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NYC Auto Show Girls Night Out With She Buys Cars

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Few know this about me but I that I love anything that induces adrenaline (legally and safely of course). If its dangerous, involves speed or heights I have already done it or it’s on my bucket list. That’s why I was excited to see all the speed monsters in  this years New York International Auto Show. She Buys Cars hosted a girls night out giving ladies a chance to see and learn about the latest cars. And although I don’t know the  specifics of cars, I appreciate beauty in any form. The time and effort it takes for the engineers and designers to create these machines is admirable. Here is what I learned on my first visit to the show and some of incredible rides.

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She Buys Cars is a website founded by writer Scotty Reiss and  creator of TravelingMom.com, Kim Orlando. Both women have miles under their hood from traveling for work and leisure.They created the website to help empower women with knowledge about their cars and the purchasing process. The website was also created to help connect women to the auto industry. Unlike past eras women currently make or influence 85% of auto purchases. The website covers all the important details needed when buying a car. Information on matinece, financing, road trips and the latest automobile news plus more can be found on the site. Although what I find extremely helpful are the car reviews posted by everyday women. See more here.

America’s first annual automobile show began in November of 1900. Madison Square Garden held 69 exhibitors with 160 automobiles. An estimated 48,000 spectators viewed the $589-$4000 cars. By the 11th year international car manufactures were introduced into the show with a 3 wheel German made car. By 1949 the first international car show began and featured manufactures like Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Bentley and more. In 1959 the international car show featured cars from Asia for the first time. Japanese manufactures Toyota, Datsun and Prince were some of the first to be showcased. Over the years the show helped manufacturers introduce their latest and greatest to the public. While also giving car enthusiast, families and buyers a chance to see what was new in the automotive world.

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Hyundai’s response to luxury competitors comes with the new brand, Genesis. The brand unveiled its new GV80 Concept SUV. Genesis currently only has three models out on the market the G80, G80 Sport and G90. This new model incorporates elegance, athleticism and advance technology into one car. Genesis designed the car with the environment and style in mind. The car features plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology, furthering their expertise in eco-technology and the auto industry. The GV80 also offers Human Machine Interface which helps drivers control aspects of the car with an interactive touch controller.

 

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The car also includes hand-writing recognition and  allows each passenger the chance to experience the car individually. Passengers can view entertainment and have the ability to change their window view without disturbing the driver. Genius also took great detail in  designing the interior of the GV80 Concept SUV. The interior includes leather on the seating, door panels and console. The car’s upper suede panel and trim details compliment the sleek and shimmering exterior. I instantly loved the car, especially the interior which colors of ash wood and dark gray enhance the luxurious feel of the car. Genisis plans to unroll technology that will allow owners the ability to control their car from a smartwatch app.  I love the details of the Genesis GV80 and look forward to seeing the models they unveil in the future. It really is a brand that combines luxury, technology and the sport of racing into one car. Currently Genesis can be found in their Global Genesis locations in NJ, NY and PA  dealers and starts at $41,400.  Learn more about the brand here.

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Mazda

Mazda returned with the Mazda3 and its redesigned interior while the Mazda6 comes with six-speed manual transmission, push button starter, backup camera and more. Mazda also unveiled the 2017 Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-9 SUV and Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.  The CX-5 comes in sport, touring and grand touring variations, all with advanced technology features. Some of those features include voice command, remote keyless entry and automatic emergency notification. Features of the Mazda3 include Bose 9 speaker surround sound and technology that helps the engine perfectly match the drivers movements. The interiors of the cars include suede and leather seating as well as multimedia controls. These models also include Skyactiv technology, which helps shift the vehicles weight as it rounds corners. While I-Activsense technology uses radars and cameras to help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and alerts them of danger.

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Mazda has also made efforts in the way it impacts the environment . They have the largest fuel efficiency compared to any other manufacturer according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Their advances in technology also include I-Eloop, which helps redistribute the energy that is lost when pushing the brakes. That energy is used in different parts of the car including audio, electrical and more. Learn more about Mazda here.

