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Happy Birthday to The Style Sauce - 3 Tips to Starting Any Passion Project
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It's officially been 3 years since I started this blog. I feel so grateful and hashtag BLESSED to have been doing this for that long, but I also can't believe how much has changed since I first started this.

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Anyways, here I was in 2014, a struggling wardrobe stylist with a Communications degree from LMU who had been thinking and talking about starting a blog for YEARS, thinking I knew everything about everything. "This will be easy", I said. "How have I NOT started a blog", I said. Fast forward 3 years later and all the shit I didn't know blows my mind. I had no idea how much work this would be, how life consuming blogging could be, how fun blogging could be, what amazing opportunities it would lead to, and all the friends I was soon to make. That's the beauty of starting a project like a fashion blog - you can just up and start it one day without even realizing the totality of the ripple effect it will soon have on every single facet of your life.

While The Style Sauce is MY passion project, and that is why I've poured myself into this blog (some days more than some), it really doesn't matter what the passion project is. I encourage you reading this to start whatever it is you've always wanted to do, and don't be afraid to fail in the process.

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If you want to do something, especially if it's something that's big, don't expect it to come easy. Nothing in life is free, and all that stuff your Grandmother always said, well it's pretty much true. Here's my three tips for succeeding at any self propelled mission, whether it be a blog, a new album, a jewelry line, or mastering the art of cooking. 

1) Just do it. 

If I had a cookie for every blog I wrote and/ or shot that I never published, I'd be very very fat. I can't tell you how many times perfectionism and fear has been the downfall of me doing anything at all other than thinking - which technically isn't really an action. I still put out things that suck-because I'm busy, or I'm tired, or it just didn't come out how I envisioned it, or I think it's good but in a year I'll probably be like what the hell was I thinking?? I try not to beat myself up about it. Unless you want to sit around thinking all day, you have to accept that sometimes you're going to suck and be willing to fail. You're not going to start off being the best at something you're new at. Even if you're very, very talented, you are going to make some mistakes. Let that happen. There's worse things than failing - like not trying AT ALL. When you do fail, learn from your mistakes and keep it moving. Just don't do the worst thing - nothing.

2) Master the art of balance.

Ironically, being on the computer all the time sometimes stifles my creativity. I'm at the point here with this blog that I have to frequently make choices between having dinner with my boyfriend or going to an event, working out or writing a blog, just allowing myself to have downtime or being on ALL of the time (so exhausting, don't do that!). This is something I struggle with in blogging from time to time. I've made the mistake of over extending myself way too much. Sometimes, I think that I can do it all. Sometimes, I find that worrying so much about the back end of SEO and analytics, the editing process, how many clicks I'm getting, and the way my layout looks on a mobile device, takes away from the art of it all. I also find that neglecting myself or my relationships also doesn't do anything for me as an artist. 

At the end of it all, really, I'm here to be a creator. That's what I'm good at. All the other stuff is semantics. The better I become at balancing work and life the better I get at my job. Sometimes, my life gives me THE MOST inspiration to keep going and creating content and ideas to share here or on Instagram. Regardless of what kind of career you're after, you definitely need to have a balance, no matter what. 

3) Be humble, sit down. 

In the wise words of Kendrick Lamar, be humble, sit down. You don't know shit. The more you're hungry to learn, the more successful you're bound to become. I thought I knew everything when I started The Style Sauce, and really I knew a little bit about some things. I STILL don't know everything about blogging and the fashion industry even though I live and breath it, and that's why I'm still here. It's the perfect industry/ job for me because I never get bored. No matter how many times I pick apart runway trends, or how good my SEO strategy gets, I still will never know EVERYTHING. If you want to start a blog, you need to start reading, NOW! Go to every blog you like and study what you love and take parts of it and make it your own. (Check out this book about stealing like an artist, it's one of my all-time favorites) Read books, blogs, and magazine articles about other artists and writers and see what works for them. Always grow, always stay humble, and keep hustling. 

