Coming up on Pearls and Polkadots

This week, I have really been focusing on the “new year, new me” concept. That sounds completely cliche – I know…but New Year’s resolutions can be a good thing. I make them every year and even if I don’t stick to them, I still feel it is important to have some sort of direction. If I didn’t, then Pearls and Polkadots would not exist (that was my resolution last year)!

Today, I want to detail some of the things I hope (and will!) bring to you in the next year. We are at the beginning of a brand new year  and semester, which means I am really going to try and put 110% into quality posts! Coming up on Pearls and Polkadots

1. 5 Posts per Week 

On July 1, I took up the #30Dayblogging challenge, which required me to post every day for 30 days. I got so into it, that I carried it past July and ended up writing every day until mid-November. Once I began school, I started to get extremely busy. Posting every single day became tedious and my post quality quickly deteriorated! For 2-0-1-6, I am focusing on quality posts on weekdays only.

2. Outfits, outfits, outfits!

Style blogging requires outfit posts – so I am hoping to bring you regular outfit posts to beef up the style side of Pearls and Polkadots. Not to mention, I love a good photo shoot! Hopefully I can do several in a week, but we will have to see!

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3. Collaborations 

Bloggers support bloggers. That is a motto to live by in this world. Without each other, we would get nowhere. So expect to see more collabs with different style bloggers, communities, etc. I am really trying to focus on this aspect of my blogging career.

4. #FlashbackFridays 

One of my favourite things to do is go back a month or two (or three!) and see how my blog has evolved. As you become more experienced and get to know your blog (and your niche), you seem to improve your writing skills, standardize your format, and get better at what you post. I am slowly revamping each post to be consistent with my writing style now, and for the next month or so, I want to reflect and flashback on those old posts.

Follow my journey with me as Pearls and Polkadots grows.

It’s going to be a great year and I can’t wait to have you follow along with me.

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Blogging Tips to stay on track!

This is the first official day that I am back in full swing. I move back to school, classes begin, and the holidays come to a (sad) ending! In 11 days, it will be Pearls and Polkadots’ one year anniversary (say what?!). Time has completely flown by. In one year I have found my niche, gotten a blogging format together and made some amazing friends. There are more bloggers than you realize, and I certainly did not realize how many people do this every day, like me!

There are so many things that you can do to keep your blog alive and well, as well as have fun while doing it (so it doesn’t turn into a boring task)!

Blogger Tips

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Create a Calendar

Having a plan is the most important part of blogging. Think ahead and plan for what you want to release over the weeks. If you have some kind of idea in mind, jot it down and then write it ahead of time so that you can schedule it beforehand. One of the best moves I made in my blogging style is planning ahead. I would write out my posts on the weekend, and schedule them for each day throughout the week.

Post as often as possible

This is really important. When you are trying to build your following, you want to establish a presence. There are many ways in which you can create an online audience. From social media to running your own website, you’ve got many options. But one thing to consider is that you can’t run a website with the help of specialists like hostiserver. This is the factor that will get your website live on the internet for potential clients to view. Without a full functioning platform, it may be hard for people to appreciate your services and will seem unprofessional. You’ll be able to post as many times as you want when your site is active. When I started out, I posted roughly three times a week. While this was good (and completely manageable), it did not generate enough regular traffic to my blog. It was not until I joined the #30DayChallenge (where I began posting every day), that I started seeing a jump in my numbers. However, keep in mind that you want to make sure you are posting quality posts. Furthermore, if you want to optimise your blog posts for search engines, you could also consider contacting an SEO Agency Burton on Trent. Ram Digital are an online marketing company who can help your content reach its intended audience by using innovative search engine and keyword strategies.

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Join Blogger Communities

When I started out, I had no idea how many Facebook groups, Pinterest boards and Twitter chats were out there that were geared towards the blogging community. I have found so many bloggers like me through these communities. They are all different as well! Some focus on sharing love between bloggers (comment for comment, like for like, etc.), and some are for support through tips and tricks! These are my favourite communities: #stylecollective, The Blog Love Project, and Bloggers United.

Patience + Hard work

Last but not least, I will say this: be patient and focus. Success doesn’t happen overnight (unless you go viral…) and if you are dedicated in what you are writing, you’ll get there. Do this by setting mini-goals for yourself. Make sure you are paying attention to the following that you are gaining (or it will go away).

We all dream of becoming successful in blogging. How cool would it be to generate enough income to sustain yourself? Writing about what you love and interacting with people you adore…as your full-time job…is the (my) dream.

Keep going and you’ll make it!

The Versatile Blogger Award

Good morning everyone!

How is every body on this fine Thursday morning? It is almost the weekend and I am feeling great – especially because of this post I have for you today! Roughly a month ago, I was nominated by Mistle from Sweet Tea and Hydrangeas. Like many of the other blogger awards, the versatile blogger award has a purpose of gathering bloggers together, encouraging to support one another and reach go outside their niche to find fabulous other blogs to read – at least, that’s what it means to me.