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I also loved the newest Toyota Camry which had a sun roof and sleek lines. The Toyota Concept I is a car I look forward to as it will truly be a car of the future. The expectations  include the car having the ability to communicate with its owner and know what is needed through light, sound and touch.  Toyota.

I’m also interesting in seeing what the Lucid manufacturers come up with next. Lucid Motors, a Californian based company specializes in electric cars. Manufacturers unveiled the company’s very first car, the Lucid Air. Some specs include 1,000 horsepower, two trunks and back seats that recline at a 55 degree angle. Even more impressive, the car will have the ability to  automatically upgrade itself through software in the car. Not to mention be equipped with autonomous technology, which gives the car the ability to drive itself.Lucid

 

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I loved seeing all the innovation that is occuring in the automotive industry and learning about what’s to come. Girls night out was a blast  and I especially love the Kate Spade purse I won at the event. I encourage everyone to go see the New York International Auto Show which runs trough the April 23rd at the Javits Center. Let me know if you’ve visited the  show and what cars pumped your adrenaline. I for one am looking forward the next show.NY Auto Show

 

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On a side note, but a bit relative to the topic. I recently watched Fate of the Furious, have you seen it?  What are your thoughts? I love the franchise but had mixed feelings about this movie. What about you?

T.S.

 

 

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OMG! Hair Repair System Review

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Concreteislandista was given these products for review by Beautypress and the participating brands. All opinions are my own.

Don’t you love going to your local spa every week and getting a facial? How about every week getting a hair treatment? If you said yes you are #blessed, but if you said I don’t do that, than you know an at home treatment is your go to! With so many new masks and treatments on the market there is an endless supply of at home spa treatments. Double Dare has created simple OMG! 4 in 1 through 2 in 1 kits that help you get that spa treatment glow right at home. Made specially to be easy, intense, fast and simple their products only take a few steps to complete. These Optimized, Minimized and Grab & Go masks are perfect for the busy lady. I especially love the packaging which is portable, perfect for throwing into a suitcase or overnight bag.

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OMG! 3 in 1 Kit Hair Repair System

This treatment consists of a shampoo, protein treatment and mask. In step one you rub in the Healing Natural Shampoo. The shampoo helps clarify your hair of any impurities, just think about all the pollution we encounter in the cities or just by going outside. Smog, smoke, dust, sweat and weird mystery smells! YUCK! The ingredients in the shampoo are 98.6% natural. They include organic extracts of coconut, lavender and rosemary leaf oil. These ingredients help pull out any excess oils and any bad impurities out of your hair. I applied it like any other shampoo, massaged it into my hair. I loved the relaxing SMELL of the shampoo. The smell of rosemary was strongest in my opinion and I absolutely loved it. I thought the amount of suds it produced was good enough to see it working. Although I think there should be a bit more product in the package for us girls who have a lot of hair.

The recovery treatment protein was next after I rinsed out the shampoo. The treatment has antioxidant fatty acids of Omega 3,6 and 7. It also includes Argan Oil and vitamin E which help nourish and protect your hair. The antioxidants in the treatment help fight against breakage in the hair follicle  and protect the blood vessels in your scalp. While the Omegas help by thickening your hair. And of course Argan oil helps smooth and defend hair against frizz. While vitamin E repairs damaged tissue in your scalp and hair follicles. The treatment protein also helps produce naturally shiny hair. Once again the recovery treatment protein  smelled amazing.

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OMG! 3 in 1 Hair Kit

The last step was the Self-Warming Collagen + Kerstin Infused Mask Cap. This goes over the protein recovery protein treatment without rinsing. The mask’s technology helps infuse hair cuticles with the treatment. It also adds moisture to the cuticles of your hair. Once I put on the hair mask I felt a gentle warmth in my head, which felt very soothing.  After leaving the cap on for the recommended 10 mins I was ready to rinse again. The result was soft and AMAZING smelling hair.

