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What Blogging Has Done For Me

What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me




What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me

What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me

What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me

What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me

What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me


What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me

What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me

What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me
What Fashion Blogging Has Done For Me
Floral Off the Shoulder Dress: Boohoo ($40)
Lace-Up Sandals: Nordstrom Rack (old), similar here ($69.95)
Ark Bag: Cult Gaia ($128)
Sunglasses: c/o Zenni Optical

Floral Off The Shoulder Dress

I initially thought about only talking about this floral off the shoulder dress in this post. Like how much I love the watercolor style and the florals on this dress. I am a sucker for anything floral after all and off the shoulder! It just creates a feminine, but still classy look. And how I wanted to share that this dress is also great to wear to a wedding (if wedding season is still going strong for you!). There is so much I can say about a dress. And that's when it got me thinking about the impact fashion blogging has had on me.

I started a fashion blog because I loved fashion and shopping. I also enjoyed putting together outfits (obviously). There were times that I just wanted to get out of the house so I had an excuse to put an outfit together. But honestly, I was so scared of the idea of fashion blogging. I was nervous about exposing myself to the world wide web even though probably only a handful of people were reading my blog when I first started out. I'm not a very open person and I actually limit what I share with most people. I also can't stand looking at photos of myself. It's not that I despised my looks, but I felt weird looking at my face. But nevertheless, I started this fashion blog and as it grew and grew, what it has done for me was totally unexpected.

What Blogging Has Done For Me

I learned to appreciate my uniqueness more. I definitely did not grow up in what most people would say is 'normal'. When my parents decided to move to the suburbs later in life, we stood out like a sore thumb. What I thought was the norm, others didn't see it or get it. I always did things my way but as I got older, I got slightly ashamed of what made me, me. As I continued to blog, I started to come out of my shell. I dressed the way I wanted to, I wasn't as shy (although I still am, but working on it!), and I learned to love myself even more. Even friendships were created and it was so cool to find friends that accepted me for who I am.

Then I was hit with the 'C' word. I knew going through chemo would change things, but I also knew I wanted to continue to do the things I love and one of them is to keep this fashion blog going. During chemo, it was hard to get myself to get out because I felt so sick or just not up for it. There were instances when I would feel 'totally blah' (haha that is the best way I can describe it), and when I had to get out of the house, I noticed that I was able to feel better. This is where I think fashion blogging somewhat saved me. It was hard to motivate me to get out of the house even though I knew getting some fresh air would help me. But what motivated me was that I needed content to post. So I would get ready: put on my makeup, create outfits, and went out and took photos. Each time I prepared for a photoshoot, I noticed I felt better. My nausea would slightly go away and I was able to ignore the body aches.

Fashion blogging gave me a reason to take care of myself and made me feel like me. When I lost my hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, and had slightly discolored skin, I sometimes couldn't recognize myself and it would make me sad. I had learned to love what was me and it felt like it was taken away from me. However, I was motivated to keep blogging and creating outfits and it pushed me to find different makeup brands and get creative to feel beautiful, to feel and look like me. I'm so glad I made the effort because something about recognizing your face in the mirror was a relief. This reassured me that not all of 'Rach' was gone and that it was possible to bring 'me' back. It still may be a bit of work, but this gal didn't go away!

So what started out as a way to just share my favorite fashion trends and outfits, became a way to help me heal.


xo RD

106 comments:

  1. You are a blessing.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  2. So stunning babe! x

    www.fromluxewithlove.com
    www.bloglovin.com/blogs/from-luxe-with-love-14590195

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  3. You are so beautiful and it was an honor to read this as you shared your story! Such a gorgeous dress on you <3 x

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    1. Omg that you so much for your kind words!

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  4. Such a lovely post Rach! It's so nice to hear how much blogging has helped you and how much you enjoy it. You look amazing in this dress x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  5. Such a great example of how much good blogging can do for you. This post was beautifully written!!

    https://www.alexisdezayas.wordpress.com

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  6. SO happy blogging brought so much joy into your life!

