Top J.Crew HERE (small) | Earrings HERE | Shoes Steve Madden (from sisters closet) on sale HERE | Joggers (old and cant remember size) VERY similar HERE | Bag Cuyana HERE | Necklace HERE (literally wear this everyday) I love that you can use your kids’ names and not just initials or I would be stuck with T T…yikes
I gave my site some love this week! What do you think of the new look? I have had my eye on a layout like this for a while and am glad to have everything more organized.
I thought I would just chat a sec about my experience so far as a “fashion blogger,” and though I have only been posting content on here for a few months, this has been a labor of love for about 7-8 months now. For those who don’t know, I have been a professional photographer for about 8 years. I capture newborns, seniors, families, engagements, and bridals. Everything but weddings really. I have done a lot of styling for my clients and would even go through their closets to find the perfect outfit and would even lend my own jewelry, clothes etc. to get the look we were going for. I loved the styling part of my job and I would get asked a lot where I purchased this or that, and thought how great it would be to have an easy way for people to see and purchase items they like with the click of a mouse. I had been following a few bloggers for years and loved getting to see and purchase what I liked from someone who had a style similar to mine, but as time went on, my style has evolved and I couldn’t find someone that the style I was looking for. I thought about doing my own blog, but talked myself out of it, then talked myself back in, and then out….finally, I just went for it and brought the idea up to my husband (who is incredibly supportive and amazing,) and he thought I would be great at it. I think it was the final push I needed to start.
So far, it has been fun, a lot of work, but so fun! Honestly I feel relief that this idea of mine is out there and I really hope that yall are learning my style and finding some great pieces that you love! It’s so hard to find time to go shopping. Whether you work a lot, have kids, or just hate parking at the mall, this blog is for you. The people that would rather shop from home and have something sent to your door. With free shipping now at most stores, it makes sense to me.
To be honest, after I had my second baby, Tessa, I found myself totally overwhelmed at times. I hadn’t felt this way having just one,, but having a second baby was stressful and I found myself so worried about my kids and overly stressed! I even toyed with the idea of shutting my photography business down. I told my closest friends that I was going to quit. It was something I loved and worked so hard to create and learn, but I just couldn’t care as much as I used to and I thought that I should just spend time with my kids and quit. FYI (only one was in a mothers day out a few hours twice a week.) That seemed like the best answer, but when I looked at the reality of quitting, I felt even more empty. I did take a break from it for a couple of months, but I decided to just slow it down, quit any advertising I had going, and just service any repeat clients or direct referrals, but I still was lacking that drive to create. I think the thought of quitting overwhelmed me too! WHAT IS THE ANSWER? I thought. I am a believer in Christ and believe that casting your burdens on Him will give you clarity and help you see the big picture and I turn to Him in times just like this. I can’t put a finger on when it actually happened, but I decided to put my “mom guilt” aside and make a little more time for me. Up until this point, “me time,” seemed selfish and I felt like I should be with my kids all the time and I should also be worrying about them all the time, and if I don’t, I’m a “bad mom.” I realized that having a creative outlet for me was good for me and I craved it. I started making time for me during the week, and I just felt free. That freedom started to build and build and I found myself on a non stop path to create something I think I had had in my mind for a while. I started to work on a portrait video for Tessa. I had wanted to do one for her for a while as I had done for Ty and her in the past, but finally I had the energy, time, and “want to.” It was my labor of love to her and also for me! I felt a creative release after a year and a half of worry and fear. I had been thinking about the blog and planning for it, so I decided to use the video to help me start off my personal style blog and here we are!
Though I’m an extrovert, it’s really is hard for me to open up about my personal life, but I want yall to understand how I got here and that I have real life struggles and insecurities.
I am so thankful that you guys are following along. It is so encouraging to see your likes and comments on here, facebook, and my instagram. Have a wonderful Thursday!
4 thoughts on “Blue on Blue + a little bio!”
You are an amazing Mama, friend, woman, and Christian! Love that you are putting yourself out there, I know you are helping others who feel just like this. So proud of you!!! And this look 😍😍😍 I need that top!
Thanks for sharing! Been meaning to tell you – I got your necklace with my 3 kiddos names…absolutely LOVE it! 🙂
Love this! And your new blog template!!
I love your blog, and I’m so thrilled I found you in this crazy bloggersphere! Thank you for posting this, it helps put things in perspective for me, as I am in the process of building my website now. Starting out has been a “labor of love” for me as well. It’s refreshing to know other bloggers share these same feelings. You are doing so well. You inspired me to keep going! Keep the beautiful content coming. And your new page is just spectacular!