Announcing a very exciting interview with blogging duo, Original Minds. I had the pleasure of working alongside Marian while i lived in London and from the get -go i knew she was destined for sucess. With her blogging bestie Isobel they are in the process of creating their own clothing brand(which no doubt will be incredible) and are an inspirational voice for women worldwide
Q1- Where did the inspiration for Original Minds come from?
Isobel – The inspiration for our blog and branding came from wanting to express an “individual” and conscientious ethos. We want to relate to all kinds of women through our content and feel our future fashion brand is an inclusive one for all.
Marian – We just wanted to do something fun and something we enjoyed. With work and general life we knew it was important to do something that made us happy.
Q2- Where is your favourite travel destination?
Isobel – To date it has got to be Cuba. There is no country like it. The country’s and people’s unique drive for life is mesmerising and, damn, fun. I love Cuba even more so because this all comes from a very humble place. They are collectively the most genuinely caring people i’ve come across.
Marian – They’ve all been amazing but one that comes to mind is Tanzania, it’s honestly one of the most beautiful places and the people are amazing. Plus the pound goes a long way in Africa.
Q3- What is it like travelling and working with your blogger bestie?
Isobel – Lucky for me, we have no qualm in being honest with what we may want or not want to do. Compromise, but also putting personal preference aside for the sake of the other comes into the equation as we’re very understanding of each other. No one’s left annoyed at any decision.
Marian – We’re more like sisters if we’re honest. It’s definitely a fun experience. It also means we’re not afraid to say our opinion which is extremely important when doing something like this. You have to be able to disagree to get the best outcome
Q4- Can you highlight some off the beaten track places in London/UK perfect for a ladies getaway?
Isobel – Ladies getaway? Spa weekend definitely comes to mind! Topping it off with afternoon tea. A favourite has got to be The Swan Hotel & Spa up in the Lake District. With such tranquil surroundings, the interior compliments a very British feel – however with a touch of contemporary.
Marian – Thanks to Airbnb you can have a mini holiday all year round. So if you want to stay in London book an Airibnb in central. In terms of the UK, Bath is an amazing city and also known for it’s spas. A weekend away in Bath would be perfect.
Q5- What are some travel tips you could share with us?
Isobel – Research the city / region you’ll be travelling to; having a heads up on the culture is vital for a pleasant and genuine experience. Find time to converse with locals and make a good impression!
Marian – Bring sun screen, make sure you have emergency money and do a lot of research before you go so you don’t have any unpleasant surprises.
Q6- You were recently in Ibiza and Madrid, which is your favourite and why?
Isobel – I would say Madrid for the pure reason that I had really low expectations. Upon walking around, breathing in the crisp air, alongside taking in such beautiful historical architecture – it was just bliss for me. If you appreciate architecture and art spanning vast centuries, Madrid is your kind of place.
Marian – What was great about Ibiza is that even though many people only see it as a party island, it’s actually incredibly beautiful and picturesque. It was also nice because we stayed away from the culture it’s known for in order to know the island for what beauty it really offers.
Q7- Where are you currently and what is the best thing to do/see there?
Isobel – At the moment i’m in South London as I live there, but in a weeks time i’ll be in Corfu. It’s a second home, so I know the best thing to do is swim in the clearest sea this side of the world offers!
Marian – Currently in London as I work here, but always looking for my next destination.
Q8- What is your one must have item for any trip?
Isobel – Trainers. I like to explore a place by foot so fancy fashionable footwear is often out of the question. I’d compromise style when it comes to exploration. Win win if they’re beaut shoes.
Marian – I think it’s important to have a small bag with you when you’re travelling. Enough to keep the important things with you (Phone, Money, ID). When you know you’re walking around all day you don’t want to have a massive bag on you.
Q9- What are the next destinations on your list to visit and why?
Isobel – I would like my next international destination to be Madagascar. I’ve never been to the south of Africa let alone an island there so I would really like to tick that off my list. I’ve seen a lot of (mostly foodie) documentaries based in Madagascar and the country looks fascinating. I’d really like to get stuck in at some point in the process of making Madagascan chocolate!
Marian- Hopefully Cinque terre in Italy. If you haven’t Googled this place I suggest you do it now. It’s beautiful. Enough said.
Q10- What has been your best and worst travelling experience to date?
Isobel – The best travelling experience; road tripping in Europe for a year. The worst? Probably the flights to and from Cuba (though as I say, Cuba was utterly worth it)! 10 hours with no in flight entertainment, sat on crumbling seats and packed with people, there was a definite musk in the air too. Beware of AirEuropa for long haul flights! My only other bad experience was being stuck at Kiev airport for a 18 hour layover at the time the Malaysian airliner was supposedly shot down. Apprehensive to say the least, and staff were shockingly unpleasant.
Marian – The best experiences i’ve had to be honest always depends on who i’m with. I love travelling but travelling
Q11- After two years in the blogging business what is your advice for fellow aspiring bloggers?
Isobel – Teaming up is the best decision we made when it comes to blogging. Content can be so dynamic and it’s a great morale boost too – blogging is so much harder than it’s made out to be!
Marian – Keep at it. Sometimes life gets in the way in more ways than one, but keep at it. It’s also great having a partner because there’s always someone there to push you. It’s nice to have the support. I honestly don’t know what i’d do without Izzy as a blogging partner and a best friend.
Q12- I am off to Marrakech next month, what did you love about your time there?
Isobel – I loved the vibrancy. The beautiful sweet sweet oranges, the smell of spice and the market place by night. By night it’s a whole other world as opposed to during the day.
Marian – When I think back to our time there I definitely remember it being very colourful and vibrant. I think what we loved the most was the depth in culture, to us that’s what travelling is all about. Experiencing and immersing into new cultures so you can grow as a person.
Q13- If you could, what one place would you choose to live in the world?
Isobel – Greece. Everything is so uncomplicated there even though Greeks have every right to be concerned day to day at the moment. You don’t have to wander about if you’re happy because the sun, food, people, e.t.c. makes the decision for you. I seek a simple and healthy life, their gratitude and tradition is deeply rooted in the success of this.
Marian – I think there’s definitely 2 parts to me. There’s the part of me that loves being an a city and having access to everything, but there’s definitely a part of me that loves to relax and slow down sometimes. So the city girl in me definitely wants to be in London or LA. I saw a programme about Necker Island in the Caribbean once. It’s a small island that Richard Branson owns. The Island girl in me would love that (sorry, couldn’t choose one).
Q14-Why should everyone visit London?
Isobel – Multiculturalism. Everyone, everywhere, contributes to the vibrancy of this city. When i’m away somewhere I don’t necessarily miss London, but once I do find myself in London – the relief of seeing one face so different from the next is actually comforting to me. NO WHERE is like London in this way on such a relatively small scale. It’s an amazing thing.
Marian – I think one of the main reasons so many people are attracted to London is due to the amount of opportunity. You can be anything here and do anything here. It really is a city of opportunity. Close in second is the fact London is multicultural it really does add the the culture and flavour of London.
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