Blog Count: (14) Meet Beauté Simple | Pinay.com
Myla Lopez, based in the United States, started blogging in 2013 to chronicle the beauty of everyday living. She craved for a space to celebrate the simple things in life and wanted to develop her voice and style as a writer and photographer. Aside from blogging, our fabulous featured blogger also writes for Pinay.com.
“My blog, Beauté Simple, means “simple beauty” in French. The blog focuses on the beauty of the mundane and everyday moments in my life as a mother of two girls as well as the beauty of the extraordinary, be it an art exhibit or a new travel destination. The blog’s name is in French, reflecting my close ties to France (my husband is French) and its culture,” says Lopez.
At the time she started blogging she felt inundated and overwhelmed by the celebrity worship and the materialism omnipresent in American culture. Instead of paying attention to what’s trending in social media, she decided to take the personal route and share her life’s passions—art, photography, travel, food and decorating. By blogging she stays in the moment. She is present and mindful. Now, how simple is that? Below is our conversation:
Who is Myla Lopez?
My background is in Journalism/Advertising and Marketing. Other than blogging and photography, most of my time these days is taken up by volunteer work and typical mom duties, which include taking my daughters to their endless after-school activities and helping with homework, if necessary.
What has blogging done for you?
Blogging has made me more accountable and present. I love the journal-keeping aspect of blogging and how I can record moments and events that impacted me. Before blogging, I would have noted different things in my journal but it just gets sort of stashed away and forgotten. I also love the sharing and connecting aspect in the blogosphere as well as finding kindred minds and souls.
So, you like to travel, what is the best place you have visited?
This is a tough question. I tend to find one or two things that I love in each country I visit. One of my favorite places is Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico. My husband and I went there shortly after the September 11 attacks. At the time, visitors can still climb the Kukulkan Pyramid. I remember getting to the top of the pyramid with its 1,000-plus years of history and feeling a sense of calm despite fear and uncertainty after the terrorist attacks. I suppose being on the top of the pyramid made me realize that we are all just one small part of world history and that unfortunate events have always been, and will always be parts of our lives.
Tell us about your last trip to the Philippines.
My last trip to the Philippines was in 2013. It was very special since it was the first time my girls visited the country. Prior to the visit, they’ve heard me ramble on about childhood memories and seen pictures of the country. My husband has visited the Philippines awhile back so the trip was not as momentous for him. The most satisfying part of the trip was taking my daughters to my old haunts and seeing their faces and reactions to all the places we visited.
What about France? How often are you in the country?
I am usually in France once, sometimes twice, a year. I typically spend the summers with my girls at our place in Normandy. Since I’m far from friends and away from daily routine there, I think of France as my annual sabbatical where I’m able to unplug from the usual way of doing things. I always come back to the U.S. feeling rested and inspired after two months there.
What about your life’s passions?
I am passionate about non-stylized decor with a lot of personality. I tend to stay away from décor that’s too stuffy and perfect. For me, great interiors should have patina, personality and comfort. Our house in the U..S was featured in Design Mom. I did a post on our house in France on the blog last summer so you can see a bit of our décor there. As for food, I love trying all types of cuisine and making them at home. The one thing I do try to observe is cooking Filipino food on Sunday nights— it’s a little routine everyone in the family looks forward to. Art and photography both give me creative sustenance. With art and photography, I feel that I am constantly learning and getting inspired whether I am seeing work in a gallery or museum or doing my own photography.
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Tish Leizens is a great believer in asking lots of questions. That was how she was trained as a business journalist for newspapers and magazines. That was how she survived trying moments in her personal life and how she navigated a successful career and business in media. In 1997, she asked, “Why not?” And so, she moved from Manila to New York City. It was and continues to be a great adventure. After stints as a reporter for Manila Chronicle and Manila Times; correspondent for The Straits Times and Gulf News; Tish worked as editor for Conde Nast, and later edited and published her own regional magazines, OurHouse and Excursions. OurHouse, sold in bookstores chains in the East Coast, was nationally recognized for its innovative approach to magazine publishing. Tish has lectured at the New York Public Library on how to launch a magazine and other topics related to publishing. She was featured in CNN Money in 2010.