We're sitting down with Julia of Gal Meets Glam and asking her some questions...

Hey ladies, it’s Anna from Fash Boulevard here with another edition of our Ladies Who Laptop interview series. This month’s spotlight is easily one of the most recognizable fashion bloggers in the world. From her girly style to her oh-so-Pinterest-worthy travel photos, Julia Engel has earned her spot at the top of the blogger pyramid with her insanely successful blog, Gal Meets Glam. Today, she opens up about common blogger misconceptions, her tips for healthy living, and her favorite celebrity doppelgänger story. Let’s dive in:

Julia of Gal Meets Glam, interviewed by Anna James

Let’s start from the beginning! What inspired you to start Gal Meets Glam?

I started while I was a junior in college as a fun, creative outlet. It quickly grew into much more as I started to figure out my voice and narrative with it.

What are some common misconceptions about bloggers?

1. That we are all created equal. Every blogger has their own reasons for wanting to share and every blogger has vastly different levels of dedication to it.

2. That we get everything for free. While it’s completely possible for some bloggers to get everything for free or at an extreme discount, I believe there are significant downsides to doing so. We actually prefer to pay for nearly all of our own experiences and products. That way, we stay true to the messages and content we share and only recommend things we really love.

3. That follower count is all that matters. Especially with Instagram numbers being so public, it can be discouraging for smaller bloggers to watch their follower count slowly grow. But what’s always been most important to us is engaging with the followers we do have. I know some bloggers that have built incredible businesses despite their total follower count being low in comparison to other bloggers. A friend of ours in the industry once brought up a great point: “Imagine that all of your followers are sitting in one room and all of them are there listening to you. It doesn’t matter if the room is the size of a country, a football stadium or a classroom, your message is somehow impacting these people, so focus on making their experience amazing and the room is sure to grow as word spreads.”

Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam

Can you give us a peek into the amount of work that goes into maintaining a blog of your caliber?

Like any business, there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes. We’re pushing out five blog posts a week, four weekly newsletters, multiple mini posts on GMG Now, creating content for our social channels, shooting campaigns for brands which involves constantly creating unique concepts, location scouting, props and products, and editing photos. That doesn’t even include all of the managerial work or tedious things like answering emails, staying on-top of reader questions and the time commitment of travel. There’s always work to be done and there are still so many more things we want to pursue.

If you weren’t blogging, what would you be doing?

Realistically, I would probably be working in marketing. That’s what I studied in school and what I was doing before I started blogging full time. In my dreams, I would be a florist.

Get to know Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam

What are three of your favorite posts from your blog?

Kenwood House quickly comes to mind as one of my all-time favorite posts because it brings up wonderful memories of one of my favorite days. If you were to dream up what a perfect day spent with great friends, picnicking in a London Park would look like, this is pretty much it.

Let’s Talk was my first post that solely focused on personal topics in a narrative format. I’d wanted to write posts like this for so long, but never did because I was afraid of what people would think. Finally finding the courage to do so was amazing. The feedback I received from readers was incredible and taught me that readers want a forum where they feel comfortable to open up as well.

Isola Del Garda was another surreal day spent in Italy this past April on Lake Garda. We took a boat across the lake to a beautiful restaurant on the water and later boated to a castle on the lake. Everything about this day was so special and I’ll never forget it.

Anna James interviews Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam

I’m a huge fan of your Instagram! Do you have any tips or tricks for achieving an aesthetically awesome Instagram page?

Thank you! It really depends on what you want to share. My biggest suggestion would be to stick with your own style and make it really you. Following another person’s model for success may get you new followers, but ultimately people will stay with influencers who share their own unique take on the world.

Get to know Gal Meets Glam

What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m a country girl at heart. I feel most comfortable and at home in the country. Nothing makes me happier than being outdoors, surrounded by family and friends.

What has been the best moment of your career so far?

It’s honestly been the whole journey, from start to finish, not just a single moment. I think it’s important to share that there’s never just one thing that ultimately defines your career. If you want to be successful you have to find happiness in every moment, including the absolute highs and the absolute lows. I’m of course, thankful for the really amazing opportunities that I get to experience, but none of them would have been possible without the hard work and long hours behind the scenes, as well as support from family, friends and the most amazing followers.

Read the interview with Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam

On Gal Meets Glam you share about fashion, beauty, décor, life and traveling. What is your favorite thing to blog about?

I love to share fashion through travel stories. I prefer to plan my outfits ahead of travel based on what I expect to find on the trip. Travel opens up doors to new experiences and the chance to gain valuable inspiration through new cultures, foods, plants, architecture and scenery. Writing these posts is so enjoyable, because I get to re-live our experiences while creating a story that transports our readers back to our journeys.

