Pies n' Prose 2019 Q&A

Apr 9, 2019

I like to refresh my blog design occasionally to keep it modern and trendy, but mostly because I can’t be satisfied with one design my whole life and I need to switch things up. So in celebration of my latest refresher, I’m writing this Q&A to say hello to new friends who have joined along recently (hi!) and be open about all the things you lovely people have wondered about. Let’s get started!

Where were you born?
I was born in New York City.

new york city life q & a

Did you study art in school?
I actually studied art for half of high school, then switched to instrumental music. I studied and graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, however, in creative writing!

Zodiac/MBTI/Hogwarts House?
Libra. INTJ. Slytherin.

What’s your makeup routine?
I don’t wear makeup! Have been make-up free for a long time. But I do use Glossier’s boy brow for special occasions since I don’t wax/thread my eyebrows, either.

What do you do during your downtime?
I either journal, paint, read, or watch TV. I also like reading interesting articles aloud to my husband and we discuss!

Tell us about your job!
You are all dying to know this! I work at Hachette Book Group, one of the largest book publishing houses in the world. I’m in the contracts department, so my position focuses on the more legal and business side of the publishing world. Yes, I love my job. It’s an incredibly friendly and bookish environment. There’s also opportunities in the office to learn about the entire spectrum of publishing. That, along with free books, events, and great company, are of the many perks I get working at a book publishing house.

What is your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Costa Rica. It’s the most beautiful country I have ever been to! Some highlights from that trip were the delicious fresh food, observing alligators from inches away, hiking and ziplining through multiple rainforests, and getting a mild concussion after falling into a ditch. Yep, worth it.

costa rica travel q & a

Where is your next travel destination?
I have a short road trip to Philadelphia in May! I won’t be taking any large vacations for a while, but I plan on going to Ireland for my next big destination.

If you could live anywhere right now, where would you live?
Right where I am, New York City. I’ve been here all my life and had moments where I wanted to give up on it. But this is my home.

What’s it like living in NYC? Would you ever consider doing “a day in the life” vlog?
Life in NYC is like being in a love-sometimes-hate relationship. Hate because of the amount of people who also live/travel here. It gets really congested and makes basic living hard. But I love this city far more than I am annoyed with it. You can never run out of things to do, places to see, food to try. And yes, I am working on many NYC vlogs - stay tuned!

What’s one of your favorite books?
Could you ask a harder question?? Hm. A book that I hold dear to my heart is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. The language in that book is extremely close to the language of my people. That, along with the WOC struggles the story delves into, hits very close to home.

What do you think of the Bookstagram community?
I think Bookstagram is the best? Where would I be without it? It’s the most supportive and welcoming community I have ever seen on the internet. Everyone gathers around their love for books and it’s a special thing to connect from people around the world on a topic that some argue isn’t popular anymore. It is. Bookstagram proves it.

bookstagram q & a

What’s on your bookshelf?
I call one bookshelf the spooky bookshelf. I call the other the “everything else” bookshelf. So one is filled with thrillers, horrors, mysteries, and true crime. The other has plenty of classics, mythologies, and other random genres that simply aren’t spooky.

Favorite novels?
Another easy question, huh. I have too many and none all at once. But the spookies and classics are my dearest. Some include Fight Club, The Great Gatsby, Heart of Darkness, The Vegetarian, The Haunting of Hill House, and Sharp Objects.

How do you find time to read with work/life?
I read on the hour-long bus ride to work. I also read during my lunch break if I don’t have any other priorities. It’s the gaps during the day that make for reading time.

How do you balance life and social media?
Scheduling, lists, and understanding that if I want to balance things I must pay attention to those things. I treat work, life, and social media like three separate jobs I’m responsible for. I use my bullet journal and Google Calendar to schedule all the bits and pieces. If I don’t, I will forget the things and begin to lose balance.

instagram aesthetic feed q & a

What can I do to become an Instagram blogger?
You need an Instagram, a blog, and a plan. That’s it. Figure out what you want to get out of having an Instagram and blog, and then create a plan on how you’re going to achieve that "want". Then, stick to it! Post regularly, engage with the people who want to see your posts, and don't give up.

What apps do you use to edit your photos?
I have a video on YouTube with every app and detail on how I edit my photos. You can watch it here.

How did you find your “aesthetic”?
Can I be annoying and say it found me? I started with replicating - seeing what aesthetic I liked online and trying to reciprocate it. Flatlays, tons of props, you know the deal. But it was exhausting and not fun. So I thought about the things I wasn’t enjoying and replaced them with things I naturally enjoy. Minimalism over props. Shadows over brightness. Calm over clutter. And so my shadowy, neutral, minimalist feed was created.

How do you get inspired?
Art. All forms of it. Books, visuals, photography, design, film… All. of. It. Inspires me. I hold onto the bits of art that make me feel happy, and I use it as a driving force to create things that make me happy.

What inspired and how did you start your sticker shop?
It began with watercolor and a lack of money. I liked to paint, I needed to pay bills, and I thought about how I could monetize something I’m good at. I decided on stickers because who doesn’t like stickers? And they’re useful for the journaling community that I’m a part of. That’s how the idea appeared. I got serious about it when I no longer had a “regular” day-job and was desperate for income. Then I fell in love with owning my shop. I have a day-job now but I’m committed to the shop because of how much work and love I put into it. And I adore every moment a customer comes back and tells me that they loved their carefully packaged, customized order.

pies n prose sticker shop q & a

This was a lot of fun ya’ll. I hope you enjoyed this little q&a and thank you to those who sent in a question! If you ever want to chat more, you can find me on Instagram. Talk soon.

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