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Today I am so excited to share two brands I love, really good links to shop and an interview I did with the brand, Poppy & Maria. They posted it on their site a few weeks back!
Poppy & Maria is a jewelry brand that makes stunning, quality, dainty pieces that have crystals in them - My JAM! as you know.
What I love about Poppy & Maria is that each piece is really QUALITY. They are stunning, classic and I wear them all the time, and they haven't tarnished or changed color. It's real gold!
They also are just really thoughtful and customer service oriented people. Gotta love that!
(You can also get 20% off by leveraging the code KRISTA20 !)
In this post I also share this amazing comfortable flattering Show Me Your Mumu Tunic, and my fav purse.
The reason I am sharing the interview I did with Poppy & Maria is because I thought the questions were super thoughtful, and really provide a good understanding of me, how I structure my day, and my priorities :).
I know you guys know me, but for new readers, maybe a little insight? Also it was good for me to see how I would like to interview people! Loved it.
Okay short and sweet! Here we are!
My interview with Poppy & Maria Jewellery
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Ohhh I love this question! I am big on the morning ritual! The time between dreamland and when we wake is so precious.
I wrote about morning rituals here!
I went through a long period where I got up at 7 AM, went straight to my computer and phone and started my day from there.
Basically, I wasn’t being intentional with my time, and letting my stress get the best of me! This, for me, was basically the worst way to start the day. Spiked cortisol levels had me buggin’!
I now make it a point to start my day with intention.
The first thing I do when my alarm goes off at 6 AM is give thanks, for waking up, for my boyfriend next to me, and my health.
After that I meditate, eat breakfast (usually from a food delivery service called Thistle) and then write down 3 things I want to accomplish that day.
Sometimes I’ll oil pull with coconut oil to whiten my teeth, and scrape my tongue (which has been said to remove bacteria that gets you sick). After that (about 45 minutes later) it’s off to the races. I’ll either get started on work or go for a workout!
No rest for the wicked :)
A typical day for me goes something like this:
Right now, I am full time blogging, but in a few weeks I’ll start a new job in Digital Media in Downtown L.A. Each day, I’ll make sure to meditate, workout (either doing SoulCycle, or The Studio MDR in Marina Del Rey - which kicks my ass!)
After my morning ritual, and my workout, I will start working around 10 AM and either work from home or Rose Cafe in Venice. I’ll work through the day until 4 PM, and I’ll usually have sponsor/brand calls mixed in through the day.
It’s super important for me to get on the phone with brands because it totally shifts the energy of the relationship so it’s more meaningful. For me, this is all part of the process of treating The Hundred Blog like a real business, and applying all of the business skills I’ve learned to my brand now.
When I say work during the day, that includes, writing, editing, responding to emails, commenting, social, proposals….some days are photo shoots as well. I usually do a full day photoshoot once a month with my photographer, Danika. Of everything I do, taking pictures is probably my least favorite! It’s fun to dress up, but man sometimes you’re not feeling it!
The amount I work on my blog each day changes, and I am lucky that I can go with my motivation levels for the day and be fluid with myself. I do spend about 40 hours a week on it with everything that goes into it - but it’s mostly outside of just 9-5 hours.
After the work day is done, I’ll try to get yoga in, see friends, or go walk on the beach with my boyfriend. We live right on the water in Venice - so we try to make the most of it!
Before bed I may sneak in some more emails or social, but ideally, I’ll be asleep by 10 PM. Sleep is everything!
I don’t watch TV or anything like that, it’s basically just friends, blog and working out all day everyday. But I wouldn’t have it any other way right now.
I got into (my profession) by …
I got into blogging, and writing about a year ago when I lived in New York City. That place man! If you don’t have a side hustle in addition to your normal hustle, you aren’t living in NYC. At that time, two years ago, I was working at a company based in London, so was traveling a lot. After friends kept telling me that I needed to document my travels, I decided to make the blog with the intention to share my travel recommendations, and life in NYC.
It’s really just been a process from there.
Lots of intention setting, coming back to the purpose, and then consistent posting and sharing. It ebbs and flows from fashion, to fitness, to personal growth but I try to keep it authentic to what’s inspiring me at that moment.
I want this blog to be a foundation for me to move into public speaking, or something related to personal growth and an impact on a deeper more energetic level that’s most likely going to be done in person. But we’ll see!
If I knew then what I know now, I would …
I would have started my blog a lot sooner, and worked on it a lot more! My first blog posts were so weird, man. They were like haiku’s. I swear they didn’t make sense, but I think you need to just figure out your style, and that only takes time! Even posts I’ve done a month ago, I’m like, er what?
But you just need to keep it moving.
I would have also been less afraid.
The first year was basically just telling myself to ‘not care’ what people think of me if I was sharing my thoughts via the blog. If I had started before I would be way further along than I am now.
