Behind the Blog: The Swelle Life

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Swelle Life blog header @ Dream Sequins
all images courtesy of The Swelle Life

Denise of
The Swelle Life is a Canadian fashion writer and blogger based in England whose heart, as she says, will always remain in Paris. Her blog covers a broad range of topics loosely related to fashion, especially emerging designers and I love reading it regularly for posts such as beautiful photo-essays about Paris, interviews with talented new designers and commentary about her own life, including a recent LOL-worthy trip to a hip hop dance class. She's not only a delightful writer, but an engaging member of the fashion blogosphere, and of course, on Twitter, too. Check out this "swelle" interview, and if you haven't had a chance to check out her blog, please skip over there right now!

Five Questions for My Favorite Bloggers

Who are you?

I'm every woman. No, wait - that's Chaka Khan. I'm Denise, a Canadian living in England with my family - a husband who doesn't really get fashion but fully supports my amours and a young daughter who is just awesome. When I began to choke on recycled office air and staff meetings made me want to climb on the table, rip off my clothes and swing from the fluorescent lights until guys came to take me away, I decided to leave my marketing job to do something that I actually enjoy - and wasn't trying to convince myself I enjoyed. So now I'm a freelance fashion writer trying to find time to keep up with my bag and accessories making, which I handfelt. And of course I write The Swelle Life!

Where are you?

I'm in the north east of England on the coast of the North Sea. It's really beautiful here with beaches and castles on cliffs, and the people are lovely. But mentally, I'm in Paris where we recently lived for a short time. And I'll always be a Canadian girl at heart.

Paris photographs courtesy of Denise from The Swelle Life @ Dream Sequins

Dreamy macarons in Paris courtesy of The Swelle Life @ Dream Sequins
above: beautiful photos of Paris (isn't she a wonderful photographer??)

What is the concept behind your blog?

Well, it's a concept that evolved as my interests became more focused. A blog is good for that, isn't it? You find that you'll begin to write only about what really excites you and leave everything else behind. So now it's all about fresh-thinking designers, vintage, Paris, the 1920s to the 1950s, art and beautiful images that convey a dreamy aesthetic. A romantic indulgence but not without a bit of goofiness; it is after all me writing it!

When you are not blogging, what else do you enjoy doing?

I'm an 'all or nothing' kind of person. I've either got not much to report on from my personal life or it's all big, like our time in Paris. The usual things include doing things with my family of course like taking advantage of the sunny days and going to the beach. I just really love simple things like going for a girls' lunch or take-away dinners in, and anything that makes me laugh is just huge to me, I need my 'me' time and I usually stay up late watching shows that make me shriek, like The Sarah Silverman Program which has me laughing so hard I usually wake up my husband. But it's okay, he gets back to his snoring without any trouble.

More importantly… what are you wearing? :)

Well, what I'm excited about in my wardrobe at the moment is a long-sleeved, white silk Cacharel dress with little turquoise and orange splotchy flowers all over it that I got in Paris, and an indigo leather jacket from Antwerp - it's just so cool and really comfy to wear. I wear dresses just about every day no matter what I'm doing (as long as they're easy); I love the anachronistic idea of dressing and behaving like a 'proper lady', which is ironic because as I write this on my laptop I've got one leg flung over the back of the couch and the other one dangling over the front, and my stomach is hanging out of my t-shirt which has somehow rolled up almost to my armpits. It's all about creating illusions, I guess!

Xuan-Thu Nguyen designs courtesy of The Swelle Life @ Dream Sequins
above: from a recent interview with Xuan-Thu Nguyen

Beaded and embellished vintage dress from Shrimpton Couture courtesy of The Swelle Life @ Dream Sequins
above: from a recent interview with Shrimpton Couture

Thanks so much for the interview, Denise! Have you experienced "The Swelle Life" yet? Read her blog at:

More Behind the Blog interviews:
All In Your Innerspace
39th and Broadway


Brigadeiro said...

Ooh! Sacre Coeur, how I love Paris! Thanks for sharing about this blog, I had a quick peek and love her witty & humorous posts! :)

Those last 2 dresses are gorgeous!

pigtails and blushing cheeks said...

omgggggg you have no idea how much i love your sequins from the last post!!
i love sequins so much, but unfortunately, my wardrobe severely, and i mean severely (!!) lacks sequins!

Denise @ Swelle said...

Thanks so much for this, I'm honoured to be featured on your blog! And thanks to everyone who comes by to see what it's all about.

Denise xxx

Barnard said...

very nice blog dear... :)

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Shrimpton Couture said...

well obviously I am biased towards Denise :-) Thanks for featuring one of my pretty dresses and thank you for letting everyone else know how fab Denise is - or should I say how Swelle?

Anika said...

Thank you very much for sharing. I am very much enamoured by her witty, intelligent answers and the wonderful photos that accompany them too.

I'll have to go check her blog out :)

AsianCajuns said...

What an awesome interview! As an anglophile who loves Paris- I have to check it out!

NorwegianWood said...

Love Denise, love The Swelle Life, yay for Canadian girls doing great things!

Couture Carrie said...

Fantastic interview and pics, darling! Am off to check out her blog now!


DaisyChain said...

I love this post, nothing better than being introduced to new blogs!

Damsels said...

that top by nyguyn is perfection
We Were Damsels

Hawa said...

thank you for sharing this blog, its quite fascinating...and the sequins in the last post are sequins should be!

thanks for the comment


Lily G. said...

This is a great interview. Thanks for sharing!

Pop Champagne said...

wowww your town looks beautiful!!! :D

dapper kid said...

What a beautiful interview, I shall definitely have to check out her blog :) The Cacharel dress sounds beautiful, and that photograph of the macaroons may have actually made me dribble just a tad!

Michelle said...

I love her blog, she posts some really lovely eye candy!

Dream Sequins said...

I'm so happy everyone is enjoying the interview! I love Denise's point of view. Please check out her blog!

Denise: Thanks so much for your lovely answers...

Brigadeiro: I know, I think you would enjoy her taste in clothing. It's all very modern but romantic.

pigtails: Thanks for your comment. How could I NOT post something with sequins in it? ;)

Shrimpton Couture and Norwegian Wood: My pleasure! I love that she supports fellow creative Canadians on her blog as well! Canada is like so hot right now ;)

Anika: Glad you enjoyed the feature and happy to introduce you to this wonderful Francophile!

AsianCajuns: Yay!

Couture Carrie: Wonderful darling! xx

DaisyChain: Glad you enjoyed it. The pictures are great, aren't they?

Damsels: Agreed! And thanks for your comment.

Hawa: Wow. Thanks for your visit and lovely comments!

Lily G: Glad you enjoyed it. Have you paid a visit to her blog yet?

Pop Champagne: Actually, it's not my town; I WISH! :D

dapper kid: I agree. The macarons DID make me drool.

Michelle: She has a wonderful point of view. It's all very dreamy and romantic. I love it all!

Hanako66 said...

great interview...I love her blog...she is such a sweetheart:)

LJ said...

aw she's so lovely!
xx-LJ from SOS!

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

good interview. i love her photos.

WendyB said...

Ha ha! Love the description of what she's wearing. Denise is great.

Kristin said...

Lovely interview! And that last still my heart.

Parmie said...

loved the interview. Great duo you too xx

Miss Jeanett said...

Ahhh love the pictures from Paris!


Chloe and Boo said...

:) it is quite fun to meet the people behind the blogs and tweets :) carry on with the interviews please!

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life dream said...

WOW! great pictures and such a wonderfully made blog. I loved reading it and I love Paris! Thanks!

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