7.31.2014

One Year

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Shirt: NastyGal (similar), Jeans: Zara (similar), Heels: Charlotte Olympia, Rings: ASOS, Lips: Bobbi Brown 'Cosmic Raspberry'.




Eleventh & Sixteenth turns ONE today!

I know I can speak on behalf of a lot of bloggers when I say this, but the first year of blogging is hard work; it seems like it’s the ultimate test for survival. I see a lot of blogs pop up, but rather quickly they lose their steam. Sure it may look easy, but it takes lots of planning and prep work (us bloggers don’t always admit that). Don't get me wrong, with hard work comes great success. Now one full year later, I am proud to still be continuing Eleventh & Sixteenth.

Lately, I have had a lot of people ask me for advice on how to stay motivated. Here are some few tips I find particularly important to keep your blog alive and kickin':

Stay Active on Social Media (FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest):
o Each one allows you to connect with subjects, brands and link-minded peers to keep you inspired in your hobbies and interests. Being active on social media also allows you to promote your own content with others.

Get Involved in Blogging Communities:
o Whether that be conferences, Facebook groups, forums, or events, networking with peers locally and/or nationally opens up doors for make new collaborations and friends. I have met some amazing people through blogging that inspire me to push myself and my content to the next level.

Create a Blog Schedule that Works for You:
o Creating content multiple times a week sounds easy, until you get busy, uninspired, or even realize how much time it takes to actually create one post. By establishing a routine schedule, you can hold yourself accountable and make a consistent lineup that your readers will get used to. Having a physical copy of your agenda will allow you to easily jot down your ideas in advance for later reference or regular reminders.
o There is never a bad reason to be ahead of schedule in blogging.
o Pinterest also has some great printable templates to get you started. Even a basic planner will serve a similar purpose!

Be Yourself:
o I saved this one until the end because it is the most cliché answer of them all. It’s so important that we reiterate the value of this statement in relation to blogging. 
o Every blog is different in its own way. In seeing the many online, I’ve come to a point where I’ve realized I cannot compare myself to other blogs/bloggers. This only leads to trying to follow in footsteps others have already created. By being yourself and sticking to your true voice, you show your blogs unique individuality.

So finally, I really want to thank everyone who has supported Eleventh & Sixteenth, especially those from day one. I am so eager to see where this next year takes me. It wouldn't be anything without your loyalty and support!


Cheers, here’s to the next 365!

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7.30.2014

Brunch

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Dress: ℅ AMI Clubwear (Love, Love, Love), Bag: ℅ C.Wonder (on Sale), Shoes: Tory Burch (similar), Necklaces: Ippolita, Lips: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volutpe in 'Extreme Coral'.

Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite weekly past times, brunch. There is just something about sleeping in as long as you want and then rolling out of bed to go eat and still having the best of both worlds. Add in a mimosa or a bloody mary on the side and you have perfection. That, my friends, is brunch.



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7.28.2014

Lavender Lady

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Shirt: T by Alexander Wang, Skirt: ℅ eShakti, Heels: ℅ AMI Clubwear (similar), Earrings: BaubleBar, Ring: Alexander McQueen, Bag: ℅ Little Mistress (similar).

For those of you that didn't see my Instagram post last Monday, I recently cut my hair. After a month long debate with myself, I decided it was time to part ways with my 28” locks. For the last four years or so, I considered my hair to be somewhat of a security blanket, or even a trademark. Lately with the extensions obsession and the appeal for long hair, I just decided it was time for something new. Granted long hair is beautiful, but I have just come to a point in my life where spending countless hours trying to curl it, straighten it, or do anything with it for that matter, was just becoming a waste of time.
With that being said, I have zero regrets, as I can roll out of my bed an hour before I need to be in the office and still find time to do my hair. A lot of weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, literally.

In other news, when I got back from San Francisco a few weeks back, I had a lovely package waiting for me on my doorstep. The fantastic team over at eShakti sent me this amazing skirt. Not only is it the perfect length, size and material, but this baby comes fully equipped with my favorite midi skirt accessory… pockets!
eShakti is known for customizing clothing based on your height and length preferences, which comes in handy for my 5'5” self. I know a lot of ladies have been raving about their items, so if you haven't checked them out yet I suggest you do!



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7.25.2014

Black Olive

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Jacket: Trouve [Similar], Dress: Windsor [Love this on SALE], Necklace: Lulu Frost, Bag: Clare V., Boots: Rag & Bone.

Happy Friday!



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