Welcome to The Golden Girl!
I hope you pour yourself a glass of wine (or a cup of coffee, because it’s not ALWAYS appropriate to be drinking wine, I suppose) and stay awhile! Here you’ll find your daily dose of attainable, relatable style, home decor, and a lot of tips, tricks and advice about life in general that I’ve learned along the way! The internet isn’t exactly known for being down to earth and “real” these days, and this blog is my way of combating some of that, and finding the fun in the everyday. And now, for some Q&A.
(You were expecting some of that, snooping around on the “about” page, yes?)
What made you want to start a blog?
It had been a pipe dream of mine for a while. This blog is my creative outlet (snoozefest, I’m sure you haven’t heard that answer before). It’s true though, it’s where I get to share and express my love of, well – everything. But for starters, fashion, food, craftiness, decor, vintage, Chicago, travel….the list goes on. At the end of the day, it’s one of my very time-consuming hobbies.
Where did the name, “The Golden Girl,” come from?
It just came to me when I was laying in bed one night. It wasn’t that earth-shattering of a realization though, I’m obsessed with gold. Jewelry, shoes, clothing, nail polish, retrievers (especially retrievers, doodles,), etc. You name it. If it comes in gold, I’ll take one, please.
Are you a full-time blogger?
I recently left my 9-5 career in advertising, as I discovered that it wasn’t the right path for me anymore. This little blog right here was what allowed me to discover my dream and go for it. Blogging is a big chunk of my income, but I also do quite a few freelance projects as well!
Where are you from?
Um, how much time do you have? I’m originally from Oregon, but grew up most of my life in Arizona. Spent summers in Kentucky. Went to college in Indiana (Go Hoosiers!) and now I live in the amazing city of Chicago.
Who takes your pictures? My friends Kelly and Blair take most of my photos. They’re both bloggers too, so it works out great! My fiancé, Neal, is also my backup photographer. He’s a complete gem, and you wouldn’t be reading this blog right now if he hadn’t convinced me to pursue my dreams!
Where do you live?
I live in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago with my fiancé, Neal. We just purchased our first home, and we’ll be getting married in my home state of Oregon (at this gorgeous venue!) in September of 2017! (EEEK!)
Where will you be in 5 years?
I have absolutely no idea, and that’s part of the fun! But wherever I am, I hope to have convinced Neal to let me get a French Bulldog named Henry.
Anything with ranch dressing on it and dim sum from Chinatown. (Not together, of course.)
Favorite place you’ve ever traveled?
Too many to name! I studied abroad in Italy during college, so Florence will always be in my heart! We recently traveled to Paris though, and it was a week I will never forget! Favorite item in my closet?My leather jacket from Italy–hands down. (You can see it here.)
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Yes, actually! A WHOLE bunch. So much, in fact, I teamed up with my friend Blair and started a whole new blog on that very topic. It’s called Blogging For Keeps–so hop on over! (Make sure to join our email list for access to lot’s of really cool downloads and worksheets!)
Anything I missed? Comment below and I’d be happy to answer!