Can you believe it? Five glorious years have passed since I first started this blog. We actually turned 5 on the 21st, but with Thanksgiving and all last week, I decided to celebrate this week and beyond ;)
So what started out as a supplement to the image consulting and makeup business I started in 2006 while I was still working full time at a bank, has completely changed my life. After three years of updating this site with my fashion and beauty advice and reviews, I was able to go from finance to freelance fashion and beauty writer in 2010. So funny—I spent a good portion of my 20s stuck on what I wanted to do in life when I actually knew I wanted to be a writer when I was 5 when I self-published my own book…lol. Then later on in life I found an EXTREME love for fashion and beauty and of course sharing. Writing this blog has afforded me the opportunity to write for a number of online publications along with the exciting journeys this blog has taken me.
I’ve appeared on TV numerous times, twice with my own segments (shown below) and I produce my own fashion and beauty segments on Bag Ladies Radio. And now that I’ve been bitten with the TV bug, I’m definitely looking forward to doing more :)
Me on CBS’ “The Couch” with Back to School Fashion Trends:
(If you can’t see the embedded video, click here)
On WPIX 11 for Summer Beauty Finds at the Drugstore. See the video here.
This blog has also taken me around the country and across the globe. Because of this blog, I’ve been to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Malibu, New Orleans, Medellín, Warsaw, and Montreal. I’m looking forward to my 2013 adventures and beyond ;)
I’ve been featured on sites and magazines like Essence, EBONY, Westfield Style, and more. This blog has allowed me to interview celebs like Alicia Keys, Phylicia Rashad, June Ambrose, and tons more. I’ve been apart of campaigns and projects for brands like Jeep, Timberland, Kohl’s, Rembrandt, Motions Hair, and many, many more.
And most importantly, this blog has afforded me the opportunities to meet so many of YOU! Whether we bump into each other on the subway in NYC, during a shopping trip to Sephora, at an event in Atlanta, emails and through social media, I LOVE interacting with YOU. I seriously have the best readers ever—the emails you send me crack me up (especially those of you who are shopaholics like me…lol) and I love being able to help you in any way I can.
In five years, I’ve published over 4,400 posts, received over 28,000 comments, countless tweets, Facebook comments and likes. This year I took on some awesome contributors (all of you guys ROCK) to add some additional voices and subject matter to the site.
Thank you SO much for reading! Here’s to another five years ;)