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The past 3 years has taught me so very much, and I can't even express how much I am thankful for the opportunities I've been given even at the small level I'm at now as a blogger. I feel like this year I've finally been able to take it more seriously, started making some money at it, and it's looking like this whole thing could actually be a job for as long as I'll let it be which makes me SO FUCKING HAPPY. 

Thank you to everyone who has tuned in along this journey for the past few years, I'm so looking forward to the rest of 2017, which already has so much in store for me and this blog. When 4 years rolls around I can't wait to say DAMN we're killing it. 

Fingers crosssed. 

xx, Genevieve

Oh yeah, and let's talk about what I'm wearing in today's post!  Maxi dress is from Gypsy 05, the rose gold necklace and earrings from Krystle Knight, my favorite Australian jewelry designer who I'm sure knows a thing or two about the creative process :) Handbag is the Metropolis mini crossbody from Furla - I wear it way too much. 

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Photos in this post courtesy of Anna Sandul, Copyright The Style Sauce 2017. 

We're 1! #happybirthdaytothess
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Today is our birthday!!!

Yes, we are officially 1. Is it weird that it feels like my own personal birthday? I can't believe how much I have poured into this blog- sometimes to the point of total insanity. If I could tell you how much time, energy, money, thought, etc running this thing requires I would, but even I can't start to count it all up. That being said I really love this damn thing and I'm so excited and proud to say we've made it to a year old. It's been an incredible experience to learn so much about blogging, building a website, SEO, product placement, PR, marketing, keyword searches, Pinterest, Instagram, photo filters, and that's just the beginning!  It's all enough to make a girl's head spin off. Looking back on starting this blog I had NO IDEA how hard it was going to be or how much work it required, but I'm 100% glad I have stuck it out and kept it going! It's been such a great learning experience and I've also undeniably had so much fun. If you are thinking about starting a blog whether it be about fashion, food, music, travel, WHATEVER it is you're interested in, DO IT!! I had zero experience, this was my first adventure in blogging, so if I can do it so can you :)

I also couldn't have done it without the help of my two amazing photographers Brian Gove and Michele Andersen so huge thanks to them for sticking it out with me. Thank you for being here for the ride and for always supporting us! 

Anyways--- To commemorate our day of birth I'm counting down 5 of my favorite looks from the past year. It was really fun going through all these posts and remembering all that went into each one. It was actually really difficult to only pick 5-- It's truly been an amazing year and thank YOU for reading my blog right from the beginning (and all the new readers too!) I love all of the feedback I've received and I'm truly grateful. 

xx, Genevieve and The Style Sauce 


The Top 5: 2014-2015

#5: Welcome to The Style Sauce

#5's look is from our very first post! Here wearing a Re:Named maxi dress purchased from Princepessa boutique on Abbot Kinney. Full post here.

#4: Black Tie


#4 is the Monique Lhuillier dress I wore for Jenny Bernheim of Margo and Me's engagement party. Such a STUNNING dress! I don't always get such a chance to dress up, and it was truly a night to remember. Many congrats to her and Freddy on their wedding this past weekend. Full post on this dress and their engagement party here

#3: Fall for White

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#3 is this all white/neutral look. It was exceptionally hot despite being November in LA when I blogged this look. I like breaking the rules-- like white after labor day :) You may have seen this look on OOTD Magazine or as featured by Sam Edelman as a #samsgirl as well. Full post here.

#2: Think Pink

#2-- If there's anything I love it's fashion for good, and it's been a mission of mine since the beginning to try as much as possible to buy clothes that give back and/or are ethically sourced. This post was for Breast Cancer awareness in October. Full post is here.

#1: Festival Fashion

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#1 is..... Festival fashion!! No surprise here... Music and fashion go hand in hand for me and it's always a debate which one I love more- which is why I've started incorporating music into ALL my posts! This post has been to date the nearest and dearest to my heart with also the most writing and personal stories incorporated. Relive Festival Fashion (and it's kick ass playlist) in all it's glory here.

That's about it for our birthday post! Tonight we are celebrating turning 1,  AND the opening of a new restaurant in Santa Monica, Red O! Stay tuned to see the gorgeous dress and pictures from the event on the blog and on Instagram in the next week. xo