Hope everyone had an amazing week! Today, I’m doing something a little different on the blog and taking a break from my typical posts. Style Lullaby will be 3 years old this September, and I’ve just realized I have never done a Q&A yet. Many of you have asked me questions throughout my blogging journey, so I figure it’s about time, right? Earlier this week, I also gave everyone on Instagram an opportunity to ask me anything! Special thanks to those who asked such thought-provoking questions. There were so many I had to narrow down to my top 25… so please don’t be hurt if I missed yours! Some of the questions were redundant so I’ve tried my best to consolidate them. Let’s get personal! 🙂
- What got you into lizards?
Lol! Honestly, I was never into lizards until like, 2.5 years ago. My boyfriend was dying to get a Chinese water dragon and adopted Babadook on a whim. At the time, we didn’t live together, so I just sort of had to deal with it. Then, when he was moving to LA to be with me, he was going to get rid of him because he was hard to transport. He is right — lizards are hard to transport not only because they get stressed out by the smallest things like moves, but also because their enclosures are super heavy. Anyway, it was then I realized I had actually grown super attached to Babadook. I cried and cried… and would not let David give him away! As cheesy as it sounds, he’s like my first son, since I never experienced having any pets before. Now, he’s almost 3 years old (in April) and tripled in size. We just upgraded his enclosure and couldn’t be more excited!
- How did you get started with blogging?
In 2013, I graduated from UCSD and moved to LA after being offered a contract with a modeling agency in Beverly Hills. I modeled for 2 years, and towards the end of the second year, I decided I no longer wanted to be an empty canvas. Modeling has its perks and can be fun, but it can also be demeaning other times. I guess every job has its pros and cons, but I never felt like it was a “meant to be” career for me. I mean, what would I do after my modeling days are over? My brother then encouraged me to start a fashion blog where I can share my love for fashion, beauty, and other things in my life. He got everything set up for me and I was able to just start writing, which was really nice! In addition to taking pictures and all things fashion & beauty, I also love to write… so the blog is the perfect outlet for all three!
- Who takes your photos and what do you use to edit?
When I first started blogging, I worked with a number of different photographers. Now, my boyfriend takes all my photos! This year, I’m really trying to build on consistency. He also edits my photos because I don’t really have advanced editing skills… and all I know is that he uses the many complex functions of Photoshop and Lightroom.
- How do you stay inspired?
I have my days… haha. But, I am very lucky to get to do what I love for a living, so there’s that! Not many can say that their career is fulfilling to them. While being a freelancer can be extremely difficult, I always manage to pull through. It’s my passion to share with others my favorite finds and styles. I also look up to a number of other bloggers and style icons for inspiration. Annabelle Fleur of Viva Luxury is my favorite! I love her style and the way she edits her photos.
- How did you start pitching to brands & working with them?
Honestly, this stage of blogging is somewhat of a blur to me. When I first started Style Lullaby, it was more of a creative outlet for me to blog about whatever I wanted. Over time, I found the opportunity to monetize and of course, couldn’t pass it up! I guess from that point, I made note of all the brands I personally love and would keep an eye out for opportunities to work with them! It also helps to have connections as I’ve had a few who have helped me land my favorite gigs.
- How do you keep your skin so radiant and flawless?
Again, I have my days, but as I get older, I’m investing more in quality skin care products. I recently shared my latest beauty favorites in case you missed that! Also, staying hydrated is super important.
- Your favorite jean brand?
American Eagle! They have size 00! It’s so hard to find jeans that fit me so I am actually pretty particular about brands in this department.
- How do you find balance between work and personal life?
Believe it or not, I actually struggle with this one, but have been taking measures to change that. It’s especially hard when you are the biggest home body known to man, and work from home full-time. There couldn’t be a more perfect combination, right? Told you I’m really blessed to do what I love! Last year, I literally blogged everyday for most of the year. Somewhere down the line, I realized that I was getting burnt out. I wasn’t having much of a life outside of blogging. I was neglecting my boyfriend, and we spent most of our time shooting for the blog or talking about it. Earlier this year, we rescued a 4-year-old pug dog that we named S’mores, from a local shelter. He has been requiring a lot more of my attention. Ever since he joined our family, we’ve been having nice family walks. David and I put in more effort to cook together, and I make time to go out and have girl time with my best friend. It’s the little things, but they all make such a big difference. Balance is key to success!
- How do you share your love for your pets? Does one require more attention than the others, and do you think they get jealous?
The other day, David asked me if I had a favorite, and naturally I said Babadook. To be fair though, I think it’s because I’ve had him the longest and have really built a connection with him. I do love my pug S’mores and my latest addition, Zeus the basilisk dearly too, though. They all have different personalities. As for attention, of course, S’mores is pretty up there. He’s got to have his daily walk 2-3 times a day, and David and I can’t leave him at home alone for more than like, 6 hours at a time. The one time we were hanging out with my best friend for 8 hours, we had him in our bathroom, our bathroom somehow flooded, and well… as you can imagine, it was not a pretty sight when we got back. I’m not too sure whether my kids get jealous. S’mores is more of a daddy’s boy. Babadook seems to be content with my love. Zeus is new to our family and not used to being handled… we’re convinced he’s wild caught from Central America because he isn’t tame like most lizards are when they’re held in captivity.
