One Year Blog Anniversary

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A year ago, I decided to embark on this entrepreneurial blogging journey. It’s been an amazing ride filled with many life lessons I never realized I’d learn. I am truly grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been presented with, as well as building all these amazing friendships. I honestly, never imagined that I could inspire so many people by putting a few smiles on their faces. I’m all about encouraging one another, and this being said: I truly hope that my little space of mine – aka my blog – is a place of encouragement and happiness for you all. Where you are not only inspired by my outfit posts but you find a reason to smile and be happy.

I’m beyond grateful for all of YOU because you have not only encouraged me to strive for more, but you have encouraged me to start my own business as well. My jewelry designs have been so successful because of YOU, and I simply cannot THANK YOU all enough!

I also need to give a shout-out to my amazing husband and son. All of my pictures are taken by my husband, and my son is the reason why you see me smiling on my photographs. Yes, my blog is a family affair, and I would not want it any other way. They are my biggest fans and best friends (my boys just know how to make me feel special and beautiful every day).

Below are a few lessons I have learned being a blogger and entrepreneur. I hope you will find them helpful, as well as encouraging!

1. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, seriously. Find your own voice and style, and go for it! Comparing yourself to others will only discourage you and bring you down.

2. Don’t take rude comments to heart, and I must admit I had my struggles with this too. I participated in a contest once and faced some rude and hurtful comments from people who were cheering for “their” contestant instead. It was very silly and oh-so high school, but it did hurt. I had to learn to ignore it, and simply move on. And now the whole thing is long forgotten. All this negative energy was for nothing, and I’ve learned to never let this get to me again. Ever.

  1. Always be professional, and be nice to everyone. You really never know who you are going to run in hence a bad “rep” about you and your brand is a big “No, no”.
  1. Engage your followers and stay connected. This is the fun part, in my opinion. I LOVE getting to know you all! In fact, I found some of my best friends on social media.
  1. Last but not least…HAVE FUN!

As always, thank you for reading & for your continued support! It truly means the world to me!

PS: Graphic Image and I have an exciting coupon for YOU! Use springcontest at checkout and get 15% OFF your purchase (valid until 4/12!) + in YOUR honor I’m giving you FREE SHIPPING on my entire jewelry collection as well (valid until 4/12).

Much love!

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80 Comments

  1. April 8, 2015 / 6:36 AM

    Congratulations on your one year Blog Anniversary! It’s amazing how time flies when you are having fun! I love all the lessons you’ve learned, I know I can personally relate to those too — thanks so much for sharing them! I so enjoy stopping by each day to see what you are up too, you are such an inspiration!! Also, I love your dress ๐Ÿ™‚ You look gorgeous! Happy Wednesday!

    xo, Rachel
    http://www.ablondesmoment.com

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:03 AM

      Thank you, Rachel!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  2. April 8, 2015 / 6:53 AM

    Congrats, Vanessa! You have worked so hard to build your blog and jewelry brand! Wishing you all the success in the world! So happy for you! xx

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:03 AM

      Thank you, Amy!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  3. April 8, 2015 / 7:54 AM

    congratulations and happy first anniversary! Keep up the good work!

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:03 AM

      Thank you, Clarissa!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  4. April 8, 2015 / 8:07 AM

    Yay so exciting!! Congrats, you’ve done a beautiful job on your first year of blogging and can’t wait to see what’s to come!!
    || D I A N A ||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:03 AM

      Thank you, Diana!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:02 AM

      Thank you, Marina!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  5. April 8, 2015 / 8:34 AM

    Happy Anniversary to your blog my dear!! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your tips and those lovely words with us!

    Laiyin || THESTYLECIRCUS.net

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:02 AM

      Thank you, love!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  6. April 8, 2015 / 8:35 AM

    Happy one year!! I love the dress!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:02 AM

      Thank you, Melanie!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:02 AM

      Thank you, Megan!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  7. April 8, 2015 / 8:51 AM

    beautiful pictures, full of happiness. These gorgeous. Kisses

    • April 8, 2015 / 10:01 AM

      Thank you, Alma!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

    • April 8, 2015 / 9:57 AM

      Thank you, Olivia! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  8. April 8, 2015 / 9:07 AM

    Congrats Vanessa! So glad I had the opportunity to get to you now through here! I look forward to seeing more ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • April 8, 2015 / 9:57 AM

      Thank you, Rach! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  9. Jess
    April 8, 2015 / 9:11 AM

    Congratulations, Vanessa! I love following your blog! You are seriously my favorite blogger! Always so happy, cheery, stylish and yet so humble! Thank you for sharing your tips too! Look forward to more years to come and I CAN SEE BIG THINGS COMING YOUR WAY, lady! XOXO

    • April 8, 2015 / 9:57 AM

      Thank you, Jess! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  10. April 8, 2015 / 9:47 AM

    Congratulations!!! How exciting! It is so inspiring to see where you have taken your blog in only a year! Can’t wait to see what is in store for the next year!

