I often get emails with the same questions so I thought it was time to do an FAQ.  If your question is not on this list, please email me at Laura@missbuttercup.com.

1. What kind of camera do you use?

Canon 60D

2. How did you learn photography?

I took a 9 week course at Photo Manhattan.  That course changed my life and it’s very affordable!

3. Where did you get the name Miss Buttercup?

I was looking for a name for months and my friend’s husband came up with it.  I also love buttercup because I love Princess Buttercup from the Princess Bride.  It also reminds me of that song, “Build me up Buttercup” and I love that the word buttercup reminds me of cupcakes.

4. What is your blog about?

It first started off as a food blog but there were so many things that inspired me so now, I write about travel and inspirational posts.

5. How do you afford to travel?

That’s my biggest expense and I’m willing to sacrifice most things to be able to travel e.g. I don’t own a house, car, or pets and I’m really frugal on certain things like clothes.  I’ve always been a bargain girl; I will not pay retail.

6. Do you eat all the things you make?

Yes, I have to taste-test everything I make.  I have to figure out how to give away the goodies I make because I’ll be miss buttercream soon.

7. Where do you get your recipes?

Usually, I’ll find things in magazines like Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, Saveur or I’ll get inspired by something I ate while I was traveling and research on how to make it.

8. How do you research the places you travel to?

I cross-reference a lot of sources like the NYTimes, blogs, Lonely Planet, Travel & Leisure, friends who’ve been there, and locals.

9. Can I use your photographs?

Yes but please credit missbuttercup.com

10. How do you stay in shape while eating the way you do on your blog?

Portion control and I work out a lot.  I do Physique 57 which I’ve written about here in combination with Soul Cycle and I walk everywhere.

11. Who takes your photos?

If it’s a picture of me, it’s anyone who is with me at the time but all the others I take myself.

12. Where do you live?

Manhattan, New York

13. Where do you go shopping?

My usual suspects are Zara, H&M, J.Crew, Forever21, and Target.

14. What are your favorite restaurants in New York?

Marea for special occasions, Keste for pizza, La Colombe for coffee