My, my the year is quickly flying by! We only have 7 weeks left in 2016, and yet so much has happened this year. One milestone for me has been the beginning of this blog, Sassy Teacher Chic. Blogging has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but honestly was too scared to tackle. Thanks to the encouragement of my husband, and the support from Style Collective, I’ve been able to reach my goal.
Jason, my husband of 11 years, is a professional photographer here in Fort Worth, Texas. He owns J and J Studio and is my biggest champion. He is creative mind behind all videos I’ve posted and does much of my photography, when he’s available. Otherwise it’s me and a self timer capturing the shot!Style Collective is an online community that provides education, tools, resources and community support for female fashion & lifestyle influencers to connect, grow their following and reach long term goals. Style Collective has been monumental in helping me to achieve my goal of blogging. I strongly feel that if you choose to do something, you should do it right. “Do it right, or do it over!” I say to my students when giving them an assignment. For me Style Collective has given me the education and tools so that I can “do it right.”
- How do I attract attention to my blog?
- How can I best generate quality content?
- What is an SEO?
- How do I collaborate with brands?
All of these questions and so many more have been answered by being apart of Style Collective. The forums, video tutorials, and interaction with other bloggers have been instrumental in the creation and maintenance of Sassy Teacher Chic.
Last month, a few members of Dallas-Fort area Style Collective were able to meet up for a picnic. It was the same day as my Aunt Barbara’s funeral. I almost didn’t attend the picnic. My eyes had been red and puffy from crying. My family, friends, and congregation kept me whole with warm hugs. However, when dealing with grief sometimes it’s good to get away from it all so they you’re not completely overwhelmed. With this in mind, I decided to attend the picnic. The opportunity to laugh, smile, and chat with other Style Collective bloggers was the perfect distraction. Our group included:Cindi of Foreign Fresh and Fierce. Cindi and I were friends before joining Style Collective. Her fashion forward style is always eye catching and fun.Stephanie Ryan of SigningSteph lives here in Dallas with her husband. She has recently began her own store, TwelveTen, in addition to blogging. She’s petite in size, but her personality is not!It was my first time meeting Avani of fashionbeautydecor. She is an interior designer in the Dallas area, wife, and mommy of 2. Her designing skills are admirable!Next was Kristi of LuluwithGrace. She and her husband are now empty nesters, as her son is away for college. With these new circumstances she is enjoying traveling and blogging. I love her elegant style and knowledge of so many places overseas.Nataly of beautifullyelegantblog was so fun to chat with. She is a hospital coordinator who enjoys style and blogs as a creative outlet. She introduced me to the brand Henri Bendel and I cannot thank her enough! (I love his handbags).Vanessa of VanessaInDallas, is soon to be married, and I couldn’t be more happy for her. She was bubbly and friendly as she gave out blogging tips.Last, but not least, was Ryan. This fashion loving, Bible Reading, former Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader was so much fun to chat with. I love her everyday style. She has not began her blog, but you can catch her in Instagram.
While my husband videotaped, the talented Megan Weaver took our photographs. She specializes in portraits and blogger photography. She knew exactly what we ladies wanted and was so easy to work it. Didn’t she do a lovely job?During our picnic we discussed more than just fashion and style. We answered each other’s questions such as: What’s the easiest blogging platform to use? How do you attract more partnerships? What is the best camera equipment to choose? It’s those questions that only bloggers would be concerned with. Before wrapping up, we cheered each other on and celebrated the accomplishments (in life and in blogging) of each member. That is what I love the most about Style Collective. It’s a community of women who learn from and celebrate the accomplishments of others. Style Collective is encouraging and upbuilding. Their enthusiasm is empowering. For me, these ladies kept me smiling on a day when all I wanted to do was cry. I’m so happy I joined Style Collective!