This post comes to you LATE yet again, and from my parents couch as I had to come out to their neck of the woods to run some errands + send in my passport application (I’M GOING TO MEXICO, Y’ALL!). Which turned into me and my mom hitting a patch of ice, running off the road, and landing in a ditch about a half mile from their house – that’s some luck right there, huh? At least I got a great in Instagram photo out of it, AND one of the hottest cops I’ve ever seen stopped to see if we were ok.
It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a Thursday Things post – mostly because I was in NYC for Fashion Week and then had the fashion flu, but now that half the U.S. is covered in blanket of snow I figure all of us could use a source or two of inspiration + some weekend reading.
The Fox & She gave me serious office envy this week when she showed her newly updated home office, complete with a west elm desk. One of my biggest hangups in working from home is my lack of work space in which I feel inspired to sit, write, and work my days away in. Thanks to her though I know how I’m spending my weekend.
Speaking of Blair from Fox & She, I found earlier this week that she’ll be speaking at the Southern Blog Society Conference in Charleston this June, and I couldn’t be more excited about finally getting to meet her + learn from her. If you’re not a member yet, there’s still time to join!
I’ve never been to Charleston, but I can certainly say that I’m excited to go, especially when our hotel is as gorgeous as Belmond Charleston Place is.
This Spring/Summer is shaping up to be one of the best I’ve had in years with trips already planned to Mexico next month, Charleston in June, and NYC + Chicago in July. Naturally I’ve already started shopping for warmer weather clothing, and thanks to the East Dane sale it’s cheaper than ever.
Thanks to Tyler Williams I’ve got some good reads to add to my list for beach reading next month as that’s all I really plan on doing. I mean, what’s better than reading while getting a tan?
Until I’m on that beach I know I’m gonna be stuck inside for awhile still thanks to all the latest snow, and to stay warm I’m wiping up this soup tomorrow, you know what that means – food post coming soon.
I’m still on the lookout for a handsome husband who wants to flip a house with me, and someone that’s totally ok with my kitchen looking like this. If anyone has any leads, I ask that you reach out ASAP.
Leave to Isaac Likes to make me rethink all of my preconceived notions that living with someone before getting series was a good idea.
Damsel in Dior offered up envy in two ways this week. First and foremost, with a brand, spanking new site design that is quite impressive, and secondly with her latest travel post about a trip to Laguna Beach.
While she’s enjoying that SoCal sun, I’m taking a cue from Closet Freaks and embracing the sweatpants trend a little longer – at least until it gets warmer, and I’m actually motivated to leave my house.
Ever have one of those no good, down right rotten days? Yeah? Good. Me too. Yesterday was one of those days. To be 100% honest that’s kind of the way the beginning of this week has shaken out for me. Granted – there have been some serious positives like planning a trip to Mexico with my family, getting word that I’ll be attending the Southern Blog Society conference in Charleston this summer, and finding out that I’m being including in the pitch for a major brand collaboration. All of which have been this a seriously great week, professionally speaking – cause we all know travel equals great content both on the blog and Instagram.
Personally speaking though, I’ve had to do some serious thinking and have had my fair share of wake up call moments this week, and it’s ONLY Wednesday. Here’s to my fingers, toes, and all other opposable appendages being crossed for some evening out in my personal life/work life balance. Until then I’ll be doing some retail therapy thanks to the East Dane’s Tiered Sale, and I’ve already picked up this Alexander Wang tee & tank top + a pair of Birkenstocks in prep for my trip to the beach next month. What’s on your shopping list?
It’s that time of year again! Time to pull out all the stops for the East Dane March Tiered Sale. I’ve known about this for a few weeks now, and as a result I’ve been saving up a few extra bucks + bookmarking some of my favorites to make the most of this season’s tiered sale, which runs from Tuesday, March 3rd until Sunday March 8th at 4 a.m.
Save 15% with purchase over $250
Save 20% with purchase over $500
Save 25% with purchase over $1000
Without further adieu head on over to East Dane, get to shopping, and use code BIGEVENT15 at checkout for savings! Don’t worry ladies, ShopBop is running the same sale as well.
I’ve not shared an actual tip regarding blogging on here in a minute, and while today’s post may not help you be a better blogger – it may help you have better etiquette. It’s something that’s been on my chest for a while, and the honest truth is that it’s high time that I got it off.
The thing I like least about online personalities, interactions, etc. is the fact that the etiquette face to face interactions would mandate is often times thrown out the window. Questions that people would never ask, comments that would never be made, or shade that would never be thrown all become possible behind the safety of your computer screens.
If you’ve followed along for any length of time now you’ve probably read What Does A Blogger Do and What I Do (if you haven’t, get on that), and hopefully have a better idea of what we as bloggers do on a daily basis. I’ve of course not covered EVERYTHING, and I understand that there may still be some nagging questions in the back of your minds – whether those questions be coming from a place of curiosity, because you’re a new blogger, or any other various reasons; it should also be understood that there are some bits about my journey that I’ll keep to myself.
One of those things happens to be anything dealing with money. Just like you’d never ask someone with a regular 9 to 5 job if they get paid to do what they do; it’s never alright to ask a blogger/online influencer if they get paid to do what they’re doing. End of story.
While it’s not always about the money – I often times work with other start-up companies to help spread their message, especially if they’re from Kentucky – I do have bills to pay and food to put on the table, as do most other bloggers. For us that do this full-time we work constantly and quite diligently at monetizing our efforts in order to focus our full attention on creating consistent content for our readers. We do this in a variety of ways including sponsorships, campaigns with brands/agencies, and ad placement. It may not be the most conventional job out there, but it’s a job none the less. Respect that.
In closing, what I’m getting at is that even though as bloggers we have our public and private lives on display essentially 24/7 there are some boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. I’m all for helping out newbies in the field, and I know that posts like this open the door to more questions – which I’m cool with. BUT remember this rule – if you wouldn’t ask me that question to my face, don’t ask it via e-mail either.
Last but not least if you want to know how I (or any other blogger) got to where I am the answer is simple, hard work. Keep on hustlin’ until you don’t have to introduce yourself.
In between fits of slipping and sliding on patches of snow turned black ice, and the wind whipping my hair back and forth like an outtake from a Willow Smith video; Danielle and I snapped these photos down in Portland (the next up and coming neighborhood in Louisville?) last week. Between grabbing coffee at McQuixote Coffee and wandering around Tim Faulkner Gallery there were plenty of laughs shared + conversations with total strangers to be had. So – all in all, I’d say Portland is doing a swell job so far. If you’re going to go explore though, double up to stay warm – you’ll be doing some walking.
Coming at you a bit late with today’s post as I was up a little too late being all about that bass with Meghan Trainor & HP last night at Mercury Ballroom. I’m basically turning into an old man; 2 beers + 1 drink later and I was 2 sheets to the wind and ready for bed. I “laid down” with all intentions of just resting my eyes for a minute and waking up to knock this post out before bed. Needless to say, that turned into me waking up around 8 this morning with one of those “OH SHIT” moments. I suck at life, I know, I know. Now someone pass me the water and a coffee, please.
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