Interview: Samantha Oxborrow
Samantha Oxborrow is a blogger with a love for fashion. I was lucky enough to interview Samantha about her fashion, blogging and career plans.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
No worries at all, it’s my pleasure! I’m really good thank you.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
So, I’m 22 years old, I live in a little nook in the beautiful New Forest. I am a social media obsessive, I’m a lover of fashion, food, flowers and feminine details. I would describe my style as smart-casual, feminine, chic with a vintage twist.
Describe your style.
I can’t really pin-point when I started getting into fashion. My mother always says I was very sure of what I wanted to wear from a young age, and tend to pick things out that were ‘different’ to what other kids my age were wearing. She says, I always wanted to be in dresses and skirts.
When did you start getting into fashion?
During secondary school my friends and I really developed our styles and tastes. We were all really into vintage styles, we’d head into a little street in a town nearby and really hunt the vintage stores for pieces we loved. From this point, I’ve never really let go of my love for vintage.
From here my love for fashion continued, I studied Fashion, Media & Marketing at university and loved it!
Where are your favourite places to shop?
My favourite place to pick up key pieces is definitely Zara. I always find Zara stock on-trend pieces that fit into my wardrobe perfectly; these are also the pieces I find that I love and wear for a really long time. Other than Zara, I think ASOS is great for hunting down a particular style, or statement piece. One hidden gem I love that I think is coming to the light a little more is Matalan. There is one close to me that only opened up last year and I honestly find the loveliest pieces that I wear over and over again.
What inspired you to get into vintage fashion?
I don’t really know, to be honest. I spent a lot of time in my Nan’s wardrobe as a kid. On the weekends, you’d find me dressing up in her pieces she’d kept from when she was young. I’ve just always naturally been drawn to it, I guess. Like many vintage-style lovers, I’ve always looked up to Audrey Hepburn, I think she is an absolute dream and just adored her style.
Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?
Personally, I wouldn’t say it’s ‘important’ but I think it is superb that people do! In my teens I always made my own dresses and skirts because I could never find anything I wanted to wear in high-street shops. Unfortunately now I just don’t have the time to do so, though I wish I did. However, I do think it’s great to buy a piece of clothing and customise it to really make it your own, and a one of piece that only you have. That’s what I really love; going into Primark finding a dress that has a beautiful print but not much personality to it and adding that bit of ‘me’ to it by sewing on a peter-pan collar.
Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops?
I’d say, make sure you have the whole day to wonder and really look at as many pieces, especially when you’re just starting out and still trying to find your style, the fabircs and cuts that suit you best. Look at a piece and think do I LOVE this item? If not put it back, or if you think ‘all it needs is this or that’ then get it and transform it into something you love. Once you have gained knowledge of what colours, patterns and cuts that suit you the best, you’ll be able to walk around any shop and just pick out the pieces you love without having to look through every piece – When you get older and life is hectic, you really don’t have the time to shop all day!
Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes?
I think it is great to shop in charity shops because there are so many hidden treasures in there that you will never, ever find on the high-street. You’re sure to find items with a lot more character!
Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes?
Why, thank you very much! I’ve developed a go-to style over the years, these days you’re sure to find me in a skirt and blouse/jumper combo. I find it comfortable and classic and it suits my day-job which is office based and it works for me on the weekends as it’s just what I love to wear! I also own a lot of dresses, which used to be my go-to. They are just so easy to throw on with a pair of pointed flats or brogues, and you’re ready to go! As for accessories, I always wear the same necklaces, they all have sentimental value to them, I have one ring and watch from my boyfriend that I wear everyday.
As for handbags and shoes, I have A LOT. All of my shoes are classic pointed flats, brogues, loafers or mary-janes; I think they are all classic shoes that make any outfit look sophisticated, feminine and chic! I have a Kate Spade bag that I use for work every day. But on the weekend, depending on the outfit will depend which bag I choose to style it.
How did you go about finding your own style?
I think it just came to me as I grew up. As I said previously I loved vintage from a young age and genuinely only purchase pieces I absolutely adore. I think sticking to what you love is how to develop your style.
What new pieces have you picked up for this Autumn and Winter, that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet?
I don’t overly share my style on Instagram, more so over on my blog – Still trying to get over some confidence issues so I can get better OOTD content. But there’s a new co-ord I bought in Zara a few weeks ago which is am so obsessed with! And a skirt I from New Look which is just screams autumn!
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
A-line skirts! Now, A-line skirts have always been a staple in my wardrobe but right now, they are all I ever, ever, want to wear and all I want to buy!
What are your favourite pieces of clothing?
I have a few dresses that I could never part with, mainly because they have huge sentimental value and secondly because they are just beautiful! One is from ASOS Premium, it’s white which cobalt blue and gold embroidery. It was my birthday dress a few years ago – I haven’t worn it since but it’s never leaving my wardrobe!
Do you have any career plans?
I’m really lucky to currently be in a job that I love. I’m a Junior Marketing Assistant for a group of hotels in the New Forest – I run all of their social media pages, create content for them all through photography as well as writing blog and journal posts for their websites. I don’t have any plans on leaving this job anytime soon, I really do love it and hope to grow with the company!
Do you have a favourite fashion magazine?
I do love Vogue and Elle magazine but I only tend to buy the key issues, e.g. September Issue or if the cover girl/guy is someone I’m really interested in. I also really love Blogosphere – I think the concept of the magazine is wonderful, and it is always such a great read!
Who was your first style icon?
Oh gosh, probably Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. My sister and I were OBSESSED with these two when we were young and I’d always copy their hair-styles from the movies.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
Well, firstly it helped me get the job I have and love! Secondly, it’s the perfect creative outlet for me. Even though I’m creating content all week for work, I still love coming home and working on my own platforms. It’s also fantastic for finding like-minded people, inspiration and opportunities.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?
Well, I’ve recently really loosened up my Instagram theme. I think people get lost in a world of perfect themes, likes and how many followers they have and forget that actually Instagram is a creative outlet for sharing whatever you like! I’ve dropped my over-bright and perfectly white theme as I think it was lacking personality and opted for something that is still a ‘theme’ but I genuinely post any picture that I’ve taken that I love. I think Instagram can get really boring when people just post similar images over and over and over – So you can expect anything and everything on my page. I do want to post a few more fashion bits that link to my blog and just genuinely share parts of my life, whether they are perfect or not!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?
Yes, set it up and post what you like. Be true to yourself and remember just because someone else’s life seems ‘perfect’ on Instagram doesn’t mean it is in real life. Share what you love, have personality and forget the haters.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
I’ve never really been given any advice but there is this one quote I found on Pinterest and it said “to live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong” – I couldn’t agree more with this. You have to be brave and share your ideas otherwise how will you ever know if it was great or not? It also relates to a passage I read in a book a while ago, it was all about how creative ideas are always bouncing around in the air and if it lands on you and you don’t share it or act on it when you think about it, it will leave you and go to someone who will use it. I try to never have those ‘I thought of that first’ moments.
You can take a look at her website and blog here ‘www.samoxborrow.com’. You can also find Samantha on Instagram ‘www.instagram.com/samoxborrow’, Twitter ‘www.twitter.com/samoxborrow’ and Pinterest ‘www.pinterest.co.uk/samoxborrow".