WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE AND HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PICTURES?
I currently use a Sony A7III with a Sigma 35mm Art Lens, though in the past I used a Canon6D so depending on the date, you might see pics with both cameras! Make sure you check out how I edit my Instagram photos, my travel photography tips and this super comprehensive guide to all things photography because they all get super in-depth with my tips! I also have a total roundup of all my blogging gear. Finally, I also have one of my Lightroom presets available for download right here!
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?
I wanted to hold myself accountable to pursuing my passions in life (more on that in a second) and knew that declaring this publicly and chronicling it online would motivate me to keep on track!
WHAT’S YOUR EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND?
I got a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria and wrote for local newspapers and magazines throughout my degree. For some reason I decided to go to law school afterwards but quickly came to my senses (nothing against law as a career [my dad’s a lawyer after all and he’s the best!] just definitely wasn’t for me). I ended up pursuing a post-grad program in journalism and did a ton of internships in the fashion journalism and public relations world and began the job search before realizing all those “there are no jobs left in journalism” speeches from professors in journo school were not hilarious, dry jokes (they did always look confused when we laughed), but actually just a sad reality. I transitioned into communications for a luxury label which I loved but grew To Vogue or Bust on the side the whole time. At a certain point I realized it was time to take a leap of faith with TVOB and so I did – and here I am today, still loving every second of it!
WHAT SIZE DO YOU USUALLY WEAR?
I’m just shy of 5’6″ and usually wear a size S, though I’ll size up to a M especially for pieces that are snug around the chest and hips (I’m an hourglass shape so have to give some breathing room to those areas – trying to go for more of a tasteful Marion Cotillard thing rather than Kim K). I’m also “blessed” (i.e. cursed) with a 30F cup size so other big-chested girls of the world, I’m in this (literally) painful and weird struggle of working around a large cup size with you – if you want my go-to tips for working around a big bust, I have a whole guide right here! I will do my best to share fit tips, size recommendations and more to help with any shopping decisions, and I have a ton of suggestions in my shop page!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR DONE?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER?
I have a 24 hour feature here that really captures a lot of what I love most in the city – stay tuned for more content soon but in short, you can’t go wrong with getting into nature (biking Stanley Park, heading up the mountains) and Gastown will never disappoint when it comes to people watching, food and drinks. I also have a whole Vancouver category here that you can explore, as well as a Canada category that will allow you to explore more of the country and Vancouver’s surrounding areas (including Victoria, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast & more)!
WHAT’S YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE?
Honestly, this changes a bit seasonally! In the summer I’m on my bike, swimming or outside in some form (even squeezing in body resistance workouts like this one on the Sea Wall!), whereas I become a bit of a gym rat in the winter. My fitness section has so much info about the workouts I love best though and tons that you can try right now at home!
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A WORK-LIFE BALANCE?
The best thing I ever did in this area was to get clear on a morning routine and a nighttime routine, not check my emails until I’d wrapped my morning up and set a hard cap on work in the evenings. Meditation is also massive for me – see this guide here! Also, I schedule everything. EVERYTHING. This gig has an inordinate amount of moving parts, so I schedule everything from my workouts to my email time to my shoot hours to make sure I also set up time for non-work priorities (friends, Matt, workouts, reading, playing music, etc) and commit to them just as much as I do my work. Also, another surprisingly amazing thing I did for myself was to come to peace with the fact that I’ll never be fully “off” from work. Knowing this and being content with it has allowed me to be more lax on a day-to-day basis rather than beating myself up over not finishing my to-do list – I know it will all work out over the course of the year.