What’s the first thing you do on a morning?

Make Coffee! I work full time in marketing, so my weekdays and weekends look a little different. However, they both ALWAYS start with coffee and my daily to do list. On my weekends, which tend to be focused on my blog, I wake up, drink my coffee, make my daily to do list, then hit the gym because it helps me clear my head and focus on my daily tasks.

What made you decide to start blogging?

I’ve always truly loved clothes, and I love matching my outfit to my mood. I like to mix it up and take risks, I don’t like to be confined to one specific style profile because that kind of defeats the purpose. Style is a form of expression. You can be anything or anyone you want to be each day. I love to hear other Women say “Oh I could never wear that,” because every single time my response is “yes you can!” While I love sharing my outfits, I love encouraging other Women to do the same so much more. It’s more than an outfit, it’s confidence and that really changes the game for anyone.

What are two things you know now that you wish you knew when you started your blog?

Consistency is key, and just be you!

1. Consistency is really key to anything, but this process has been long and it’s certainly not over. However when I first started I would get good at one thing, and put something else on the back burner, ect. I’ve learned in this industry especially, consistency is necessary to your brand awareness. If you are not showing up, people don’t know who you are, and someone else most definitely is. So show up, post, share your story even if you don’t feel it’s perfect. There is no perfect.

2. We all know putting your life on social media in front of strangers is terrifying. In fact, that very fear held me back SO much early on. I was scared of internet trolls, and mean comments online. What I actually found were a ton of really supportive peers and Women that quickly became online friends. SO many people I don’t actually know personally or have not met in person encourage and support me, and it’s a great feeling! On the other end of the spectrum, often the people that you expect to support you, to clap for you, to spread the word, are doing quite the opposite. Sometimes it’s the ones you know the most or that you’re close with that talk badly about you and your ventures to their friends and acquaintances. At first this hit me harder than anything else, until I realized that it actually changed nothing at all. People will talk, and at the end of the day you have to do you regardless. You’ll never forget the comments, but you’ll come out wiser and more empowered as a result. That in itself, is totally worth it.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to start a blog?

DO IT! People will tell you that it’s saturated and competitive, and my response is always SO IS EVERYTHING ELSE! If you know your purpose and enjoy it, do it! Success will come eventually, just like anything else!

What is one thing your followers would be surprised to learn about you?

I truly appreciate authenticity and honesty. I think most people do, however I mean more from the perspective of being UNIQUE. Blogging is an interesting industry and you often find clones of one another. What one posts, they all post. I would prefer to not post at all rather than play the keeping up with the joneses game. I think if you’re going to launch a blog and play the Instagram game, you have to be different. If I buy something I like and share it, it’s an honest opinion. If I prefer a skincare line over the popular choice, it’s because I truly use and like the products. Sometimes this gets confusing when all you do is scroll Instagram, so my personal goal is to spend more time posting my own stories and posts without looking at everyone else’s. Be true to yourself, and it will always be something you’re proud of!

Two current guilty pleasures.

Cheesy movies (think Hallmark romcoms, and bad sci fi movies) and chocolate chip cookies! My Husband literally calls me the cookie monster!

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

High waisted anything and I don’t see that changing soon! They’re super flattering on literally everyone! Kitten heels are my newest fav, and look so chic with jeans and a tee.

What are some up and coming brands that you think our readers should know about?

Raye the label shoes. I’m obsessed with every style and have a running wishlist in my cart. I also love Tan Lines swim, and a lot of these smaller Indie brands. I’m a Florida native and would love to create my own swim line one day. We’ll see what’s in the cards!

If you could take a year-long sabbatical, what would you do?

I would get my yoga certification, if anything to better my practice and mental awareness. I love yoga, and I haven’t been doing enough of it lately. I love what it does for my body, but more importantly my soul. I would also focus on providing more value to my audience, and focus more on my next steps with this platform. That’s something I’m working on currently, however I have to juggle that with my full time gig so it doesn’t happen as quickly as it could.

What has been your most exciting moment since becoming an influencer?

Oh man, this is a tough one. This industry IS exciting all in itself! My most exciting moment was probably my first feature in a media outlet. It happened shortly after I launched my blog and initially I was embarrassed because all my coworkers found it before I did. In retrospect, it’s still my proudest moment. In a way it made me feel validated and helped me to overcome Imposter Syndrome. To have someone else recognize what you’re putting out there is an amazing feeling, and it really just made me feel like I was on the right track as far as providing value and serving my audience. NO amount of money in the world can give you that!
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