The best things come when you least expect it. Meet Vanessa Ciliberto, a leggy blonde fashion blogger from a town just steps away from Zurich, Switzerland. Six months ago Vanessa was oblivious to the blogging universe. However, stumbling across a few popular style blogs one day, she was inspired her to start one herself. The outcome? The Vogue Word, a blog featuring Vanessa’s feminine outfits with a kick of Swiss street style to mix things up.
Ever since this modelesque fashionista caught wind of the wonderful world of fashion blogging and realized she could tie in her longtime passion for writing, The Vogue Word has taken off to a flying start.
This up-and-coming fashion blogger is a student of Economics at the University of Zurich, a social butterfly and a fitness enthusiast. No doubt, Vanessa is living proof that hard work will be rewarded and that’s why she’s our Featured Friday trendsetter today.
What is your personal motto or mantra?
There is a quote, which I really like: “If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”
I’m holding on to exactly this quote because I really believe that everything is possible, as long you really want it!
You live just outside of Zurich, Switzerland. How would you describe the street style there?
During most of my free time I spend it in Zurich because my boyfriend lives there. I actually still live at my parents home, which is outside of the town in a small village.
The street style in this town is nothing special and of course not comparable with the street style you find in Zurich. The people there live and love the good life and also attach great importance to their clothes and style.
Where I live, most of the people don’t really care about fashion and style. You get rather curious glances if you wear something flashy on the streets. That’s because most of the people like to dress casual, comfortable and are not very into fashion. Of course there are always a few people who attach great importance to fashion and how they dress, but these people spend their free time in bigger cities and not in the country.
You blog about fashion in two languages. Do you find there is a difference between readers of different languages?
No, I actually don’t think there’s a difference between readers. The reason why I decided to write my blog in two languages is simple: not every person in Switzerland, Germany or Austria understands English. A lot of people, especially the younger readers, may have difficulty understanding everything. So I am pretty sure that they are happy to have the possibility to read the posts in their first language, German.
Writing in two languages is not much more effort for me, in fact it’s a chance to improve my English. With every new blog post I write, it gets easier and easier to write the English part.
Who are your style icons?
I don’t know if I really have a style icon. I just wear things I like and I don’t ask myself if my style icon would wear this piece or not.
But of course there are a few people who have a great sense for fashion and whom I sometimes get some of my fashion inspiration from. For example, L.A blogger Shea Marie from peaceloveshea. I really love her style, it is entirely my taste. Also the style of Blake Lively is great.
What is the coolest fashion experience you’ve ever had?
Since I’ve only been active for about 6 months in the fashion world, I don’t have a lot of fashion experiences yet.
A few days ago, I was invited to my first fashion show from an Italian emerging designer. It was a cool and completely new experience for me. I really hope there are many more such things to come.
What are 3 secrets about yourself?
1) My closet is chaotic. Because of this I have no overview over my clothes. Sometimes I completely forget about pieces I have.
2) Sometimes (ok, often) I’m lost in my day dreams.
3) I love to read my horoscope, even though I know it’s rubbish.
If you could give one piece of advice to your 14 year-old self, what would it be?
I was not very self confident when I was 14-years old. I think a lot of teenage girls have this problem and are very unsatisfied with themselves. I’d give myself the advice to love myself more and also to stop being insecure about myself.
Another piece of advice would be to not care about what other people think, because I have always attached great importance to what other think about me. Today I know that it doesn’t matter what you do, there will always be people who don’t like what you do and there’s just nothing you can do about it. So, do not care!
What is one of your favorite pieces from our Wantering Tumblr site?
Wow, I’d love to wear this Topshop dress. The deep blue is so beautiful and magical. I would mix it with black, heeled sandals, a big cat-eye sunnies, wavy hair and a clutch, just perfect for spending a cozy summer day with my girls.
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