Evening of Design Recap

Evening of Design Robbins Brothers

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting some of Houston’s top influencers for an Evening of Design. This special event was to celebrate the upcoming engagement season (November-February) with a first look at the release of some of Robbins Brothers featured designers’ newest pieces. Even coming from someone as single as they come, trying on some of the prettiest, biggest diamonds you’ve ever seen all while surrounded by your best girls and bottomless wine, is just about the best girl’s night ever. What made it even more special is that not only was it a fun event for everyone in attendance, we were also able to raise money for a very special cause!

The event benefited Wish Upon A Wedding, a non-profit that grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life-altering circumstances. Robbins Brothers graciously donated $50 to the organization for every guest’s social media post using the hashtag #SelfieForAWish.

Evening of Design Robbins Brothers

Evening of Design Robbins Brothers

Evening of Design Robbins Brothers

I know I’d be a bad friend if I didn’t share these gorgeous pieces with all of my lady friends! No matter your relationship status, a girl can dream right 😉 Below are the seven featured designers and some of the exclusive pieces that were brought in for the event! Feast your eyes ladies!

Tacori – Always one of my favorite brands as their style is very modern and glamorous. With a line from chandelier earrings to engagement rings, this designer has the most gorgeous, clean cut pieces I’ve ever seen!

Robbins Brothers Evening of Design

Henri Daussi – Every single piece from this collection was a total showstopper in every way. If you are a fan of classic, elegant designs with a dramatic center diamond, Daussi is for you!

Robbins Brothers Evening of Design

Karl Lagerfeld – Inspired by Parisian architecture, this collection has some very intricate and geometric designs that you can’t miss. The fashion icon himself designed this line and I think it’s that background that brings something different to the table than any other collection out there.

Robbins Brothers Evening of Design

Coast Diamond – Designed by Jay Gilbert, this line is by far the most elegant one of them all, yet still incredibly timeless. Several of these pieces are paired with gorgeous gemstones, though not pictured here, that bring the rings to life and make them stand out from the rest!

Robbins Brothers Evening of Design

Michael M – Michael M’s collection is bold and brilliant. His European background definitely plays a role in the charm that each piece brings as seen through his unique, sophisticated approach to each ring.

Kirk Kara – One of my personal favorites because of the intricacy in each band detail and romantic appeal of each setting. These rings are truly one of a kind and are perfect for a more sophisticated, daintier style.

Robbins Brothers Evening of Design

Simon G. – With bold pops of color, this collection has something for every occasion wether it be an engagement, anniversary, graduation or birthday!

Visit Robbins Brothers’ website for more information on these designer collections and if you missed my previous blog post about diamonds, check out Mama Adams’ and I’s taste in engagement rings here.

*Thank you Robbins Brothers for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!*

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New York Fashion Week 2018

New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits

New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits

New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits

New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits

New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits

New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits

New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits

New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits

My third year of New York Fashion Week is officially in the books! This year was fast and furious to say the least since it was smack dab in between two other trips. I had two full days in the city and I tried to make the most of every minute! There were lot’s of meetings, new friends, and rooftops and very little sleep but I wouldn’t change it for the world because I feel so blessed to have these opportunities do be doing what I love! Life motto lately: “You can sleep when you’re dead”.

I only RSVP’d for one fashion show as my focus was more so on brand meetings and connections this year. Sadly, due to rain I didn’t even make the one show I was really looking forward to going to, Nicole Miller. Thankfully I still was able to make it to almost all of my other events and meetings. Some of my favorites this year included the Liketoknow.it party, Lulu’s party, Shopbop party, and OK Magazine party. No, I did not just party my little heart away during fashion week but due to privacy reasons I am not able to disclose several of the brand meetings that I had so that’s why you get a long list of parties instead 😉

DO YOU HAVE TO BE INVITED?

Heck no! My first year that I went, I booked a plane ticket and hotel room and told myself that even if I didn’t get invited, it would be the trip of a lifetime to go to NYC during fashion week. No matter how small you are, if you do the work to pitch brands for fashion events, you will have at least a few events to go to. Even if you just go to meet with other fashion influencers and brands, it is 100% worth it! Getting invited to shows, showrooms, brand meetings, parties, etc are all the same. Most are not going to reach out to you unless you’ve already gone in years past. YOU have to do the work. This means sending out hundreds of emails. Read more about how to get invited to events here. And for the record, my first year that I attended NYFW, I had less than 5k followers and guess what? I still got invited to fashion shows:)

HOW DO YOU GET TO MEET WITH BRANDS?

