Hi hi and hiiii! It’s my birthday!!! I can’t even believe it really as this year has absolutely FLOWN by. I am not sure if it’s because I am finally spending time doing what I love or just that as we get older things tend to go quicker. Either way, this year has been one of my most favorites for sure.
I started the year having strong feelings about starting this blog, but had some major hesistations too. I had a blog on tumblr for years where I just posted my fashion finds, but I didn’t do outfit posts or anything about what I am wearing lately etc. I always enjoyed that space, but wanted to do more with it. My main hestitation in making it more of a real blog was that I wasn’t comfortable at all with the thought of including myself in looks. I have always loved styling and helping others create looks that make them feel fabulous (versus it being about me). It’s such a weird feeling putting yourself out there for people to judge, you know? And like most girls, I struggle with self confidence, so it seemed way too scary to do. The one thing I am 100% confident in is my love for fashion and I really just wanted to put that energy somewhere more productive than my silly tumblr account. After discussing with friends and family and constantly being encouraged to just try out doing pictures of me in my current fave looks, in February of last year I just decided to go for it. I honestly had no idea at that point that I would adore it as much as I do or that I would gain so much from it.
The process of putting together looks and searching for new fun finds has totally and completely awoken my soul! I know it sounds completely exaggarated and extreme, but I am SO serious. My deepest passion is fashion and I just adore being able to share that with others. Thats not to say there hasn’t been moments of frustration and times that I have wanted to just give up, but overall it’s been such an amazing experience for me. I truly feel like I have gotten to know myself better and have gained so much self love (which let’s get real, we all need!)
One of the best parts has been the support of my friends and family. It’s been amazing to hear from people I haven’t heard from in years saying that they love my blog or that they are so glad I finally did this….honestly, it means the world to me and is so unexpected! To also have my parents be proud of me is huge! They have always supported my endeavors, but for some reason this is different. I spent so many years in event management, an industry that is super hard to be successful in and that I liked, but didn’t love. I spent a few years in corporate America that basically destroyed my self spunk completely, so to be doing something now that I thoroughly enjoy and have gotten my confidence back from is mind blowing!
Another aspect of this space and this past year that I have loved is meeting so many new people! From other local bloggers to followers on instagram, it has been so cool to meet people who share my love for fashion. Seeing others posts every day is forever inspiring! I so appreciate how others put together their looks. Fashion is such a unique thing and I adore those who make it their own!
My hope today (on my birthday) for the next year is that I will continue to grow this space and continue to grow myself. There is always more to learn and more to do! I hope I can continue to put together looks and blog posts that inspire each of you (if there is anything ever you want to see on here, please just message me!) I want to challenge myself to continue to do things outside my comfort zone. I am such a planner, so I also would love to be more spontaneous. I hope to leave any self doubt in 2016 as life really is too short to just not believe in me (same goes to all of you!)
Cheers to you guys for making this so fun for me! Every message, email, comment and like has made my day/week/year! I am so so grateful to get to spend time here each week!
Tonight I am off to celebrate with some of my favorite college besties and I cannot wait! NYE is always a cluster, so we are just spending the night at one of their houses. I got us all these hilarious animal onesies, so I am sure you will be seeing alot of that on instastories! Wishing you all the most fab evening and happiest new year! To all things fab and fun in ’17!!
Outfit details: skirt, similar skirt, top, sunnies, shoes
Happy Birthday, Caro!! Cheers to 2017 and all the inspiration to come <3
xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black
what a sweet post & reflection!
Hope you have the best birthday and the happiest new year! <33