Issue 94
Carmen Hamilton
Australian blogger Carmen Hamilton shows
off her infamous bright and beautiful “personal style with a side of personality”.
“I was spending so much time reading other blogs that I decided I should invest some of that time in making my own. It has paved the way for me to work for myself on something I love, and connected me with the most amazing people who I learn so much from.” says Carmen Hamilton referring to the success of her blog “The Chronicles of Her”, where the Australian chronicles her “personal style with a side of personality” and comments on the latest trends. The 2011-founded blog has launched Ms. Hamilton’s career in fashion and even landed her a “very rewarding” job as contributor at Vogue Australia as well as almost 100k followers on Instagram. Being a blogger working from home, however, doesn’t mean that you’ll ever find Ms. Hamilton sitting at her desk in her PJs.

Here, Ms. Hamilton shares some of the joys and challenges of being a blogger as well as the importance of personality when it comes to personal style.

I WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR MY WORK, and style, and beauty tutorials, so I don't feel the need to broadcast my personal life. In the online world, although you're sharing a lot of yourself, at the same time you can feel quite disconnected because you're sitting behind a computer screen sharing your stories, so I always get taken by surprise when someone recognizes me in real life. It's such a surreal experience, because even though you know people are reading your blog from the numbers in Google Analytics, it doesn't really hit home until you're talking to one of them face to face.

MY NUMBER ONE CHALLENGE has always been time management. It's such a fast-paced industry and at times it seems almost impossible to keep up - without completely giving up on any kind of normal/social life. Apart from teaching myself to use my time more productively, I'd say learning to have confidence in your creativity and ideas is also very important. It's a saturated industry and you don't get ahead by playing it safe all the time.

I DON'T MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT to build my personal style. To me, style is an innate part of someone, and even if it evolves and changes over time, there's still some level of continuity because a big part of style is the person, and how they wear the clothes. I've definitely come into my own since turning 25 though. I feel like I'm a lot more confident in my style choices, and not so influenced by what I think I should wear.

MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS: my Smythson travel wallet to keep me organised, a black boyfriend blazer, black skinny jeans, a white button-up shirt, my Nike trainers and black ankle boots.

I never travel without my Givenchy Antigona, because it's the perfect size and I can practically fit my life in there. I shop online on all the usuals - Net-a-Porter, Matches, ASOS, etc. I will never be caught wearing crocs, tights as pants, and kitten heels.

I KEEP IT PRETTY LOW KEY WITH BEAUTY - mainly because I don't have time. I regularly go to Oscar Oscar salon on Oxford Street in Sydney. They've been doing my hair for years and I wouldn't go anywhere else. I was recently converted to La Mer's oil cleanser and eye cream concentrate which I love. For beauty products, my absolute favorites/never leave the house without are Bobbi Brown's brow shaper & touch up in 'rich brown', Laura Mercier illuminating tinted moisturizer, Estée Lauder brush on glow BB highlighter, Tom Ford lipstick in 'pink adobe' and YSL bronzing powder. I also curl my eyelashes with a Shu Uemura curler.

EXERCISE HAS BEEN ON MY TO DO LIST FOR QUITE SOME TIME. I live in Bondi so I try to walk on the beach each morning, and do a yoga or Pilates class once in a blue moon.

I LOVE WHAT I DO SO IT NEVER FEELS LIKE WORK. There are stressful times when I just wish I could hit the "off" switch on life and Instagram, but I remind myself that I'm so lucky to be doing this for a living, and the only way to move forward is to suck it up and power through the tough times. At the end of the day, I'm not saving lives.

Photography by Tim Ashton; photographer's assistant: Alex Tracey; stylist's assistant: Sam Riles.
Opening Image: coat by Jamie Ashkar; sweater and shorts by Jac & Jack.
Words by Carrie Lau