Ayana Lage is a fashion and lifestyle blogger based in Tampa, Florida with a background in digital media and content marketing. She’s worked for Bustle, the Tampa Bay Times, the Miami Herald, and numerous freelance clients. As a blogger, she’s worked with 40+ lifestyle brands. When she’s not blogging, she’s focused on her day job in digital marketing, watching Queer Eye, or laughing aloud at tweets from @dril.
My Goal of the Day: To get as much done as I can without overdoing it.
My Thought of the Day: There’s enough grace to finish everything that needs to be done today.
My Action of the Day: Making neat pictures.
My Deed of the Day: Spending time with family — there’s more to life than Instagram.
My Tip of the Day: If you don’t feel like being creative, that’s okay. Taking breaks is normal, especially when it isn’t your primary source of income.
My Pic of the Day:
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City? Its small-town feel. Tampa is huge, but you end up feeling like you know everyone. I also love the people and quirky culture.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
The Lutz Bubba at Brunchie’s in Tampa. It’s terribly unhealthy but the best Southern breakfast in town.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Sleeping. I’m a night owl — I’d much rather be up at 1 a.m. than up at 6 a.m.
10:00 AM - Let’s assume it’s a weekend. I’m likely on the couch watching Premier League football with my husband, brainstorming photo spots for the day. Checking my work email to make sure nothing urgent is happening at my day job. (I’m a digital marketing specialist.)
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Easy. The Sexy Geisha roll from Kelp Sushi or the Curry Chicken Salad sandwich from Oxford Exchange.
7:00 PM - An intimate dinner with my husband — and we try to keep our phones away.
11:00 PM - Editing photos and writing blog posts.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Diet Coke, for sure. Or a blonde cappuccino. The more caffeine, the better.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Headspace, 8mm, 1SE. The first is for meditation; the latter two are fun ways to capture what’s happening around me. My favorite influencer is — by far — Tessa Barton, or @tezza.
What should everyone try at least once?
Therapy. I’m not kidding — if everyone committed to one therapy session in their lifetime, we’d all be kinder.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I’m not an outdoorsy person, so I’ve gotta say a thrift store. Seriously, sifting through piles of clothing for hours is calming for me. I think it teaches me patience.