Hello there! My name's Linda, and I'm just an awkwardly social girl who likes to post about my personal style and day-to-day life over at my blog, The Dragonfruit Diaries. I'm so flattered Lily asked me to help her out during her social media fast (which, by the way, is totally inspiring)! Also, if the following interview intrigues you, don't hesitate to pop on over to my blog and ask me some questions yourself.
Tell us the story behind your blog.
When I first started blogging during my Senior year of high school, I used the name Trendy Teal because it sounded cute and was the first thing I came up with. Having a blog gave me a reason to dress up for school and was a fun way to document day-to-day outfits and also write about valuable memories that I can look back on. However, by the end of last summer, I felt as if Trendy Teal no longer fit me. So I decided to revamp my blog and give it a new name that I put more thought into. The Dragonfruit Diaries came about due to my evolving style into something more edgy, although I’ve still maintained my cheerful, sweet personality (that’s what others tell me anyway)! My blog is a place where I not only share my personal style, but a lot of my thoughts and day-to-day happenings – it’s my diary.
Describe your style and tell us how it has transformed.
When I first started my blog, I just wore whatever I thought was considered cool. I cringe looking back at those old posts! I kept cycling through various styles and trends, never quite finding my niche. It took a depressing breakup for me to set out and discover what it was that I liked. Today, I like to describe my style as boho rocker. Earthy textures and edgy aesthetics make me positively gleeful!
Thrifting—yay or nay?
YAY! I’m a huge thrifter – I’d say about 80% of my closet is thrifted. It’s like an exciting treasure hunt, because you never know what you’ll find when you walk in! It takes patience and some disappointment, but more often than not, you can find some unexpected gems in those rusty old racks.
How do you balance blogging and life?
As a full time college student with two part time jobs, I get this question a lot. The truth is, I create several sets of outfits on weekends, and get help photographing them in my short amount of free time. After that, it’s a simple (but time-consuming) process of editing photos, scheduling posts, and spending about 1 to 2 hours responding to comments. In some ways, I consider blogging my third part time job! But it’s something I love, so it’s definitely worth my time.
What are your favorite things to do outside of blogging?
While I don’t have that much time to do recreational things, I’m lucky enough to have classes worked into my schedule that involve doing things I love. This semester I’m taking Painting 1 and Printmaking. There’s nothing more soothing than to dab away at a canvas and watch something appear. The same goes for printmaking, an entirely new process that I’m thoroughly enjoying!
Besides that, I love photography, trying out recipes on Pinterest, and disappearing into a blackhole on Netflix (New Girl marathon anyone?).
Tell us about your major and what prompted you to select that.
My first semester at my community college, I was an English major. However, during the spring, I took a digital photography class and was reminded about my other love, visual art. Most of my friends consider me artistic and some even know about the art competitions I used to enter when I was younger. I’d achieved some blue ribbons during that time, but as I grew older, it became a skill that I set aside. Over the summer, I almost chose to go into Dental Hygiene. There were money issues going on in my family, which was why I considered the program – it would eventually provide security. However, I decided to go against logic and signed myself up as a Visual Arts major. So far, I consider it to be the best decision I’ve made.