We’re getting into the groove of this new year and wanted to kick it off with another style interview! You might have seen us feature Viv on our Instagram back in July of 2020, and this time we brought her awesomeness back for the full style interview.
Viv is an educational psychologist, blogger, educator and coach who runs the blog Liv by Viv and the Don’t Mix In Podcast. She’s been killing the fashion game, sparking positivity and inspiring independence in women, as well as writing about how to live an authentic life.
Life & Style With Dr. Vivian Rodriguez of Liv by Viv
Viv is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking Dominican American, who lives in the Greater Los Angeles area with her husband and two kids. Her blog covers many topics, ranging from fashion and lifestyle, to content creation and mental health. (You can follow her on Instagram, too.)
1. Viv, describe yourself in one sentence.
“Fearlessly authentic, confident, a seeker who is curious about the world.”
2. What’s life at home like these days?
“You know, life is OK. It is a bit challenging to work from home and help my son with his distance learning. However, it is all relative. I am sure that I would still be having different challenges if life were as it was before. I feel lucky that I can work from home and that my family is safe.”
3. Describe your personal style. Who are your style icons?
“My personal style has evolved over time. I would say that my style is a mix of basic pieces with some trends. I used to stay away from trends as I thought I was too big or old for that. Luckily, I got over that idea and now try trends that I think will work with my shape.
My style icons change with the seasons. I adore Jenna Lyons’ style from J.Crew. She inspired me to mix pieces and colors in unexpected ways. I love the way that Solange Knowles combines colors and pieces, too. Tracee Ellis Ross is another style icon for me as she is fearless and looks like she is having fun. Finally, I like the simple structured style of Meghan Markle.”
4. What are the 4 most-worn pieces in your closet?
5. What’s your go-to outfit? How has your style changed since becoming a mother? (If at all)
“My go-to outfit lately is a bodysuit or v-neck tee, jeans, a belt and boots. The next one would be a dress and boots. My style has kind of gone full circle since becoming a mom. I used to be concerned with how I dressed as a “mom” and not appearing too young. I also had to fall back in love with my own body with its new shape after having kids. I think once I learned to love my shape, my style came together and getting dressed wasn’t a chore.”
6. What inspired you to start your blog and a podcast?
“You know, I really was just needing something…an outlet after reaching a comfortable point in my career and family life. I was seeking out a new spark, to do something interesting. I had just turned 40, so I thought I should just go for it. I started out with just mirror selfies of my daily outfits. Then I started to write about topics that I thought women would connect with and care about. My sister suggested that I start a podcast. So, I did and that also evolved to discuss topics that impact women and mental health. I have more time to devote to both as I just finished my doctorate.”
7. Top three beauty products. Go…
- Versed Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum (to deal with hyperpigmentation)
- Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation
- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
8. Do you have any tips to help independent women thrive in the new year?
“Do more of what lights you up and less of what drains you. Be everything to yourself instead of being everything to everyone. Finally, remember to stay curious about yourself — that’s how we continue to evolve.”
9. How can we, as women, lift each other up?
“I really think it is about recognizing the positive qualities other women possess and letting them know. I mean not on appearance, but more on their qualities as a person. I think this is what makes other women feel truly seen.”
10. What 4 pieces are you coveting right now?
11. How do you stay anchored to your vision/mission/purpose/passion?
“This is an excellent question! I think I go back to the feeling I get when someone tells me that I have impacted their life in a positive way. For example, it could be that they got the confidence to try a new style. Or, they decided to pursue something creative. Those are the instances that fuel my motivation to continue to create!”
12. What values are you hoping to instill in your children? Describe the ideal world you envision for them.
“I firmly believe that being who you are is essential to living a fulfilled life. I encourage my kids to be who they are even if it is different. Also, I have taught them that kindness and empathy are key qualities to embody. I think that a world that is inclusive is what I want for my children and everyone. A place where no one feels like they are not good enough. Likewise, a place where qualities like empathy and kindness are valued.”
And that’s a wrap! Be sure to check out all the things Viv is working on over at Liv by Viv and the Don’t Mix In Podcast! We will be looking to feature more readers, influencers and problem solvers, so keep an eye out on the Facebook Insiders’ Group and the Newsletter for updates.