    Summer

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    1. Its crazy how it has transformed me!

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  7. this is amazing! I loved reading this personal post!

    xo!
    Shelby
    www.glitterandgingham.com

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    1. Thank you Shelby for taking the time to read it!

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  8. Rach, it brought tears to my eyes to hear how much blogging means to you and that it brought so much happiness into your life during such a difficult time. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Omg thank you so much Nicole! You are the sweetest!

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  9. Such a great post Rach and love this dress!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  10. This is so awesome! You bought a tears to my eyes! I am so happy to hear that blogging has helped you feel better! Keep up the good work girl. You are beautiful!!!

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  11. what an amazing story, it's amazing what something as simple as blogging can do! one of the many reasons i love it. you look so cute as well!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. I know! I never a little hobby can be so powerful!

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  12. Isn't blogging such a powerful thing? It has changed my life in many ways too! Glad to see it did the same for you. PS - looking so fab in this stunning dress!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. I'm in awe! So glad it change your life too!

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  13. This dress looks so cute on you girl, I love the colors and fashion does make us feel better!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | www.myvoguestyle.com

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    1. It really does! I honestly think it helps build confidence!

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  14. Such a great share. I'm so glad blogging helped you through all of that. Love this dress. xo ~ Megan

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  15. Que bonitas las fotos! El vestido es precioso! New post: www.gadorvision.com

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  16. I'm so glad to hear that blogging has been such a positive experience for you! You are one of the strongest women I know and absolutely love this post!

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    1. Thank you smooch Ashley!! You are one powerhouse woman!

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  17. So well written, Rach! Thanks for sharing your blogging story with us :) I'm so glad it has helped you through hard times! You are so strong and inspiring.

    Jamie
    Treats and Trends

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  18. I'm happy that blogging helped you through the dark times and gave you purpose!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  19. I'm so glad that fashion blogging has been a positive in your life. I really enjoy visiting your blog every week and reading your posts and seeing your gorgeous looks. You really know how to rock dresses. Boohoo should make you an honorary model!

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    1. That means a lot Cheryl! I enjoyed visiting your blog! Haha they really should! Sponsored post please haha!!

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  20. Rach, you look stunning in this dress! Please, keep doing what you are doing! You are such an inspiration for many of us!

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    1. Thank you much Tatiana! I will continue to blog and be open about my journey. This makes me feel better :)

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  21. I'm so touched by your personal story and what you've been through. I can relate to the agression I had few years ago because I "lost" my hair (because of head surgeries)... I started my blog after this sad story and I felt so good to express myself and talk/see other things because I was tired to spend the day seeing doctors! You always look beautiful and I love this dress!

    http://violettedaily.com

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear you had head surgies and lost your hair. That is tough. Losing our hair is almost like losing our identity. I'm so glad you took a positive approach. I am hope you are doing well and/or on the road to recovering.

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  22. I love your look and how you styled your dress with this awesome bag. So perfect my dear. Thanks for sharing it. Have a wonderful day sunshine.

    xx Andrea - Strawberries 'n' Champagne
    www.strawberriesnchampagne.com

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  23. OMG girl, your dress is absolutely stunning! And I love that bag, so unique!

    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart
    www.tinasweetheart.com

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  24. This is such a motivational story! Seriously, thank you for choosing to share it. I think it's so important to not just think about blogging in terms of how many views/likes/comments you get but rather, what it bring to you!

    🍉 Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

    PS. Love the dress it! It's so perfectly summery.

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    1. Thank you so much Pia! Exactly my thoughts girl!

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  25. This is such a beautifully written post...I really enjoyed reading it! Also I'm loving your dress...it is stunning!

    http://roadesque.com
    http://ourruins.com

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  26. You are so inspiring! It was awesome reading your story, and finding out how much positive influence blogging has brought into your life. Oh, and you look absolutely stunning in this dress! :)

    http://www.lifeofardor.com

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    1. Thank you so much Yana!! It was a happy unexpected influence!

