Yung Guns: Chatting with Feminist Blogger Lemon Freckles

By Rachel Kibbe

Yung Guns: Chatting with Feminist Blogger Lemon Freckles

When we stumbled on artist and feminist blogger Lemon Freckles' Instagram account we knew we needed to chat with her. She offers up a fun mix of an optimistic aesthetic with a strong POV which draws you and is relatable. In my opinion this approach is a great way to communicate because it doesn't preach, but teaches. 

Name: Toni-Louise
Age: 30
Tell us a little about yourself – where do you live and what do you do?
I work for myself from my little home office, partly illustration, partly blogging and a little bit of a mix of other things as well.
I live in Sheffield, England with my husband James and our two fur babies Doug and Lola. We live a pretty simple life, most weekends are spent watching movies, gaming, eating all the food and having mini adventures with friends.

What does blogging mean to you and have you been able to make it into a full time gig? 

I originally started blogging 10 years ago under a different name, it was a whole new world back then. I started because I needed a creative outlet and it seemed like a pretty easy thing to get involved with, without having to spend lots of pennies. However as the years went on, blogging became more than I expected. It helped grow me grow my confidence, I discovered new friends and I it gave me a glimpse at a career path I actually got excited about. I’ve never wanted to be a full-time blogger but I love that I am able to use it with my work and that it can be part of my daily life. Although blogging has changed a lot through the years, there is still a rather magical community surrounding it and I think if you can find the right one to embrace, it can really change your life.

How would you describe yourself to someone who had never met you but had to buy you clothes?

My clothing style is pretty laid back, with a pop of colour. I’m all about comfort, I hate wearing shoes and go barefoot wherever possible. I love playing with colour though and also love the odd ridiculous item. I’m not afraid of a bright pattern or two in one outfit and love a bit of clashing.

Who is your favorite artist and why?

Gosh, this is a hard question to answer because there are so many I love. Also I think the answer changes a lot. But currently my favourite artist is Wes Anderson, I love how he plays with colour and sound in his movies. There is something about them that just makes my heart sing and oddly I relate to his characters a lot. 

 

When someone looks at your Instagram account, what do you hope they get out of it? Do you call yourself and activist? What is the cause you feel most passionately about

The only thing I hope for when people look at my Instagram is happiness. I just want to make someone smile, I don’t think I could ask much more than that. 
I don’t think i’ve ever described myself as an activist, I’m not sure why. I have a lot I feel strongly about (who doesn’t) and have a passion for. I believe animals are friends, not food. I think kindness will get you further than you ever expected. I describe myself as a feminist, not because I believe women should be stronger than men but because I believe all people are equal. 

Who are your favorite Instagram accounts? 

My favourite instagram accounts are a real mix. 
They are: 
@kindcampaign - which is an account that aims to bring awareness and healing of girl on girl bullying.
@aidybryant - lots of colour, cuteness and individuality. 
@cutepetclub - because fluffy animals.
@bestofvegan - all the food.

If you were to pick 3 things from our site to get, what would they be?

I love these because the all inject some much needed color into your life and, let's face it, you can never have too much color!

Castellano Ethinic Origins Bag

If you were going to make me a mix tape , list 5-10 songs you’d put on it?

La Loose - Waxahatchee
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
All I Want - Joni Mitchell
Us - Regina Spektor
The Wind - Cat Stevens
Death With Dignity - Sufjan Stevens
Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups
F.N.T. - Semisonic


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