Fashion week (or honestly any trip to New York) is a great time to reach out to brands and PR companies that you have already worked with in the past. If you’ve never looked at the signature line of brands you’ve been emailing, you should start 🙂 Most are headquartered in NYC! There is nothing like putting a face to a name, especially when these brands work with hundreds if not thousands of other influencers. Anything you an do to make youreself stand out is going to put you ahead in this industry! Before fashion week each year, I will make a point to look through my collaborations over the past year and reach out to some of the brands that I have yet to meet with. I will just shoot them an email letting them know I am in town for fashion week and that I’d love to meet face to face. Some brands I’ve simply gone to their office, others I’ve met for coffee and then some already have scheduled events or showrooms during fashion week and will invite you to those!

HOW DO YOU DRESS THAT FAB ON A BUDGET?

Not going to lie, it’s hard. If you want to go to fashion week and not spend a ton of money on outfits the best ways to look baller on a budget are to rent, borrow or be gifted clothes. This definitely takes some time and effort but can be done several different ways. 1) Reach out to local shops before your trip and ask if they will let you pull some clothes to showcase during fashion week. Most places do this regularly for photoshoots or other events so they should be used to it. Mention you will tag them in all social posts giving them credit and they should be more than happy for the trade of services. 2) Reach out to PR companies or brands in NYC that have showrooms or might want to dress you for the week. Again, many brands do this so asking is not weird at all especially if you’ve worked with them in the past! They will appreciate the exposure opportunity. 3) Many PR brands have gifting suites during fashion week which means FREE CLOTHES. This is where it’s at ladies.

WANTING TO ATTEND NYFW?

Have you thought about going to fashion week but not sure where to start, how to get invited, who to reach out to, etc? The posts below from years past should be helpful when thinking and planning to attend next season! If you have any other questions, I’m more than happy to answer them in the comments below!

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Labor Day Weekend Sales

 Pajama Top: Target | Pajama Bottoms: Target

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Diamond Rings: A Love Story For The Ages

Next year my parents will have been married for 30 years! My dad has been wanting to upgrade my mom’s ring for decades now but she has always politely declined as she says that her original ring holds too much sentimental value. Well after several years of persuasion, my mom finally decided that year 30 could be the year her ring got a little “level up”. My mom and I recently went to Robbins Brothers Houston store to check out their ring selection. While I am nowhere near the point in my life that would require a ring on my left finger, it’s still fun to fantasize so I never say no when mama asks me to tag along 🙂

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Left: Mom’s current ring | Right: Poem White Gold Ring with Robbins Brothers Ring Wrap

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Apparently when it comes to diamond rings, the apple does in fact fall far from the tree because our taste in rings are totally different. Mom’s original diamond ring is marquise shaped and is what she is still predominantly drawn to 30 years later. She ventured out to also try on a few cushion cut and pear shaped rings, all in the white gold family.

The ring that I am wearing above (on the right) was also one of Mom’s selections. This vintage fancy shape ring from the Poem Collection is unlike any other ring I’ve ever seen and immediately made it one of our favorites. The more unique, the better!

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Left: Poem Collection | Right: Poem Collection

Tacori Platinum Cadillac Blue Sapphire Diamond 

A new element that Mama is wanting to incorporate with this ring is sapphire. My dad has tried to buy her many sapphire rings over the years because it is her birthstone and favorite gem, but my mom has always said that she would rather spend the money elsewhere. Now that they are upgrading her ring, the thought of making it more unique with sapphires is something she really likes but also makes the ring search a little more complicated. Thankfully Robbins Brothers offers customization on almost any ring! That way if she finds a ring she loves and wants to add sapphires, she can do that no problem.

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

Before we left, I obviously had to try a few rings on myself, for good measure and all. Almost every ring that I picked out was in the yellow gold or rose gold family. Ever since I received my Aggie Ring (WHOOP!), I predominantly wear gold jewelry to match. I guess the same holds true for engagement rings! Unlike my mom, I was drawn to round, oval and radiant shaped rings and more of a solitaire diamond with a simplistic band. I did try on a few cushion cut rings as well which is about the only ring shape that seemed to agree on!

It’s funny how my mom and I tend to agree on almost everything these days but when it comes to diamonds I guess it’s true that every woman’s love story is different which makes every woman’s ring different too. I’m sure my taste in rings could change a hundred times over before I write my own love story, but it’s still interesting to see how my mom’s taste and I differ.

