Monday, December 22, 2014

Behind the Blog: Reader Q&A - Blogging Basics

behind the blog question and answer

I told you guys I'd do it so I'm back with another behind the blog post where I'm sharing all of my answers to the questions you have submitted to me! Today I'm going to be covering a few of the most popular questions I get asked on a regular basis and share with you the truths about blogging -- and also share that no, my life isn't as perfect as it may seem on instagram ;) And hey, I'm not the only one! So when you see those picture perfect blogs and instagram accounts -- trust me, our lives are just as hectic, crazy and dramatic as the rest of us! This is a way for me to give back to all of you and just be REAL and share my struggles and thoughts in this crazy blogging world. I hope some of you can relate. BTW -- leave me comments below or on instagram of any other questions you guys have for future reader q&a posts to come! 

I'll be honest... it was extremely difficult (and still is!). I started by working full time as an esthetician, then coming home and working until midnight on my blog every…single... day. Weekends were dedicated solely to my blog and forget about a social life -- that went out the window,... at least that's how it was at the beginning. There would definitely be those days I would be frustrated, tired and think, what am I doing?! But then, I would quickly remind myself, anything worth having doesn't come easy and that always kept me going. It's definitely something you have to sacrifice a bit to get a big reward but let me tell you, if you love it even half as much as I do, it won't be that hard :) I still get those moments of weakness and get down on myself from time to time, but who doesn't? Thats what happens  when you find something you're passionate about -- you always think you can do better and you don't mind sacrificing a bit to get where you want and with me that's exactly what I did.

I started my blog about a year & half ago and decided to do so since my boyfriend was playing professional baseball for the Baltimore Orioles & he was going to be gone about 6 months out of the year during his season. I was done with College, and I had began my career as an Esthetician but I needed something more to occupy my time. He suggested starting a blog since he knew I loved beauty and fashion so much and I was actually a bit reluctant. I was thinking, "Who is even going to read what I have to say?" and finally I figured, what the heck, I'll just do it. Immediately after starting the blog and writing one post I fell completely in love and I have never looked back.

Gosh, I have had so many amazing experiences working with brands its difficult to pinpoint one of my first thoughts. I can say, when I first started I was pretty much in awe of this whole "blogging" world. It stunned me that this even existed on the internet as I have never even followed one blog before in my life. Collaborating with brands at the beginning especially was just a total dream come true. I couldn't even believe that one person saw in me something that they liked and was willing to work with me. It's truly something you just can't even explain. In the time that I have had my blog I've only had a handful or less of few bad experiences with brands which is pretty remarkable seeing how many people I've worked with. It's a blessing working with brands you've admired for some time.

I wish I really had a "secret" to share but unfortunately I don't. What I can tell you is what has worked for me thus far. Whether it be blogging, another hobby or job you have the key is to make sure it is your true passion. I've learned that when you find something you truly love, success will follow because you are inspired to do better and to do more. When I began my career as an Accountant after college, I could feel immediately that my life wasn't fulfilled so I took a chance to do try something else. Once I found what I truly loved, success came quickly after. Consistency is key and never give up.

Like I said, consistency is what works. Blogging was something I enjoyed so much that when I would get home from work I would be excited to hop on my computer and write. Being able to share with my readers and just know people were ACTUALLY reading what I had to say pushed me to  even do more. I wanted to create more engaging content and please my readers. I kept my blog consistent. Even when I had those days that I was tired and felt a little down, I kept it going and made sure I created consistent posts because I knew that without that hard work it wouldn't come easy. I think ultimately my passion started to show through and people started to recognize that.

I tend to get very hard on myself which I find to be the most difficult part. I've found my true passion (blogging) and with that means that I want to always perform and do my absolute best. When I don't see the numbers where I want them to be I get really down on myself which is soo wrong. I always have to remind myself that I am doing the best possible job I can and as with any business there are the slower months. Another difficult part as you start to grow a lot is hearing harsh comments about your physical appearance. People are quick to pinpoint what looks ugly or what they don't like about you and so on. I respect having a personal opinion but as a blogger people sometimes think you don't have feelings and tend to say things that they shouldn't because they think we have no feelings. I posted about this recently on my instagram and it still surprises me how many people continue to get down on others but I always remind myself this too - what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger! Stay strong and be who you are - you are beautiful!

What other questions do you guys have for me?
Leave them in the comment section below for my next Q&A!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Need for Tweed

hounstooth print lyase leggings
oxblood burgundy isaac mizrahi crossbody bag
isaac mizrahi darcy shoe and crossbody bag
karen kane houndstooth jacket
Top: Old // Jacket: Karen Kane (Similar) // Pants: Lysse // Bag: Isaac Mizrahi // Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi // Sunglasses: ZeroUV

These shoes are to DIE for you guys! A total must have! I'm obsessed and have been wearing them days on end. Hope you guys are having an amazing week! xoxo

Love, Olia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fresh Faced Fall Makeup Tutorial

I posted this recently on my YouTube channel but wanted to share it with you all here! Hope you enjoy and make sure to subscribe to my channel for more!

Makeup Used:
 Foundation // Concealer // Bronzer // Blush in Peony // Brushes // Shimmer Powder // Eye Shadow Palette // Mascara // Lipstick in Creme Cup // Lipgloss

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winning in Winter White

winter white target outfitToday's post is all about using winter white products as a base and creating a few different looks using other pieces from my existing closet. Partnering up with Target, today I've chosen to showcase these adorable white skinny jeans & white sweater and accessorize in different ways. For the first look, I wanted to go for a laid back casual daytime look and sticking to the all white theme and adding a bit of color with my sunglasses. 

winter white target outfit cardigan tory burch
The second look is one that I would wear out and about meeting up with girlfriends for a lunch date or something of the sort. In San Diego, the weather is always amazing so I'm rocking my sandals year round. winter white target outfit gold details
Look no. 3 is all about glomming it up a bit with my favorite gold accents like these beautiful gold pumps & clutch. It's amazing what a few pieces can do to an outfit, right?! So many times we leave most of our closet unexplored and forget that there are tons of ways to wear every piece of clothing we have! Ladies it's time to update your existing looks by incorporating easy updates like I've done above!

BTW- I have been partnering up with Cosmic Cart which lets you buy items from multiple retailers without having to leave my site. When you see the Cosmic Cart icon in the photos, click it to shop the look!

Find your style @targetstyle
Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Camel Coat

free people big on comfort sweater jacket camel
camel coat and asos bucket bag
free people camel coat ensemble
free people camel color sweater jacket coat
Coat: Free People - Exact here, All Outerwear here // Bag: ASOS (similar) // Shoes: Marc Fisher // Sunnies: Ray Ban

Happy Monday everyone! A good camel coat is so essential to have in your closet -- this has become one of my absolute favs. It's a sweater jacket but looks just like a long coat! I love it & hope you do too! I've been struggling with a pretty bad migraine today so I apologize this is short, must go try to sleep it off! Love you all =)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ballerina Bun


A ballerina bun hairstyle might look complicated, but it's actually pretty simple to achieve. As long as your hair is long enough to pull into a ponytail, making a bun is very easy. Hope you enjoy!

STEP 1: Apply Suave Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Strengthening Light Leave-In Cream. This will help to smooth the look and help for easier styling and pull hair into a high ponytail.

STEP 2:  Twist remaining hair loosely and wrap around the base of the ponytail. Secure with bobby pins.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.