INTERVIEW: Arabelle from Fashion Pirate

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Do you ever discover a blog and just fall head over heels in love with it? That was exactly how I felt upon visiting Arabelle's Fashion Pirate for the first time! Here was a person who was not only blogging about beauty and clothing through her own individual perspective, but also was tackling subjects not usually talked about in the blogging community - and all the while being incredibly articulate.
Much to my surprise, Arabelle agreed to be the next blogger interviewed for this feature, and I got to ask her about make-up, film, and the future.

Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
Hopefully I'll be working in beauty at a magazine, and doing something regarding women's rights as well. Honestly I have so many interests right now that I'm juggling I'd be happy to do any of them.

Describe the average day in your life.
I'm boring as hell most days, I fluctuate between never leaving my room/computer and never being in my room/running around screaming, and rarely like, just hang out with my friends. They yell at me sometimes about it and have to drag me to be social. I wake up (late), fall asleep standing in front of my closet and wake up leaning over drooling on one of my dresses, pick that one to wear because why not, and go to class. Then I watch a movie 'cause I'm doing a 365 film challenge that I've fallen behind on because of fashion week and general madness. In class and between them I answer emails, tweets, schedule photo or video shoots for Rookie or powder doom or whatever and do my social media internship with a company that hasn't launched publicly yet. On week days I'm really boring and just go to class and be narcissistic and outfit blog or stuff. I get everything done on weekends when I can go back home / into the city and visit showrooms and designers and whatever and do fashion stuff.

Can you remember what the first makeup product you completely fell in love with was?
I was way into this shimmery blue lipstick from Hot Topic in middle school. I thought I was hot shit when I put it on, and used to smell it a lot because it smelled like vanilla. Wish I still had it, it'd probably look dope with my hair. Also I could probably pull it off way better now.

Let's say your a superhero - what are your powers, and more importantly, what does your costume look like?
The power to convince anyone to do anything I want. I wouldn't be a very good hero, I think. Maybe an anti-hero. I'm way too much of a sociopath to be a proper good girl, I know this already. But ummm... I'd wear a costume designed by Yohji. He's dabbled in movie costume design before so I'm sure it'd be rad.

I love reading your thoughts on movies - are there any in particular that have inspired your style?
Not really, no. I like movies more for the feelings than for the visual effect in a lot of cases. My favorite films re: style would be maybe The Fall (SO BEAUTIFUL I WANT TO CLAW MY EYES OUT) and Top Hat. My personal style is very much a uniform as of late and isn't influenced by music or movies or what have you -- more by... Wednesday Addams. I guess The Addams Family would be my major filmspiration if you were to pick one. I just want something to feel safe and dangerous in at the same time, which is why I wear what I wear. It gives me that feeling. I guess it's no surprise Thrillers are my favorite movies. I can be a voyeur and safe as the viewer but still be totally caught up in the danger of a good plot.

If you had a dinner party and could invite any five people, living or dead, who would they be?
Rei, Audre Lorde, Luce Irigaray, John Waters, G-Dragon.

You are one of my favorite voices in the blogosphere - do you ever have difficulty expressing how you feel in writing?
I think the hardest part is just pressing publish. If I've written it down already, it means it's been in my head for awhile. I'm in my own head a lot, I am my own best friend and enemy for this, but it makes me a prolific writer when I get off my ass. I've never had a problem saying what I mean -- I used to get chastised by people for not shutting up or not thinking before I speak. But I can't help being truthful. I don't want to help it. I like to be liked by people on the internet, but I also don't seek anyone's approval for what I say. I just need to say it. It's a need. I need to say these things. I think if I didn't write or vlog or whatever I'd probably just sit consumed in my own thoughts to a point where I would go mental and start gnawing on peoples spinal cords.

If you had to choose, would you rather live without lipstick or eyeliner for the rest of your life?
Eyeliner. I feel naked without at least 2 lip products in my bag. I would cry if I could never do a cat eye again but lipstick makes me happy. I remember in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Hepburn would always apply lipstick to arm herself against the world and bad news. I do the same thing. When I'm stressed out you have to pry my chapstick or lipstick from my manicured talons.

