Ziza Bauer of Darling Magazine // Behind The Blog Scene


I'm sensing great things ahead for 2015 and one of my goals is to continue to bring you a varied cross section of bloggers and kick ass creative women from around the globe, sharing their journeys, blog/biz advice and always a bit of witty wisdom. I'm so proud to be kicking things off with our Wednesday, Behind The Blog Scene series with an ultra cool magazine - Darling Magazine - that I have long admired and was lucky enough to sit down with online editor, Ziza Bauer to talk about their girl powered mission and the art of being a woman. Totally onboard with their vision and hope their empowering words inspire you this week...

Describe your blog in 3 words… 
honest, beautiful community.
What is your blogging manifesto?
It really is summed up in our Darling mission statement found here. But to paraphrase, Darling is the art of being a woman. We lead women to create beauty and embody love. We believe women are not only interesting, but original. Not only good enough, but exceptional. And not just here, but here for a purpose. Not only do we strive for that in our print issues, but with our online blog as well!
Top 3 blogging essentials? 
As online editor my must-haves for a work day are: a detailed calendar, a good pen (for notes and scribbles), and some sort of snack (usually trail mix!).
My biggest blogging moment/milestone was....
Though this isn't about the blog per se, this year we saw the launch of our Darling Dinners here in LA, which have been huge successes and sell-out within hours of being posted online. The women we've met and the stories we've heard have been SO encouraging. Anyone who thinks putting a bunch of women in a room together would be catty or fake certainly hasn't been to one of these meals!
My dream collaboration would be?
We'd love to see Darling and our #RealNotRetouched campaign discussed on a media outlet such as The TODAY Show or Good Morning, America. 
Right now I'm listening to... 
I'm a nerd at heart, so love classical music to keep me focused and in the zone while working. I usually end up listening to that or early jazz in my car and at home as background music, too. It tends to spark the most creativity for me. 
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger? 
It's cliche but true: be yourself! And to add onto that, be inclusive! Reach out to others who are in a similar starting place as you and build your own network, encouraging each other as you grow. That's really the best part about online communities -- they are made up of real, supportive and like-minded people. 
If I wasn't blogging I'd be...
Traveling, or reading a book about travel ;)
Behind the scenes of my blog looks like... 
My desk is always a mess! Which is funny for me because I consider myself extremely organized. Somehow though, there is always a new product, prop from a photo-shoot or a PR mailing that ends up on my side of the office... and it just stays there.
This year I'm most excited about... 
The continuation of the #DarlingMovement with more video content. We have a few ideas for some really great short films that we hope will encourage, inspire, and spark change within individual women as to how they see themselves and what it means to be beautiful. 

Darling Magazine

Mission statement lettered by Angela DuncanDarling Dinner photos by Morgan Ashley Photography