Fashion and lifestyle influencer, and Fanola Babe, Alana Gomez’s Instagram feed brings you joy the minute you set your eyes on it. From her wonderful wardrobe, glamorous picnics, and fun travels with her family and boyfriend, Alana brings positivity, fun, and fashion to social media. I had the pleasure of chatting with Alana, and getting to know more about her, her career in content creation, what makes for a chic picnic, and more.
Anyone who follows you on Instagram can see how fashionable you are. When did your love for fashion begin and how?
I feel like I got that from my mom, I've always gone shopping with her. She always accessories and I would always like to go into her closet and steal her clothes. Also because of the shows I watched growing up, you know, like Lizzie McGuire and those types of shows, and I just always wanted to have those types of clothes. From then on, I feel like it was just something I always loved.
What are some of your favorite designers and brands?
I feel like for affordable brands, I do like to shop smaller, but then I do love Zara, Nordstroms, all those types of places too. Other than that I work with and love Lulu's. I feel like Lulu's is a great place because it is cheaper, and then they have Free People and Levi's and all that kind of stuff. For bigger designers, I love everything! I love Chanel, Louis Vuitton for bags, Celine, and Hermes.
When and how did you notice your Instagram platform growing?
I feel like it started to grow right when I got out of college or in the middle of college. I would always post my outfits of the day and I never really thought anything of it. It was just pretty natural and then it started growing, and then I thought to myself, "Maybe I should do this more often and take this more seriously" so for the past two to three years, I feel like it has grown the most.
Where do you get creative inspiration from?
I feel like I kind of get it from everywhere, especially my family, and from my sister Alexis for sure. We shared a room growing up, so we were always in each other's space. I feel like you can definitely grow from each other. I get inspiration from my friends and people I talk to on social media too, I feel like it's good to lift each other up and inspire each other.
What is something we wouldn't know about you just by looking at you?
That I'm pretty reserved and I keep to myself. I also love to paint. I paint quite a lot, my mom's an artist, so she paints a lot too. Recently I've been painting with her and I've done some water painting, oil painting, and sketches. My sister, Alexis is super artistic too. She went to an art school! My brother and my sister are just on another planet, they're super creative and I think they get it from my mom, anything she does turns out amazing.
On her mom's iconic table setting game:
It's funny because, I’ll tell her I want a little high tea situation, and she's like, "I got it. I got it!" Then runs around the house, goes in the garden, cuts flowers, it's all really cute. My mom is my biggest inspiration.
How do you cope with the pressures of social media?
With social media, there's definitely a lot of pressure. I feel like I just try not to put too much pressure on myself. I mean, I'd be lying if I said I don't, I for sure do because sometimes you just have a vision of what you want and if you don't exceed it can be disappointing, and then that's when you start to compare yourself to other people. Obviously you're not going to look like everybody else, so everybody just needs to love themselves as much as it's hard to do sometimes.
What three things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?
I feel like if you're going to do it, you just need to go full force, just jump into it, because I learned that myself. As I said, college is when things started to grow for me on social media and it took me this long to finally take it more seriously. I feel like if I did take it more seriously back then, maybe things would turn out differently, but I feel like everything happens for a reason. Go full force into it, and don't compare yourself to other people, because that's just going to tear you down, and be open-minded with changing. Obviously you're constantly growing and changing, but I feel like my posts before were so different than they are now, and I feel like you kinda just gotta find your own niche and just go with it.
What is your favorite part of content creation?
I like it because I feel like it can show your personality, I feel like you can really express yourself through your photos.
How have you been tending to your mental health during quarantine?
I've definitely tried to not be on my phone 24/7. I know it's hard, especially when you're at home. I feel like I've been trying to go for walks every day, I work out every morning, I make my lattes every day. I feel like it's the little things that make me happy, like having beach picnics, having picnics in my backyard, happy hour with my mom, just like little things like that.
How have you been taking care of your hair during quarantine?
I haven't been blowdrying my hair, I let it air dry and I feel like it definitely helps with breakage on my hair, especially since I dye it all the time. I do hair masks, I do Fanola's Nutri Care hair mask all the time.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Paris is my forever favorite, but I think just because I have a lot of memories traveling there with my family and then I took my boyfriend there for the first time, three or four years ago. We've gone every year since we've been together, and I just feel like it just holds so many memories. Other than that I love Greece. Greece is gorgeous.
What makes for a perfect picnic?
I like to do sunset picnics or closer to sunset just because it is a little bit cooler and it's better lighting. I like to bring sheets and lay it down, just an all-white one and we put it down and then I'll make either one or two cheese boards, I feel like that definitely helps. I bring wine glasses or champagne glasses because it looks prettier. I will sometimes bring flowers and a baguette just to liven it up a little bit, and picnic baskets, I feel like a picnic basket is key just because it definitely elevates the picnic a lot.
What is the one thing that you want to accomplish?
I have a lot, I feel like my biggest dream would be to own a house, have kids, you know, that whole life. Career-wise I would love to hit a million followers and get more into YouTube and grow a platform on there as well, that would be a big goal of mine.