20 August 2012

Featured Style Blogger: Malcriada

Jennifer from Malcriada

How long have you been blogging?
In August it will be one year!  I can’t believe it.

What were your main reasons you started a blog?
It sounds like a bummer, but I actually started it while my mother and my sister were both dying. They were long illnesses that were draining on every level, and I am single mom working 40 hours a week with a 12-year-old and a 7-year-old.  I was going nuts.  I found that talking about frivolous stuff like shoes and sockbuns really animated me and offered this weird respite.  So it started out of sadness, but really my blog takes tremendous inspiration from my mom and sister that is nothing but positive.  Now that they are gone, I think about them all the time when I’m writing posts.  I just love writing.  But I only want to write exactly what I'm thinking at any given moment, so I am a terrible journalist.  I've written a few articles for the Reader, and PopMatters and Aversion online, but I just don't like... structure...having to use correct grammar, in English, all the time... punctuation... editing...pitching ideas...ugh!  So blogging is perfect for me.

What inspires you?
Movies, music, TV, pop culture, literature, my kids—it all stimulates a memory or an idea and I want to write about it.  I can go online and start with a random search for a particular image, and before I know it, I’ve discovered a new band, remembered an old movie I love, found the title of a book I want to read, and every one of them can generate a look and a blog post. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
Hang out with my kids and my boyfriend.  Seeing movies, reading, going to the beach--and I have a weekly poker game with friends that I look forward to all week.

How long have you lived in San Diego? Tell us what you love about SD. 
We moved here from Chicago when I was a toddler.  I attended college in Berkeley, so that’s the only time I’ve lived elsewhere—and I was the only person I knew who moved back home after graduation!  Everyone else stayed in the Bay Area or went somewhere more exciting—but I love San Diego so much and my family is here, so there was no question for me.  I actually live in Chula Vista and grew up there and National City.  What do I love about SD?  The Casbah.  Lolita’s Taco Shop. South Park.  Going to the movies at Mission Valley.   Being a border town, and being able to speak Spanish almost anywhere you go.  Sitting on the "grassy knoll" at Seaport Village right at the edge of the water on Kettner.
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  1. Cool pictures Jennifer and I know I've told you this before but I'll say it again, I love the way you write- so relate able and funny!


    1. Thank you sooooo much Pau, that means a lot to me. The writing is #1 for me, that is my love. :)

  2. Yey!!! Thanks Paulina and Rachel, this is awesome. :)

  3. You must have awesome people taking your pics!! So emotional the way they grab you and throw you into your world!! Very deep and dark sometimes too. I'm kinda welling up right now just thinkn about it!

    1. Wow, thank you! The majority of these pictures were taken by my boyfriend, but most of them on the blog are by my 7-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. I'm super impressed with the skills they are building! Thank you for your comment.

  4. Hello Jennifer! Nice to get to know you a bit more. :)

    1. Thanks, Lindsay! I look forward to catching you at the next meet-up. :)

  5. I too love Seaport Village! I really don't visit enough. These photos are beautiful of you Jennifer :)