This week’s spotlight is Carrie, from Carrie’s Chronicles! Carrie launched her blog, “Carrie’s Chronicles: One girl’s adventures in fashion, food, beauty and beyond” with a media reception at Bergdorf’s in December 2017. The weekly blog is her take on all things “fun, fab and fashionable” in NYC and features “Carrie’s Q & A” with several celebrities and beauty/fashion movers and shakers. Carrie is also an influencer for numerous fashion/beauty/lifestyle brands and enjoys showcasing her personal style on Instagram (@carrieberkk) with the city as her canvas. Most recently, she released a new book series called “Ask Emma,” (Bonnier Publishing) based on her own personal experience with cyberbullying.
What inspired you to start Carrie’s Chronicles?
I’ve always loved to write. I actually published a children’s book series called The Cupcake Club at age 8! But after working at Seventeen Magazine last summer, I really gained an appreciation for the fashion industry and the wide variety of style content in magazines and websites. I wanted to make a blog that was fun to read and beautiful to look at, yet informative and word-heavy since that’s what I’m best at.
What was the hardest part about starting Carrie’s Chronicles?
The hardest part, to this day, is scheduling blog posts for the week while I have tons of other things going on in my life. If I have a big test at school, I still need to find the time to format the emails for the week (I launch 3-4 posts per week). But overall, it is such a blast and I have a great time coming up with new and innovative blog posts every week.
Who are a few Boss Ladies that you look up to or that inspire you?
One of my favorite bloggers is Danielle Bernstein. I am obsessed with her sense of style and the risks that she takes. Another Boss Lady I look up to is my mom, who inspires my writing and encouraging me to push the boundaries in order to become a better writer. Without her, my writing wouldn’t have matured the way it has over the past few years.
What is your ultimate dream job?
Working as the editor-in-chief of a magazine like Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar. When Anna Wintour retires, I want to be next in line!
Did you feel prepared when you launched your business? What helped you feel confident in starting your venture?
I think working at Seventeen Magazine gave me the tools I needed to launch my blog. Previously, I visited PR agencies, design headquarters, and learned from editors in every department, so I felt like a had a broad range of knowledge that I could explore. In order for my blog to be successful, I needed to have faith in my writing and maintain confidence throughout the entire process.
What’s your favorite: Book, Podcast, Blog, and Movie?
My favorite book is “The Great Gatsby.” The symbolism in the writing is extraordinary and really interesting to analyze. I don’t listen to podcasts…lol. But my favorite blog is “We Wore What,” just because that website is #fashiongoals all the way. Lastly, my favorite movie is a toss-up between Clueless and Devil Wears Prada. I could watch those two over and over again and they never get old.
How do you wish to impact your community/the world with what you’re offering? What’s your ultimate goal?
In a world where people are stressed out with their day to day business, I wanted my blog to be a temporary escape from reality. I want people to sit down at their computer with a tube of ice cream and scroll through my website in order to feel entertained. When I read a magazine like Seventeen or Allure, an indescribable feeling washes over me that makes my heart feel so full and happy. That’s what I want my readers to experience when they look at my blog posts.
Cook or Eat out: Cook
Shop in-store or Online: Online
Book or Kindle: Book
Netflix or Hulu: Netflix
Sweet or Salty: Sweet
Sneakers or heels: Heels
Where can we find you?!
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