Maryam Ishtiaq, A Stunning fashion blogger born and raised in Saudia came to live in Multan/Lahore till she moved out to the US with her family at the age of 12. She truly is a beauty with brains who has a college degree from the states in Business Administration with concentration in International Marketing. She was passionate about blogging and started working on her hobby when she was still in school but didn’t consider it as a full-time thing till she got married last year and moved to New York. From there began her journey; about posting about everything she loves in her life. Her blog is about Maryam and her husband Nabeel’s travel escapades (new exotic locations), trying out new and delicious cuisine’s to what’s in with Fashion. It has everything one can ask from a highly engaging blog.
Tell us something interesting about your-self that nobody knows?
I think I am pretty much an open book at this point lol. But, I think something not many people know is that I can read and write both in Arabic and Urdu. People assume that I was born and raised in the U.S so I probably don’t know. I was actually home-schooled for some time in Saudi and then moved to Pakistan and attended St. Mary Convent High School in Multan.
How would you say is blogging in America, being a Pakistani different or challenging or fun?
The market is definitely very competitive since there are so many people that are pursuing this career path as a full-time job or a side hustle. Regardless of the market being saturated, it’s definitely a lot of fun. You get to meet so many new individuals and work with so many different brands. I take pride in being Pakistani and majority of my audience is South Asian, so I am able to share what’s true to me and my background fairly easily.
What do you love the most about blogging?
Being able to interact with other people around the world with diverse backgrounds.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
My family and friends keep me motivated. They are all very invested in my success and growth. So seeing them proud and happy really drives me to keep going!
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
It would be the unnecessary need to put other people down to make yourself feel better. I think people forget that we can all share the same space. There is absolutely no reason to bully someone and bring them down because you literally gain NOTHING from that.
Who takes the majority of your photos?
My husband and a few of my friends who happen to be photographers!
How would you describe your blogging style?
I like to dress comfortably but chic at the same time.
Who was your first style icon and why?
I love Victoria Beckham, she’s so classy and always carries herself so well. Aside from her, blogger Sazan Hendrix is definitely a major inspiration.
What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Being true to myself, being grateful for everyone that’s contributed to my success this far and being consistent with my work.
What was your greatest failure or set back and what did you learn from that?
Not being able to take criticism well was definitely a set-back. when you’re constantly surrounded by “yes mans” then you forget that you too have flaws and need to work on your growth. Being surrounded by people that provide productive criticism has allowed me to be able to work on areas I didn’t see as a problem before.
What do you do in your spare time?
Spend time with my family.
Can you name some of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
Tahleel Khan – Hira Attique – Urooj Fatima – Dina Tokio – Masoom Minawala – Sabrina Molu – Rasmin Momin – Melissa Tovar.
These are just a handful of people that are some of my favorites. However, the reason I love them so much is that they constantly put out content that is not only a reflection of them but is true to who they are when they are offline. They are constantly spreading positivity and always lending a helping hand to those that need some sort of help. They are not afraid to share the space with fellow creatives, but always willing to work together and that is truly amazing!