09 Feb Q&A: HELEN CHIK
Helen Chik is undeniably one of the most colourful and influential bloggers right now. This blog post is my ode to her renowned unique flare and style.
I first met Helen at the Zoolander 2 premiere in the middle of Sydney’s CBD. I saw her colour before I had even seen her! She was radiating with such a finesse of style that sparks your attraction no matter which way you swing.
Chik, being a huge globetrotter, provides her followers and readers no dull moment with her adventures. She’s only just returned home after having travelled around the east coast of Australia, most of Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong and boarding the Dawn Princess Cruise around New Zealand. I feel lucky that I’ve even been able to have stopped her for more than a moment to catch up.
I have so much appreciation for her absolute genuine approach to everything she does. She’s open and honest with herself on a level that I hope to find one day. There’s an aura you feel around people who are so genuinely happy to be themselves, it’s infectious and warming.
On a personal note, I’ve always found myself picking up on little quirks and traits that people possess. Often these are core values I look for in friends, but they can also be attributes that are sometimes unique or foreign to me. Helen has a lot of quirks – truly, a lot – and they’re beautiful. One of which is just making the most of every moment you have. Our recent road trip to the Ocean Farm is a perfect reflection of this. We sang old school hit after hit at the top of our lungs like we were Romy & Michele on the way to our high school reunion.
How did you get started as a blogger and/or how did it come together?
Oh goodness, the story actually probably started back in 2008 when I had my first blog (Fashion Euphoria – yes I know, don’t judge!) that I used to muck around in my spare time whilst I was studying. Eventually my degree got the better of me and I ditched the blog (sadly) – fast forward four years and I landed my first corporate job at a huge bank. It didn’t take long for me to get bored in my role (6 weeks exactly) and I decided to start up a blog again. Fast forward another 18 months I decided to quit my job and try my hand at full-time blogging and voila! Here I am!
What has been one of your favourite aspects in our line of work?
I think meeting new and inspiring people has been the highlight for me these last two years because it’s them that encourage me to work harder. I’ve made some amazing friends and I don’t think that I would’ve had the chance to had I not started my blog.
Tell me something that not a lot of people know about you?
Oh god I think I am the queen of weird. I live for 80s and 90s music – the tackier the better. I can live off migoreng for months on end and have before (haha); I’m no Jamie Oliver. Up until 3 years ago, I couldn’t swim and was deathly afraid of deep water. I cry when anyone dies in movies and/or books, even cartoons.
Name your top 5 favourite albums OR your top 5 favourite movies.
Favourite albums: Gypsy and the Cat – Gilgamesh, Obie Trice – Cheers (yes I’m a black girl trapped inside an Asian body), Robyn – Body Talk, Kiiara – Low Kii Savage and The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness.
Favourite movies: Pans Labyrinth (because I love fantasy), Me Before You (because I’m a sucker for tragic romance novels), The Blind Side (die hard Sandra Bullock fan), The Joy Luck Club (because I’m a rebelling Asian child) and Dallas Buyers Club (well… Matthew McCaughey… ’nuff said)
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I love animals and I really wanted to be a vet when I was a kid but then I realised that I wouldn’t be playing with puppies and kittens around the clock and I didn’t have the stomach for the less glamorous stuff.
Where is your ultimate travel destination and why?
Right now Africa and South Africa are high on my priority list of places to visit. Doing a safari and shark tank diving are the two things I MUST cross off in 2017. Why? Because I’m a sucker for punishment; and will go for anything that gets my adrenalin pumping.
What’s one guiding tip to anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
My advice would be to be bold and knock on as many doors as you can – you’ll need to knock on 20 doors before you get your first yes and there is nothing wrong with being rejected. Pick yourself up and move onto the next.
Australia, we’re lucky enough to have this chic, independent, happy-infectious traveller represent us she continues to jump continents and live life to it’s absolute fullest.
Keep cool this weekend, Sydney!
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