Happy Birthday, Chronicles of Frivolity

Romper: Link [I ordered a size small, so if you are a little thing order an XS!] | Tights: Link | Booties: Similar | Necklace: Link | Bracelets: Link Link 
Photography by: Lemons & Tea Photography

It. Has. Been. A. Year.

A year ago my best friend and I decided to make an absurd blog [hence the name] to help us better understand our field of public relations and make fun of ourselves in the process. 
Fast forward to today and I’ve essentially created an online blooper reel that is my full-time job. I’ve had to accept that one day my kids will say, “Uh mom…why did you wear that? And why did you put it on the internet…” 
I’ve become so passionate about this industry and there isn’t a moment that goes by that I am not overwhelmed with gratitude and thanks that you all support Chronicles of Frivolity. 
Who knew that writing a blog about yourself and what you wear would allow you to find out more about yourself in 12 months than you could in 22 years? 
I wanted to share 4 things I’ve learned this past year as it also coincides with my first year graduated from college. A lot of you all are about to graduate this May and have asked for transition advice. I wanted to lay out all my mistakes so you can avoid them! That’s what friends are for, right? 😉
1. No one’s life is better than yours. 
In college I read blogs as frequently as I read my textbooks. When I started blogging I began to compare myself to these girls. I would gradually meet and become friends with them, only to realize that they were the exact same as me. Some may have 3,000 Instagram followers where others have 300,000 and guess what? We all break out, break up and have breaking points. It’s really hard to not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle when you start working or change fields, but just remember we are all admiring each other’s lives and yours is just as inspiring!  
2. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. 

I’m not your typical “fashion blogger.” I don’t even think I am one. I think I’m a blogger that likes to write about lifestyle, with an emphasis on the style part. I always second guess myself when I see how other bloggers handle their blog. Some respond to comments. Some don’t. Some write a lot. Some don’t. Some get personal. Most don’t. No matter what route you take with your blog, career or life, you will always wonder if you are doing the “correct” thing. The secret? You’re doing the right thing when you can’t stop thinking about it. If you are a communication major, but can’t stop thinking about grad school, go! A lot of people will tell you that you don’t need it, but if you are continually inspired by it, don’t stop working for it. I know that God puts passions in our life to help lay the pavement to our plan. Ignore other’s plans and lay the best pavement on the block. 
3.  Make a list of things you do well.

I don’t need to tell you all to plan. We are women. We invented to-do lists. I’ve got notepads everywhere listing everything from what HAS to get completed in the next 30 minutes to what should get done in the next two years. We rarely sit back and acknowledge what we actually accomplished. I have a notebook where I write 5 things I did well the previous month. The don’t have to be monumental, but if you spend your entire life writing down what you need to do, you will never recognize what you accomplished while living. It doesn’t have to be major. See below.
Example A:
1. Graduated college.
2. Landed dream job. 
3. Moved into high-rise condo.
4. Paid off student loans.
5. Ran a marathon.
Mine looks a lot more like this.
Example B:
1. Actually worked out. 
2. Organized my contracts.
3. Cleaned up my Editorial Calendar.
4. Ate at home more than I ate out.
5. Updated business cards.
Compliment yourself, girl. You deserve it!
4. Love and kindness is the best thing you can wear. 
[I had to have a fashion pun somewhere!]

I’ve spent the past year sharing outfit secrets and tricks but the most important thing you can ever have is love and kindness. The older I get the more I walk away from people not giving a second thought to their outfit, but more to their spirit. Mean is never cute and kind is always gorgeous. I love meeting girls and thinking, “Lord, please help me to be as loving and compassionate to people as she is.” The love and kindness I have received from you all is better than any gift I could have purchased for myself. I’ve shared successes and I’ve shared fears and you all consistently uplift me and encourage me. A few weeks ago when I shared some scary news about my sister I was so blown away from the e-mails and prayers of strangers that I knew If I started a blog and only got the positivity of today from it, everything was worth it. 
So thank you all for allowing me to play dress up for a living and never making me feel bad about it!
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  1. Kylie Rae wrote:

    Yay, happy one year to you! I love what you do here, I always walk away feeling a little inspired and reminded that we are not perfect and we all have something special to offer in the blog world. Not to mention I often literally LOL from some of your writings! It’s a joy to come visit your page everyday!

    xx, Kylie Rae (Shimmer Me Pretty)

    Published 12 Nov 14Reply
  2. Happy Birthday to your blog :] I have loved following along these past few months and I look up to you in so many ways! Thanks for sharing this list with us today!

    PS Those cupcakes look like heaven to this dieting southern gal :]

    Morgan Paige

    Published 12 Nov 14Reply
  3. Congratulations on one year of blogging!!!

    Published 12 Nov 14Reply
  4. Congrats on the one year! Mine was just on Sat! I love all the thing you learned and completely agree with them!! Love number 4! Oh and your romper is fabulous!

    <3 Shannon

    Published 12 Nov 14Reply
  5. Yay, happy one year to Chronicles of Frivolty! I’ve loved following your journey, and I can’t wait to see where you’ll be in another year!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

    Published 12 Nov 14Reply
  6. Happy Blogiversary, Katey!!
    I’ve loved following you for the past year 🙂 can’t wait to keep reading and playing dress up!

    xoxo, Jennifer

    Published 12 Nov 14Reply
  7. Jessica wrote:

    Happy happy birthday COF! Love how this post combines a little personal growth, a fab party outfit and perfectly perfect cupcakes to celebrate! Love the lessons that you’ve shared about your journey! Excited to watch COF continue to grow! Keep living your colorful well-styled life! xx

    Dirty Blonde Barrage

    Published 12 Nov 14Reply
  8. Oh, so fun! Happy 1 year- babe!
    You have nailed it with your advice and keep on doing what you’re doing.

    Published 14 Nov 14Reply
  9. Happy first blog birthday!!!!!!!

    Published 18 Nov 14Reply