Fanola Babe, Genesse Arriaga is not only a amazing style blogger, but a brave, wonderful EMT as well. She has been on the frontlines this entire pandemic and we had the honor of having a little virtual Q&A with her to get to know more about her, her love for fashion, and how she's been coping being on the frontlines during this difficult time.
On her love for fashion:
"Ever since I was a little girl I loved shopping! My first memories of shopping were with my mom. We would spend hours and hours at the mall, checking out every single clothing store, from high-end to low-end, we loved it all! My mom definitely showed me the importance of being well-dressed, and how it doesn’t have to break the bank either!
As I became older, specifically in high school and throughout college, my closet became a 'clothing store' for many of my friends & roommates. Everyone would borrow clothes from me, whether it was for a job interview, a first date, or a girl’s night out! I always loved helping my friends feel confident and cute by lending them a bomb outfit! Last year I decided to take my passion for fashion to the next level by sharing my outfits on Instagram, so I could provide fashion inspiration for people all over the world!"
How would you describe your personal style?
"I’ve always had such a hard time describing my style, because I feel like it’s a mixture of different styles! If you take a look at my Instagram, you would definitely notice that I have a thing for dresses and skirts, so I would categorize my style as mostly girly. But I also love chic and edgy outfits too, for a more street-style look!"
What are some ways you've been self-caring during this time?
"Exercise! I have a garage gym at home and it definitely has come in handy during this quarantine. I’ll typically weightlift or do some sort of body workout 2x a week. I also picked up running once again. I used to run cross country in high school where I would run 8 miles a day! Now I’ll run 3-4 times a week, for about 30 minutes and it makes me feel great! I love the rush of endorphins it gives me, and it really sets a positive tone for the rest of my day."
What made you want to become an EMT?
"When I was 16 I became very interested in the medical field, specifically after my younger brother was diagnosed with cancer. Visiting hospitals became the new normal for my family for years, and I really admired the way healthcare professionals delivered care to my brother and family during this critical time. I eventually completed my Bachelors in Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego. However, before applying to any graduate programs, I wanted to experience working with patients in a medical setting first hand. I became an EMT and I have learned so much over the last 2.5 years from working full time. I am continuously learning about new diseases, treatments, and most importantly how to deliver the best patient care. I absolutely love my job and all of the knowledge it has given me!"
On how she has been taking care of your mental health while being on the frontlines:
"Taking care of my body really gives me a sense of peace and happiness. As I shared earlier, I love exercising! It really helps me clear my mind. I also love cooking healthy meals at home. Whether it’s baking paleo cookies from scratch, or making a gluten free, dairy free, cauliflower crust pizza, I get a lot of pleasure from making my own foods, and knowing everything that goes into them.
I have also found a lot of pleasure in creating content. I love styling new outfits, shooting looks for clothing brands, and filming fashion related videos at home. This hobby is something I have become very passionate about over the last year, and it also served as an “escape” from everything going on in the world."
What are some of your favorite parts about being an EMT?
"Helping others in their time of need is truly rewarding. There are some days that are harder than others, but overall I have had countless patients that have shown me an immense amount of gratitude and appreciation for my service.
Something else I love about being an EMT is that I learn something new almost every single day. Whether I learn about a rare disease or how to comfort a child that has been bullied, there is never a dull day while I’m on duty."
On ways she's been keeping in contact with her loved ones while social distancing:
"I am either on Facetime or on a phone call with one of my family members or besties on a daily basis! My sister and I are always communicating with each other, whether we are Facetiming, or she’s sending me photos of my niece, we always keep in touch.
I have also found a lot of joy in creating care packages for my mom and sister, and I’ll drop it off on their front porch. I make sure to include hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, skin care items, facemask, hair products (I made sure to include the travel size No Orange Shampoo! PS- they loved it!). Since I haven’t been able to see them, this has been a fun way to connect with them!"
How is Fanola a part of your hair care routine?
"Fanola is a huge part of my hair care routine! Working in healthcare, especially the last few months, I have washed my hair more times than I would like. My Fanola products have really been a life saver for me during this time! I typically use the Fanola Volumizing Shampoo, followed with the NutriCare Hair mask, and then I’ll add in the Nutricare Leave-In Conditioner! About 2x a month I’ll use my favorite Vegan No Orange Shampoo to help keep the brassy tones out of my hair."
What is the first thing you're going to do when quarantine ends?
"Once quarantine ends I would love to book a getaway with my family. Somewhere tropical because my family absolutely loves the beach! I would love to go to Cancun, Miami, or maybe Bali. But most importantly, I am most excited to spend quality time with my family once again. If anything, this quarantine has really shown me the importance of appreciating my health and spending time with my loved ones."
We had a wonderful time talking to our Fanola Babe, Genesse and getting to know more about her. We are so thankful for her and all the hard work she is doing to make our world safe. Thank you for all you do, Gen!