Rebecca B. Bird is a 31-year-old New Yorker with a fondness for colorful cosmetics, quirky accessories, and pretty much anything that makes life easier. You can find her budget-conscious beauty and urban lifestyle ramblings at HelloPrettyBird.com.
I live in….New York City. Brooklyn, to be specific.
My niche is… Primarily beauty, though over the past year or so I've branched out and become more of a general lifestyle blog. I enjoy sharing things like easy recipes and frugal lifestyle hacks. I plan on doing more posts about activities in NYC over the spring/summer as well.
I write when….. I've had my third cup of coffee.
How has blogging changed my life: This is a tough one to answer, because there are two distinct “phases” of my blogging life. I wrote a (now defunct) non-beauty blog from 1999 until 2007—if you do the math, you'll realize that I was still a high school student when I started (no, my blog wasn't a LiveJournal, heh.) At the very beginning, a lot of blogging/website platforms didn't support comments (can you imagine that now?!) so strangers would reach out to me via e-mail to tell me that they thought what I wrote was interesting or funny. That was incredibly validating—and I think that encouragement is partially what inspired me to get a college degree (and master's degree!) in my twenties. I really wanted to improve my writing/storytelling skills. Keep in mind that I wasn't exactly the most motivated student prior to that... I barely graduated high school, if we're being honest.
As for my current blog: My blog has forced me to improve my photography skills a lot. People really care about the visual aspect of blogs now. I wouldn't describe myself as an ace photographer at this point, but if you look at photos I posted just two years ago, the difference is astounding. (Please don't look at them though, they're pretty darn bad.)
When I started blogging: I started my current blog in June of 2013.
How I see the future of blogging/social media? I anticipate there being a lot more emphasis on video and short-form social sharing. I was sitting next to my cousin's 13-year-old daughter at a social gathering recently, and she was immersed in Snapchat the entire time. The preferences of her generation will likely dictate what the next big “thing” is. I still hear people saying that they prefer reading text blogs with photos to watching video reviews though, so I guess there's hope for us old-fashioned types.
Where I work: There's a second bedroom in my apartment that I affectionately call my Woman Cave. It's a hybrid home office/makeup storage facility/electronics hoarding zone /place to dump all my clothes on my floor.
I am connected….Embarrassingly often. Five years ago I didn't even carry a mobile phone with my when I left the house, now I check my e-mail the instant I wake up. The good news is that I don't have to leave bed to do it! Thanks for existing, smartphones.
When I’m stressed, I…..Pace back and forth like a maniac. I'm sure my downstairs neighbors love me.
My favorite gadget is….My smartphone. It's a camera, messaging device, encyclopedia, TV and radio all in one—the sort of magical gizmo I could only fantasize about having when I was a nerdy little kid! And now I have two of them. I guess being patient pays off?
My favorite travel destination is….Tough to say—maybe New Zealand. The mountains are just so stunning, and there's a lot of interesting wildlife to see there too.
I do all my shopping….With a coupon. It's very rare for me to make a total impulse purchase—I like to scope out sales and coupons (both online and off) to stretch my dollars as much as I can.
My favorite TV shows: Louie, Bob's Burgers, 1박 2일. And Star Trek: The Next Generation, which looks incredibly dated now but still manages to have infinite rewatch value.
My favorite movie: I'm a HUGE movie buff with diverse tastes, so this is a really hard one to answer. I will say this: I'm a big fan of musical films—both splashy, old-school classics like Hello Dolly! (1969) and peculiar modern tales like Phantom of the Paradise (1974) and True Stories (1986).
Coffee or tea: Both. But probably not at the same time.
I love….My family, my significant other, writing, reading, bright colors, and living in New York City. Oh, and cooking and eating food. Who doesn't love food?
I dream about….Being able to travel for extended periods of time again. I spent a couple years of my twenties basically living out of a bag and wandering the earth—I'd like to do something like that again, except with a slightly nicer bag this time and maybe with my own room instead of sharing a hostel dorm with half a dozen drunk kids.