    -Kara
    http://www.everydayk.com

    • April 8, 2015 / 9:57 AM

      Thank you, Kara!! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  11. April 8, 2015 / 9:55 AM

    Congratulations Vanesssa! I enjoyed hearing a little more about you and your journey. I didn’t realize that your husband takes your photos too. He’s an amazing photographer.

    Your candid photo with your son is adorable! Love your dress and your beautiful smile. Thanks for the tips.

    http://laceandpearlsblog.com

    • April 8, 2015 / 9:57 AM

      Thank you, Asa! Your support means the world to me! Sending you much love! XO

  12. Megan
    April 8, 2015 / 10:31 AM

    Congrats, darling! You have accomplished so much in just a year! You really are an inspiration! Love you and your blog! Can’t wait to see what else is in store for you! Big things are coming your way, girlie!!

  13. April 8, 2015 / 11:11 AM

    Congratulations on the milestone my dear! I’m looking forward to your next year and seeing both you and your blog grow, because you truly deserve it! You’re stylish, fun and inspiring, everything a blogger should be ๐Ÿ™‚ Virtual hugs go here!

    Fashionably,
    Patricia
    http://www.wingsforliberty.com/

  14. Gabrielle
    April 8, 2015 / 11:55 AM

    Congratulations on the fantastic milestone – I love the introduction of balloons into these photos! All of your tips for bloggers are brilliant and so on point, particularly always remaining polite and professional ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

  15. April 8, 2015 / 12:11 PM

    Wooh! 1 year, thats amazing! Congratulations! You have an amazing blog <3

    Kisses from Hungary xo

    Csenge | Csenge’s Point

  16. April 8, 2015 / 12:17 PM

    HUGE congrats on your blogiversary, I love coming by everyday and seeing your outfits and reading your posts! You make me smile and I can’t wait for more celebrations to come!!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

  17. April 8, 2015 / 12:23 PM

    Happy one year! It has been amazing meeting you and following along with you! You are such a sweet and fantastic woman! Wishing you the best on this continued journey!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  18. April 8, 2015 / 12:26 PM

    Congrats on the blog anniversary Vanessa! Best wishes to the next year of your blog! all of your photos are amazing! wish you success! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the tips, its always nice to remember those things and not compare yourself to other bloggers! XO
    Andrea
    http://www.phdfashionista.com

  19. April 8, 2015 / 12:41 PM

    Congratulations!! I love following your blog- and am so happy you are bringing us another year of fab style!

  20. Kelsey&Kenecha
    April 8, 2015 / 1:41 PM

    Awe love the photos, so gorgeous! Congrats on the 1 year of bloggong doll ๐Ÿ˜€

    Florals&Smiles
    Twitter

  21. April 8, 2015 / 2:09 PM

    Congratulations! Your blog is amazing and inviting. I always smile when I come by because your smile is so contagious! Thank you for the tips. I’ve been blogging for a little over 2 years, but started taking it seriously only a few months ago. I’m so happy I met you through social media and look forward to your future projects!!

    Xo
    Jeanie
    http://www.thefashionlotus.com

  22. April 8, 2015 / 3:08 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! I have only been blogging for four months now and I love it! Thanks for the post! Yay! I will follow your advice!
    Xoxo Andrea Snow and baby snow

  23. April 8, 2015 / 5:34 PM

    Congrats on your anniversary, you’re doing a fantastic job with your blog! Loved these pictures and that ombrรจ dress is simply stunning ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Bella Pummarola

  24. April 8, 2015 / 8:53 PM

    Congratulations Vanessa, this is such an inspiring post and you always bring a smile with your uplifting posts and positive attitude!! I really couldn’t agree more with all of your points, I love #3 and you are awesome at being kind to everyone which is one of the reason I adore you and your blog so much! There are many bloggers that don’t get this at all and seem consumed with themselves so you are a breath of fresh air!! Looking beautiful as always and your son is such a cutie.
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

