Monday, January 10, 2011

Citizen's Choice BEST Blogs 2010: Barbro Andersen

Her face is like an angel's. The camera is a Canon.

Meet Barbro Anderson, Norway's steamy answer to Fashion Toast, undisputed Queen of the Fashion-Blogger-Babes. Shy, sensitive and artistic, Barbro is more than her pretty face. Not satisfied with the role of mere model, Barbro also is a photographer and fashion writer, and she combines her love of photography and fashion on her self-named blog, where perfect bone structure, lithe poses and dreamy aesthetics reign supreme.

Citizen's Choice Best Blogs 2010: Barbro Andersen
The Citizen: What inspires you, your style?

Barbro: This question is always very tricky, I think. It's just everything, most things or some things. I'm inspired by nature, contrasts, complex simplicity and of course photography, music and art. I always say that I live in my own little bubble, and that pretty much explains it. I try to search within myself for inspiration, rather than looking at everyone else. I'm a strong believer in individuality!

Norwegian Wood: Nature plays a big role in Barbro's world
The Citizen: What are your favorite 3 blogs?

The Citizen: You've had some big changes in 2010, moving from your hometown to the "big" city of Oslo, correct? How has this changed the direction of your blog?

Barbro: Yes, I have! I've always wanted to live in the city, and now I'm finally here! I can't believe it! I don't think it has changed my blog, though - but it has changed my social life. I'm able to attend different fashion related events and parties, despite the fact that I feel really misplaced at them. I guess it's one of those things you have to get used to. Living in Oslo has also made it easier for me to get in touch with Norwegian designers, bloggers similar to myself and allowed me to strut down the catwalk dressed in the wonderful designs of Kjersti Vatle.

The Citizen: Another great change was your recent marriage to your partner (congrats by the way), has your marriage changed your focus at all? How has marrying your partner changed your life? 

Barbro: Thank you very much! To be honest; we were already like an "old, married couple," so it hasn't really changed anything. I just feel more safe, and that's a good thing, I think. It's still very new and exciting since we just got married last July, but we've been together for five years and marrying each other just felt natural. There aren't any noticeable changes other than the fact that we now have papers, and perhaps a little bit more respect from other people in general.

The look of LOVE: Barbro and her soul mate tied the knot last July.
The Citizen: Would you care to share your "day" job with us? How has your blog changed your life?

Barbro:The blog is my day-job, so to speak; and it has changed my life in ways I couldn't imagine! I started it because I was bored and needed something to do, and I honestly didn't know what I was doing - I guess I still don't. It's learned me the importance of being true to myself and my style, and to not be scared. All in all, it has given be the self-esteem to be.. well, me!

The Citizen: Share some upcoming plans for 2011.

Barbro:Well, I can't say too much, but I do have some different projects going on! You may see more of my so-called modeling and perhaps even some DIY/designs.

Role model: Barbro moonlights as a model. I know I wasn't too shocked either.
The Citizen: Where do you see the future of blogging heading?

Barbro: If you mean blogging in general, I think we've only just begun to see what it can do to the world, but I have no idea where it is heading! The blogging sphere is so huge, I can't even begin to wrap my head around it. I do think bloggers eventually will have even more influence on designers and the whole aspect of fashion, as they are the direct link between the designers themselves and people in general. If you where thinking in smaller means and regarding my blog; I'm not sure. I'm happy doing what I'm doing, and continuing to expand my interests and knowledge.
Fashion journalist, photographer, cover girl: Barbro wears many (fashionable) hats.

The Citizen: Where do you see yourself on the fashion map? 

Barbro: Haha, that's a good question. I'd say I'm at the bottom, trying to climb up, just like a lot of fashion interested girls and boys. I'm not sure what my goal is, or what I want to do, but for now I'm very happy exactly where I am. I can't ask for more :)
Barbro Andersen makes looking beautiful look easy.
Be sure to add Barbro to your Blog-roll:

Barbro has recently been nominated for Vixen's 2010 Blog of the Year Award. You can vote for her here.


mispapelicos said...

Fantastic love spreading feature, fantastic Barbro.
You are really good.

My Heart Blogged said...

Thank you for featuring I love her distinctive style, and how down to earth she is.
My Heart Blogged

Unknown said...

I am still catching up !!!
Thanks for this , too!
I must go check out her photos :)
You have been so busy !
Loves ya!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Barbro is an unbeatable triple threat: beauty, talent and kindness makes for somebody you can't help but root for! She's always been so sweet and humble, and I am sure she has much to offer the fashion world.

Anonymous said...

Barbro and I have had a couple of exchanges at Chictopia. In this set of photographs, the one of the 'shadow of lace' is just fantastic.

E said...

Wow, she's such an inspiration to all of us fashion bloggers! That's really incredible what a career she's made out of it!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Bella, I really enjoy these reports! I learn so much from you. She is so talented. I agree with Terri...I was taken with her picture with the lace curtain. Beautiful!

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

She's so chic! Great interview, I look forward to more.

Lee Oliveira said...

I think she is fabulous and unique.. When I find people like you, her, Vahni and Sacramento and many more are love at the first sign.. Coz its real.. and thats what I love about it
Lee x

Anonymous said...

Love this! I have been looking for some new blogs to check out :) I will have to head her way...

Thanks for sharing!


Leia said...

I hadn't heard of her blog before but I must check it out, she looks and sounds incredible! I am not at all surprised that she models sometimes - she's a stunner. Really love your best blogs series; you introduce me to so many new and awesome bloggers!


Anonymous said...

Wow, lovely blog! <3

Annebeth said...

she's amazingly beautiful, cool, talented and nice. And I had no idea she was gay! I actually think that's so cool! She is such a role model and mold breaker :)

tinyjunco said...

what a beautiful introduction to this blogger's visual style and sweet personality. i discovered barbro's blog fairly recently so it's a special treat for me to get a behind the scenes take on her and her site (without having to read all the archives - not that that's a chore, just time-consuming).

Bella we're so lucky you're doing these great profiles and interviews! you do a bang-up job of it and we get our eyes pointed in all kinds of new directions. brava!! steph

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

She really is one of my favourites... so lovely and unique and with such a distinct style...

Barbro Andersen said...

I cannot thank you enough for this, Bella! You're such an amazing person, thank you for being you <3

And I cannot believe all the nice things you guys are saying about me, I don't know what to say. I'm so embarrassed. Thank you !

the Citizen Rosebud said...

@Barbro: it was a pleasure to write about you. In fact if memory serves me correctly..this isn't my first mention of your blog. Earlier in my blog career I listed you as a blogger to watch.

You seriously have such a wonderful style, and are such a sweetheart to boot. I am glad so many people share this opinion with me. xo. -Bella Q