Interviews with Inspiring Figures: Sarah Tripp
Hi everyone! With having so many people on social media, most of us feel insecure that we don't look like a model, such as Gigi Hadid, and that we want to be skinny. I actually had a conversation with some family friends and we were discussing how we should wear whatever we want because there will always be people skinnier and bigger than we are. Also, we brought up the idea of everyone is beautiful in their own skin no matter if we are a size 0 or a size 14.
With this being said, today I am teaming up with a good blogger friend of mine who is an advocate for body positivity and she is actually from SF (moving to Arizona very soon). Everyone, welcome Sarah Tripp, aka Sassy Red Lipstick! Sarah was featured in Shape Magazine, Forbes, and Women's Health. What is also super exciting is that Sarah and her friend Iskra are both ambassadors for Aerie to bring awareness to body positivity and show light to wearing bikinis no matter your size- you can rock it! We will be discussing how she started blogging, her motivation to bring awareness to body confidence, and support systems. We hope this will help you feel more confident to wear your favorite bikini out and show some skin!
Photo Via: @sassyredlipstick on Instagram
Mia: How did you decide to become a blogger?
Sarah: I’ve just always loved fashion! I worked at Nordstrom throughout high school and pretty much spent my paychecks back into buying new clothes haha. That was around the time I started reading fashion blogs; Blair Eadie of Atlantic/Pacific and Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam were my very first favorites. I always had the dream of starting my own blog one day but it didn’t seem realistic at the time, and there was so much technical stuff I didn’t know how to do. Before my senior in college, I interned for a summer at fashion-focused ad agency in Manhattan. I came back from those three months in NYC feeling so inspired; it had opened my eyes to a whole new world of style. Robbie and I had just started dating at that time and it’s no secret that his passion is chasing dreams and making them a reality. He encouraged me to finally take the leap and start my own fashion blog I’d been dreaming about for so long. He built my first blog, took my first photos, and we started this journey together in 2013. It’s been quite a ride!
Photos via: @Sassyredlipstick on Instagram
*Sarah's husband Robbie just came out with a book, "Create Rebellion: Robbie Tripp" to help those to bring out their "inner desires to create," "be disruptive with their creations," and to "disregard those who don't see the beauty of their inspired vision." I am definitely going to pick up a copy and so should y'all! *
Photo via: @Tripp on Instagram
MJ: At what point in your blogging career did you decide to spread body positivity?
ST: I blogged for about two full years before realizing that I wasn’t saying or doing anything different than every other blogger. It was then that Robbie and I sat down and chatted about what I had to contribute to the world on social media. It was a clear answer that I needed to open up about the obvious: I’m a curvy fashion blogger! As a size 12, there were not many girls who looked like me blogging, and still aren’t! When I started opening up about my self-love journey, I started to grow and gain a community of women looking for someone they could relate to. My favorite comments I see are “She looks just like me!” or when I get messages that say “I wore a bikini for the first time this weekend because of your posts and it felt so good to be confident!” I’m so honored to be that person and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Photo via: @sassyredlipstick on Instagram
MJ: When you first started spreading body positivity, what kinds of feedback did you receive? Negative? Positive? Both?
ST: Definitely positive! Seeing girls and women connect with what I was saying and be vulnerable themselves was so rewarding. Of course I got a few mean messages about my size and that’s only increased as my platform has grown, but it’s always completely outweighed by the positive. I’ll never let any negativity hide the light and positivity I’m trying to spread with my body positive message.
MJ: When did you meet Robbie? Before or after you started your blog?
ST: We met in 2013 when I was a junior in college. He was going to school in California at the time and I had just finished my semester and was back home in Las Vegas for a bit. We started talking on the phone after being introduced through a mutual friend on social media and eventually he came out to visit me. We knew pretty quickly how deeply we felt for one another.
Robbie helped me start Sassy Red Lipstick and has been my partner since day one! I couldn’t do what I do without Robbie. I had considered starting a fashion blog for years but had never followed through on it. It wasn’t until I met Robbie that he gave me that push to chase my dreams and built my first site, took my photos, etc. I think most bloggers bring in their husbands only when their blog gets too big to run by themselves, but Robbie and I are one of the rare cases where we’ve been doing it together since day one. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come!
Photos via: @Tripp on Instagram
MJ: How did you meet Robbie and was he supportive of the blogging career and the spreading of body positivity?
ST: Yes, always. In fact, there are days when I’m burned out and I feel like Robbie is more dedicated to building Sassy Red Lipstick than I am haha. He’s been the perfect teammate and partner to build this platform with his talent in social media marketing, design, photography, and just being an entrepreneurial mind. As for body positivity, he’s always loved and celebrated every inch of my body and was the one who encouraged me to make that a part of my brand. It was the best decision I ever made and it’s been very rewarding.
Photo Via: @Sassyredlipstick on Instagram
**Robbie was so supportive of Sarah, that he actually had one of his instagram posts go viral!**
Photo Via: Daily Mail UK
MJ: What does the words “body positivity” mean to you?
ST: To me, body positivity means a peaceful self-confidence that you are beautiful just the way you are. It means not being at war with your body and trying to change certain parts of it. It means accepting who you are, how you look, and then caring enough about your body to maintain a healthy, positive lifestyle.
MJ: What are some of your favorite places in San Francisco to visit?
ST: This is probably the most common question I receive so I’ve put together my Ultimate San Francisco Travel Guide on my blog! I’m always updating it and adding new favorites. Check it out here: http://www.sassyredlipstick.com/ultimate-san-francisco-travel-guide/
Photo Via: @sassyredlipstick on Instagram
MJ: What are some of your favorite places you visited with brands or companies? Or how about your favorite places you visited in your lifetime?
ST: We are very lucky to travel for work and we’ve gotten to experience some amazing places. Late last year we went to Costa Rica with the JW Marriott down there and it was so relaxing and beautiful. The Costa Rican people are very warm and inviting, and we felt so rejuvenated after spending time there. We recently went to Cancun, Mexico with our rewardStyle/Liketoknow.it family and it was gorgeous. The weather so warm and tropical, and we got spoiled at the Fairmont hotel in Mayakoba. Basically anywhere that allows me to hang out in a swimsuit all day is the place for me!
Photos via: @SassyRedLipstick on Instagram
MJ: What is your favorite color?
ST: Everyone always expects me to say red because of my blog but I will always and forever be a pink girl! It’s no secret that my style includes a lot pink and red hues but when push comes to shove, there’s nothing I love more than a good feminine pink tone.
Image Via: @Sassyredlipstick on Instagram
MJ: What is your favorite food?
ST: Barbecue! I’m a red meat girl, I love a good steak. Throw a loaded sweet potato and some cornbread next to it and I am one happy lady!
MJ: What advice would you give those that want to either start blogging or start spreading body positivity?
ST: Start and don’t stop! I waited several years before following through on my dream. Looking back, I wish I would have started sooner! There’s a famous quote that Robbie loves, it says: "The start is what stops most people". It’s so true. It can feel so overwhelming looking at everything ahead of you, but don’t worry about all that! If you want to start a blog, start it. And then post one day at a time. If you’re wanting to start spreading body positivity, open up and share your story. This will allow others to connect with you on a personal level because they’ve likely gone through the same things. Whatever your passion is, whatever dream you have, go for it! Life is too short.
Photo via: @sassyredlipstick on Instagram
That is it! Thank you all so much for reading! ANDDDD- before you go, be sure to follow Sarah and Robbie both on social media! I will put their handles here:
YouTube: Sarah Tripp
You have made it till the end! Thank you so much for reading and spread positivity!