You know those email exchanges you have with someone and you can just tell how sweet and kind-hearted they are by each exchange? This is how it’s been with this gal I’m about to introduce you to, I just adore her. Today’s EG Interview is with the seriously fabulous (pun intended)Maru from Fashiony Fab.
Blogger, Web & Graphic Designer, and master collaborator, Maru’s shared inspirations and designs inspire me with each new post. Her space is absolutely beautiful, her pictures always so clean and pretty, but the best part? This girl is equally as pretty and sweet as her space – and totally from the inside out. She runs a very cool series on her blog called In Her Shoes – something you must check out. I have so enjoyed getting to know her better and am so happy to introduce her to you all today!
EG: Tell us about yourself!
FF: My name is Maru and I’m the owner of the shop and blog Fashiony Fab. I wear many hats every day and have been through a major career change these last two years. I graduated from college with a degree in Psychology, but later on, through my blog, discovered a passion for design. I decided to pursue that dream, after a lot of time thinking how to get there and getting ready to take the leap.
Now I’m a full time web and graphic designer, mainly focusing on blog designs, logos, branding and printables. I truly enjoy collaborating with other creatives and growing together. The blog is a place I use as a creative outlet where I get to share with others about fashion, beauty, decor and design.
If I had to describe myself, I would say I’m a very goofy person, I’m always joking around. I value my family and friends the most, and my adoptive dog Candy. I love having flowers around, although I’m not so great at keeping them alive. As a frustrated ballet dancer I’m constantly dancing around my home, love watching movies and reading.
(you can find this blog design – and more – here!)
EG: What does a typical ‘day in the life of Maru’ look like?
FF: As much as I love working from home, sometimes it’s a real challenge to maintain a schedule. I usually wake up at 8am; I’m not a morning person but I have to say, I make an effort to start the day with a smile. I walk my dog, then work out for about an hour.
I then have breakfast, take a shower and start with the daily tasks. I start by organizing my desk, checking my email, then work on clients’ projects, prepare blog posts, and spend some time in social media. In the afternoon, I run some errands when I have to and finally turn everything off at 7 or 8 pm, although I sometimes keep working later than that. Each day is different, sometimes I get to take a few hours off and go get a coffee or ice cream. I enjoy cooking, but I get more time to do that over the weekend.
EG: Who inspires you?
FF: Other creatives and bloggers inspire me daily. I have a huge list of sites I visit each week, from fashion to design, and always enjoy discovering new ones. I also enjoy reading fashion and decor magazines and of course, Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration for me.
Inspiration comes in many forms, it can be from an article, a photo, or what surrounds me, so I’m always paying attention.
EG: Where did you meet your best friend?
FF: I met my best friend in high school. When we first met, we didn’t really like each other.
There’s a funny story I always tell: she sat right in front of me in class and she had the longest hair, right to her hip. She had this habit of grabbing her hair and pulling it back like every two minutes and it always, always landed on my desk, so I ended up with a bunch of hair on my notebook. I always hated that.
One day, they paired us for an assignment and that’s when it all started. She has been there for me ever since, we are so alike and yet so different. We can communicate without saying anything, we laugh at the silliest things ever, she is just the best friend I could ever ask for.
EG: What is one thing a lot of people might not know about you?
FF: I was on TV when I was little! When I was about 5 years old, my mom got my brother and me into Karate lessons. Yep, you read that right- Karate.
My instructor was kind of a big deal in that area and there was a news feature about his academy in a local channel. They prepared us to appear on the studio and because I was the smallest, I got to show my moves. You can imagine that I could barely kick and hit, but those were my 15 seconds of fame.
EG: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
FF: This came from my parents – No matter what you do in life, make sure you follow your dreams and what makes you happy. If that means changing major parts of your life, do it. There’s nothing impossible, but there is no magic either. You have to learn each day and work hard for what you love and you will succeed, just trust in yourself and what you are capable of.
EG: Who is your “spirit animal”?
FF: I think my spirit animal is a squirrel – every time I have a new idea I’m running around like a crazy person, annoying everyone until I get it done. Probably a squirrel on coffee actually… not a good combination.