I know bloggers usually like to survey their readers at the end of the calendar year in order to make a game-plan they can start implementing in January, but my year didn’t really seem to end until school got out, so now I’m ready to gear up and refresh my strategy this summer! It’s actually my first time making a survey for the blog, but I think now more than ever I’m feeling like I’m ready for the next phase in my blogging/design career and I want to hear from you – the most important part of my blog – on what’s working and what’s not. As some of you might have seen, I recently put up my very first Instagram story video with my very own face on it and I’ll tell you it was definitely a scary moment for me… but I received some really nice messages and I am curious to hear your thoughts on me being more personal on my social media and blog. There’s a five question survey after the jump (or click here) that I would so appreciate your feedback on! Thank you so much in advance.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce my participation in the (first ever) Annie Selke Rug Design Challenge with Apartment Therapy! I am joining in on the fun with 14 other talented bloggers and designers who will be creating their dream rugs for the challenge, the top ten of which will go into production by Annie Selke’s internationally-recognized rug company, Dash & Albert. It’s all going down on their Instagram page starting July 6th, so make sure you’re following to and ready to vote in the challenge. Until then, I’ll be tweaking my designs and colorways again and again… Can’t wait to share my rug designs in July. I hope you like them! See the Annie Selke rugs I’ve featured on TS here, and read more about the challenge by clicking below.
Collectively recently launched a brand new website, and I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate their new site and share some of my favorite collaborations with this influencer agency! I can’t tell you how empowering it has been to have brands trust me with their image and message, and as a student, the ability to generate income through my blog has really enabled me to dedicate myself to Thou Swell. I always enjoy working with brands through Collectively because they’re an influencer agency with a human approach and high-touch partnerships that keep personal, meaningful relationship with each influencer they partner with. Not only have I felt like I was encouraged to flex my creativity, but I also felt like the account managers at Collectively have always been super familiar and engaged with my aesthetic and audience at Thou Swell. This has really enabled me to bring some exciting collaborations to Thou Swell, like a high-tech garden sensor, three partnerships with HP, a fall cookout with Clorox, and a holiday city guide with Esurance. Bringing my voice, photography, and style to new projects is always the most fun for me. Check out the stories behind these partnerships I produced for Collectively’s clients below! Read More
You may have noticed a new link pop-up in my navigation bar last week – a link to my newly launched portfolio. For a while now I’ve wanted to put my work (so far) up in a digital portfolio that I could link to the blog, because Thou Swell is just a (major) piece in my creative work thus far. The categories in my portfolio include design work – most of which I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish without my blog (and my amazing readers), but I’ve also included photography, art, and consulting work, which I don’t share on my blog. I’m excited to be able to celebrate these parts of my work in relation to my blog, where I was able to cultivate my design, marketing, and photography skills over the past few years!
To recap the year, I wanted to create a quick timeline with some of the most exciting moments of 2016, which was one of the best years yet for Thou Swell. I published 160 blog posts with 45 different brands, and my projects started getting more interesting, with opportunities to practice and push my design, writing, and photography skills. Although my recent departure for college has made it trickier to continue bringing as many original photo shoots to the blog, I’m excited to see how the courses in my design program feed into my professional work on TS. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had all the opportunities below, and I’m so thankful for my readers for supporting the work I share and for the brands that have trusted me with their products and services. I’m grateful, and invigorated, by the opportunities of the past year, and am incredibly excited to see what 2017 has in store! Read More