For February’s ‘Making our own path’, I want to introduce you to Tolmeia aka Tolly Dolly Posh. If you are a keen blog reader or blog yourself you’ve probably come across the 16 year old ethical fashion blogger and designer. Tolly has been making waves in the blogging industry because of her writing talent, unique style and ethical values. Check out her about page to get to know her even more.
How long have you been (writing and designing)?
I’ve been writing my blog since March 2012, when I was only 11… so almost five years now which is slightly terrifying! It’s been a big portion of my life. And in terms of designing, I’d say I’ve always been interested and always made up ideas in my mind and on paper since I was only small. I love clothes, I’m just so interested by them; even more so, now.
Have you always (been interested in fashion)?
Definitely! I think because everyone wears clothes, I’ve always been fascinated. You can find inspiration everywhere because it’s always right in front of you, and you can work out a lot about someone by what they choose to express themselves with on the outside. I’m not saying you should judge a book by its cover so to speak, but it’s definitely something I think about in general. And of course, more recently, I’m more interested in ethical fashion than anything else. It’s really opened my eyes and I now question everything.
What do you never leave the house without and why?
A pair of sunglasses? I usually wear my second-hand suede tassel bag but sometimes I only need a pair of sunglasses in my pocket and I’m good to go.
What do you do when you lack motivation?
Agh, I struggle with this constantly. I think music is actually a big help for me. It gets me out of bed in the morning and it lifts my spirits. I use one of Spotify’s acoustic ‘focus’ playlists in the background of writing blog posts too. Music is just such a powerful art.
Last book you read?
I finally finished “To Die For” by Lucy Siegle. It’s a book that really delves into all corners of the fashion industry and how we need to better it. It’s widened my perspective on a lot of things, especially fur. It’s got a lot of food for thought and I would highly recommend it.
Favourite movie and why?
In terms of general ‘entertainment’ movies, I don’t really have a favourite but one I enjoy rewatching is actually a rather random one and one which might sound a bit odd, but – Sleeping With Other People. I definitely cannot relate to the themes included but Alison Brie is such a brilliant actress and it’s a really different taken on the usual rom-com.
In terms of more intellectual, fashion-related films, the True Cost is a raw and honest exploration of what happened after the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013. It’s what really engaged me in the ethical fashion scene and what I hope will open the eyes of many more people. It’s available on Netflix!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Oh boy. Again, I don’t really have a ‘biggest’ inspiration – I take a lot of inspiration from a lot of different people. Currently, Safia Minney and what she’s done with People Tree has really inspired and motivated me. It shows that there is a way to create a fashion brand but utterly and truly focused on the ethical and sustainable side of things.
If you could be anyone for one day who would you be?
Safia? Haha, or… actually, as an educational experience, I would take the place of a garment worker and truly understand their struggles. And if he was still with us – Bowie.
I’m such a sentimental person so I have many. I have letters and cards and small items from my family and friends which I suppose are my “most treasured”… but hmm. I really like all of my Dr Martens. I know they’re going to last me for years and I’ll one day be able to pass them on, so yeah. I can’t pick a favourite pair though.
Reading fanfiction (seriously, some people are novelists) or illustrating cool people I like (sshh, like Joel McHale).
Tell me a tip you swear by, it can be anything…
If you’re going to compare yourself to anything, compare yourself to the universe. Realise how small you are. It sounds dark and scary and perhaps a little depressing, but it will make all of your self-confidence issues seem that little bit easier to deal with when you realise how small they are compared to what is out there. Life is short and the world is small – why worry about what other people think?
Tell me one fact about yourself that most people don’t know…
People who know me, know this, but – I’m actually really lazy. Like, really really lazy. I’m trying to change that, but yup. Although I work hard when it comes down to it, I’m not the best at keeping myself motivated.
How do you measure your success?
As I’m home schooled and spend most of my time at home, this is a really tricky one for me. I have to rely on the people closest to me to measure it for me, and that can be hard. So, personally, it involves rewarding small victories or just trying my best. If I try my best and I come away feeling proud, then I’ve done my job. It’s all about pleasing me.
I’d like to say a HUGE thanks to Tolly for helping me out with this post and being so lovely and willing to get involved. She’s achieved so much and has been a inspiration for me since the beginning.