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  27. Thanks so much for sharing Rach! Truly a beautiful post inside and out you are so wonderful!
    xox
    Mara
    M Loves M

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  28. So happy to hear that blogging has been such a positive outlet for you. Your radiance shines through everything you share!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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  29. Beautiful photos and thanks for sharing your story!!

    xx Rebecca
    http://www.thecrystalpress.com/aquarius-cocktail/

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  30. What a beautiful, personal post.
    www.motownsavvy.com

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  31. Es el vestido ideal para el verano.

    Te dejo mi último post, un look con unas visitas preciosas.
    https://simplysory.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/brown-summer-look/

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  32. I am so inspired by your bravery. And PS you have an amazing style sense!! I really love this look and how effortless yet GORGEOUS it is! XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Ellese!

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  33. You are truly so inspiring and beautiful. Thank you for always being so raw and sharing such personal experiences <3

    Allie
    www.champagne-tuesdays.com

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  34. You are a total inspiration, lady- your strength through your treatment + battle was amazing. I'm glad blogging helped you, too! It's awesome when this little ol' community can come together and support each other. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Aw thank you so much Ashley! It really is! :)

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  35. You are an inspiration gal. Strong gal who did what she love to do. Hats off to you sweets.
    Vaishali
    www.vivaciouswish.com

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  36. Very nice!!!

    Have a nice evening!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase
    http://www.gilzetbase.com/

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  37. The posts that you write like this, keeps me going. It is so inspiring and motivational.
    http://www.easys-tyle.com/

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    1. So glad to hear it is motivating you!

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  38. love this post.
    xo

    New post:http://blondepow.blogspot.com/2017/07/decoration-for-rooms.html
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  39. I love this! I identify with it in a lot of ways. Blogging has brought me out of my shell some too and also gives me reason to take care of myself and get dressed up which always makes me feel better when I otherwise wouldn't. This dress is amazing on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. So glad you can relate! Thank you so much Amy Ann! You are alway skilling it!

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  40. How wonderful that blogging has done so much for you! You are so beautiful!

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  41. Rach! I am so glad you started a fashion blog so I have gotten the chance to meet you (through the web) and follow your journey. You are an inspiration and I always enjoy your fashion post, you have wonderful style!

    xx Auna | http://simplyauna.com

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    1. I am so glad I started too because I was able to meet you too! Thank you so much for your continued support!

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  42. Such a great post, so inspiring! I also love your dress! xo

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  43. Just a great dress on you! Absolutely fabulous - and thank you for sharing!

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  44. I love post,your look are always beautiful, i love your blog
    The pink pineapple
    New post:https://thepinkpineappleblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/nordstrom-anniversary-sale.html

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  45. Gosh you are SUCH an inspiration! First off, you're right, the dress is adorable and perfect for a wedding:) Secondly, I so love that blogging has not only helped you to rediscover yourself, but mostly, I'm beyond happy for you that even when you weren't feeling your best photoshoots made you feel better. How AMAZING is that????

    Laura
    Black Coffee Beautiful

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    1. Awww thank you so much Laura!! This means a lot!!

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  47. Gorgeous post. Thank you for sharing your story. You look amazing and I hope you are feeling much and wish you a speedy recovery. I would love to hear your thoughts on my last post please. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Cris
    www.photosbycris.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Cris!

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  48. Same here girl! Because of fashion blogging I learned to take care of myself. Always believe that you're beautiful because you are :) Btw, love the floral dress.

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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    1. I am so glad blogging has taught the same! Thank you Shaira!

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  49. I love your outfit
    Style to Love

    AnnieLewis

    https://www.justvirginhair.com/curly-weave.htm

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  50. Such a cute look with the ark bag!

    http://www.azulverdemar.es/

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  51. Such an awesome story- thanks for sharing with us!

    xo, Kristina

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  52. That's so awesome to hear! I feel the same way about blogging - it can really help you get through some touch sh*t!!

    p.s. this dress looks amazing on you!!

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  53. What an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing. You are a beauty and I love this dress!

    XO,Tay
    www.taylermalott.com

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