Fashion Blogging: the Struggle is Real

Good morning loves! I’m going to dive right into my post today because it’s something that’s been on my mind lately and I think it will benefit all of us to talk and think about. Since I started blogging about 2 years ago, I’ve learned a lot. Starting out, I didn’t know what SEO or keywords were, brand collaborations were a mystery to me, and taking good blog pictures was something I just couldn’t do. Most importantly, I didn’t know how fashion blogging success was achieved. And here’s a secret: I still don’t.

If you’re a blogger like me, you probably spend a lot of time on social media (particularly Instagram) scrolling through your feeds, liking photos, and commenting. There’s always that one amazing photo that catches your eye and makes you want to learn more about the person behind it. When you get to their profile, you see that they have well over 100k followers and have achieved that in the same amount of time it’s taken you to get 1000. You spend the next hour wondering “how did they do that?”. After awhile, that question turns into self-doubt and a lack of confidence in what you’re doing.

Surely I’m not the only one who feels like this sometimes. The other day I found another Texas blogger on Instagram who’s literally living my dream right now. She’s my age and has had her blog for the same amount of time I’ve had mine. She’s been so successful though, that she’s had to hire a full time staff to help her with her blog. It reminded me very quickly that I’m still “the staff” instead of the CEO. *Boom* the self-doubt hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought “How am I ever supposed to see that kind of success when I can barely drive traffic to my blog?”.

Before I started writing this blog post, I was scrolling through my Insta feed and saw another blogger I really admire had gotten a collaboration with a major luxury car company. How on Earth did she score that?! After seeing that, I just laid down and had a good cry. Sometimes those help, you know? The thoughts running through my head were everything from “give up and say you tried” to “just give it a little longer”. Luckily, I’m choosing the latter of those thoughts.

The point of this post is not to provide a million reasons why blogging is hard or ways you can improve, it’s to have some real-talk about how hard it is to make it in the fashion blogging world. Nothing worth having ever comes easily, even though it appears to from the outside looking in. This has been my dream for awhile now and I can’t give up just because the success of others makes me jealous or fills me with self-doubt. I have to keep going until God sends me a flashing neon sign that says “stop”.

For the bloggers who are just starting out, it gets better, just stick with it. For the bloggers who’ve been add it for awhile, keep going. And for the bloggers who’ve achieved great success, don’t hold out on the rest of us, because chances are someone helped you get to where you are. Now, it’s your turn to do the same for someone else.

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How to Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Bathroom

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Hey girls! I hope your week is going fast and you have something to look forward to this weekend. Every single day this week has flown by (knock on wood) and I hope it continues that way. I can’t stand to sit at a desk bored all day long. Luckily, my job keeps me busy pretty much all day long. By the time I get home every day, all I want is a nice, hot bath and lots of sleep.

One of my favorite things about my bathroom is the pretty granite countertops and the cute little linen closet in the corner. No matter what kind of bathroom you have, I think it should be a beautiful space for you to get ready for the day in and then come home and relax in. Here are a few simple ways you can add a touch of luxury to any bathroom on a budget.

Luxury bathroom on a Budget

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I have so many perfume bottles sitting on my bathroom counter that it looks like I raided the perfume counter at Macy’s! Adding pretty perfume bottles to your space is a simple way to add the luxe-feel to your bathroom. If you don’t have any, check out antique or thrift stores from some old ones you can reuse.

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If I’m taking a bath, you can bet I’m going to light a candle! My favorites are Jordan Cordori soy candles made here in Dallas. David and I got one from the Dallas Farmer’s Market (see previous post) last weekend and it smells divine! Little white candles like these just add so much to a bathroom!

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One of my favorite things to add to a bathroom counter top is an apothecary jar. It’s simple and only requires a dusting every so often. Depending on how big your counter is, you can add a few short or tall ones and fill them with things like cotton balls or bars of soap. They’re pretty and provide added storage in plain sight!

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Instead of hand soaps with pumps, go with a traditional bar of soap! Nothing says luxury like a pretty soap dish and a matching bar of lightly scented soap. How lovely does this look? After brunch the other day, I went into Whole Foods the other day (I realize how pretentious that sounds) and they had bars of soap on sale for $1 each. This one smells like vanilla!

My final touches of luxury for the bathroom are fluffy white rugs like the ones featured above and white high quality bathroom towels. These little details added so much to my bathroom when I finally bought them! It looks clean and crisp and always presentable for unexpected guests. Enjoy your luxury bathroom!

