Friday, August 22, 2014

Behind the Scenes: About Me & Why I Blog

Hello lovelies! My week was such a total whirlwind that I didn't even have time to take many pictures this week. Sad, I know. The previous weekend was filled with camping, and Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with work, which is also where I am all day today. 

Why I Blog and About Me

So, I decided to do a little different post today. A "recap of me"! I always love reading these kinds of posts about other bloggers, and I haven't done one like this in such a while. I'm hoping my new readers (and old ones!) will enjoy it!

Favorite Places to Shop:
Dottie Couture
Red Dress Boutique
 Forever 21

Favorite Coffee Order: 
(From Starbucks of course!)
Caramel Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte

Favorite Restaurant for Date Night:
Bagger Dave's
Any pizza place!

What I Blog About:

I started out blogging as a DIY blogger, but that changed the longer I blogged! I now blog about fashion, beauty, my everyday life, and DIY's! I participate in a lot of link ups that include Trending Tuesdays, What I Wore Wednesdays, Weekending Recaps on Mondays, and Friday Favorites on the weekend!

How it All Started:

I stumbled upon Kate's blog - The Small Things Blog - on pinterest when looking for hair styles for my wedding. And I just kind of started randomly following along. I loved her blog a ton. I had been working as a night shift nurse for 2 years, and got bored a lot when I was up at the wrong hours. So I thought "I could just try this and see how it goes, right??" And the rest is history! I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I do, and it has led to my etsy shop opening up (Made In The Shade Shop), which is also a fun hobby of mine! 

I started out with a different blog name, one that I didn't give a ton of thought to. When I wanted to open my Etsy shop, I realized I would need to rebrand and be a little more official. So I invested in a web page design, and decided on a new name!

Made In The Shade Blog really has been a perfect fit for me. A lot of my readers know me for my craftiness, and this name just seemed to suit that!

My Favorite Blogs to Follow Now:

I follow a TON of bloggers. But I love these girls' blogs - I read them pretty much on a daily basis! They each inspire me in a different way to keep my blogging going! You need to check them out ASAP!


  1. I loved reading this! It's always fun to continually get to know each other better. :) It's so funny that The Small Things Blog kind of inspired you to start blogging because it was the same with me! Along with Cupcakes and Cashmere which was the first blog I ever started following in college. You are SO sweet to include me in your list of bloggers to check out - I hope you know you inspire me, too and I love starting my morning reading your posts! Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. Aww love this! It's so fun to hear more about other bloggers instead of just what you see in the blog post. Sometimes I feel like you never get to really know the blogger. And pumpkin spice lattes are back next week!!! YAY! Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela

  3. Aww this was so fun getting to know you even more!! I have loved following you and seeing your blog evolve into an incredible site AND Etsy shop--you know your creativity always inspires me :)


  4. i love plain ole margarita pizza. plain, simple and delish!

  5. I love getting to know more about the girl behind the blog, thanks so much for sharing! Hope you are adjusting well to your new work schedule and that you have a great weekend!

  6. Well I know I'm sure glad you started your blog :)

  7. So amazing that starting this blog led to your new business venture!! Loved learning a little bit more about you and why you started to blog and thank you so much for the shout out!!

  8. Aww, loved this post and loved learning more about you :)

  9. Love your blog and all the creative things you continue to post! And love you, obvi ;) You're a must read each day, too, for sure! Happy weekend, lady!

  10. Cute! I like the questions you answered. "Bagger Daves" sounds interesting!

  11. It's always fun reading more about the life and inner workings of the bloggers that you follow! Thanks for sharing a snippet of you! Always fun!

  12. Awwwww you are so sweet girl thanks so much for the love! I always love hearing about why/how people started blogging I think I need to work on a post like this! I love your fashion and DIY posts so much! xoxoxo

  13. isn't it so interesting how your blog starts off one way and then morphs as time goes on? mine did the exact same thing :) it's so cool to see how it changes over time. have a great weekend!!

  14. I too started blogging because I was bored working nights. Now that I work days I don't have the time to blog as often as I'd like but I've leaned that's ok but I'm much happier being awake during normal hours!!

  15. This is such a great idea for a post-- might do something similar in the future! Thanks for including me-- you already know you're one of my favorite bloggers too!

  16. Love this! Loved learning a little more about you! I love caramel machiattos from Starbucks but I've yet to try the caramel latte! Have a great weekend, xo!

  17. I LOVE hearing about how bloggers started out... So cute that you were inspired by something you stumbled across via Pinterest! :)


  18. Aw love this post!! It's so nice to learn a little but more about you! Cant wait for pumpkin spice lattes!!

    <3 Shannon

  19. Aww thanks for the shout out girlfriend! I'm such a fan of yours. I've recently been really into Francesca's. It's not a store I get to often but they have had such cute things for summer and really fun jewelry.

  20. B Loved Boston and Meet at the Barre are two of my favorites, too! And so is pizza! haha

  21. I always love to learn more about my blogger girls! :) Have a great weekend hun!
    xo Erin

  22. I just love to get to know other bloggers and what they like! It is nice to know how your blog got started and now I am craving a caramel latte! :)


  23. I love reading these kind of posts too! And girl I obsessed with those coffee drinks and shops too!!
    Brittney Marie
    Pretty Little Pursuits

  24. I love reading these! Learning a little more about you! :)

    Love Always,

  25. Fun post! Love reading how/why people started blogging.


  26. I loved this! Getting to know bloggers behind the scenes is always the best part! I couldn't agree more with your favourite blogs, though some of those I've never read before. Definitely going to check them out!