In a time when over-sharing is not only the norm, but the expected, where do we draw the line? How do we maintain our privacy while broadcasting our lives publicly? No longer is fame reserved for the entertainers. Now anyone with access to a cell phone has a shot at becoming a star. Having spent the past year and counting building my brand, I’ve given this topic more than a little consideration. And it’s something that I’m toying with on a daily basis. How do I create a relatable person and brand online while, at the same time, maintaining my privacy offline? Truth be told, there is no right answer. What may be a borderline obscene post for one person is a daily occurrence for the next. It’s all just a matter of taste and need. Thus far, I’ve opted to be open with my followers, but only to a certain degree. Not just in terms of my blog, but on all of my social media channels. The LA Survival Guide is my brand; therefore, I share only what I believe will benefit the brand and its followers. Everything is edited. People love to see behind the scenes. I enjoy sharing snippets of my life, but have chosen to share only those which are aesthetically pleasing. You won’t see much about my family, friends or relationships on here. Those are private. Is everything always as beautiful as it appears on my Instagram? Absolutely not. But I’ve chosen not to share those less-than-stellar moments. They are mine and mine alone. Blogs, Instagram, Snapchat and the like are amazing because they allow us to connect with people around the world. But how authentic are our connections? As in life, they’re exactly as real as we want them to be.
Heidi Merrick tie-dye dress, IRO sandals, bodychain (similar $,similar $$), Artelier World Cuff, XIV Karats necklace (similar $$$$), Seoul Little “Los Angeles” necklace, Catbird, XIV Karats and ginette_ny rings (similar), NARS lipstick in Heat Wave
Photos by Michele LoBosco