What We’ve Learned in 6 Years of Blogging | + Giveaway!


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We are so excited to kick off the weekend with our 6th Blog Anniversary celebration! We can’t believe that it’s been six years since Lindsay and I started our blog. We thought it would be so fun to commemorate the occasion with sharing the top 6 things we’ve learned over the years of being duo bloggers.

And since you can’t have a celebration without some goodies, Lindsay and I are giving away one of these gorgeous Tahari ASL dresses {or another new arrival dress of your choice} to one lucky reader. Stay tuned to the end of our post where we share the details on this special blogiversary giveaway.

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What We’ve Learned After 6 Years of Blogging

1. It’s Fun Yet Complicated:

Blogging is much harder than it appears from the outside. It constantly puts us both in a juggling situation of prepping daily deals, sponsored posts, photo shoots, etc. Plus you have to throw in SEO, social media postings, back end site maintenance, email communications, contract negotiations and so much more.

We’ve learned it’s best to have a content calendar and look back at historical information to remind yourself of things you want to include on your blog.

2. Friendships:

Blogging has allowed us to meet some of the most amazing people! In the beginning stages I don’t think either of us realized what a source of inspiration and encouragement our blog would actually bring thanks to the amazingly kind and talented women we would meet along the journey.

So many of them we have been able to see in person today at the annual rewardStyle conference and it’s be such a reminder that blogging doesn’t have to be a lone sport. Gaining insight and inspiration from other women that are doing the same job is the best way to stay motivated.

3. Material Items:

Funny enough, after years of blogging it has made clothes feel not quite as important. We love finding great deals and stylish outfit combos but realize practically everything is replaceable. So no need to save that special dress or that expensive bag you splurged on after your first big promotion – go ahead and use it!

Enjoy the things you have and if something doesn’t fit or make you feel good anymore then pass it along to someone else that can enjoy it. 🙂

4. Value:

I think one of the hardest things that bloggers deal with is understanding their worth. So often it seems that we doubt ourselves when pitching a deal or don’t know how to appropriately charge for services.

Our advice is don’t undervalue your worth! There are so many great resources available to help you in this area as well. We highly recommend Julie Solomon. Her podcasts are online posts are incredibly insightful.

5. Consistency:

This is a hard one to live both professionally and personally, but Linds and I have found consistency is so important to being successful. Ever since we started blogging and focusing on daily deals {you all know how we love to save on stylish things LOL} it’s been our goal to to stay consistent with posting multiple times daily to all our social channels plus have three blog posts up a week.

It’s sometimes hard, but we try our best to remind you all that there’s always a great new #doubletakedeal on our website or social media! By showing importance to what you do then it lets your readers {and brands you work with} that you are reliable, professional and enjoy what you do.

6. Do You:

Okay this might sound like a cliche, but stay true to yourself! So often we’ve wondered if we should try the latest greatest IG filter or perhaps wear all neutrals or even cut our hair into a lob {which btw there’s nothing wrong with any of these if it’s YOUR idea to do it}. And then we take a step back and realize that we don’t have to follow a trend to hope for more followers or get more likes, website visits etc.

Our vision from the start was to provide a “double take” on all things affordable style, beauty and deals. Our motto is the more color, the better! So we will continue to bring you all posts full of color, prints and on trend yet tasteful outfits because that’s who we both are in real life. Never be ashamed of what makes you YOU. 🙂

So now that we’ve shared our “things learned” list, let’s talk about these stunning dresses!!! Tahari ASL makes such gorgeous items ranging from dresses and tops to jackets and skirts. As soon as we saw these maxi dresses from the latest collection we knew they’d be so perfect together.

Lindsay’s Look:

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Lindsay is wearing this gorgeous floral maxi dress with pleated skirt. The satin yellow fabric is even prettier in person! She paired it with this adorable lilac circle bag (under $30) and feather statement earrings.

