My Blogging Journey

Oh how far I have come. I remember taking some of my very first blog shots. But first let’s back up even further than that. I remember being obsessed with Tumblr and how cool some of the photos were. SO inspiring, and my basically a mood board for what I wanted my life to be like. They were fun and sassy and cute. From there I moved on to find blogs. I remember one of the first blogs that I came upon was Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans. She posted (and still does) pictures mostly of her nails, and single pictures, some without captions, and fashion images. I thought it was the coolest thing! Just whatever came to her mind and the possibilities were endless.

I really started my blog my freshman year of college. My roommate had a DSLR so I asked her to take pictures of me since she loved photography. I had two outfits, a red coat with black leggings, my Tory Burch knee highs and a plaid scarf. The second was a grey quilted skirt with a navy three-quarter sleeve, another scarf and knee highs because it was winter. She took pictures of our friend group that day as well outside of our dorm and that is when I began. I do not remember uploading content or any of that, all I remember is taking pictures and writing about the places we went, like the trail of lights and cute posts about my family.

I started slowly integrating my content into Instagram but I struggled between wanting to blog and wanting to keep it personal. For this reason, I think it took me much longer to grow. I also did not have a specific aesthetic or niche. All of that fell into place after attending blogging conferences. I went to BlogHer ’16 (wow that seems so long ago now that I wrote that) and while I focused on the words, I was mainly just networking and figuring out what these people did, and that they got lots of free stuff!

The one that really turned it all around for me was a two-day blogging workshop I attended in Austin. That taught me all about what I had to do to be successful. While I am still far from successful with my blog, my Instagram is growing and I attribute that need for information from that workshop.

Lastly, my major in college really helped me out as well. Taking social media classes and having an internship and a job specifically in social media were so helpful! I sometimes get embarrassed to say that I started so long ago but I did not grow until recently. It was all a learning process though and mostly me learning about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to take my blog. I remember thinking so hard of my blog name (which I am not so keen on now) but that it was a big deal to make it girly, and two things that go together since so many blogs were named things like Pearls and Louboutins or Gems and Lace.

I loved how it all ended up and looking back at all of the pictures I can remember exactly where I was and what time in my life I was at. This has been such a blessing and I hope to keep growing more and more.

Check out my very first site and posts here!

Top : Revolve (similar) // Shoes : Steve Madden // Shorts : Levi’s (similar)

 

5 Things to Know About Me

I thought I would do a quick post on a few things to know about me. I was going to make them about me as a blogger but the five things ended up being about what I recently learned about myself. Living here in LA, the people are different than Texas in a few ways. They tend to be more chill and not as loud or welcoming. There are just subtle differences of course and I’ve joked that the farther from LA you get the nicer people get! LA is a place where everyone is fighting to make it big, so it’s understandable.

  1. I do not consider myself creative : I get my inspiration from others and even then I still struggle putting outfits together and I dissect the details until I feel like it’s right!
  2. I can talk a lot and very loudly : I have a big personality and I have a hard time just turning it off. If I am being quiet for a long time there is usually something wrong!

  1. I try to make most things a joke or something to laugh about : Even in serious situations, this is like a coping mechanism I guess, but I do this in everyday situations as well
  2. I have a hard time communicating exactly what is in my head : I understand concepts but I cannot always convey that accurately
  3. I have sometimes need to think before I speak because I tend to just have word vomit : It’s like that mean girls scene where Katy just keeps talking and talking, that’s me

Life is one big learning experience. Just when you think you’ve got something down you are thrown into a totally new situation. If you’re lucky its a situation you are not comfortable with. That when you are forced to grow. Remember the grass is always greener on the other side. But add some fertilizer to that b*tch and make a garden in your own yard.

What are five things that you learned about yourself recently?

Top : Revolve // Shorts : Levis // Boots : Forever 21 (similar) (similar) // Hat : Lack of Color 

What it Means to Start a Blog

A question I seem to get a lot from random people is how to start a blog. While I do not mind sharing what I know, what I have found out the hard way, and what I still have yet to learn, I think people drastically underestimate what I do!

It is one thing to be an Instagram influencer and another to be a blogger. While you can, of course, do both, it takes a lot to be successful and each! Blogging includes both the visual aspect and being able to write. While I would not describe myself as a creative writer, having the blog does challenge me to think creatively to come up with different topics to write about to have a reader or two enjoy.

Of course, anyone can start a blog. That is the great thing! If you are really into it though, that is even better because most people lose interest over time. There are so many more things I want to add to my blog such as interviews, videos, cool graphics and more. (I especially want a new template!) However, everyone has brilliant ideas, but not everyone follows through.

