Today I'm talking to the lovely Emily from The Rossetto Blog!
TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF EMILY?
My name is Emily and I am a twenty-something, currently living in the Toronto area, navigating through career, family, engagement, etc.! Lots going on in these parts :) I am looking for ways to experience and respond gracefully but realistically to life. I’m all about the people - I want to connect authentically, laughing and sharing a lot along the way. I’m always happy to share a bottle of red wine and am continually looking for new opportunities to travel and explore this beautiful world we live in :)
WHAT GOT YOU INTO BLOGGING?
I really felt like I needed a creative outlet. I work in advertising and am on the account management side of things. I really do enjoy what I do day in day out, but I also felt the desire for something creative that I could call all mine - something that I call the shots on and get to build from the ground up. I also felt like I was at a crazy time in my life- we experience so many life-altering changes in our twenties. I wanted a place to document that, to share with others, to develop a community of people that I would never have a chance to talk with otherwise.
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT WORKING IN ADVERTISING?
It’s crazy. Haha! Every day is different, which is cliche but wonderful. Looking ahead, you don’t always know what is going to happen that week or that afternoon, even. I mentioned above that I work in account management - so it’s the link between the creative team, media teams, and clients - the ‘Pete' from Mad Men, if you will, but that’s where the association ends :) It’s about connecting with your clients, understanding the needs, working to anticipate them before they arise and ensuring that the agency is working as an integrated and holistic team. It can definitely be stressful when there are so many people to align - when timetables are tight and ever-changing, but we employ a “work hard, play hard” mentality. It might be the beer cart on Fridays or just a fun dynamic at the lunch table - but it is has been an amazing industry to start my career in.
TELL US MORE ABOUT THE ROSSETTO BLOG?
The Rossetto Blog is a whole smattering of things - I write about design, beauty, hair, fashion, recipes (including cocktails!) but also career and some life reflection here and there. It’s whatever feels right and is hopefully a place where people can come and feel understood and welcome.
WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED WHEN YOU HIT A SLUMP?
For me, it’s all about having the time to write. Writers block doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t feel like I have things to say, but more so, time to say it. When I’m coming in from the day late and exhausted, I may have some errands to run or mandatory items to check off the list, and then sit down to write a post, that’s when it’s easy to share "filler" content. I want to be proud of everything that gets published so I try to plan ahead and do some weekend prep work. This is all within reason, however - I’m not going to plan a weekend solely around blog prep (there’s life to live!) and there are often things that pop up that I want to blog about right then and there. That’s ok too!
HOW DO YOU MANAGE EVERYTHING? WORKING, BLOGGING & PLANNING A WEDDING IS A LOT TO JUGGLE?
Add in an international move, and ahhhh, blood pressure rising:) My fiancé and I are moving to Oxford, UK this September and while we are so excited, it has definitely made for a crazy time. I’m becoming a broken record, but lists and pre-planning is huge. I have come to the point where I don’t like to talk about “things I need to do” unless I have a list in hand :) Otherwise, I’ve found that you end up coming back to that thing over and over again, taking up too much ‘mental space’. If it’s written down and pops into my head again I can release it quicker, knowing that it will get done. But I’m certainly not doing all of this alone - it’s about the people. I work with a great team at work, my sister helps me with blog work now and then (i.e. pictures, etc.), and my mother is an unbelievable wedding planner. Truly, she has a designer eye and can execute with apparent ease. She has thought of things I wouldn’t even consider and is keeping so many of the wedding pieces going.
WHAT'S IT LIKE LIVING IN TORONTO? WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS THINGS TO DO?
Toronto is definitely a great city. It’s so multi-cultural and there is always a lot to do. The summer has a lot of great festivals (Jazz Festival being one of my favourites). Meander through the Distillery District (make sure you go to El Catrin or try a beer made on premise at Mill Street), explore the Vintage shops in Kensington Market or the high fashion ones though Yorkville or Bloor Street. So many great options. I also love trying new restaurants and as many coffee shops as I can find :) We also have Toronto Island which is an awesome spot to relax on a Saturday - you can go to the beach, play a round a frisbee golf, go to the cafe.. anything. It’s also where Luke and I got engaged so I’m probably biased! But what about Oxford?! Can anyone give me any tips or suggestions?! I’m new :)
HOW DO YOU KEEP WRITERS BLOCK AT BAY?
I have an ever-present list on my phone with blog post ideas. I also start other posts when I’m feeling in a “writing groove”. That way, if I’m having a slower night writing wise, or am not feeling the topic I had anticipated, there are some available posts already jump-started. I’ve found it’s easy to focus on the idea of the post - often communicated through the pictures or design, and then lose steam once you get to the writing. I try to start with this so that it gets the emphasis it’s due. Yes, blogs are big on visuals but the supporting content is also very important!
A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS AT THE MOMENT?
I can’t go anywhere without my Burt's bees. Anywhere. Other lip balms are not the same! I'm big on the lip products (don't ask me how many lipsticks are in my purse at any given time) so I'll add in the NYX butter glosses. They come in great shades and are perfect for when you're not feeling like wearing lipstick.
I also picked up a pair of Converse (chuck taylors) and I have yet to find an outfit where they don’t go. It’s honestly been a challenge to myself! haha. I love them. I’m going to round this out with my kindle as well. Something about the summer just makes me want to read - whether it be on the train, a dock (drink in hand) or in bed, my kindle has accompanied me everywhere this summer.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT BLOGGING?
Connecting with other bloggers (always happy to chat and collaborate) and the feeling you get after you write a post you are proud of - often more of the reflection pieces where you have shared a little more about yourself and kept it real and authentic. That is when I feel like blogging has such a special role in our day to day lives.
AND OF COURSE, ANY BLOG SUGGESTIONS?
Lark & Linen is a design blog that is inspiring and relatable. A fellow Torontonian, she’s blogging her way through starting her own design business. It’s a perfect accompaniment to your morning tea or coffee! I’ve also been loving A House in the Hills. Her style (in both fashion and decor) is second to none and she also writes openly and honestly about her journey with Crohns. Having colitis myself, I find it incredibly relatable. This is all in addition to From Roses, of course :)
WHAT IS TO COME TO THE ROSSETTO BLOG IN THE FUTURE?
I am so excited for it to take on more of a travel focus. With the move to England quickly approaching, I am hoping to explore the country and as much of Europe as I can. I’m going to talk about the adjustment to life in England, the new places and culture I’m experiencing, and all of the other places that will be much more accessible once across “the pond”! Also get ready for some more wedding talk in the next few weeks. Only six weeks to go!
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