How tall are you and what size do you wear?
I’m 5’1″ and the size I wear can vary from store to store. In bottoms, I’m generally a size 26/2 and in tops an XS/S. Some brands I may need to go up or down depending on the fit/cut. For shoes I’m a true 7.5.
How do you edit your photos?
I currently use the Millenial Pink Presets by Dreamy Presets. I’ve also previously used their New York preset pack and absolutely love their products. If you’re not ready to invest in Lightroom and/or a preset pack, you can also download the free app VSCO. I used this for my first year of blogging and used mostly the HB1 and 2 filters.
What type of camera do you use?
I use a Sony A5000 camera with a 50 mm 1.8 lens. As a professional photographer friend of mine would say “your camera is only as good as it’s lens”. This lens produces the bokeh or blurred background effect.
Who takes your photos?
My husband! Our neighbor is a professional photographer so he has given him a few pointers but no, I do not pay anyone to take my photos.
Do you buy your own clothes?
Yes, I purchase all of my own clothes. On occasion, a brand will send me their products to try in exchange for promotion in a blog post or Instagram and that will always be indicated in the caption.
Where did you come up with “My SoCaled Life”? Does it have anything to do with that show?
You’d be surprised how many times I’ve been asked if my name has to do with the show, My So-Called Life from the 90’s. In short, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with that.
My SoCaled Life started because I’m originally from a smallish suburb outside of Sacramento and every day of my life was a routine. I had a decent job but I was miserable in my life there. Deep in my heart I always knew I was a city girl and had forever wanted to move to Southern California. In 2014 my husband got a promotion and we were able to move here. I felt re-energized and re-born was so much happier in my life. We were able to live a much more un-structured life and I enjoyed being able to work from home and visit new places every weekend. This blog started to document my new life here in SoCal and some fun outfits along the way.
Do You Have Any Tips for New Bloggers?
I am in no way shape or form an expert or a blog consultant. However, I can share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.
- Have patience. Blogging and growing a following on Social Media takes a lottttttttt of patience. If you don’t feel like you want to rip your hair out from time to time, you’re probably doing something wrong 🙂
- Perseverance is key. There will always be someone with a bigger following, more likes, more comments, better photos, whatever it may be than you. Such is life. Don’t let that stop you from always moving forward toward your own goals.
- It’s ok to say no. I get asked daily to collaborate with companies and I am very choosy with who I actually work with. That being said, not every collaboration has been a success but I’ve definitely learned from them all. I have and will always only share things that I genuinely like or am interesting in and/or think that you (my readers) might like as well.
- Always stay true to yourself and your passion. Just because every other girl is wearing it or doing it doesn’t mean you need to do it too. In fact, it probably means the opposite. Find your own unique voice and what makes you special and share that with the world. That’s what you were meant to do.