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Meet Trailblazer Deborah Segal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deborah Segal.

Deborah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always been obsessed with SALES, especially finding a designer bargain or designer looks for less. In my circle of friends, everyone is always asking where I get each piece and they’re always shocked when I tell them how little I paid for each various item.

Although I am an attorney and real estate broker by trade, a friend dared me to start a fashion and lifestyle blog at a super bowl party earlier this year and basically it was a slippery road after that because my competitive nature kicked in and I decided “WHY NOT?, I can make this Happen!” So, I did. Basically, after a few too many cocktails, I started the blog that night.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Blogging itself came naturally to me because my husband and I own a restaurant, The Whisper House in Claremont, CA. As a restaurant wife, I do all of the social media and marketing for the restaurant. So, sharing and writing about a photo or a specific topic was not too difficult.

The difficult part about being a blogger as a millennial is sharing the inner workings of your life. That part was definitely a challenge and much harder than I could have ever imagined.

As an attorney, I’ve always learned to be reserved and a much more private person. Sharing the intricate details about our travels, family dynamics, closets, and lifestyle has been challenging. When followers ask questions, you want to be transparent and answer their questions, but in some circumstances, it can be a slippery slope. There’s a lot of self-judgment and constantly wondering if I’m sharing too much? or how am I being perceived? or do followers even want to know this, etc?

I have also struggled with body image and feeling comfortable in my own skin. I’m curvy and want to be real, but doing try-ons, taking selfies, and endless photos of myself is not a skill that I learned in law school. At times, it can make me feel like I’m just (for lack of a better term) an attention whore (which is the last thing that I want to be perceived as).

We’d love to hear more about Drink. Live. Thrive. Blog.
As a blogger, I try to share daily deals and reasonably priced items that the everyday follower can afford and would be looking to purchase. I feel this is unique because I keep hearing from various of my followers that most bloggers share really expensive items. I try to be realistic about what I own, what I use, and what my friends like. I also feel like followers enjoy seeing designer dupes or designer looks for less and I’m all about that. I try to share these as much as possible and also do comparisons to the real designer items.

I also like to share pro tips. For example, some days, I’ll share legal tips, real estate tips, travel tips, etc. Followers seem to really like these also. Currently, we are remodeling and followers have seemed to really enjoy keeping up with the process of our mini-remodel. I try to update and post on Instagram/Instastories as much as possibly can throughout the day without interfering with the three businesses that I either run or help run.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I definitely look to other bloggers for inspiration. I love following a multitude of different fashion, lifestyle, and travel bloggers. I find it to be refreshing to see new content and what others are doing. I try not to let others influence my “flavor” but it definitely helps to see what else is out there and how I can improve or become better at what I do.

A recent obsession of mine is that I have been learning about savings and extreme couponing, especially when it comes to travel. I read blogs about how and where to find the best deals. I’m really open-minded about trying new things, so I am always searching for what’s hot and what would be great to read, share, and blog about!

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Drink. Live. Thrive. Blog + Maverick Maisel @mavericksphotos

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