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This month we’re celebrating friendship, and most importantly, the act of encouraging and loving your BFFs. We sat down with two of the most supportive besties around, Jessie Khoo (@jessie_khoo) and Jo Hombsch (@johombsch) of Instagram and blogging fame.
From Sydney, these gals know practically everything about styling gorgeous, enviable looks and taking jaw-droppingly beautiful pics. Keep on reading to learn about how they support one another best, their obsession with avo toast, some must-have beauty tips and more.
RY: Hey ladies! So, first question — how did you meet?
JESSIE: We actually can’t remember, it’s been so long!
JO: I can’t remember how we met exactly either, but from memory, it was through mutual blogging friends who introduced us about 4 years ago.
RY: What do you love most about your best friend?
JESSIE: Her ‘yes’ mentality and always-positive attitude.
JO: She is definitely an inspiration. She’s one of the hardest working people I know and is always striving for perfection in everything she does. She’s also that friend that tells me when something isn’t good enough and I can do better.
RY: What keeps a lasting friendship strong?
JESSIE: Continuous support for one another.
JO: Support, trust, understanding and having fun together!
RY: What’s the funniest memory you have together?
JESSIE: Waking up in Mykonos, putting on 4 layers of clothes each and then realising it was about 29 degrees!
JO: It would have to be being trapped in a stampede of donkeys whilst in Santorini. It was actually quite scary at the time, but looking back now, we always laugh.
RY: What does your morning beauty routine consist of?
JESSIE: Precleanse, cleanse, tone, serum, moisturise, sunscreen.
JO: For me it starts with washing my face, a quick spray of a hydrating mist, then a light serum followed by a moisturiser.
RY: What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received?
JESSIE: Invest in good quality beauty products.
JO: It would have to be invest in your skin from a young age and keep it up throughout your life. Even from a young age, I remember my mum making a point of this…oh, and drink lots of water!
RY: Describe your personal style in three words.
JESSIE: Casual, fun, edgy.
JO: Classic, effortless and fun.
RY: Do you share ideas and inspiration when it comes to work?
JESSIE: Always! We often help each other shoot so it goes hand in hand.
JO: Yes, we do. We’re always sharing ideas for our next shoots and chatting about similar projects we both have coming up.
RY: If you weren’t an influencer, what would you be?
JESSIE: A fashion designer — that’s what I was before I got into this.
JO: Ooh, that’s a tough one. I can’t pinpoint one thing, but I’d definitely be doing something with fashion or even interiors. It would definitely have to be something creative.
RY: Do you have any advice for aspiring bloggers or influencers?
JESSIE: Be creative, and don’t copy other bloggers.
JO: Good content is key. Know your brand and show your real self.
RY: Do you ever feel the pressures of social media?
JO: Yes, definitely, although as I’ve grown older and become more comfortable with who I am and where I’m at in life, the pressures that might affect me on social media don’t as much as they used to.
RY: What’s your favourite way to stay active?
JESSIE: Hiking, walking and running around my local park, and going to the gym.
JO: You’ll most likely find me in the gym — there’s nothing I love more than a good workout. I’ll either be on the treadmill, doing weights or in a boxing class. I do love being outdoors though, so a long walk is also a fun way to exercise.
RY: What’s your favourite travel destination?
JESSIE: I haven’t travelled everywhere I want to yet, but so far, NYC or Italy.
JO: That’s a tough one, I have so many! One of my favourites would have to be Greece; Jessie and I with two other blogging friends spent a week in Greece last year.
RY: And lastly, we have an incredibly pressing question. Avocado on toast or pancakes and ice cream?
JESSIE: Avo on toast!
JO: Oh, definitely avo on toast. I don’t have a sweet tooth.
A huge thanks to Jessie Khoo and Jo Hombsch for chatting to us about all things beauty, their BFF and of course, what it’s like to be surrounded by a herd of stampeding donkeys… Be sure to check out their respective social media and blogs for some gorgeous daily inspiration.
What’s your favourite thing about your BFF? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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