Today I’m beginning a new series called Girl’s Guide about women who inspire me. Through the years, I’ve met so many talented women who I admire and I’m excited to share them with you on Bungalow 1.
First up in the Girl’s Guide series is my dear friend Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking. Private chef turned food blogger and cookbook author, Gaby beams bubbly California girl and knows that avocados make everything better. The recipes on her blog and must-see Snapisodes will make you wish you had a permanent invitation to her dinner table. Ahead, she shares the secret behind her success, her passion for margaritas, and sunny West Coast outlook with Bungalow 1.
What is your occupation?
Food blogger / travel writer / professional guacamole eater
What has the path been like to where you are now?
After college, I went to culinary school and started working as a private chef! I started whatsgabycooking.com around the same time and as the blog continued to grow, I slowly backed away from the private chef world and now I do What’s Gaby Cooking full time! It was certainly a scary transition into the wonderful world of running your own business, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Surround yourself with people that inspire you!
What advice would you give to other girls starting to break into your industry?
It’s really easy for people to look at “bloggers” and think they have such a glam life, but it’s not always so glamorous – so be prepared to get down and dirty to get your blog or business off the ground! And make sure you have a really defined point of view and then go for it!
Where do you live?
Where do you go for a girls night out?
Anywhere with great margaritas!
Best date night spot?
Bestia in Downtown LA
Does Whole Foods count 🙂
Where do you bring out-of-town visitors?
FASHION + BEAUTY
Who are your style icons?
The favorite piece in your closet?
Currently obsessing over my new Janessa Leone hat
Which items are on your wish list?
New sunglasses! Why are sunglasses the hardest thing to shop for??
Your signature fragrance?
This summer I’m all about the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc
Your go-to workout?
What is your signature beauty look?
Mascara, bronzer, and a red lip!
Book that changed your life?
Harry Potter 🙂
What is your cocktail of choice?
Who do you follow on Instagram?
One of my favorite people is @annstreetstudio
Which five people, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party?
President Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, and Ina Garten!
What is the single greatest night of your life and why?
My wedding night – it was the ultimate party with all my favorite people in the whole wide world. I want to do it again for our five year anniversary!
Your necessary extravagance/indulgence?
My daily Health-Ade Kombucha
Favorite place in the world?
Ravello, Italy. Although I think as soon as I go to Botswana next year that might become my favorite place
What are the must-have items in your travel bag?
Snacks – a homemade granola so I never get hangry
Photos: What’s Gaby Cooking
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