WHERE DID THE NAME 'KATE LA VIE' COME FROM?

When I started this blog, back in 2009, I just used an old online alias – never once thinking this would one day become my career!
Because of this, my blog was originally called ‘ghostparties’ – a Myspace-era username that stuck.
Towards the end of 2015, I realised that I had outgrown ghostparties and wanted something that was a bit more personal. Something that fit me, worked with my content and a name that I wouldn’t outgrow.
After months of going back and forth with various names, I settled onĀ Kate La Vie, a unique name I could use for my online life!
Two years on, I still love it as much as I did back then.

HOW DID YOU START BLOGGING?

I started creating websites and blogs in my early teens, as a way to jot down my thoughts and chat to people online. I’ve always found writing and coding so much fun, but the pressure of university meant I lost my way with it and didn’t pick it back up again until after I’d graduated.
I started this blog to practice my writing and share my love of beauty products whilst I was in a bit of a life slump after university. I discovered the blogging community, met some great girls and never looked back!

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I live in Glasgow, Scotland with my husband and our two cats.
I’m originally from New Zealand, and my parents and siblings live there so occasionally I travel back.

DO YOU BLOG FULL TIME?

I do indeed! It’s pretty full on, but I love it – everyday is entirely different.
I tend to spend a good chunk of my day doing admin (replying to emails and comments, keeping up with social media, planning and writing posts and getting through my to-do list!) and the rest is more taking and editing photos and getting content prepped for the coming weeks and months.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR KATE LA VIE?

I love where I’m at right now, but I’d love to do more! I’d love to have a team one day, I have so much I want to do with my blog but never enough hours in the day.
I also dream about writing my own book, I have always loved books and I can imagine myself having a beautifully styled coffee table book. One day!

WHO DESIGNED YOUR WEBSITE?

My logo and some of the other graphics on my blog and YouTube were designed by the lovely Jasmine Dowling, I’ve been a fan of hers for many years so it was wonderful to team up with her on something so special.

Everything else was designed and developed by my awesome team at Hello Hello Studio. Haley and Jarrad worked tirelessly on my site and I adore it!

WHO TAKES YOUR BLOG PHOTOS?

I do! 99% of the time, anyway. Occasionally, for photos of myself, I will team up with a photographer or ask my husband to take them. I’ll always credit the photographer, unless I’ve roped Jordan in to taking them…

WHAT CAMERA EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE DO YOU USE?

For my blog photos, I use a Canon 5D iv with either the 40mm pancake lens (for flatlays and wider shots like room tours) or the 50mm 1.4 lens, which I love for outfits, portraits and product shots.

I edit my photos in Lightroom.