A fresh new monthly topic on MIXT: Meet the creative. Every month I will photograph and interview interesting creative people. People you need to keep an eye on. In this topic you can get to know these creatives better and at the same time for me it's a way to practice my passion: photographing.

Todays creative is this lovely girl Jint van den Brink. Jint is a 23 years old student from Utrecht and founder of the fashionblog Vanilla and Velvet. She has a great sense of style and probably a wardrobe full with outstanding and unique items. We met up in Utrecht for a cup of coffee and went into the city to make this shoot, talk about blogging and of course doing an interview so you can get to know her a little bit better.
Why did you start blogging?
Two years ago, I had to do an internship for my study. It basically was going to be a working life for me for 10 whole months and I just had to have something to distract me from all the serious business. When I discovered Instagram - which was still fresh & new by then - I started following blogs and other fashionpages. Then I figured: why not start my own blog? I love fashion and it just was the perfect way to express my passion for fashion.

What do you want to reach with your blog?
I always find it hard to answer this question, because I don't really know an answer to it yet. I really like blogging and at this point it has become an out of control - in a good way - hobby in which I put a lot of time and effort. My main purpose is that I hope to inspire other people fashion-wise, it's fun as long as it's fun! I want to raise the bar higher and higher to keep improving my blog, otherwise it's not a challenge anymore.

What do you love the most about blogging?
I love to take all the steps - creating an outfit, shooting the outfit, making the pictures look nice, blog about the look etc. - and to have created a cool blogpost in the end about something I'm passionate about. Also I love to wright in English, everything just sounds better in this language and I feel like I can express myself better when writing in English.

Do you have any other hobbys or interests?
Shopping! That sounds a bit superficial, I know, but it still is one of my favorite things to do. And when I can't do that - I don't have a moneytree growing in my backyard - I really like to hang out with friends, eat good food, discovering new places in my hometown, and last but not least, scour Netflix to find a brand new fun serie to watch. Interior design is also something that lately I seem to be interested in by the way!

Where do you see yourself living in ten years?
New York!! For sure! There is just no other city like that. I've been there twice and that city just stole my heart. I sometimes daydream about my very own spacey rooftop appartment on Madison avenue & Central Park.

What's on top of your bucket list?
After graduating I want to life in New York for a couple of months. I have to figure out what I want to do while living there, but I just want to try out the city.

What's your favorite item in your closet?
Probably my leather jacket from Whistles. I got it for my birthday last year, it's a timeless piece, it has the perfect fit and it just goes with everything!

What's your best blogging tip?
Stay true to yourself, blog about the things you like and don't blog for the wrong reasons! Also, try to keep improving yourself!

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