9 Cheshire influencers you should know

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From food, fashion and interiors, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite influencers in Cheshire 

Monique Agar 

@mon.agar - 88k 

How would you describe your style?  

My style is a mixture of affordable high street pieces and charity shop finds. Over the past few years, I have been trying to achieve a more sustainable outlook when it comes to fashion. I now only buy key staple pieces each season, which I can re-wear time and time again. 

Favourite place to take photos in Cheshire? 

The city centre of Chester is a great place for street style images, I tend to try to find a quiet street, preferably with a beautiful neutral backdrop. That's always been my go-to when taking outdoor content. 

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Favourite part of your job? 

The best part of my job is being able to be creative for a living. I have always loved styling and expressing myself either in what I wear or in the colour of my hair. Putting outfits together became very natural to me and this became more apparent in university. I became a fashion blogger in my early 20s and I still really enjoy creating simple and affordable outfits for my audience to recreate, whilst working with some incredible brands at the same time. 

Favourite influencers?   

There are just so many talented influencers who inspire me daily. I look up to influencers from Sweden especially. Their style is effortless with a vintage twist. My main source of inspiration however, will always be my nan, she is the most stylish person I've ever met.  

Favourite place to shop? 

I adore charity shops in places like Chester, Wimslow and Alderley Edge and then of course shops like Zara and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet for more premium finds. 

Favourite place to eat? 

Atina Kitchen in Chester is beautiful and a little gem, I highly recommend it for breakfast. I'm a big fan of a country pub too and there is an endless amount in Cheshire. 

Monique Agar 

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Carla Elliman  

@carlaelliman – 33k  

How would you describe your interior style? 

Bold, fun and colourful. I’ve definitely got braver with my style over time. I love trying out new ideas and experimenting with different colours and patterns. They don’t always work out but I feel like that is part of the fun, finding your true style is definitely something you learn from trying new things. 

Favourite influencers? 

I love seeing quirky renovation projects, there are a couple of accounts I follow on Instagram where people have done up chapels and boats into amazing homes, I really aspire to do something like that one day. 

Favourite place to shop? 

Reclaimed World. You can find everything there, big and small, from old manor house floor boards to bowling pins that can be used as door stops. There’s always something different to see there every time we go. 

Favourite place to eat? 

There’s a great little tapas bar in Chester called Porta which I love, it’s tiny and you can’t book but the food and atmosphere in there is amazing. 

How did you get into documenting your home journey? 

I started my Instagram account during lockdown so that friends and family could see what we were doing to the house when they weren’t able to come and visit due to the restrictions. I very quickly discovered the huge interiors community on Instagram and it has been great to be able to discuss ideas and projects with like-minded people, as well as to gain inspiration from. 

Carla Elliman

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Holly Rebecca White  

@hollyrebeccawhite - 35k 

How would you describe your style? 

My style can definitely go through waves, especially in the Summer, I begin gravitating towards bolder colours and trying to incorporate those into my usual looks. All-in-all though, my style is very minimal. I love outfits that can be worn time and time again, and casual looks that work for me in my day-to-day life. Comfort is important for me and also, anything beige – I’m beige obsessed! 

Favourite part of your job? 

It’s really hard to pinpoint my favourite aspect of what I do, because I’ve been lucky enough for my hobby and my passion to turn into a career, which, in itself, is my favourite thing ever! This job has given me an amazing opportunity to connect with so many like-minded people. I love getting to share my work with others and the feeling of community it gives. I’ve never felt so ‘a part’ of something like the feeling that creating content online has given me. 

Favourite place to shop?? 

Is it lame if I say Homesense? I love shopping for interior pieces and I always end up coming out of there with something, even if it’s just a candle or a mug – I’m addicted to buying mugs. I love charity shops for finding bargains too. There’s some amazing charity shops in Cheadle I always head to and I’ve found some of my all-time favourite pieces from there. 

Favourite restaurant? 

I recently tried out NAM in Ancoats and got completely hooked. They have amazing Vietnamese food, cocktails and it’s just a great vibe for a nice meal out or date night. 

Other influencers you look up to? 

There are honestly so many people. I absolutely love Nina Caine, her personal style is so effortless and gorgeous, and her imagery is just beautiful too. The same goes for Chloe Plumstead. I’ve never read writing as brilliant as Chloe’s. She’s got amazing style, she’s funny and she’s honest – I just adore her. 

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Megan Christie  

@meganchristie1 - 21k 

How would you describe your style? 

I would describe my style as quite glam; I’ve always loved make up, false lashes and getting dolled up. When it comes to fashion, I love getting dressed up but sometimes I do enjoy causal outfit days joggers and sneakers but I’ll always have my hair and makeup done. 

Favourite place to take photos in Cheshire?   

I feel like Chester is the perfect place to take pictures. It’s old and historical and has lots of lovely back drops for insta perfect pictures.  

Favourite part of your job?   

