Two Year Blogging Review.......











Okay, wow.  Last Thursday, my little space on the internet turned 2!!!  I cannot believe I have been blogging for two years! I have learned SO much in just a short amount of time and I know this is just the beginning.  I've got big plans for my blog in 2018!!

But first, I wanted to review why I started my blog and my high's and low's over the past 2 years.

Before I started my blog, I was following several bloggers and had been for a few years.  Every aspect of their life looked perfect and it really intrigued me.  I wanted to know more - I began to wonder if I had what it took to do what they do.  I started researching what all went into blogging and how they actually made money from it and it looked pretty easy...but that's just it. It's HARD to make it look easy.  Blogging is FAR, and I mean WAY FAR from easy.  And I haven't really even started taking it seriously yet (that's going to change).

I have always had a love for clothes, says every girl ever haha. No, but seriously!  When I was 2, my dad bribed me with panty hose and make-up to stop sucking my pacifiers - and it totally worked haha!!  I blame my parents for starting my shopping addiction early!!  My mom said I would constantly change clothes throughout the day; she couldn't keep up with what was clean and what was dirty haha!  As I got older, I remember always looking for and wanting the newest trends.  I eventually got a subscription to Seventeen magazine and could not wait to see the new season's trends and beauty tips every month!  I have always been that girl that would rather dress up every single day than wear a t-shirt and yoga pants.  In high school, People always asked me why I never wore t-shirts  and it was honestly because I loved dressing up!!

All of this to say, I 100% have a passion for styling outfits, and the bloggers I followed for years pushed me to start my blog.  It most definitely wasn't a decision I took lightly.  I was so afraid of what the people I knew from my hometown would think of me and also wondered if people would even want to follow me.  My biggest fear was failing.  I am a very observant person and I do not do anything without having everything thought and planned out.  It took me months to decide on a blog name.  I had a little notebook where I would write any words that came to mind that I thought described me, in hopes something would come from it.  I think I originally was going to do MorganBlake.com, but that was taken  So I decided to add something to it and couldn't think of anything better than Simply!!  Because it really is just simply me! 100% my honest opinions!

After I had my name picked out and my site created, I started freaking out.  I really did not think I had what it took to be a blogger.  I remember asking my mom to take a few pictures of me, and then I was going to decide if I could do it or not!  I thought the pictures turned out pretty good, and from that moment I decided to really start the blogging journey.  The picture below is from my very first blog post!

 



And here I am, 2 years later and SO SO thankful I took the plunge and joined the blogging community.  I had NO idea how saturated it was until I actually started.  There are literally so many fashion bloggers!!  I am blessed to have met so many sweet girls through blogging.  I still do not know everything there is to know, but I'm learning.  I believe there is always room for improvement and this blog is definitely getting improved this year!!

The low's of blogging.
The #1 thing I hate to do is take pictures.  Shocking, I know!!!  But when it's below freezing outside and you're shooting Spring looks, it sucks.  BTW VERY thankful for my photographers, my mom and John!!  They have to brace the weather too and stop what they're doing when I decide I want to take pictures haha.  They are always up to the challenge with minimal complaints!!  But seriously though, I just get tired of changing in the back of a car and doing the same poses over and over!

Another low is the pressure.  Like I said before, I felt that there was a certain standard I had to meet in order to start blogging.  In no way did I feel that I met that standard.  I, and I'm sure most of us do this, get caught up in comparing myself to others.  Now that I am a blogger, I follow a ton of others that give me inspiration - it's a huge community.  However, this is the root of the problem.  I get stuck into thinking there is a certain way to look/dress/act, and this is a big no no.  
All of that to say is just BE YOU.  Do what you love, and it will all pan out!  Eventually, you won't think twice about what people think.

The high's of blogging.
Hands down - you - my followers!!  Blogging would be nothing without those that follow along for daily inspiration.  I am so appreciative of yall that follow me.  I absolutely love connecting with yall through Instagram - P.S. if yall ever purchase something from my links, please share with me!  That is my favorite part by far!!  I love seeing what I do actually make a difference.  
Whenever yall wanna say hi or ask a question or whatever it may be, just do it!  I always reply :)

Another high is the community!!  I have met some of the sweetest girls through blogging!  When I lived in Memphis, we had several blogger meet ups and they were literally the best. It's so weird meeting people that you see on social media everyday, but in a good way haha!

