• About A Girl: Tessa Barton

    No matter if she’s on a fall camping adventure or just hanging out home, blogger Tessa Barton knows how to have a good time…and how to document it. The Utah-based photographer has one of our favorite Instagram accounts out there, and to learn more about her IRL, we caught up for a discussion on fall uniforms, current inspirations, and how she spends a day off.
    Photos by Chantel Marie

    Who is Tessa Barton? Can you share a quick bio with us — where you’re from, what you do, and how you got where you are?
    I am from what I think just might be one of the most beautiful places in the world: SLC, Utah. If you have a love for the outdoors, this is your spot. Skiing, hiking, biking, boating, you name it; this place is a vessel for adventure. My family is full of creative souls from designers to painters to musicians to writers, so it was inevitable for me to end up the way I am. My parents were crazy enough to let me follow my dreams when I was 16 years old, and I headed to NYC to study fashion design at Parsons. This was really where it all began—I got a taste of it all and there was no turning back. The food, the people, the clothes, the art, I was sold. I have found a way to now fit all my passions under one umbrella essentially throwing myself into everything I love. I guess I don’t like to define what I do because I still feel as though I am evolving and looking for what’s next. In simple words I am a photographer, a musician, fashion obsessed, 6 foot tall adventurer. 

    How did you first started blogging and sharing your style online? 
    I really started blogging when I began photography. I wanted to create a journal for myself to see my work and watch it grow. I decided that I had a voice and I wanted to be heard. I think there is something so beautiful about a community and sharing what you love. I have been able to connect with people from all over the world and really be inspired to live a full and happy life. I think the magic of blogging is someone letting you in and showing you their world the way they see it.

    You’re one of our favorites to follow on Instagram. Can you share a tip for styling a better IG pic?
    I would say when it comes to styling a pic for IG, think about it, what do you wanna say, what do you want to show how you want to express yourself?  Pick a theme, so your photos all flow together. Some people like a clean feed, lots of white, and soft tones. I myself am pretty eclectic, the more color the more grain, the better.

    What's a day in the life like for you? Can you walk us through your daily routine?
    I don’t know that any day would be the same, in fact I do that on purpose. I am not the best at making plans. I try to take advantage of where I live whether that involves a morning hike or a quick jog around the block... I like to wake up and see my surroundings! I do a lot of answering emails, editing, and phone calls—that’s the routine stuff. And then, I like to enjoy some of the good eats in SLC. My husband and I have been friends since birth, yes we have a silly little love story, but we do everything together. We both love to brainstorm new ideas, companies we want to start, things we want to change! And our nights are filled with playing gigs downtown or a little in-house rock and roll. This last year a friend and I have been working on a new project which has been soaking up lots of my time. We are getting ready to release a new EP, under the name DOE. I am really excited about it!

    What’s your fall uniform?
    Boots boots boots, can I say it again? I love boots more than anything in my entire closet. I am also obsessed this season with layering. Not just simple tees and sweaters, but things that don’t make sense at first, like oversize shirts, lace slips, neck ties, big coats, bell bottoms, and all the jewelry I can get my hands on. I like to look relaxed and not done up even though it probably took me way too long to get my outfit together. 

    What are you most looking forward to this season?
    I hurt my knee pretty bad two years ago so I stayed off the slopes the last bit. I am excited to click back into some skis and enjoy some fresh powder. I highly recommend heading out to Utah for some of the best snow! Hit me up if you come, would love to show you around! 
    Other than that, I am always traveling, I am most exited about a trip to Guatemala coming up with some friends in November.

    Can you share a favorite fall recipe?
    I recently have been fascinated with vegetarian food blogs that have inspired me to open up my mind to so many new ideas when it comes to cooking. My latest obsession is sweet potato and avocado tacos. Just like everything else I don’t like a rhyme or reason or the result to be the same. So do what sounds good to you.:I like to dash the potatoes with chile powder, then I throw in black beans, olive oil, feta cheese, and diced jalapeño. And then top it off with the best part, an avocado yogurt sauce with garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper, greek yogurt, and avocado. 

    What are some of your favorite fall traditions?
    Number one on the list would be a canyon drive, listening to Fleetwood Mac and seeing the leaves change! I am a five year old at heart! So I am all about carving pumpkins, eating homemade donuts, and jumping in leaves...it will always feel nostalgic. And this year I'm starting a new tradition: my brother and I decided to take a couch into the woods and watch a scary movie. I am flipping out just thinking about it!

    Quick fire!
    Smart__is the new __Cool.
    Style is….much more interesting than fashion really - Marc Jacobs. 
    I always…wear boots
    I never… give up
    Something you don’t know about me is I sold Pokemon cards at recess in 4th grade. 
    The best thing I recently read? The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
    …watched? Whiplash. Hands down favorite movie! 
    …listened to? "Take you Home" by The Bambinos
    ….saw? An acoustic set by Lissie downtown SLC. 

    I am always interested in… meeting new people 
    My favorite possession…My baby blue, 65’ Mustang Guitar
    My mantra…. Do stuff. 
    I am passionate about…dreaming, discovering, and being curious. 
    An embarrassing fashion phase from my past…The double collar pop- Jr. high… oh bless. And to top it off the backwards upside down visor!