In just two years, Natasha Ngan and her boyfriend Callum have made the Girl in the Lens blog one of the UK’s top blogs, which has even been shortlisted for Cosmopolitan’s ‘Best New Blog’ award. However, that’s just one of the many things Natasha does; she is also a published author of two sci-fi novels (and counting) for young adults and is a yoga teacher. We caught up with her to find out more about how she juggles all three demanding careers and what got her into each of them.
What’s your ideal Friday night out?
Dinner with friends (and lots of wine) and being the last ones in the restaurant!
If you could wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Yoga clothes! Comfort wins out, always.Plus, they’re what I feel sexiest in.
What’s the most precious/sentimental thing in your wardrobe?
So much of my jewellery has sentimental value, but currently my most treasured piece is a little crescent-moon necklace from Accessorize. It was super cheap, and I’ve seen lots of people wearing it, but to me it represents where I currently am in life, my dedication to yoga and being a yoga teacher, and to try and remember the bigger picture in any situation.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Work hard, stay humble.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for someone wanting to get into fashion/writing and/or juggling multiple jobs?
I won’t lie – it’s not easy. It’s hard, hard work, and you won’t have proper free time or weekends anymore! So you have to truly love what you do and stick at it, even when it looks like everything is lost. I found this great quote recently: “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want”.
What are the most challenging things about your job(s) and how do you deal with them?
Definitely just keeping going when things aren’t going to plan/things are tough financially. Sadly, writing and yoga teaching don’t make a lot of money, and I don’t monetise the blog as much as I could do in order to try and keep it authentic. So things can be difficult money wise, and time wise, but I just remember that quote above and feel grateful for all the amazing things that my jobs have brought me, and it helps me stay focused.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
American reality TV…and Marks and Spencer’s chocolate florentines. I’m obsessed.
Have you always wanted to be an author, particularly a sci-fi/fantasy one?
Always. Reading and writing have been a huge part of my life since I was young. I have a particular love for fantasy and sci-fi for their escapism qualities. Also how they can reflect issues in our current societies but be an approachable way to explore those issues, especially for young readers. I think that’s really cool.
Adding on to the above, how did you get into sci-fi and fantasy?
My dad used to read to me every night, and I particularly loved The Hobbit and other fantasy classics that he read. It’s definitely something I’ve got from him. But I also just have a super active imagination, and I love how creative sci-fi and fantasy can be.
Tell us the most surprising thing that people may not know about you:
There isn’t much – I’m an open book!
Have you always had an interest in fashion?
Yes! That one I get from my mum. She’s got super cool style and is always stealing my clothes, and I hers!
What interests you most about fashion?
How reflective it can be of your personality and moods. It’s a creative – and emotional – outlet.
What are your aims and goals for 2016?
Just to continue with writing, yoga teaching and blogging. I’m so excited to see what this year will bring! And by 2016, I’d like to have learnt how to relax a little more too. I’m a workaholic…
Describe your style in three words:
Casual, comfy and variable.
What emoji are you?
The heart eyes face! That’s how I look at the world pretty much all of the time!
Who, dead or alive, would you most like to have dinner with?
My family and friends.
Who’s your favourite designer, and if you could have any designer bag, what would your dream bag be?
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse sized duck?
Um…one horse sized duck?
Would you rather walk around fashion week in a black bin liner and have everyone think you’re serious, or delete your Instagram?
Walk around in a bin liner! It wouldn’t be the weirdest street style there, and I’m addicted to Instagram!
Would you rather live in the house of your dreams, but not have any 3G and internet in the house (forever), or live in your current house for the rest of your life?
The house of my dreams! I could go to a coffee shop or something for wifi, and it would stop me from working all the time at home! Can you guys make this happen please?!
What’s the staple item in your wardrobe right now?
My All Saints leather jacket. It goes with absolutely everything, and works in every season. Everyone needs one great leather jacket.