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Noelle Downing
TEAM ZOELLA DECEMBER 12, 2019

13 Questions with Noelle Downing

From the most magical wedding we've seen this year to epic New York Christmas content, it's no wonder why Noelle is one of our favourite bloggers from across the pond!

Tell us a bit about your story and how you started your online journey?

I grew up in the small town of Hammond, Louisiana. Growing up I always felt different in my younger years, not in a good way. From a very young age, I had a love for fashion and photography and really loved dog photography, hah! Working in thrift stores and doing little photoshoots with friends became my life as a teenager. At 18 I moved to NYC and a few years later met my friend Rachel of @JagLever. I became her photographer and through her encouragement, I started my own Insta! From there I went through so many body changes with getting older and felt I finally found my voice in this big blogging community and for some of the first years of my life, I feel comfortable in my skin and love sharing my journey so it can help others!

What do you love most about being an online creator?

 I love sharing my story of self-love and hearing how it actually impacts other women (and men!) lives and how my voice is actually making a difference at how they see themselves and love themselves.

What do you wish more people knew about you?

I think people make a lot of assumptions about me, where I come from, who buys me things etc.. my mom died when I was 7 and my dad 16. I worked my butt off for every single thing I have. I dropped out of college at 18 and moved to NYC. Many days of my life I had a negative balance in my bank account while working retail and trying to figure out how to make my next move. But I’m proud of what my journey looks like. I’m proud to say I did this and walked those steps and opened those doors.

You probably had one of the most magical weddings of 2019! Tell us your inspiration behind it and why Christmas?

Well… my name is Noelle so naturally, I was BORN to love Christmas.. but truly I do and I’ve always thought Christmas tree farms had something magical about them. A few years ago I saw @KJP’s tree farm wedding and thought it was perfect and I’d love to do my own spin off that. We wanted this magical night under the stars with the Christmas trees with a touch of Harry Potter’s Great Hall and man… it was everything and more.

What’s your favourite time of year and why?

I can’t pick between Halloween and Christmas.. but overall FALL is my season!!! The crisp air, falling leaves, cider season, spooky season, sweaters, PSL! It’s amazing.

Who are some of your favourite online creators?

@KJP is easily my favourite account on Instagram! I also love following all of my friends @Steffy @RachMartino and @Jaglever!

Who inspires you?

Harry Potter. Like him, I lost my parents at a young age and he gave me hope I could move on from it and that I was destined for more. I swear it got me through some very hard times.

Favourite Christmas tree in New York?

The Lotte Palace Christmas tree!

What was your favourite subject at school?

Drama class… I wish I would have stuck with theatre because I loved it so much! Maybe one day…

What does your ideal weekend look like?

One night cosied in with my husband (OMG FIRST TIME I’VE EVER TYPED THAT!) and one night out all glammed up with friends! I like having one of both!

What will you always find in your handbag?

A MESS. My bags always look so messy it would give many people anxiety! A fav nude lipstick, red lipstick, candy and lots of random receipts. Nothing very exciting… just a big mess!

What’s your current motivational mantra?

Don’t wait for that perfect day, perfect body, perfect size. DO IT AND WEAR IT NOW!

What would you tell your younger self? 

I swear, one day you’ll be cool.

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