CONFETTI TALK: ERICA.

Confetti Talk is a new series on Always, S that introduces you to some of my big blogging inspirations! You’ll learn all about what they do, what makes them happy, and how they stay happy. And be prepared for a whole lotta PINK. Real people, real happy. Throwing kindness around like confetti.

Who are you?

I’m Erica! Originally from Reading, PA, now in the City of Brotherly Love. I’m graduating from the Wharton School at UPenn in May and going on to run my own business full-time as a digital marketing and brand strategist, as well as lifestyle influencer/blogger!

What makes you happy?

Jesus. Cats. Champagne. Laughing ’til tears with my fiance and just talking about anything and everything, knowing I’m fully loved and trusted and valued no matter what. Finding the perfect bold lipstick and/or leopard print. Candles that smell like cupcakes. Coffee…lots of coffee. Unexpectedly finding an amazing sale on the piece you’ve been eyeing up for ages. Karaoke nights. Long talks with my girlfriends over wine and guacamole. Really (really) good queso. Meeting new people and seeing a spark in them where you just think, “I think I’ve been meaning to meet you all along!


@ericaligenza

What is one thing you would tell your high school self?

Don’t worry so much over whether or not “people like you.” There will always be people that like you, and there will always be people that just don’t. That’s called life.

[Tweet “There will always be people that like you, and there will always be people that just don’t. That’s called life.”]

What is one thing you use on a daily basis that you can’t live without?

Coffee, but I swear that’s just in my blood at that point so it doesn’t count. 😉 This lipstick has been my go-to for awhile now. I lovelovelove bright pops of color, and I love the formula of this one…it feels really smooth and hydrating, which is important to me since I’m constantly throwing on a lipstick or other strong lippy! The color also lasts forever, so that’s good when you still want to drink yo’ coffee and have yo’ snacks without being a hot pink mess. Ha! But really though, I’m naked without lip color (+ mascara). It’s my crutch!

How do you stay positive when you’re stressed out?

Honestly, I pray. my faith has always been really important to me, and especially in college, it only strengthened. I’ve realized that the only way to truly feel authentic peace comes from being at one with my faith and really cultivating a strong relationship with God, and He’ll always help you through the hard moments! I also just try to keep things in perspective…”this too shall pass.” Plus this is why God made moms and significant others and girlfriends right???

[Tweet “I also just try to keep things in perspective…”this too shall pass.””]

For what in your life do you feel most grateful? How do you show that gratitude?

I think I feel most grateful for the people who constantly pour love and support into my life without ceasing and without expectation of anything in return. Sometimes, it seriously catches me off guard! I think I always have room to show more gratitude…it’s something that’s really important to me and I just never feel like I’m good enough at it or giving someone enough to really make me feel like it suffices! But I try to pour equally back into those people and go out of my way to show them how much I care…I like writing long notes or an unexpected gratitude email or just calling someone to tell them how appreciative I am of them and what they really mean to me. I think those sorts of messages “just because” go a ridiculously long way and aren’t sent enough!

[Tweet “I think those sorts of messages “just because” go a ridiculously long way and aren’t sent enough!”]

What kind of legacy do you want to leave?


@ericaligenza

Holy moly. Legacy? That’s intense. At the end of the day, I think my deepest desire is to genuinely inspire people. To be seen as the best friend that’s always there for you, without fail, whether it’s an offline friendship years in the making or an online connection that only happens here and there. I want people to know me as someone who is 100% authentic and truly gives a s*** about them personally. If I can do something or say something to make your day better, reach out – I want nothing more! I want to be that person who is just there for people and can be relied upon to be an uplifting force in this world. And if at the end of the day people can look up to me as an example of how to do one thing or another, that’s just amazing.

When you’re 100, what will matter to you the most?

Probably eating as much dessert as I possibly can and drinking all the champagne. Because at that point, life’s a party, right? 😉


Why Erica inspires me: I met Erica through a blogging group on Facebook but really didn’t get the chance to know her until we were put together to lead a blog tribe. We Skyped for about an hour one day to talk about the tribe and I noticed immediately how genuine and sweet she is! She told me all about her blog, her fiance (!!!), and her school. I always go to her blog first if I’m in need of inspiration or a pick-me-up. Erica is so relatable and SO funny. And she’s never afraid to be really real. You won’t regret stopping by Coming Up Roses, I swear.

Connect with Erica:

blog // facebook // twitter // pinterest // instagram

Stay tuned for another Confetti Talk next week! ICYMI: Last week with Cristina.

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  • love this type of post! it’s always great to hear baout new people. I love how she said , “coffee is in my blood by now”. haha I feel like we can all agree with that one! x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks for reading Kenz! I agree, I love seeing series like this on other people’s blogs!

  • Love this new series! I have read both Erica’s and Cristina’s blogs before but it was awesome to get to know even more about them.
    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Jenny! I agree, this has been the coolest way to get to know bloggers.

  • Anna Hubbard

    I love reading Erica’s blog! All her posts are so inspirational and fun!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

    • Savannah Ward

      I know! I really love her motivational posts!

  • I love Erica’s blog ~ she is so cute, genuine, and inspiring!

    Stephanie | Sincerely, Stephanie
    http://www.stephanietherese.com

    • Savannah Ward

      I know! I love her. Thanks for reading, Stephanie!

  • Olivia Muller

    Erica is one of my fav bloggers!!

    -Olivia
    Miss Olivia Says

    • Savannah Ward

      Me too!! She was one of the first blogs I found.

  • Yes to eating a ton of dessert! (although I already do that now!) Great post!

    http://www.heartofchic.com

    • Savannah Ward

      I do that 24/7…haha although I’m not a huge fan of ice cream, I can eat cupcakes like its my job. Thanks for reading!

  • Miss ALK

    Love how Erica wrote so much about her faith <3 Really enjoying this series girl!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Me too, I think that’s so important and its awesome that she shared that in her interview. Thanks for reading! 🙂 <3

  • Lauren Ashley

    Aw this is great! I love Erica!!!
    xo
    Lauren

    The Fashionista’s Diary

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Lauren! Me too, she’s so great!

  • I love finding new bloggers! What a great series idea. 🙂

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Bella!

  • I absolutely the legacy she wants to leave behind. I love that all she wants to do is inspire people ❤️

    Felice Raina // thekissofjoy.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Me too. Inspiration is so important and Erica will definitely leave a mark 🙂

  • I absolutely love this series!!!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Elana! Hope you’re having a good week so far! 🙂

  • Love getting to know more about her, definitly checking her blog out! Thanks for sharing!!

    xoxo

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Amy! 🙂 Hope you’re having a good week!

  • Oh coffee, I totally sympathize with her on that one! I love getting to hear about other bloggers through Confetti talk!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks for commenting! I always love series that talk about other bloggers. I hope you’re having a good week so far!

  • I LOVE THIS! and Erica is awesome. What a fantastic idea!

    • Savannah Ward

      Hey Helene, I know right?! She’s so cool. Thanks for reading!

  • I love this! It’s always so nice to get to know other bloggers. This was such a good idea.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • Savannah Ward

      Hey Allison, thanks for reading! I’m super excited about this series to continue.

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    Love these! I especially always love hearing what they would tell their high school self. Thanks for sharing!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling