Norwegian resident Katrine Sorum and her blog, Make it & Fake it, has completely redefined the term, Do-It-Yourself, and now anyone can easily create and capture artistic imagination. After following and reading many other blogs such as Passion for Baking and College Fashion and gaining an insight into the blogosphere community, Make it & Fake it was born. Described as a lifestyle blog, it mainly focuses on DIY fashion and trend inspiration. In addition, it also features food, home decorations and whatever makes her and her readers smile during the course of a day.
With over 400 followers after just six months of blogging and extreme support from the blogger community, the positive impact of Make it & Fake it to readers is that it consists of ideas and tastes that exceed designer influences yet not your budget. Referring to herself as the “hummingbird on crack,” Katrine continues to share her creativity and can easily teach you to use your creative energy by re-using items in your closet that you never thought you’d have use for again – all while doing good for the environment. Also, just in case that wasn’t enough, Katrine has a degree in business and has modeled for a few fashion shows and national TV commercials in Norway. Can this girl be any more successful?
Katrine was kind enough to provide CK with an exclusive interview below on her daily inspiration for her blog, while sharing tips and advice for our readers!
CocoKouture: What is ‘Make it and Fake it’ all about? When and why did you begin blogging?
Katrine Sorum: I started my blog a few months back to share some of my ideas and inspiration. I was thinking I didn’t get to use my creative energy enough in my everyday life, so I figured this would be nice outlet. I have always loved making things, the feeling of having made something people like: ex after the initial question “where did you get that?” (Answer being: thank you, actually I made it) there would be a pause before the inevitable “but how?” I figured maybe someone else wanted to know as well. I stared taking pictures and writing about it and it is proving to be so much fun! I don’t have a background in the fashion industry but I have always loved fashion (like every other little girl) and mixed this with my passion for making things (everything from sewing, beading, painting, scrapbooking), this blog has become and outlet where I can combine my passions. And as a secret mission I try to inspire people to re-use and re-make their closet instead of throwing things out and buying new, except for being fun and getting exactly what you want, you are as an extra bonus being good to the environment (YAY)!
I find inspiration in everything from a trip to the hardware store to the high fashion runway shows. When my friends are thinking: “Where can I buy this” all that goes on in my head is “how can I make this”. I love when I see something in the kitchen or garage and think: “hmm, I can use this to make a great necklace”.
CK: Walk me though an average day in your life.
KS: A general tendency in my life is that it’s always a tad hectic. Whether it’s my gym class starting 5 min after I’m done work, or having planned a lunch a bit to close to an important deadline. As much as I fret about it, it’s the way I love it.
I normally snooze way too many times, so even though I love having a vast amount of time in the morning, it’s never really the case. I eat breakfast at the office (caused by the snoozing). I am done at the office around 17.00. I try to get a few gym classes a week fitted in, so later; I can go home and work on my blog right after work and then the gym or the opposite. I love hanging out with friends as well, so some times the gym and blog have to step aside to make room for some good old girl dinners or hang out session!
CK: When traveling for projects, what are your suitcase essentials and how has the culture/environment of each country you’ve been made an impact on your life?
KS: I always bring a bunch of white T’s and tank tops. I’m seriously a horrible packer, so I will end up with all nudes or all colors/ patterns… I guess the mood when I am packing will set the standard for my entire outfit that trip), but I know as long as I have some white I can always pull together an outfit.
CK: Who are your favorite designers and style icons and why?
KS: My closet ranges from Gucci through Zara/F21 to DIY and same with the shoe shelf. As for designer, there are so many talented! I love Tory Burch, Acne and Celine.
CK: How would you describe your own personal style? Do you have any fashion rules you follow?
KS: My style is ever changing, but a constant component of my everyday looks is that they need to be comfortable while looking good. I love color and J.Crew is my go to for everyday items. Living in Norway, staying warm is a big focus for most of the year, and cashmere and scarves have been my best friends for the last few years.
CK: There are so many trends coming up this season–which are your favorite and what would you recommend to our readers as must-have pieces of clothing that are worth the investment?
KS: For spring I want to be wearing candy color knits, cobalt denim, mullet hem dresses, coral/pink/orange with white denim, a lot of DIY bracelets, gold jewelry, anything mint with a Celine Boston Bag as arm candy
CK: Do you have any upcoming projects?
KS: I have so many projects coming up; it’s stressful and fun, exciting and crazy all in one big mess! There are a lot of changes in both my personal life and my professional career. I am just changing work (day time work), I bought an apartment last year that they are just finishing up this fall so I’m moving, and at the same time there are so many new and excited opportunities with the blog with redoing the look, and other upcoming projects that I will feature on my blog so stay in touch!
CK: What kind of advice would you provide to aspiring bloggers?
KS: Write about what you love! I love to DIY and that makes blogging fun, and for you to keep going in the long run it really needs to be fun. Like everything you do regularly sometimes it feels like a chore, but as long as it’s fun – it’s so much easier.
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