I love working with different brands and trying out products to share with my followers. I love the fact I meet loads of new people every day through social media with the same likes and interests as me.  

Favourite influencers?  

I like following the likes of Molly Mae, Elle Derby and Kristy green.  

They all have completely different styles; I love Molly Mae’s content as she has lots of style and fashion tips. 

Elle derby has just had a baby and with me being pregnant too I find her pregnancy/new born content really helpful.  

I have followed Kristy green for years; she is also a mum, and I absolutely love her style and content. I just think she is absolutely gorgeous.  

Favourite place to shop?  

I love flannels - the Chester one is great. Zara would also be top of my list! The maternity and kids' ranges are perfect.  

Favourite place to eat? 

Opera grill in Chester is one of my favourites. But I also love travelling to places like Alderley Edge and Hale – they have some lovely restaurants; I always make sure to visit Victors. 

Megan Christie 

Megan Christie - Credit: Megan Christie 

Kate Baxter  

@fabricofmylife - 8k  

How would you describe your interior style? 

Continually evolving! My boyfriend and I moved in together eighteen months ago, so it has been lovely to curate a space that reflects the both of us, whilst also feeling comfortably lived in. I’ve always been drawn to clean lines, muted hues and tactile textures and happily his style is fairly minimalist, so it's not been too difficult to create a sense of harmony - although I definitely like to have more ‘curated clutter’ than he does.  

Favourite place to take photos in Cheshire     

I only moved to Cheshire from Manchester just prior to the pandemic starting last year, so I’ve not really had as much opportunity as I would like to explore much beyond my local area. There are so many lovely little towns and villages I’d like to explore with my camera but, to date, the breath-taking historic architecture of Chester has been my favourite subject to capture. I always enjoy capturing the hustle and bustle of city life more than the tranquil beauty of nature. 

Favourite influencers?   

I’ve been blogging for over a decade now so it’s been really interesting to watch the whole world of influencers emerge and evolve. I’m impressed by anyone who stays true to themselves, creates original, engaging and authentic content, and builds genuine connections with their community. @SamioRenalda, @Mat_Buckets and @MyKindLifestyle definitely stand out to me.  

Favourite place to shop? 

I love an independent high street oozing character, so have really enjoyed discovering some of the local shopping gems in places like Stockton Heath, Knutsford and Tarporley. Mother and daughter-run interiors boutique Baile Home on Tarporley High Street is a particular favourite. 

Favourite place to eat? 

Again, I’ve really not had too much opportunity to sample the Cheshire food scene yet but am delighted I live near the new Warrington Market, which is jam packed with fantastic food stalls and retailers. I also recently ate at the newly opened field-to-fork restaurant The Forge in Chester, which was a true delight - every single dish we ordered was delectable. 

How did you get into documenting your home journey? 

I actually began blogging way back in 2009 – long before Instagram, when I was an interior styling assistant looking to discover my own sense of style, and everything snowballed from there as blogging really began to take off. I’ve lived in three different flats and our current house since then, so there’s definitely a lot of archive content and questionable interior choices documented along the way, but it's lovely to be able to look back and see not just the journey, but also how far I’ve come, since then. 

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Helen Pexton  

@myconvertedcottage – 30k 

How would you describe your interior style?  

I love a mixture of styles, traditional with a contemporary feel, but I tend to go with what I like. I get lots of inspiration from Neptune and other home accounts on Instagram.  

Favourite influencers?   

I have met lots of lovely people through doing my Instagram account and I obviously have my favourites. A couple of accounts I love are Ruth @overton_renovation_ and Beth @oakhomeinteriors.  

Favourite place to shop? 

My favourite place to shop has to be Knutsford with its quaint streets and boutique shops. There are some fabulous clothes shops and beautiful home shops, plus lots of lovely cafes and restaurants.  

Favourite place to eat? 

I like quite a few of the lovely restaurants in Cheshire; a couple of my favourites are Piccolino in Alderley Edge and Sotto in Wilmslow.  

How did you get into documenting your home journey? 

I started my Instagram account nearly 2 years ago when I lived Lancashire in a converted school house, I have now moved to Cheshire and I am living in a cottage, which we plan on totally renovating, it's going to be a long journey!   

I have always been interested in interiors and I used to work as an estate agent, so I have always had an interest in property. I love styling my home and my account has just grown from there. I have lots of lovely followers; in fact, I never thought I would have so many followers but I’m loving my insta journey. 

@myconvertedcottage

Helen Pexton of @myconvertedcottage - Credit: @myconvertedcottage

Richard Dash & Jamie Carter 

Lost in Cheshire – 4k 

What got you into photography? 
Photography was an accidental hobby that developed into a passion and business. 
Way back in 2016, we booked a trip to Tuscany and it was clear we needed to capture the landscapes and towns on a psychical camera. We purchased a DSLR purely for this trip. From there it became apparent that having a fancy camera was only a small part of photography. Catching the light and knowing how to find the best angles were the more difficult and challenging tasks. This started brains moving and thoughts spinning.  
This new found hobby (obsession) continued into our life back in the UK, so we started to document areas of Cheshire, including the many plates of food we ordered. The more food photos we took, the more popular our content became. We love food, it's clear the people of Cheshire loved food, so that’s really how we fell into food photography. The best accident we’ve ever had. 

