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Meet Trailblazer Paulina Fessia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paulina Fessia.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Paulina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In high school, I always loved writing essays and doing research. I remember being confused because I also had a very strong passion for art and fashion. I would always say to myself, “How can I mix these two passions together?” Well, here I am blogging about fashion! This really is something I’m passionate about. After graduating high school, I went on to study Visual Communications at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. While studying, I came to realize I also have a strong passion for styling, so I’m also doing personal styling on the side!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely was not a smooth road, but that’s why it also feels so rewarding. I suffer from anxiety, so the process to even launch my blog, let alone to show it off on social media, was terrifying for me. I was so afraid of what people might say about my style, my writing or even my opinions. It’s also difficult to figure out my style. I mean, I’m still figuring out my style! I always have so many ideas, but the most important part of blogging, to me at least, is to stay true to yourself. I have to constantly remind myself that just because something is trendy or popular, doesn’t mean I need to wear it or write about it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Guiltless Glamour – what should we know?
My blog, The Guiltless Glamour, is just getting started. I’m still learning about web design, writing, and photography. I love writing about current trends, giving people style advice, and self-help tips. I want to emphasize to my readers that although I do have anxiety and struggle with low self-esteem, I can still motivate myself. I turn to fashion as my form of therapy. I want my readers to know that not all bloggers are as perfect as they seem on camera.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I do think that every decision I’ve made has led me to where I am now, as hard as it may have been at the time. Let’s just say, I cried myself to sleep for weeks because I didn’t get into any CSU/UC school I applied to. I didn’t know what I was going to do! I didn’t know what my calling was until I found out about FIDM. That’s when everything started falling into place.

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