February 25, 2016

Living Life Profashionally: Malibu Mara

Once again, it's time to interview someone who is Living Life Profashionally! To Live Life Profashionally means to strike the balance of being professional and fantabulous. It means to carry yourself with class and to never stop reaching for your goals whatever they may be. I am so excited to introduce you all to this month's interviewee! She is one of my favorite bloggers and is truly Living Life Profashionally. This month's interviewee is the fabulous Tamara, founder of MalibuMara.com. Her blog covers everything from beauty and fashion to food and fun. Her bubbly personality shines through in every single post. I hope you learn as much from her as I have in this interview! Here is Tamara:

TPL: Why did you decide to start blogging?
Tamara: I began blogging before I started college. I wanted a way to store everything that inspired me online. I liked how Kanye West used to post a lot of inspiration on his blog before his Glow in the Dark tour. I also wanted a way for my friends to still keep up with me since we were all going to different schools. I was known for being a bit of a trendsetter when it came to style or music so I wanted to share that. Obviously it caught on to more people than just my friends. :)

TPL: What do you do for a living?
Tamara: I am currently an apparel buyer for a multilevel company that owns everything from boardwalks to casinos and over 400 restaurants.

TPL: Who is Tamara?
Tamara: A 20-something living in Houston trying to figure out how old I have to be to finally get my life together.

TPL: How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
Tamara: I am very organized so my planner is everything. In my monthly planner, I write everything from work events to social events as well as what blog posts are being published on that day. I work off of an editorial calendar and try to write most posts on the weekends. Having an editorial calendar helps streamline my postings, one of my biggest challenges when first trying to manage my time was writers block. My calendar helps with themes or post ideas so that I can stay on track.

TPL: What does it mean to Live Life Profashionally to you?
Tamara: Living life with your own style. Being true to yourself while being a boss.

TPL: What has been your favorite event to cover for your blog?
Tamara: My favorite thing is San Diego Comic Con. There is so much going on everywhere it's such a dream every time I go. I also love San Diego, the weather is always amazing.

TPL: What wold you say is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging?
Tamara: It seems like EVERYONE has a fashion blog! When it comes to campaigns, it's important to also be popular on other social media platforms. It can be frustrating when a "blogger" with 10K Instagram followers lands campaigns but really has no blog traffic. I think PR isn't clear on what they want these days with campaigns. At this moment, it's important to be on multiple channels so it can be difficult to keep up with. At events I'll tweet and take photos for my blog but now I have to also think about Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope and Pinterests. Sharing overload.

TPL: How would you describe your personal style?
Tamara: It's eclectic and always has been. I've mixed current trends with things I find at the thrift store.  

TPL: What's your next must-have?
Tamara: I have my eye on a Barrington stripe bag. I can't decide on what color to pick so every now and then I build like five bags and then give up. I really want one!

TPL: What is a typical day in the life of Tamara?
Tamara: I don't think I have a typical day. On the surface, I wake up and work for nine hours but those nine hours are different everyday. I manage the apparel development for 12 different accounts so sometimes I work on something fun for a casino and other days it's a random kids program for the aquariums. Sometimes we have a random store opening (yeah... that shouldn't be random but it is) so we have to pull together an assortment. It's challenging but I love that about my job. I follow work up with the gym and then go home to my boyfriend and dog and work on my blog!

TPL: How did you gain a following on your blog?
Tamara: When I first started my biggest push came from working with Diggy Simmons. Since then, networking in Houston with other bloggers and joining blogger groups online has really helped me grow my brand.

TPL: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Tamara: In five years, I want to have my own business. I just want to create a better work life balance. I see my colleagues and I feel like they have no life outside of work. I never want to be like that.

TPL: What's something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Tamara: I'm actually 5'2". A lot of people who only know me online have no idea that I am a shorty!

TPL: If a new blogger came up to you asking for your advice and your only had a few minutes to give him/her your best tip, what would it be?
Tamara: My advice is always to just start and to be yourself. Like I said, there are so many blogs out there these days people will want to read your blog for you. Everyone has a story and it's important to be unique and true to yourself.

Want more from Tamara? Check out her blog malibumara.com, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter! Thank you so much for the interview Tamara and I wish you the best of luck in everything you do!

As always, Stay Profashional my loves! xoxo

1 comment

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