This post is something we have been wanting to write about for some time, and we get so many questions on how we got started into blogging, etc.
So, to start off, I may be repeating myself because I know I have talked about this several times on here, so sorry if you’ve already read some of this;) We have always had a major love for clothes, and styling pieces together. We loved shopping at an early age, and would frequently beg our parents to take us to the mall after school, on the weekends, or when we were on vacation. We knew exactly what we wanted to buy, and I am sure we embarrassed our parents with how much we would take into the dressing room to try on, haha.
To say we have a big closet would be an understatement. We do have a ton of clothes we still wear from high school and college, and love pairing those pieces with some newer pieces, as well as higher-end pieces. We are all about affordable pieces, but also love a good investment piece every once in a while, you know? Anyways, we actually majored in Management Information Systems from The University of Texas at Austin (hook ’em!) and both took a job in Dallas about three years ago at Ernst & Young (a Big 4 Accounting firm). I was working in IT Auditing, and Sam was working in Fraud Investigation. After a year of working there, we both decided that although it was a great job, we wanted something more, and didn’t feel fulfilled. So, we took a big leap of faith at just 23 to leave our job. We had some plans of what we wanted to do, but I will say that what we started doing at that time is definitely not what we are doing now.
We actually got certified as personal trainers while we were at our corporate jobs, and then personal trained clients after work, and eventually trained clients full-time. After about 8 months of training clients, we were burned out, and wanted to do something else. If I am being honest, I was also thinking, “What the heck am I going to do now?”. It was one of those moments where I felt so confused and had no idea where my career was going to go. I told myself that things would workout and I would eventually figure out what I wanted to do. We started blogging and sharing more of our outfits on our Instagram pages. I will say in the beginning it was not easy considering we were posting just fitness and food for the most part. It was basically like starting from scratch with Instagram because the people following me didn’t necessarily want to see all the clothes I was posting, if that makes sense? There were many days where my feelings were hurt, and I just felt like why am I bothering posting this stuff if nobody cares, but I told myself it is my own page, and I should be able to post whatever I feel like.
Eventually, after sticking with it for a while, our blog took off and we found our niche. Many people want to know how you can have a career out of blogging. First off, I want to say that I would have never thought that blogging and posting your outfits would require so much effort and thinking. We probably spend 85% of our time on our laptops answering emails, writing posts, etc. I absolutely love what I do and could stay up for hours working on content for you all. When you all send us emails and snapchat messages, it really makes our day, so thank you so much for doing that! We definitely read all of your emails and messages.You all probably wonder how we make money and support ourselves with a blog like this. We try to be as open with you all as possible, so we are happy to share this kind of stuff with y’all. We use affiliate links, will work with brands for sponsored content, etc. We are extremely careful when it comes to sponsored posts and the brand fitting well with our personal brand. This is how we support ourselves and pay our bills, so although it is tempting to take on a campaign with a brand for a large amount of money, we sometimes will decline those opportunities if it doesn’t mesh well with our blog and brand.
With all that being said, we are so fortunate to get to live our passion every day, and love communicating with all of you all. Without you all, none of this would be possible, and we appreciate your support more than anything. It can be hard some days to not compare yourself and your numbers (followers, likes, comments) with other bloggers, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes compare myself. I know that with the new Instagram algorithm, a lot of you all may not be seeing my posts, which sucks! I think a lot of it has to do with how much you all engage with me on my pictures? Not sure haha. Either way, if there’s anything you all want to see on our blog or have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out or comment on our Instagram pages.
Love you all and appreciate ALL of you! Xo