My guest today is Eva Fydrych, the art director and founder of Fashion Studio Magazine. an influential website and a powerful source of information for people in the fashion industry around the world. Eva is also a passionate traveler who blogs about her journeys.
1. Tell us a little about yourself: Who are you? Where are you from?
Hello 🙂 Where do I start? I’m the Founder and Art Director of Fashion Studio Magazine, frequent traveller, former model, hotel receptionist, English teacher, retail assistant, PA, office manager, marketing assistant, philosopher, social media influencer, fitness addict, and so on… It’s always very tricky to describe myself as I rarely fit into any categories. I am originally from Krakow, Poland and currently living in Toronto, Canada. I always loved travelling.
I used to live in many different places along the way: Dublin (Ireland), London (UK), Xuzhou (China), Cebu (Philippines), and Singapore. Immersing myself in local cultures in all those amazing places – plus a fair bit of travelling that I did (over 40 countries so far) – shaped the person that I am today.
2. What is your blog about and how did you start blogging?
Fashion Studio Magazine is a fashion and lifestyle website that was founded in 2011 during my two months stay in New York. At that time, I was studying acting for film and TV at New York Film Academy and the course inspired me to follow my creative side and start something that I truly enjoy and would like to develop in the future.
I now cover travelling as well. Over the years, the magazine grew from being just a small personal project into an influential website that it is today.
3. Do you travel for work or for pleasure?
Both. My work involves a lot of travelling and I couldn’t be more happy about that. I visit both established and emerging fashion destinations, I attended events such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo, Taipei IN Style, SA Menswear Week, or – just recently – Mexican Fashion Film Festival. It’s always so exciting to explore a new place.
My travelling style is eclectic and spontaneous. I enjoy both backpacking and luxury travel. You can find me in a small hostel in Trinidad and in a luxury resort in Sun City. As they say “variety is the spice of life”.
￼4. What is the most stunning place that you have ever visited?
There were so many! King Asoka Temple near Ningbo (China), Angkor Wat in Cambodia, exotic island of Koh Samui (Thailand), Pulau Perhentian in Malaysia, Cinque Terre, Capri, and Lake Como in Italy, Meteora monasteries in Greece, sand dunes near Mui Ne in Vietnam, Chefchaouen – Morocco’s fabled blue city, picture perfect beaches of Barbados and Saint Lucia, Havana (Cuba), South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Table Mountain in South Africa, and the list goes on.
I always enjoy visiting Asian cities: Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok – I can never get enough of their energy, great food, endless shopping options, stunning architecture, and modern technology.
And of course, I’m a big fan of European destinations like Paris, Lisbon or Venice. Oh, and I love islands!
5. Do you feel that blogging takes time away from your social or family life?
Yes, it definitely does. But that’s the cost of running your own business and having the freedom to make your own decisions. It is definitely worth it in the end. To quote Theodore Roosevelt: “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
6. What is the one thing that is too large or impractical to travel with that you wish you could take with you when you travel?
I rarely miss anything when I travel. I think the beauty of travelling lies in simplicity and in truly enjoying every day without worrying too much about material things. The more you step outside your comfort zone, the better.
7. Are there any countries that you would not consider visiting and why?
I would never consider visiting any destination that has serious travel warnings due to unstable political situation, terrorism, war, health hazards, etc. I also wouldn’t travel anywhere during the hurricane season; I try to make my travelling as safe and comfortable as possible.
￼8. What is your greatest passion?
Definitely fashion, travelling, and photography.
9. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
I travelled independently in South Africa in 2007 when it was considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, just after Colombia (there were no official warnings in place though, so I decided to give it a try!) It was my first African trip and first time travelling on my own. I spent about two months researching every single thing and managed to get really accurate information about many places. That definitely helped.
My three week trip started in Johannesburg and took me through Soweto, Pretoria – than a couple of days in Mozambique and Swaziland – then Durban, and finally Cape Town. I avoided tourist transportation that was targeted by criminals and robbed at gunpoint almost every day and I travelled with the locals. I managed to meet so many wonderful people and get to know their culture and the way of life. It was one of the most memorable experiences ever. South Africa is such a vibrant and diverse country!