A few tips on what it REALLY takes :

Hard work : I take pictures at least once every two weeks, edit them, schedule them for a post on Instagram, schedule for my blog, once they come out I have to pin all of the images to Pinterest boards, add daily FB posts to my blog FB page and engage with other blogs. It can get a bit tiring when you add up the little stuff since I have to fit all of that in with a full-time job.

Consistency : Not everyone sticks with it. While sometimes it is a great to act on spur of the moment ideas, think if you have time for it? Do you have content ideas that will last more than two months? Can you post consistently? What are you going to do after the hype of your first few posts come out and now there is a lull? What is going to set you apart?

I post twice a week : This sets me apart from many of the bloggers I know. I tell girls that I post to the blog twice a week and they are always surprised. It is hard to maintain a schedule and keep posting so frequently but somehow I make it work!

Insta vs. Blogging : I have a schedule down for how I post to my blog and Instagram. Right now I focus more on Instagram because it is more popular. I say “focus” and mean I engage more on Instagram. If Insta were to go down forever I would still have my blog! But I wouldn’t recommend someone to do what I do because it is time-consuming! Blogging and Instagram are two different creatures and to succeed in either takes different formulas.

Top : (similar) // Jeans : Levis // Heels : (similar)

 

Bloggers Who Brunch Health and Wellness Event

Happy Memorial Day! This past weekend I went to my first Bloggers who Brunch event. It was such a fun experience as it was centered around health and wellness. I was able to take my very first class with the one and only Aubrie Winters! Aubrie is the cutest fitness influencer who teaches classes around LA and we were all able to do a mini dance cardio sesh with her!

I loved meeting her because she is so upbeat and so fun! She is such a people person and I loved her class. She teaches with a “never not moving” mentality and her music keeps you pushing through. Even though it was a 30-minute mini session, I was still sweating by the end!

There were some great sponsors such as Lavazza coffee, and Suja pressed juice. I also loved the yogurt bar that we were able to enjoy at the end of the workout! It was such a fun experience and I wanted to share a bit more of the LA events I attend on my blog! If you keep up with my Instagram story then you were able to see videos of the workout, of the yogurt bar and some snips of me actually working out!

Another great thing about the event was running into some of my other blogger friends! I went with Gina from Teenie Genie Styles (who I went to Coachella with), and I ran into a few other bloggers like Joy who is also a designer, and a few others from blogger meet ups! It really is cool when you get to see the community come together and enjoy a cool event like this!

If you are in the LA area I would definitely recommend taking a class from Aubrie Winters! Trust me, I definitely see myself taking more of her classes in my future! I mean look at her awesome bod, who wouldn’t want to take her classes?!

Interview with Teenie Genie + Outfit Details

I was so lucky to have been able to go with Gina (Teenie Genie) to Palm Springs for the Coachella events this year! She has gone the past four years and since this was my first time it helped so much to have someone who knew their way around. I met Gina at a blogger meet up in LA and I was so excited to go with her. It’s so much easier to go with other bloggers because they understand the need to stop for pictures or when you want to take a fun story for your Instagram. Not only did we go to lots of fun events, but we also got some great shoots in.

I have not done a blogger interview in a while and I wanted to continue that series! I also added lots of outfit shots and pieces to this post because I just could not resist!

Visit Gina’s Instagram and Blog!

What made you start a blog? 

It was about a year ago where I found myself bored in my personal life. I spent a lot of time on Instagram having fashion blogger envy, wishing I could do something like that. I was at a networking event with a group of pretty-high level marketing executives talking about the marketing strategy I had taken at my company, and the programs I had implemented in my short six months there, “You built a website by yourself?” “How did you generate that many leads in one month?” “What’s that platform you used?” “Wow, you are so creative.”

It was at that moment, the floodgates opened. I realized I knew a lot. My positions at startups had helped me cultivate a unique skill set that many people didn’t have. Was I creative?

These conversations ultimately gave me the confidence to start my blog. I desperately wanted to explore fashion, but I didn’t want to leave my job, and I didn’t want to work for someone else. I knew I wanted to do something with petite fashion since I was experienced and it was something I could help others like me with. My nickname in college was Teenie Genie and it was my Instagram name so I chose the name TeenieGenie Style. If these girls could do it, why couldn’t I? There was nothing stopping me. Nothing to lose. I dove in head first and haven’t stopped swimming since.

What is your favorite part about blogging? 

