one year bloggiversary.

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You guys, Styled Out West has its ONE YEAR bloggiversary on April 10th and I was so crazy busy that I totally forgot to acknowledge it! Sad, I know. What a fun year this has been for me both personally and professionally. When I first started Styled Out West last April, it was an extension of an existing personal styling service that my friend Nicole and I created, but I wanted to add back in the blog element that was missing. I missed the personal connection with sharing my stories with others and the opportunities to work with brands and companies that come along with owning a blog.

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Since starting last year, Styled Out West, as a brand has grown leaps and bounds. I reached my goal of 10,000 followers on Instagram {wahoo}, I've worked with brands that I had coveted for years leading up to this and I've gained new clients for my personal styling business. I even spent a little extra money and gave my website a much-needed facelift with a newly designed layout and functionalities that make reading my blog posts and shopping my recommendations easier than ever!

To say it's been a good year has been an understatement. Not only has my brand grown, but my professional aspirations have grown as well. With my love for home design and our current home remodel, I have been given the opportunity to work on some new construction home design projects with a friend of mine who owns a development company. I could never have imagined how much joy it would bring me to finally my own boss and see all my hard work, and countless hours of networking finally pay off. All the while, I am still able to be home with Tayler {almost 2 years old} 2 days a week! Yes, sometimes it seems as if I have a millon hours of work and only so many hours in the day, but I'm learning to do what I can, and enjoy every day for what it is. A friend of mine recently asked me in a group setting of other moms, "What do you do for fun?" - I literally didn't have an answer, because every second I'm not spending with my friends or family is dedicated to this blog, or styling clients, or browsing through Pinterest for my next home design project. But that's because when you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work! 

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To celebrate ONE YEAR of Styled Out West I've teamed up with Diff Eyewear to give one lucky reader a chance to win $100 to Diff, to pick out anything of their choice! For details on how to enter, go to my Instagram page! For bonus entries, make sure you have subscribed to my blog {you can do that by entering your information on the sidebar - or if you're viewing this on your mobile device, just scroll to the very bottom of this page}. Good luck! 

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