Interview with Esmeralda Bridget

I met up with Esmeralda to shoot after meeting her at the Bumble BFF event I posted about recently. (Score one for Bumble BFF!) We have quickly become friends and since she is a microblogger on Instagram, I wanted to interview her for my new blogger series! I love her style and she’s a total sweetheart! Follow her on Instagram @esmeraldabridget

 

 

 

 

 

1. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?

I think I would say one of my biggest pet peeve has to be running out of time to shoot. Even if I get out early enough, I still have to find places to shoot, set up the camera on my tripod, change outfits depending on the location, then having to go back and forth to check if my lighting is right, pose, etc. So, basically I just wish I had more time before the sun set. Sometimes, I just stress out so much because instead of enjoying the shoot I’m think how I’m so pressed for time and that takes the fun out of the shoot and I don’t like how any of my photos turn out.

2. Do you see yourself growing your blog, or would you rather keep it a hobby?

I’d say that I would definitely like to grow my blog. I think a lot of people eventually want to turn their hobby into a full time. For years I thought to myself, once I have the opportunity to leave my full time job and pursue my hobby I would do it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, as time as passed I want to say that realistic I would still like to have a regular 9-5 job or maybe just part-time only, But continue to have more days to go out and create content not just on the weekends.

3. Who are three of your favorite bloggers?

Ooh! That’s a tough one haha. Top of my head i will say Marianna Hewitt is for sure goals. Someone I aspire to be and she is so insightful and genuine. Encourages women to empower other women and I love that. Second Blogger is for sure Ashley Brooke. She’s so stylish and I love her attitude towards life. I started to follow her from the very start of her YouTube career and she’s grown so much it’s crazy! She deserves it and I absolutely love how she shows every side of her. From how she runs her business, life, what’s her process when styling outfits. I truly admire her and she’s the ultimate girl boss. My last Favorite Blogger is…. tough call but I’m going to go with Whitney Simmons. Yep. You’re wondering why I picked a Fitness Blogger but I love fitness and I love working out and wearing cute outfits for my workouts. She promotes positivity and teaches you to think of fitness as a lifestyle not just a hobby or something to punish yourself with. Whitney also went through a difficult time in her life and she turned to working out. That’s one of the reasons why I started to workout and eat clean. I hit a rough patch a few months back with just life and my blogging stuff and she got me out of that funk.

4. How would you describe your style?

I’ve gone though so many phases with my style. It’s definitely been tough to find me. I say this because for a while I let what my clothes kinda dictate me. Instead of thinking hey, I can pair this top with these jeans and those shoes and not feel like I was labeling myself into one category. Now, I see it as if I wanna wear grungy clothes one day or Clean and Polished the next who’s stopping me ? No one! It was a hard realization to come to that no one is judging me as hard as I am. I want to say my style is between like boho rocker chic and casual but yet feminine is the way I like to describe my style. Lately I’ve been trying to get more into dressing casual. Don’t get me wrong I love getting dressed up for shoots but sometimes the real me is jeans, a band tee, some boots and messy curls.

Time to talk about the look! I really hope my dad does not see this post because I was not supposed to wear these jeans until after Christmas. (They are a Christmas gift) But in all honesty, I have little self-control, and little other pieces to shoot! So I wore them only to shoot!

If I am being honest I feel like this outfit is missing one thing! I’m still not quite sure what.. I have my new statement belt, favorite hat, and I love a good flare. I think the white was too plain, which is weird because I am usually a sucker for a good white top/jean combo!

Boho is actually one of my favorite styles! I loved wearing this and I felt very “Show Me Your Mumu”/”free people and that definitely made me really happy!

Hat : Lack of Colors // Jeans : Free People // Sweater : Free People (similar) // Belt : Rebecca Minkoff (similar Concho Belt)

Q&A with Always Alexa

I am super excited to feature Alexa Bain of Always Alexa on the blog today! She’s such a sweetheart and when I first met her I could not get over her outfit! (I told her at least five times!) We met through the LA blogger meet up in my last Q&A and our outfits matched so well we were able to shoot together. I dabble into being edgy every once in a while and I was not super sure about this look but she is the one that convinced me to shoot it instead of my other look and I am so glad I did! Check out my short Q&A below and let me know any other bloggers you would like me to feature!

