I had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful Dana, Blogger behind Dee4Dana who just celebrated her 1 year Blog – anniversary wearing the gorgeous white lace Bambah Boutique – Stunning!
Please tell us a bit about yourself..
I am a fashion blogger based in Abu Dhabi, working at an insurance company and pursuing my degree in International Business.
Being a fashion blogger is a full-time job itself, I put so much efforts into the materials I post trying to portray the story behind the outfits I put together and share similar affordable options. This requires extensive research while providing adequate details.
How did you get into blogging?
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for fashion. Styling my friends and family, they’ve always encouraged me to start my own blog and to share my lifestyle diaries, fashion inspirations, ideas, and tips with the world.
Tell us about your proudest achievement?
Creating DEEforDana has been the proudest achievement of mine. Doing it while working full time and studying part time I barely have time to sleep. I really am very proud of what I’ve built.
What are the challenges you face of being an Influencer?
To always be at my best and react positively to whatever comes my way. When I feel like I somewhat underachieved I’m very hard on myself. I do this to push myself into always doing better and never settle for what is just there. In other words, there’s always something I look forward to and always something I need to do.
What are the rewards?
Being recognized makes everything all worth it. Recognized for all the hard work and efforts you’ve put into creating something, something that I consider a start to my dreams.. What can be more rewarding than that?
What do you find the most frustrating?
It frustrates me that I try as much as I could to be at every event and not miss any but it gets hard with everything I do so I’d have to cope.
Who is you biggest role model and why?
My sister, Asma. She’s been through so much and yet when you look into her eyes you always get that calmness feel to things. She makes everything look achievable, shes a wonder woman and has done it all and I cant imagine having to go through a step of my life without sharing it with her, She will always be a role model to me and someone I look up to. I wish one day I could have her strength, her love, and be half the woman she is today.
Who is your style icon? And why?
Jessica Alba. She has it all, perfect figure, perfect hair, perfect smile, perfect sense of style and I always get the feeling that she would be absolutely lovely to hang out with. I’ve watched a couple of interviews for her and shes always seemed to be humbled and down to earth. Those features are things I just love about people. No matter who you are never forget where you come from and the struggle to get to where you are right now.
How do you describe your personal style?
My style.. well.. Its an everyday wear, available for everyone! I always find myself looking for something unique that makes people stand out! It all relies on having the ability to pick out something “different”
How do you balance between work, family, friends & blogging?
Its always been so hard seeing how I do so many things at once, but to me it will always be family first, friends, and the rest of the world. Blogging is a passion of mine so I consider that worth putting in so much time of my day into it; yet, my priorities have always been set in a way to give everything its daily worth.
Tell us something no one knows about Dana?
Everyone knows I’m obsessed with chocolate.. The big deal here is that for some odd reason I was never able to get myself to like Nutella!
What are your plans for the future?
My target is to finally be able to do this for a living with nothing on the side. So far, I’ve been blessed and I am looking forward to what the future holds for me!
Finally take us through a day in Dana’s life..
Wake up early morning, either for work (always late 😜) or for a photo shoot (usually on weekends), get myself to university on time in the afternoons and then if I had any events to attend I go to, or catch up with my family and friends!
You can follow on her Instagram account @Dee4Dana and her blog http://deefordana.com