“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life…”
I am so incredibly excited to introduce my latest series of blog posts called Boss Ladies which will feature interviews with some super successful and talented ladies that I greatly admire and that I think you guys will also really love too,
A Boss Lady is THE woman who is in control – she demands respect and she gets it. These women have worked damn hard for what they have achieved and they deserve some serious kudos for their efforts.
Us ladies are waaaay too harsh on ourselves and this is just my fun way of celebrating all women and all that we do.
First up is the beautiful Erica Stolman from Fashionlush who also happens to be the talented co-creator of Blog-Doo- a super blog design company that she started with her best friend & fellow blogger, Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential - who by the way I also have mega admiration for! (Serious Boss Lady-ness right there!)
Tell me about yourself Erica?
Hey!!! I live in the beautiful lil’ beach town of Cardiff in San Diego (California).
I started Fashionlush in 2008 back when I was in school & studying fashion. I needed a place to share all my inspo & the web seemed like a perfect place. Since then, the blog has evolved into more of a lifestyle blog with a focus on fashion & DIY. I know this is so cheesy, but blogging is my passion & I am so lucky I get to do what I love everyday.
Which brings me to Blog-Doo, my other baby! We, the “Website Witch Doctors”, create blog magic to give our clients the blog of their dreams. It’s pretty much your one stop shop to get started in the world of blogging. Just some of the things we do over at Blog-Doo include: business card design, complete blog designs, websites, logo design, & so much more! You can see some of our work here!
There are some really fun new things coming to both Blog-Doo & Fashionlush- so stay tuned! (you can also see some of our work here).
What is your favourite thing in the world?
Easy! My baby girl yorkie, Bitzy! She is the LOML. Check her out on Instagram [ #BITZAGRAM ]. She’s a gem.
You start your day with/by…
It alternates depending on my mood, but typically my day doesn’t start until I oil pull and/or take a ginger shot. I swear by either one of them. The oil pulling helps with my sinuses in the AM big time & the ginger shot is a major boost of energy. Starting things off by doing something good for you sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Before you go to bed, you…
I don’t ever go to bed without taking off my make-up/using my beloved Clarisonic/& applying eye cream. I also read every night before bed.
Favourite thing to do on your day off?
Avoid all electronics like the plague. Ha!
Really though, after a week of staring at a computer screen, I try to take a 2 day straight break of pure relaxation. I enjoy gardening (obsessed w/ my garden!), taking Bitzy to the beach, trying out new restaurants, watching movies, sleeping in, & breakfast in bed .
Your favourite store/brand?
Ahh- now that is a tough one. I can’t deny my love for Forever 21… over the past few months they have really upped the game on more fashion forward pieces & I am digging that. I also regularly visit Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters, Missguided & my newest shopping find- Pixie Market. Oh, & I love thrifting!!
Who are your favourite bloggers?
+ Danielle Bernstein from We Wore What. I love her street style snaps.
+ Carolines Mode, cause I die over Swedish style.
+ Mary Ellen Skye from Sundays Pearl is fab!! Check out her Fashionlush spotlight here… her hair tips are money.
+ Lookbook Cookbook for good fashion & yummy gluten free recipes (the perfect combo!).
+ Ivania Carpio from Love Aesthetics. Here minimalistic style is so cool & she also shares some rad DIY’s.
+ Honestly WTF for when I need some DIY inspo.
+ Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential, yea I know she is my bestie, but she also has some bad ass fitness & diet tips to help keep me in shape
Your biggest personal/business achievement to date?
Blog-Doo & Fashionlush!
I am very lucky I get to do something everyday that I love and am passionate about- what they say is true, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”.
It’s awesome to be in that type of situation, especially since in the past I have been in situations where I wasn’t stoked on what I was doing. The hours were less than they are now, but the work was so much harder (& the mornings were earlier, which just isn’t my thing).
Your favourite healthy breakfast/lunch/dinner?
Lunch: This spicy salad is my jam as of late. Can’t get enough of it!!
Also, for a refresher I stock my fridge w/ fruit infused chia water. It’s a great way to hydrate since chia absorbs tons of H20.
I would highly recommend checking out Erica & Lauryn’s Blog-Doo work as they have some seriously stylish website work on there – you only need to look at their own personal blogs to know just how digitally talented they really are.
Thank you so much to Erica for inspiring me (as I sit here typing with a seriously ugly cold, bla!) and hopefully for giving you some serious motivation on this Wednesday morning,
You can also shop Erica’s similar style here:
I follow Erica on Instagram, do you? Who are you favourite people to follow on there?