We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Pandey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, alright, so let’s kick it off with a deep question: what’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Being a social media influencer, the most important lesson that I have learned along my journey is to push myself out of my comfort zone and to stay genuine. Over the last few years, I pushed myself to produce unique, valuable content that engages a loyal audience who loves to return to my site again and again. You can be a great writer and content creator, but what you really need is to be able to connect with people through your personal stories and experiences. It is all about being authentic and not pretending to be someone else. My advice to anyone new to the influencer world is to focus on telling your story authentically, and you are bound to make a splash just by being you.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started traveling the world with my husband a few years back. What I love about traveling is that it allows me to learn about different cultures and experience unique landscapes. I didn’t know anything about blogging at the time other than the fact that I wanted to share the travel tips with my friends and family. I wanted to share the love of travel and to inspire people to follow their dreams. Over the last couple of years, All Things Beautiful has evolved into a full travel & lifestyle blog. Now, I love sharing knowledge with tens of thousands of folks around the world. The fun part is that I get to travel and ultimately run my website as a business. Working on All Things Beautiful has been a journey, and it has not always been a smooth one. There is one thing I learned in the whole process is that it doesn’t happen overnight, and it requires a lot of patience. Considering our blog is still only a few years old, I am pretty happy with what I have been able to achieve in such a short period of time. My mission is to inspire others to step outside of the box and try something new, see the world, create content with a diverse look and feel.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston has so much to offer when it comes to activities, restaurants, arts, shopping, and there are so many things to see and do year-round. I would say start off your day trying some local brunch places. One of my favorite activities is brunching, and luckily that culture is definitely alive and well in Houston. When craving brunch, I often find myself going to Backstreet café set inside a 1930s-era cottage at River Oaks. Some of my other all-time favorite brunch places are Common Bond Café in Montrose, Tiny Boxwoods, and Brasserie du Parc. After brunching, check out some of the arts and sciences exhibits in the Museum District, or catch a show later in the day in the Theater District. Later in the evening, head over to Bar Boheme for some light bites and amazing drinks. If you are in the mood for a relaxing evening to catch up over drinks, definitely head over to Weights and Measures for their amazing cocktails and dinner. Also, if you happen to be in the downtown area, check out La Carafe, the oldest bar in Houston. Now, you can almost dedicate an entire day to shopping, and you must pay a visit to Galleria, Highland Village, and the nearby River Oaks District. If visiting River Oaks district, stop at HopDoddy’s for their fresh all-natural handmade burgers or Amorino for their awesome gelato. Depends on what you are craving, Steak 48 also has an exceptional menu. Another place that I love taking my friends is TopGolf. The best thing I like about TopGolf is that anyone can play and enjoy even with no golfing skills. And if you just want to have a relaxing day, you can channel your inner artist by attending a painting class such as Splash painting and wine to make lots of happy memories. Looking for some Island adventure, plan a day trip to Galveston. Visit the beach, Pleasure Pier, dine by the seawall, explore downtown, and take a tour of the grand 1894 opera house or visit the historic Bishop Palace and Moody Mansion. After you have experienced much of Houston’s city life, head over to the town of Brenham, and tour the famous Blue Bell ice cream factory. If you happen to be visiting in the spring season, perfect weather, blooming bluebonnets flowers, and small town’s charm make Brenham absolutely irresistible. Continue on your Texas countryside adventure, head west to the town of Fredericksburg located in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The rolling hills and wineries make it a perfect weekend getaway. If you have some more time, you can also visit nearby Austin and San Antonio. Houston is such an incredible city with so many things to do for visitors and locals. Hopefully, some of the places I’ve mentioned will help guide you through the Houston that I know and love.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my husband, Sanjay Pandey, who always inspires me to follow my heart. I’ve had a passion for traveling and fashion ever since I was little, and “All Things Beautiful” would not have been possible without my husband’s help. Whether it is brainstorming a concept, shooting something for a brand, traveling somewhere and taking a thousand photos at an amazing location, editing photos, and maintaining the blog, Sanjay has been an amazing partner.
Sarah G. Pandey