After many scheduling attempts we were able to get Brenna Temple, Journalist and Content Editor for Daily Hive, in front of our lens. Fairy’s Collection Jewelry Shoot with Brenna Temple was exciting because we got to know the real her and she is a natural in front of the camera. She was definitely our photographer’s delight.
We got to ask Brenna a lot of fun questions and here are some snippets of our conversation.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Travel overseas and see where life takes you. Stay single for at least one year in your 20s and find out what being alone means to you. Write a list to your future self that you can read in a few years. Do whatever it is that you deem to be wild: write a book, participate in a poetry slam, interview for an ambitious role, take a sporadic road trip by yourself – anything.
What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
It's liberating to see the finished product of a piece of writing I've slaved over. I'm a writer and editor, and I'm lucky because some of my stuff is read by thousands of people. You can't make everyone happy, but I don't care. I'm just happy to create some dialogue.
What is the best advice you've been given?
The advice that my parents raised me with. Be the bigger person, have compassion, follow your heart, and don't take shit from anyone.
What is on your bookshelf?
Lots of Douglas Coupland; my favourite of his is Girlfriend in a Coma. Eden Robinson's Traplines and Monkey Beach. The Canadian Press Caps and Spelling guide, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon Mcgregor, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath...to name a few.
What is on your bucket list?
I wrote 42 goals for myself to achieve this year. I'm not sure what would ultimately be on my bucket list. I'd like to travel to Ireland, start a YouTube channel, start blogging again, write a book and become a better writer.
What is on your perennial to-do list?
Be authentically Brenna and see where that takes me in the future.
What are the last three items on your credit card statement?
A parking fee from Kitsilano Beach, my Hydro Bill, my phone bill. Riveting, I know.
Describe your Jewelry Style?
I like statement pieces for the rare occasion that I go out to a big event. I love anything that's ultra shiny...immaculate necklaces and earrings. But I also like playing it down for my regular lifestyle; minimalistic rings and necklaces that say a lot with little effort.
Who are your heroes?
Hands down my dad. He built his own business from nothing. He's worked really hard to get everything he has and that's taught me a lot about work ethic. He's always been supportive of everything I've wanted to do – and that's a lot for a guy watching his daughter grow up to be 29; all the tough stuff that comes with that. I've always wanted to be like him.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I'm from a really small town but sometimes I forget where it all started because I've been in Vancouver for so long. I'm really a city person now but I think that coming from a smaller place sticks with you a bit. It's good because it keeps you humble.
What is your beauty secret?
I get compliments on my eye makeup and my secret is YouTube. It seems like you can learn anything on there now.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
High school was such a tough time for me because I was bullied and there weren't any opportunities. I didn't see the light at the end of the tunnel so I wish I'd known that someday I'd make it in the big city.
What will finally break the internet?
I think the internet has been 'broken' several times before, and it's kind of saddening as to what goes viral. Take the Kardashians for example!
What celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10?
I'd probably travel back in time to Audrey Hepburn. She was a classic beauty who gave back so much even though she had no obligation to do so. I also admire Demi Lovato for her efforts in raising awareness about mental health issues.