Happy Friday, babes. I definitely want us to get to know each other past the social media level so I asked you guys on Instagram to ask me anything in celebration of my 4 year blog-iversary. You guys sent in your questions, and I answered! Thank you guys so, so, so much. Because of you guys and all the companies I’ve had the honors of working with, Luxe and Linen is still alive and thriving! I’m so blessed to have 4 years of your love and support!
Top 5 places to shop? – @krstne_
Thrift Stores – Savers: One thing that I really love as a hobby and find sentimental value in is thrifting, and this particular store is my all time favorite. I started thrifting as senior in high school because I didn’t have a job and Savers was right down the street from me growing up. I got my mom and brother into thrifting as well and it became a favorite past time of ours. I’ve been able to find so many clothing pieces, statement accessories, and little knick knacks to put around the house, all for an amazingly affordable price. One of my favorite knitted pink blankets that I literally cannot sleep or travel without (I know, I sound like a child) is from Savers. When living back home, I also frequently donated a lot of clothes and accessories I couldn’t sell. In turn I received coupons, and continued to shop there because I knew I was helping out a charitable community.
Fast Fashion – Zara and Forever 21: If there’s a certain style or trend I want to rock for the season, I can definitely count on these 2 stores to be on the affordable side when it comes to fast, trendy fashion. Forever 21 is basically a no brainer for me when it comes to accessories. I’m so horrible when it comes to earrings and necklaces – I definitely don’t want spends 100s of dollars only to lose or break something. My favorite time to shop at Zara is during the sales. They have 2 sales per year and if you’re willing to wait, some of your favorite pieces go on a sale in a matter of 3-4 months. I have a couple hauls on my YouTube channel featuring all the amazing come-up’s I found during the sale HERE and HERE.
Designer/Consignment – Crossroads and Black and Brown: Before donating to the thrift store, I would usually plan a whole day to myself to sell clothes, and shop with however much of the difference they gave me back. Crossroads has always been a favorite of mine because they tend to buy brands and styles from trendy, fast fashion retailers (think Forever 21, Zara, and Topshop) but for an even greater affordable price. They also have a great Half-off section that is like dirt cheap, haha. I bought my first pair Doc Marten’s there for half-off at $10. Black and Brown is also a consignment store located only in San Jose, CA. It’s definitely more curated to be on the funkier vintage side, which is great if you’re trying to find something truly unique. I bought my coveted Harley Davidson leather jacket a couple years ago for only $15! Real leather and everything! Both stores have designer pieces for the low-low as well.
Favorite cereal? – @Krstne_
Special K with Strawberries. Hands down.
Now that you’re living in LA, will you be doing a closet sale or giveaway? – @_dareitwearit
I definitely want to incorporate doing more giveaways with some of my favorites brands now that I’m in LA blogging full-time. I actually have an upcoming Fall giveaway and lookbook in the works so stay tuned for that! As for closet sales, I would loooove to host one because my closet is in desperate need for a makeover. I can’t say that I’m having one anytime soon, but I’ve been thinking of opening a depop shop in the meantime so I’ll let you guys know about that as well.
If the world was ending, and you had one day to live, what would you do? – @kathleencarla
LMAO, girl…I would gather up ALL my friends and family, head to my favorite karaoke bar, and just sing, dance, and enjoy just one last day with all my loved ones.
Would you know where to buy this dress? – @yuriespin
Unfortunately, I don’t know where to get this exact dress, but I’ve found some similar styles for you down below. And guess what? All of these dresses are under $100!
Do you ever get frustrated with social media and how do you deal with it? – @pilleriinleet
Absolutely, especially more so that by being a blogger, social media is practically my job! It gets super frustrating because not only do you have to post consistent work to keep yourself relevant, but also just going through your social feed, you can’t help but compare yourself to others. It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers and appearances of it all. The only way I deal with it is by taking a step back and looking at the reality of it all. Social media is a front – we decide how we want other’s to perceive us and our lifestyle by posting certain content, and those’s amount of “K” followers that everyone stresses out about (even me!) is just a superficial number. We as bloggers and influencers have to remember that comparing ourselves to the lives of others is dangerous behavior. Despite the numbers, we are all one in the same going through similar struggles of just being a creative! The whole thought and process of it all is downright stressful and sometimes discouraging, but I’m super blessed to have a boyfriend who is understanding, supportive, and reminds to channel that energy to keep working harder.
What is your dream company to collab with?! – @missxbo
I would say my dream collab would be with Gucci or Chanel, but that would probably be in the very distant future as I haven’t really explored or immersed myself in that type of niche. If we’re talking about right now, I would say Calpak (they have the cutest marble luggages!), Urban Outfitters, Topshop, and ZARA.