Whitney’s Look:

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I’m wearing this ruffled rose maxi dress paired with a chic white circle bag. The chiffon fabric and floral print make it the prefect special occasion dress for all spring and summer long! I paired my dress with these new arrival BaubleBar flower earrings. They are currently on waitlist, so make sure to checkout quickly! They are so pretty and lightweight too.

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Now for the GIVEAWAY!
To be entered into our drawing for one dress of choice from Tahari ASL, simply leave a comment below. You will also have a second chance to enter this giveaway on Sunday night at 8pm over on our Instagram account! The giveaway will close on Saturday 4/28 at midnight CST and the winner will be announced here and on social media the following day, Sunday 4/29.

Thank you SO much for stopping by our blog anniversary post today. We can’t thank you all enough for being loyal supporters over the years. It truly means SO much to us both. If you all can think of any suggestions or other feedback to share we’d love to hear about it in a comment below.

XO,

Whitney and Lindsay

 

Photos by Logan & Maddi Magill

Dresses c/o Tahari, all opinions are our own.

 

69 Comments

  1. Gladys
    April 20, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    These dresses are gorgeous on you. I really love the style and silhouette of the yellow one.

  2. Kim Pincombe-Cole
    April 21, 2018 / 12:02 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! Cheers to the next 6 years! 🥂
    Your 6 things you’ve learned over the years is so on point. And these Tahari dresses are gorgeous!

  3. Susy
    April 21, 2018 / 3:55 am

    Such beautiful dresses! Both of you always look beautiful ❤️❤️ Congratulations on six years 😊

  4. Annette
    April 21, 2018 / 4:53 am

    So many beautiful choices, but I’d probably pick the Embroidered Mesh Fit-And-Flare Gown.

  5. Aissa Villarreal
    April 21, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I absolutely love your style! Perfect outfits for springtime and Mother’s Day! 💕🌸💐

  6. Maria Alarcon
    April 21, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    Congrats! And cheers for many more years of inspiration from you guys!!

  7. Caitlin Eason
    April 22, 2018 / 5:11 am

    Wow! Congrats on 6 successful years of blogging ladies!!! That’s so awesome! I loved reading all of your blogging/influencer tips, so helpful! And I have enjoyed following along on your adventure at the reward style conference!! Looks like y’all are having the best time!! 💓💓

    Xx,
    Caitlin
    @caitash

  8. Caitlin Eason
    April 22, 2018 / 5:12 am

    Love those fab floral maxi dresses!! So beautiful for spring! 😍💓💐💐

  9. Kimberly
    April 22, 2018 / 5:43 am

    You are such an inspiring pair. Love your blog and following you on Instagram! ❤️ The yellow dress is simply stunning.

  10. Yashika Suri
    April 22, 2018 / 6:57 am

    Woohoo! 6 years and going strong. Keep up the great work! You both are fabulous.

  11. Kathy
    April 22, 2018 / 11:43 am

    I love Tahari! I have a couple of their jumpsuits.
    Happy 6th anniversary and thank you!

  12. April 22, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    I love your colorful double takes on fashion and you’re both always perfectly accessorized! Happy 6 years of blogging!

  13. Erin
    April 22, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Happy anniversary! I love the blog!

  14. Angela C
    April 22, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Love the dresses on each of you. The “what you’ve learned” post was helpful. I think many of us just see the posts and probably don’t realize all the work that goes into your jobs.

  15. Kristy
    April 22, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    Happy 6 year anniversary! Thanks for sharing insights from your journey. ❤️

  16. Meegan
    April 22, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Congratulations on SIX years! That’s amazing! Love both dresses and of course y’all!

  17. Lindsey Hinojosa
    April 22, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Love your style so classy and elegant and that yellow dress is 🙌🏼!! Thanks for being genuinely nice people and sharing your lives with us!!

  18. Trisha Mueller
    April 22, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    I am a twin also and we can really appreciate the fact that you two get to do this together, I bet you have so much fun! I just found you on Instagram and have enjoyed your posts and stories! Congrats on 6 years! PS. I’ll share the dress with my sister if I’m lucky enough to win!!

