Welcome to XO Annie! I’m Annie, a Utah-based Colombian-American, and I’ve been blogging about my adventures in the U.S. of A since the Summer of 2010.
I live in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah and dream of attending grad school elsewhere while traveling all over the world in the near future.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RE: THE RANTING LATINA
2. Do you work with PR people? Do you review products? Do you attend events? Do you host giveaways? Do you accept advertising?
Claro que YES, yes, yes, annnd yes to all of the above! Find out more about my Sponsorship options.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RE: EVERYTHING ELSE
1. Where do you get your images?
Though some come from my camera/imagination, the majority of my photos are from the web. (Here are my favorite resources for getting free images–simply scroll down a bit to “Free images, graphics and icons.”) Those I consider to be more generic (like a stop sign) I don’t necessarily credit, but those I consider to be too darn special (99% of them, really) I do credit. You’ll know when I post an original photo. Which brings me to…
2. What camera and photo editing software do you use?
My fam and I shoot those photos I don’t get from the web with our Canon EOS Rebel T4i, Canon Powershot SX120 IS, and our iPhones. I usually edit my photos in Instagram, Photoshop, or PicMonkey (<<affiliate link).
3. You’re a Catholic living in UTAH! What is that like?
Better than you might imagine, actually! We love it here. I’m currently working on a post about this very same thing! (And in case you don’t know much about Catholicism, here’s our Creed, AKA the Nicene Creed.)
4. I’m coming to SLC! Where should I shop?
I like to thrift shop in SLC and I recommend checking out local estate sales and vintage/consignment shops. (To be honest, though, I like thrift stores for décor and not necessarily for clothes.)
Some Utahns also swear by “the DI” (a retailer of 2nd-hand stuff; there’s one near downtown. I’ve personally never been to the DI to shop for clothes BUT I’ve heard of many thrift lovers who enjoy the vintage treasures they find there.
Right smack down in the middle of downtown SLC is the new-ish City Creek Center. Opened in March 2012, it has quickly become THE place to go for all your shopping and foodie needs. It features Michael Kors, The Disney Store, Tiffany & Co., Hugo Boss, True Religion, American Eagle, Cheesecake Factory, RM Chocolate Factory, The Gap, Aldo, and the list goes ON AND ON…
“But what if I want to find more affordable things?“ you might ask. Well then not to worry! There are a lot of budget-friendly stores there as well, such as H&M, GAP, AE, Forever 21, among others, plus a food court full of delish treats. Be sure to check out this post to learn about my experience of City Creek!
If you’re done with City Creek but aren’t finished shopping (of course), then you’ll want to stop by the cute cafés and otherwise quirky shops in other areas of downtown: Visit the Gateway Mall, Trolley Square, Main Street (but between 4th South and North Temple), and Broadway (AKA “3rd South”–but between Main St. and 900ish East). Annnd don’t forget about my favorites, Nordstrom Rack and T.J.Maxx (both located in Sugarhouse). Make sure to always do a little Google mapping before you set out to plan out the shops you want to hit.
…And WHAT should I pack?
Like many cities in the States, SLC is known for its “bipolar” weather. (For instance, there were a bunch of 60s-70s days during Spring 2012 and there was only one inch of snow in January 2012. So whenever I travel I always (a) check the weather leading up to the trip and (b) bring walking shoes, layers (and more layers), an umbrella, and MANY options (!).
You can read more about what I mean by “options” when it comes to Utah weather/fashion on this post I wrote about the bizarre winter of 2011-2012 and the fashion choices it involved.
5. I’m coming to gorgeous flavorful Colombia! Where should I shop/eat?
Ha, well I haven’t visited my native land in almost 12 years (!), so I could give you recommendations in case you’re in the mood to travel back in time. But I know the place has changed sooo much (for the better!), I won’t even try. I’ll instead blog about my experience when I go back later on.
Most of my friends and relatives are still there, though, and they seem to always be on different adventures there often. So feel free to contact me if you’d like me to ask them for recommendations :)
6. I started my own blog. Any tips?
Yay! Blogging is an awesome outlet for expressing yourself. Feel free to check out the following tips, which cover most of the getting-started questions you might have.
- Here are some easy blogging Dos and Don’ts, and here are some cool grammar and style tips for bloggers
- While these are great tips for commenters
- And here are even more rad blogging resources
PS– I also design blogs! So if you’d like help w/yours, find out more about my blog design services.
PS2- I’d be happy to check out your blog too and give you more feedback!
7. What did you study in school?
I graduated with an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a Minor in Rhetoric & Writing, and a Certification in Integrated Marketing Communication. I also recently obtained a second Bachelor’s in Psychology and submitted a manuscript for publication in a research journal.
8. What should I wear with ____________?
Here’s a little-known fact about moi: While I don’t necessarily blog about fashion, friends often do come to me for fashion advice and to ask that same exact question.
So if you’d like help with pulling together a specific outfit, please shoot me an e-mail, tell me a little bit about your personal style, and include a photo of yourself and the item you need help with. I’ll do my best to reply to you ASAP (a couple of days at the most.)
9. What are your favorite colors?
Teal, pink, red, and anything with cute owls.
Did I miss something? Feel free to email me at Annie [at] TheRantingLatina [dot] com with your questions and please note whether it’s urgent in your subject line!