The 5 Myths of Style Blogging

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I’ve been blogging for about 2 years, one year if we’re only counting the time I’ve actually known what the heck I’m doing. In that time, I’ve learned a thing or two about style blogging, photography, and what it takes to be a blogger in a very saturated market. But there are a few myths I hear over and over again from other people that simply aren’t true. So I’m busting 5 blogging myths!

Blogging is Easy

This cracks me up! Blogging is the farthest thing from easy, at least for me. Sure, ideas often flow freely and I love getting to be creative, but there’s so much work that goes into every single blog post. Between photography, writing the content, and posting to social media- we’re talking 6 or 7 hours, at least.

Bloggers Get Tons of Free Stuff

Some bloggers get loads of free things, but it doesn’t start out that way. For the first year of blogging, I wasn’t gifted anything. All of my content was purely creative. And sometimes I miss that. Of course now that I’ve been blogging a little longer, I definitely enjoy the perks of complimentary items.

Blogging Can Make You Money Fast

If only this were true. I’d be rolling in dough if it were! Just like anything else in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. At the very beginning stages of the blogging industry, style bloggers were certainly able to make money faster because the market wasn’t saturated like it is now. If you’re just getting into the game, it could be years before you really start to make an income from it.

Running a Blog is Expensive

This myth can definitely be true if you aren’t smart with your money. Hiring a photographer can be expensive, getting a web designer is always pricey, and buying outfits definitely ain’t cheap! I keep my costs under control by having my boyfriend take my photos, going on Etsy (post about that here!) to find web designers, and I watch for sales on clothing.

Blogging is Fun

Ok this one is totally true! I love blogging and I love being creative with everything I do and this is one way for me to express that and share it with you! If you’ve always wanted to start a blog but you’re scared to, reach out to me! I’m always happy to help!

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4 Easy Summer Colors to Wear This Season

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Top: Old Navy | Shorts: Tobi c/o (HERE) | Purse: Kate Spade | Shoes: Old Navy 

In past years, my summer wardrobe has consisted of navy blue, navy blue, and more navy blue. How exciting, right? I’m from Maryland where nautical colors pretty much influence everything from decor to wardrobes. But moving to Dallas forced me out of this preppy comfort zone of mine and made me look at clothing in other colors. Oh the horrors of that! I ended up falling in love with a few new colors and even, dare I say, patterns!

Summer Colors to Love

I spent a good hour trying to put together the right combination of my favorite summer colors. I think David sat around rolling his eyes waiting for me to get ready so he could to make my photos and be done with it. He’s a good man! I finally had the right combo of color and I had to share it with you!

Corals, yellows, royal blue, and white are such a great color palette to work with! They’re bright, happy, and easily worn together. For years my bestie Jessica has been trying to get me to wear something different from my usual J. Crew wardrobe and moving to the southwest inspired me to buy more coral and yellow for my closet!

I’m still not ready to mix patterns yet (I literally can’t even) but I definitely love including a pattern somewhere in an outfit! The detailing on my shorts adds a little extra something to the whole outfit I think! David took me to lunch on Saturday and among the cactus and outdoor seating, I felt like I stood out. What girl doesn’t love that? Shop my look with the links I provided above!

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Embracing the Hair I was Given

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In high school when all the other girls had pretty, long pin-straight hair, I had bulky, thick wavy hair. No amount of straightening would keep it the way I wanted it. I had the Hollister hoodie, fake Dooney & Bourke, Five Star notebooks, and all I was missing was that gorgeous highlighted, straight hair all the other girls at school had. After years of trying to get my hair to behave the “right” way, I’ve finally embraced the hair I was born with.

Loving My Waves Using Kenra

My mom and I both have wavy hair and frankly, neither of us have ever known what to do with it. Finally, I just started letting my waves do what they wanted and it felt so good! Moving to Texas made me rethink my hair routine though. I used a lot of great coconut oil products but I needed something that kept up with the heat, humidity, and the need to have “big hair” like the other girls in Texas. Enter the Kenra Grip Collection at Ulta.