Want more? Visit Arabelle at these links!
Fashion Pirate
Powder Doom


  1. Great interview, she has amazing style!

    Catherine, XO.

  2. arabelle's so awesome! cool interview!

  3. Fantastic interview-her hair is just THE BEST.

  4. Amazing interview, she's clearly a witty fashion icon!
    thank you!

  5. Oh I love her! And all of the questions and her answers are so good! I think this is my most favorite interview yet)


  6. This was such an interesting read Kailey. I would rather the bloggers I read be honest and for me to disagree with them than to never voice an opinion about anything and I like how Arabelle speaks her mind, for me that's what it's all about. I admire someone who can be that brave and say what the feel and think. I need to take a leaf out of her book!

    Thanks for taking the time to do this, I really enjoyed it!

    Emma x

  7. oh i didn´t know her before, but what a lovely and inspiring girl, definitely have to visit her blog now!
    thank you to introduce us to her;)
    love and kiss,mary

  8. I didn´t know her before! Loveeeee her hair!

  9. hello, a new favorite person in life. x

  10. I love the interview, I've never come across a blue lipstick before but it sounds awesome. I'm just looking at Arabelle's blog now and it's really pretty and interesting, I love her hair! :) I really like the way she answered the questions, she's a really good writer :).xx

    Ps - thanks for your comment. I usually photograph the products by putting them on a white piece of paper on a flat surface near the light & then brighten them slightly on photoshop :)xx

  11. Great interview! I love that she admits to being boring most days ;) Going to check out her site now!

  12. Ouu loved this interview! I'm new to your blog, loving it!


  13. I love that her super power would be excellent peer pressure skills. awesome.

  14. Ooh, will be checking out her blog right after this comment! She seems awesome :)

  15. Nice interview! She seems like a great lady, I will have to check out her blog. And I love her hair, wow!

  16. wow. I love her style! Thanks so much for your comment! Emily does not have a blog, unfortunately. I wish she did! She doesn't even have a facebook... lol

    :D love, polly

  17. nice! she has great style and, of course, great glasses :-)

  18. What a gorgeous girl...lovely style!

  19. Ohh what a lovely interview! I love Arabelle's sweet hair and sense of color. Her blog definitely one of few fashion blogs that I read regularly.

  20. I love her blog and style, and this interview just made me like her more! Thanks for the awesome feature :)

  21. What a great interview! She has excellent style.

  22. She's fabulous! Loving the fun outfits! Have a wonderful weekend, Kellie xx

  23. I'm a huge fan of her blog too and her style is so individual, i'm so envious of how well she can express herself through fashion. A great interview, a fab blog post. thumbs up from me! x

  24. Such a wonderful interview! <3 Her blog is such an inspiration!

    Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

  25. Her hair is so amazing! love her blog! and yours too <3

  26. Oh my goodness, I remember the shimmery blue lipstick from Hot Topic. That takes me back!

    Kailey, I love your interviews. Keep 'em comin'! ;) I tagged you in a survey, if you'd like to fill it out.

  27. Awesome!! great interview, I've been following her blog for quite some time now. I love how she writes and I adore her outfits, holy shit! sooo good. Sometimes when I go on fashion pirate, and look at Arabelle's outfits, I literally stop and yell, "oh my god" out loud. That probably sounds insane.

  28. What a lovely style! Loved her hair, will follow surely xxx

  29. Hello there! am starting to love your blog, you’re so pretty =)) weeeee I love all fashion blogger.. you're such an inspiration. following you already! Hope you will follow my humble blog too..and hope to see more of your post =))

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  31. love her hair color (:


  32. OMG this is such a great interview! Arabelle is so cool! Thanks for posting this! The questions you asked were super great.

    Just stumbled upon your blog and I'm head over heels! I'll be following!

    xx Eva

  33. "Do you ever discover a blog and just fall head over heels in love with it?" That was exactly how I felt upon visiting YOUR blog right now. I love it <3

    xx Andie.


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