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Here are the rules…

1. Thank the person ( or people…) who nominated you.

2. Link back to their blog.

3. Tell us seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate fifteen bloggers and link to their blogs (I am nominating ten today)

So without further ado, here are seven facts about me: 

  1. I must always use a green toothbrush. I feel like something is off if I have another colour.
  2. The Pittsburgh Steelers are my favourite football team because when I was little I loved the diamond sparkles in the logo.
  3. I am terrified of spiders. Enough said.
  4. If there is icing on a cookie (i.e. Oreos), I will lick all the icing off and throw the cookie away.
  5. When I get goosebumps, my cheeks have a ripple that goes right through them (hard to explain…)
  6. I was almost raised in Atlanta, Georgia but my parents moved the family back to Canada.
  7. Some day, I want to have a vintage clothing photo shoot (random…I know).

Okay…so that is that! Those are my seven facts, and it is time for me to nominate these ten bloggers: 

Charline – Chayleen

Alexa – The Bourbon Belle Blog

Morgan – Fashion Fries X

Katherine – Prep of Boston 

Mariam – The Petite Bijou

Jessica – Fashionably Fit Jess

Victoria – Coffee and a Blonde

Jenn – Shopping Bags and Travel Bags

Roselyn – The Style Lynn Kind

Brandi Lynn – With Brandi

There we go! Versatile blog award has been given out!

Happy Launch Day!

I am so excited to present this to everyone!! Until this day, I have been prepping and tweaking and nitpicking my blog so that I could launch it, like I did today. You see, I had a strategy…I wanted to reach a set goal on @mystyyle before I showed it to the world, so to speak. So that is what I’m doing. January has been filled with new and exciting opportunities, which includes Pearls and Polkadots! This is something I am completely diving into and rather excited about…

How did it all begin?

It actually all began with taking photos of my daily outfits. As I started to accumulate more pieces, become more interested in fashion, and take interest in what I was wearing each day, I started taking “outfit photos” (photos that showcase the entire outfit, smile down). I began to post them on my personal IG, until one day I decided…”I should dedicate an entire account to this alone…”. So I did. Soon after that, I gathered a following, and a few people put the idea of starting a blog in my head and VOILA, Pearls and Polkadots was born!

Why ‘Pearls and Polkadots‘?

When I was small, I always admired my Mother’s and Grandmother’s pearls. Pearls are simple, classic and go with pretty much everything. I also LOVE polka dots and a lot of the looks that I was bringing together included polka dots in some way. So why not put pearls together with polka dots? Pearls represent the classic style that I love. Polka dots represent the care free, bubbly person that I am!

Future Plans…

Expressing myself through fashion allows me to show who my true self is. I want to showcase that through Pearls and Polkadots and show you who I am! Writing is a love of mine, and fashion is another love of mine…so together, fashion and writing is what I am dedicated to whole heartedly!

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Above is a look I put together this week – very teacher-like, don’t you think? Stripes on stripes – inverse stripes! I could not wait to wear this look to my kindergarten class. I had a lot of little kids pointing out all of the patterns, so it was a great way to teach them the stripe pattern (they are still grasping this concept). There’s my little fashion blurb! Enjoy!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone – and come back soon!

The Year of Possibility

This past year has been quite interesting, to say the least. However, to bring in the big 2-0-1-5, I thought a style blog would provide an outlet for opportunity, possibility and pure expression. 

What brought this on? 

A couple of months ago, I was browsing through my ‘explore’ page on Instagram and came across a pretty prominent fashion blogger. She is a twenty-something mother of one who loves to read, teach and drink Starbucks – already, three things we have in common. So I followed her, thinking that I coudl see what she came up with and if I could get some inspiration. Weeks went by and I was loving her content…so much that I started taking outfit of the day photos – like she did every so often. It became a routine. Which led me to create a separate IG account where I could post these photos.

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The First Photo – October 11, 2014

Outfit of the Day 

Once I created the account, I began posting, posting, posting. I assembled different outfits with the pieces that I had, and then when I got inspiration from Pinterest and IG, I started going out to the mall to look for more pieces to add to my wardrobe. Not only did I begin to have a lot of fun with the pictures, it came in handy having a documentation of what I wore – I went outside my comfort zone, pattern mixing, matching different colours…and it kind of stuck.

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The Community

One of the main things that I became addicted to was the IG fashion and style blogger community. There is a whole world outside of posting pictures of your friends and food that you don’t really know about until you go looking for it! I started to gain a following – other bloggers, fellow fashionistas, and more people interested in seeing my looks. It was so uplifting and encouraging, and made me want to grow my account to bigger and better things!

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A Style blog was born…

About three months and 500 follwers into my IG account that was slowly, but surely growing, another prominent blogger reached out to me through commenting on one of my photos. She suggested that I start a blog based around fashion and style, showcasing these looks that I would post every day on IG. It was at that moment, that it all clicked! This was a perfect idea! I could combine my love for writing, and my love for style and create the ultimate outlet for my expression!

Future Hopes

I am doing this purely for fun at this point. If it takes me somewhere where I can work on it for sponsors, money, or compensation…then that’s where the blog will take me. However, right now, I just love having something that is attached to my name – my brand, my control…it’s all me. Whether it takes off or not, at least I know I will have two guaranteed readers…Mom and Dad.