This Beautiful Life: Natalie DiScala

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A friend of mine suggested I get to know the lovely Natalie DiScala as we had a few things in common including our love for travel, blogging and life in Los Angeles. Natalie’s blog Oh! Travelissima is a source of inspiration from the city guides and the stylish things that Natalie curates.

I recently had a chance to chat with Natalie about how she got started as a writer and her best life + travel advice. Meet Natalie everyone!

 

How did you decide on a career as a writer and editor?

Somehow, there was never any other option for me. I just knew from a very young age that I wanted to write. I think it was because I was an avid reader. Words, books, reading and writing – they’ve always been an enormous part of my life; as far back as I can remember.

 

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In addition to your role as Senior Web Editor at Style At Home, you also run a wonderful travel blog – Oh! Travelissima. What compelled you to start your blog?

Starting my blog was a natural extension for me. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel more than I ever dreamed possible so creating an online space where I could share stories, photos and advice from my travels made a lot of sense. My blog is truly a labour of love and I absolutely love occupying my own small corner of the digital sphere where I can create and share content.

 

You are a power pinner and recently gave a talk at TBEX on Pinterest. What are your top tips for those looking to harness the power of Pinterest for their own blogs?

Pinterest is such a powerful platform and it’s one that I love using. There are two main ways that I use Pinterest. The first is to curate photos of all the things that inspire me. The second is to share content that I’m creating. To maximize your presence on Pinterest, I recommend pinning beautiful photography (original photos as much as possible), pinning frequently and using keyword descriptors in your caption to make sure that your pins are discoverable to users who are searching for something specific.

 

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What are your top 3 destinations in the world?

It’s so hard to choose top destinations; every place in the world offers travellers such different and unique experiences. But some of my favourites are India, Bora Bora and France. Although Norway boasts some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen in my life!

 

What will I find in your carry-on bag?

First and foremost: An iPhone 6, an iPad Mini and a MacBook. For work and for play, my digital tools are absolutely essential. I also never travel without my Kobo e-reader. I’d be lost without a book. My makeup bag has travel essentials like lip balm, hand sanitizer, hand cream and my contact case. And of course, snacks for the plane!

 

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What was the most important non-negotiable thing for you when designing your lifestyle and work life?

Family. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, family will always come first. Sometimes there’s nowhere more important to be than right at home.

 

What do you do to de-stress?

My perfect way to relax is with a book and a cup of tea. And fortunately, I can do that anywhere in the world!

 

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What’s your typical day like?

When I’m not travelling, my day is pretty predictable. I’m in the office all day, then I come home, have dinner, hit the gym, then continue working in the evenings. But the magic of travelling is never really knowing what your day will look like.

 

What did you study in college and is there anything you would have done differently?

I studied Journalism at Ryerson University and if I could go back and do it all over again, I would choose the same field of study. But I wish that I’d learned more photography skills while I was at journalism school. I don’t recall a lot of photography training as part of the program, which is a shame. Photography, especially in today’s digital world, is such an integral part of storytelling.

 

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Best piece of life advice to share?

Be patient and be kind. Always.

 

Learn more about Natalie DiScala on her blog Oh! Travelissima or follow her online @NatalieDiScala + Instagram @NatalieDiScala.

 

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