We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Plemons and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, why did you pursue a creative career?
Even as a kid I was a very creative individual. I’ve always felt a little out of place seeing people so sure of what they wanted to pursue, because I’ve always loved so many aspects included in the umbrella of the creative fields. I think that I have come to terms the fact that I am a multifaceted creative and setting on a single outlet just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve found that I am my happiest and produce my best work when I am given the creative freedom to do so. I am so grateful to work with brands that have that trust to let you do your thing and then get to see such a beautiful results.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a writer and editor, but I also do social media marketing and make candles on the side for fun. The majority of my time is focused on beauty, skincare, and wellness writing. I’d definitely call myself a multifaceted creative because I think I am able to tie in many of my passions into a career. I’ve become incredibly fascinated with the many layers that make up the beauty community. My friends can all identify me as skincare and wellness obsessed. With the pandemic allowing for extra free time, it really allowed me to go all-in, making a career out of my favorite hobby. To be completely honest, it took a long time to finally figure out what I wanted to do with my degree out of college. I think a lot of people might share the struggle of being hyperfocused on just getting that degree, you come out the other end just completely stunned. I was pretty lost and confused after I got my BA in Journalism and wasn’t sure where to go from there. I had internships, but they never really stuck or offered what I was looking for long-term. After taking a year to just figure out what I was truly passionate about, I was left jobless as a result of this global pandemic. I genuinely believe it was a blessing in disguise, as I was able to find a really cool brand that had the faith in me to build their beauty blog from scratch. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to combine my passions, writing and beauty, into a career. My path was definitely far from a straight shot, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I am so lucky to be able to continue to grow as a writer and as a multifaced creative, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am absolutely in love with San Diego. It really is the best of both worlds, you have the city but also all of the beauty that nature offers. I think that the pandemic makes a traditional vacay a little difficult, so here is what I would do… First off, James Coffee. It is probably my favorite coffee place in San Diego and they recently implemented a new way of eliminating single-use coffee cups which is amazing for the environment! You can’t come to San Diego without going to Sunset Cliffs. There a few locals-only coves over in Ocean Beach that I love to take friends to that have never been to San Diego. Going a little before sunset is definitely the move, it is absolutely gorgeous. Ocean beach has my absolute favorite farmer’s market. It’s every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. on the 4900 block of Newport Ave. between Cable and Bacon Street! Since it’s a night market you get a beautiful backdrop of the beach sunset while shopping. For a good margarita, my friends and I love Baja Betty’s in Hillcrest. It is such a fun environment and the food is amazing. For all my fellow bookworms out there, Verbatim Books in North Park is a dream come true. They have the coolest used books in such a surreal environment, everyone should check it out. North Park Nursery is also such a fun spot. They have the cutest plants and planters I never leave without a new leafy friend. It is also right next door to Communal Coffee, making it easy to get an Instagram worthy coffee on the way out. The best bagels in San Diego go to Spill The Beans in Gaslamp. Parking might be a little annoying but it is 100% worth it. The bagels are always fresh, and there are such a variety of spreads I’m obsessed. For my fellow vegetarians or vegans out there, Sipz in North Park has the best Kung Pao Chicken. They honestly have such an incredible menu you can’t go wrong. Another great spot is Plant Power in Ocean Beach! They have a drive-up window so it makes it easy to pick up and take your food with you to eat at the beach. Before the pandemic, I spent a lot of my time at Sojourn Healing Collective. They have the most grounding and restorative yoga classes and a lot of the instructors perform reiki healing during each class. I miss this place the most! I believe they are doing outdoor and online classes, but there’s nothing like the real thing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my sister, Mallory Plemons. She has supported me and pushed me even when I was in the midst of a breakdown or severe writer’s block. She reads every single thing I write and is such an incredible support system for me I don’t know what I would do without her. I’m so grateful to have such an incredible person in my life to push me creatively.