As of tomorrow, I have been blogging for one year. And while that does not make me an expert by any means ,I feel like I’ve learned a few things to pass down to new bloggers or someone who is wanting to start a blog. Here are five things you should have if you’re planning to start a fashion blog.
1. A dot com
As cute as your blog name may be, going to “my cute blog” dot wordpress dot com day after day seems unprofessional. If you’re going to take the time to start a blog, pay the $15 or whatever a year for a dot com. It’s so much cleaner and easier than spouting off a long url for an unsuspecting potential follower to remember.
2. A steamer
Between work and home I probably spend more time with my steamer than I do with a lot of my friends. Wrinkles show up in pictures, and look just as sloppy as they do in real life. The times I’ve gone without steaming I’ve regretted it big time. Do yourself a favor and invest in a steamer if you plan to take any outfit pictures.
3. Business cards
Unless you never mention your blog outside of your house, you’d be crazy not to have business cards made Before I had mine designed I scoured etsy and found so many cute options for affordable prices. You put so much work into your blog, don’t you want cute cards to reflect that?
4. A social media presence
I was a little late to the party on that one, but being active and engaging on twitter, pinterest and instagram can really grow your traffic. If you tweet/insta/pin images and links from your blog you might gain some new followers who wouldn’t have found you otherwise. Another tip, synchronize all your handles so you’re consistent on all fronts. It’s much less confusing and cleaner that I’m @ashnfashn everywhere.
5. Clear photos
When I go back and look at some of my earlier photos I cringe a little. In this year I’ve learned so much about photography and I’m not even the one behind the lens. Something else I learned later was simple editing goes a long way. For the first 8 or so months the only editing I did was resizing but since I started playing with exposure and other color levels I’ve noticed a big change in my pictures for the better.
Monday I started a “new” job. I put new in quotation marks because it’s back at Access Hollywood. You might remember I worked there from the time I graduated college until the beginning of October when I left for the job Celebuzz. Although I’m back in familiar territory, I’ve left producing for my dream job… styling. I am literally around all things fashion all day everyday and wouldn’t have it any other way.
to see tidbits of what my job is like follow @accessstylesnap on instagram.
Full disclosure: A few weeks ago my previous employer let about 50 employees go and I was one of them. I learned timing is really everything because hours later I was offered this job.
Awards season is finally over! To officially close the red carpet season I did another Celebuzz fashion segment breaking down the best and worst of the night.
Check it out here.
Do you agree with my picks? Who were your favorites?
Thursday, Valentine’s Day, Topshop finally opened it’s doors at the Grove in Hollywood. I’d been waiting for them to make their way to the west coast for so long and was ecstatic they landed in Los Angeles. Anyway, that day my boss asked me to host a segment on their arrival in LA and even though I didn’t have any makeup or hair products on me (other than what I put on before I left the house), I went for it.
Check out the segment here.
What a week it’s been! Following the Grammys on Sunday I was asked to sit on two fashion roundtables Monday dishing trends and my picks for best and worst dressed at the show. So who did I love and who did I hate? Watch that segment on Celebuzz or Buzznet.
Check back soon to see the other panel!
And, who were your faves and hates of the night?
I'm Ashley, a professional stylist, wife, and new mom, sharing my love of fashion, beauty, home decor, travel, and life in sunny Southern California!