About Stephanie

Meet Stephanie Ziajka-- the editor and CEO of the popular affordable fashion and midwest lifestyle blog Diary of a Debutante

Welcome, y’all! I’m Steph, a retired beauty queen, proud dog mom of two, and traditional southern girl living in a midwestern world. I love Jesus, pairing champagne with Pizza Hut’s stuffed crust pizza, and binging on true crime documentaries. To give you a little bit about my background, I’m a born-and-raised Floridian with a heart for hospitality and an affinity for traditional southern living. I have a degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!), and I’m a self-proclaimed mega math nerd to my core. I started my blog, Diary of a Debutante, in 2012 as a means of documenting my year in the Miss America Organization, and in 2015, I left my actuarial day job to make it my full-time project.

Leaving my cushy job in finance was a scary leap of faith, but it was the right move for me. I absolutely love what I do, and I love being able to do it from anywhere. Case in point, I was able to pack up my office and move to Columbia, Missouri with my fiancé Kyle in 2017. Adjusting to small-town life in the Midwest was tough at first, especially for me, but we’ve genuinely grown to love it. There’s a refreshing simplicity here that’s hard to describe, and it’s good for the soul. Plus, we’ve adopted two precious puppies named Nala and Nellie since the move, and they could honestly make anywhere feel like home.

As far as my content goes, I’m a big advocate of transparency, and I speak openly about my struggles with mental illness. As the survivor of 2 life-threatening eating disorders, my personal and professional mission is to promote mental health awareness through a variety of affordable fashion, realistic beauty, and healthy lifestyle topics. I know how intimidating and overwhelming social media can be these days, and I know how inadequate it can make me feel. So, I’m committed to being as real and open with y’all as possible. I do use affiliate links on my blog when sharing items I love (read my full disclosure policy here), but I only promote products that I personally use and/or believe in.

Finally, I absolutely love hearing from you guys, and I’m always, always, always open to your comments, questions, and feedback. You can check out one of my favorite collaborations to date, which talks in details about my blog and my mission, here on YouTube. You can also read more about my mission statement here. Thanks so much for stopping by, y’all!


Meet Stephanie Ziajka-- the editor and CEO of the popular affordable fashion and midwest lifestyle blog Diary of a Debutante

Whether you have comments, questions, or concerns, I’d absolutely love to hear from you! Feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email to get in touch. I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP!

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For media inquiries, please email [email protected]. I’d be happy to send over a media kit and pricing list at my earliest convenience. You can also read more about my available services here and keep scrolling for a running list of Diary of a Debutante’s notable media mentions (I’m still pinching myself that I’ve actually been featured in some of my all-time favorite online publications). That being said, if you’re working on any stories and think my content might be a good fit, I’m always happy to send over high res imagery for media use (with influencer and photographer credit). 

Look forward to chatting with you soon!

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Photography by Catherine Rhodes