I wrote a little bit about this in my Welcome blog post, but I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it because it took a lot of time and effort to actually get this page going! I probably started following fashion bloggers about a year ago, so this has been in the making since then. I began by following fashionable women all over the US and loving all their styles and blogs. It made Instagram more interactive and exciting for me.
I learned more about style itself, but also began to have an unrealistic vision of what it would be like to run a fashion blog and Instagram. There were plenty of bloggers that did this as their full-time job and boy, did it look fun. Of course, they all had an established audience and had been doing it for quite a few years, but that was not something I considered when I was looking at posts and wishing I could do that too.
Fast forward about six months and I began to talk about wanting to start a fashion blog to my boyfriend, Trevor. He was the first person I told about it, he didn’t have a lot of knowledge on the subject, but he supported me fully. So, I decided I would start researching what it took to start a blog and how I could go about it. This was where I got very discouraged. I read countless blogs about how and where to start. It seemed like no big deal, but the more I read the scarier it got. It took me forever to even entertain the idea of fully committing to starting one. I went back and forth plenty of times. One day I was all for it and ready to go and the next I was too nervous or embarrassed about what others would think about me or my clothes or my writing. Poor Trevor had to listen to me change my mind a million times but stood by my side through all of it.
I sat down one night and thought about what I really had to lose by starting this. It boiled down to the fact that I really was just worried what others would think and that was not a good enough reason to hold me back anymore. So I got to work. I read about all the things you needed to do before you could even get to the point of launching a blog. It mainly consisted of having enough pictures of the outfits you wanted to post because you needed to post 4/5 times a week and having enough content written out to get a following.
I began to write a few blog posts after work about two months ago to prepare – it’s been a long ride! In order to gain a following you have to come up with relevant content that engages your readers, so I wrote plenty of things that I ended up just deleting or rewriting a million timers. It then came time to figure out how I was going to photograph the outfits I wanted to launch my blog with. Thankfully, my best friend from home, Renata, has always been incredibly creative and loves photography. On top of that, she just moved back to Chicago! It was meant to be and the perfect partnership. Renata and I decided on one day about a month ago to go through and photograph around 5 outfits; of course it was the rainiest day that month. I picked out some spots I thought would be aesthetically pleasing to shoot at and she did her magic. This was, however, no walk in the park. The biggest issue for myself was being comfortable in front of the camera. It’s not easy and I was nervous. It helped to have someone I knew so well taking the photos, but I still felt awkward and had no idea what I was doing. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the photos turned out, but I’m sure Renata’s editing and photography skills had a lot to do with that. There were plenty of other issues such as having to change clothes in a small car or bathroom, or our schedules not aligning to get more photos - all things you must consider and be prepared for when you want to launch a blog. Renata and I spent countless hours looking at clothes, matching outfits, taking photos, editing photos, etc.
After alllllll of that, it came time for me to find a platform to build my blog on! Once again, I began to search and see what others used. I created multiple sites, but eventually decided Weebly was my best bet for creating what I wanted. Once again, this was difficult for me because I am not tech savvy – thank god I have such GREAT friends. Here was where I pulled in another one of my best friends, Katie, who has a career in Marketing and running websites. She so graciously spent time designing my site and making it look as lovely as it does right now. I am very fortunate that I have several friends in Marketing/Advertising roles, like my other best friend's (Shauna's) boyfriend, Keenan, that took the time to give me advice on how to make successful blog and website that people would want to visit. I am fortunate to have so many helpful friends! Regardless of everyone's advice and help, I had to take the time to learn how all this worked myself, and let me tell you, it took me FOUR hours to post my first blog post so I’m really hoping that becomes a smoother process for me.
Anyways, it took me about 6 months from when I decided I would start a blog to actually launching it and it was quite a learning experience! Not just learning about the blog life and what it takes, but learning about myself in the process. So once again, thank you everyone that is here reading this because believe me it took a while to get to this point!
I want to give a shout out to all my friends and family that have supported me and listened to me change my mind countless times over the past few months, I love you all! Special shout out to Trevor, Renata, Katie, Shauna and Keenan for everything you’ve done to help me get to this point!
Outfit details are below!
These photos are a part of my first photo shoot with Renata. We started outside and eventually moved into Restoration Hardware, which is seen in the photos below.
The dress I am wearing is from & Other Stories. It is a website I recently discovered that has stores in all around the world, the USA ones are located in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, New York and Washington D.C. It's a soft (soft is my thing people) velour dress with a zipper in the back, wearing a size Small! My boots are Sam Edelman from Amazon.