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

Hi Paulina, who had the biggest influence on your career?
I began having a strong interest to work in social media after spending hours watching Youtubers create different make up looks, outfit ideas, and DIY tips. There’s one influencer in particular who really inspired me to make the initial jump- Heart Defensor (@thatsheart on Instagram). I used to watch her doing make up looks in her Hello Kitty decorated room and with a janky old camera after working a full-time office job. She went from that to having 3 million followers on Youtube! After starting my blog and focusing more on street style fashion, I gained a lot of inspiration from Brittany Xavier (@brittanyxavier). Since I’m still working a full-time corporate job, I like to look for motivation from influencers who started out the same way I did. Working at an office job, yet still pursuing their dreams on the side.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Having a public Instagram account gives people the opportunity to judge you and pick on you. Which is fine, don’t get me wrong. We’re not all going to get along unfortunately. That’s something that took two years of therapy for me to come to terms with, which is what I’m very open about on blog too. Although I mostly talk about fashion, I also put a big emphasis on mental health practices. I want people to connect to me as a human, not as a public figure. I may not be exactly where I want to be yet, and honestly, I’m not even close. But I’m not giving up, and that’s something that a lot of people with a dream have to learn to practice.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Oh man! Where do I start? Thankfully San Diego has lots of trendy and photo worthy spots. Obviously, we’d have to spend the day by the beach! I love Coronado or La Jolla shores. I love The Henry for brunch! Anything with a view is the best way to spend a day in San Diego. For the best night ever, I would without a doubt make a reservation at King & Queens Cantina in Little Italy. Their food is seriously so amazing, and their margaritas… life changing.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, if it wasn’t for going to the right college, I would’ve probably ended up pursuing a more practical career (which I’m so glad that I didn’t choose that route). I’m so grateful for the time I spent at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience there! I was finally surrounded by people that saw life as an art piece and not a chore.

Website: www.paulinalysette.com
Instagram: paulinalysette
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/paulina-lysette-fessia

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