  19. Gina Blades
    April 22, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    Congratulations! Happy blogaversary! I’d choose the ruffled rose maxi dress 👗.

  20. Shaleez Ozlat
    April 23, 2018 / 1:19 am

    Congrats!!! You two are an inspiration 😍😍

  21. Joe
    April 23, 2018 / 1:36 am

    Congratulations you two! Love your style and you make a wonderful team!

  22. Leticia Lopez
    April 23, 2018 / 1:44 am

    Congratulations on 6 years! I love your blog!! Y’all always look fabulous!

  23. Kaitlyn allen
    April 23, 2018 / 1:49 am

    Would love to win! Love your blog.

  24. Leticia Lopez
    April 23, 2018 / 1:50 am

    Congratulations on 6 years!! Love the dresses!! Love your modest style!

  25. Kaitlyn allen
    April 23, 2018 / 1:50 am

    Would love to win! Happy six years.

  26. Amy doerfler
    April 23, 2018 / 1:53 am

    LOVE the blog! Hope to win

  27. Lindsay
    April 23, 2018 / 1:56 am

    I love following along for your style and daily inspo! 💕💕From a fellow Lindsay with an “a-y”!

  28. Jessica Pasquarelli
    April 23, 2018 / 1:59 am

    The dresses look gorgeous on you girls! I would love to rock one!

  29. Jen Hamm
    April 23, 2018 / 2:19 am

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for both for continually getting me to try new colors or patterns that I would never had thought would work on me. It gets me out of my comfort zone. 😊 I’m currently looking for a mother of the groom dress in a petite and this giveaway would be perfect! Thank you for the opportunity and for also offering things that come in petite sizing also. 💕💕💕

  30. Patricia
    April 23, 2018 / 2:21 am

    Love these dresses! I would love to win the ruffled rose one. Also love that you highlighted friendship!

  31. Lucy
    April 23, 2018 / 2:22 am

    Congratulations on 6 years 🥂

  32. Whitney
    April 23, 2018 / 2:28 am

    Love all the bright colors!

  33. Lucia Rosas
    April 23, 2018 / 2:30 am

    Congrats on your 6 year anniversary! Gorgeous dresses!!

  34. Alison
    April 23, 2018 / 2:31 am

    Well done and congratulations x2! Both of these maxis and this brand look wonderful.

  35. Courtney Atwood
    April 23, 2018 / 2:45 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Happy Anniversary! I enjoy the blog so much! 😊

  36. Haley McKinney
    April 23, 2018 / 2:45 am

    These dresses are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your amazing style with us. I love getting ideas & inspiration from your Instagram!

  37. April 23, 2018 / 2:46 am

    Love these dresses!! As a beginning blogger, I have so much to learn and love reading posts from experienced bloggers! Thank you ladies for always bringing us the latest deals.

    And these dresses are adorable!!

  38. Valerie M
    April 23, 2018 / 4:21 am

    Oh my gosh, light just shines through you guys! So beautiful!

  39. Meredith
    April 23, 2018 / 4:35 am

    Congrats on 6 years! I’m a fairly new follower and new all together to blogging and Instagram but I have enjoyed following along with both of you! I love your styles and use of fun color! Both these dresses are gorgeous and I’d love a chance to win one! My husband and I are heading to the Caribbean on a much needed vacation end of May and one of these would be perfect!!❤️

  40. Jessie May
    April 23, 2018 / 5:57 am

    6 years! It’s amazing to track how fashion has changed so much even in the span of less than a decade. Prints like these Tahari dresses are stunning now; admittedly, I’m not sure I would have allowed myself to say that even 6 years ago (I was so scared of prints back then!). But as my own style finds consistency, so does the impulse to be true to myself and what I find beautiful and empowering in fashion. Entered on IG too (@jessiemayf)! Cheers to many more years of happy blogging.

