JAK Inspiration: Interview with Pam Hetlinger of The Girl from Panama

Today’s JAK Muse is extra special for me because she also happens to be a dear friend. If you don’t already know her, Pam Hetlinger is one of the kindest, hardworking and most stylish women I know. I first met Pam through blogging two years ago (she commented on my blog) and we met for lunch in Providence. We immediately hit it off and have since traveled to Charleston and more recently Panama together. Pam is one of those people that just exudes kindness. Everyone I know that has met Pam loves her just as much as I do. Aside from her sweet manner and killer work ethic this girl is just so effortlessly chic it’s almost not fair to the rest of us. Pam makes EVERYTHING look good, and so without further ado, here’s a bit more about The Girl from Panama.

My ideal Saturday

I love waking up early to go to my hot yoga class (I’m obsessed!) then drive to Malibu with friends to have lunch and drinks over there and then we watch the sunset. It’s the most relaxing kind of saturday for me.

Go-to outfit

Jeans, pointed-toe pumps, a cute t-shirt and a faux-leather jacket for when it gets cold at night.

Favorite social media platform

Instagram! I love that now we have everything in one platform (sorry Snapchat!). (If you’re not already following Pam, she ALWAYS serves up insanely gorgeous street style inspo @pamhetlinger)

Drink of choice

Wine or vodka soda! If I’m having lunch I always like to order a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc. At night Grey Goose Vodka Soda is always my drink of choice (it has the least calories, right?! 🙂

Best career advice for other women

Make sure you get valuable work experience before launching your own company! I’m so grateful I got to experience a regular 8-5pm kind of job before launching my blog. I learned everything I needed in order to succeed at blogging. From basic email etiquette to analyzing metrics, it really makes things a bit easier when you have some sort of past experience. You learn from past mistakes and apply those key learning points to your own company.

How did you end up coming to the US from Panama?

I always wanted to study in the US, but I knew it was going to be a challenge convincing my parents to let me live alone in a different country. It took me a few months to convince them and then they finally agreed to let me go. It was an amazing experience! It was challenging at the beginning to adjust to a new culture, but now I look back and I realize it made me the independent woman that I am today. I learned so much about life in general! I have been living in the US for almost 7 years now and even though I love my country, I still think moving to the US was the best decision for me.

Something most people don’t know about you

I used to dance and choreograph dance competitions in my high-school in Panama!

Words you live by

With God, nothing is impossible.

Favorite Beach

Maui! I love Hawaii. I can’t wait to go back this Summer!

Bikini or one piece?

I’m really into one pieces right now. I think they look so chic and classy. Now there are a ton of options out there.

Dream travel destination right now?

I have a ton, but my top three are Greece, Morocco and Dubai.

For more from Pam check out her blog The Girl from Panama and make sure you give her a follow on Instagram. Hope you enjoyed this week’s JAK Muse. If you missed last week, check out my interview with Lisa Hamilton, the Aussie beach babe behind See Want Shop. And let me know if there’s someone you want to see featured here! Thanks for reading xx

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  1. Steph wrote:

    Love the tie front romper in the first pic…where is it from??

    6.7.17 | Reply
    • Jessica wrote:

      I know gorgeous right?! I’m not sure I know it’s an older photo so it’s probably no longer available but it would be on Pam’s site. xx

      6.13.17 | Reply
  2. Dana wrote:

    I LOVED this interview! Her style is impeccable!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    6.7.17 | Reply
    • Jessica wrote:

      I know right? She is so stylish, always. xx

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  3. Julia Friedman wrote:

    Loved reading this!Great idea <3

    6.8.17 | Reply
    • Jessica wrote:

      Thanks girl. Hope all is well xx

      6.13.17 | Reply

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