FAQs


#1: Who’s the girl?
#2: What’s a banjo?
#3: Yeah, yeah, whatever. But what was this blog about again?
#4: When did the blog start?
#5: What’s the girl’s background?
#6: Let’s throw some rotten tomatoes at the blog. Tell me the girl’s 10 best kept secrets.



#1: Who’s the girl?

My name is Yazmina Cabrera and I was born in Spain in 1986. I moved from Gran Canaria to Milan in 2012 with my husband, lived in Stockholm for a while, then moved to Berlin where I happily live with our two chinchillas Pinky & Pyckuu. I love playing music, songwriting, learning new languages (I already speak three fluently and on my way to four!) and I have a thing about all sort of pink candies.
My mother and my grandmother taught me almost everything I know nowadays about fashion, writing, arts and how to be a real lady. I probably learnt the rest while travelling, imitating Victoria then-Adams-now-Beckham’s performance in Wannabe from Spice Girls on my own, not reading Vogue and doing smart-shopping in El Corte Inglés.
However I never got branded stuff for Christmas and I was famous for wearing horrible clothes with no-sense of style.

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#2: What’s a banjo?

The original banjo was a string instrument with a piece of animal skin stretched over a circular frame. It was introduced by Africans in Colonial America, and then became a popular instrument usually associated with country, folk, Irish traditional music and bluegrass music. I am glad to tell you that nowadays banjos don’t have that piece of animal skin anymore.

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#3: Yeah, yeah, whatever. But what was this blog about again?

Girl with a banjo is a personal project that is based on my love for all beautifully designed things. As much as I am into runway looks and the big names, my head turns whenever I spot something that has been designed by an emerging designer, or maybe something that is clearly handmade, or even eco-friendly clothing. Girl with a Banjo explores all the little things that make you feel cosy without losing your coolness. I also talk about the beauty behind fashion editorials, discuss about creative direction, guess what trends will be the next big thing and give styling tips when needed.

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#4: When did the site start?

Girl with a banjo was outlined by the end of 2011, when I decided to move to one of the world capitals of fashion, Milan. Blogging didn’t become my full-time job until September 2012, after an illumination I had with my mother-in-law.

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#5: What’s the girl’s background?

I worked for four years in a Marketing & Communications agency based in Gran Canaria (Spain). The role I held gave me the chance to represent several travel, wellness, beauty and luxury brands as a PR. I used to deal closely with international media, getting to work with many editors. But my favourite activity was undoubtedly organizing Fashion Editorial Photoshootings with European high-end publications. This is how I got a clear perspective of Fashion Communications and decided to fully develop my career in this field.
After a couple of freelancing jobs as an editor, I became the Fashion Editorial & Social Media Manager of the biggest online shop in Eastern Europe. I currently hold this position and I am loving it!
My will is to -someday- direct the communications department of a very cool fashion brand. I like to dream big!

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#6: Let’s throw some rotten tomatoes at the blog. Tell me the girl’s 10 best kept secrets.

  1. I am obsessed with the Nordic countries. Specially Sweden. I was convinced that I would marry a Swedish man someday, but then married an Italian guy instead (and don’t regret).
  2. I have a thing about rodents that makes me buy hamsters compulsively and give them a healthy, happy life (and important names such as Manolito, Giorgio Cipolla, Ebichu and Osito).
  3. The first time I baked cupcakes, I accidentally used salt instead of sugar and ruined them all. My husband ate one and said it was delicious. He clearly lied.
  4. I wrote a book when I was 12 (seriously) which made me win a writing contest just because I was in love with my Spanish Literature teacher. I even joined the Press Club, the Drama Club, the Poetry Club and read “El Quijote” to impress him. It didn’t work.
  5. I also won a regional songwriting competition when I was 18, and was a finalist in 3 other ones. This had nothing to do with my Spanish Literature teacher though…
  6. I dislike chocolate, olives, fish and seafood… and I don’t know why everybody keeps looking surprised when I say so.
  7. I stopped eating strawberries for 4 years because I thought I was allergic and I was not. Nowadays I own a private strawberry plantation at home.
  8. I can’t ride a bicycle nor whistle nor do mental calculation… but if I listen to a song for the first time, I can repeat it automatically on the piano without any sort of score.
  9. I once stole my grandmother’s favourite pearls and lost them, and then replaced them with some fake ones. Grandma never noticed, and now I wear H&M plastic pearls.
  10. At my age, I can still repeat the scripts of almost all Disney movies and I feel proud of it.

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