What’s your favorite piece on your site?
Weirdly, I love my music section!
I feel like it doesn’t get much love, but I really love music so the playlists I make, I’m really into! There’s a mix of chill, rap, R&B and alternative, and there’s nothing better than a good playlist when you’re grinding away at work.
The best thing about having my own fashion site is…
Feeling like I can share a part of my being that I wasn’t sharing before.
I feel like Hundred Blog is an extension of me, and I get so much satisfaction from creating and being creative with the site. I’ve loved the actual website design process so much, I’ve created three other websites in addition to Hundred Blog!
Also, it’s hearing from people that read or I’ve connected with, that what I am saying resonates with them. There’s nothing better than knowing you’ve impacted some person in some positive way.
Oh, and getting paid to wear cool stuff isn’t so bad either! :)
How would you describe your style?
My style is a mix of L.A. bohemian and minimal lesbian streetwear - LOL.
I really toe that line where during the week, my everyday wardrobe is very street. I like black, I like easy button downs, and Adidas sneakers. Minimal T-shirts from Alexander Wang, with ripped jeans from Blank Denim NYC are life.
I like anything with a bit of an edge.
When I dress up, however, I love to go super feminine. Big hair, simple gold jewelry, statement lips, doe eyes and a bomb dress. I always like to try new trends for date night or going out, but try to stick to what works for me and my body for the most part.
If I could raid one person’s jewelry box it would be…
Ah this is such a good one! Even though most celebrities borrow all their jewelry - LOL.
I would LOVE to raid the Olsen Twins collection.
On the real, their line, Elizabeth and James is so STUNNING, and through all the chaos of growing up, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen stayed super classic, fashion forward and ahead of the times. I love their simple, elegant and feminine approach to jewelry. It never overpowers, just eye catches and adds to their whole appeal.
True fashion icons!
What’s the best fashion secret you have ever learnt?
Either that fashion is truly cyclical, or that, it’s always good to do something different.
I remember living in NYC, my friend Rob commented how cyclical fashion was, when I was wearing this 70’s style suede fringe vest to lunch. It struck me how true that was! As I get older I see things that were cool when we were like 10, are back in style. Bell bottoms were the bomb when I was in 8th grade, but then we went to skinny jeans, and now bell bottoms are back. Mini backpacks like the ones in Clueless were all the rage, and now they’re cool again! There’s so many examples of this, but it reminded me that I can keep classics in my wardrobe forever.
It’s always good to do something different, I learned in high school. This is so lame to even say, but I was voted best dressed, and when I won I was so surprised, because I felt like I had always been doing my own thing in fashion (as much as you can call it fashion in Ohio!) I didn’t wear anything anyone else did, and I felt like that made me not as cool, but in the end, people remembered that I did something different, and recognized me for it.
For me, no outfit is complete without …
A crystal! I always put one small one in my bra - usually a black tourmaline chunk or citrine!
My posts on crystals you can find here:
No matter how busy I am each day, I make sure that I …
I said it before, but I always make sure to either meditate, or sweat!
Meditation has changed my life in a major way, and created a space for me to become more closely aligned to God or Spirit, and to the person I am and want to be.
I wrote about meditation here.
When I have spare time, you can usually find me …
I’m sort of crazy, but working out keeps me sane. I feel so much more connected to my body and so much more grounded when I work out multiple times a week. It’s more than just the physical benefits for me at this point, it’s the mental clarity and calm that means so much.
I wrote about working out here.
On the whole, I would say that I am …
Really interested in getting the most from life.
Whether that’s eating really well, learning as much as possible, or loving as much as I can, I want to really make this lifetime count. It sounds corny, and it is, but I feel really #blessed to be healthy, whole and be surrounded by people that love me.
Not to say that I don’t have bad days, but most of us are on the whole, truly blessed if we really stop to think about it.
When it comes to jewelry, my mantra is …
Simple, soft and with a purpose! I love when jewelry MEANS something me. You’re wearing it so close to your heart, so when a piece really has meaning, it’s that much better. I got this gold quartz necklace in South Africa, during a vacation with my boyfriend, and I didn’t know it then, but because it reminds me of that trip, I love it that much more.
I love how Poppy & Maria incorporates stones into their pieces. Crystals are weird, but they work! So having them in my jewelry is the best.
Shop my favorites from Show Me Your MuMu:
Okay your turn. Would love to know the answers to some of these questions! I felt like what they asked me was so on point to what's interesting, what people want to hear about and really allowed ya to get to know :).
Taking note for my future interviews!
Also how amazing are their pieces? And the Show Me Your Mumu Dress/Shirt? I LOVE. I have been wearing it with and without pants (hehe) and it's such a good transition for Fall here in L.A. Definitely one of my favorite brands :)
Alright friends! Keep me posted, I love you!