Guest Post: South of Plum

February 7, 2016

I've told you once, I've told you three times, blogging is the best because of the friends I've made. What would my little space be without everyone else's spaces pushing me to be better. The best part about this community is when you find women you connect with on more than just blogging styles.

Kristine and I have been blog friends for a little over a year now. She is supportive, kind, encouraging, loving and we send each other pretty awesome snapchats. She has an amazing blog, Breakfast with Bentley and just launched an incredible new space called South of Plum.

I'm constantly encouraged by her and her go-getter spirit. She runs TWO blogs, multiple social media accounts, an Etsy shop, is a wife, dog-mama and business lady. In the words of Beyonce, girls run the world and Kristine is definitely one of them.

I cannot wait to introduce you to her and tell you all about her. She's one of the best people. I hope you show her love, support and encouragement, just like she'll show you.

Happy Sunday everyone. Let's make today great. Without further ado, Kristine.

1. Why did you start your blog?
I was searching for a creative outlet. It started with a blog and manifested into so much more. I enjoy reading, writing and creating beautiful things, and I wanted a place to share them with the world.

2. Tell us about you, the girl behind the blog.
I'm Kristine and I'm a 33-year-old girl from Long Island, New York. (I'll be 34 at the end of the month!) I am married to my best friend and we have two dogs, Bentley and Lambo. We live 40 minutes from New York City and 10 minutes from the beach - can't get better than that!

I currently work at a law firm in their marketing department. I'm responsible for handling all of their social media / blogs and planning their events. I work a mile from my house and I get to hang out with the pups at lunch! It's fantastic! I love what I do and learn more and more every day! When I'm not working, I like to take Soul Cycle, hot yoga or Orange Theory classes, walk with my dogs, read, watch television and hang out. I'm a champagne lover and coffee enthusiast. I love dance parties with my girlfriends, dinner dates with my husband and naps with my pups.

3. How did you pick your blog name?
We live south of Plum Street. When I was throwing around names, a warm and cozy feeling fell over me when I reached South of Plum. It was the exact same feeling I want my readers to feel when they read my blog.

4. Why the switch from Breakfast with Bentley to South of Plum?
I wanted to separate the two main themes: dogs and lifestyle.
  • South of Plum will focus on lifestyle: home decor, organizing, event planning, and some personal stories.
  • Breakfast with Bentley will focus on dogs: advice, tips, tricks, products, etc.
5. What is your favorite and least favorite part about blogging?
  • Favorite - making connections with other creative people all over the world! I have found some really great blogging besties who I go to for advice about blogging, social media, and life!
  • Least Favorite - the time. It's hard to juggle it all - writing, editing, taking pictures, social media, reading other blogs, reading the news, etc., but I do the best I can.
6. Where do you find your blogging inspiration?
I find inspiration from the world around me. I like to share things that matter to me and hopefully, others can relate.

7. Favorite thing to do in your free time?
Relax and catch up on my television shows. Read a book. Take a Soul Cycle class. Hang w/ my girlfriends or husband.
8. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
Pay off my Master's in Education Degree student loan (which is now collecting dust!), pay off all my bills, move to California and save the rest.

9. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
10. What is one thing you want my readers to know about you?
What you see on my blog and on my social media is how I am in real life. My blog is authentic and honest to who I am as a person.
11. What is your number 1 tip for starting a blog?
Just be yourself. Don't try to do it all at once. Start slow, grow your following and the rest will fall into place. Share on social media and don't forget to connect with others! It's the best part!

Find Kristine here: Blog // Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest // Etsy

I hope you go show Kristine some love. I can guarantee she'll be the best blog friend you can ever imagine. And, after all, isn't supporting other bloggers just part of what makes this whole blogging experience what it is?

Kristine, thanks for letting me spotlight you today, I'm honored. I love your blog and I am so excited to see where and what you do with your  new space! xx

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  1. Those dogs are so adorable! I love that our pets wait for us by the door!

    La Belle Sirene

  2. I love getting to know more about other bloggers!
    Kristine sounds like a true lady boss.

    xoxo, Jenny

  3. I really loved this post! I like to get to know about the people behind the blogs. I also enjoy seeing the support that the blogging community gives to its members. I'm hoping to make more blogging friends as well!


I love hearing from all of you and greatly appreciate all your feedback and comments! xx Kristen