A couple weeks back I attended another ATX Blogger Mixer to meet and mingle with fellow bloggers in Austin. This was my third mixer to attend (previous posts here and here) and each one leaves me feeling proud of the blogging community in this city and inspired to keep pursuing my dreams and goals as a blogger!
This event was especially exciting because Jessi Afshin of The Darling Detail, literally the first blog I ever read and one of the main inspirations to start my own blog, was the speaker for the evening. She’s currently one of rewardStyle’s top 25 bloggers in the world and grew her following so fast they’re doing a case study on her…so she knows a thing or two about blogging. But better than hearing about her success was hearing about her beginning; she talked candidly about how she didn’t make a penny her first two years of blogging and her mom was her only reader (relatable much?); she talked about changing in her car for shoots 5x a week and not checking instagram from 9a-9p to cut out the ‘noise’ and focus on her goals. In short, she got real and reminded us that we all start from zero and motivated us all to find the purpose behind our goals, and left me feeling more hopeful, excited, and thankful for each piece of my own blogging journey and each one of you that has been with me from the start.
The mixer was on a Thursday evening, so Blake and I headed down to South Congress after work and snapped these pictures at the Long Center before we split up; I headed to Cove Boutique where the event was held and he went for some food and a stroll on the boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake. I wore this high-neck lace top which is a piece from the Who What Wear collection from Target — the scalloped edges and high neckline are super chic and feminine and I got endless compliments on it all night. I paired it with these ankle jeans from Old Navy (on sale right now!) which is my new destination for jeans. I ordered 5 other pairs in varying colors, lengths, and rises, spent less than $150 total, and am now set on jeans for a while. If you’re like me and never had a go-to spot for buying jeans, Old Navy’s are worth a try; the rockstar and super skinny are my favorite styles and you can’t beat their prices!
Since it’s only spring and this is Texas, it’s still chilly in the mornings and evenings so I wore my Banana Republic trench coat to complete the outfit. If you don’t own a trench coat yet, take my word — you.need.one. It’s the most versatile and classic piece of outerwear that will ever hang in your closet and is the perfect light layer for spring; I wear mine over and over and would love to add another to my wardrobe arsenal — I’m dying over this pink one from Coach, this more affordable one from Betsey Johnson, and this gorgeous light blue Calvin Klein trench.
Shop the post:
LACE HIGH NECK TOP plus size only available (SIMILAR, also love THIS RUFFLE LACE TOP) | BANANA REPUBLIC TRENCH COAT (1, 2) | OLD NAVY ANKLE JEANS | MICHAEL KORS SUTTON SATCHEL (mine no longer available, also love THIS COLOR) | BLACK PUMPS (1, 2)