community. Here’s how you can join the SY #everydaystyle closed Facebook group for style support in a judgement-free space.
I’m still pinching myself that I have had a book published. In 2014, Hachette Australia published Unlock Your Style, a book based on a series I started right here on this blog. You can buy it here.
In 2015, blogging as a business came under the spotlight after Styling You won micro business of the year at the 2015 Queensland Telstra Business Awards.
I’ve also 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 Birdsnest, Dermalogica, FRANKiE4 Footwear, Katies, Olympus Australia and Allianz Travel Insurance and Brisbane Airport 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 in inner Brisbane. For details on how to contact me, please click here.
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. You might want to join the SY #everydaystyle community for more support.
Who takes your photos?
I take my #everydaystyle and Model and Me photos using an Olympus PEN E-PL8, mounted on a tripod and using the O.I. Share app on my phone as remote and I import them into my phone using the same app. If we’re out and about I con my family or friends into taking a photo on my iPhone.
How do I start a blog?
A number of successful Australian bloggers are now offering online courses to help new and emerging bloggers build a better online business. I highly recommend Kate McKibbin.
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), the Styling You The Label sales, paid speaking jobs, banner advertising, book and e-book sales.