One package of OMG! 3 in 1 Hair Repair System can be found at  Double Dare  for only $8.00! But you can also stock up on the system when you buy 5 packets for $36.00 or 10 packets for $68.00.

Overall I enjoyed the OMG! 3 in 1 Kit Hair Repair system.  I would however recommend more product in the packages for girls with a lot of curly or long hair. I would also recommend easier to open packages as I needed a scissor to open the packages even after ripping the perforated top. The kit left my hair feeling smooth and smelling great, which I loved and expected. I loved the self warming mask, which I have never heard of before but absolutely enjoyed. I think the self warming masks would be a product that many women whether in the salon or at home would enjoy. As we as a society are becoming more aware of the products we use and how it affects us and our environment,the fact that these products are made with 98.6% natural ingredients and come in slim packages is a plus.

Let me know if you’ve tried the OMG! masks or any Double Dare products. Would you try the hair 3 in 1 repair system?

T.S.

 

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New Beauty Line: Glamazon Beauty by Kim Baker

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This was a partnership between Concreteislandista and Glamazon Cosmetics. All Opinions are my own and truthful.

Spring has arrived although it may not feel like it here on the north east coast. And with the change of seasons comes a need to try new fashion trends and beauty products. Professional makeup artist Kim Baker has unveiled her own line of beauty products just in time. Universal, classic and easy is what Glamazon Beauty brings to mind when you experience the line.With a wide color range women of all ethnicities can find shades that match their skin tone.

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Kim Baker is not only a celebrity makeup artist, but a pioneer in the fashion industry as well. In her past life Kim was a straight size model and than became one of the first plus size models at Whilamenia . The time she spent in the hands of famous makeup artists like Fran Cooper, honed her love and understanding of beauty. What Kim came to understand after she left the modeling business was that receiving compliments on her beauty did not define her. Her acceptance of her herself was key to understanding how to enhance her natural beauty with makeup. She now knew how to make women feel beautiful by working with what was at her fingertips, natural beauty. Kim’s portfolio also includes working with famed makeup artists Bobbi Brown and on the sets of TV shows and movies. Past clients include singers Toni Braxton and John Legend. Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and the TV show “America’s Top Model” as well as many other celebrities have relied on Kim for her beauty expertise. The unveiling of Glamazon products is a gradual one as Kim does not want to overwhelm her consumers with to many products.

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Glamazon Cosmetics: Girls Love Wine Blush, Opal Eyeshadow, Creme Highlighter in Amber Lights, Flawless Gel Eye Liner, Hydro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in I’m Purrrfect Red

Solid Foundations

A lightweight formula is one of the most important details I look for when I’m picking a foundation. That is exactly what Glamazon’s Second Skin Liquid Foundation offers. The formula includes hyaluronic acid that help moisturize and soften the skin when applied. When Kim applied the foundation to my face I hardly felt it. As it rested on my skin it did not get cakey or to thick. It’s lightweight formula made me feel like I had no makeup on at all. There are 12 shades in universal colors ranging from dark like Chocolate Mousse to fair colors such as Porcelain Doll. Creating a wide range of foundation colors was an important part of the collection for  Kim. As an Afro-Latina she has had problems finding the correct shade in make-up brands. She knew she needed to offer every skin color, so no one would be excluded. Glamazon Liquid foundations are available for $24.

 

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Crème highlighters in the colors “Golden Goddess” and “Amber Lights” allows you to add the perfect amount of shine to your look for the same price. The “Blushing Beauties” blushes range in shades from pink to red. These shades were chosen specfcially by Kim as all four show well on both light and dark shin tones. Once again she concerned herself in assuring her products would work for everyone. “Paprika” and “Girls Love Wine “were two of my favorites, although at $16 how can you chose?

