I get asked all of the below questions ‘frequently’, believe it or not. I will add more questions and edit my answers as and when appropriate. If you would like your question to appear below, ask it frequently.
What is this site?
I’d rather eat pins than call this site a ‘lifestyle blog’, but basically I wanted to start a new site where I could talk about things outside of fashion – from my personal perspective rather than WIWT’s. I created WIWT.com as a personal blog to share my take on fashion, but as it grew into the monster that it is today (a lovely monster, a monster I love) it naturally became less about ME. So whilst isn’t solely an exercise in narcissism, I did want to have a place that was ‘mine’ again. I still write daily fashion content on WIWT but this blog is a home for everything else I love like swimming and travel and beauty. You may even find football. And movies! AND WEDDINGS! There aren’t any rules, man.
Can I advertise on the site?
Assuming I like what you do and you don’t represent a company that makes money by selling unicorn horns or whipping puppies, the answer is probably yes. Email me.
I work with an amazing brand and would love to talk to you about working together…
Wanna work with me? These are just *some* of the things I may be able to work with you on:
- Writing (Look! I’m writing right now!)
- Brand Ambassadorship (probably not a word?)
- Press Quotes
- TV/Radio showing off
- Brand Exposure
- Fashion Week Coverage
- Making you famous on WIWT.com (we have lots of advertising options, nice price)
- A dance. (Maybe).
I’ve worked with all sorts of brands from all over the world, from big names like Vodafone, TONI&GUY, Universal Pictures, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, LG, Windows and L’Oreal to more niche projects like the Highpoint mall re-launch in Melbourne and university seminars to promote entrepreneurship. I’m open to most ideas and I LOVE being able to get involved from the planning stage, so we can come up with something that we both feel will have maximum impact.
Basically, I like to STOP, COLLABORATE and LISTEN. So holler.
Would you like to attend an event I am organising?
If it’s not tomorrow then I’d love to hear more details. Email me.
If my brand sends you a dress/nail varnish/dog, do you promise to write about it?
No. I can’t make promises like that and I advise you to read my disclosure here for more info about that kinda thing, but essentially I won’t write about things solely because I’ve been sent them. If I like your product then of course, it’s highly likely I’ll shout it from the rooftops but I don’t write about everything that drops through the letterbox as integrity is important. *Erin Brockovich face* (Note: This is not strictly true. I would probably endorse anything for a free dog). If you want to discuss sponsored blog posts, you can email me.
Where can I send samples?
Please email me for my current address, samples have ended up all over the shop (lucky people who live where I used to live!). If the address you have for me doesn’t start SW6, it’s incorrect.
When did you start blogging?
1999. (OpenDiary changed my life.)
What is your real job?
I founded the fashion social network WIWT.com back in 2010 and have worked with countless brands since on everything from consultancy on influencer outreach to video presenting to events to plain and simple copywriting. This blog – and WIWT – are my full time projects.
What did you do before WIWT?
I worked in business development and product management for various web start-ups focused on vertical search in classifieds. I tried to make property websites cool.
Did you study fashion?
I went to a normal state school (or at least it was normal, until the riot of 2002 where I had to apologise to EVERY SHOP KEEPER IN THE VILLAGE for the behaviour of my fellow students) and studied all the usual GCSEs before heading to college to take A Levels in Economics, History, European Studies, Psychology and Film Studies. After these heady days (it really was a magnificent period of Monday night clubbing and £2 fry-ups) I went to UCL (SSEES, specifically) to do my degree in Economics, Business and East European Studies. If you’re remotely interested in real world economics, you should DEFINITELY do this degree. (Fair warning: Russian language is not easy).
What do your parents do?
My parents both work for the NHS in the same hospital. My mum works in child protection and my dad works in tech. They drive in together and have coffee together each day at 11 which is impossibly cute.
Are you related to Walt Disney?
No. Fun fact: my surname is Dinsey not Disney. I KNOW.
Where are you from?
My family are from all over but I grew up in a village called Cranleigh on the Surrey/Sussex border, my family have since moved away from there which is sad as it is home to the best bonfire night in the country. I moved to London when I was 18 for uni, then moved to Brighton for a bit (Hove actually, then Brighton) before returning to London and living in Shoreditch. I wasn’t anywhere near trendy enough to cut it in Shoreditch, so I now live in Chelsea where I find red trousers marginally less annoying than hipster beards.
Where do you live now?
See above. (Or I can just type it again – Chelsea).
How old are you?
To save me having to update this on an annual basis, I was born in March of 1987.
Are you really in Mensa?
Yes. (Nobody ever asks me that, but I like to take every possible opportunity to mention it)
Who is your husband? What does he do?
Look, the poor man already has to suffer the daily torment of living with me, let’s not embarrass him further by announcing to the whole world who he is and what he does. But rest assured he’s pretty great and I’m a superbly proud wife.
Why won’t your husband let you get a dog?
YOU TELL ME FOLKS. YOU. TELL. ME.
Are your boobs real?
Yes, you will notice that they are in proportion with my fat legs.
What is your favourite Dustin Hoffman movie?
What football team do you support?
Manchester United, obviously.
Would you like fries with that?
ALWAYS. Sweet potato, if you have them. Garlic, if we’re in San Francisco (which let’s face it, we all should be).