Where Culture and Entrepreneurship Collide: A Beautiful Q&A with SCOUT
Meet Scout, a #girlboss entrepreneur, and lover of all things culture. She’s the curator and Editor-in-Chief of the gorgeous online journal, REVUE by scout and — most recently — she launched her own PODCAST. Can you say, rad?!
Born and raised in San Diego, Scout dresses like a city girl — "head-to-toe black always" — but her heart belongs to the Pacific Ocean. As a millennial femmepreneur, she cultivates a very certain kind of aesthetic that oozes culture, class, and an approach to life that is almost a throwback to finer times. She's the type of woman who reads Murakami, appreciates Picasso, and found herself in fashion.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Scout for the inaugural edition of The Self-Love Sessions. In the interview below, she spills tons of juicy deets from her personal mission to her favorite beauty product.
Without further ado, a beautiful Q&A with Scout...
Hey Scout! In a nutshell, tell me a little bit about yourself and what you do.
My name is Scout and I love all things culture.
I started reading and writing basically the moment I could, around first and second grade. Keeping diaries and reading chapter books turned into a love of all publications: novels, magazines, poetry volumes. I also advanced from diaries to writing short stories and poetry. While words are my first love, I have a passion for so many other aesthetic fields such as art, fashion, architecture, and interior decor. I aim to live a cultural lifestyle and I document that goal with my cultural lifestyle brand by scout.
By scout is currently comprised of a blog and contributor based site, REVUE by scout, and the latest addition, PODCAST by scout. In today's world, things can be cheap — taste levels, quality of product, conversations. With REVUE and PODCAST by scout I like to bring back a level of quality, depth, and passion.
“REVUE by scout is a cultural lifestyle blog. Part blog, part content site, I share REVUE's platform with other like-minded contributing writers who crave a certain level of culture. You can expect everything from aesthetics to mental health to art & culture. Oh, also book reviews. REVUE loves book reviews.”
What's your personal mission for REVUE by Scout?
I want REVUE by scout to be a destination where the millennial comes for what is familiar — a blog — but leaves with a new perspective on a silhouette or a book. They then stay for the enriching inspiration that not only helps them plug into an aesthetic world but also a world where nurturing your mind is celebrated.
What motivated you to start REVUE?
I have always gravitated towards the self-starting world of entrepreneurship. I love creating something of my own. I love working for myself. I love branding and strategizing. In that sense, I enjoy the business aspect of REVUE. When I was 22, I launched my own magazine that was sold in Barnes & Noble and newsstands nationwide.
What is your personal definition of "Beauty"?
Beauty is when you exude confidence and happiness. Whatever makes you feel that, go for it girl (in moderation of course).
There is so much pressure for women to fit society's skewed beauty norms. How have you coped with growing up GIRL in a culture that's obsessed with *a very certain standard* of beauty?
This is such a tough one. It is so easy to compare yourself to a standard and highlight the areas you don't fit in. I always remind myself to practice SELF-LOVE.
Focus on the things you LOVE about your body and play those up.
I also remind myself that even the girl I am comparing myself to is most likely comparing herself to another girl. It's a vicious circle. At the end of the day, I choose to bring my scope in and focus on how my body feels and then make decisions based on that. I always remind myself that I am beautiful and that I love myself.
When do you feel your most beautiful?
On the yoga mat.
Also, when I am semi-dolled up and put some effort into my hair, some makeup, and a cute outfit. The power of fashion is real.
Do you have a go-to favorite beauty product?
Biore strips! I have an issue with blackheads so those are a lifesaver.
What do you absolutely LOVE about yourself? (Go ahead, don't be shy!)
I LOVE my work ethic, my passion, my decisiveness when it comes to what I like and don't like, my individuality, my strength, my kindness, my style, my vision, my body and how it is both curvy and petite, my sense of self, my confidence.
How do you practice self-care in your daily life?
Gratitude!!!! I always express what I am grateful for.
Also, knowing my body; how much sleep I need, what I need to eat to feel my best, etc.
Do you have any mantras, credos, or quotes that you live by?
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
What's your weekday morning routine like?
Coffee first! I sit with my coffee for half an hour and then I get straight to work. I am the most productive in the morning so I try to capitalize on that.
And your evening routine?
Work on Instagram, clean the kitchen from dinner, prep the coffee and set the timer for the next morning, get ready for bed, read in bed before falling asleep between 9:30-10:00 pm.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
That sometimes things get worse before they get better. But if you're going to focus on one aspect of that sentence it should be that things get better. Always hold on and never give up.
Also, you're going to like who you become, I promise.
Book of the moment?
Song of the moment?
Time of day?
Nail polish color?
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Podcast to listen to?
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