  41. Lauren R
    April 23, 2018 / 6:43 am

    I’m a new follower! Found you because of your photo with Deb from Sunsets & Stilettos from IG. Congrats on the anniversary! Love what I’ve seen so far.

  42. KP
    April 23, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Love you girls! I can tell you are beautiful both inside, as well as, outside.

  43. Nancy Wander
    April 23, 2018 / 11:01 am

    I’m obsessed with these dresses! I’m tall so I’m always looking for a pretty maxi dress. Thanks for the chance and I love your blog!

  44. Suzanne Sears
    April 23, 2018 / 11:02 am

    Congratulations, I’ve not been with you both long but I really enjoy all your posts and style.

  45. Annamaria
    April 23, 2018 / 11:50 am

    Beautiful dresses!! That yellow one has me gushing

  46. Dollie Johnson
    April 23, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Oh my goodness, yall are so inspiring. Not to mention beautiful! These dresses are AMAZING!!

  47. April 23, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Congratulations!!!!! Happy Anniversary!! I love love both of your looks the dresses are just incredible! I have my 10 yr wedding anniversary in May and a wedding in June I mean can you imagine how pretty?! 3 kids I don’t get those feeling gorgeous moments much so this would be pretty amazing. Congratulations again and thank you so much for all you ladies do!! Oo my instagram is @Melisastephens

  48. Alisa Popkin
    April 23, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    I love the style of these dresses. I’d choose the yellow dress for myself.

  49. Alisa Popkin
    April 23, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Congratulations on your success! I’d choose the yellow dress for myself.

  50. Ashley
    April 23, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    So many gorgeous dresses here! Congrats on 6 years – I love following you, especially as a fellow OKC’er!

  51. Samantha Tedesco
    April 23, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Thanks for the chance beauties!

  52. Penny
    April 23, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    Congrats on 6 years!!! Love seeing all the outfits (and of course the deals!) you gals post!

  53. April 23, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    You two both look so beautiful in these dresses! I adore the bright colors and pretty prints of each; they’re perfectly Spring-y! And congratulations on 6 years of blogging! 💐💛

    -Sara | StyleMePretty661.com

  54. Paol Trenny
    April 24, 2018 / 12:20 am

    Congrats on 6 years blogiversary! Fabulous dresses for a Spring wedding.

  55. Jessica
    April 24, 2018 / 2:17 am

    Beautiful!

  56. Courtney Zavala
    April 24, 2018 / 2:21 am

    Congratulations on six years of blogging! You both have such great style 💛 I love both dresses!

  57. Kim Loner
    April 24, 2018 / 9:13 am

    You girls are too darn cute!! Congrats on 6 years! I’m new to your site so I have a lot of catch-up to do! 😉 Keep blogging!!

  58. latanya
    April 24, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Congratulations!!! Those dresses are stunning.

  59. Ali
    April 24, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Absolutely beautiful dresses. You both look stunning and the accessories are a nice touch.

  60. Tracey Byram
    April 24, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    I especially like the yellow dress, so bright and colorful.

  61. Lacey Thomas
    April 25, 2018 / 1:51 am

    6 years already?! Congratulations W & L! Love your style ladies,

  62. Inna
    April 25, 2018 / 5:38 am

    Congratulations 🎉 beautiful dresses!

    IG: innakozarez

  63. Judith
    April 25, 2018 / 5:54 am

    Happy 6 years to the most fashionable twins I’ve ever seen! Love love love the dresses, perfect dress for Spring/Summer. Thanks for the chance gorgeous twins!!!

  64. Wehaf
    April 25, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Congratulations on six years of blogging! I love Tahari dresses, especially their shirt dresses for this season.

  65. Lori Ott
    April 25, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Looking good Girls!! Love both your looks, and thanks for always being “you”.

  66. Joanna A.
    April 28, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Congratulations on 6 years! Y’all are darling!

  67. Danielle Brignac
    April 29, 2018 / 12:54 am

    Love the looks! Congrats on the 6 year anniversary!