I have to add here that I visited South Africa again in 2015. The safety improved so much! Johannesburg became such a hip city; I wouldn’t advise against travelling there.
My other memorable adventures include riding a motorbike in Cambodia and Vietnam, diving in the Philippines, taking the “jungle train” across Malaysia, driving an ATV in Mexico (so much fun!), mountain biking in Tatra Mountains, and… teaching English in Xuzhou, China, where I had to totally adapt myself to the Eastern culture in a city which didn’t have many foreigners at that time and almost felt like another planet. After my Chinese experience, nothing really surprises me anymore and it’s easier to face any challenges that come my way.
10. What is your favorite mean of transportation (plane, train, car, ship)?
I like all, but I definitely prefer planes because they are the fastest.
You can follow Eva on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FashionStudioMagazine Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fashion__Studio
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fashionstudiomagazine Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fashionstudio
I always admire people who are so well-travelled! So great to see that she manages to do it for work and enjoying it at the same time 🙂
Thank you Cat! Have a great weekend!
Lyn @ A Hole in my Shoe
Thanks for the introduction. It’s always good to read about someone with an interesting life… and an interest in fashion and travel.
It would be so hard to choose what I enjoy more – fashion or travel… Thanks for reading Lyn!
Emily @ Out and About
Eva sounds like an amazingly inspirational and down to earth woman! I love her quote about the beauty of traveling in simplicity and enjoying every day without worrying about material things. I also wholeheartedly agree that the more you step outside your comfort zone, the better. That is what traveling is all about!
Great comment Emily! It made my day 🙂
Brooke of Passport Couture
It’s exciting to meet another travel blogger who loves fashion as well! I admire her thoughts on traveling safely, but still have a sense of adventure. Can’t wait to check out her site!
Hi Brooke! I’m discovering Passport Couture right now! 🙂
Elaine J Masters
What an interesting life! Great too that Eva can manage her business and travel too. Perfect.
Thank you Elaine! It’s not always easy. I still wish I could travel more lol
What a fascinating interview! I think I can be talking with Eva for an entire day (or more) about her travel and entrepreneurial stories. Great to know she is from Krakow (a city I visited recently and am still on a high about it).
Thank you Ruth! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to Krakow. It’s a great city! 🙂
Eva is a fascinating woman, thanks for introducing her to us. Fashion and adventure sounds right up your alley too 🙂
I don’t know if I would travel to South Africa alone.
Eva is a very brave girl. I probably wouldn’t dare travel alone to many of these places, Rhonda.
Thank you for reading Rhonda!
Anda, thank you for the opportunity to appear in your “Travel Blogger Interviews” series! I can’t wait to see other NATJA members talking about their adventures.
Thank you for doing this interview with me, Eva. It was my pleasure and I’m sure my readers will enjoy reading about your adventures.
Debbra Dunning Brouillette
I’m so glad I got to know Eva on our Paso Robles post-trip and at the NATJA conference last April! However, I learned so much more about her in this post! Eva, I had no idea you had traveled to and lived in SO many places, and that you had done so much solo travel. Wow! You have had quite an adventurous life so far and I see that continuing. Thanks, Anda, for profiling Eva and giving us a more in-depth look into her life and adventures.
I’m glad I’ve met Eva too. She has a lot of travel experience and quite a few adventures under her belt.
Debra, thank you for your kind words! I’m really happy I got to know both you and Anda (and the rest of our group). Paso Robles was amazing!
I so relate to Eva’s declaration that she rarely misses anything when she travels. And do agree that the EXPERIENCE ~ not a thing ~ IS “THE THING.” Thanks for introducing us to someone who puts so many of the talented and capable bits she is into play on a daily basis. Eva’s story shows us that not every decision needs to be an “either-or.” That often “this AND that” work together quite nicely.
Thank you so much Melodie K! Such an interesting comment 🙂
Suze - Luxury Columnist
Sounds like Eva is a very busy lady! I loved visiting South Africa too
Thank you for reading Suze! South Africa is one of the most fascinating countries in the world!