Fall Neutrals: White Top, Gray Jeans, and Nude Pumps [Plus: Thoughts After 6 Months of Blogging]

I started this blog on May 1st of this year and can’t believe that six months have already flown by!  In the last six months, I’ve ended my career as a student, started a new job, and moved to a new city, so to say that a lot has happened would be a bit of an under statement.

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my biggest takeaways from the last half year and some of my goals going forward.

Navy jacket, gray distressed jeans, nude Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies pumps, white Zara topJacket: H&M Studio | Top: Zara | Jeans: H&M (similar here)
Sunglasses: Dior | Bag: YSL | Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Takeaways:

  • It’s about quality, not quantity: It’s easy to get stuck in a numbers game, where you look around and feel like you’re not growing fast enough.  What I’ve realized is that quality is so much more important.  I’d rather have followers who actually appreciate what I do and engage with me rather than those who just silently follow me.
  • It’s okay to be super selective: I used to second guess myself for turning down pitches, but now I’m so much more comfortable filtering out those who don’t seem on brand and probably won’t help me get to where I want to be.  I’m super happy with the brands I’ve worked with or are in the pipeline.  I’d probably be a customer of all of those brands anyway so it feels authentic and right to partner with them.
  • Community is key: It’s so nice to connect with other bloggers who are serious about growing their blog as a business.  Sometimes, I get into my own head and lose perspective about where I’m at because I forget that building a blog/business is supposed to be a challenge!  Everyone has their own struggles.  That’s why you need to surround yourself with other people who believe that success is attainable.

Me, with fellow fashion blogger and former Miss Hawaii Emma Wo of Aloha BabeWith my gorgeous friend Emma, of The Aloha Babe.

Goals:

  • Be more disciplined about planning: I’ve really struggled to find my routine ever since moving to NYC.  I feel like there’s always so much going on and I’m constantly running around.  My husband Mike told me that I need to schedule my free time and be more mindful about what I’m spending my time on.  I think it’ll really help with not only my blogging, but also maintaining a better sense of work life balance.
  • Up my photography game: I’ve recently decided to upgrade my camera and photo editing to tighten the feel of my blog and social media.  I’ve been experimenting a bit (can you tell that this set of photos was taken with two different cameras?) and am still in the process of figuring out exactly what I want for my brand.
  • Launch another social media channel: I’ve been focusing on growing one social media channel at a time because I find it super overwhelming to do too many things.  I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of Instagram and am hoping to focus on adding another channel, maybe in the new year.

Xx,

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10 Comments
  • MsNerdyChica
    Posted at 23:58h, 06 November Reply

    It was great meeting you yesterday! You shared some really great insight here! Congrats re: finishing school, moving and finding a new job!!!! I am still struggling with my work-life balance, it seems like it’ll always be a work in progress. I also find it overwhelming to manage different social media accounts at the same time, especially in the growing phase, it’s hard! Which camera did you get? We should meet up sometime and I could share some camera tips with you.

    • Jenny
      Posted at 03:02h, 09 November Reply

      Hi love! Would love to meet up and talk shop soon 🙂 I decided to get the Fuji XT-2. It’s a mirror less camera and the autofocus is amazing! Definitely will be an upgrade to what I have now…

      Talk soon! J

  • Isabella
    Posted at 12:03h, 07 November Reply

    I love these points! I think that being super selective really helps to define your personal voice and can only be a positive thing! Also, in regards to being organised – I would be distracted if I lived in NYC, you look like you’re doing a good job at it already!
    Congratulations on your success so far, it’s only upwards from here chick!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 03:04h, 09 November Reply

      Thanks so much! Life can get so hectic so focus is my new mantra! I’m so glad this resonated with you 🙂

      Xx, J

  • Teen Vini
    Posted at 18:01h, 07 November Reply

    Hi, Thanks for shared and it’s help. Would be good for another platform like Youtube.

    • Jenny
      Posted at 03:00h, 09 November Reply

      Thanks for suggestion! I’m glad it was helpful for you.

      Xx, J

  • mel
    Posted at 23:31h, 08 November Reply

    I cannot believe you only started this blog 6 months ago! Your quality is def top notch and I notice the effort you put in behind this blog! How were you able to grow so many followers so fast?

    http://www.pennyanddash.com

    • Jenny
      Posted at 03:08h, 09 November Reply

      Thanks so much for the kind words! It definitely has not been just one thing, but I would say the main things I’ve been focusing on are 1) content (trying to produce the best that I can) 2) consistency (posting 2x a week no matter how busy I am) and 3) engagement (being active on social media). Before launching anything, I also spent the last semester while I was in business school coming up with a brand strategy and I think that has benefitted me as well.

      Hope that helps! What have you been doing to grow your blog?

      Xx, J

  • Shilpa Shrestha
    Posted at 05:14h, 11 November Reply

    Hey Jenny,
    It’s so good to learn about your experience and the pointers are definitely helpful. My love for fashion really drives me to work harder everyday. Thanks for this article. – I loved it 💙💚

    • Jenny
      Posted at 02:10h, 14 November Reply

      Of course! I never stop learning and figuring stuff out…but the more I learn, the more I realize I know so little! So glad this was helpful for you. 🙂

      Xx, J

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