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Conversations with the Inspiring Aurelie Hagen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aurelie Hagen.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Aurelie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am from Brussels in Belgium where I used to work in event production. My biggest dreams were to work in fashion and to move to the city I was in love with: NYC. I decided to combine both and to do everything possible to make it happen. It was hard to find a job while still living abroad but so worth it! In 2011, I moved to the US and never left. I spent some amazing years in NYC and I decided to start a blog to share my lifestyle tips to enjoy the city.

In 2017, I needed a change and decided to move to LA, so here I am. 🙂

My blog is now a book called “The Lazy Frenchie in NYC – lifestyle guide for Instagram lovers.”

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been a smooth road but it taught me a lot about myself and what I really wanted to do with my life.

My advice would be to always follow your passion and to see where it can take you. When I started the blog, I had no idea that it would be a book today. If you’re passionate about something, you’ll do everything with your heart and that will pay off one day. Success is down the road if you believe in yourself.

What should we know about The Lazy Frenchie? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Thru my Instagram and my blog, I always did my best to show what I love about NYC and LA: cute little cafés, delicious breakfast and lunch places, authentic boutiques, local designers, street art and architecture. Nothing touristic, just the tips of a local.

I’m really excited about my NYC book coming out and I can wait to work on the LA version.

I still work in fashion as a freelance, but I’m not in events anymore. I do social media and I’m an assistant on a documentary.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
I’d say it’s important to keep meeting new people all the time. And to never be scared to reach out to people you admire for advice and motivation.

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