DRESS Plum Pretty Sugar | BOOTS Club Monaco 40% off!! | BAG Tory Burch | EARRINGS Bauble Bar

I have been blogging since 2014 (I originally started this blog) and I’m finally doing it full time. I absolutely love it; connecting with readers all over the world and creating beautiful content. But sometimes it’s hard to get everything done in a day that I want to. I always say at the end of every day I never feel ‘done.’ There is always an email I didn’t get to, a brand I need to contact, social media to be posted, etc. etc. My number one priority is to be out in the city creating new content, but there is also a business side to this industry that needs attention. So here’s what I do all day!

CREATE CONTENT
This is really number one. As a blogger or influencer your number one priority is to create interesting and original content. I don’t have a photographer following me around all day everyday so sometimes this is hard for me. I work with photographers a few times a month to photograph my outfits, but the day-to-day content I do myself. Styling pictures of my everyday life around New York and my travels.

WRITING
I love writing so this part I love. I love having a voice and a point of view to share. I don’t think I’m an expert in fashion or weddings, but I do feel like I have a point of view to share. Writing on your blog posts also includes coming up with topic ideas, linking to products, entering SEO (search engine optimization) on the post and all photos.

WEAR AN IT HAT
I am not lucky enough to hire a full time IT person, but if I could, I would! It feels like almost daily I have some sort of IT issue from my Instagram widget not working, to my website not loading properly on mobile or my computer crashing. I went to Best Buy just the other day and bought a new computer because my last one couldn’t charge anymore. I normally buy everything online, but I didn’t want to wait a day for a new computer to come in the mail. My website developers are amazing but they are based in London, so sometimes when a random issue comes up, I have to wait until the next business day for it to get fixed. I also think it’s helpful if you can learn some website coding. I know a little and it helps me so much on a daily basis.

SOCIAL MEDIA
My biggest platform is Instagram, but I try to stay up with all of my social media platforms. It’s important to do so because I don’t own Instagram, I don’t know the terms and conditions, so if it went away tomorrow, it’s important to have other platforms to connect with your readers. Posting to social media and being consistent about it is super important. After I write my posts I use social media to promote them. I try to post to Instagram twice a day and I do it on two accounts so it defiantly takes up time.

COMMENT/LIKE
I love commenting and liking other social media posts and interacting with the community. It’s actually one of my favorite things I do each day. I also love reading the comments on my Instagram and responding back to my followers.

STYLE CLOTHES
For me styling clothes really starts with ordering online and trying to envision outfits. Of course when I receive all of the pieces I change everything and add pieces I already have to make it pop. You also want to be ‘in the know’ of the latest trends in fashion of the newest ‘it’ bag or pump of the season. I find so much style inspo from Pinterest and attending New York Fashion Week.

EMAILS
It is so important to stay on top of your emails. It’s a bit challenging for me because I have two blogs so I just try to respond in the order I receive them and keep an eye out for other opportunities. I’ve missed campaigns and events from not being on top of my emails so I have made it a priority to at least read them if I can’t get to a response yet, at least I know what’s in my inbox.

BRAND WORK
If you aren’t lucky enough to have brands reach out to you on a continual basis, you’ll want to get in contact with the brands you love. Reach out brands that align with your brand and try to get in contact with to their social media manager and see if they are interested in working with you.

DRESS SheIn only $17! (also love this one) | SUNGLASSES Karen Walker | WEDGES Steve Madden | EARRINGS Nordstrom | BAG BP.

I love off the shoulder dresses and this one is the cutest! I love the vertical striped and the lower sleeves. I’m in the city right now but it’d be perfect for a beach vacation or something nautical. I also have been overly obsessed with these wedges, last year I picked up a similar pair like in this post from Paris. I also love this BP. clutch and it comes in so many colors. The best part? It’s only $25 so you can get it in several fun colors.

Have you guys ever shopped at SheIn? They have so many stylish pieces for super affordable prices. I can almost every time I go here find a dupe for a designer piece. If you need something quick, this is not your bet, but if you can shop a few weeks ahead which I always do as a blogger, you should definitely try them out. I live in like literally the fashion capital of the world, but the funny thing is that I do almost all of my shopping online. Where do you do your shopping?

