I started Elbe Couture as a Hobby. With time it became a fixture in my regular life and now I am posting on it every day constantly. It happens because of my lovely followers and readers. Every single one of you who reads the blog regularly, appreciate my passion here on blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Today if Elbe is a success its not just my hard work but your love and appreciation contributed equally to its success.
I receive lots of DMs and Emails asking me lots of question. I try to answer all of them as early as possible. Many times the questions are pretty similar, so I have decided to answer all the common questions here so that the new readers and followers will get to know me beforehand. If there is anything that should be added to this question-answer round then let me know I will add it. So let us begin the interview:
Why did you start Elbe? What is your muse or inspiration behind Elbe?
I am dress girl. I love every thing about dresses. Almost a decade ago, I started creating those Pinterest pictures where you will see a dress paired with different accessories. At that time it was a once in while thing. I would look at a dress somewhere, download it and keep it in my computer. After few days or sometimes weeks found a picture of shoes or earrings that I would think, “oh! they will look great with so and so dress” and put those two pictures together in one. Neither professional nor serious. Fast forward 10 years and in 2017 I started doing it for my royal blog. And in 2018 I decided to dedicate a separate blog for all those pictures. My inspiration or muse was always those beautiful dresses.
Why did you name your blog Elbe?
There is no specific reason for naming my Blog ‘Elbe’. A long time ago, I read about historical rivers, Elbe – a one of the major rivers of Central Europe was one of them. It rises in the Krkonoše Mountains of the northern Czech Republic before traversing much of Bohemia and Germany then flows into the North Sea at Cuxhaven. I liked its name, it remained in my mind. So while Christining new blog, it again shown its presence in my thought process and without thinking twice I chose Elbe. It was totally a spur of the moment decision.
Why do we never see your face on any of the pic?
Elbe is not about me or how do I look in those outfits, It’s about style and style is a personal choice. I just want ladies out their to look at the outfits I put together and imagine their own selves in those outfit instead of seeing someone else’s face. It’s all about imagination.
My Blog is like a book. The best thing about books is, they let your imagination go wild. There is no pre-conceived visual to restrict your imagination. You see a dress not a person wearing a dress. So you can imagine your own self in that dress very easily.
Putting my face on it will turn it into visual that I believe is going to restrict your own creativity and imagination like movies where the character is always restricted by the face of actor playing the character.
Why don’t you model like other fashion and style blogs for your own blog?
Two reasons – One I am not a model.
Second as mentioned in previous question, Elbe is not about me, If I put my face on those outfits or start modeling for those outfits, It will not be about style anymore. Everything will start revolving around my face or look, what I am doing/wearing etc. As we have seen in the cases of many style blogs.
Do you get paid to post the dresses, shoes and accessories on your blog?
No, the label’s don’t pay me anything to post. I participate in affiliate marketing program. So if you decide to buy any thing given on my blog, I may earn a small amount of commission without costing any extra penny to you. The commission I receive from the Merchant, DOES NOT affect your purchase cost at all as price for your product will always be the same whether you buy that product via my blog or not. Most of the revenue is reinvested in the maintenance of this website i.e. URL and Web Server space, themes, plugins, performance upgrades, security upgrades etc. I have a full disclaimer about my earning from blog here on this page.
Are you a Fashion Designer or Graduate?
No, I am not. I am Computer Science professional and have no fashion/style professional or educational qualification. Whatever I put on blog is part of my own choices, likes and dislikes.
Is Elbe your full time job?
No, it is not. Even though I may earn small chunk from Elbe, but it is not my full time bread and butter source. I have another full-time job.
How many people are behind Elbe or Is there a team behind Elbe?
Only Yours Truly 🙂 Elbe is a one woman army.
I have seen Royal pictures on your Instagram, are you a royal follower?
Yes, I am. I have been following British Royal Family since my early years. I am also huge Queen Letizia admirer. I love Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge’s style. Apart from these two royal ladies, I also like the style of Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Mary and Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess Sophie of Wessex.
How do you design outfit pictures? Do you use any specific tool.
I use few Adobe Creative Cloud products i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator to modify and design outfit pictures. Sometimes, I use few Video and GIF making apps.
Is Elbe Couture House is registered or trademarked?
Yes, Elbe Couture House is a registered blog with its own trademark that is displayed on its pictures usually. I design all the outfit collages on my own.