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)

 

If I had $1,000 to Blow + Outfit details

I saw another blogger do a post like this and I thought it would be fun to try! Even just thinking about what I would buy was fun! I came up with a few different options in my mind and I tossed around different budgets in my head. I decided on going with a smaller amount but adding different options as to what I may buy. Plus I did not want to make this post super long since I already have a wish list tab (though it does not include designer products.) So for more options as to clothing, accessories and beauty products I would purchase, I would purchase, check out my wishlist tabs above!

The Kooples $214

Not entirely out of budget but I cannot get myself to buy them just yet! I seriously have been eyeing these shorts and even added them to my wish list!

Alice + Olivia Sunglasses $525

Just a staple piece! Plus the frames are too cool!

Moschino Bag $575

I’ve really been wanting one of these black bucket bags and I love how simple and cool this one is!

Gucci Loafers $820

Because look at that color and cute print?! You could wear these anywhere with anything!

Dior Bag $1,800

This one is over my price range but I still wanted to mention it because I have been wanting this one!

 

On to the outfit details!

I actually shot this look in Las Vegas! I wasn’t so sure about where to shoot since the strip is filled with people and it’s mostly lots of lights and excitement. Not really what I like for backdrops of my photos. I did some googling and found this cute little pink building downtown. There are actually a ton of cute places to go shoot in Vegas, I just wish I had the outfits with me when I went! I really went to visit with my family since they were there for my brother’s basketball tournament.

What’s your favorite place to visit for vacation? 

Tank : (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : TopShop

 

The Importance of a Girl’s Night

As I wrote in a recent post, I’ve been able to find friends in LA through bloggers that I follow. I got lucky that I have something in common with these amazing girls! While I am slowly gaining friends here, I finally had a girls night last week with four LA bloggers and let me tell you, I did not realize how much I needed it! It prompted me to write this post and explain just how important it is for everyone. Sometimes you just need a fun night to just talk and hang out with a group of friends.

While I am all for one-on-ones to really bond with someone, I think it is equally important to hang out as a group! I actually was supposed to hang out with two girls and then two more tagged along and even though we all weren’t super close, it was so much fun!

Being so far from my group of friends and family I really felt the difference between being able to be with a group, vs. when I hang out with one new friend. I think even girls who are home and do not make time to hang out with a group of girls can still benefit from remembering how important a girls night is!

I actually came straight from work so I wore my button-up untucked on one side and my matching heels. Button-ups are perfect for day or night depending on how you wear them! I love a structured top verses a loose flowy one because I feel like you can play with it even more.

Humans are creatures that thrive in tribes. So finding yours is important. No matter if that be a family or friend group, it is important to have different people to rely on. Guy or girls, we learn from each other and getting different opinions on a topic or venting or just having fun with multiple personalities is what is important.

 

Top : Nasty Gal // Shorts : Cotton On // Heels : (similar)

Interview with What Vanessa Wears

I loved getting to know Vanessa from What Vaness Wears! I actually reached out to her to get together to meet up and shoot and she was sweet enough to say yes. I wanted to continue my blogger series and I knew she would be a perfect fit! I asked her a few questions below and I put up some of my outfit details of course. Let me know if you like the series or what questions you would like to know from your favorite bloggers!

What made you start blogging?

I wanted to start blogging first of all to share my thoughts about fashion and my take on what’s in-trend because I feel like a lot of people don’t know not just what they should or shouldn’t buy to be in-trend, but also what options they have. Sometimes people just need to see someone wearing a look styled in several different ways to inspire them, and I want to help them with that. Another thing is that I wanted to talk about my faith, how it’s a part of my life and how it affects me and the way I live. It may be uncomfortable to discuss faith for some, but it’s something that it’s important to me. God has changed me and has done so much for me and I want to share that story when I can and when it makes sense both to people who believe and those who don’t. It’s ultimately this message: God loves you, he is for you, and you are destined for amazing things!

What is your favorite Summer trend?

This is a hard one for me because I love all kinds of trends, but I’d have to say pearl anything. I have a pearl bag, pearl earrings, a pearl hairpin, and I’m not done looking for more pearls! I think they’re so cute and girly. It makes it more fun to have these accent accessories during the summertime. I get so many compliments from wearing this trend. It’s a must-have right now.

Where do you get your outfit inspiration from?

I get a lot of my outfit inspirations from working at Bloomingdales, actually. We get a lot of new clothing every week and our departments focus highly on what’s in-trend at the moment. So I get education, inspiration, but most importantly…discounts! Haha. It’s a beautiful cycle. Also, I’m ALWAYS inspire by my favorite bloggers: Brittney Xavier, Paola Alberdi, and Aimee Song…they’re literally fashion QUEENS!

What is your go-to beauty product?

I’d have to say Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater. After blotting throughout the day with my beauty blender Blotterazzi, this spray refreshes my skin and rehydrates my makeup! For a dewy, but not oily glow all day long.

What is one thing that can make you happy right away?

Coffee! Lol, especially in the morning. When you get that first sip…mmm! Heaven!

