AM: Hi Tara, thanks so much for talking with me today. I first found your blog from your column in Romantic Homes magazine. You mention on your blog that you are an editorial contributor to several magazines. Which ones? That must be a fabulous job. How long have you been doing that?
TF: I started about a year and a half ago. It’s so rewarding being able to do a job that you love that it doesn’t feel much like work at all. It’s a thrill to scout products, boutiques and homes for magazines. I am most passionate about creative blogs and the talented inspiring women behind them. I feel like I am uncovering little jewels, twinkles of light that sparkle in every direction. Finding the inspiring blogs on the web and showing them to my editors gives me so much excitement and joy. I’m amazed on a daily basis of the talent within the blogging community. I am often asked what I look for in blogs to feature. So here are some basics I stick by: blogs that show an honesty and a sense of sharing. Sharing in all sorts of ways; a great recipe, where to find a fabulous product they recently purchased or even ‘how to’ instructions on something they have created. Most importantly...super PICTURES! Readers love to see photos. I also adore bloggers who also post about their personal lives and feel it’s a wonderful way to connect to your readers. I generally stay away from blogs that seem to be just one big advertisement for their website or products.
AM: You also have a gorgeous boutique called BellaPink.com. How did you get started with that? Were you selling your wares before that in stores or have you always been online?
AM: Tell us more about Wriskey?
TF: This has been an exciting project! We plan to launch in 2008. Wriskey has allowed me to express a funky side with this super cool product line. I’m excited to say it has caught the attention of some fabulous media outlets. It’s amazing the little buzz it has going. I received an inquiry the other day from a popular TV show and I thought someone was joking with me! I can’t wait to share with my blog friends when things are finalized!
AM: What inspires you?
TF: My family and friends
AM: What are your 10 ten indulgences?
TF: In no particular order...
Shoes, especially flip flops Hugs (and lots of them)
My camera & taking photos!
Did I say chocolate already? lol
Good luck in your new ventures in the new year!!