Meet the Blogger: Diary of a Debutante

Anna Yanev Photography, Stephanie Ziajka, Diary of a Debutante,
Meet the Debutante

  • Nicknames: S, Z-Babe, Zilky
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Occupation: Fashion + Southern Lifestyle Blogger at Diary of a Debutante | Actuarial Scientist | Part-Time Model | Personal Stylist | Advocate for Eating Disorder Awareness
    Retired Beauty Queen | Math Nerd | Wanderluster | Ageless Debutante
  • Professional Ambition: Become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
  • Personal Ambition: Travel to all 7 continents
  • Advice on Life: Take the chance, while you have the choice.
  • Advice on Love: Don’t fall in love. Rise in love.
  • Advice on Style: Leave more to the imagination.
  • Strengths: Sassiness, Nerdy Repartee, + Spending Money
  • Weaknesses: Carbs, Baby Animals, + Southern Accents
  • Fashion Icons: Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham, + Audrey Hepburn
  • Professional Icons: Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice, + Amy Poehler
  • Guilty Pleasures: Cupcakes + The Lifetime Movie Network
  • Supported Non-Profits: Sarah’s Charities, Project Heal, Proud2Bme, + Reach Out and Read
  • Favorite Store: Lilly Pulitzer
  • Favorite Designer: Chanel
  • Favorite City: Florence, Italy
  • Favorite Place to Disappear: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • Favorite Restaurant: Plato’s Restaurant at Aspen Meadows
  • Favorite Drink: Raspberry Mimosa
  • Favorite Food: Brussel Sprouts
  • Favorite Flowers: Pink Lilies
  • Favorite Sport: Tennis
  • Favorite Book: “1984” by George Orwell
  • Favorite Singer: Sarah Brightman
  • Favorite Musicians: Simon + Garfunkel
  • Favorite Song: “Let It Be” by The Beatles
  • Favorite Musical: Phantom of the Opera
  • Favorite Poet: Robert Frost
  • Favorite Artist: Claude Monet
  • Favorite TV Show: The Office + It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Favorite Movies: Heavyweights, Tommy Boy, + Step Brothers
  • I Would Like to Marry: Novak Djokovic, Hayden Christensen, or Zac Efron
  • Favorite Quote: “I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” | Robert Frost
  • Favorite Bible Verse: “Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant, or insecure, remember to Whom you belong.” | Ephesians 2:19-22

3 Random Facts about Me

  1. Stephanie means “The Crowned One” in Greek.
  2. My middle name is Knight, and I was also a UCF Knight. Fate.
  3. I can program in several different computer languages, + I take the term “nerd” as a compliment.