Kenra Professional sent me the Air Grip Spray, Whip Grip Mousse, and High Grip Spray to try out! After showering, I let my hair air dry and then scrunch in the lightweight mousse to keep the wave from becoming fluff. When it’s finally almost dry, I spray in either the Air Grip or High Grip Spray to tame the inevitable frizz. The only thing it can’t quite control is the annoying cow-lick (I think that’s what it’s called!) that I was born with. Nothing, not even NASA, can control that little section of hair!

Loving who you are and what God gave you is so hard when you’re a fashion and lifestyle blogger. Everyone seems to have a prettier face, better hair, and thinner body than you. But as I’ve grown up a bit, I’ve realized how blessed I am to be born with my mom’s hair, my dad’s eyes, and my unique personality. Embracing who I am and what I look like is a slow process, but it started with my hair!

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How to Wear a Jumpsuit This Summer

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Jumpsuit: Tobi c/0 (HERE) | Necklace: Happiness Boutique c/o (HERE)

So the jumpsuit trend I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest isn’t my favorite trend this summer, but it’s one I’ve jumped on board with anyway. I’m not usually someone who likes trends to begin with- classics are my go-to. But I found this super comfy gray jumpsuit from and figured I’d give it a go!

Tips for Wearing a Jumpsuit

Wearing a jumpsuit isn’t easily done and I found that out first hand. Jumpsuits can look funny on different body types and unfortunately highlight areas people might not want to draw attention to! Here are a few tips on how to wear a jumpsuit this summer!

  • Pay attention to the cut and style- some jumpsuits are high-waisted while others hit at the hip!
  • Don’t try to overpower the jumpsuit with big accessories, simple necklaces like the one above work nicely too.
  • Find one made from breathable fabric! In the Texas heat, you can’t afford to be wearing anything besides flowy fabrics and cotton.
  • For casual jumpsuits like the one I’m wearing, wear chic tennis shoes like Keds (perfect for errand running and Sunday brunch!)
  • Get the size you need, not the size you want! For some jumpsuits I have to size up to get the right fit!

I linked all my outfit details above! Jumpsuits and rompers are so cute for summer so definitely give them a try! Also, another trend I’ve seen for the summer is simple jewelry that makes a statement. My gold necklace above is from the Happiness Boutique and they have some really great pieces like this one! Don’t be afraid to try out this trend, if can rock it, then so can you!

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Tips for Finding the Right Web Designer for Your Fashion Blog

Hey loves! Happy first day of June! Who knew summer would be here so fast? Today, I wanted to chat with you about the not-so-fun aspect of blogging- web design! Seriously, who really gets excited about coding? Not me! But it has to be done, right? If you can’t code a fashion blog, then you need to find someone who can. So I’m sharing my best tips and experiences with finding the right person to do the job!

Ask Specific Questions

For the love of Pete (whoever he is) be specific when you’re talking to a potential web designer. Don’t just ask “can you code” because of course they can, that’s their job. Be specific and ask if they’d be able to code certain elements of a fashion blog. Also ask, if they’re starting from scratch on your website or if they have a template they already use.

From personal experience, I know how important that last question is to ask. When I first started blogging and wanted a custom theme, I paid a web designer about $400 to build the theme I currently have. Little did I know she was using a template she’d used for other sites and just added a few things here and there. Had I known that’s all the individual was doing, I would have just bought a basic theme for about $60 and saved myself loads of money. LESSON LEARNED! Ugh, still kicking myself for that one.

Choose Someone With Style Blog Design Experience

Coding is important but so is the UI/UX design (user interface, user experience). A properly coded site is incredibly important to the back end function of your blog, however you also need your style blog to look nice! Hiring a web designer that has experience designing blogs for style bloggers will be so important to the outcome of your website!

Check Out Etsy for Web Designers

Etsy is more than just wood working and handcrafted goods! I’ve found so many talented web designers on there. I actually got my new blog header (I LOVE it so much) from a graphic artist through Etsy! She was easy to work with and super affordable (here’s her Etsy shop link.) Supporting small businesses is super important to me so this is another great way I can do that!

Weekly Blogging Tips

Every week I’m going to try and share some blogging tips with you all so please leave comments with questions or topics you’d like me to address!

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