Sunday Snippet : Food Fashion and the Fight

 I am so excited to bring you today's Sunday Snippet featuring Ciara from Food Fashion and the Fight. I only recently got to know Ciara through one of the blogger groups I am part of. I am really happy to bring you Ciara's story and interview. Ciara was diagnosed with breast cancer back in January, as you all know Cancer is a subject which is very close to my heart as I myself have Non Hodgkins Lymphoma so it is great to see someone else wh has been diagnosed detailing their journey. Ciara's blog features food, fashion and her fight. She is aiming to raise cancer awareness in people. So i urge you all to read Ciara's interview and then like all her social media links to keep up to date on all her posts. 

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Ciara Brickley and I am a 33 year old women living in Cork City. I am the eldest of 3 children and have 2 amazing younger brothers - we are a tight nit crew :) I studied Food Science in UCC and graduated with a PhD in Food Chemistry. I absolutely love working in the food industry, it so dynamic and never boring! I have been lucky enough to have lived in the US for a number of years both going to college there and also working in the big bad world. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2015 - it has turned my world upside down but I consider myself very lucky to have the amazing support of my medical team, family and friends. I am a dog lover and currently I am the proud mum of Lucy who I adopted from a rescue centre 4 years ago. I am a girlie girl and love fashion (coats being my Achilles heal) and make up.

2.  How did you get into blogging and why?

I have always been an avid blog reader and fan. Over the years I have considered starting my own blog but it really was my breast cancer diagnosis that motivated me to take the step. My goal has been to raise cancer awareness amongst my peers and highlight the need for us all to be body aware. I am so happy that my blog has given my a forum to talk openly about this subject. Like I said I am a girlie girl and also love to talk about fashion, make up and food with like minded people :)

3. What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?

Well I have always been a bit of a workaholic so in an alternate universe I would be working, heading to the gym and spending as much time as possible with friends and family. Oh and of course a few hours strolling through the shops too!  My reality is slightly different at the moment though so spending most of my time recuperating with my family and friends for company. Never fear though thank god for internet shopping available all hours of the day to keep me occupied :)

4. Are you a full time blogger? How did you get into blogging and why?

Not a full time blogger. I work in the food industry focused in particular on the dairy and culinary sectors. I have only been blogging for the last 7 weeks and have been absolutely loving it! Who knows what the future holds :)
I was encouraged by my family and friends to start my blog. I did my research on line to figure all the pieces about the website and domain name etc - there is great info online that is pretty easy to follow. One of my best friends works in PR & Communications (Shout out to Hopkins Communications Cork) and she was fantastic helping me to spruce up my blog and create the logo. Thanks to all who helped to get this blog off the ground I really appreciate your support.

5. How do you keep coming up with content for your blog?

I draw inspiration from my life and people around me. I want it to be authentic and I think you only really get that when you are true to yourself. I have been blogging a bit about my life as a young woman living with cancer but also about my fashion, food and make up choices. I am still learning what resonates most with my readers and have been overwhelmed by the support I have received. 

6. Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
The blogger community has been absolutely fantastic - so welcoming and supportive to me and other new bloggers. There is no competition at all everyone is just there to cheer each other on. I have been a long time reader of Suzanne Jackson (SoSueMe), Pippa O'Connor and Lauren of LoveLauren. These ladies have been so successful as bloggers and have paved the way for others to follow in their foot steps. I was also a big fan of Lisa Lynch of the blog Alright Tit. Unfortunately Lisa lost her battle with breast cancer but has left an amazing legacy in her blog where she was honest, funny and had the most amazing perspective on life.

7. Name the top blogs you read?
Alright TIt
Glamity Jane
The Petite Belle
It's All G
The Beaut Mum
Lipgloss Addict Cork
Material Boy 
Make Me Up Ireland
And many many more!! Like I said I am an avid blog reader :)

8.What makes you read the above blogs?
I am drawn to honesty and humour and these bloggers bring this in abundance

9. Tell us something we don't know about you? 

Well I have never seen Breaking Bad, Love/Hate (in my defense was living in the US) or Game of Thrones. This tends to bring about a reaction of shock and disbelief from most people!

10. Link us to all of your social media platforms.

Snapchat: FoodFashFight

How great was Ciara's interview. Her story really is a great inspiration to us all. Like so many others Ciara has chosen to take on this battle and to document it all in such an honest way. Please make sure you check out her links above.

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