Robbins Brothers Engagement Rings

We met with both Tommy (the general manager) and Antoinette at the Robbins Brothers Houston store near the Galleria and both were such a pleasure to work with! If you are in the market for an engagement ring, wedding band, or sparkly new diamond, Mama Adams and I cannot say enough good things about Robbins Brothers and their staff that truly make the buying experience so much fun! Plus their large, quality selection had me feeling like Reese Witherspoon in the Sweet Home Alabama scene where Patrick Dempsey let’s her take her pic from the entire store selection. Future husband, if you are reading this, take note 😉

Thank you Robbins Brothers Houston for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos by: BanAvenue

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Chic Chat: FAQ

White Urban outfitters Jumpsuit

I can’t believe I’ve never done a Q&A but I guess there is a first time for everything and also why this post is miles long! I want to start doing these “Chic Chats” with you ladies more often where you are more than welcome to ask me anything or where I can share more personal topics with you or just what is on my heart lately whether that’s about dating, blogging, struggles, finances, or what not! I’m open to it all but I always want this to be a place where you can come chit chat with a best friend from a far. So without further adieu, let’s get started!

General About Me


HOW OLD ARE YOU?

I am 26! My birthday is December 7th (Pearl Harbor day).

HOW TALL ARE YOU?

I am just shy of 5’4″! I get told all of the time how I look so much taller on Instagram which is always so funny to me.

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL & WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?

I went to Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) and graduated with a Finance major and International Business minor. I actually studied abroad my sophomore year all over Europe – London, Paris, Nice, Monaco, Austria, Venice, and more!

WHAT IS YOUR CHICK-FIL-A ORDER?

I get a 3 strip meal with a sweat tea, fries well done (or extra crispy), and 3 Chick-fil-a sauces. Normally I get the sweet tea without ice so that I can take it home and pour it over ice myself! You get way more this way and if you’ve never had CFA sweet tea, well then you know why we need it to fill every square inch of that cup!

WHAT IS YOUR COFFEE ORDER?

I honestly don’t go to Starbucks all too often unless I’m “doing it for the gram”. At home I drink pumpkin spice coffee (all year round because I’m basic like that) with vanilla creamer. I’d also like to point out that I like my coffee white. People tend to ask me if I want coffee with my creamer. Oopsies. If I do go to Starbucks it’s usually on 2 occasions. The first is when I’m sick to order the Medicine Ball drink which is a combination of teas, peppermint, lemon and honey. The second is around the holidays to order a caramel bruleé latte!

New Diet Coke Flavors

Personal


WHAT DOES A DAY IN THE LIFE LOOK LIKE?

I honestly could do an entire post on this and I think I should. Each day is different. There are pros and cons to being a full time blogger, number one being that you get to make your own schedule. This has definitely been my biggest struggle. That being said, Mondays are always my “get shit done” days. I almost never get out of my pjs and I spend the entire day catching up on emails and content planning. I’d like to say the rest of the week is as organized as Mondays but that would be a lie. I try to always start my day with coffee and answering emails. Beyond that every day is different but some of my other tasks include: shopping (yes that’s a large part of my job believe it or not), going to stores to do try on sessions, planning out outfits, taking pictures (another large part), planning out blog posts, researching for blog posts, interacting with you guys on Instagram, and so much more!

WHY DID YOU HAVE HIP SURGERY?

Long story short, I was born with hip dysplasia. I had two Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO for short) surgeries to correct the deformities. These surgeries were both last year. I had my left hip done March, 24th 2017 and my right hip done October 9, 2017. Both required a two month recovery period and another 2 months in physical therapy. This was a very large part of why I moved home. My parents literally had to do everything for me. You can read more about what that is and my experience here.

HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE?

Ha! And I say that because after you read my next question/answer you are going to think the same thing. Without being too gross, I have a very healthy digestive system. I battled IBS for a good portion of my life and still have flare ups every once and awhile. I’d like to say that I work out regularly but that would be a lie. Ever since working from home I’m honestly even less active than I used to be but I do try to do a few, quick at home workouts. I shared which ones I usually do here. I’ve tried joining a gym or workout classes but I was just throwing money down the drain.

A lot of my body type can be attributed to good genetics, a healthy digestive system, and diet. Yes, I eat a lot of CFA but besides that, I eat pretty healthy. My biggest piece of advice is to eat small portions. You can always go back for seconds but if you fill your plate up to the brim on your first round, you are more likely to overeat. I try never to “stuff” myself. Stop eating when you are full! Eating slowly also ensures this.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTH?

