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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. 

Having a Crush on Crushed Velvet
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On my last post I wrote about silk and today it's all about velvet. Can you tell I'm majorly into fabrics? Maybe it's from my short stint in interior design, but I'm crazy over them. The first thing I do when I buy something is walk up and touch it , move it, play with it, see how it drapes, see how it moves, see how soft it will be, see how the light catches it, I mean this is really an obsession (clearly).  To me, this is the reason to buy or wear more expensive things. It's all about the quality of the fabric and how that fabric is sewn and meant to lay. Before I get too off-topic, this is why fabrics are to me the building blocks of ANY great wardrobe. Anybody who's ever been in an amazing fabric store will certainly confirm this- OH THE POSSIBILITIES!!!!! It's like heaven for anyone creative (aka me.)

Maybe you're not as much of a fashion geek/ obsessed as I am, but you still need to know about velvet right now. It's in every store anywhere and a major trend at least until Spring 2016, ha. What doesn't look good wrapped in velvet (especially during the Holidays?!) It'll take any shoe from basic to luxe, and give that mini skirt a little extra va-va-voom. Check out below some of my favorite velvet picks for the season and let me know how you're wearing it this year! Headband? key chain? I mean the list is a mile long, right?

xx, Genevieve 

Wearing  Azalea SF  crushed velvet dress.

Wearing Azalea SF crushed velvet dress.

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In this post I'm wearing a midi - length black crushed velvet dress from Azalea SF. I love the slit on the side which is really flattering. It's a great number to dress up with jewelry and a heel for a Holiday party or put a sweater over with a bootie for any day this Fall and Winter. 

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Favorite Velvet Picks

Memorial Day Florals in French Connection UK
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Happy Memorial Day from the East Coast! How are you spending the day? I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend with family and eating tons of ribs and macaroni salad. I just love the East Coast. Everything is so pretty and lush and green this time of year. I wore this look yesterday for a wedding in New Jersey and it was absolutely perfect for a summer wedding. The bell sleeves and length were just perfectly classy but still cute. I added a heeled sandal since it's much too hot here right now for anything closed toe. (92 degrees!) These pink sunglasses are my absolute favorite and only 11 dollars (WHATTTT!?) You can find them on Zero UV. I've been wearing them literally every day because they're fabulous. Best yet, this dress is on sale until the end of today ONLY- French Connection is having an epic Memorial Day sale on their site--- literally everything is 30% off if you use the code FC30MR.

Happy Shopping, and enjoy the rest of your holiday! I'll have the rest of my photos from this weekend up next on my travel column. 

xo,

Genevieve

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The Style Sauce Fashion Blogger Memorial Day Style