1 Year Anniversary

One whole year of working on myself, working on broadening my fashion horizons, and ultimately one year of blogging on The Gold Dime! It's so weird to think just how far I've come and how much I've changed since the day I clicked 'publish' on my first post. Today I'm recapping a ~years worth~ of posts, changes, and feelings. Get a snack, it's going to be a long one.

If you didn't know, I started my blog when I was at a really 'low' point in my life. I had awful friends at the time, family issues back home, and my first thoughts of transferring set in; I truly was not happy at that time. To make the story simple and a little less depressing, I created this blog to keep my mind busy. I always loved talking about fashion and beauty, but I had no one to really talk to about it. It made me really happy knowing I had a way to express myself and talk about things I love. With the blog, I gained confidence and eventually got out of that major rut in my life. But even so, I've changed a lot from the beginning of my blog.

Black & White, July 2015

For the obvious changes, I transferred schools and have a whole new environment for myself. But with that, I found a new niche for my blog; New York City related posts. I definitely take many more fashion 'risks' compared to when I first started The Gold Dime, and I'm so proud of how far I've come in that sense. I don't get embarrassed/shy taking photos in public and don't hesitate to pose for an instagram photo. I've gotten so much more confident about blogging, whether that be promoting on social media or openly talking about it with friends, which I think is a huge step for all bloggers. Being proud of your work and speaking about it openly because you're comfortable about it makes blogging worth it. If you are afraid of what people think, then it takes the joy out of the whole process.

Mirrored Vision, May 2015

As for posts I pay more attention to detail. I crop/rotate fashion photos to make them look more 'professional' (if you will) and focus on good lighting, backgrounds, and so forth. I only recently started taking my own photos for things like Friday Faves and I feel like that really amped up my credibility. I used to be terrified to create videos but once I did start to, I've also noticed those posts get the most views & feedback. I found a way to incorporate other great gal pals in my posts whether it's with some links, a link up, or a full on interview. I remember when I first started posting I just posted whenever I was done editing them. Now I plan in advance and take more time with them. For majority of my time being a blogger I posted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, no exceptions. Only in the past month have I told myself to relax and post better content rather than try to make the deadlines I made for myself. I still post on those days, but only when I have a post ready and/or have really good content.

Some of my favorite fashion posts I've done include this boho look, super summery look, buff check + bandana, the striped set, and this springtime look. I think as a fashion blogger, it's important to be relatable and relevant with your outfits, but when you take a risk it's more memorable and really ups your 'prestige' as a fashionista. In the past year I've certainly gotten more comfortable about styling outfits differently than I usually would and I'm more open minded to trying new things.

Regarding posts other than fashion, I loved my bandana video. I've honestly never been more proud of a project I've done. When I met Lexie, the first thing she said to me was that she loved that particular post and it really made my day. I was also really proud of how I explained my transferring of schools, which wasn't exactly easy. I got lots of feedback from that as well that made me proud of my decision and I was glad I shared it.

Blogging has really connected me to some amazing gal pals... and just last month I just happened to run into some in the city! I love Nicole, Jamie, Cristina, Lexie, Emily, Bethany, just to name a few. I love having a community of girls that I can relate to and share ideas with. Other than people I communicate with regularly due to blogging, I've had so many girls reach out to me for advice. I get Instagram DM's asking about majoring in fashion, messages asking how to do something for their own blog, and asking about a makeup product I've mentioned on my site. I love sharing advice with others and I'm so honored people even ask me for my own opinion. It's really rewarding.

Summer Colors, July 2015

My blog itself changed; remember when I was TheGoldDime.blogspot?! Talk about a dilemma when I changed my blog to it's own domain (so many malfunctions!). Any other blogger gal reading this knows how important that step is in the blogging world. I feel so much more professional/proud of my work. I like to look at my blog not only as a creative outlet but as a portfolio in a sense. By changing my website name I felt like anything was possible after that (cheesy, I totally get it, but kinda true).

When I started blogging I had no idea all the opportunities it would bring. I've worked with some incredible brands, such as Piko, Knock Knock, Shop Style, Trendly, Palmer's, The Newsette, and Stella & Dot. I'm forever thankful to have the chance to work with brands and create posts for them as well.

To finish off this post I just want to state  how much has changed from what I talked about in my very first post. I don't work at the ice cream stand back home, "New York City has my heart" has a whole new meaning, and if I'm being honest, I'm not much of a Starbucks fan anymore. I think for everyone, not just myself & my blog, it's nice to see how far we've come in a year. So much can happen, drastic or not, and it changes who we come to be. Look back at your journals, old pictures, your old agenda even, and see how much has changed & reflect on how far you've come; it's really nice to see.

Cool Tones, September 2015

I can't thank you all enough for reading my posts for the past year... your comments and feedback mean the world to me. I can't wait to write another year recap post next year and reflect on what has changed again. Cheers to another year and happy birthday to (my pride and joy) The Gold Dime! xo.

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