Blogiversary Thoughts & Tie-Dyed Beachy


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Top c/o Whimsy Boutique | BDG white jeans | Hat via Forever 21 | Necklace via TJ Maxx

Today marks 4 years since “Pop of Style” began. And to quote Grateful Dead, “What a long, strange trip it’s been,”–but I’ve loved every second of it. I’m extremely grateful to have supportive family and friends along for the ride.

4 years ago, when I started the blog from my parent’s house, taking photos in front of the spare bedroom door, I never thought we’d get here. I wanted to start writing a “fashion and fitness” blog as a way to creatively express myself while pushing myself to expand upon my own limits. When I began, fitness was a huge part of my life (I had recently lost 30 pounds) and had always had a passion for reading fashion magazines. I lacked the confidence necessary to put myself out there in terms of fashion and be creative, so I thought that starting a website where I could write (my other passion) and experiment with trends would help me to get out of my stagnant comfort zone.

My first few posts contained information about “how spring nail trends” and my reviews on resort collections, but finally I got the courage to mix and match what I already had in my closet to create fresh new looks, fit for the trends popular in 2011. Seeing as how I was a broke graduate student, I didn’t have much to work with. Mom and I would then take the liberty of thrift shopping garage sales and Goodwills to find interesting and unique pieces that would help my outfit creations to stand out in a crowd.

The more I styled, the more I was able to branch outside my comfort zone and try new and seemingly “crazy” ideas. It fed me creatively, and gave me something to look forward to everyday. As I expanded, I worked to use what I already had in my closet in addition to new pieces being sold in stores at the time. I decided to invest in a DSLR camera after one year of blogging, and it had made all the difference in the world.

I still laugh when I think of my mom and I fiddling around with the primative $50 digital camera I once bought for myself in college, and trying to figure out just how the other girls “get that blur in the background”. After what seemed like years, and many hours of research, we figured it out and grew from there.

It’s crazy to think of your life in retrospect–how all of the little things can add up to one grandiose pattern that spits your life out to where it is now. Wild how much has changed in just 4 years.

In 2013, after 2 years of blogging out of Erie, Pennsylvania, the four of us (Nate, my brother, and Molly) decided to make the leap of faith by moving our lives to Orlando, Florida. It was scary to think of us just “diving in” to a place we weren’t necessarily familiar with, but we knew that if we stayed our lives would always remain the same.

Since making “the move” we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and grown as individuals. One of the most important lessons I think we’ve learned is that if you have faith in yourself and force yourself to take that leap, the possibilities are literally endless. Me, being a comfortable dweller in the well-known, had a pretty tough time getting adjusted to my new surroundings. Luckily, I’ve met some insiprational people who have helped me to get acclimiated so that I could thrive in my new environment. All four of us have grown and ultimately learned to make the changes in our lives that we wish to see.

So, in conclusion, these 4 years have become an integral part of my young adult life; serving as the stepping stones to what the future may hold for me. The skills, lessons, and networking that I’ve gained from becoming a blogger have helped me to become a more confident, business-savvy, and resourceful person– and for that I am eternally grateful. But it was not without the unprecendented amount of support I’ve been given along the way–from family to friends and business owners who have taken a chance on “Pop of Style” that have given me the strength and courage to continue pursuing my dream.

I just want to take a second to thank those of you who take the time to read/look and let you know just how much I appreciate you. 🙂

 

Stay close to what keeps you feeling alive!