Kim also thought of the perfect base and finisher for her makeup line. The “Mystical Veil Face Primer” is a creamy formula that allows your makeup to lay smoothly. It’s light weight formula allows you to blend effortlessly and remain undetectable . The formula also hydrates and smooths your skin. With only 2-3 dots needed this $28 staple will last you months of beautifying. The “Perfect Pressed Powder” allows you to finish and protect your look. The formula is semi-translucent, which helps get rid of shine and absorb oil. This helps both people with oily prone skin and drier skin types. Caking won’t occur as the formula is lightweight. Shades such as “Havana” and “St.Tropez” are perfect for lighter skin tones while “Tahiti” and “Catalina” work for darker ones.

 

Lip Service

I was most excited about the line Hydro-Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I am a liquid lipstick lover and Glamazon is no exception.The formula has a perfect consistency allowing it to glide on not too thick or thin. I only needed to apply one coat for full coverage and was able to use the dole applicator for lining after applying a clear liner. I also love that the scent of the lipstick is  a soft  and slightly sweet vanilla. The scent also fades off quickly, something I appreciate as I am sensitive to scents. After being fully dried it survived a sandwich and dinner. What I loved about these liquid lipsticks were that they were COMFORTABLE! I also did the crazy faces challenge seeing if it would crack or hurt my lips and it passed the test. Once again Kim ensured the addition of moisturizing Hyaluronic acid for hydration. There was no cracking, peeling, flaking or sore lips as the day went on. Something that has happened to some of my other liquid lipsticks without a moisturizing base.

Vitamin E was also included in these liquid lipsticks. This powerful vitamin defends the skin from sun rays and acts as antioxidant against free radicals like pollution and loss of oxygen. It is also a anti-aging and anti-inflammatory vitamin. The lines Lipsticks in semi-matte and creamy finishes are also available in four classic shades of red, berry and neutral tones. Glamazon lip products are available for $17-$18. You can see Glamazon’s liquid lipstick in the color “Queen B” in this month’s “InTouch Weekly” magazine listed as Jessica Biel’s go to.

 

Eyes Have It

Glamazon currently has six universal eye shadows out. These highly pigmented and smooth eye shadows glide on effortlessly. The colors that range from light “Opal” to dark “Galaxy” are suitable for an everyday  or special occasion look.  The colors “Mikonos” and Opal which is my favorite give the eyes a pop of color without being to bright. The pink and reddish tones of these colors give them the ability to be worn anywhere. The “Lash Couture Lengthening Mascara” adds length simply with one swipe of the wand. The mascara’s formula holds up against clumping, smudging and flaking.

Self Done: Wearing Opal eye shadow, Purrrfect Red liquid lipstick and Amber Lights Crème Highlighter

 

The Eye-Conic Eye Corrector covers discoloration with the use of yellow, green and peach color correctors. It’s resistant to creasing, humidity and sweat. The tube that Kim designed the concealer in has a clickable top that allows you to push out as little or as much concealer as you want. While the brush’s smooth bristles glide gently onto sensitive corners. The Eye-Conic Eye Concealed brightens your eyes and helps with hyper-pigmentation, an issue prone to darker skin. Brows are perfectly filled in with her brow filler in “Blondie” or “Chocolate”. They also work perfectly as a liner or eye shadow. The “Flawless Gel Liner Pen” has a precise pointed tip for rimming your eyes in a thin or thick cat eye.  The gel base formula allows this liner 8 hours of stability. It’s no wonder that this rock star product received rave review from “Refinery 29” as one of the top 3 best selling products in leading beauty retailers.

 

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Opal and Warrior Eye shadows. Chocolate brow, Lash Couture Mascara, Flawless Gel Liner Pen

 

The fabulous Kim Baker and I.

Empowered beauty is Kim’s motto. Her love of beauty that began with the show “Dynasty” and doing her mother and friends makeup was an unquestionable sign of love and talent for beauty.With her 20 plus years in the fashion and beauty industry she figured out a way to bring that to all women. Glamazon is loved by fellow makeup artists,  beauty bloggers like Patrick Star and supermodels like Cynthia Bailey. Here are some tips  and answers from celebrity makeup artists Kim Baker.

