Bonnie is Taylor Swift meets Marilyn Monroe with an extra helping of sunshine and infectious energy. Originally hailing from Jonesboro, Arkansas, this beauty travelled all the way to LA to chase her dreams of becoming an actress and a model! After a gorgeous day on Venice beach shooting with Bonnie and photographer Dale Benfield, we sat down to learn a little bit more about this bombshell – from fashion to self-confidence to inspiration, here’s what makes this LA style blogger’s world go round:
First things first! We’re water babies at Cabana Anna Swimwear and we want to know what your favorite beach in the world is.
My favorite beach is Destin, Florida. It's the first beach I've ever been to and I have great memories growing up on that beach!
When you’re at the beach, how do you do your VERY best relaxing and unwinding?
I’ll be stretched out on a beach chair with my toes in the sand, sharing a drink and some laughs with my girlfriends!
What are your must-haves for the beach ?
When I’m on the beach, I love to have a magazine, a cute beach bag (my fave is by Valerie Rene), and Maybelline Babylips Balm with SPF!
If you could travel to one place you’ve never been, where would it be?
We love Hawaii! Maui would have to be our favorite island. What kind of swimsuit would we find you in the minute you land in Hawaii?
I love a bandeau bikini top. It's a natural fit, comfy, and you can add straps to change the look up! You can go from the beach to the hills and convert a bandeau easily into a sports bra when you’re on vacation. My fave Cabana Anna swimsuit would have to be the Hermosa bow top bandeau in hot pink!
What do you love most about your body and why?
I wouldn't say there's one particular thing I love most about my body, but if I had to choose, probably my height! I’m 5’ 10”. But when it comes to swim suits I love that my boobs aren't too big lol. I think it’d be more difficult finding the right fit or wearing bandeaus if they were! I'm also a fan of my freckles ;)
What makes you feel your most confident?
When my lashes look on point and I have lipstick on! My favorites are "they’re real!" by Benefit and NYX "Shocking Pink" lipstick!
What were your goals for 2016 and how have you pursued them?
My goals for 2016 were to not hold grudges, to be quick to forgive, and to follow my dreams. I've done that by being bold in all of my decisions, including moving to LA from my home state of Arkansas!
Why did you move out to LA?
To pursue acting and modeling, to meet people, and to explore more opportunities!
What's been the most exciting thing about moving to LA?
So far it's been meeting people from all over the world through my acting program and getting to model for Cabana Anna Swimwear!
What are some of your favorite LA haunts that you've recently discovered and would recommend to our readers?
You've got to go to Mauro's Cafe at Fred Segal and get the Fred's Pasta. You've got to hike to the Hollywood sign, it's surreal. And you've got to go to Jessica Biel's Au Fudge to hit up this fun, yummy brunch spot, then spend a day in Malibu with your besties soaking up the sun.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Sarah Jessica Parker.
She's definitely my fashion icon since she can put anything on and rock it, and she inspires me because she has the confidence and personality that, to me, make her feel genuine and relatable in a way other actresses do not.
My Granddaddy would be my other inspiration :)
He's always been a constant source of strength in my life. Loving me no matter what and always there to give me a hug. He has set such a great example for countless people through loving his family, and having a gracious, loyal heart.