1. What’s your blogging motivation?
I get motivated by anything that inspires me. Whenever I see or hear something that sparks an idea in my head, the creative wheels start turning and then it’s who I am to just share it with everyone!
2. What do you hope your audience takes away from your blog?
I hope my audience takes away inspiration to be their true selves. Wear what you want, eat what makes you feel good, travel with who you love, basically live the life you’ve always dreamed of! I try to portray that in my blog posts so even if I have inspired just one person through that, I have done my job!
3. What’s something you would never leave your house without?
I would never leave the house without my phone! I know that sounds cliche but it’s crucial for a blogger to have their phone with them. Besides my phone, I’d have to say my Swell bottle filled with water lol, gotta stay hydrated!
4. What would you say is the best part about being a blogger?
My favorite part about being a blogger… definitely the people I get to meet along the way. I just launched my blog this year in June and I have already met so many awesome and genuine boss babes! Creating relationships with like-minded people that share the same vision as you is something I will forever be grateful for!

Follow Alexa

Website : AlwaysAlexa.com

Instagram : @alexaabain

Alexa

Top : Naked Zebra

Me

Tee : (similar) // Skirt : JD Luxe (similar) // Shoes : Charlotte Russe // Sunglasses : Quay Australia 

 

Q&A with LA Bloggers

I met up with some awesome blogger babes from LA and I had the idea to start a Q&A series to get to know more of your favorite bloggers! I asked them all the same four questions and below are their unique responses! Also, follow them on Instagram if you haven’t already! (and me of course which you definitely should be!)

Debby : @trynfinddebby https://www.trynfinddebby.com/

Alexa : @alexaabain http://alwaysalexa.com/

Ericka : @erickabernabe https://bernabella.com/

Alexis : @lexialcala http://alexisalcala.com/

Julia : @juliaroga

Anna : @annasweeney

Genie : @gallivantingbean https://gallivantingbean.blog/


1. What made you want to start blogging?

Ericka : I started my self titled blog Bernabella in January 2018 because I felt I needed a space to combine my two loves: photography + writing. Since I have a degree in Journalism and PR/Advertising, I felt that it was the right time to start my blog and showcase my work 🙂

Debby : I was getting over a break up and it was a creative outlet for me. It honestly helped so much because it led me to meet some amazing girls even if it was only through the internet! Crazy but thankful we live in a world that can connect you with complete strangers in a way you would normally not connect with even your neighbors!

Anna :  I honestly started creating “daily outfits” putting together a different outfit every day and posting its details it’s become a hobby of mine and has been fun to mix and match new and recycled pieces. It’s inspired me to take it further. I’ve noticed family and friends become so supportive and actually love what I do. I also love the fire that lights within me when I do what I do. I also just love the community, I love everything about fashion, I want to make it a full-time job someday. “If you love your job you won’t work a day in your life”.

Julia : I had a really analytical job coding and needed a creative outlet

Genie : I actually started blogging because my best friend was fashion blogging and she suggested that I start a travel blog. So it wasn’t at all my idea! I’ve traveled a lot and so many people ask me for travel tips. Consolidating them inside a website makes it easier to share haha.

2. What is your favorite trend of the moment?

Ericka : PLAID. I’m obsessed with plaid at the moment. It’s such a versatile pattern that’s wearable year-round

Debby : Fringe and Snakeskin!!! I’ve been eyeing some snakeskin booties! And also mustard yellow for some reason!!! Haha, I’ve always disliked the color yellow and all of a sudden, I can’t stop buying it now!

Anna : I’m obsessed with blazers, oversized shirts, biker shorts and bright colored heels. Easy go tos for me. Also two piece sets.

Julia :  Teddy bear coats

Genie : My favorite trend would have to be sneakers haha. I feel like that’s getting a bit overrated now. But I love comfortable shoes and I only ever wear boots or sneakers. So the sneaker trend is definitely working in my favor.