-Liz

Fall Style for the Dallas Farmer’s Market

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Top: Old Navy// Shorts: Abercrombie// Bag: Kate Spade// Scarf: Pacsun//

Aviators: J. Crew// Shoes: DSW

Happy Monday gals! I can’t believe it’s the last Monday of September. I feel like this month has just flown by. Between starting my new job and decorating for my favorite season, I’ve been a busy girl! Honestly, it doesn’t feel like fall in Texas yet. It’s still 90 degrees everyday and you really can’t wear blanket scarves and quilted vests. I’ve had to incorporate fall colors into my wardrobe instead!

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On Saturday, my boyfriend David and I went to the Dallas Farmer’s Market to enjoy the local produce and get a bite to eat. There were a few greeneries there and they had quite a few pumpkins! Pumpkin everything is the fastest way to this girl’s heart! David posted a picture of us together on his Facebook with a caption that read “I have taken way too many pictures in front of pumpkins today”. I laughed so hard. He’s a real-life “Instagram husband”!

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As I said earlier, it’s too warm in Texas to dress for fall. My closet is full of warm sweaters, denim, scarves, boots, and cute button ups that I can’t wear yet! I get so jealous whenever I see my Instagram followers posting pictures of themselves all bundled up in cute plaid and riding boots up north. Y’all look so cute crunching through the leaves with your pumpkin spice lattes! For the farmer’s market, I wore some cream-colored lace shorts and a military green tank top with a black and white scarf for a touch of fall style.

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Since quite a few of my readers are from Texas, I’ll just tell you that the easiest way to make the fall seem like fall is to wear seasonal colors! It always makes me feel like I’m not missing out as much. The Dallas Farmer’s Market was the perfect place to sport some pretty green and cream colors without wearing traditional layers and sweltering in the heat! Being away from my home state of Maryland has made me appreciate growing up surrounded by such beauty all of the time. You just take that for granted until you don’t have it anymore!

Hope you enjoyed my look! It’s super simple and easy to wear for an afternoon out. Next time, I might pair the tank with some white denim and boots. I think it would look really cute! Leave a comment with your favorite fall activity!

-Liz

New Ways to Style Jeans for Fall

Happy Wednesday and first day of autumn! I’ve seriously been looking forward to this day for quite some time. It means I can decorate my apartment without feeling like I’m jumping the gun or trying to get rid of my other favorite season- summer! Now that I can officially start the pumpkin spice latte season and wear some of my favorite fall clothes, I figured I’d focus a blog post on my favorite elements of autumn style: denim and new ways to style it.

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Denim is an American classic that will never go away. My favorite brand of jeans is Lucky Brand. If you can get to one of their outlets, they always have really great deals on their clearance jeans like an additional 50% off the clearance prices! The Lucky Brand style I’m wearing here is the dark wash Charlie Skinny. These jeans are my go-to for everything! They’re easy to wear, the color doesn’t fade, and they go with everything.

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During the fall, jeans are worn most often with classic Tory Burch riding boots and short booties. To mix it up a bit, I paired my Lucky Brand jeans with these nude Nine West kitten heels I found over the weekend! Nordstrom Rack has a great selection of shoes on mark down to choose from. These sling back kitten heels were normally $80 and I bought them half off! I cuffed the hem of each pant leg for an added touch of style.

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Cuffed jeans with kitten heels isn’t something I’d normally associate with fall, but here in Dallas, the temperatures haven’t dropped much so this is a simple way to enjoy my denim while keeping cool! I’ll be wearing this combo for the next few weeks- probably with a cardigan when it finally gets a little cooler (meaning 80 degrees instead of 95). Check out my other fall inspired outfits here and here!

-Liz

Comfy Top for Fall Under $25

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Happy Monday y’all! It was a whirlwind weekend for me. Now that I have a job, all I want to do is sleep in and catch up on all the chores I wasn’t able to get done during the week. How fun am I? As a Dallas fashion blogger with plenty of things to blog about, I better step it up! Saturday, David and I went out to lunch and had regrettable, greasy bar food. Hint: I don’t regret it! I also got to wear this super comfy, slouchy top over the weekend from ShoptheMint.com!

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Fall Basics to Wear With Anything

When I saw this top, I totally fell in love with it! I love cozy things that I can wear during the chilly months. Instantly I thought how perfect this top would be with a big blanket scarf for added coziness! Plus, I mean can we talk about the color? Burgundy is a signature fall color and one that’s well represented in my closet. This Slouchy Dolman Tunic is a steal at $24 and it’s an exclusive color that won’t be around for long!

