The Gift Guide Series // An Exclusive Interview with Joanna Simon
We got to know Joanna Simon, Los Angeles based YouTuber and content creator. She shared her journey as an influencer and why she’s shopping at 31 Bits this holiday season. We’re so excited to share her story and the 31 Bits gift guide she created! You can shop her ethical gift guide here.
MEET JOANNA SIMON
1. What inspired you to create your blog/social platform?
I was inspired to grow my social platform because I’ve always had a love of entertaining. I acted in plays when I was really young and I think that’s where it all started. Once I found out that I could make videos about whatever I wanted on YouTube or Instagram, I decided to let my creative side take over. It’s the best feeling knowing that I can connect with tons of people from all around the world and share my creations.
2. Where do you get your style inspiration?
I get a lot of my style inspiration from almost everywhere — friends, celebrities, social media, etc. I like not having to define my specific style and that I don’t have to fit into a box. Some days I dress up in my most feminine outfits and others I can bring out a more masculine style. My favorite thing about my style is that there are no rules and I can wear whatever makes me feel good.
3. What is your go-to accessory during the holidays?
My go-to accessory during the holidays is always a cute layered necklace. It can add a lot to your outfit and I think it’s perfect for LA “winter,” where it’s cold enough to wear a sweater, but you definitely won’t need a scarf.
4. What are your favorite holiday traditions? Any favorite childhood holiday recipes or memories?
My favorite holiday traditions have always been the ones that include food. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Brunch, Christmas Dinner, Hanukkah Dinner, anything with food usually puts a smile on my face. Since becoming vegan, I’ve had to find new holiday recipes and that’s my favorite part. My mom is always willing to try new recipes with me and we have the best time cooking together.
5. Would you prefer a holiday season with snow or sunshine?
Living in Los Angeles, it doesn’t really get that cold during the holidays, so I’ve always wanted to experience a snowy holiday season.
6. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little, I wanted to be an actress or a singer. I grew up with the belief that I had to pick something else because those weren’t “real” jobs, but after finding YouTube and being able to use social media as a creative outlet, I came to understand anything is possible.
7. Why are you choosing to shop ethically at 31 Bits this holiday season? And who are you shopping for at 31 Bits?
I decided to shop at 31 Bits this holiday season because I think it is so important to find brands whose values align with your own. It’s a really cool feeling when you get your products knowing that they were made ethically by people across the globe. Shopping at 31 Bits not only makes me feel stylish but also connected with other communities around the world. I can shop for my mom, my friends, and my girlfriend at 31 Bits because they truly have something for everyone.
8. What are some ways you slow down during the holidays and create meaningful moments?
I love spending time with my family and coming up with fun activities that we can all do together. Any time that I can spend with my family is meaningful, no matter what we’re doing.
You can follow Joanna on Instagram @joannasimon.