Chic People: barkatt
Graceful, willowy and elegant, with a touch model-esque mystery, barkatt’s style is without a doubt one of the most popularly-emulated looks here on Chictopia. Who wouldn’t want to look like this stunning European beauty? In addition to being blessed with a creamy white complexion and luxuriously-long tresses, this girl sports an equally artistic array of clothing styles, ranging from draped jersey basics to delicate floral maxi dresses.
1. Q: How did you hear about Chictopia and why did you decide to join?
A: I just stumbled upon it one day. I was looking for inspiration, and found this gorgeous picture about a year ago. I can’t really remember who it was, but it was totally awesome and I wanted to vote for it; so I registered to the site! I’m so glad I did!
2. Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a member of Chictopia?
A: My favorite thing about being a member of this community is that Chictopia appreciates personal style! It’s not fashion-this and fashion-that, the newest trends and the most expensive items that’s in focus. People are genuine and friendly, and usually give a lot of constructive criticism – unlike many other communities. I appreciate that people don’t just write; “not”, “bad” or backhanding comments like; “I would never combine this with that”. I also love that everyone gets the chance to show off their style, regardless of where they are from or who they are.
3. Q: How did you get interested in fashion and outfit blogging? What did you dress like as a little girl, and how has your style transitioned over the years?
A: I blame Alexander McQueen. His amazing and innovative designs changed my life in 2008, when I was channel-surfing and ended up watching his AW2008 ready-to-wear collection on a runway-show on E!. Suddenly, I saw a whole new world, and that’s when it all changed. I went from being conscious about how I dressed, to searching for more. Personal style became a way of life for me! I’ve always tried to look my very best, but just like any other girl; I’ve had a relationship to a lot of different styles. As a little girl, I was both very curious about what was in my grandma’s attic—-as well as exploring the world as a real tomboy. In the beginning of high-school I just wanted to be sexy and cute; then I suddenly became somewhat of a Goth when I turned fifteen. I still LOVE wearing a black and a generally-darker palette, just on a whole other level, with a variety of textures and different fabrics.
4. Q: Your style encompasses a variety of different looks: Gothic-esque dramatic glamour, “borrowed from the boys” accessories, Scandinavian-ready layering, etc. Which one of these fashion influences is most vital to your wardrobe, and why?
A: Haha, I know—-my style is totally schizophrenic! I’m always trying new things and crashing styles into one another and just having fun with it. The most consistent and influential aspects of my personal style does however evolve around romance, attitude and layering, I think. My wearings mostly depend on how I feel that particular day and what kind of weather it is. I really don’t care if people think I’m weird: I am weird, and proud of it. I’d hate to be normal, whatever that is. I guess it’s all a combination of how I was as a child, when I come to think of it.
5. Q: What is your background heritage?
A: Born and raised by my wonderful mom and amazing dad in northern Norway! I know that my great grandparents and grandparents were and are strong, creative and independent people. My family works within a lot of areas, but a huge percent of them are actually teachers. However, I don’t have that teaching-gene in me. There are fishers, firefighters and industrial workers going way back in my DNA, as well as home-makers, independent businesses and state employees. A little bit of everything! I have some distant relatives in Canada, but I don’t really know a lot about my heritage other than that. I’m very curious, though, and recently started collecting information about my family tree, where I continuously add new information. Hopefully, some day, the pieces will fit together and I will know a lot more about the history of my family.
6. Q: Not only are you outfits stunning, but so is your natural beauty and poise. Have you ever considered becoming a model? How do you think professional fashion modeling compares to the fashion blogging industry, and how would modeling affect your style and personal blogs?
A: Wow, thank you so much—-that’s very sweet of you! I don’t know about modeling, though. I’ve had some requests regarding it and did somewhat of a debut on the catwalk a couple of weeks ago just for fun, but I don’t know. I am currently thinking about joining a bureau that’s interested in me, but I don’t know if I want to. It’s so much work, a very competitive market, as well as really low payment here in Norway and I’m not exactly the ideal in any area. I’m an inexperienced 24 year-old, just nearly 5’6 and have a lot of flaws. It’s probably more complicated in my head, than it actually is in reality, but I want to think about it for a while before making any drastic changes to my life. But, I don’t think professional modeling can be compared to blogging, other than the fact that they both revolve around fashion, style, photo and design. It would probably affect both by style and my blog in a good way, though. I would be getting more experience in front of the camera, learn a lot, earn a little for those seasonal splurges and get to meet a lot of interesting people. It’s absolutely appealing and a wonderful opportunity which I’m really honored to have, but as I said, I don’t know if I’m model-material.
7. Q: You’re constantly sporting the on-trend topknot hairstyle. How can we create this look ourselves?
A: Honestly, I do it because it easy and saves me time. Not very fashionable, but it’s the truth. It’s pretty easy to make it as well, but I admit I had some trouble in the beginning. I was over-thinking it and using too many pins, which is the biggest mistake one could make with this bun. I usually just bend over and collect all of the hair between my hands, twirl it and gather it all at the top. Then I add a plain scrunchie, and if I really want it to last, I add some Elnett hairspray at the ends.
8. Q: We love the sharp quality of all your images! What kind of camera do you use?
A: Thank you! I have a Canon EOS 450D, with the standard lens, which came in the kit when I bought it. I decided I didn’t want to invest in another lens until I knew how to use the camera properly. I always use the manual setting, because I think the “auto” function is stupid and takes really lame pictures. Of course, that’s just my opinion. I do however feel that I have more knowledge about how the camera works now, and thinking about investing in another lens, for even sharper pictures. I always take my own pictures, unless I’m traveling and in a crowded place (which is both time-consuming and fun at the same time). I generally use the timer, set it to a series of shots (5-10) and run around the garden waiting for it to snap some shots of me in my wearings.
9. Q: What’s your number one favorite item in your wardrobe?
A: That’s an impossible question! I have soo many things; gorgeous shoes, vintage lovelies and about a hundred dresses! BUT, my favorite item right now is actually from my lover’s closet. It’s that gray chunky, over-sized knit cardigan from Cubus. I steal it all the time!
10. Q: Which three trends are you most looking forward to this fall and winter?
A: Oh, that’s easy! Leather, chunky knits, and the whole camel-palette. I’m also occasionally into that military trend, mostly because of the Norwegian designer The White Baron, which so kindly allowed me to borrow items from his latest collection!
11. Q: In terms of fashion, what is your favorite season?
A: I never thought I would say this, but it’s actually winter! I love layering, and though spring is my favorite season all in all, when it comes to fashion, winter is the best. You can just put on layers of clothes in different colors, textures and styles – a wonderful crash of wool, lace, knits, leather, silk and everything pretty like that. It’s almost an easy season, when it comes to styling, because you know it’s going to be cold and to keep warm you need chunky, over-sized lovelies. It’s an excellent time to wear across your style and size, which I love doing.
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