I absolutely love asking other people personal questions. It’s so rude, and I’m ashamed, but also I’m not at all because it’s just so INTERESTING to learn more about people. In the blogging world, I feel like there’s an added level of mystery because you get to see the best of everybody. It’s like a world where everybody is perfect and talented and creative, and clearly their lives are just a series of Instagram-worthy moments that you want to frame and pretend are your memories instead. So when we get to do things like this amazing Behind the Blog series idea from Sabrina Smelko at Hands and Hustle, it makes my day.
Sabrina’s idea was to have all us bloggers share a little about what goes on behind those perfectly styled dinner tables and flawless “after” pictures. Each day this week we’re answering some questions about what’s behind the blog, and today myself and Renee from Renee M. LeBlanc get to play!
So, what’s going on behind The Party Girl?
1) Be honest: What time do you wake up and what’s a typical breakfast?
I don’t have a routine each week which means I’m always getting up at different hours which is horrible. I generally wake up around 9, or later if I’m up late. I work evenings so by the time I finish blog posts and homework it can be like 2am so my whole schedule gets shifted. Generally I get up because I have class or Tucker, my golden retriever, is taking up the entire bed. I can tell time based on the amount of space I have left in my own bed in the mornings. I’m super boring in terms of breakfast. I generally just have yogurt and some orange juice, sometimes I’ll throw in a tea if I have the time.
2) Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do? How do you find the balance between blogging and work? What are the pros and cons? – If blogging your full-time gig, please explain how that came to be.
We don’t have day jobs because we’re still in school. We have a full time school schedule and then part time jobs on the side, so fitting blog time in can be tricky. We’ve had some late nights and some looooong weeks. There have definitely been times when we’ve forgotten about blog posts or school assignments because we’re working on the other thing, and that balance sometimes can be overwhelming. So those are the cons. BUT we really really love it. We went to university and got our degrees and now we’re finishing up diplomas in something we’re super passionate about, but there isn’t a creative outlet there. The blog gives us that opportunity to be more creative and have more fun with the material we’re studying, so I think that makes the late nights worth it.
3) Where did you grow up (what city/town, do you have siblings, can you share any stories about your upbringing)? And where do you currently reside?
I grew up in a small town in the Muskoka area in Ontario called Haliburton. It’s cottage country and it’s super small, and it’s not very close to any large cities. Everybody knows everybody and there’s lakes everywhere and it’s beautiful and quiet and I miss it ALL THE TIME living here in Toronto. When my brother and I were younger our house was on one of the lakes and we used to go tubing after school. So you know, beats the hour long commute on TTC I get after school these days. I have two older step siblings and a brother who is two years younger than me. I also have two little sisters who are four and seven, so my family definitely keeps me busy.
Fernanda has a cooler story being that she was actually born and raised in Argentina and then moved here, but we can pretend my story was more adventurous.
4) Outline your average, typical day. Be as transparent as possible.
My school schedule changes everyday but for the most part I get up in the morning and take Tuck down to the park to play for a half hour or so. Then I usually head to class around 10 or 11. Fernanda and I are on the same schedule so we try to hit the gym for a bit after our full day of class. We have meetings and stuff in there as well because our major project this semester is planning an event so we have a lot of outside-classroom work for that. If I don’t have evening classes I head to my part time job for 5pm. My boyfriend picks me up from there at 9 and we come home and make a quick dinner (my slow cooker is my best friend) and then I finish up whatever work I have left on the next day’s post, or projects or studying. Lately we’ve been swamped working on our product launch so I haven’t made it to bed before 2am in a week or so. Yikes.
If I’m lucky and I’ve got some time off, my boyfriend and I mostly just hang out at home, or take Tucker to Cherry Beach for the most fun play times ever.
5) What’s your dream job/career? How are you working towards that?
My dream job is probably event planning and having The Party Girl forever. I LOVE crafting and making stuff for the blog, and our product plans have been so exciting. Ideally when we finish school we can expand to include an event planning service through the blog which would be amazing. Obviously I started this blog because I loved party planning, and while sometimes the job isn’t as creative as people assume, it’s so fun to have the opportunity to try both things. The first big step was actually today, because our Party Box product is launching in our shop today! Perfect timing for this question hahaha!
6) What would be your dream dinner-party guest-list? Explain why you chose each person.
Um, number one for me would be Mindy Kaling because she’s basically my best friend and just doesn’t know it. It would be amazing to meet Pippa Middleton. I’d ask her about royal party planning. Her book Celebrate is my favourite coffee table book ever, and if you haven’t seen it you need to. I’d add Jennifer Lawrence because I feel like we’d just all laugh the whole time, and Ellen Degeners because I just decided that’s exactly the dinner party I want in my life immediately.
7) What’s one thing you’d like to start, one thing you’d like to stop, and one thing you’d like to continue.
I really want to start yoga. My mind is constantly going and I feel like I’d really benefit from having that recharge time.
I’d LOVE to stop biting my nails because it’s a disgusting horrible nasty habit and nothing works. Except manicures. But that’s not financially sustainable, apparently. 🙂
8) What’s your current obsession?
This is a dangerous question because I feel like I have ongoing, passionate obsessions all the time. I don’t know if this is a cop out but I can’t stop thinking about the BLTs at Urban Herbivore in Toronto. I’m not a vegan but honestly it’s the most fun you can have without meat for lunch, I promise.
I’m also really into silk kimono blazers like this gorgeous one from Anthropologie. Obviously I can’t ever own it because I have a life to pay for (i.e. rent) but this is an example of my obsessive personality.
9) Link to 5 websites/blog you can’t go a week without?
I don’t know if some of these count as blogs but they are indirectly (because they don’t me, so it’s weird to say directly, amIright?) responsible for my decision to start a blog. They’re so inspiring and amazing and I wanted a piece of that!
Oh Happy Day
The Every Girl
I just realized it could just be a website so I’m adding Indigo because I’m so obsessed. I get inspired there all the time, and everything is always so perfect. Sometimes when I’m having a terrible day I wander around an Indigo. Don’t tell people that.
10) Tag and mention 1 blogger who you’d like to partake in this feature.
I’d love to see the ladies from The Duck and The Owl doing some Behind the Blog. They were our first supporters when we started the blog and I’ve never forgotten that!
I feel like the one downside of seeing behind the scenes is that it unmasks how boring everything about my life outside of The Party Girl is! No wonder I needed a creative outlet.
Thanks SO MUCH to Sabrina for letting us (me, I totally hijacked this post sorry girls!) join in on the Behind the Blog fun, and make sure you check out Renee’s post today, and the rest of the bloggers participating this week: