On August 26th, 2007, I plunged into the blogosphere by launching Economy of Style. I was a graduate student at that time seeking an outlet for my interest in style, an interest I didn't feel I was allowed to have in my academic profession.
After 5 years of blogging, I've realized that I've gained more than an outlet. This blog has allowed me to do things that I couldn't even envision back in 2007.
1. I've reached audiences I couldn't imagine reaching. Economy of Style is read by people in over 100 countries. Being featured as one of the top 5 black fashion budget bloggers in the Atlanta Post as well as appearances on the NYTimes and other venues have introduced me to new audiences.
2. When I started this blogging journey, I saw myself solely as a consumer, but I've since had the opportunity to also become a collaborator with several brands. From invitations to review stores to opportunities to style items from stores, I've gained amazing insights into the industry of style and have always enjoyed sharing those with you.
3. This blog has helped me to think creatively about styling and restyling a small wardrobe. Series like Looking Back, Looking Forward, Fashion Thesaurus, and Fashion Mathematics, have pushed me to explore the styling possibilities of items in my wardrobe.
4. Blogging has linked me to communities beyond my local community. I've established communities with those of you who visit regularly, comment regularly, and blog as well.
5. This blog has sparked spinoff interests such as photography and graphic design.
Sleeveless chambray shirt—Old Navy (long sleeve version by ON)
Skirt—Dolce & Gabbana via swap (similar)
Pink blazer—H&M (similar)
Belt—Anthropologie 'Gilt Elephant'
Earrings—Kendra Scott 'Danielle' (pink agate)
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (similar)
Bangle—solid gold bangle via family
Shoes—Tahari (similar, similar)
All in all, blogging has been a rewarding journey. Thank you for being here!