Meet Margaux! (aka @margaux.zanetti)
How did you first get into blogging?
After my first year of university, I interned with a friend of mine at a startup company. I did graphic design and she blogged about fashion. One day we were talking and she was saying how she liked blogging but also wanted to talk about other things like nutrition and skincare; I also said that I’d like to blog and from there we decided to start a blog together. After a year and a half we decided to go our own ways, and that’s when I started margauxzanetti.com!
It’s been around 3 years now and it has been tough but extremely worth it. Blogging has taught me so many new skills, it built my confidence, and I met some of my best friends through it
Tell us a bit about your day-to-day life?
I’m wrapping up my last year of university, so every day is different. This semester, I have a lot of free days, so it allows me the flexibility of going to meetings, events, or staying home whenever I want.
In addition to being a full time student and blogger, I also do freelance graphic design on the side. So every day is really different depending on the work that I have to get done that week.
What’s your favourite project/collaboration you’ve done to date?
What I love about my blog is that I’ve managed to build my brand on the local aspect, which is very rewarding to me from a social perspective. Making a personal connection with a brand is really important to me and partnering up with the One of a Kind show a couple weeks ago was a partnership that just made sense. I go every year so when they asked me to style a mannequin with local vendors’ pieces I was ecstatic! I also judged a competition on the theme Canada’s 150th birthday, which was super fun too.
Tell us one thing we might not know about you from your blog/social media?
Although I mention him from time to time, I don’t feel like many people know that I’ve been dating my boyfriend for over 5 years. Without his support, I wouldn’t be where I am now in terms of my blog and life in general. He isn’t involved with the blogging scene, but I like it that way because it would be too overwhelming if we were both talking about Instagram 24/7. I love sharing parts of my life with my audience, but it’s also nice to have some privacy and not feel the need to share every single instant of my life with everyone.
What’s your favourite part about the social media community?
I love being able to connect with people who have the same passions as me. I’m really into green beauty and there aren’t many people in Toronto that are as into it as me. Through Instagram I’ve managed to connect with people all over the world who blog about green beauty as well!
3 things you can’t leave the house without?
- My phone
- Vaseline – it’s the only thing that actually works on my lips!
- My lint roller – my cat’s fur seems to follow me everywhere I go
Favourite coffee shop in the city?
That’s a really tough question because I go to so many cafes in the city… I would have to say Safehouse Coffee on Dundas West. I’ve been there so many times that I’m basically friends with the owners. The floor is one of the most Instagrammable ones in Toronto. My go-to is their vegan peanut butter muffin and a cortado!
One fashion item/piece you couldn’t live without?
I wouldn’t be able to live without a white t-shirt. I can pair it with any bottom that I have and it can be either dressed up or down. It’s such an essential piece in my wardrobe!
Can you walk us through your process of taking an Insta photo? (i.e. when a dish comes at a restaurant, what are your steps before you eat)
Even before getting my food, I’m usually looking around and trying to pick the best spot to place the food once it gets to my table. Natural light and neutral tables/backdrops work the best for me. Then, I’ll place the plates nicely and add cups and cutlery. If I’m going for a symmetric picture, I stick to 2 plates, cups, and sets of cutlery; if I want a more ‘natural’ picture, I like having an uneven number of plates and adding cups, phones, sunglasses wherever it fits! Then, I get an angle from above and some from the side just for options when I’m editing.
Give us your top 3 go-to restaurants?
- Saving Grace for brunch, just make sure to check what days they’re open
- Terroni is always a good choice for pizza and pasta, and both their Summerhill and Queen West locations have amazing patios during the Summer!
- Electric Mud BBQ for their fried chicken and crack rolls