I caught up with the ever talented and inspiring fashion blogger, Hayley-Eszti Szücs, to discuss how blogging truly transformed her life, when battling an incurable disease.
I have been reading blogs since about 2009, and I always loved coming across new blogs – and still do. It wasn’t until late 2011 that I decided to start one myself. I came down with a serious illness and I was spending most of my time in hospital or in bed and I really just needed something to do to pass the time that I could do on my laptop from my sickbed, and blogging seemed ideal for that. There is only so much daytime TV a girl can take before she starts to lose the plot, so starting a blog helped with that!
What is the highlight of blogging?
I like everything, it’s such a great community to be a part of and I love the creative freedom it gives you. For a long time blogging was the only way I could stay in touch with the real world, being paralysed meant I couldn’t leave the house and it became so more than a blog, it became a lifeline. There’s something amazing about being able to create content that can be shared with people that you have never met, that may live half way across the world, but you now see more as friends because you share the same interests, personal style, lifestyle or whatever it is that gives you some common ground. That’s probably the thing I like best about it.
So you mentioned you have an illness, can you tell us more about that?
I have an incurable illness called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) which causes a wide range of symptoms such as widespread pain, fatigue, cognitive issues and mobility problems.
I woke up one day when I was 19 unable to move, see or talk and have never been the same since. (I have more information about M.E and my story with it on my blog) I am really lucky as I am now able to manage the condition relatively well, but for a few years I was completely bedbound and reliant on a wheelchair and carers, it was a tough thing to go through so young but it now makes me want to appreciate every good day, and every small, normal thing I am able to do so much more. From being housebound for so long I started to miss the outdoors so I started to look at images of the world on Tumblr and Pinterest, and I loved that I could go anywhere I wanted to without leaving my bed, all thanks to the wonderful internet! It was from then that I started to find inspiration from the outdoors which I incorporated into my personal style and way of life in general. Having lost so many years to illness, now that I am on the right track I feel so free and I just go with the wind and see where my journey leads me!
You touched on your personal style, can you tell us more about your influences and where you draw your inspiration from?
I love dressing up and experimenting with different looks and I always have done, but after only being able to wear PJ’s for so long I now embrace the fact I can wear actual clothes! I’d say my style is influenced by bohemian queens and free spirits, girls that love life and live it to the fullest. I like badass girls that don’t stick to the rule book and just do their thing and pay no caution to the wind, girls who know exactly what they like and let their personality really shine and lead the way. I look up to a lot of fashion bloggers and love that they can inspire others. I love how influential street style is and how bloggers are helping to make fashion more accessible for everyone.
I love your admiration for badass girls! Do you think girls of the blogging world stick together or is it more singular?
I think we all stick together, there is definitely a huge emphasis on the community and we all do it because we love it, so it’s no different to a bunch of football fans getting together to watch the game or members of the same ‘fandoms’ all supporting eachother. I have a lot of blogging friends and they are all super sassy – perfect to get fashion and beauty advice from too!
What advice would you give someone who is starting from scratch and wanting to join the world of blogging?
To do it! Don’t be scared and just do your thing and own it. There are some great opportunities that can come out of it, if you are willing to put time and effort into it you can relish in the rewards. Blogging is such an open and free platform, there are no rules and you can share pretty much anything you please. Some people like to stick to one niche (such as fashion) whilst others dip into all sorts of categories, and that’s what is so great about it, you can be creative and share the things that interest you. Twitter is a really great way to meet other bloggers too and a great way to get advice to those starting out as everyone is really friendly. Twitter chats are a great way to get advice and tips for those just starting out too and a great way to connect with other bloggers. #lbloggers is a great one to start with, Sunday’s and Wednesday’s 7pm GBT – see you there!
Hayley, thank you for taking the time out to share your story with The Bloggers’ Lounge.
Follow Hayley’s Instagram @hayley_eszti