Meet Founder & Editor, Priscilla Rodriguez

Hi! I’m Priscilla! Welcome to Pop. Culture. Blush. First, I want to thank you for visiting. I appreciate every single one of you for taking the time to indulge in the content here on Pop. Culture. Blush.

And now…

Get to Know Me

Let me tell you a little about me (‘cause that is why you landed on this page after all, right?): I come from a family full of loud Latinos — my mother is from the Dominican Republic and my father is Puerto Rican. I’m a wife and a mom to two beautiful children, who on their best days know how to drive me to the point of insanity, but they’re truly my biggest blessings. I was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. (ayyy!), and though NYC is still where you’ll find me, there’s this calling inside me to make a move elsewhere — and soon (I’ll keep you all posted on that!).

The Birth of Pop. Culture. Blush.

I discovered my love for writing at the young age of 7, after my 2nd grade teacher assigned us to write our own books. Mine was titled “Buttercup’s Galactic Adventures,” and it was a cross between a comic book and a novel, written on yellow construction paper and colorful crayon drawings throughout. I think it was around 10 pages long. Boy, wish I still had it so I could share a photo with you all.

In any case, from then on, I realized this profound joy with putting words to a page. But as I got older, writing wasn’t something I wanted to pursue as a career —or that I thought I could, for that matter — it was just a form of self-expression that I would jot down in journals and various assignments throughout my years in school. What I really wanted was to be in performing arts, whether it was acting, singing, and/or dancing. I’ve always had a passion for all three. As you can see though, things didn’t go as planned, but that’s a story for another time.

When I entered college, I was unsure what major I wanted to study. In the beginning, I considered pursuing law but quickly realized it wasn’t for me. I was SO bored in the majority of my classes, despite doing extremely well in them. It wasn’t until my mom asked why I didn’t do something that involved writing and my love for magazines that I decided to declare journalism as my major.

That decision took me down an exciting path: I interned for publications like Seventeen and Us Weekly; worked for InStyle.com and Teen.com, before winding up at Latina magazine for 5 years. After separating from Latina last summer, I decided to start freelance writing, while still applying for full-time work. That feeling of being on my own tempted me to run with an idea that I had brewing for a LONG time: launching a website/blog. I wanted to have my very own place to produce the kind of content I wanted and not just what others were telling me to. But the thought terrified me for a number of reasons, so I just kept sweeping it under the rug and pushing it aside over and over again. It wasn’t until my grandmother passed away in December 2017 that I began to really force myself into making it happen. She would always tell me not to be afraid of what the haters might say because there would always be others supporting me, and those are the ones who truly matter.

So with tears streaming down my face (because truth be told, I basically haven’t stopped crying since losing her) during 2018’s first big snowstorm, I began taking the first steps in creating Pop. Culture. Blush. I then lost my dog (whom I had for nearly 15 years) 3 weeks after my grandmother’s passing, and it was the additional push I needed. These deaths were two very hard things for me to swallow, but I was still somehow left feeling really positive about 2018 and maintaining my good spirits.

Pop. Culture. Blush. is dedicated to my abuelita, who I know would have been so proud.

What I’ll Deliver to You on Pop. Culture. Blush.

It’s important to first understand the thought process behind why I named this site Pop. Culture. Blush.

I wanted the name to represent all the different categories that I’ll be writing about. I know a lot of people say you should stick to one topic for your blog, but after working in media for 10 years now, I’ve fallen in love and covered far too many topics to just solely write about one single thing. The one central theme you will find on Pop. Culture. Blush. is that all the content will include an element that will either motivate, inspire, entertain, uplift, educate or inform you — or all of the above.

On Pop. Culture. Blush. you will find beauty stories that will feature things like what I’m loving and how to use dry shampoo on curly hair — the right way; a lifestyle section with nuggets about my life and product roundups; entertainment pieces which will highlight everything from must-watch TV shows to celebrity chats to books; travel diaries; and so much more.

I also want to make sure I hear from all of YOU with suggestions and comments. Let me know what you’d like to see and what you’re loving so far.

So again, I want to give you my heartfelt thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll come again and again.

XO

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Oh, and one more thing — Make sure you’re following me on social media! Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest/Snapchat: @priscilrodrig. There’s also links at the top of the site.