To summarize, we’d always been considering moving somewhere outside of San Francisco. After graduating from college, San Francisco seemed like a natural choice for a place to settle and we both ended up getting jobs there. Every time we went on a trip we’d evaluate whether we could see ourselves moving there. London, New York, Paris, LA, these were all place we’d considered but for a number of reasons they just didn’t seem like the best life choice for us. As soon as we visited Charleston for the first time this summer we were in love. While it’s a smaller city than SF and has a slower pace, we saw that as advantage. It’s a great city and one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been to. The weather is great. The food is phenomenal. And the people are incredibly kind. We’ve settled in nicely in Charleston and we are so happy with our decision.
If you have any questions about our favorite shops, restaurants, and sites in Charleston, you can reference our Charleston guide.
I started my blog as a Junior in college in April 2011. I didn’t know about the blogging world and I had no clue of what I wanted to do with it (or what I wanted it to be), but I knew I needed to start something. I woke up one morning with the urge to create a website and without hesitation, I signed up for Blogger, came up with the name ‘Gal Meets Glam’ (thanks for the help, mom!) and wrote my first blog post. I loved it so much! I felt a rush every time I hit “publish” and released a new post out into the world for anyone (or maybe only my parents and girlfriends at the beginning) to see and respond to. Each step was a learning curve and sometimes I would spend hours on the simplest things (like trying to center my header), but that drive is what kept me motivated and moving forward. It’s evolved and has grown so much over the years as I graduated, got married, moved to San Francisco and started working on it full time in 2013.
Getting started and keeping up a consistent schedule of posting are the most difficult parts of the early lives of blogs. It’s important to not go into it with high expectations of becoming the next big blogger. That pressure alone could ruin the whole experience for you. Starting a blog should be fun and you should do it because you’re passionate about a topic(s)! I often get emails from girls saying “I want to start a blog, but I don’t know where to begin or what to write about?” Well, stop right there. Ask yourself, why am I creating this? If you can answer that question, then just start! I live by this quote: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
I went to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, and I majored in Business with a concentration in Marketing. Looking back now, I couldn’t think of a better major to prepare me for what I am doing today.
I make money two ways: sponsored content and affiliates. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work with some amazing brands and if I’m ever being paid for a blog post, it will be disclosed within the post that it’s “sponsored” (any gifted items will be marked with ℅). I’m also a part of several affiliate advertising programs. This means that if you click and/or make a purchase through certain links on my site or any related social media platforms (including Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest), I may make a commission from that click and/or purchase. You can also shop my Daily Looks here. I’m extremely selective when working with sponsors and I will only feature products and brands that I love. I turn down opportunities (and lots of money) all the time because it’s very important to me to include and only show products and companies that fit my life and style.
Yes it is. There is more to blogging than meets the eye. Just on the content creation side there’s plenty of work to be done everyday. My husband and I cover the responsibilities of model, stylist, location scout, producer, writer, editor and photographer. Add on social media, travel, collaborations, legal, financial duties and everything else there’s plenty to keep two people busy all of the time.
I love having something that’s completely my own. I love creating a destination for our readers, something they can escape to daily that will hopefully brighten their day with positivity. I love that I get to share the things that I discover. Those things that catch my eye, whether it’s wearing a beautiful dress or capturing an incredible landscape. Everyday is a creative challenge for me, which keeps me motivated and always striving for improvement. Finally, both Thomas and I enjoy having something to work on together. It’s definitely made our relationship stronger.
It took us a while to settle into a good routine in Charleston but we think we’ve figured it out. We just discovered Orangetheory and we are loving it. We try to go at least 2-3x a week and try to fit in other exercises on 1-2 additional days. What’s great about the workout is that you can see how you are doing in real time thanks to the heart rate monitor you wear. It pushes you to work harder and harder each time. On the days that we don’t do Orangetheory, we will do a Kayla Itsines Sweat workout, either at home or at a park. Most of her workouts can be completed at home if you want to just do bodyweight exercises. Alternatively, you can do what we did and go get the few pieces of equipment necessary. If we are looking for something a little different we will do a workout from DailyBurn, which we stream at home on our Apple TV. They have a wide range of classes including some fun dance classes that are great if we’ve felt like we’ve been on the couch a little too long. I’m also trying out a few new classes with friends to switch things up. Back in SF, we were really into SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp.
Thomas and I met in college. Our Grandparents are close friends. Despite their best efforts to hook us up when we were younger, we didn’t meet until we were introduced by friends that were dating. Thomas was on the baseball team and I was on the dance team. We had teammates and close friends that were dating and they brought us along on a double date and we hit it off from there. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
We could put together 100 tips for traveling, but I think the most important thing to remember when traveling is why you’re traveling in the first place. No matter what stage you are in, you can be in the planning stage or you could already be on your trip, the purpose of your trip should always be top of mind. Here’s why, when we travel, we are presented with a plethora of options. The sheer amount of things to do, places to stay and food to eat can be overwhelming. This combined with the ticking clock of our time expiring creates a perception of scarcity and can force us into a rush to consume everything. So the next time you plan a trip, make sure most of your itinerary reflects your purpose and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time.
Yes! Please check out the posts I’ve done here and here.
Beauty and Hair
For styling, I use this 1 ¼ Inch Curling Iron. I also did a hair curling tutorial with it here. I try to avoid blow drying my hair as much as possible but when I do I use my T3 Blowdryer. For my tips on products for healthy hair you can read this post, and if you are interested in where I get done my hair done, you can check out an interview I did with my hairstylist here.
I go to Richard at Population Salon in San Francisco.
For more beauty recommendations and tips, you can read my posts in the Beauty Category.
At its roots, photography is all about lighting and composition. When you decide to take a photo, think about how you can make the lighting better. Small adjustments like moving your subject closer to an open window for brighter light or shading your food by blocking light with your body can create more even light that’s more pleasing. Once you’ve figured out your light, think about your composition. Composition is the arrangement of visual elements in a picture. It’s not just how the physical elements are arranged but also the distance from the subjects, the angle and the focal length of the lens. Composition is all about experimentation. I’ve never taken just one picture, I always play around with the composition, moving items in the photo, changing the distance or the angle. Afterwards, I review all of the images and select the ones I find the most visually appealing or tell the best story. I then edit those.
We have two types of cameras that we use for 95% of our photos. We use a Leica MP 240 which is a manual focus rangefinder camera for all of our outfit shots on the blog. Most photos are taken with a Leica 35mm 1.4 lens with the remaining coming from either a 28mm lens or a 50mm lens. Thomas uses that camera. For flatlays and some travel shots, I shoot on a Sony RXRII, which is a professional level point and shoot.
I’m also taking more and more photos just on my iPhone. The quality of the images just keep getting better and there’s no easier camera to use.
In the past, we’ve owned a Canon 5D Mark III, Leica Q and Leica SL.
One of our most common questions we receive is regarding camera recommendations. To be honest, we often tell people to get the newest iPhone if their budget is under $1000. The cameras on these phones just keep getting better and better and you’ll always have your phone on you. The larger iPhone 7+ has two lenses with one being a telephoto that’s great for those things a bit further away. If you are willing to spend over $1500 the Sony a7II and the Fujifilm Xt2 come highly recommended. If you are looking for a professional level camera and need further advice, feel free to email us at [email protected], we’d be happy to help.