10 Questions is a series of profiles by Couturesque that highlight young creatives with interesting voices and cool careers in fashion. We have been following Shelby Hamilton - a 19 year old from Australia who uses digital tools and social media to share her creative, stylish vision - for many years, and have fondly watched her emerge from the Tumblr scene into one of fashion blogging's most innovative (and much needed) voices. Here, Shelby gives us an exclusive look into her day-to-day life and musings about style, motivation, and the future.
What do you do and how did you get started?
My name is Shelby Hamilton. I’m nineteen. I have a website. I like to post photos and write on there. I basically just do what makes me happy. This all started with me signing up for Tumblr a few years ago!
What are you motivated by?
Creating beautiful things motivate me. Whether that be taking photographs, drawing, writing. When I am feeling inspired and creating things, that is when I’m most motivated.
What are your favourite Instagram accounts?
I like @4thandbleeker and @killerandasweetthang. Something about those girls makes me get major heart eyes.
Describe your style in 3 words.
I think my style is girly, classic, simple.
Describe your morning routine.
My morning routine consists of coffee, playing music and probably checking my phone. I have a shower first thing in the morning. I can’t get on with my day properly without a shower.
What was the last thing that you took a picture of?
The last thing I took a picture of was probably my boyfriend.
What makes you feel confident?
My clothes make me feel confident. They're very special to me.
My proudest moment would have to be when I realized what was right for me so I sold and gave away all of my things and went back home to live with my parents. I realized going home or leaving somewhere isn’t giving up. It’s doing what is best for you and your wellbeing.
Advice for yourself at 17?
I would tell my seventeen year old self to keep on doing what you’re doing. Even if it is going horribly, it’s all meant to be where it is.
Favourite motivational quote?
"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" (-Roald Dahl). I like this quote because it's very true!
Where do you see the fashion industry in 10 years?
Hopefully I will still be there somewhere, doing what makes me happy. I think I'd like to maybe be a fashion designer some day.
Images via @_shelbyhamilton and shelbyhamilton.studio.
Homepage images by Isabella Mamas