T:Favorite product in Glamazon?

K:Concealer

T:Tips on using Glamazon products?

K: Primer! Glamazon’s works as a moisturize and it is comfortable because it has no silicone.

T:Make Up trends of the moment you love?

K:Metallic lips, but overall natural is beautiful.

T:Best beauty advice?

K:Discover what makes you tick, own your beauty and share it with the world.

T:Worst beauty mistake?

K:Not knowing how to do eyebrows!

T:What is the product every women should own?

K:Concealer, it brightens under the eyes and can take off 5 years of age.

T:Favorite products for being in front of the camera?

K:Press powder,concealer, mascara, liquid liner which was mentioned in Refinery 29.

T:What do people struggle with the most in beauty?

K:Not having fun with it!

T:Future Goals?

K:Give back to the women who have supported her, the Glamazon beauties. Make products that give back to people.

The four years it took Kim to create “Glamazon” were spent wisely as the line is already a hit. I loved speaking with Kim Baker, who was so easy to talk to and a pleasure to work with. We created an “Azon” something consumers were encouraged to do as they created their own unique looks with “Glamazon” products at the Ricky’s NYC unveiling. My “azon’ was the “Latinazon”, of course as Demi Lovato on the cover of “Latina” magazine was Kim’s inspiration. Kim’s understanding of makeup and appreciation of natural beauty makes you feel confident and at ease in her chair. Speaking of which, Kim who does makeup classes at “Ricky’s” will reveal new class dates soon. Currently “Glamazon” is sold exclusively at the NYC staple Ricky’s NYC, but will be coming to a store near you. Look out for the unveiling of more “Glamazon” products and see more HERE. See Kim give me the Latinazon look below!

Kim working her magic! Eye -Conic Eye Concealed, Opal, Chocolate and Warrior eye shadows, Lash Couture Lengthening Mascara, Vintage Liquid Lipstick, Brow in Chocolate, St. Tropez and Havana press powder, Amber Lights Highlighter

 

It was a pleasure learning about this great new beauty brand and getting to know Kim. Let me know if you get a chance to try the new Glamazon Cosmetics line.

T.S.

 

 

 

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New York Fashion Week: Latinista Fashion Presentation

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This season New York Fashion Week was not smooth sailing for me. An unwanted snow storm, canceled shows and a packed freelancing schedule did not allow me to attend the amount of shows I intended to. I did however manage to fit in “Latinista Fashion Week” a platform for Latino designers that I was excited to view once more. In collaboration with Iman cosmetics and Aveda the beauty showcased complimented the collections perfectly. Both experienced and emerging designers showcased their Autumn/Winter 2017 collections.

Knit and crochet wear designer Milagros Batista featured a collection of  red and black dresses, tops and an extravagant poncho. The colors and hand fans were a nod to the motherland of Spanish culture. My favorite piece of the collection was a red high neckline dress with a frill hemline. I also admired the multiple embroidered roses with green stems  on a simple black dress. Knitting from the age of seven Batista uses bold colors inspired by her homeland of the Dominican Republic.

For her knitting is a spiritual as well as a personal experience. Her knitting and crocheting gave her a feeling of strength and beauty in her community as she donned garments  made by her own hands. This is what she wants the wearer of her products to feel. The intricately detailed knitted pieces are a testament to her lifelong experience of the craft. With the bold colors she uses in her collections and the pieces I saw in this collection, how could you not feel strong and beautiful?

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Colombian designer Sandra Baquero featured her newest collection. Inspired by the 20’s and 30’s with a touch of aviation, the collection was retro yet modern. Billowing and structured hats topped off asymmetrical jackets, while the simple sweater dress got stark details of leather and top stitching. The neutral color pallet of black, white, olive green and navy were a great canvas for the pleats, zipper detailing and leather accents . Baqueros’s experience with both ready to wear and couture is showcased through her wearable yet dramatic ensembles.