- Which of your children is your favorite?
Angie says I HAVE to choose… so, I’d say Babadook my Chinese water dragon, but I love them all, really!
- Which color is most flattering for your complexion?
I’m guessing this question is in regards to clothing color — I love burgundy and olive on me! During the warmer months, white and neons are really flattering as they help to accentuate my summer glow.
- What would you define your personal style as?
Trendy and comfortable, with a touch girly!
- How long have you been blogging for?
It’ll be 3 years this September! The first year was pretty slow and I didn’t put in nearly as much effort as I did last and this year, though. It was a hobby which quickly turned into a dream career <3
- How old are you?
I just turned 25 in December!
- What’s one statement piece you can’t live without?
I don’t know if this can be considered a “statement piece,” but I can’t live without a good pair of heels! You’ll rarely spot me without a pair on. Heels are just the perfect way to add elegance to any look, no matter how casual. It also makes me feel more confident and done up.
- How long do you spend creating content for your blog and Instagram?
This varies depending on the scope of the project. This Q&A is taking longer than usual, for example. So many questions to think about and answer! But, generally I spend a day out of the week to work on one or two blog posts to schedule for the following week. Each post can take anywhere from 1-3 hours to complete. David and I also dedicate a day or two in the week to shoot. Shooting usually takes no more than 15 minutes per look. So, if we really wanted to, we could pump out a good 4 looks in one day without tiring ourselves out. On days I’m not shooting outside, I’ll sometimes find myself taking flatlays at home for Instagram. While I’m doing that, David is busy editing my photos, which can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on his focus level and how the photos turned out.
- Do you shoot everyday?
No, I do not… I’m far too lazy to do my make-up and make my hair look good everyday. In fact on most days, I’m au naturale!
- I would like to know how to pick a lizard. How did you decide on Zeus?
I actually did not “decide” on Zeus — he came with the new enclosure that we bought for Babadook. I feel a bit guilty because we have essentially re-homed him into Babadook’s smaller enclosure while Babadook upgraded into Zeus’ big mansion. To be fair though, Babadook is literally 3x the size of Zeus… so I think Zeus can live with being in a smaller enclosure until my next big paycheck. 😉 As for picking a lizard, I’ve heard from the reptile community that bearded dragons are great first dragons. I personally have never owned one, and Babadook (Chinese water dragon) was my first one. If you get a lizard for the first time, you’ll ideally want to get him when he’s young — like less than 1 year old. Once they get older, they may be harder to tame. For example, Zeus is 1.5 years old now and we are having some difficulty getting him to be as docile as Babadook is. If you get a Chinese water dragon as your first lizard though, I’m your girl! 😉
- How did you grow your Instagram/blog?
I don’t know if there’s a surefire way to “grow” — after all, the most random things seem to go viral on the Internet these days. My Instagram started out as a modeling account way back when I did modeling. When I transitioned into blogging, I changed my username to @stylelullaby and cleaned up the account to reflect more of a “blogger’s feed.” From there, I’ve prioritized on creating quality content to share consistently both on my Instagram and blog. These days, I’ve also been taking part in loop giveaways which have helped me grow steadily. Connecting with fellow bloggers by going to events is also another great way to grow your network!
- What are your favorite stores to shop from?
I’m not as picky with brands as I am with fit and whether the style or item looks good on me. Generally speaking though, I love to shop at American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Forever 21, TopShop, and Zara!
- If you had to get another reptile, what would it be?
David and I really want a Cuban rock iguana, but that will have to wait until we get a bigger place to accommodate a full reptile room. We also want a gecko and chameleon!
- Where do you find the best deals for clothes and beauty products?
For clothes, you can always find me at the sale racks! For beauty products, I love to frequent Ulta as they have a great rewards program. Pretty much all my make-up is from Ulta, except for my Chanel items which I purchase from either Nordstrom or Macy’s.
- What’s your favorite brunch spot?
Does Bottega Louie count? I could literally devour all their macarons!
- What is your favorite movie?
I’m a sucker for all romance movies… and Pete’s Dragon. That movie was epic. I’m probably biased because I’m a dragon mommy… but some of my other friends who aren’t also really loved that movie. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it!
- What does your go-to outfit look like?
I like to keep my go-to outfit pretty simple. Right now, I’m loving a lightweight sweater with distressed denim, topped off with a pair of classic heels and a small purse! I got both the sweater and white ripped jeans from American Eagle. The heels are by Seychelles Footwear, and the purse is by Chanel.
And there you have it! Hopefully I answered your questions, and if there’s anything else you’re dying to know, feel free to ask me in a comment below! xx
Photos by David Potter