Favourite place to eat in Cheshire? 
We love so many. You can find the best tapas at Lilac Cottage in Prestbury. Authentic and homemade, the food is very exciting. Family owned and ran, it’s simply not possible to go and not have a good time. 
For a Gastropub, we recommend The Badger Inn, Church Minshull. Its traditional country pub vibe will keep you relaxed and feeling at home, but its menu has been created by a complete mastermind. 

Favourite place to shop? 
It's no secret that we love a market. So, almost any artisan market is right up our street. That said, if we’re talking about fashion, I’d have to say my favourite shop is Runway in Alderley Edge. Its chic, edgy and essentially all black. Everything that I want my wardrobe to be. 
Favourite part of your job? 
While we mentioned above that photography was a very happy accident, deciding to start our own business was not. We knew we wanted to create a platform to showcase the best of Cheshire. Building a social media following and keeping an audience engaged is a full-time job in itself. Knowing that we are able to provide support and, in most cases, take social media fully off of their hands to focus on their actual business makes us very happy. 
Favourite influencers? 
The first ever bloggers and influencers that opened our eyes to the business and industry were @phatcupcake and @purenourish. We met them at a Go:PR influencer dinner party and they really took us under their wing. Socialising and networking are key in this business, so their influence and friendship has been invaluable to us. 

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Lost in Cheshire - Richard Dash & Jamie Carter - Credit: Lost in Cheshire

Shelley Jackson  

@_shelleyloves – 20k 

How did you get into your area of influencing? 

I have always loved fashion and my friends would always ask me where items I was wearing were from or where they could get a specific item. When my children came along, I absolutely adored dressing them and when we were out and about people would stop to ask where their clothes were from too. I decided to set up a blog, which I initially only told my friends about, to share my high street finds. My best friend then shared it on Facebook on the local mummy page and also on her own page. This got me an influx of followers. I then started an Instagram account and shared either mine or the kids' daily outfits and the rest is history. It has changed over the years as I use to share more child related items but as the kids have got older, so have my finds. 

Favourite place to take photos? 

I am usually out and about in the countryside, which I love, so a lot of them are taken out in nature. 

Favourite part of your job? 

It has to be the clothes and the styling of the clothes. I love finding new small brands. I am also loving creating reels on Instagram with my daughter Daisy. It’s so much fun. 

Favourite influencers? 

There are so many fabulous ones around. I love @mimivstylist for her hippy vibes, I love @carolinestylehacks for her great taste and for all the small brands she shares. I love @chloelovestoshop for her great style, and her honesty in her stories. 

Favourite shop? 

That’s a tough one. I love H&M. New Look is doing some amazing things at the minute, as is Warehouse, which I haven’t shopped in for years but is suddenly very much on my radar. I love Free people for their summer boho vibes. 

Favourite place to eat? 

We as a family are plant based. We recently visited Purezza in the Northern Quarter for pizza and it was amazing. All the food was delicious, so I would highly recommend there. 

Shelley Jackson  

Shelley Jackson - Credit: Shelley Jackson  

Abbie Swain  
@abbies.inswain.meals - 26k  

Why did you start your food page? 

I started my food page back in February 2019 as I was trying to eat healthy. I thought taking pictures of everything I ate would help me to keep accountable. I learned that I wasn’t in a sustainable diet. I learned to love food and to love myself, which changed my lifestyle massively. I started to enjoy my life more and go out and try new meals! This also meant I started to become more creative with my content, trying to take a more serious note on my style of imagery – purchasing a Nikon D3500 camera, backdrops and a whole range of props for my videos / images. I have a real passion for making a simple, budget friendly recipe look delicious.  

Favourite part? 

I love that Instagram is like a community. Most of the people on there are very friendly. It’s great to communicate with them and share recipes. It definitely helps me be more creative with what I’m eating too, as can’t have too many repetitive meals for the gram! It helps me explore more recipes and try new foodie hot spots in Cheshire. 

Favourite restaurant? 

I love visiting one of our local cafes in Runcorn, called The Bake House. It’s my favourite place to go for some breakfast and a coffee. It’s got a really cosy vibe and is very welcoming. We also love dining at the Riverside Inn in Northwich. The outside dining area is very cosy in the evening and the food is great for a meal out with the family. 

Favourite shops? 

I love to shop in TK Maxx; it’s great for props for my Instagram content and still super adorable and unique. 

Favourite influencers? 

I love all the content off of everyone that I follow. My go to content creators for recipe inspiration is usually, @Foodibsandme, @becs.bites, @foodjunkie_uk, @charlottekidd.eats and @emsbalance. 

Abbie Swain

Abbie Swain - Credit: Abbie Swain