I think it’s high time I write about something you’ve all been asking me about: me.
Being quite closed, it’s always been difficult to share my thoughts, which is ironic, given that’s the premise around most blogs. Instead, I’ve always tried to insert my personality through posts about travel, fashion & what not, but I thought, what the heck, let’s try to say something a little more real.
So let’s start with the most recent & (in my opinion) most exciting topic: full-time blogging as a job. I get so many questions every day from friends, family, and all of you about what it takes to be a full-time blogger and what that even means. Let’s be honest, what do bloggers even do? Honestly, this is something I couldn’t have even taken a stance on until very recently. It was kind of a mystery, even to me.
I actually started blogging entirely as a hobby and creative outlet while working in finance in New York about four years ago. I just enjoyed having a place to express something other than my thoughts on crude prices…(smh) and a part of it was because I’ve honestly always loved sharing my style, tips and experience with friends who often ask “where is this from” “what lipstick brands do you use.” So I figured, why not share on a mass scale. I then left finance to pursue a career in fashion, but with a pit-stop in London for my MBA. But this past August, I decided, with a little help from my new mentor Ashley (that beautiful face behind Miss Gunner) to take this hobby full-time. It’s been a crazy few months, basically kicked off by my first London fashion week but also one of the most genuinely rewarding times of my life.
It’s one thing to blog for fun, and an entirely different thing to give it your full dedication. Whether it’s shooting, styling, editing, writing, meeting brands/bloggers/press, it’s an all-consuming, all day (& all night) entrepreneur business. At the end of the day, that’s what most bloggers are: a self-made business. And that’s definitely what makes it worthwhile to me – your effort directly correlates to you and your reward. Having met so many other bloggers in the last few months, I’ve been completely humbled by these women, hustling every day. I know on Instastories it looks like all we do is drink champagne and wear pretty clothes, but I can tell you honestly there’s so much more to it. And if there’s any advice I could give (which isn’t to say by any means that I’m an expert) it’s just to be consistent. Consistently produce content that’s consistent with who you are and you will eventually attract the attention of those who share your interests. You don’t need the whole world to follow you to be ‘successful’, so don’t try to please everyone. I can ensure you, that won’t work anyways.
Anyways, more thoughts to come! I figured this was enough reading for one day 🙂
Dress | Coast Friday Collection (by Olivia Palermo)
Boots | Florian by Matisse
Sunglasses | Rayban via Sunglasses Shop