When I first started blogging almost three years ago, I was totally clueless. I read other blogs, but I pretty much had no idea how the whole shebang worked.
+ If you want to see what I mean, check out my first post ever...I'd say there's been quite an improvement, no?
Regardless, I jumped in with both feet & spent almost every night for the first year staying up until all hours researching and teaching myself everything from website design and photography, to how to land sponsorships, build an audience, earn affiliate income, increase engagement, etc.
With the athleisure trend in full swing, I'm really vibing on casual pieces lately. I finally invested in a pair of Adidas sneakers a few months ago, which have really stepped up my game. And I don't even care that everybody and their mother has a pair at this point, because they're SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE.
Seriously, just try 'em on. This pair is loaded with memory foam, so it's legit like you're walking on a cloud. I straight wear them at least a few days per week, simply because they're so comfy and go with pretty much anything.
So, perhaps you've read this post, where I told ya'll about the little hurricane warning we had in NY last week...
Sounds like fun, huh?
We're obviously *quite* ready for summer over here in the East Coast, so I just couldn't resist putting together a little warm weather roundup to get in the spirit. I'm loving all the pom poms and tropical prints this season, despite the fact that I'm trying to keep away from such bright pieces (I wear 'em once and get bored). I can't wait to just lay out in the sun all weekend though — with SPF like 1 million on of course, b/c I'm a psycho bitch about preventing wrinkles.
Unfortunately, it's still sweater weather here in NY.
In fact, we had a literal tornado warning on Monday night.
WTF East Coast.
Can you see I'm a bity salty about this 'lil predicament here? I'm a person whose mood is definitely affected by the weather, so the constant grayness outside is quite underhwelming. How's a girl supposed to stay creative (which is essentially us bloggers' bread & butter) when it's downright gloomy out?
You guys know I love me a good deal. After all, I did write a whole post on how to afford designer clothes in college. And ICYMI, that really translates to: how to afford designer clothes when you're broke as sh*t.
Seriously though, I get a good laugh every time I see a fashion blogger advertising a "sale", where her favorite picks are "just *insert absurd price here*. To each her own...but I refuse to drop $50 for a t-shirt (cue "Thrift Shop").
For some reason, I never plan my Easter outfit out too far ahead. I've seen a number of bloggers dressed to the nines in gorgeous floral numbers and other festive frocks for the past few weeks, but I'm more of a last-minute kind of gal. I also don't love some of the stiffer looking pieces — you know the dresses that just look kind of hard to breathe/move around in?
Instead, I'm taking more of a lax approach to my Easter attire this year and opting for my favorite flowy pastel maxi skirt. It's easy to style (#lazygirlapproved), and is absolutely killer if you're looking for something that just screams "Easter weekend".
In this social media age, where FOMO is becoming the complete norm, I often hear college girls envying fashion bloggers and other Insta stars for their seemingly "perfect" lives.
Along with those picture perfect moments are also, typically, killer outfits. After all, isn't this part of what makes us girls jealous of these social media mavens in the first place? Not only do they jet set around the world experiencing the best of each and every city under the sun, but they do it in style.
Maybe I'm just speaking for myself, but lusting after clothes that are WAY out of my budget (which I typically stumble upon through street style blogs or Instagram) is just another day in the life of a broke-a** college girl. Ya know?
Ahh, self care. The oh-so-trendy topic that's simply everywhere on the web right now. It sounds very Gwenyth Paltrow if you ask me, but I love that #treatingyoself is actually becoming a legitimate practice.
I mean, if you're not taking care of yourself, what ARE you doing?
Am I right?
I do think that there's this huge misconception though that self care needs to be some elaborate, expensive, time consuming, etc. process. In reality, self care is a gold mine for us boss ladies.
If you've had the chance to peruse my ever-growing library of fashion content, you may have noticed that I'm not typically one for flashy jewelry. I love a statement necklace just as much as the next girl, don't get me wrong. However, I have a few staple pieces that hold a lot of meaning to me and that I wear almost every day.
Try to spot them in the next outfit post I publish ;)
Anyways, I thought it'd be fun to give you guys a rundown of the pieces that you've probably already seen on me and will continue to see for a long time to come:
Thank the freakin' Lord, spring is finally in the air. Winter has been treacherous around these parts, but it was (almost) all worth it when I got to pull out my favorite polka dotted number this past weekend. I'm already feeling a major purging of my winter closet coming on, and I absolutely can't wait to break out more of my spring pieces.
In the spirit of the warmer weather, I want to share with you guys five trends I am loving this season in hopes of helping you perfect your spring wardrobe fast. I swear, just grab the below essentials, and you'll be up to speed in no time.
As the saying goes, worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. I feel the same way about fear, which remains at the top of my shit list indefinitely. After all, there's really nothing remarkable about fear. No excitement, and certainly no enjoyment.
In lieu of a typical #MotivationalMonday edit this week, let's talk about something a bit different — something that just so happens to be most creative entrepreneurs' biggest frenemy.
Whaaaat? Isn't inspiration supposed to be my BFFL, you ask? Well, the funny thing about inspiration is that, when it's there for you, it's on freaking point. When it's not though? That's another story...
If I could go back in time and give my 15-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be this:
Love yourself. Always.
I recently read the book You Are a Badass, and every single chapter ended with that reminder. The message was that important.
Though it's taken me many years to "master" this concept, I still feel like I'm ahead of the curve. In a world that's dominated by social media, getting trapped in a never-ending cycle of comparison is seemingly inevitable (though, I wrote about why it doesn't have to be here). Not to mention the fact that virtually everything nowadays is photoshopped to death. I love, love, love that raw, real life is slowly but surely becoming the new "it" thing (thank u Snapchat & Insta stories).
What better way to jump into February than with a classic Valentine's Day post? For those of ya who aren't so much of a fan of the heart-themed holiday, I'll warn you now — get on board. I've got lots of fun holiday-inspired content planned for the upcoming week, and I absolutely can't wait to share.
I won't go too much into my Valentine's Day motto here (though I'll cover it soon, promise), but please remember, as cliche as it sounds, it's a day to treat yo' self! It doesn't matter if you don't have an S.O. to buy you flowers & chocolate. It's 2017, and I say buy 'em for your damn self — boyfriend or no boyfriend (because multiple boxes of chocolate never hurt a fly, right?).
Wow, it feels like it's been literal ages since I've shared a post under the tag 'Motivational Monday'. This series was one of the first that I created on The Blonde Chiffon, yet somehow it gradually faded away. I'm still working on my New Year's resolutions (yes, I'm aware that January is almost over), but I know that one thing I want to do is to start writing more raw, inspirational content.
So, here's this series' revival. I figure, it's 2017. Why the hell not? There's certainly much crazier things going on in the world today. This series also gives me the chance to write more off the cuff, instead of my typical listicles & how-to posts.
Lately, I've been very into the color black. Shoes, jackets, sweaters, you name it. All black everything, except for a bit of gray here and there. Overall though, I'm really digging the neutral colors.
But what I don't love? Expensive, break the bank clothing. I read some popular fashion blogs and I'm always like, that's $50 for a t-shirt.
If you've read this post where I list 5 podcasts you need in your life, you know that I love Gretchen Rubin's show Happier. For those of you don't know, Gretchen is a happiness expert, and she's most widely recognized for her #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Happiness Project. In the book, Gretchen details her research on what exactly makes people happy and she recounts her year "trying to sing in the morning, clean [her] closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun."...