California · Member Spotlight · Southwest / October 8

Doran of Haute Beauty Guide

Haute Beauty Guide

What’s your blog name?

Haute Beauty Guide

Where do you live?

Monterey, California

Tell us more about you and your blog

I started in 2008 as a way to stay connected to my spa clients between appointments. The blog evolved as my life did and now I cover more lifestyle with a skincare emphasis.

What people don’t realize about blogging is…

     it is so much more than just posting a diary and selfie.

What are 3 things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?

  1. Invest in photography classes and equipment
  2. Don’t compare yourself to other influencers
  3. Find a community of bloggers to encourage and be encouraged by

What’s been your most memorable moment as a blogger?

My first blogger meetup. It was awesome to find people who finally got it!

Give us your best tip for maintaining a blog work/life balance

Have a content calendar. 

Instagram or Twitter?


Coffee or tea?


Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met?

I met Megan Markle just before we all found out she was dating Prince Harry. She was SOOOO different than she comes across as a soon to be Royal.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Popcorn and the Real Housewives!

What’s one product you can’t live without?


What’s been your favorite part of being a member of The Blog Societies?

Getting to attend one of the first conferences at TBScon.  It was so great and everyone was just nice. There were no petty cliques or BS. I learned so much from this group every month. Plus some of my favorite people to follow are TBS members.

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