I am so happy to partake in a monumental campaign called “Bridging the Gap”, a movement centered around blurring boundaries and ending age stereotypes. For me in this blogging journey, it’s imperative that I speak out for causes that I believe in. This in particular, is one of them. One of the foundations of my blog is encouraging others to pursue their passion, in all forms, whatever it may be. Too often I get asked, “How do I start a blog” and hear complaints about how hard it may be to become “successful”, whatever that is defined as. Well, let me tell you the secret: JUST BEGIN. We all started somewhere, it’s a journey that is not defined by “success” or how many followers you have (at least for me). It’s a process to encourage others, build community, get a little creative, and ultimately live life more fully.
If y’all are like me, I am constantly searching for healthy beverages to supplement my daily water consumption. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know my love of coffee, tea, and KOMBUCHA (all caps bc it’s just that good). This summer, I think I found one to add to the list! It’s a sparkling water made with real fruit… Move over LaCroix! Spindrift® is America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. Their water is triple-filtered and our fruit is picked from family farms, then squeezed and canned. I took Spindrift and tried it for the first time at the beach last weekend and it was just the refreshment my friends and I needed during a long day at the beach (Hermosa Beach, to be exact).
As many of you know, almost all my family lives in Colorado. I am the odd ball and took the jump and moved to California 3 years ago. This makes it extremely difficult during holidays, such as Mother’s Day, when you wish you could see your family but you can’t! Because of this, I try to take the time to put together special gifts and experiences for my mom that I know she will enjoy. My mom and I have always had a very close relationship- I tell her everything! Is anyone else best friends with their mom?! It’s the best. Every Mother’s Day, I usually send my mom a card at the very least. This Mother’s Day, I wanted to take things to a new level to really show her how much she means to me!
I created a special gift package experience in partnership with Uber this Mother’s Day to make sure my mom knows what she deserves. I like giving experiences as gifts, almost more than physical gifts- the memories and time together (when you can be together) are often more valuable than any tangible thing. And what better way to get to a specific experience than with Uber? Uber has become such a necessity for affordable, safe driving in the modern age, and my mom has never actually used the service! I’m excited for her to actually be able to enjoy this experience rather than have to think about how she will get there.
For the longest time, I had no idea how to monetize my blog. The one question I receive most from my readers and followers is, “how do you make money off your blog?!” I will tell you one thing, it comes with time and a lot of work. There’s nothing more valuable than high quality content for a brand, but that takes a lot of time and energy to produce from an influencer stand point. The good thing is brands are starting to recognize just how valuable “influencers” are, for lack of a better term (I started when we were still called “bloggers”). Influencers are a great way to reach a target audience through someone who that audience trusts, or finds credible. You can read more about why influencer marketing is valuable in this Forbes article and this Huffington Post article (yes, I am a nerd and I read A LOT).
One of the biggest sources of income for me on my blog is actually through influencer agencies. These agencies connect influencers with brands they think are good fits, and these agencies ensure that the influencer is compensated for the work that he/she produces. You have to apply to be a part of most of these influencer agencies, so for newer bloggers, your focus should still be on creating high quality content and engaging with your audience on all social platforms to extend your reach. I’ll give a list of agencies I use at the end of this post, but I wanted to highlight one that has been there with me through the very start of my influencer agency adventures, Collectively.
When I started my blog, I named it “Bohemian” by the Bay for the definition of the word: a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer. I still abide by it’s meaning and I want my blog to be a source of inspiration where people feel like they can be inspired by my looks, yes, but I also want people to be inspired to create their own looks that are just as unconventional, just as unique, and just as YOU. I want people to feel welcome here, and I want to encourage everyone to be their most authentic self. I want people to feel like they too can be anyone they wish or create anything they want to be. YOU ARE AUTHENTICALLY YOU.
Since my bohemian style is drawn to natural pieces, I am beginning to collect more and more jewelry with stones and minerals. One of my all time favorite jewelry brands, Chan Luu, put together a useful and beautiful infographic on how to care for them, which I thought I’d pass along.
One of my biggest flaws when wearing jewelry is that I don’t take it off when I wash my hands, and sometimes I even forget to take it off before the gym (oops)! It is definitely necessary to take off jewelry in all cases, especially the shower. Most tap water does have harsh chemicals, such as chlorine, which can cause damage to jewelry. I also learned from this infographic that to clean the gem, a soapy water with a soft cloth will most likely do the trick as long as you avoid any harsh chemicals that can interfere with the natural state of the gem. Good to know!
This is a topic that I have looked up many times and I have found a variety of answers. I also have received many questions about this topic, so it’s definitely a hot topic and something I thought I should address on my blog. The topic is… What is the best camera for fashion bloggers?! In a world where there are so many options, you can only expect a lot of answers. So that is what I’m going to give you.
To help synthesize the results of my research, I’ve broken out a few different options depending on what your budget looks like, since this is perhaps the biggest investment you will make as a fashion blogger. I’ve also linked articles that ultimately led me to my purchasing decision, which I will also tell you about. I hope this helps anyone who is in the market for a new camera!