So when I started this blog almost a year ago, I never realized all that would come of it: the blogging friends, the opportunities, the encouragement. It has been pretty awesome. (just an FYI- this is kind of a long post)
First though, I should rewind even more to when I decided to leave teaching to open my business. It was a huge leap. Huge. My husband and I were taking a pretty big risk, knowing that 1 in 3 businesses close after a couple of years, knowing we would be a one income household (those of you that think just because someone is a business owner they are mega rich couldn’t be more wrong….I have bills and bills and not one paycheck with my name on it to prove it), knowing it would change a lot in our lives.
But with all of that risk has come a lot of opportunity that I can honestly say I would not have had while teaching.
When I first opened the custard shop I was approached by Susquehanna Style, a regional, upscale lifestyle magazine, to advertise with them. Of course! From that a great relationship developed with the editor (who is the chicest fashionista around, AND whose daughter was born one day before Charlotte!).
Fast forward almost a year and a half, I get an email asking if I would be a model (and I use that term very, very loosely) for their nautical fashion spread for their May issue. Ummmmm….yes! Getting my hair and makeup done AND wearing cute clothes? Sign me up! I was beside myself with excitement! Waiting from February to May was quite long…I couldn’t wait to see the end result! I had never been in a magazine before so it was kind of a big deal to me!! In the midst of all of this it was mentioned that they might be looking for a new blogger….you bet my ears perked up! I will get back to that later though….
So, without further adieu, here is the nautical spread photographed by the talented Donovan of Jeremy Hess Photographers for Susquehanna Style magazine. We were also fortunate enough to be styled by Hilary of Arthur and Daughters. She has impeccable taste. Seriously though, the staff of this magazine is just unmatched. Their talent, professionalism, creativity and kindness is unreal. Such wonderful people to work with. For all of the details on what I am wearing, check that out here.
This was the cover photo of the magazine…how awesome is that!! Aaaahhhh!!
On top of this awesome fashion shoot, my absolute blogging dream came true! They asked me if I would like to be a monthly contributor for them! Once a month I will submit one of my blog posts for their online edition of Susquehanna Style. I really have not felt that accomplished (in a business aspect) in quite some time. Yes, opening a business is an accomplishment, and having children of course, but this is mine. This blog, this accomplishment is all mine. I couldn’t be more proud.
My first blogging post went live on Friday, but I will be posting it on here tomorrow, so stay tuned for a great post on all things bathing suits! I’ll be chatting away about gorgeous, stylish, and sexy one-piece bathing suits! I am SO thrilled, SO honored and extremely excited for this opportunity. It is a dream come true!!Thank you, Susquehanna Style!! Nothing like living the blogging dream!
Ok, now on to another AWESOME announcement!
I am going to be collaborating with some pretty awesome ladies! Next week, May 7th I will be co-hosting a monthly series called “What She Wears!” Dawnelle, Courtney, Kayleigh and Meagan and I will pick a theme each month and share with you how we each style a look using that particular theme!
What’s awesome is that we are making it a link up so you all can join in on the fun! We will let you know ahead of time what the theme is going to be so you can get to styling and join in on the fun. But wait…it gets even better! Each week, the five of us are going to pick our favorite and showcase that winner on each of our blogs! Hellloooooo free advertising!
Our first theme is going to be date night. So head to your closet, style it up! See you back here next Tuesday for our very first What She Wears link up!
Ok…now that I have written a novel and shared all that I am so excited, proud and over the moon about- go and have yourself a wonderful day!