And last but not least, the amazing companies I have worked with!!  I have collaborated with Rocksbox, Happy Mane, The Mint Boutique, Smile Brilliant, Jord Watches, Aden and Claire Jewelry, Sugarfix by BaubleBar, Eva NYC, Printable Happies, and so many more!!

My goals for 2018.
My goal for 2017 was to get 5K Instagram followers, and I exceeded it!  
My goal for Instagram this year is to get 10K and I'm going to work really hard to do so.
For my blog, I am going to put a ton more effort into it.  Honestly, I really don't take care of this blog like I should.  Instagram could stop tomorrow, and all I would have left is the space.  This year, I am going to push harder.  I'm planning on working with some amazing companies and cannot wait to see what this year brings!!  My main goal is to put this blog first.

THANK YALL SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING ME!!  Seriously, I could not do it without yall.

XO, Morgan


Sweaters Under $50.....



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So yall voted for this post on Insta-stories last night and here it is!!
My favorites are #2, #3, and #11!
A lot of these are on sale and they are all free shipping!

I hope yall have the best week!  We are supposed to be getting more snow tonight but I'm praying it doesn't!!  The high school me would be all for school being out, but the adult me is like NO I NEED MONEY hahaha!

XO, Morgan


Friday Favorites.....



Friday Favorites is starting back up again!!  This was yall's favorite post every week - I don't know why I ever stopped!!  I have a lot of new faces around here, so let me explain. Every Friday I round up 5 of my favorite things.  It can be ANYTHING. Songs, food, beauty, books..literally anything that I'm loving that week!

1. Sugarfix by BaubleBar at Target has sent me 2 packages full of goodies!  I have been a fan of them since they started last year.  They are super affordable accessories (pictures above).  I think all of these are under $15!!  

2. I typically only wash my hair once a week. With that being said, sometimes the ends get pretty dull.  Influenster was so kind to send me a fun Christmas package with a few different products to try out. One of my favorites was a dry conditioner! It seriously brings life back into my hair and smells so so good!  I will for sure be repurchasing.

3. I have been living in this sherpa pullover.  I got the white one (shown above) and I wear it just about every single day.  Whether it's going to run a quick errand, lounging around the house, or over my scrubs to work in the morning - I seem to always have it on!!  So warm and cozy!

4. This next one is a healthy snack option.  Like I said in my birthday post, I have been doing Weight Watchers. I started almost 2 weeks ago!  These cheese puffs are SO good and only 4pts on the diet!  There is a lot in one bag, too!

5. And last but not least are the leather leggings I have been posting a lot on Instagram and I'm also wearing in the photo above!  I did not think they would be this comfortable but I wear them around the house quite a bit!

Enjoy your weekend!!!

XO, Morgan


How to Style White Boots + My Favorite Sweater.....










White boots have been huge this season, but the ones I kept seeing were stillettos - and that isn't me!!  I first saw the one's I got right before Christmas and I knew I had to have them!  They are the perfect mix of edgy but casual. 
I think a lot of girls are scared of white boots, but don't be!  The key is to keep it simple. I paired mine with jeans and a neutral sweater. Neutral is key!!!  Not saying you can't wear color with them because I most definitely would wear them with this pink sweater haha.

The second thing I want to talk about is my sweater!  Both of them are the exact same!  Loved the pink one so much that I had to buy another color - it comes in 6 and I really want another one but budget.
They are so worth the money, though!  The perfect amount of oversized and cozy.  I put it on and never want to take it off - and I'm not exaggerating!  They are easy to style different ways, too.

Happy Wednesday!  Wednesday's are going to be dedicated to fashion, which it already was, I'm just writing it out to hold myself accountable haha!
I hope the new year is treating yall well!  I'm excited to see where my blog goes since I'm really focusing on it this year!  If yall have any post ideas, please throw them my way!!

