Blog Author Spotlight
Hey everyone and welcome to the second edition of my monthly series, Blog Author Spotlight. If you have been following since the first one than you are probably wondering what happened to January’s post. Well, this was suppose to be January’s spotlight but Erica and I both had a crazy month re-cooperating from the holidays, battling sickness, spending time with family, and just busting our butts like the #BOSSES we are! We both mutually agreed to hold off until February.
This month I am featuring one of my long time blogger crushes, Erica Ligenza from Coming Up Roses.
Um, did somebody say TOTALLY GORG!
Not only is she gorgeous, but she is also a pretty bad ass versatile blogger. And that is why she has made #2 in my spotlight. I feel totally lucky and so grateful she said yes to this Q & A. Secretly, I knew she would because she is so social with her readers. She replies to all her comments and her email replies from her weekly newsletter The CUR.
Erica is a Philadelphia Lifestyle and Fashion Blogger. Her blog, Coming Up Roses, features content like personal styling, relationship advice, beauty tips, daily inspiration, and branding consulting. HELLO…mega powerhouse alert!!!
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Check Out Our Q & A
I started Coming Up Roses towards the end of my freshman year of college. I had been writing for the on-campus fashion magazine, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the editing process and really craved my own space! SO, CUR was born – and I just never looked back. 😉 I really wanted to create a space to be like a virtual bestie to anyone and everyone who might need it, whether that means you need advice on how to style what’s already in your closet, what makeup absolutely must be in your everyday arsenal, tips on dating in college, budgeting as a post-grad, building a business and growing a blog…anything goes, so long as it’s super helpful and valuable to my peeps!
2. What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not blogging?
Sometimes I feel like I’m ALWAYS working…ha! But really tho, it can be mega hard to really have work-life balance when your full time passion becomes your full time job, too! But, when I’m not on the internet, I love playing piano and singing, hanging out with my hubby and two cats, binging Netflix with a side of Cabernet + pizza, Skyping my girlfriends or hitting happy hour, or reading – I’m trying to do a book a month in 2017!
3. Valentine’s Day is coming up so lets get mooshy for a moment! What would your dream date be?
Oh, hands down heading to Italy with my hubs. We’ve been DYING to go together (I’ve never been, but he has been!), I’m part Italian, and we could both live on pizza, wine, gelato and bread. So like…#heaven. Riding a gondola, visiting Rome, being in Romeo + Juliet’s town…the whole nine yards would just be so romantic + fun!
4. If you could live in any time period, which one would you choose?
Super hard. I kinda wanna just relive the 90’s and all of the glory that was the Disney channel back then…and bring back Lisa Frank, bubble shirts, and beanie babies!
5. What is the #1 tip you would give someone who is thinking about starting a blog for the first time?
I’m gonna cheat, because there are a few tips tied for #1! 1.) Get clear (+ STAY clear) on your “why.” If you’re blogging for free stuff or money, you’re in it for the wrong reasons (and you likely won’t last long). 2.) Be consistent across the board. 3.) Put your peeps first, always. If you’re blogging with an audience in mind (which, ideally you should be, if you’re looking to grow and not just blog for yourself and your mom), remember to make everything useful and valuable to THEM. It’s not all about you! P.S. I wrote this post awhile ago with alllllll of my thoughts + tips on starting a successful blog from the get go.
6. What is your favorite social platform to use?
That’s a tie between Snapchat and Instagram (I’m erica_lig on Snapchat, @ericaligenza on Instagram). I lovelovelove the real time creativity and fun in Snapchat, and the lack of pressure to be picture-perfect. But Instagram I love for it’s constant inspiration…I’m inspired by beautiful aesthetics and pretty things!
7. It’s movie awards season. Are you a big movie fan? What is your top 3 favorite movies?
Don’t judge me (plz)…I don’t watch movie awards. I’m so behind on them, and my taste is always different than the critics! And I’m SO bad at choosing favorites! But some of my definite favorites are How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Legally Blonde, the Back to the Future series, and La La Land (it just came out, but I LOVED!). And I’m a sucker for Pixar movies. Haha!
8. I talk about a lot of beauty topics on To Give And Get. Do you have a “I can’t live without you!” favorite beauty product?
Oh, HECK yes. I’ve actually got a whole section on CUR devoted to my “beauty counter” – my absolute must have favorites! Some most recent noteworthy ones that I’d recommend adding to cart ASAP include: MAC’s Lip Scrubtious in Candied Nectar, the IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour as a light coverage foundation (particularly good for spring/summer, since it’s SPF 50!), this toning mist – I use it every single morning after my shower to lightly hydrate + clear my skin, and this highlighter, which is like crack for my cheekbones.
9. What do you find to be the hardest thing about blogging?
I’d say I used to ALWAYS struggle with finding, getting, and maintaining the right systems to make my life easier. I used to be addicted to the hustle and I’d just do everything myself, and I developed bad habits that actually slowed me down instead of helping me move better and farther, faster. So staying on top of organizational trends and just balancing every single task at one time is hard…balance is a unicorn. I’ve always vowed to respond to every single email and comment that comes my way, which I still do, but sometimes I just fall behind because as you grow…there’s just too much. It’s hard because I get down on myself for it, but I always have to remember that I can’t just be glued to my screen 24/7. Taking a break sometimes is best for me, my family, and my readers too, so that everyone gets the best of me!
10. We all have our “baby” post! What post on your blog are you the most proud of?
OH, this is hard! I think I have categorical favorites:
General: 14 (FUN) Ways to Spring Clean your Life – I loved this shoot, this look, and just all of the tips in the end! They ring true throughout seasons and really (really) help.
I told you she was AWESOME SAUCE! Do you have a favorite blogger I should check out? Are you a blogger who wants to be featured in a Spotlight? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org