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I paired my slouchy tunic with my favorite gold nautical knot necklace and my chic Kate Spade bag. You’ll probably be seeing these accessories and this top a lot this season, so get used to it! Some of my favorite things in my closet are just simple basics that I come back to again and again. My tunic will definitely be one of those things. I’m not the type that likes to wear skin tight clothing and frankly I don’t have the ripped abs to make it look good either. Comfort is just too important to me! Wearing comfortable clothes shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, that’s why I really like cozy tops like this one.

cozy fall style

Fall basics are something I can’t have enough of. As the season gets going, you’ll be seeing a lot more of my favorites! In the meantime, check out my comfy top from ShoptheMint.com, it won’t disappoint! Enjoy your Monday!

-Liz

*Sponsored by ShoptheMint.com

Daily Skin Care Routine and 20% off!

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Good morning girls! Today I wanted to share with you a new beauty product I really enjoy. As you can probably tell, I love talking about skincare products and reviewing some of my favorites. Product reviews help everyone out because we all hate buying a new, pricey skincare product and then finding out it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Hydropeptide, a skincare company that specializes in anti-aging products, sent me their “On the Go-Glow” travel size set of anti-wrinkle serums to test out. Here’s what I thought!

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Professional Packaging

First impressions are lasting impressions. A product could be relatively useless but if it’s packaged pretty people will buy it. Marketing is everything these days! Hydropeptide didn’t disappoint with their packaging. The travel sized bottles came in a cute little off-white makeup bag! The bottles all varied in sizes and shapes. I really liked that the company branded themselves as a company that bases their products in science. The cute little molecules on the logo were a great touch!

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Simple Skincare Regiment

Another thing I loved about the skincare line was how simple it was. No repetitive “rinse and repeat” nonsense that takes too long. Ain’t nobody got time for that! All it required was that I started out with a clean face (no makeup or visible dirt) and apply each product one at a time. A little went a long way too, which is nice because I know I’m getting the most for my money!

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Quality Feel in Skincare Products

I can always tell based on smell and texture if a product is decent. I’ve tried so many “lotions and potions” as my mom calls them and many of them have one thing in common: oil. Not all oil is bad but when it’s excessive it makes the product feel runny, like it’s ingredients will break me out in acne. No one needs that! My favorite product amongst the ones they sent me was the Purifying Mask. It was smooth and creamy with just a tiny bit of texture so your skin has something to grab onto.

Hydropeptide is offering you guys 20% off the “On-the-Go Glow” travel kit using code BBACK20A! Be sure to take advantage of this if you can!

-Liz

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How to Wear White After Labor Day

Blanket Scarf for Fall Happy Wednesday girls! My photographer (aka “boyfriend”) wasn’t available for pictures so please excuse my iPhone usage. I hope your week is going nicely and you’re enjoying the sun though! It’s my second week “on the job” for my new company and I’m really liking it. Of course, the first few weeks are the easiest, but I think I’ll pretend it’ll be this great for awhile. You know, live in blissful ignorance? Anyway, since Labor Day has come and gone, I wanted to focus a post on tasteful ways to wear white after Labor Day. It’s such an old rule, but one that can be bent a little!

Wearing White After Labor Day

One of my favorite ways to incorporate white after Labor Day is white jeans or on my lazier days, white jeggings. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be totally on board with leggings or jeggings being worn in public but I must say, they are comfy! No Nonsense sent me a pair of their bright white jean leggings to try and I really liked them with my favorite red tunic top. It’s a simple look that makes a stylish statement. Best of all, it’s easy to wear!

White Leggings

If I’m going to wear something white during the fall or winter, I’ll pair it with seasonal colors so it won’t stand out as “oh my, she’s wearing white after Labor Day!”. For this outfit, I wore the red tunic and camel-colored peep toe heels with a plaid blanket scarf. If that doesn’t scream fall, I don’t know what does! In the same way, if it were winter I’d wear shades of blue, purple, and maybe even some pink. Simple little touches like these can completely transform an outfit.

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White isn’t as taboo to wear after Labor Day as it once was. The old rules of dressing are slowly being changed with each generation. White is so clean and crisp anyway, why would you ban it even if it’s only for a season?

-Liz

*Thanks to No Nonsense for collaborating on this post