We’re all about healthy living here at LC.com. What does a typical healthy day of eating consist of for you?

I’m all about finding a balance between eating healthy and allowing myself to indulge every so often. I always start my day with breakfast, usually scrambled eggs with avocado toast and mint tea, a bowl of granola and almond milk or a smoothie packed with fruits and vegetables. Lunch usually includes looking for a quick option, typically a salad with some sort of protein. I like to work out in the evening, so I’ll have a light snack a little bit before, usually around 5 or 5:30, like an apple and peanut butter, hummus and carrots or a banana. For dinner, we’ll grill fish and vegetables or make a big bowl of roasted vegetables with quinoa, beans, hummus and avocado.

Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, interviewed by Anna James on LaurenConrad.com

What is the best part of working with your husband? What is the most challenging part?

The best part of working with Thomas is that we’re building something together as a team. We respect one another and understand that we both bring value to Gal Meets Glam. It’s our baby. The most challenging part is separating work life from personal life. We have to really make a conscious effort to leave work behind and spend time together, just us. It’s hard because we’re both so passionate about what we do and we want to always be growing and getting better.

You and your husband travel a lot. What has been your favorite place to visit and why?

We’ve been to some really amazing places around the world, so it’s hard to pick just one because they’re all so different! I really can’t select a favorite, although Hawaii will always be “our spot” because we really feel the most relaxed when we’re there. Nothing compares to the beaches in Hawaii.

Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam in London

It’s no secret that you share an uncanny resemblance to Emma Watson. Do you have any funny stories of mistaken identity?

It happens ALL the time! Honestly at least a few times a week and it’s happened all over the world. I get people shouting out “Emma, Emma!” on the streets, people asking for my autograph and even had paparazzi follow me across town in NYC once. I find it absolutely hilarious! I think the funniest story was when a girl came up to me on the tube in London and asked for my autograph, thinking I was Emma. When I told her I wasn’t, she thought I was lying and trying to play it cool. She wouldn’t leave my side for about five awkward minutes, during which I tried to explain to her that my name was Julia and I was from California. English was not her primary language so maybe she couldn’t tell the difference in accent. Everyone around us (except the confused Emma fan) was giggling at the mix-up.

Words to live by?

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Thanks to Julia for these words of advice. Be sure to check out Julia’s blog here and find her on Instagram here!

Who would you like to see me interview for my next Ladies Who Laptop?

Let me know in the comments below!

Xo
Anna James
Fash Boulevard

Photos: Gal Meets Glam
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  • Cassidy Short

    Love this! Love her blog, style, and openness/honesty with her followers 🙂

    xoxo
    Cassidy

    http://heartofgoldandglitter.blogspot.com/2016/08/more-candle.html

  • Kendall

    Love this interview! Maybe Hello Fashion Blog next? She has a wonderful blog as well! xx

  • I loved reading this interview! She has a lot of great insight into the blogging world. Thanks for sharing this with us 🙂

    Diana | thechicdiary.com

  • I love to see this interview with Julia. Being that she’s a San Francisco girl like me, we’ve crossed paths at events but never met before. She is absolutely stunning in person, and her words here show that she’s an intelligent and caring person. I LOVE her style and her blog. She gives bloggers a good name!

  • I love this interview! Julia’s blog was such an inspiration to me before starting mine, so it’s cool to see her insights and honesty in her answers. I also totally just pulled up a picture of Emma Watson because I never noticed the resemblance before. Haha
    Thanks for sharing!

    Always, Hunter

  • Love this interview! Julia’s blog is one of my favorites!

  • I love reading Julia’s blog–and seeing her featured here made me smile. She’s definitely one of the brightest bloggers on my feed!

    xx

    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  • Kate Boylan

    This was great! She’s so inspiring and determined.
    Next- Carly from the collegeprepster!

  • I always enjoy reading Julia’s blog! She seems so sweet and sincere, and definitely the type of friend you’d want to have. Thanks for featuring her! Maybe you can feature Rachel from Pink Peonies? I’d love to hear how she balances everything in her life!

    Polly
    http://gemsandjoy.com

  • Angela

    I love Julia! I’ve been reading her blog for a few years and it’s definitely one of my favorites. Great interview!

    Angela
    http://www.angelascibilia.com

  • Cadie

    Health blogger Kalene Larson! @healthandus

  • Courtney Cartier

    i love Julia! I would love to see a post about Kimberly from Penny Pincher Fashion. I think she’s such an awesome blogger who creates affordable and fashionable looks!

