We had the good fortune of connecting with Chrissy Baclagan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chrissy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
To me, consistency is key to the survival and longevity of any brand, mine included.

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 an entrepreneur by day, fashion blogger by night. During the day, I assist other entrepreneurs and small business owners with managing their online presence through copywriting, content creation, and intentional strategy to manage their online empires while giving them back their time, too.

My interest in social media marketing was an accidental one. Back during high school, I was managing multiple Facebook Pages for some of my favorite artists at the time – some of which grew by the thousands by the time I had stopped being an admin – and it gave me a glimpse into something I would later find passionate about: digital marketing. It definitely wasn’t easy as I didn’t have much formal education on it, but it goes to show that passion and hard work can be just as sufficient, if not even more. I did my share of internships, taking multiple online courses, hiring mentors, and tackling some part time jobs, just to name a few so I can become the person that I am today.

Did I make mistakes during this journey? Yes, I did. Some even cost me thousands of dollars.

Was it worth it? Yes. Even though my journey most certainly had its ups and downs, I’m thankful for the experiences and lessons I’ve learned along the way.

As for the fashion part, you can say that I was born into that world.

Growing up in Hong Kong during my earliest years, I was constantly surrounded by people who were always dressed to the nines. Even my own teacher would come to class in white platform sandals and I would be in awe! As I got older, my mom introduced me to runway shows, the amazing world of DIY, and fashion magazines like Vogue. I even became some sort of a trendsetter from an early age because of the way I would style my clothes.

Fast forward several years, my late best friend convinced me to start a fashion blog. Originally called The Chrissy Collective (TCC) back then, I soon found myself being featured on well known publications such as Vogue (a dream come true!), Refinery 29, and W Magazine, just to name a few. I had even gotten the chance to attend fashion week and attend red carpet events as well. However, after a few years I no longer identified with TCC any more as I was entering a new chapter in my life.

This happened in 2019 when I made the decision to rebrand to The Minimalist Maximalist.

I made the conscious choice to narrow it down to personal style blog instead of a more generalized fashion blog because I wanted to share my own styling tips while showcasing my own style evolution at the same time. I was also becoming quite unsatisfied with how generic most popular fashion bloggers are and wanted to forge my own space creatively. This gave me a chance to improve my photography skills as well as utilize the knowledge from my day job (ie branding and copywriting). Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work with renowned brands in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle space as well as teach classes here in San Diego. I’m still growing a lot in this section of my life, especially from a business perspective, but it has opened many doors I didn’t think possible. Plus, it’s a great way for me to have fun!

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?
First things first: a trip to Balboa Park is a must do! I’ll show my best friend around some of my favorite museums and take some stunning photos while we’re at it. I would like to make sure that my best friend will have some pictures and videos to look back on after all. Afterwards, we’ll stop by either Communal Coffee or Holy Matcha for a light snack and some delicious drinks before heading to either Coronado or La Jolla beach where we can have some fun in the sun. Afterwards, we would go to Raki Raki for dinner and get some desserts like mochi donuts or boba.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To kick things off, I would personally love to thank my close knit circle of friends and loved ones who have helped me grow in ways I would have never thought possible in the past few months alone. Next, my three notebooks which are always constantly being scribbled on but keep me aligned on my own journey in life. Last but not least, is myself. I couldn’t have done this without, well, me and my desire to keep becoming a better version of myself than I was yesterday. 🙂

Website: https://minimalistmaximalist.home.blog/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theminimalistmaximalist/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mnlstmxmlst

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theminimalistmaximalist

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=TK4JIU4Zl3D7CJGWAa8jbw&utm_source=ishare

Other: LTK: https://www.shopltk.com/explore/theminimalistmaximalist

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