We chat to Hong Kong based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger Amanda Rackham.
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Our Best of the Web series brings you the most exclusive interviews with some of the most renowned fashion and lifestyle gurus in the blogosphere. This week, we spoke to Amanda Rackham, a blogger who has travelled the globe and offers her readers must-have advice on everything from food to fashion.
Amanda was initially based in Indonesia before moving to the UK and is now living in Hong Kong, giving her experiences in a varied range of cultures that she shares with her followers. With a mixture of British, Chinese and Indonesian, she reveals all of her lifestyle tips to her 58,000 Instagram followers and die-hard blog fans. We caught up with her to hear more about her year so far and asked her to share her thoughts on who the most stylish man on the planet is.
- 1 Can you tell us a little bit about what you do and when you got into it?
- 2 How was 2015 for you? Any major highlights?
- 3 Any major plans for 2016?
- 4 What song have you got on repeat at the moment?
- 5 What fashion advice do you have for a man?
- 6 If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
- 7 1 tip to grow your Instagram account?
- 8 What’s the one thing you never want to see a guy wearing?
- 9 What is your one guilty pleasure?
- 10 Who’s the most stylish man on the planet for you right now?
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do and when you got into it?
I am the founder and editor of my website, ALLMYLOVEAMANDA. I cover all aspects of lifestyle including travel, food, fitness and style.
I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and lived there for 14 years before moving to the UK. Since then, I have lived in and travelled to so many places. With a mixed background of British, Chinese and Indonesian, I have always had the passion to travel and taste the flavours of the world. So, the website was born. It all began in 2013 when I wanted to start my own blog to jot down my life’s adventures online, as I am super bad with maintaining my written diary!
I am a very visual person so photography, editing, creating the look of my website and online writing comes naturally to me. It started as a side project which I would work on during my free time. Now, it has become my full-time work and passion.
How was 2015 for you? Any major highlights?
2015 was a huge year for me! I moved from London to Hong Kong earlier in the year.As I was settling into my new life and surroundings, I started to put more time into my website: I completely redesigned it all on my own (which took me some time as I had to learn how to code things properly) and re-launched the new site. Since then things took off quickly: the number of followers on the site and on all of my social media pages increased rapidly and I got to work with amazing brands, hotels and restaurants!
Any major plans for 2016?
2016 is set to be another busy year for both work and traveling. I have a major personal project that I’ve been slowly working on since the end of last year and it is one of many dreams that I’ve had since I was young. I am still keeping it under wraps at the moment as it is very special to me. But, I will make sure to give away clues here and there on my social media pages along the way 😉
What song have you got on repeat at the moment?
Faded by Alan Walker – I am OBSESSED! Can’t get enough of it and it is the perfect tune to get me going during exercise!
What fashion advice do you have for a man?
I am very British when it comes to men’s fashion. I am a huge sucker for men in preppy clothes! May it be preppy casual or preppy smart, they just look so suave yet effortless! A pair of chinos, a nice shirt or plain tee, blazer and a pair of loafers are always a winner. Oh, and add that with sexy stubbly facial hair!
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
Be patient, be in the moment, never take anything for granted, forever be humble and spread kindness. Life will throw so many curveballs but things always work out in mysterious ways. You will see in the future that despite the negatives, you will go and do unimaginable things, you will meet incredible people who will be so important to you and you’ll go to places you’ve never ever dreamt of going!
1 tip to grow your Instagram account?
Update your followers with what you’re up to as often as you can. But, always remember that quality overrules quantity, so don’t overdo it!
What’s the one thing you never want to see a guy wearing?
Super tight skinny jeans, baggy trousers that show off your boxer shorts or crazy tight t-shirts!
What is your one guilty pleasure?
Who’s the most stylish man on the planet for you right now?
Johannes Huebl. The epitome of preppy perfection.