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About the blog
URBAN ESSENTIALIST [\ˈər-bən\ \i-ˈsen(t)-shəl-ist\] noun
1. Fashion and lifestyle for the modern woman.
Urban Essentialist is about inspiring you to “Do your best. Look your best. Be your best.” I began living by this motto after speaking to a successful and inspirational woman named Agnes Green who told me that by doing these three things, you will always be your best self. That is what I aim to inspire you to do with Urban Essentialist. I want to inspire you to become the best version of yourself and simply love your life. This blog is a platform to share ideas for the frugal fashionistas and to embrace the urban lifestyle. The urban lifestyle is much more than just living in the city — it’s about seeing and appreciating the beauty in simplicity.
A little about me
I’m Pia — dog mom, ice cream aficionado and the lady behind the blog, Urban Essentialist. I’m 21 years old and shamelessly live with my parents in Orange County, California where I was born and raised. I have a fur baby named Shirley, an older sister and a high school sweetheart. Most of my professional background is in television, where I worked in social media and publicity.
I’m enamored by creativity and self-expression — two things that I hope to inspire you to embrace within yourself. I’ve always felt like an odd ball growing up, but my quirks helped me develop my own fashion sense and turned me into the woman I am today. When I was younger, I was teased for dressing differently. Today, people often compliment me or ask me where I get my clothes, which got me thinking, “Why don’t I just post my outfits on a blog?” I hope that through this blog, you are inspired to cultivate your own fashion sense and also gather ideas to make your life a little easier.
F U N F A C T S
I used to eat ice cream every meal… everyday. Now, it’s a minimum once-a-week thing.
I L O V E standup comedy.
I had a bob from when I was a year old until I decided at age 10 that my hair length will be past my shoulders for the rest of my life.
Yoga is the ice to my cream.
I go to any event that gives me an excuse to dress up.
When I was younger, I told people that I was going to be the next Hilary Duff.
I Tahitian dance.
People often tell me I’m turning into a hippie.
Jasmine milk tea runs through my veins.
I believe the oxford comma is useful, but I can’t get myself to use it because of my strict journalism education.