  25. April 8, 2015 / 10:08 PM

    This is amazing Vanessa! I saw this post on your IG and had to come congratulate you on your blog! It’s amazing how gorgeous you are both inside and out, and your love for your family and your readers truly shine through your site!! Cheers to your blog’s 1 year anniversary and may more great things come your way for years to come! All the best hun! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo~ Lena
    http://www.felinecreatures.com

  26. April 8, 2015 / 10:12 PM

    I love this post so much! It’s been great getting to know you within the short period of time we’ve met through blogging so far! You are a sweetheart and I love that blogging is a family affair for you! Congrats and to many more successes! <3

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  27. April 9, 2015 / 12:23 AM

    Congrats on your Blog Anniversary love it keep up the great and inspiring work.
    Xo Miss Erin
    See what I have to say at:
    http://www.misserinsays.com

  28. April 9, 2015 / 8:16 AM

    Congrats love! I’ve enjoyed following your blog so much. Can’t wait to see more. Also, thanks for sharing your lessons learned. I agree with all of your points! Sending you a big hug!

    xo Pam
    http://www.thegirlfrompanama.com

  29. April 9, 2015 / 8:38 AM

    Happy happy blog birthday, babe! Cheers to many more to come! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  30. April 9, 2015 / 8:38 AM

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! xx
    fashionismyfirstlanguage.blogspot.ie

  31. April 9, 2015 / 9:17 AM

    Congratulations! Such an incredible achievement! Wishing you continuing success in all your ventures and thank you for sharing all your wonderful posts, really inspiring and completely agree that you just have to have fun doing what you enjoy : ) Lots of love xxx

    http://sweatshirtsanddresses.com/

  32. Barbirella
    April 9, 2015 / 11:30 AM

    Excellent looks dear, love your sense of style. I agree with all your tips, don’t compare yourself to others if u do so you are insulting yourself. If you are lucky enough to be different don’t ever change. Have a nice day & happy blog anniversary hun! xo

    http://www.barbirellafashionrunway.blogspot.com

  33. April 9, 2015 / 12:28 PM

    Congrats beautiful!! That’s such a wonderful accomplishment and I’m so so happy for you! I’m excited to see what this next year of blogging has in store for you:)

    xo
    http://www.charltonlee.com

  34. April 9, 2015 / 4:09 PM

    Happy birthday and let’s celebrate many years of blogging and entrepreneurship.

  35. April 10, 2015 / 12:30 AM

    Happy Blog anniversary V! Your son is beyond adorable, I love that picture of the two of you. You’re such a beautiful soul, I’m so glad I discovered your blog. It’s so true that the blogging world can be such a great community filled with a lot support and encouragement. It’s so nice to be able to connect and share with people all over the world. I always look forward to your post and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes you! Have a fantastic weekend

  36. April 10, 2015 / 5:00 AM

    Happy blog anniversary, sweet girl!!! You have an incredible site and it’s a joy to visit. xo

    lovejoanna.com

  37. April 11, 2015 / 1:58 AM

    That’s so nice to hear it is a family affair! I love reading your blog because you have so much positivity. It’s also pretty cool to know that the source of all those beaming smiles week after week is your son! Too cute!

    Again, Congrats!

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

  38. Jeannette
    April 11, 2015 / 10:26 PM

    Hello beautiful Vanessa! I couldn’t pass reading and commenting on this very important post. Sorry it took me so long to stop by. This past week was a little challenging for me but here I am, stopping by to congratulate you and wish you the best. I also want you to know that even though I haven’t personally met you, I consider you a friend… Actually a very good one! I am so happy to know you had a wonderful first year and that you learned, grew and got very strong. That is what life is all about and I have not doubts you will continue doing the same. You are going to go very far Vanessa, I am very sure of that. And one day, not too far from now, I will be saying: “Yes, she is the super talented and sweet Vanessa!!! Not only do I know her but I also own a few bracelets personally made by her! God bless you now and always my sweet friend… Love ya!!!! XOXO, Jeannette

    http://www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

  39. April 17, 2015 / 11:03 PM

    Oh beautiful girl! What a blessing that you are chasing your dreams, filling your soul, making memories with your family and inspiring others along the way! Bravo, V- here is wishing you many many more years of the world wondering just What Would V Wear! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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