  • Kimi Stephens

    My favorite fashion and lifestyle blogger is Hannah Harden from Vogue in Vines! As a former athlete, an artist and Napa resident, she has a unique point of view that she brings to the fashion world. My favorite posts feature current trends with an emphasis on killer shoes, beauty secrets and a wine country aesthetic!

  • Julia’s blog is one of my favourites. I just love how sweet and honest she is and her pictures are INCREDIBLE! x

    TOUCHOFGUCCI // BLOGLOVIN

  • Really loved this little article! I’ve loved Gal Meets Glam for awhile now, so it’s exciting to see her featured on your blog as well <3 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Gal Meets Glam is one of my favourite blogs! Julia is such a sweet person and her pictures are so beautiful. I really enjoyed reading this interview. it was very inspiring. Thanks for always making such great posts and interviews, Anna!

    http://www.thesparklingdarling.com

  • This is such a great interview
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • I loved this interview. Julia is one of my favourite bloggers and it’s inspiring to see Gal Meets Glam take off, especially now seeing all the work that goes behind it! Incredible photos as always! xx

    thesundaychapter.com

  • I have no idea why people are confusing her with the actress Emma Watson!! They look nothing like each other!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • guest
  • Julia is my favorite blogger. I love her beautiful inspiring photos, and feminine outfits. She always manages to blend in perfectly with the background. Also, she looks incredibly sweet and shines so much happiness through her smile.

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

  • I haven’t seen Gal Meets Glam before this interview. And I’m really happy that I decided to read it and discovered such a nice blogger. Her photos are so optimistic and full of light and color! Thanks for introducing Julia to me.

    BarbarianMe.tumblr.com

  • Kathryn Miller

    I absolutely love Julia’s blog! It’s one of my favorites to read every week. 🙂

  • Would love to see Amanda Miller of themilleraffect or Jessi Afshin of The Darling Detail. Both are such sweet gals and super inspiring!! (And love that they focus on affordable fashion)

    Lisa
    http://www.theeverydayelevated.com

  • Kari Guastella

    Julia is one of my favorite bloggers! So cool that you just featured her!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • How cute is she! Great insight and feature, on many different levels!

  • I love Julia’s blog! Thank you so much for featuring her! I am also a big fan of Pinch of Yum’s site. I would love to see an interview from Lindsey and her hubby in the future 🙂 http://www.chasingbelle.com

  • Ida Pahus

    Love this interview! Julia is so amazing and such an inspiration for me as a fellow blogger.

    http://livelifefullyalive.com/

  • Joules

    I’m a huge fan of Gal Meets Glam so I loved reading this post!

    Who else should you feature? Why not a smaller blogger like me! 😉

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Miss Pippi

    Lovely interview! The story with the Emma Watson fan is hilarious.

    http://misspippisstyle.blogspot.hu/

  • rachel

    Carly from thecollegeprepster.com !!!

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Have followed ‘Gal Meets Glam’ for a few years now – Julia and Thomas seem to be incredibly passionate and open people about their business. So delighted for them – long may their success continue!

    Rxx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • Anna
  • Ginger Master

    A friend of mine is a rising star in the wedding/lifestyle photography: Wesleyann Knetzer. She travels all over but is based in the chic 30a area of northwest Florida. http://dearwesleyann.com/

    Would love for her to be one of your interviews!

  • Blushful Belle

    So glad you featured Julia! I love her blog 🙂 what about Emily Schuman of cupcakes and cashmere?

  • Maria Chavdarova

    Great interview! I adore Julia’s blog! Next time I would like to see you interview CARA LOREN!!!!! ^_^

    • Maria Chavdarova

      caraloren.com

  • Haley

    I would love to see Carly from The College Prepster!

  • I love Julia’s Instagram so this was so fun to read!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

  • Thanks for this interview; Julia is one of my favorite bloggers out there; she’s so so talented and beautiful! I would love to see Camila Coelho in this section; I had the chance to meet her last year and she’s the sweetest!

    Andrea | Twentyish Brunette

  • Gigi

    I’d love to see Rosie from The Londoner! 🙂

    love Julia, of course!

  • Tiffany McGoff

    SOOOO happy you had Julia on here! Her style is so effortless and chic. She is the best storyteller, which is one of the main reasons i became a blogger recently myself.
    You need to feature Amber fillerup Clark – Barefoot Blonde! She’s amazing!

  • Shea

    I love these interviews! This is more of a question I would love to hear some opinions on. When it comes to job security/longevity, how do young bloggers plan to take their careers into the future? Do they think about it? Is it something they plan to do forever even though their audiences could change?