3. Who are a few bloggers you look up to?

Ericka : @taramilktea for travel inspiration and @xoxotsumi for her timeless sense of style

Debby : I love love love the content the following babes produce:
@howdoyouwearthat, @stephweizman, @jenkvieira, @thestyledseed, @claudiagraziano, @thefashionfraction
Anna : 100% @cassdimicco is my favorite fashion influencer/ blogger her style nails my style or what I wish it would be to the T I would literally trade my closet for hers and wear every single one of her outfits. She kills it every time. Also @desiperkins and @morganstewart I look to for a lot of my fashion and beauty inspo I absolutely love them and all their fits. A local blogger I’ve really been vibing with is @jessthrowiton she absolutely nails my style may be better than I do. Combo of all these women. My absolute favorite posts to see every day!
Julia :  Kyleecampbell and tezza
Genie : Aside from the big ones, Aimee Song, Chiara Ferragani. I look up to one of my blogger besties Julia from @juliaroga. Her editing skills are amazing! I also love following @andreeabirsan. Her photos always have this pop of red that’s to die for and she produces some interesting more abstract photo concepts too.

4. What’s your go-to beauty product?

Ericka : My go-to beauty product is the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum. It’s a little pricey, but IT WORKS.

Debby : Oh my goodness!!! So hard to pick one but I would say SPF facial moisturizer and  mascara is my most favorite thing ever!

Anna : Go to beauty product has got to be my @maccosemetics lipsticks !! To be precise the shade viva la glam ii is my everyday wear and I wear it like chapstick on a frequent occurrence I will leave the house with my hair up and no makeup on but you better believe I’m wearing my lipstick lol. They’re also a great way to change up your makeup when you use different shades especially for someone like me who doesn’t really change up my makeup routine too much

Julia :  Not really a beauty product but nail grow by opi is my favorite product

Genie : Well first my go-to beauty brand is Kiehl’s. I use their ultra facial cleanser and sunscreen everyday. However, I’ve recently discovered green clean by farmacy and I’m totally hooked. It’s a balm makeup remover that’s super gentle. I love it because when I’m using it i don’t feel like I’m rubbing sandpaper on my face trying to get all my makeup off. It leaves my face clean and soft.

Bodysuit : Free People // Jeans : Levi’s // Boots : Forever 21 // Cardigan : Nasty Gal

    

LikeToKnow.It Book Tour

There are so many opportunities that have presented itself since I have been in Los Angeles. Being able to attend one of the stops on the LikeToKnow.it book tour was definitely one of them. Listening to the advice from these bloggers was truly inspirational. I was able to have a real conversation with these genuine ladies who willingly shared their stories and tips to be successful.

Let me tell you, I try to attend as many blogging events as I can. Lots of the information I learn is usually for first-time bloggers. The tips and tricks shared are usually things that I practice myself or have heard at least once. At this event, that was not the case. I really learned so much about being a blogger in this oversaturated field. I was told things I had not known before and a few tricks I did not know. I actually even shared a few of my own as well!

I love events like this because they are networking opportunities. I was able to introduce myself to these amazing influencers and meet with smaller scale influencers as well.

Let’s talk about the book. The whole reason for the tour! The LikeToKnow.it book is full of the stories and interviews of huge influencers who are associated with LikeToKnow.it. Influencers who successfully provide fashion finds, style advice and lifestyle tips to others. This is what I hope to one day be. I did not know I wanted it until recently if I am being completely honest. But attending events like this remind me it is attainable. That the hustle is worth it. This book reminds me to start somewhere. That to be something you start at step one and push and pray until you get there. I am so young for this and there is so much more room to grow and more to learn. But trust me I am definitely doing this now.

It was a joy to sit in at this panel. While I wish I could attend and introduce myself to more of these amazing ladies, I am more than happy to settle for viewing their Instagram story for the tour! I hope to one day even work for LikeToKnow.it! Now that would be a full circle for me!

How To Shop with LikeToKnow.it

I link my best finds and outfit pieces straight to my LikeToKnow.it account! It is so easy to shop the best pieces and know exactly where a blogger get their look with this app! Downloading the app is so easy to do and so worth it!

  1. Download the app
  2. Screenshot a blogger’s (like me!) picture from Instagram that has the LTK.it emblem at the bottom right corner
  3. An email will go straight to your inbox with the pieces that they are wearing that have already been linked just for you!
  4. Click on the picture and it takes you directly to where to buy it online! It’s that simple.