I actually saw two other bloggers wear a similar outfit and I just had to do it for myself! I actually wore this not just to shoot but when I went to Cha Cha Matcha with Vanessa. I did not get as many looks as I thought I would. That is the thing about living in California, people wear different things sometimes and while you may get some stares, there isn’t half as many as I would get if I was in Texas. Then again, if I was in Texas I wouldn’t mind because I liked my outfit and it’s way more fun then the basic things the people that are staring are probably wearing!

I opted for the brown cross body because I had not shown it much love recently. Also, it kind of added a different element to my matchy-matchy outfit. Of course, I am a sucker for pink and the corset helped keep the shirt down and in place. I could not find a tee that was long enough without being too big on the top or sleeves. I actually ordered two different shirts! I ended up just wearing white spandex underneath.

T-shirt dress : Missguided // Corset : Forever 21 

 

Fourth of July Ready with Wooden Ships

If you have been keeping up with my Instagram, you have probably seen my posts with this sweater from Wooden Ships! This pink star sweater is apart of their Fourth of July collection and I was excited to do a collaboration with this brand because of how soft and oversized their sweaters are (perfect for the beach) and because they are not fast fashion.

I have been to a few panels now where the speakers talk about fast fashion. While I am still learning and having a hard time straying away from this, I think it is a good discussion to be had and a movement in the right direction. Wooden ships believe in “lean production” which is a no waste approach. Ever knit is made to order and has a fast turn around time. Not only is this a breathable, comfy and adorable sweater, but it represents a brand with a purpose.

Besides not just being apart of ‘fast fashion’, Wooden Ships also prides itself on giving back to numerous environmental programs, providing ethical production, and reducing their carbon footprint at their offices in Bali. They also use simple packaging with eco-friendly oxo-degradable plastic bags to minimize plastic use. (Did you know 30% of all garbage is packing waste?!)

So not only are you getting a sweet sweater, but also supporting a great business and a greater good.

So on to the sweater itself. When I decided to do the collab I decided that it would be best to shoot it at the beach since this is probably where I am going to spend my fourth of July. I opted out of the ‘red, white and blue’ theme this year as I think it’s overdone to death (especially by me) and went with a more realistic look. Plus this pink really complimented my feed so it was a win-win!

The best way to describe the knit is oversized and slouchy as a perfect loungewear top or cover up. Also, it is very thin and breathable but perfect for a cool beach day! Like I said, truly the best beach sweater!

And did I mention all sweaters ship free? What is your favorite part when you buy an online item?

Sweater : mini stars shirt tails v-neck cotton

 

 

The Bodysuit Post

I wanted to dedicate this post to those special one pieces you have hanging in your closet. You know, the ones that get you fully undressed when you have to use the bathroom (unless they have the buttons on the bottom in which case you feel like a 5-month-old). Yes, the bodysuit. There are also good parts to this clothing piece! The ease of slipping one on and adding a simple pair of jeans and sneaks like how I styled them. When your outfit looks put together you’re halfway there, amiright?!

I purchased this bright one-piece from Zara, and I loved how soft it was I actually bought two! The bright colors are perfect for Summer and they were only $20!

Bodysuits come in all shapes and sizes. From off the shoulders to turtle neck tanks, they also flatter all shapes and sizes! Since they give the illusion of being tucked into your bottom clothing piece, that can help cinch in your waist and really show off your figure. Getting the right size is, of course, crucial because you do not want them too tight (or it will be up your you-know-what) and if it is too big you can be left with too much extra fabric. I wanted to share a few others that are also relatively inexpensive so that you could go purchase them as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I actually wore this one piece as a swimsuit since the color is so bright and the material is so similar! There are no bottom buttons or anything that signal that the one piece wasn’t for the beach so I went for it!

 

Bodysuit : Zara

Where I Get My Trendy Pieces

This was actually a requested blog post which surprised me so I have to give the people what they want! I talk a lot about trends I feel. I have gone on and on in blog posts about trends so I will try not to bore you with those details! (If you do want some of the gushy details, go to this blog post). I have touched on this subject a bit in this blog post in case you want to check out more in-depth on the types of places I have shopped!

One thing that usually goes hand in hand with trends tends to be fast fashion. I actually am not really a fan of fast fashion for several reasons. 1. It is usually not sustainable or good for our environment which is a huge no! 2. What comes in fast tends to leave fast and 3. The trendy pieces can tend to be cheaply made if it is not a designer brand. I do think though that if you like that piece and believe you will like it, especially if the trend dies out, then go for it! Style is about what you like and what you feel comfortable in! You do you, boo boo!

So usually when I get pieces that are more in style, I usually opt for a cheaper price unless I know it is something I will be wearing long term. For this, I usually go to Forever 21 or search Asos and skim over Pretty Little Thing. I also do a lot of outfit searching on Instagram! I know influencers can get annoying and tag all of the places they shop from, but really it is cool to know! I genuinely like to see what else a store has to offer if they tagged a piece that I liked! I usually will go to that store’s page and search for the item as well as similar pieces they may have!

Also, online shopping is a huge blessing! I tend to just google the piece that I am looking for and not only does it usually give you the piece you are looking for, the shopping section usually gives alternatives that are cheaper and pricier so you can pick your poison. For this outfit, I actually copied an influencer I found on Instagram. I fell in love with it and it’s definitely a super trendy outfit!

Dress : (similar) // Belt : Revolve