Tell us a little about you
My husband and children are the most important part of my life, followed closely by a lifelong love for fashion and drawing. When I was in my early twenties I moved to Paris to study fashion design at Parsons. Returning home to Los Angeles I found a job at Mattel creating outfits for Barbie Doll and now work as a freelance doll designer out of my home. I like the flexibility of being self-employed and I love designing. I am a very fortunate woman.
Tell us about your blog.
What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
I started blogging because I was looking for work. My first blog was part of my online design portfolio. It was supposed to be about dolls, fashion illustration and design but after a while I struggled to come up with compelling posts. I started following fashion blogs for inspiration, and pretty soon I realized I wanted to do something like “The Glamourai” or “The Citizen Rosebud”. I longed to do my own “outfit of the day” posts but I didn’t feel they fit into my professional portfolio space so The Style Confessions was born.
How has blogging affected your life?
Blogging has affected my life profoundly. My passion for fashion and clothing began when I was a young child. I always knew what I wanted to do when I grew up; I wanted to design clothes! Life didn’t turn out quite how I imagined it would, and when my children were young I kind of misplaced that early passion. The blog has helped me find it again.
In addition my husband and I have found a new intimacy collaborating on the blog. We go out together, try new restaurants, visit new areas and take photos of our adventures. It’s fun!
Oh, and after years of struggling with the weight I gained from having children I finally found the will to shed it. I lost 20 pounds last year.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced with your blog?
I pour my love and energy into the blog spending hours every day fussing over it, and yet the time and energy has not translated into a huge success. Recently I’ve realized that it probably never will become what I dream it could be. I’m not especially thin, I’m not that young, and my writing is acceptable but not stellar. It’s disheartening, and then I start to wonder what the point is. Is a creative outlet enough for me? Coming to terms with this dilemma is my greatest challenge.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Take your time to find a wonderful name for your blog. No matter what kind of website you are planning now you might find that your goals and desires change over time. Make certain the name represents some deep part of YOU, so that however the blog grows and changes there will never be a point when the name is no longer relevant.
Be passionate about your blog. It’s going to be a lot of work. You must love it. Be patient too. There are tons of new blogs started every day. You might not find immediate success and in fact gaining an audience will probably be a struggle. But don’t stop because once you stop your dream stops too.
Which three posts on you blog would you like to share?
“How to shop for clothes successfully” is a good example of one of my more fashion-orientated posts.
I love the outfit I’m wearing in “The Denim Jacket at Night.”
I wrote “Three Decadent Burgundy Lipsticks (from the drugstore!)” way back in March but it’s a big trend this fall as well.
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