Monday, February 17, 2020

M&L Turns 2!

Two years ago I was a girl with a blank canvas.

And by canvas, I mean a website URL and no idea how to code or edit photos or if anyone would care about what I had to say.

I had dabbled in blogging at an internship with Jay DuCote in college and I remembered loving it. It was actually my dad who told me to start a blog after that internship had ended and I remember telling him no because I didn’t have anything I was good at to share. I didn't think I had a skill set that mattered.

But fast forward. I was out of college, feeling like I was at a dead-end job in a windowless office and I didn’t know where to go next. So, I turned to the blog. I remember being so worried about what everyone else thought and what people would say. Would they believe in me?

 I wasn’t (and still am not) the best speller. I had always loved putting outfits together and trying new things but would it be things people wanted to see?

But I tried. I started with what I had. What did I have you ask? An iPhone, some wonderful friends who took my pictures, my internal need to write, the passion to go after something I dreamed about and the knowledge that I would have to keep learning as I went.

That's not to say it was smooth sailing. There have been some low, lows. People closest to me were unsure about the effects that this industry could have on me. I can recall specifically being told, 'you can't just START a blog, you have to commit to it'. There were times people didn't believe in me. They didn't understand what I did or they thought it was a waste or time or that I wasn't going to go anywhere.

There are times I wanted to quit. There are times where I felt I wasn't good enough. There are times that I felt like no one cared and that I was wasting my time.

But I guess you have to have the lows to know the highs. I have never been surer of myself as a person and what I bring to the table. I've been able to work with brands I used to only dream of. I have made solid friendships and business connections that have guided me to where I am today in my career. All with hard work, long hours, good laughs and people like you.

Having all of the experiences that Mimosas & Lipstick has brought me these last two years are things I could have never imagined two years ago. And I think that there are some important lessons that I learned along the way.

The most important being, if it makes you nervous and unsure, you're probably going in the right direction.

Today, I am still not sure where Mimosas & Lipstick is taking me, but I know that as long as I feel like I'm being challenged and I'm enjoying what I'm doing - we're here to stay.

I'm just along for the ride and I'm so happy you are too.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Comfy Cozy This Winter

Finding winter accessories that are not only cute but functional can be a challenge! I need durable, warm and sturdy outerwear for the bitter Chicago cold. Having solid weatherproof boots protects me from any elements that come with winter snow, sleet, and ice. Slips and falls are inevitable for me too, so anything that helps prevent them is a win in my book.

Enter: Lugz boots. I wasn't sure about the furry boot trend, and I didn't know if I could pull it off but these boots changed my mind! These boots are a lifesaver as the temperature drops in Chicago! Now available at DSW, they are warm without overheating your feet during your commute. Available in fun colors like this blush pink.

The lace-up features, water resistance, and good bottom tread on these bad boys never make me question my footwear where I'm running out the door to the office or to meet a friend. These keep me on the go, warm and protected from the elements.

These boots help me stay on my feet all day! The Flexastride Memory Foam insole never makes my feet uncomfortable. I also love that the boots have a faux fur trim but are not completely lined inside the boots so I don't get overheated throughout the day; which is a huge factor for me in boot buying!

I think another great feature of these boots is the price point. Finding great quality shoes at better prices is what I love to bring to you! There are so many styles that Lugz offers and it's so fun that they are not just made for the everyday girl, but they are also priced for the everyday girl!

With a style for everyone, be sure to check them out next time you're at DSW.

This post is sponsored by Lugz and the InfluenceHer Collective. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Mimosas & Lipstick possible!
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