Is it too predictable to say Chick-fil-a? Because as much as I eat it that would probably be my request. In fact when I traveled abroad for a month my last meal out of the country was CFA and you can bet it was my first one when I got back! Also does this meal include dessert? Because I’m going to need a large bowl of Cookie Two Step ice cream for dessert please.

DO YOU ENJOY LIVING AT HOME?

Yes! I’d honestly live here forever if it was socially acceptable. My parents and I have a great relationship! You’d think that with all 3 of us being home all of the time (my parents are retired), that we would get sick of each other but for the most part we don’t! I have my own office upstairs that I spend the majority of the day in. Both of my parents have their own offices as well so we don’t see each other too much throughout the day besides meals. We usually cook/eat dinner together and catch up on shows. As far as everything else goes, I come and go as I please. My parents used to be so strict growing up but now we are more like best friends 🙂

ARE YOU LIVING AT HOME BECAUSE YOU ARE UNSURE OF THE FUTURE?

I started out living at home really because of timing. There were quite a few major life factors that played a role in making the decision for me that I talked about in this post. I had NO idea that I would still be living at home a year later but here we are.  A large part of why I have stayed is because I have such a great relationship with my parents, I’m happy saving money while I can, and I’m honestly unsure if I want to stay in Houston so I didn’t want to get locked into a year lease and then decide to peace out. I’m staying here until I know my next step and hopefully by then my savings will have grown even more than they already have!

HOW DO YOU MANAGE A SOCIAL LIFE ESPECIALLY LIVING AT HOME?

I really don’t. Besides my blogging buds, I honestly don’t have a ton of friends that I hang out or keep up with. It’s weird how the older you get, the less friends you have but I’ve been weirdly ok with that. I keep up with the friends that I can’t live without and have let other friendships fizzle out that seem forced. I’ve been far more selective with who I give my time to recently. I try to make time for friends and experiences that build me up and make me feel alive! As for going out, I love it! I am a social butterfly on the weekends and I LOVE to dance 🙂 Funny enough, it seems like the only time I run into any of you is when I’m two sheets to the wind. My apologies ladies.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAREER?

Still trying to figure that one out. I have a running list of things I like and don’t like. I’m way too much of a people person for a 9-5 desk job, I know that. I’d love for my next business step to be something in the fashion realm. Possibly in marketing, social media or styling! I love what I do now but is it my end all be all? No.

Blogging FAQ

Dating


DO YOU ENJOY BEING SINGLE?

Yes and no. I’m one of the last single ones out of my friend group which kind of sucks because you really don’t realize that you are #singleAF until you are surrounded by people who are all married and/or having kids. But most of the time, yes! I actually did an entire blog post on my feelings about being single and what my season of singleness has taught me hereIf you are in the same season, I highly suggest you read it and why I genuinely think that we (all of the single ladies), are the lucky ones.

WHAT DO YOU WANT IN A GUY?

I mean… I haven’t waited this long not to have Prince Charming is all I’m saying. Hehe. In all seriousness I don’t have a list of criteria and honestly I don’t have a “type”. Every guy that I have dated has been SO different. Looks, race, personality, the whole shebang. I usually go for the confident guys. The ones that aren’t afraid to approach me and start a conversation. If they can make me laugh, game over. Yes, looks are important but honestly personality is way more important to me. For that reason, I’ll go on a date with just about anyone! Other factors that are very attractive: success/motivation to better themselves, enjoy traveling, and know how to have a good time. Someone that will go out with me on Friday night and church on Sundays. Is that too much to ask for?

HOW OFTEN DO YOU DATE?

I go through spurts. One minute I’m like “I don’t need no man” and I just enjoy the single train and other time’s I’m all like “maybe it’s time to settle down” and I’ll jump on a few dating apps. I’ve been told a million times that I’ll find someone when I stop looking so that’s pretty much what I’ve done. Stopped looking in the sense I rarely get on dating apps anymore. I still like to think that I put myself in plenty of social situations for the right man to come along. I’ve been on quite a few dates over the past year as well as met plenty of guys out. Almost none have resulted in a second date or me changing their number in my phone to an actual name. After getting burned so bad from my last “relationship”, my perspective on dating has changed. I never fully opened up about this but you can read an open letter to him here.

ARE YOU ON ANY DATING APPS/WEBSITES?

