And finally, an idea I had toyed with about a month before summer: guest blogging. In my stupor of studying, I discovered that there are many guest blogging opportunities out there. Breaking out of my own little territory, introducing myself to other bloggers, and gaining exposure through other channels...I was only left pondering why I hadn't pursued guest blogging earlier! Unexpectedly, and thrillingly, guest blogging was a huge success from the start. I received such positive feedback from the bloggers I approached, and at one point, I even had so many guest post deadlines on my plate that I encountered major writer's block. Here's a compilation of all the guest blogging I've done (there were many other opportunities, but one person can only write so much!):
Rose & Pine: Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs - I speak my mind on some of the latest designer changeovers.
Rose & Pine: The Great Gatsby: '20s Inspiration - I deliver fashion tips inspired by my most anticipated movie of the year: The Great Gatsby.
This Girl's Life: A Shady Afternoon - I pick out the season's top shades.
This Girl's Life: Floral Fanatic - I teach you how to tackle florals - from beginner to advanced.
Anni's Bubble: Midriff Mama - I try my hand at making one of the runway's most daunting trends more practical for stylish moms.
Chic and Casual: One Step Ahead - I reveal a strange new trend in footwear that has me itching to embrace modernity.
What's Hanging: Florida Florals - I get inspired by Robyn of What's Hanging's trip to Florida and cook up some outfits worthy of the beachy state.
All Things Unpredictable and Chic: I See Right Through You - I show you how to wear lucite. Clear and simple.
Makeup by Lauren P: Top Summer 2013 Hairstyles - It's never too late to look at the season's hottest hairstyles.
But this isn't it. I came across an advertisement looking for paid fashion bloggers in May, and without hesitation, sent in samples of my work. Just like that, I was contacted and now, for the first time in my life, I'm getting paid to do something I truly love. Here's a look at the work I've done so far:
Only Swimsuits: Top Swimsuits for Every Body Type
Size Plus Dresses: Top Plus Size Summer Dresses
Vintage Fashion London: How Dandy: Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking
Dress in Style: Surviving the Summer to Autumn Transition
Lily and Coco: Top AW 2013 Hair Accessories
I first knew I loved fashion writing when I sifted through every occupation I could imagine and assessed whether I was willing to go through the work required for each one. Time and time again, I came to the conclusion that a future towards any other career would be a burden. But when I looked at the work required to get into publishing, I felt such strong conviction and excitement. You cannot deny when you feel a feeling like this that it is your heart's true calling. I was willing to do anything - to push myself beyond my comfort zone - to achieve my dreams. I've started from the lowest rung in the ladder - being a nobody in the vast world of fashion - to slowly, somtimes painfully, but always happily, climbing each individual rung. I'm not saying I've made it anywhere near the top (and I may never), but it's been a steady progression up. Hard work pays off. Couldn't be truer.
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