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SKIRT ChicWish | SUNGLASSES Karen Walker | BAG Rebecca Minkoff | WEDGES Steve Madden | TOP Topshop

Leave it to me to find the pinkest restaurant in NYC! I love trying new places in the city so finding something in a new neighborhood was super fun for me. This place is called Pietro Nolita an serves Italian food and was really yummy. I am obsessed with all the pink but my girlfriend joked it looked like pepto-bismol. This restaurant is pink – I mean pink everywhere. It was a tight fit inside of tables and old menus that still say ‘cash only’ but they now accept cards.

If I had to give a review on this place I would not recommend going back again. The wait staff seemed to be pushing tables very quickly so we couldn’t really enjoy our time. I also tried to take a picture inside and they wouldn’t let me so that’s why I only have one of the table of our food. If you are visiting New York, check out this place from the outside for cute photos of the pinkest restaurant in NYC, but not to eat or drink at. It’s also a little out of the way in Nolita (at least for me!).

I picked up my skirt from Chicwish and my top which I have been wearing on repeat is a staple for this summer! This top is the perfect light weight top for summer. It’s flattering on all body types and comes in so many colors! I like wearing casual outfits to brunch in the city. New York City is actually a lot more casual than it seems.

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BOW SWEATSHIRT sold out (similar) | SKIRT ASOS | BOOTS Steve Madden | BAG Chanel

So clearly my hair does not hold up in the wind! Sometimes it sucks when I book a photog and the weather is bad. One blogging tip I would say for photography is to watch the weather!!! I mean, you California bloggers are lucky, but here in New York it is an issue! My favorite photographer is booked until May 30th so I pray the weather is good that day. Good weather to me for a shoot is the following: no rain, not noon hour and wind speeds under 10 miles per hour. Rain is obvious, the noon o’clock hour tends to have overly bright light that doesn’t photograph well and wind speeds for me are the absolute worst!!! My hair looks crazy in windy weather – flies in my face and have random flyaways as shown above! haha

I picked up this bow sweatshirt over Christmas and felt like dressing it up with my pleated skirt. I love anything with a bow, so this top was right up my alley. My pleated skirt I have been wearing on repeat because it goes with everything!! Tonight I’m grabbing dinner and drinks in the West Village!

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TOP ASOS | SKIRT Chic Wish | BOOTS Sam Edelman | SUNGLASSES Karen Walker | BAG Tory Burch

I have been toying with this idea for awhile. As sometimes it’s already a hard thing to put your life out there. But I remember before I moved to New York I wondered what it would be like to date here. I want to be very open as a blogger, so hopefully it’s entertaining to you while a bit scary for me. Some days I feel like that line out of Sex in the City where Charlotte says “I have been dating since I was 17 I’m exhausted where is he?” But other days I feel really content enjoying single life. I want to find love, but I don’t feel pressure to get married. Because I was. So today I wanted to share the moments I knew getting married was a mistake.

I knew before the wedding getting married was a mistake. I told people it was wedding jitters but I knew deep down my women’s intuition was right and this was not the life I wanted. He wasn’t going to be my forever partner. Deposits deep and my mom telling me “Caitlin everyone’s coming” I thought I would try to make it work. The second time I tried to call it off I told my fiance. He took me for a long walk and then stopped and held me, told me to close my eyes. He said picture this, I’m no longer in your life, you move back in with your girlfriends and go about your life without me. I was secretly thinking, “that sounds nice actually,” but with my moms voice in my head I knew I had to go on with the wedding.

The third time I tried to call I called a therapist on the Tuesday before the wedding. I was crying and thinking about calling it off. It was 7 p.m. so I thought no one would answer. But he did. I said I’d like to make an appointment and he told me I sound super emotional and asked if I was available right now. I was a mess! How could I not sound emotional?! I said yes and went in. I told him I was getting married on Saturday and felt like getting married was a mistake. He said three words to me – “call it off.” I said that everyone was coming and I felt like I couldn’t. He told me everyone will just get over it and they can make the trip a weekend getaway. He said everyone will understand and get over it. I felt so badly everyone had rearranged their summer plans for us and already sent gifts. In the end, I decided to go through with it.

Walking down the aisle I wished I wasn’t there and I even remember asking his brother where he was taking our marriage certificate that he was a witness to. I thought maybe this could all be over if I could hide it.

For a minute I thought, should I just stay in an unhappy marriage for a few years, have babies and try to make it work. Or take control of my life and get out now. Soon after the wedding and honeymoon I told my husband it wasn’t working and thought we should go to counseling. We tried for 5 months but ultimately thought we’d be better apart. I would love to get married again, but only to the right person. I guess the moral of the story is that women’s intuition is no joke and when it speaks, listen to it.

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