Life With a Side of Coffee blogger shares on books, music and more
Christine Rosko has always had a passion for writing, so when she started Life With a Side of Coffee,it was second nature. Her blog allows her to write about the things she is passionate about — books, trends, fashion and entertainment, and her love for her craft shines through in each post. Meet Christine …
Where we’re based: Chicago
How long we’ve been blogging: Since August 16, 2011 — coming up on my two year anniversary!
Blog/business basics: I consider myself a lifestyle blog. I write about whatever I feel like at the time, but try to tailor post topics to what gets the most response. This changes, obviously, with trends and seasons but it keeps things interesting. I do a lot of writing on books, music, fashion, beauty, entertainment, etc.
What do you enjoy most about blogging? Writing. Writing is something that I’ve been passionate about my entire life. I used to write short stories as a kid starting when I was in third grade. Having a blog let’s me release that creative side, and anything that I’m too shy to share goes in a journal.
Other blogs I love: Brunch With Amber has been a favorite of mine for a long time along with A Complete Waste of Makeup. I also love Messy, Dirty Hair and Mackey Madness. Venus Trapped In Mars cracks be up and Sabrina Says is so great. Across the Pond is another favorite of mine too. I could go on forever honestly. There are so many great blogs out there. Let’s just say I follow 192 on Bloglovin and I try to read all the posts in my feed at least three-to-four times a week.
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate, fruity martinis, champagne and trashy reality TV
Dream job: I would ideally love to own my own business planning events. But, if I could do absolutely anything I would get paid to travel. I would absolutely die if I could travel somewhere different all the time.
Where did you develop your passion for writing? I think from reading at an accelerated rate at a young age. I was reading chapter books as a 5-year-old when my friends were still struggling to read picture books. I’ve always loved good stories and I started putting them to paper. Writing was also a way for me to express myself at a young age. It’s hard for me to communicate to people how I feel because I don’t like dealing with emotion, so if I need to say something and I’m too uncomfortable to use my mouth, I write it. I used to write notes to my teachers with my aunt telling them how I felt. Obviously, I never actually gave them the notes but just writing it out made me feel better. Ever since then, writing has just become a part of who I am and the way I live my life.
You studied wine in Paris, tell us about that? That was such an amazing experience. I get so happy just thinking about it. My teacher’s name was Olivier (pronounced Oh-liv-ee-ay). He was born and raised in Paris and owns the best wine bar in the city. He was the most laid back, easy-going person I’ve ever met. He was so full of life and incredibly intelligent.
I learned more from him in four weeks then I’ve learned from most teachers in a normal school year. He didn’t only teach about wine but about life as well. I would go so far as to say, he helped change my outlook on my life. Him and my friend Steve, who I also met in Paris, but that’s another story for another day. Anyway, before I went to Paris, I pretty much only drank Moscato but by the time I came home, I was drinking whites, reds and roses. Now I’m the one in my family who everyone looks to for advice on buying bottles of wine. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but being able to start learning in Paris from one of the best really gave me a great start.
Who is your favorite TV character of all time? This is such a hard question! It’s like asking moms to pick their favorite kid, well, maybe harder. If I had to choose, I think I would have to say Buffy Summers … She is the epitome of feminism and being a strong independent woman. We studied her in a class I took in college called “Vampires in Film & Television”. Yes, such a thing exists and it was the best class ever. Josh Whedon really outdid himself with Buffy. She is the best character, in my opinion, from anything he’s ever done. Plus, who doesn’t love Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Now that the show Smash is canceled what are you going to do? Cry? I am so sad that it ended. I absolutely loved this show. I loved the music, I loved the actors, I loved the characters, the story. All of it. I honestly don’t understand why it was canceled. There are Facebook pages to get it back actually. I find that pretty funny. I heard some of the plans they had for season three and it was only going to get better. It’s such a disappointment. But since all good things must come to an end, even if a little early, we need to make new plans. So, now that fall TV is coming up soon, I’m finishing up summer shows. Oh and I’ll be binging on this season of True Blood. I’ve only seen episode one and I have to catch up.