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I’ll be there y’all! (The Texas Style Council Conference!)

11 Feb

Over spring break, I’ll be headed home to Austin for friends, family, food, and fun and I may or may not have already started counting down! The first weekend I’m home, I’ll be attending (for the second time) the Texas Style Council Conference! It’s a great weekend of blog-related networking, keynote speakers, workshops, and other exciting events. For a full run down, check it out below:

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Here’s a photo of me and my best friend Cassie  (who’s now a new blogger btw, check her out here) at one of the parties last year, it was a blast!

The rest of my spring break will be spent listening to music at South by Southwest, and attending a few runway shows at Style X Austin. I can’t wait! What are your spring break plans?

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Art School Confidential

25 Jul

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On Wednesday I admitted to being a self-professed art nerd. There are many forces at work to blame for this wonderful self-truth, such as my mother, my hippie pre-school, the various fine arts majors I’ve acquired in college; but I like to think that there is a much larger entity responsible for my love of weird art… my hometown of Austin, Texas. Here are some random art-y things that I’ve been noticing coming out of Austin recently. If you appreciate urban art and other odd creative ventures, you will probably enjoy these images :)

1. Yarn Bombing. An Austin local, street name Knitta Please, is largely responsible for bringing this international movement stateside. The movement aims to beautify urban and city areas by leaving colorful knit tags around buildings, statues, and other fun things.

2. Play Me I’m Yours. Throughout the summer, you can see Luke Jerram’s decorated pianos around the city. Beautiful in sight and sound! Click here for images and locations of all the pianos around Austin.

3. Two other oldies but goodies that represent classic Austin.


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Tx SCC Part 4: Blogging Longevity

15 Apr

This is my 4th post in a series of the ins and outs of blogging which I learned about at the Texas Style Council Conference during SXSW Music and Film Festival in March. Check out the others in my archives on the right side bar!

The third panel I attended was about blogging longevity and how to keep up the momentum and the enthusiasm, and was moderated by Grechen from Grechen’s Closet. The panelists consisted of Kyla from Blue Collar Catwalk, Katy from Kansas Couture, and Jennine Jacob from The Coveted and Independent Fashion Bloggers. These women have been blogging successfully for a long time, and had some great advice to share on avoiding blogger burnout and how to continue writing fresh and new posts over long periods of time. Here’s what they had to share!

1. Create a blogging schedule to capitalize on those moments when you feel particularly inspired. Instead of struggling to come up with a new post every single day, write when you feel especially inspired and save those posts to publish later. Or, don’t feel pressure to post every day. My blog uses a very manageable M-W-F posting schedule, and many professional bloggers limit their posts to M-F and take weekends off. It also helps to schedule regular features such as Music Monday, Outfit Tuesday, Recipe Wednesday… etc. Sticking to a plan like this will help you stay organized and diversify your content in a manageable way. I have certain days when I come up with 10 different ideas, and instead of posting them all immediately I save them up and post them over time, already written and ready to go! This saves the day when I have too much school work to come up with something original on the spot. Continue reading

Romp Around! (an outfit post)

6 Apr

Here’s a neat little outfit I put together for doing some thrift shopping around Austin while I was home a few weeks ago. Navy always makes me think nautical, and this romper makes me feel straight out of the ’40s!
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Tx SCC Part 3: Using Your Blog to Start a Career

4 Apr

This is the third in a series of several posts about the amazing eye-opening things I learned about blogging at the Texas Style Council Conference in Austin over spring break. Click to check out part one and part two.

The second panel of the day was titled Careers: Using your site to sell your goods or launch a new career. The scheduled panelists were Brooke from Fashism, Janette from Store Envy, Pamela from Market Publique, Kendra from DBA, and Nora from Burdastyle. The panel was moderated by Pam from Swap.com. There was a special “celeb” last-minute addition to the panel- Kelly from famous blog The Glamourai made an impromptu appearance.

