In our final Business Ninja interview of 2011, we finish with a bang by interviewing Cecylia Kee of the popular Cecylia blog. Cecylia is one of the grand dame fashion bloggers of Melbourne’s creative scene, and is a generous and interested kinda gal to be around. Her career has already chartered veterinarian, stylist, business owner and blogger. What’s next for Miss Cecylia in 2012?
1. What makes your blog magical, setting you apart from others in the blogosphere?
My unique background of a veterinarian turned-boutique-owner-turned-blogger, I guess. As far as I know, I’m the only one in the world with these transitions. My blog does feature a lot of my eclectic style but the aim of the blog is to promote designers I’m passionate about.
2. What are your maddest ‘ninja skillz’ in styling and writing?
I love styling people and photoshoots. I get a kick out of wearing clothes in an off-beat way. My writing style is quite conversational, and I try and keep everything light-hearted.
3. How did your lightbulb moment in creating ‘Cecylia’ as a business come about?
Every morning I wake up and check my email on my ipad. I have been inundated with designers and PR companies wanting me to feature their products and attend their events. I literally pinch myself every morning as I feel so incredibly blessed. Ever since the closure of my boutique, I’ve been pondering about ways to feed my cake and clothes addiction. It’s great being a vet, but my wardrobe was getting super lonely.
4. What is your earliest memory?
Travelling with my parents to scenic cities in China, only that I don’t remember any of the scenery.
5. What would your last meal be?
My last meal today? It was a large bowl of curry laksa and 3 giant white chocolate/Macadamia nut cookies. My last supper- anything as long as it’s with my loved ones.
6. What is your best tip for choosing working partners?
Try not to have one. Friction always gets in the way of friendship.
7. What is your favourite sound?
The sound of my husband’s breath when he’s alseep.
8. Who would you like to invite to dinner?
Who wouldn’t I like to invite to dinner? I just need to learn to cook first!
9. What is something unexpected that has come from your work?
I never expected to be a vet. Even after finishing uni, I thought I’d keep working in my beloved retail job. But then I was offered a vet position at a lovely practice. I never expected to ever own my boutique, in my name, nor did I ever expect to become a stylist or fashion blogger. I never expected to meet famous fashion designers (Diane von Furstenberg, Charlotte Olympia, Henry Holland, just to name a few), attend exclusive parties or to be featured in this interview 🙂 Every day is a surprise for me, as I don’t have any expectations. I just put my head down and endeavour to do my best.