Reflecting on the past can be an important part of moving forward. I often choose to end each year looking back at what has transpired and what I’ve accomplished. When a portion of your life is documented online – through social media or a blog – it’s easy to travel back in time through the past 365 days. Sometimes this is a blessing and a curse. There’s a point at which spending too much time on the past can hinder our journey into the future. There’s such a fine line between constructive and detrimental reflection on the past.
For me, the past year – my first year of freelancing and blogging full-time – has been a lot of learning what not to do. I’ve made a number of poor decisions as I’ve taken total and complete control of carving and shaping my career. While I know it’s all part of the learning process, it’s easy to fall into the trap of looking back with a negative mindset – the could-have, would-have, should-have mindset. Of course there are many, many things I could have, would have, should have done differently. The key to reflecting on these moments in a productive way is to acknowledge and examine what can be learned from them as I head into a new year and fresh start.
Whether it be self-imposed or a force from the universe, there’s a lot of pressure on year two of freelancing and blogging from New York City. So, I’m spending the last day of 2014 focusing on my energy – mental, physical, emotional energy – and reflecting on 2014. As cheesy as it sounds, I have this intuition that this is my year. It’s scary to proclaim in writing on such a public forum, but perhaps this is my first step in telling the universe I’m ready!
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7. Blogger Bazaar Milwaukee
8. Midwest Style Blogger Happy Hour
10. My Best Friend’s Wedding
13. Just Knotted ARTicles of Clothing Blog Bands
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24. Birthday in NYC with blogger GaBrielle Pedriani of Look Sharp, Sconnie
Several weeks ago I was chatting with fellow blogger GaBrielle Pedriani of Look Sharp, Sconnie about contests. It seems that a number of fashion outlets from magazines to social media are constantly presenting contests to their communities to boost engagement. We both admitted to being skeptics of such competitions for a long time. Surely there are hundreds upon thousands of eager followers entering these contests depending on the particular outlet hosting the competition and the prize. Then Gabby had a life changing experience that shifted her view of contests forever: she won. No, no, she won BIG.
Last fall, Marie Claire magazine partnered with Twitter and Yoplait yogurt for a contest that appealed to every fashion lover’s dream. The grand prize: an exclusive behind the scenes trip to New York Fashion Week, a meet and greet with Fashion Director Nina Garcia, and a feature in a Yoplait ad in the magazine’s November issue. The contest required participants to tweet a photo of an original look inspired by one of Yoplait’s 40 flavors. Gabby’s mixed berry inspired ensemble scored her the ultimate NYFW experience.
While Gabby’s win certainly gives me faith that real girls actually have a shot in hell at winning these contests, I would still venture to say that her victory was once in a lifetime. My contest story isn’t nearly as special, glamorous, or life-changing, but my small win is just another piece of encouraging evidence that contests are actually worth your while. If two regular gals can win, so can you!
My win was also for a contest involving social media. Last fall, one of my favorite denim lines, Level 99, hosted a series of Freebie Friday contests on Facebook. Each Freebie Friday contest had a theme that related to the particular denim style being given away. To win, followers had to answer the theme-inspired question in the comments. Instead of entering each week with a generic and ultimately underwhelming response, I waited for weeks when the theme spoke to me and tried to give an honest and personal reply, and it paid off. I won a pair of jeans!
Like I said, my win is not nearly as awe inspiring as Gabby’s, but hey, who doesn’t want a free pair of denim? The takeaway here is if you’ve ever thought of entering a contest but never actually done it because you thought, I’m never going to win, maybe next time you’ll think again. I believe Gabby would agree that an important factor to winning these contests is being genuine and true to yourself. So, keep that in mind and roll the dice. The next success story could be you!
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Tuesday started just like every other day: listening to the Elvis Duran Morning Show. One of my favorite segments came on, What’s Trending with Carla Marie, and she shared a site recommended by one of the other members of the show, Danielle Monaro. Just like Danielle, I’m newly addicted to Modnique.
You know I love a good deal, and this site takes it to a whole new level. Like other sale sites, Modnique has a number of designer brands for men, women and children at 50-85% off the MSRP. However, Modnique sets itself apart with its Daily Deal. This is an item that’s practically free. For example, here’s today’s daily deal: ladies peridot earrings set in sterling silver valued at $129, on sale for $9. Yes, $9!
When I learned about Modnique on Tuesday, I browsed the site and checked out their “Coming Soon” section at the bottom of the homepage. Since then, I’ve been eagerly awaiting an event from one of my favorite denim brands: Level 99. Below are my picks for my favorite jeans from this boutique. Welcome to the wonderful world of Modnique!
Fall Colored Denim
I own not 1 but 2 pairs of these jeans. In my opinion, they run a little large, so I recommend sizing down if you like a fitted jean. If you prefer something slightly looser, stick to your true size. I have both this wrought-iron color and the cappuccino. The wrought-iron is the ideal neutral. It looks perfect with brown, black, and charcoal. I’d been wanting some dark brown denim for a long time, and the cappuccino color is the perfect hue. Both are super stunning shades for fall.
Add Some Flare to Your Denim Collection
I’m a petite 5’2″, and I never thought I could pull off a flare jean. Boy, was I wrong! With the right pair of pumps or tall booties, flare jeans are a must-have addition to your denim collection no matter your height or shape. I think these Level 99 flares would look great on straight-slim girls or cuvry gals with a sweet bootie. Any lady can rock these jeans! I’m also adoring this wash – faded in all the right places! P.S. I find Level 99 traditional blue jeans fit TTS!
The Perfect LBJ (Little Black Jean)
If you don’t own a good pair of go-to black denim, it’s time for you to invest! Every girl needs a classic black jean in their denim assortment. My advice: stick with a timeless style, like these Level 99 boot cuts. This fit is flattering for everyone, and in black, boot cuts are super sleek and slimming. I have yet to try these jeans specifically, but I imagine the sizing more closely aligns with the traditional blue jeans, so add your true size to the shopping cart on these LBJs!