Although I’m not currently looking to start a business through my blog, their advice truly expands above just that and gave me lots of insight into how I can blog beyond myself, in order to help other people and my community as a whole. I can’t wait to implement some of their thoughts so I can reach out and impact others through my writing. Here are some of the pearls of wisdom I learned from these amazing women. Continue reading

Tx SCC Part 2: Monetizing Your Blog

28 Mar

Morning Update: My roommates tell me I’m apparently obligated to tell you all that it’s my birthday. So… I’m turning 20 today. YIKES! I’ve been a teenager for exactly half my life and this change is freakin’ me out… I’M SO OLD! I celebrated with a very nice dinner with close friends last night and I’m celebrating today by going to class from 9:00am-6:30pm and going to rehearsal from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Exciting, no? Hope you all have a marvelous day!

This is my second in a series of several posts about the amazing eye-opening things I learned about blogging at the Texas Style Council Conference in Austin over spring break. The first panel following Jennine Jacob’s keynote address was titled Going Pro, and discussed in detail the ins and outs of monetizing your blog and seeking sponsorships, affiliates, and advertisers. The panel featured Alessandra from Lulu*s, Elisa from BlogHer, Grechen from Grechen’s Closet, Patty from Charming Charlie, and was moderated by Jen from Jen Loves Kev.


I want to preface the lessons I learned by pointing out that clearly I’m not an expert on this subject. I don’t have any sponsors, affiliates, or advertisers, (yet), and have never tried to seek them out. However, that will probably change in the future and after hearing this panel I feel very prepared to make this transition and ready to navigate the wide world of monetization when I feel my blog is ready. So, without further adieu, here are the important lessons I learned about “going pro.” Continue reading

Tx SCC Day 2: The One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

23 Mar

Before I get into to more blogging business posts, I wanted to show you what I wore for the fun event! Dressing for a blogging conference is tricky. I wanted to be cute, comfortable, admired by other people with strong opinions about the fashion industry, and to top it all off, be genuine to my personal style. I think I made a great choice for all of these demands by selecting a one-shoulder raspberry printed maxi-dress from Forever 21. Here’s how it turned out:
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What I learned from Jennine Jacob: Just Keep Blogging

21 Mar


My best friend (and fashion merchandising major) Cassie and me at the Conference between sessions.

WOW. That’s about all I have to say about the fantastic panels and amazing speakers I heard this past weekend at the first annual Texas Style Council Conference. In fact, I learned so darn much during each session that I’ll be devoting each its own post and spreading them out over several weeks, so as not to overwhelm you with blog-obsessive goodness.

The keynote address was delivered by Jennine Jacob, blogger behind The Coveted and Founder of Independent Fashion Bloggers. She had great beads of wisdom to share and has helped me re-evaluate my philosophy as a blogger.

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Tx SCC Mixer Outfit: The Pant Romper

18 Mar

Before I fill you in on all of the incredible experiences I had this past weekend at the Texas Style Council Conference, here’s what I wore to the first event I was able to attend- a fun mixer/social in the 2nd street district!

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Texas Style Council Conference: Mixer Recap

16 Mar

The first Texas Style Council Conference event I was able to attend was their dance party/mixer at BoConcept in the upscale and trendy 2nd Street District. As soon as my favorite wing woman best friend since kindergarten, Cassie, and I walked in to the beautiful design gallery, we were greeted by sponsors and vendors offering us discounts, raffles, blog opportunities, and some great swag. Our first stop was the Lulu*s table, where we each spun a wheel in hopes of winning a prize. I was out of luck, but Cassie scored a free piece of jewelry and selected a neat gold snake ring. Our next stop was an adorable photo booth by Nathan Russell Photography, complete with silly props. We took some hilarious photos and had so much fun!


Our next stop was the Dismount Creative area where we made a leather business card holder ourselves, it was so easy and only took about 10 minutes! Continue reading

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