Happy Blogoversary Live Life in Style!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I'm a few days late, but with the amount of activity I had going on this weekend I was unable to get a post up on the actual date of my blog's 2 year mark - February 11th, 2012.  Better late than never right Blogoversaries are just as important to us bloggers as any other anniversaries in our lives. It's a great time to reflect on where you were when you first started your blog and look at where you are now.  I for one never imagined that my blog would be where it is today when I kicked it off on February 11th, 2010.  

The Beginning
Looking back at the start of my blog I find it interesting that I didn't even know niche fashion blogs existed.  Prior to my blog here on blogger, I had a Xanga (College years) and a Livejournal (high school years) in which I wrote and complained about the trials and tribulations of an everyday girl's coming of age story.  For whatever reason I stopped writing in these post my graduation from college, and pretty much forgot about online diaries for 4 years.

Maybe it's because Facebook was taking over my life, and I could share everything I wanted on Facebook...thoughts, opinions, pictures...why keep an online diary when I had FB! I was quickly turning my Facebook page into a personal outfit diary constantly changing my profile picture to share a new look, when I stumbled across an article in a fashion magazine on bloggers.  I think I then posted a status on Facebook about starting my own blog and my friend Kerry sent me the following message on Facebook:

Hey Shas,

I think this is a great idea. I've been working on several blogs and websites with other people in my program (and my own, which is still underway) and can offer some help...Check out weebly.com for free webdesign...It's super easy to use for basic site templates and easy to customize if you're familiar with HTML and CSS.


Also, here is a fashion blog that I like:
http://whatiwore.tumblr.com/ She also has links to similar blogs. I like that she shows what she wore and then adds a caption that says where you bought everything and what kind of event she wore it for. You should check it out for ideas. This blogger has recently gotten some press in Lucky and other such mags, so she must be doing something right!

Ker

I went to check out this What I Wore blog, and instantly fell in love with it...literally! Not only were Jessica's outfits amazing, but everything about the blog was so pristine and nice! The image quality of her photos were great along with the layout, and reading more about Jessica herself made me like the blog even more. She seemed so personable and not conceited with her blogger fame, and she is by far the only blogger with that much success that has responded to every last one of my emails asking questions.  That was my defining moment in which I decided to do this blog and take it to the next level. Not wanting to copy Jessica, but be inspired by her I made my blog my own. I did take the idea of listing what I wore and where I got it from, but I think almost every fashion blogger does that! And the rest is history.

Recent looks by Jessica of What I Wore. Images shared with permission from Jessica Quirk of What I Wore. Photos taken by Adam Quirk. You can click each picture to go to her blog post on that outfit


The Change
My original blog banner created by my best friend Maggie

My blog name started off as Shasie's Fashion Advice, and my best friend  Maggie created an amazing banner for it! I loved it, but after a few posts I started to feel restricted with the name of my blog...I didn't want it to just be a "blog" forcing my fashion tips and opinions on people as fashion is subjective. I wanted my blog to be more of an inspirational blog. A place where people could come and get outfit ideas, and ask me styling questions if they wanted.  I had to think long and hard on a new blog name, and finally came up with Live Life in Style.  This emerged because for years my friends & family teased me about dressing up for everything...and I mean everything.  Well everything I do is life, and I want to live life stylishly, so why not inspire others to live life in style! :-)

With the change in my blog name, Maggie created a new banner for me that was just as amazing as the first! This has been my blog banner from 2010-2011
The Evolution
Near the end of 2011 I realized that my blog was taking another directional change. Instead of just being a personal style blog in which I shared my daily outfits, I was covering more and more fashionable events, product reviews, and working with sponsors.  I wanted to change my tagline from "Personal Style Blog" to something that was more encompassing. January 2012 I decided to change my blog design and banner yet again!
I wanted people to know that I lived in the city of Houston, and I wanted to be able to write on all things fashion while still showcasing my outfits
The Stats



The Contributions
Fashion Reporter for Fashionably Houston since August 2011
Blog/Journal Contributor for The Compassion Fashion Project since December 2011
Event Calendar Manager for Fashionably Houston since January 2012


The Administrations
Admin/Creator of Houston Fashion & Beauty Bloggers Meetup.com Site
Admin/Creator of Houston Fashion & Beauty Bloggers Facebook Group
Admin/Creator of Fashion & Beauty Bloggers Networking Facebook Group

The Partnerships
Partners with DuO Houston since November 2011
Sponsored Giveaways by Flowers from Fatima, The Vintage Scarf (Now Miss Magnolia's Resale), Wrinkle in Time Vintage, Uprinting.com, Sneakpeeq.com, Shabby Apple, Nique Cosmetics,
Sponsored by Koi Story, The Vintage Scarf, Love Makes the Girl
Collaborations with numerous Marketing, PR & Communications firm to cover local fashion events in Houston.

THE FANS
And last but definitely not least, in fact you're definitely number one in my book, my fans. You guys have been so helpful and supportive over these last 2 years. I would not be where I am now with this blog if it wasn't for you guys!!

Much Love Everyone!

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14 comments

  1. Congrats on all your accomplishments on your blog Shasie! You're still one of my most beloved blog reads. Here's to many more years ahead!

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    1. Thanks so much Robin! I really appreciate that! I love coming by your blog too! Just wish I could do it more often! :-/

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  2. This is just so completely awesome! Happy Blogoversary! I'm looking forward to seeing what the next two years have in store for you and your blog.

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    1. Thanks Holly!! And thank you for all of your help with promoting my contests and admining on facebook! Best of luck for you and your blog this year too!

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  3. CONGRATS on a big 2 years! I am so glad I get to read your blog and develop a relationship with you via Live Life In Style!

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    1. Me too! I'm so glad to have met you (via computer, hahaha) and so many other bloggers. You guys are just so great!

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  4. Parabéns!!!!Eu leio e acompanho vc desde maio de 2011!Hugs from Brasil! Use the Google Translater, please!!! :-))

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    1. Aww thanks Claudia! I appreciate you being such a faithful follower!

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  5. CONGRATS!! You have accomplished so much over 2 years and I can't wait to get started on my journey!

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    1. Thanks Valerie!! I can't wait to see yours get up and running :-) Make sure to send me the links when you're all set up!

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  6. Congrats Shasie! You've come a long way by just being you. How do you have time to do it all with your job?? Do you see yourself doing fashion full time? anyway, I like the header with your picture in it though.
    kemi at www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Kemi! Girl I have no idea how I do it. I think I just do things when I can squeeze them in, and I definitely schedule blog posts ahead of time! I would love to eventually end up in Fashion full time! Yea I loved that header too! Maybe I'll do something similar for 2013 :-). Thanks for coming by! :-)

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  7. So proud of you! You have come so far in a short amount of time. And you definitely need a cape, "Superwomen" How on earth do you manage to do so much? AWESOME!

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    1. Aww thanks so much LV! Teehee, how in the world did you find this post? Girl I have no idea either, sometimes it's exhausting!

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