We had the good fortune of connecting with Tessa Port and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tessa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always been a creative! I studied acting in college and love connecting with people. I knew that with starting my own blog, I could make it whatever I wanted it to be. When you have your own business, you are accountable for everything. The work that goes in, shows. Just like a lack of work shows. I love holding myself to high standards, raising the bar of success each time I meet a mark. After starting my business 3 years ago, I’m so happy to say that I am full-time with it. It’s very fulfilling!
What should our readers know about your business?
I wanted to create a blog space where women could come for daily life inspiration! Style inspo, easy recipes to get them through the work week, skincare products that really work and above all else connecting with one another about a variety of topics. I am an open book and by being that way, I’ve connected with so many wonderful women around the world! I have weekly and monthly blog post series that I share on www.honestdarling.com for style and recipes and my audience responds well when I share these things! One of the biggest things I’ve learned with starting my own blog is that listening to my audience and what they want to see is the most important thing I can do. So I’m always asking, usually on Instagram, what people are wanting to see so that I can tailor my content to be exactly that. I’m always open to ideas, requests, suggestions from my readers! I aim to be a resource for you. If you think, “Oh I want to throw an Italian themed dinner party for my friends. What should I make and what should I wear?” Well, my blog has those answers for you!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely start by looking at the forecast and choosing the warmest day as the beach day. Even though almost everyday is a beach day in LA, the water is cold so I usually choose the warmest! Then I’d plan out days for different areas! LA really has great food…so you’ll see lots of different types of cuisines on here to try! Beach Day: I’d start the beach day by getting a late breakfast from Flake in Venice. They make the most insane breakfast sandwiches! Usually a wait and well worth it. Take the sandwich to-go and get to the beach by 11am to set up your spot. I love going to Malibu as the beaches are typically a little less crowded and tourist filled. Spend the afternoon soaking up the rays (don’t forget to bring a little cooler with snacks and drinks) and around 5 head to Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Patio Cafe. They have a pretty sizable patio that’s adorable with twinkle lights. Watch the sunset and have the best fish and chips in LA! PCH to get home, always. Hollywood Day: Start your day bright and early with a hike at Runyon Canyon Park. Celebs are often spotted here and it has beautiful views of all of LA at the top. (I like going the stair route up and then the paved part on the way down) Swing by EarthBar for a yummy smoothie or acai bowl after for the quintessential “LA” morning. Later head to Hollywood Blvd just as a “I had to when I was there” thing. It’s touristy but some people like to at least see these things once when they visit a new place! If it’s summer, you should definitely go to the Hollywood Bowl for an outdoor concert. Bring food for a picnic, wine for a vibe and have the best summer night. One of my favorite activities in the summer! A great spot in Hollywood for a meal that isn’t a chain restaurant: L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. The most amazing, traditional and authentic Italian spot. The food is insane….they have a fried pizza and I’m here to tell you, it will rock your world. Grab a drink at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel after. Other fun bars: No Vacancy, Good Times at Davey Waynes and Spare Room. Beverly Hills Day: Everyone needs at least one bougie night/day when they come to LA! So many good spots here so I’m just going to list options… Spend the day shopping, of course. Rodeo is most of the designer boutiques but the surrounding streets have fabulous, more affordable shopping as well. To eat: Wally’s (always a wait, get there early. Pricey but a total vibe and fun people watching), La Scala (great lunch spot as they are known for their chopped salad. Sit outside and people watch! Right across the street from Wally’s), Mastro’s (pricey but truly amazing steaks and if you don’t get the butter cake, it’s a wasted trip), BG Lounge (a sort of speakeasy above Nerano. Excellent cocktails, food and ambiance.) A couple of random activities that are fun should your trip align with the dates: Rose Bowl Flea Market and Melrose Trading Post! Favorite vegan restaurant: Gracias Madre. Favorite Korean BBQ: Hae Jang Chon and Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong. Favorite sushi: Sushi Fumi (on La Cienega), Izaka-Ya by Katsu-Ya, Nobu and Catch. Good spots for drinks: Sunset Tower Bar, EP/LP, Catch, Craig’s and Ysabel. Other great food spots: Craig’s, Norah, Ysabel, Jon & Vinny’s, Osteria La Buca. The lists could truly go on and on, but that’s a great starting point!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people that have given advice and encouragement for starting my own business. My husband has been my biggest supporter! Also, a special shoutout should go to my dad. He always taught me to follow my dreams and never settle.