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Conversations with the Inspiring Hunter Landa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hunter Landa.

Hunter had previous jobs in fashion, public relations and the State Department. She started college with a pre-med major, but graduated with a degree in Political Science and History, then quickly moving to New York to begin her career in fashion. After an amazing experience living in Rome, Italy working for the embassy, Hunter came full circle and began her post-graduate career getting her Master’s in Nursing from the University of San Diego. After getting her ultimate dream job of being a Nurse on a Medical/Oncology floor at Scripps Mercy, she started her blog navy & orange, as a creative outlet and something to look forward to giving time to on her days off. After having kids, she was able to give the blog a little more time, juggling motherhood, and blogging, getting things done during nap times and late nights. navy & orange truly started as a hobby and a break from her extremely rewarding, but extremely exhausting career as a nurse. Hunter began it as a way to keep track of recipes, fashion and beautiful images that inspired her. Soon, she had a following and was able to turn navy & orange into a part-time job, with motherhood still being her full-time job. She doesn’t focus on numbers, followers or likes and is just inspired by inspiring others. She loves interacting with her followers, whether it be answering royal wedding questions or helping them find a cute kitten heel sandal for summer.

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?
Having a career focused on social is never easy. There have been countless times that I thought of walking away, getting myself down about posts that didn’t get lots of traffic after pouring hours into them or after watching accounts blow by me with numbers of followers. This is when I refocus. If you ever face a struggle in your chosen path, stop, breathe and ask yourself why you chose this path. I did not start navy & orange to be famous, be recognizable or “Instagram famous.” I started it for an outlet for myself, and to inspire people. When I focus on this, even on those days that a photo that I have been excited to share doesn’t get lots of likes, I remind myself that I had fun taking and styling the photo and thinking about sharing it. My readers are extremely interactive, privately. I get lots of emails with questions about outfits for certain events or what I think about a top they are thinking of buying. I get lots of DMs continuing the dialogue from whatever I am ranting about on my IG stories and lots of DMs encouraging me when I am having a hard mom day or am randomly frustrated on something. I don’t want Instagram to be a competitive space and I don’t want my feed to ever make someone feel insecure. I try to be brutally honest of struggles I am having and insecurities I have. I don’t check to see who liked my photos or who watched my stories, because it doesn’t matter. I am having fun. My advice for other women starting your journey is to remember your superpower is being you. No one else can do that. Be yourself. Seek out opportunities to NOT compare yourself to others. If we were supposed to be all the same, why were we made all so beautifully different?

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into navy & orange story. Tell us more about the business.
My blog, navy & orange {}, is part of an oversaturated blogosphere, but it is my own little spot on the internet. I tend to get the most clicks on classic items that are a midlevel price point: think the perfect high waisted jeans or a classic flat and I love finding an item that is sold out or on a major sale. My strength lately has been to be encouraging while being honest. I have had a couple of posts lately on the blog, my most clicked on ones in the last couple of months, that have focused on me being honest. Talking about the joys, struggles, and insecurities of not only being a mom, but a woman is difficult to put out there, but if I inspire one person or make one mom fell like they are doing an amazing job on a difficult day, I am a success. I am most proud of being able to juggle being a mom and having a career that provides me with a creative outlet and inspiration to others. With the recent Royal Wedding, I realized the amount of knowledge that I have from being a Royalist Loyalist and English monarchy history nerd. I had countless followers tell me that I was the only IG stories they watched on the Royal Wedding or that they learned so much more than they expected by listening to my commentary. I realized that this is another passion of mine and have recently started a new handle @RoyalistLoyalist where I can answer Royal Wedding and English monarchy family questions, of course focusing on the most interesting of the bunch, William, Harry, Kate, and Meghan.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
My family, who live in San Diego {yes! I am one of the three San Diego natives!}, were always extremely encouraging and instilled in me a love for travel. I am one of those lucky people that have been fortunate to travel the world, see different cultures, all at a very young age. While worldwide travel has been on the back burner while starting a family and currently having two little ones, this view of the world made me who I am. My parents desire to show my brother and me while growing up, the world so we can further appreciate where we live and our own lives and opportunities, has made me conscious of any one individual’s global impact. My husband and I always say that we are trying to raise globally conscious little global citizens. Without being given a worldview at a young age, I don’t think I would be as appreciative of my current life. My dad always instilled in me the importance of learning and schooling. He is where I get my quest for knowledge from. He is like a walking encyclopedia and can recall obscure history facts at the drop of a hat. His love for travel and knowledge has always been an inspiration for me and how I hope my kids will see me.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @navyandorange
  • Facebook: @navyandorange
  • Twitter: @navyorangeblog
  • Other: @RoyalistLoyalist

Image Credit:

Asha Bailey Photography

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