Connecting with my followers and other bloggers! I love to write, but sometimes it can be really hard to buckle down and get into a creative zone. A lot of time, I’ll stay up all night writing. I put a lot of effort into my posts and try to make my content meaningful for my followers.   I absolutely love it when I get comments that my readers found something relatable, helpful, or inspiring.  It’s what motivates me to push forward and continue blogging. 

Which post was your favorite to shoot?

My tie-dye post!  I do a lot of research into where I am going to shoot.  It’s easiest for me to shoot in my home town because grew up there and know it like the back of my hand.  I remembered I did this biology project in 9th grade and had discovered these really cool beach caves.  I thought it could be a cool place to shoot, and it ended up being amazing! I feel like the shot of me in the pink dress looks like I’m off in some far off foreign place, but really I’m just about a mile down the road from where I grew up.  In fact, the other outfit I shot for that post was taken only 500 feet away from the cave picture!  It’s amazing how when you can utilize your surroundings to produce such different effects.

What is your favorite piece in your closet? 

That’s a tough one! I have a denim jean jacket with stars on it from Pistola that is one of my favorite go-to pieces.  I think of my style as “California Cool” and I think it’s piece totally embodies that.  A basic jean jacket with a little bit of edge that looks effortless.  That’s what I try to achieve with my style.  I wear it all the time in the Summer at night when it gets chilly in Santa Monica.

Can you share your go-to fitness tip?

Challenge yourself, but enjoy yourself at the same time! I used to push myself to do HIIT classes, but would feel like I was going to throw up the entire class because it was so hard.  At the end I would just be happy it was over and I wasn’t suffering anymore! If you hate your workout, chances are you will eventually give up. Instead, find a workout that you enjoy.   I love barre and pilates so those are my core workout classes.  Each class I challenge myself to go a bit further or harder.   That’s what makes it rewarding and has me coming back!

Jacket : Missguided // Swim Suit : (similar) // Chain Belt : (similar) // Hoops : Sterling Forever

Vogue’s 73 Questions

I got the idea to do this from another blog post I saw! Hope you like!

1. ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT LIFE RIGHT NOW?

Probably a 7, I’m excited about what is to come!

2. WHAT’S THE MOST OVER-RATED FOOD TREND?

I don’t really keep up with food trends, fashion ones only.

3. WHAT’S YOUR WAKE-UP RITUAL?

Drink a glass of cold water, use my jade roller and plan my day.

4. WHAT’S THE BEST WORST MOVIE YOU LOVE TO WATCH?

I’m not that much into movies. Romy and Michelle was pretty good.

5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY?

The evening has always been my favorite!

6. DREAM COUNTRY TO VISIT?

I’ve always wanted to go to Greece!

7. VINTAGE OR NEW?

Vintage is the best when you find the perfect piece!

8. STYLE ICON?

There are so many! I guess right now it would be Tezza!

9. WHAT’S ONE INGREDIENT YOU PUT IN EVERYTHING?

Olive oil is my go-to

10. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST FEAR IN LIFE?

Doctors! They give me the worst anxiety I’ve ever had in my life!

11.  WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT TV OBSESSION?

I watch every episode of Grey’s and This Is Us

12. FAVORITE APP?

Social media is my go-to, so Instagram.

13. MOST ADVENTUROUS THING YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR LIFE?

Off the top of my head just flown in a helicopter. I really want to go sky diving eventually!

14. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?

Bubbly, Opinionated, Interested

15. FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU OWN?

Right now it’s my dad’s denim jacket that is oversized on me!

16. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU KNEW IN HIGH SCHOOL?

You’re gonna miss this and talk to more people.

17. WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU IN LIFE RIGHT NOW?

My blog. My ideas for expanding this and creating something new and brillant.

18. A BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ?

Does Vogue count? Lol I’m a magazine fanatic!

19. BEST WAY TO TAKE A REST/DECOMPRESS?

Binge watch a Netflix show, take a bath and put on a facemask.

20. FAVORITE PLACE TO VIEW ART?

LACMA of course!

21. WHO’S SOMEONE YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE COFFEE WITH?

Kourtney Kardashian. She seems so down to Earth.

22. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU LOSE ALL THE TIME?

My phone charger, its the worst!

23. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?

Hmmm.. I’m the worst at gifts. I gave my cousin a ring holder recently to keep her mom’s rings on since she recently passed.

24.  BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

My boyfriend at the time bought me a star for Valentine’s day. I cried.

25. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Chess. I like the challenge.

26. BLOW-DRY OR AIR-DRY?

Air-dry. It’s healthier.

27. COFFEE OR TEA?

Green tea

28. SUMMER OR WINTER?

As of now Summer

29.  YOU ARE STUCK ON AN ISLAND, YOU CAN PICK ONE FOOD TO EAT FOREVER WITHOUT GETTING TIRED OF IT, WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?