The designer who has eight years of experience with NYFW made her newest collection within four months. With blazers that can be worn multiple ways this NJ and NYC based designer has infused innovation and retro flair into one collection. Beauty was a clean face except for the classic red lip. Aviation style caps with strands of hair peeking out gave the models a just flown look. While the extraordinary wide brimmed and bowler styled hats were my favorites accessories of the night.

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Celebrity designer César Galindo’s collection was a parade of cocktail and evening attire. Simple elegant silhouettes were the perfect frame for the busy prints. An array of textures and techniques were melded together perfectly through the color story of  red, white and black.  Black embroidered cocktail dresses were perfect for an evening out. The red, black  and satin flower printed maxi is a great alternative to a traditional red and green holiday dress. Jumpsuits with keyhole tops and flared legs gave a nod to the past while staying present with metallic animal prints. The makeup was classic with bold red lip, while hair was tied back in bubble ponytails.

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How did these collections make you feel? Let me know what you think and if you attended any shows. I look forward to the next season of NYFW and sharing it with you all.

T.S.

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Birthday Lessons

What is the best part about turning a year older? How do you change? Well I’m another year older and here are some of the lessons I’ve learned.

1.Things never turn out exactly how you plan them. Well duh you might be saying, but for an “A” type personality like me I like to stick to my plans. Now this is not a lesson I learned recently but it is one my career and the struggle of it constantly reminds me of.

2. Being an introvert is not a bad thing. Growing up, and even in my career in the fashion industry being an introvert has been perceived as a hindrance by peers and myself.  When in reality introverts are usually creative people with great ideas. The lack of loudness that comes from introverts doesn’t mean we are weird or stuck up. We simply need time and space to express whatever is on our minds. There are plenty of loud voices in the world. Some of those loud voices are simply that, loud without sense or substance. Let other people be loud, being introverted will serve you in another form. With that said working in an extroverted industry does push you out your comfort zone. And because of that I am not as introverted as I once was.

3. I’m a hustler.  Now I always knew I’d be able to take the bad with the good in my industry but it sure has been a tester.  I have done many different jobs in the industry, all in the name of pushing my career further.  Blogging has also helped unveiled this quality, as it entails being one’s own boss, PR rep., marketer, editor and more. To accomplish the task one must be ready to work and network.  Never give up, be ready to put in time and hustle.

4.When you begin the journey of the hustle you don’t realize who’s watching you.  To my surprise this is something I dealt with during 2016.  I’m glad and appreciative that the people watching have enjoyed my content. Always put your best work out there.

5.There are certain societal issues that have become important to me. I’ve learned if you want something changed you must contribute. Write, email, call, text, tweet, just do something. If you complain without trying to change the outcome you aren’t contributing at all.

 

 

6. Saying no can hinder and help you. As women we tend to want to please and say yes to everything and everyone. You might feel guilt, but if you feel your work is worth more than what someone is offering go with your gut. Learn when to say no.

7.This one goes back to number 4. As people watch you they tend to begin to want things from you. I love giving advice whether it’s career or blogging wise, although you notice when someone solely wants something from you. They aren’t interested in nurturing a relationship or offering something in return.

8. Blogging as a business is a lot harder than it looks. Now there is blogging as a hobby and blogging as a business. When you blog as a business, you are responsible for everything. Bloggers are entrepreneurs, who make something out of nothing. There is so much you have to learn about running a small business. Because essentially when you run a blog as a business it is a small business. With that comes the creative collaborations and fun events as well as the boring such as SEO( search engine optimization),  taxes, expenses, legal guide lines, etc.

9. If you don’t try you’ll never know. I was hesitant to begin a blog, but I’m so glad I did. Oversaturation was a big worry of mine before I started, but I learned my niche and found a way to express it.

10. And finally I surround myself with boss babes and hustlers. Surrounding yourself  with people of similar goals is important. ( Hello blogosphere!)

So what are some of the lessons you’ve learned? Are they similar or completely different. Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.