Where do you get your style inspiration? – @krstne_
Who is your biggest inspiration for fashion? – @aileenchristinee
Who are your style idols?? I want to see all the inspo you look at – @_dippedinblack
I decided to group all three of these questions together because of their similarities. My first style icon is Aimee of Song of Style. I love Aimee’s California-lovin style. It’s feminine, sometimes edgy, and full of color just like her personality. Song of style was actually one of the first blogs I read while I was younger and was definitely the inspiration to create a blog of my own. My second is Leandra of Man Repeller. Leandra’s quirky personality translates so well into her bold street style. She’s obviously a woman who dresses for herself – noo opinions of men allowed. Lastly, my third icon is definitely Rachel from That’s Chic. I loooove how Rachel is the epitome of a natural beauty. Her style is kinda like a beautiful mix of effortless wild child and Parisian chic.
What tips do you have for growing your following/likes? – @kinaasmalllss
One of the first things you can do is try to get featured through shoutouts. They’re the easiest way to collab with others and was one of the first things I did when trying to grow my Instagram in the beginning. Reach out to others and see if they’re willing to reciprocate that love to you! Always shoutout others who have a similar niche that way you can target the correct demographic. Another way is to get featured by brands. If you have an outfit or product that you want to potentially have featured on their social media or websites, TAG THEM and HASHTAG correctly. Another thing I’ve learned is that it’s so much more than just taking a simple #ootd picture in front of a rainbow wall. Compose it correctly, make sure the product is displayed clearly, and produce an impactful image that creates a story. Lastly, the best thing you can do to grow your following is to engage, engage, engage. Your Instagram and following is your portfolio of all your creative work and social media hustle, therefore it reflects the time you put into it. Even if you don’t have all the time in the world, put in at least 1 hr each day. Comment on your friend’s pictures, reply back to comments on your own photos, and go through the explore page and hashtags and find new friends to create new relationships with. Building your following is all about building a community, so play a big role of participation in it!
Who’s your IG OC BFF? – @xofashionica
What’s been the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn? – @jessicaluxe
The hardest lesson that I’m still learning is how to be my own boss. Since I started working in college, I’ve only ever known working under someone else, therefore I’ve had to learn how to get over the feeling of being assigned roles and tasks. There is no one here to tell me what to do and when to do it, except sometimes my boyfriend because as a #GUYBOSS himself, he’s been really good at keeping me in check haha. Time management is so important especially more so now that I’m taking my blog full time. I’m learning to how to play multiple team roles and schedule tasks accordingly. I even bought a planner, notebook, and mini filing cabinet to keep my life organized. I’m also working from home so I definitely have to learn how to fight the urge to just chill at home all day! It’s not so easy when you have Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go at the reach of your fingertips haha. It’s been an adjustment but I’m slowly getting used to it.
What is one thing you regret not taking a chance with in terms of fashion? – @electrilux
Had you asked me this question 4 years ago, I think I would have said that my biggest regret was not attending fashion school. My parents are very traditional Filipinos, so when I went to college, naturally I majored in nursing. That didn’t work out because never in my life have I ever desired to be in that field, or the science field in general. I resented my parents for a really long time because of this. Answering this same question today, my biggest regret is not voicing my wants to be in the fashion field earlier. I was always too afraid to confront them about my real dreams and desires, disappointing them and the rest of the family. They had no idea I wanted to even go to fashion or art school! Now that I’m much older and have proven myself quite a bit, my parents and I have come to a mutual understanding. I also now understand that a lot of my resentment was displaced and I should’ve focused those energies on more productive things. Had I actually talked and allowed my parents to understand my creative talents, maybe things would have been more different. Maybe I would have learned business and marketing in fashion, or maybe I would’ve learned the elements of design much earlier in life. Either way, I got here somehow: my 4 year blog anniversary and moving to LA to pursue more fashion opportunities.
Favorite thing about being a blogger? – @_alyssamay
I love that we all inspire each other and get each others struggles (#bloggerproblems). I love meeting my blogger friends in real life and getting to know each and everyone of them past the Instagram level. We’re all just human after all! I love getting food with my blogger friends and them not getting mad at me/embarrassed because I’ve spent taken 100+ shots of our meal in 10 different angles. I love when my blogger friends offer to take photos for me and already know what angles WERK (ps. it’s squat position with camera phone angled up!). I love it when my blogger friends trust me to take creative control over their photos for them in return. I love that blogging has allowed me to travel and work with companies I’ve only dreamt about working with. I can go on and on, but I love how blogging is such a supportive community and being immersed in it built up my confidence and willingness to continuously put out more content.