Buttered pasta

30. A DESSERT YOU DON’T LIKE?

Lemon Meringue Pie

31. WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY LOOK ALIKE?

I don’t think I have one! I’ve been told I like to dress like Kourtney K though.

32. BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

I took the best nap!

33. WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

My friend’s canceled on going out

34. BEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

That I look like Kourtney Kardashian. Lol I swear I’m not obsessed/

35. WHAT FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM IS MOST UNDERRATED?

Plain Vanilla

36. YOUR AFFIRMATION FOR TODAY?

You got this!

37. WHAT SHOW WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKE A CAMEO IN?

The comedy show Mom. It’s so funny!

38. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?

Super hard one! Pearls.

39. WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Britney Spears pre-melt down

40. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DATE NIGHT ACTIVITY?

Getting super dressed up and going for a nice dinner.

41. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

“Don’t be scared”

42. MUST HAVE CLOTHING ITEM EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE?

A flattering pair of dark wash denim jeans

43. SECRET TALENT?

I can shake my eye pupils

44. IF YOU HAD A TATTOO, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

A tattoo on my side ribs

45. GIRL CRUSH?

Hailey Bieber right now.

46. HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN LOVE?

I get butterflies in my tummy and a funny feeling in my hands.

47. SONG YOU CAN LISTEN TO ON REPEAT?

3rd Gear & 17 by Aaron Watson

48. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT AT THIS TIME IN YOUR LIFE?

Living in California and getting a job I really like.

49. IF YOU COULD SWITCH LIVES WITH SOMEONE FOR A DAY WHO WOULD IT BE?

Arianna Grande!

50. FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

Again, I’m not much of a movie person!

51. WHO SHOULD EVERYONE BE FOLLOWING ON INSTAGRAM?

Me of course! @briana.nicole03

52. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU TEXTED?

My dad

53. WHAT COLOR DRESS DID YOU WEAR TO YOUR PROM?

The first prom was a cream one-shoulder dress, the second was a strapless pink ombre dress, last was a light pink embellished dress

54. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

The Girls by Emma Cline

55. WHAT’S A REGULAR BREAKFAST FOR YOU?

One egg sunny side up with turkey and honey on wheat toast

56. WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BEAUTY?

It truly is in the eye of the beholder

57. MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT?

Better Than Sex Mascara

58. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH?

Being happy with your outfit, hair and makeup!

60. BEST CONCERT YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?

Cody Johnson hands down!

61. BEST SONG TO SING IN THE SHOWER?

Firework by Katy Perry HAHA!

62. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Fun, Flirty, and Feminine!

63. WHAT PERSON’S CLOSET WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO RAID?

Danielle Bernstein

64. WHAT’S SOMETHING ONLY A FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I try to eat clean as much as possible!

65. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT MISSING RIGHT NOW?

The rain!

66. WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR LAST GIRLS TRIP?

Dallas for my birthday!

67. DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A HASHTAG?

#Loved

68. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CANDY?

Resses!

69. WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO MOST?

My parents of course!

70. WHAT’S A GOOD RULE YOU’VE LEARNED FROM YOUR PARENTS?

You have to work for what you want

71. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

Married, doing something that makes me happy with two dogs and a little one!

72. IN GENERAL, WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL?

Right before I go out!

73. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?

Being a good person and being creative.

Top : Nasty Gal // Jeans : Revice // Hair Clips : Target // Shoes : Charlotte Russe (similar) (similar)

Link Love + Outfit Details

Happy Valentine’s day! I hope you had time to shop my Valentine’s day gift guide and for some extra special last minute gifts you can check out my Wishlist too! I know it’s a special day so I’ll keep the post short and sweet. I rounded up a few of my favorite links of the moment, and to see more of my favorite links be sure to check out my Facebook page because I always post my current favorites!

How are you spending Valentine’s this year?

 

I’ve been listening to Ashley Tisdale’s new song ‘Love Me or Let Me Go‘ nonstop!

This Heart Sweater from Madewell is so fun even for after Valentine’s day

How to make Homemade Valentines Cards to send to friends and family

I’ve been eyeing the new Fenty Beauty Foundation and I think I just found my perfect color

Did you check out my recent Lash Lift post? It’s all about the process and has before and after shots!

Have you signed up for The Newsette? Such a cool girl must for getting your news every morning!

Glasses : Quay Australia  // Shirt : (similar) (similar) // Thigh Highs : Steve Madden // Bag : H&M x Moschino (sold out)