Follow Me HERE

Photos by Kathy Denning Photography

Photo Shoot

Like I said in my La La Land post, there are so many opportunities that come with living in Los Angeles. I am definitely thinking about moving to Austin to try to keep living in a bigger city that will have more things to do to keep up with my blogging. One of these opportunities has been being able to participate in free photo shoot meetups. I was kind of worried at first but you get to know the people and it is a fun experience!

This photo shoot was not like the last one, it was in a studio that had different rooms and setups! I wish I had been able to see what the rooms looked like before I went because then I could have thought out more looks! Nonetheless, I was excited to go and shoot this dress! I honestly hadn’t shot in a while and I hadn’t done full hair and makeup in a while either! I almost did not want to go because of traffic and I was already tired after work, but after going and especially after working with these photographers I was glad I went!

So this dress is actually my boss’s dress! When she had a photoshoot I planned for her to wear this outfit (except with black boots) and we never got to it. I found it at a consignment store here in Los Angeles and I had the idea to cut it along the sides so it flowed and could show the black shorts underneath. While I wish I had my boots here with me, they are not black anyway, and since she didn’t shoot it I wanted to really bad. Thankfully she allowed me to borrow it and I totally fell in love with how these pictures turned out!

Photos shot by RK Visuals // @rk_visuals_ on Instagram // these are the unedited versions

Dress : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Boots : Charlotte Russe

 

Friday Faves

I pulled a few of my favorites this week from my Wish List Tabs above. This is where you can find my recent “wants” and “must-buys” before I even buy them and shoot them for the blog! Leave a comment

Song : Late Night by Deputy

I may be a little biased because I know the singer very well, but I genuinely like this sound because it’s something I would listen to on my own! Also, you gotta support local artists, they tend to be the best when you find a really good one!

Podcast : Get Real with Caroline Hobby

I just started listening to this podcast and I started off with her interview with Maddie and Tae, the country singers, and I really loved it! She is a former country singer in Nashville Tennessee and I definitely recommend checking this out if you are all for girl bosses and country music!

 

Beauty Product : Jade Roller

I recently wrote a blog posts about this, and I love it so much I had to mention it again. It’s a perfect addition to your morning routine to reduce inflammation and decrease drainage build up in your facial region (eww). Just pop it in the fridge and add a light serum and you’re halfway to a facial! Mine is linked and it is 100% all natural jade!

Wish List : Show Me Your Mumu Concho Belt

This belt has actually been on my wish lists for a while and I just posted about it on my Instagram stories recently as a poll if I should buy it or not. I went to check out the Show Me Your Mumu boutique in Venice beach and I didn’t see it in store, still wanting this cute belt!

Link : The Sakura Life Founders on why you should adopt a plant based diet

While I am honestly not going to go on an all plant based diet anytime soon, it was a good read for clean eating tips! I honestly thing The Newsette has amazing articles for girls like me who are into wellness, beauty, fashion, and daily corporate updates on businesses I want to know about. They keep me updated with the beauty industry and pop culture! Sign up for a super short and super worth it daily newsletter HERE.

7 Magic Mountains + How My Style has Evolved

Seven magic mountains is another place that I stopped on my way from Los Angeles to Texas. A bit out of the way since it is right outside Las Vegas, but definitely worth it! Great photo ops, and I wish I was able to have gone when it was less crowded and in the afternoon, but we were on a time constraint! Still a cool place to visit if you’re in the area.

Where is your favorite place to go for photo ops?

I recently have been into a lot more edgier outfits. While I still love to keep everything fun and feminine, every once in a while I like to mix it up! Honestly boho is my current favorite! I like billowy tops and flare jeans… think Free People!

This outfit is a bit more grungy than I had hoped, but I was on a road trip, all of my outfits weren’t accessible, and I just had to go for it! Definitely something different but the color of the rocks made me feel better about al of the black! Also I just had to style my fanny pack from Quay Australia (linked below).

I used to dress super girly and honestly I still do, but every once in a while I like to mix it up. I am going for something a little more chic, recently. If you follow my instagram you will see a small change in filters for fall, but also in my looks. I am dressing things up with hats, big belt buckles, simple gold jewelry and fun booties. I really think I am a huge trend follower! Not on purpose, but I definitely just really like when an outfit is put together well!

Top : (similar) I got an over sized shirt and luckily it was already cut // Belt Bag : Quay Australia // Necklace : Forever 21 (similar) // Booties : Steve Madden