Linda, the face behind Looks Like Berlin, a fashion blog based out of Germany, tells LMDES all about her experience as a blogger and lover of all things style, in Berlin. Not only does she know where to shop, and which stores to check out, she also shares a few tips on how bloggers can grow their networks.
For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about who you are and what you aim to do with Looks like Berlin?
I'm Linda, a 28 year old stylist and mother living in Berlin. I was born in beautiful Kenya and raised in the best city in the world, Berlin. On my blog LLB, I love to share my passion for fashion by showing how I dress and where the best spots to buy clothes are.
The name of your blog is interesting, what was the inspiration behind it? Do you feel that you’re an individual that “looks like Berlin” and how do you deal with your assimilation in the country?
The name LLB is a pun. On the one hand i’d like to show how Berlin people look like and how they dress because I think every big city has a signature. If I am truly honest- you don’t really have to assimilate if you live in Berlin. Here are people with parrots on their shoulder... that is the reason I love my hometown. You can be who ever you want here.
What is the Berlin fashion + culture scene like?
The scene is always changing but there are some spots that are constantly relevant. Each scene has its spot, so it's pretty large with a lot of variety and individuality, which makes it flamboyant and ever growing.
Who are some of your favorite bloggers and creatives at the moment?
At first there is my partner in crime Jules and her blog and my other friend Elif with her blog. I really love their work. Secondly, I love to lose my head on Pinterest and Instagram, especially accounts from Africa where I refresh my style. They are a huge inspiration for my look and work.
What is it like being a woman of color living in Germany? Do you find that there is a strong community?
Oh of course there is a community but in my world every human has a color, so we are all people of color.
You’re a mother! Quite possibly, one of the most stylish mothers I’ve seen. ;) How do you find balance between family life, work and keeping up in the blogosphere?
I think if you do everything with passion and love there is no problem to keep everything up. Priorities are important and I love to do lists. And thanks for the compliment ;)
What has your journey as a blogger been like so far? What have you learned most about yourself?
I have learned that hard work counts and to find your own style is the hardest. You have to concentrate with what your doing and always keep connected with other creative minds.
Let us in on some secrets. Where are 5 of your favorite spots around the city?
Food is my second passion and if you are in Berlin you have to go to Shiso Burger. There you will find Berlins best burgers and you will find the best asian food in Nu Eat Kitchen. So delicious. I mostly buy my clothes at flea markets. Sundays there is one in the famous Mauerpark. It’s the place to be.
I often go with my daughter for a walk at Humboldhain. Ist a huge park with rosesgarden in it. The roses are so beautiful. And when I go out for a drink with friends I love a place called ’’Weinerei’’. You can try different types of wines and decide for yourself how much you’d like to pay. That’s really a cool concept.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
New York is one of my dreams because I’d like to join Afropunk Festival.
What advice would you give to bloggers that want to grow their network?
Be real. Be nice to others and don’t try to copy. Find your own style.
How would you describe your style? What are some of your current must-haves?
I really love vintage stuff and fashion classics, but some times i feel like a chameleon. Give me a pice and I will combine it like no one else would. I love mixing materials and colors.
Any exciting projects in the works? What can we look forward to seeing in the next year?
My blog is growing right now and I’m doing nice collaborations with photographers and brands that I really like.
This interview was conducted by Sienna Brown. Sienna Brown is the founder of Las Morenas de España. From New York to Murcia, Spain, she is constantly on a journey to inspire and be inspired while engaging in different methods of creation. Her passion for learning about others leads her towards constant exploration and practicing the art of listening as much as she can. See more of her work here and follow her adventures on instagram.