Sorry for lack of posts this week! I am working for more posts for you guys for next week but it has been a rather stressful and busy two weeks, and only will be as busy this weekend!
Juggling 12 hr days at work where I am on my feet all day doing experiments is exhausting, and I have all the intentions to work on blog posts and outfit posts but I end up passing out on the couch from 10 pm! I think I will be graduating in this next year (hoping to walk at graduation, defend by summer!), so I can see the end of the tunnel which is great (so exciting to finally be done with this journey) but terrifying at the same time because I still have so much to accomplish in my projects!!
Two weekends ago I attended #FabDILab, a blogger conference that I attended last year and met some good blogger friends! So it was nice to go back again this year more experienced in the blogging world and I felt like I could take away so much more! The day started off with a networking breakfast followed by back to back talks – focusing on social media, branding yourself, how to work with companies, and much more! It was cool hearing of these things from others who do this full time! I definitely took home some tips that I hope I can share with you! If you follow me on twitter (@phd_fashionista), I was tweeting some good quotes from various speakers throughout the day! It was rather interesting to hear some statistics – what particularly stood out to me was that 81% of Consumers trust info and advice from bloggers! So Influencer marketing really works! I know I love to see a certain piece styled with an outfit rather than just seeing an ad for a piece by itself – so it makes sense! Another tip was, No’s are not the end, they are a part of the process. Which really resonates for me, on more levels than just blogging, but in life. Sometimes you get down when you get rejection after rejection, but to be honest, it might mean you are saving yourself for something even more epic and a bigger opportunity!
I struggled with that today, as I applied to be a part of this social program that sends you samples to review, and I was instantly rejected. And it was because my instagram following was not up to par – apparently you need a minimum of 1000 followers. Number of followers is misleading because nowadays it’s so easy to buy followers! I was a little upset but then it really made me realize why I started blogging – not for the free things or the glitz and glamor, but because I seriously enjoy writing and creating – I absolutely love creating outfit posts and styling them, doing my makeup and taking great photos to showcase my outfits – and then I enjoy writing the posts even more! It really helped put things in perspective – I didn’t start blogging to become instagram famous, I started blogging because I love blogging, fashion, and this outlet! It was kind of funny because I had this epiphany along the same time as another Instagram star Essena O’neill posted about quitting social media – whether or not it was a publicity stunt or she genuinely was sick of the ridiculousness – I agree – and it’s so upsetting to realize how much I have started obsessing over instagram and number of followers. And having photos to post – must be perfectly posed, must take so many shots of the same thing until it’s perfect – she is completely right!
Well, anyway, if you have read down to hear, I really appreciate you reading my ranting and ramblings. I really had a great time at FabDILab, learned a lot, and also got some free goodies in a goodie bag (see photo below), that I will be reviewing in some posts coming up soon!
Keep scrolling to read about my Halloween and the announcement of the Giveaway winner!
I had a great time for Halloween – it was very low key, as some friends decided to organize an apartment crawl in LA as a lot of us live in the same area, and then eventually headed to the bars nearby!
I decided to go with an easy costume and dressed up as my black cat, Luna! I wore all black, a black tutu, black heels, cat ear, a blue necklace I bought in Barcelona as my blue collar, and yellow contact lenses from Spooky Eyes! I received a sample from Spookyeyes last year so I already had them on my radar, and I thought if I had yellow contacts to match my kitty’s eyes, it would make the costume so epic! And it came out so cool! I loved it, and I was so surprised with how they didn’t hurt my eyes! I was expecting for my eyes to hurt/be bothered by the contacts since I don’t ever wear contacts! It took me 20 minutes to get them in, but once they were in they were a hit!
What do you think about my costume?? Did you like the eyes or are they too creepy??
What did you do for Halloween? What did you dress up as??
I also got my hair done, I have highlighted it so now it looks like a much lighter brown and I love it! Better photos soon when I shoot my next outfit photos! Can’t wait to share it!
This weekend I’m heading to StyleCon in Orange County as a part of Blogger Babes LA, I am excited because it sounds like a lot of fun, I really do enjoy going to fashion and beauty events and meeting more people! And on Sunday I am running my first 10k race! I am really excited because I have been training for this race since the summer, and while I haven’t trained as much as I should have, I am proud of myself! The race ends at a brewery, and we are handed a beer to celebrate! How exciting! I can’t wait!
What does your weekend have in store?
Do let me know what your thoughts are to anything I have discussed and I do want to hear about your halloween if you did anything fun!
The Winner of the Firmoo Glasses Giveaway is Ashley Bree Perez! Congrats! I have emailed you the details to receive your prize!
Stay tuned for more giveaways to come soon! 🙂 I am trying to plan one for the holidays!
Have a great rest of your week and have an amazing weekend!
PS. Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you haven’t already, @phd_fashionista. (I changed my instagram handle to match my blog name – hopefully it’s not too confusing!)