Girl Behind the Blog:
Hilary Rose Walker
Social Media Coordinator and Consultant / Freelance Interior Designer
Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I was raised in Nashville, TN where most of my family still lives. My husband, David, and I relocated to Fort Worth, TX for graduate school about 2 years ago. It was a big decision to leave home and the comfort of our familiar environments but we've made good friends and found a loving, supportive community here in Texas in a short amount of time. The experience of planting roots in a new place has given us confidence, independence, and more strength as a couple.
How did you decide to start blogging? What gave you the courage to go for it?
Like so many others at the dawn of fashion and design blogs, I was overwhelmed by the immense treasury of creativity and inspiration online. I spent countless hours milling through the fascinating pages of sites such as The Glamourai, The Sartorialist, Garance Dore, Coco + Kelley, and Destined to Design. At the time, I was a student at Middle Tennessee State University studying interior design and teaching ballroom dance. I was always looking for new ways to be inspired, be it in the form of a beautifully composed photograph, a meticulously crafted vintage coat, or simply the early morning dew on my front lawn. As my desktop archive of images brimmed over, I started to feel the urge to join in the conversation beyond the occasional post comment. So, I started a blog - big surprise. At the same time, I was finishing my last semester of school and thought an online presence would be a helpful tool in searching for a job out of state. My blog was very small so starting it didn't take a lot of courage. Now that my readership is growing, the courage comes while striving to maintain my own voice and improve with every post!
What can people expect when they visit your blog?
Hilary Inspired is a blog about style, art, and life. My readers can expect to see a wide variety of things on my blog but, above all, they will find carefully considered content that is originally conceived and executed. Besides sharing aspects of my own personal style through outfit and interior posts, I also love to uncover moments of inspiration in ordinary places. Exposing beauty and noticing sophistication - this is often what I find myself most interested in. I don't see any reason for the refinement of art and design to be separated from our everyday lives. Design and personal style are, in a way, a fusion of the practicalities of life and the creative impetuous of art. We choose our bodily and environmental attire with the intent to communicate a message about ourselves and the ideas we value. Grand or simple, unique or familiar, it's an un-fine but important art and one that I love to explore through photography and words.
What are your favorite blog posts you’ve ever written?
Oh my, this is a difficult question! I've had many favorites over the years but the few that stick out in my mind currently are the following - Art + Life, Beyond the Walls, Stepping Pretty, Style Story... Ada Smith, Severe Beauty, Color Study... Ep. 3, Dining for Two, and Orchid + Art (obviously I'm still having trouble narrowing this down)
What kind of camera do you use?
I have a Nikon D5000 and primarily use the starter lenses that came with the kit. It was a big investment for me but probably the smartest and most beneficial purchase I've ever made!
You've taken part in some amazing collaborations! How did you receive the opportunity to contribute to Rue Magazine, Hello Splendor, and other online publications? Any advice for others on how to collaborate with other bloggers/creatives?
I've been so blessed to work and collaborate with some wonderfully creative and inspiring people over the past 2 years! Looking back, I realize that many of those relationships began from something as simple as a blog comment or twitter mention. Not to say that it's just that easy, but simple things like reaching out with an encouraging or complementary comment certainly help. Interact with the community of people you want to work with. They may just like what you're doing enough to return the favor! I'm also a big proponent of the introductory email or message. We're all so busy these days, it can be difficult to find time to scout for contributors or collaborators. Make it easier for the people you want to work with... go to THEM and introduce yourself!
Any other words of wisdom for Everygirls out there?
I'm an avid quote collector. Perhaps a few words of wisdom from others that have inspired me throughout the process of building my blog would be more appropriate than anything I could say :
"I refuse to be what you call 'normal'." - Alphaville (1965)
"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." - Henry Ward Beecher"
"I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection." - Emily Ley
"She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans." - Kobi Yamada