Dating is awkward enough without throwing dating apps into the mix. I don’t particularly like them. Theoretically I’d rather meet someone out or through friends than meet up with a stranger but it’s easier said than done. I’ve been on all of the dating apps. I’ve deleted them, redownloaded them, met up with people from them, been catfished, gone on second dates, even fallen for some of the guys. So yes I’m well versed on dating apps even though I don’t particularly like them. I hate that dating apps have become a way of life because I honestly think that it prevents people from making moves in person. It hinders people’s confidence because it takes the work out of making a connection in person. And with confidence being a major attraction for me, dating apps seem to only bring about men who are lacking in that department unfortunately. I’m not sure what that says about me since I have been on them from time to time but I’m also the first girl at the bar to hit on a guy that I think is attractive so…?

My quick and short analysis if you are thinking about joining a dating app. Bumble sucks. The guys aren’t of high quality and the ones that are just want to message back and forth and never meet up. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Coffee Meets Bagel has plenty of people that want to meet up but none were very attractive to me. I did like the platform better than Bumble since it gave more background information on each guy. Maybe your area might be better? It’s worth a shot. The League is supposed to be for business professionals but you only get 3 matches a day. I used the platform for months and never met up with a single guy. Hinge is probably the most fun. You get funny tidbits about each guy, background info and pics. I’ve probably had the most success with this app and it’s the most user friendly.

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Hair/Skin


DO YOU HAVE EXTENSIONS?

I just took them out last week and already want them back in! You can read all about what type, cost, the process, styling and maintenance here.

WHAT CURLER DO YOU USE?

I go back and forth between my T3 appliances and my Hot Tools wand depending on the length of my hair and what type of curl I am going for. For everyday curls, I love the Hot Tools wand. For tighter curls, I use the T3 1 inch wand. For loose waves, I use the T3 1.5 inch wand.

WHO DOES YOUR HAIR?

 I go to Sharon at Trademark Salon for my cut, color and now extensions. I cannot recommend her enough! I have always been more than pleased with my services. In fact, she is the first hair stylist that I have gone to more than once which is saying A LOT because I had never been happy with my hair until finding Sharon. And I tried five Houston salons before finding Trademark! For those that aren’t in the Spring area, she is well worth the drive!

Trademark Salon Location:

10300 Louetta Rd #106, Houston, TX 77070

WHAT SKINCARE PRODUCTS CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?

I’ve been using Sunday Riley’s UFO oil at night for the past year and it has dramatically changed my acne prone skin! It’s pricey but works wonders. Also, I’ve used the same eye shadow pallet since high school and constantly get questions about it. I use the Too Faced Natural Eye Pallet. It’s such a great everyday eyeshadow look.

Blogging FAQ

Blogging


WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE BLOGGING FULL TIME?

I was a supply analyst for a retail power company for 3 years. I didn’t hate the work but I did not enjoy the company culture and knew it’s not what I wanted to be doing forever.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED BLOGGING?

Like most people it started as a hobby and a creative outlet. I moved home after college and started work. I absolutely hated it at first. Nobody talked to me, I had no friends that moved back to Houston and to top it off I felt like a loser at the time for living at home. I was pretty depressed for awhile. I desperately needed something that I could pour my time into that I enjoyed doing. Insert blogging. I followed a few bloggers and always thought their work was so appealing. My entire life I was the one doing people’s hair and make up at sleepovers. I was also always the one being asked, “Where did you get that cute outfit?!” so it seemed natural to fall into blogging. My sister’s boyfriend at the time offered to set up my website (something I’m still SO grateful for), and the rest was history!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING?

November will make 3 years! I started November 2015. My first blog post, as terrible as it is, is here. Goes to show everyone has to start somewhere. Apparently that somewhere for me was starting every blog post with “Hello Lovelies!”. EW.

WHERE DID YOUR BLOG NAME COME FROM?

I’m honestly surprised I don’t get this question more often. I think most people think it’s just a random, cute name but there was actually SO much thought that went into it. I thought about the name for over 6 months and had over 100 possible contenders. Crazy!! But the real meaning behind the blog name is explained here.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE BEFORE YOU SAW A RETURN?

I joined RewardStyle (an affiliate network) when I had just 1k followers. I didn’t really start making money off of that until months later and even then it was minuscule. I think once I hit 10k is when I started charging for sponsored posts. Even at that point it was very little. At the beginning you definitely have to be prepared to sink a large sum into your blog knowing you might never see a return. I’d say that I didn’t break even until probably a year into blogging. Once I hit 50k on Instagram is really when I saw my sponsorships increase.