XO, Morgan


Fitness Motivation for the New Year.....



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Fitness and weight loss is the number one resolution that people make every year - and this is the year to stick to it!!  I am currently trying to lose 20lbs and trying to tone my legs and arms...don't think I will ever be able to tone my stomach haha!!
I have been doing great on my diet - I'm doing Weight Watchers and so far, so good!  I haven't been to the gym this year yet, though.  I hate the thought of going, but after a workout, I'm always so glad that I went. It always makes me feel better about myself.
Obviously yall can tell that I love buying "cute" clothes to wear every day of the week.  And with that being said, it usually doesn't leave me much money to spend on workout clothes haha.  I have GOT to start incorporating them into my budget, I haven't bought workout clothes in like 2 years and I'm in desperate need in some new tennis shoes!  I figured this post would give me some more motivation and hopefully yall, too!  Nothing like new workout clothes to get you motivated! :)

I'm going to start doing posts like this every Monday. One of my resolutions is to take care of my blog more this year.  I'm thinking a Sweater post next Monday!!

I hope yall have a great week!  It has almost been 2 years since I started this blog!!  So unreal - I'm SO thankful for yall that read them!  Seriously, yall are THE BEST!!!  So much love to yall.

XO, Morgan

 

Birthday: 23 Things About Me......











IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

I'm sharing 23 things that you probably don't know about me!

1. I tell John, "But it's my birthday." to get what I want. But I start saying it the first of December. It works 95% of the time.
2. My favorite number is 3 - I always end my instagram posts with 3 pink hearts.
3. My favorite Winter accessory are hats. I can't get enough.
4. I hate wearing high heels. I can hardly walk in them and they are uncomfortable. I like wedges best.
5. I chew gum like 90% of the day.
6. I'm a Registered Dental Hygienist. I work 3 days a week and love my job.
7. I still live with my parents.
8. Currently binge watching The Office. It's SO funny! I also just finished Grey's Anatomy - a new favorite!
9. Chocolate is my number 1 weakness.
10. I kinda want to cut my hair to my shoulders even though I just spent a fortune on extensions.
11. I'm really terrible with sticking to a budget. Trying to get better this year!
12. I'm pretty good at Guitar Hero. Me and John have been playing it non-stop and I never lose.
13. I'm a sucker for Free People. It's a bittersweet addiction.
14. I floss every day - do it, yall!!
15. I was a cheerleader and dancer in high school.
16. I cannot stand to be barefoot
17. I was born in Memphis, TN
18. I hate my fingers. They are so short and fat lol. I dread the day I get engaged and have to take a ring picture.
19. I want to travel internationally but I'm scared of airplanes.
20. My New Years resolution is to stick to my weight watchers diet and go to the gym at least 3 times a week. I wanna lose like 20lbs.
21. I'm going to be a first time aunt. We found out if it's a boy or girl at the end of this month!
22. I love a good face mask. I'm dying to try the CO2 Lift!  It's so expensive though lol.
23. My least favorite thing about blogging is taking pictures.

Okay, wow, that was hard. Especially after writing 22 things about me last year!  I had to get help from my mom and John haha!

Thank you for taking the time to read my birthday post! :)

XO, Morgan

Beauty Gifts.....




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There were SO many good beauty gift sets this year!  It was so hard to pick just a few, but I think all 3 of the Mac sets I picked (1, 4, & 8) would be perfect for any girl!  I personally have not tried any Mac products - shocker, I know!  I am dying to try their lipsticks!  They seem to be everyone's favorite.
Another thing that I'm drying to try is number 3!  The jade roller.  Yall may or may not have heard about them, it's something new to me.  Their purpose is to depuff and brighten your face, and I definitely need that haha.
I've heard great things about number 5!  Oribe products are super popular right now and I need all the volume I can get!!!
Number 6  is a must have for every girl!  The silk pillow case keeps hair in place while you sleep and aids in healthy skin.
The last thing that I'm wanting to try is number 12!  Can yall tell I'm obsessed with facial products? haha!  I'm all about brightening my face!!

Products that are tried and true - number 7, 9, & 10!

XO, Morgan