My Favorite Blog Posts of 2018


shopbop black turtleneck with agolde boyfriend jeans
(one of my favorite photos of 2018 - full blog post with this look is here)

It's the first official blog post of 2019!

I thought it would be fun to share my favorite blog posts of 2018 with all of you today. The ones that were most-read, most asked about, and the most fun to write. A lot of these serve as great resources for blogging equipment, hair questions, fav lip combos, shopping my looks, and MORE!




photography lighting and technology favorites

I get asked quite often what materials I use to take my photos. Whether it's my camera, my iPhone, or my lighting setup in my office. All of my supplies are in this post and can also always be found under SHOP >> BLOG SUPPLIES on the title menu at the top of the page.



blended balayage angled hair cut

It feels like yesterday that my hair stylist, Kristen, and I were writing this post. Hair is one of the things I get asked about the most, especially what I ask for at the salon to get my cut & color. My hair has grown quite a bit since this post but the coloring and type of cut remain the same!


FINDING SELF-CONFIDENCE IN AND OUT OF LOVE

arms up standing over Monterey Bay

This blog post was by far the most popular of 2018 and that makes me really happy because it was one of the most open, personal posts I've ever written. I talk about, love, loss, and finding self-confidence in yourself no matter the situation. I wrote it in hopes it could help those struggling to find acceptance without the gratification of someone else's words. I hope if you haven't read, you will!


FAVORITE LIPSTICK & LINER COMBOS

lipstick and liner combinations

I thought I would throw this blog post into my favorites mix because it's still very current and I get asked about my favorite lip combinations all the time on stories. I mostly get asked about nudes, but this post has some of my bright favorites for Spring & Summer too (can you tell I love MAC?)!


WHY YOU SHOULD DOWNLOAD THE LIKETOKNOW.IT APP

liketoknow.it app
pardonmuahinsta on liketoknow.it app

Most of you all know about the Liketoknow.it App by now (it debuted in 2018) but if you don't, you definitely need to read this post! It's all about how you can easily shop my posts without getting tons of notifications - a one stop shop! Since it's launch, I now do 90% of my shopping on the app!


OFFICIAL LAUNCH | THE AMANDA NECKLACE




This blog post was SO exciting because it was the debut of the Amanda Necklace from Grace & Hudson Jewelry. I was fortunate to meet the designer Stacy in February when we went to a trade show together in New York City! It was so much fun to hang out with her and become new friends. She makes the most beautiful, dainty jewelry, perfect for any brides out there!


REWARD STYLE CONFERENCE 2018

MEET & GREET || STRIPED ROMPER || #CAREDONTCOMPARE
SHINING IN SEQUINS || GINGHAM RUFFLE DRESS

revolve lovers + friends lilac palm alicia skirt

In 2018 I was very fortunate to attend the sixth annual RewardStyle Conference in Dallas, Texas. It was incredible to meet other bloggers from around the world and to network with some amazing brands. It was the biggest item on my blogger bucket list, so having the chance to attend was life-changing, to say the least. I wrote several posts on my trip linked above.


COCONUT MARGARITA RECIPE

etsy chips salsa repeat sweatshirt

Justin and I got so many requests for my favorite margarita recipe that I just had to include it in my 2018 recap. If you've followed me long, you know J and I have a fav local taco spot that makes the BEST coconut margaritas so he figured out how to make them for me at home!


FIVE WAYS TO GROW A FOLLOWING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

nordstrom pst by project social t goal digger sweatshirt
nordstrom pst by project social t goal digger sweatshirt

Almost daily, I get questions about growing on social media and becoming a blogger. I wrote this post to share what I've learned throughout my four and a half years of blogging and what I've done to grow organically on Instagram. I'm by no means the social media expert, but highly recommend if you've been stuck and wondering how to gain readers & followers!


THE BLOG SOCIETIES CONFERENCE 2018 RECAP

express high waist flared jean
The second conference I attended in 2018 was The Blog Societies Conference in Atlanta, GA. It was a really good learning experience in regards to blogging business practices like accounting, photography, contracts, etc.  I learned more at this one conference than I did all year when it came to taxes and being financially accountable. Hoping to attend again this year!


HOW I TAKE MY OWN BLOG & INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

photo equipment to take your own photos

In 2018 I figured out how to take my own photos and BOY was that a game changer. Now I can take pictures of myself at home while Justin is at work and get five times as much stuff done! In this post, I talk all about my equipment and how I set up my tripod, phone/camera, and remote.


10 RECENT AFFORDABLE AMAZON PURCHASES



Everyone loves them some Amazon! This was my first and only Amazon purchases post and it ended up being a huge hit. So much so that y'all bought hundreds of the "H" bracelets! I will definitely be placing more Amazon orders very soon so that I can share more of these posts with you all. 
(p.s. DO NOT buy the black sweater... I got it and it was terrible.) 


THE QUOTE THAT MADE ME STOP COMPETING



This post was one of my personal favorites because it was, well, so personal. I shared why I don't feel the need to compete with other influencers on social media and how I stay positive and happy when watching others succeed. I definitely encourage other bloggers/influencers to read!


THE COMFIEST SWEATER DRESS UNDER $35

amazon black pink queen women's loose oversize turtleneck wool long pullover sweater dress

This sweater dress was a huge hit! I found it online for less than $35, and luckily it's still in stock and comes in a couple of colors. It's incredibly comfortable, and as you can see, wears well with a pair of suede booties. I can't wait until it warms up a bit so I can wear this exact look again!


I TURNED MYSELF INTO A SNAPCHATFILTER

flower crown mouse snapchat filter

This was by far my biggest sponsorship of the year! I got to create a fun Halloween look, share some skincare favorites, and it even appeared on an ad on Pinterest (a serious highlight of 2018). It was super simple but photographed so well due to the bright colors and 3D design. I'm already excited to start thinking of costume ideas to create for this year!


I hope you all enjoyed this recap as much as I did. 
I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings!

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