HOW MUCH DO BLOGGERS MAKE?

There are so many different factors! The great thing about blogging/working for yourself is that if you put 10% in, you are only going to get 10% out. If you put 110% in, the return is far greater. Since I’ve been blogging full time, my blogging income has quadrupled. When I took the plunge, I was making a quarter of what I make now. I am just shy of making what I made at my full time job. Bloggers make money several different ways. 1) through affiliate links meaning we get a small commission every time a follower purchases something through one of our links. 2) Through advertisements on the blog. I personally do not do any of these. 3) Through sponsorships. A company will pay for a dedicated blog or social post.

Every blogger charges a different amount. There is no “standard” in the blogging industry which is honestly quite frustrating because a lot of bloggers will work for free which ends up screwing the rest of us if companies know that they can get away with not paying. While this is not a written rule, most bloggers charge companies $100 per every 10k Instagram followers. So for instance if I follow this rule, I would charge $100 * 6.74 (67.4k Instagram followers)=  $675 per Instagram post. A blog post is more expensive! I know that doesn’t give you a straightforward answer but I know some bloggers that make way over 6 figures and some that barely make anything.

HOW DO BLOGGERS TRAVEL SO MUCH?

Once you have a decent following, it is very easy to work on a trade basis when it comes to traveling. When I travel, I will reach out to hotels, restaurants and brands that I want to work with and ask if they will let give me a room, meal or clothing for free in exchange for a feature on my social channels. This doesn’t always work but a lot of times it does considering they would normally have to pay for this type of exposure! Bigger bloggers can get paid to travel. Also, sometimes I will line up several paid brand sponsorships during a trip so that it pays for my flight and then some! Usually if you tell a brand that wants to work with you that you can shoot for them in say Hawaii, they are more on board to pay you than your average backyard pool pic:)

WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT BLOGGING?

O goodness. Probably the inconsistency. Some months I make 4X what I make in another month. There is no set paycheck. Like I said it’s dependent on how much you put into it as well as luck. Some months you receive more collaboration opportunities than others. Season is also a big factor. A lot of companies have bigger budgets during the holidays to push holiday promotions. After the new year is usually a “slump period” because everyone is recovering from spending so much during the holidays!

HOW DO YOU MAKE FRIENDS IN THE BLOGGING INDUSTRY?

I wrote a blog post only 4 months into my blogging journey about how to meet other bloggers and it is still 100% accurate! I guess I really did know a thing or two back then 🙂 You can find that post here.

HOW DO YOU AFFORD ALL OF THE CLOTHES FOR YOUR BLOG?

You have to keep in mind that I do this for a living! My job is literally to show you the newest trends. It’s not to buy a bunch of clothes and wear them 500 times (like a normal person lol). I wear most things one time which is to show you how to style an outfit! If I showed you the same outfit more than once it really isn’t doing anyone a service. Instead, I try to show you new ways to style different pieces as well as how to bring in new styles each season. I am gifted quite a bit of clothing and what I do buy comes out of a monthly budget that I allow for my business.

Also, keep in mind I do not keep everything that I show you ladies. A lot of times I buy clothes to do at home try on sessions and then return what I do not forsee wearing for more than one Instagram photo. I know it’s hard to compare your closet with bloggers’ closets but you can’t do that! Our clothes are our money makers. If we don’t have new, “linkable” clothes, we don’t make money. But it takes money to make money!

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN A FOLLOWING ESPECIALLY LATELY WITH THE ALGORITHM CHANGES?

It has taken me 3 years and SO many hours to grow my Instagram to what it is. I am on Instagram almost 24/7 and that’s not an exaggeration. I have been affected by the algorithm just like everyone else and it sucks but I’ve chosen not to harp on it. Instead, I’m focusing my energy on creating the best content that I can which is all we really can. While it is a lot harder than it used to be to grow, I did an entire post here on how I have successfully grown my Instagram following.

Keep in mind that nobody is an overnight success and that there is no magic formula. I am very proud to say that I have never bought followers or likes which has unfortunately become the normal in our industry. If you are just starting out, my biggest piece of advice to grow your audience is to be genuine and true to yourself from the beginning! People want to follow and connect with someone that they have a connection with. You can’t have a connection with someone who is trying to be someone completely different.

If you have any more questions or have a topic you want me to cover in the next Chic Chat please leave a comment and let me know!

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