Saturday, July 1, 2017


In honor of Wear We Roam turning one this month, I thought we would look back on how I got started and where I'm hoping to take the blog in the future.

Blogging is something I considered doing for years but it took a while for me to actually get started. I actually began with a Twitter account called "Real College Grl" after being inspired by Julia Dudko's success on Twitter which allowed her to launch her own blog. I created this anonymous Twitter four years ago and maintained it for a little over a year, and although it was fun to talk about fashion and college, I didn't find 140 characters fulfilling. So, for two years, I stopped completely to focus on my studies. Essentially, I gave up.

However, I never lost interest in bloggers. Actually, my interest grew as I found more bloggers whose success was almost unfathomable. These accounts included SomethingNavy, We Wore What,  The Blonde Salad, Happily Grey and so many more. What really impressed me about all these women is that, while all of them had amazing style, they were also incredibly confident and well-spoken. It was then that I realized blogging wouldn't only be a fun outlet to highlight my own personal style but also a way to further build my portfolio as a journalist. But still, this was only a dream and not something I was actually acting on.

Now we get to what catapulted me into blogging – CollegeFashionista. If you haven't heard of this and you're still in college I highly recommend you look into the opportunity. CollegeFashionista is a website where "Style Gurus" photograph college students and write articles about why their outfits are, essentially, great. Through this experience I got comfortable both behind and in front of the camera and learned how to write about the trends each season. Only a month after starting my internship as a Style Guru I launched Wear We Roam. I owe so much of this to that internship, and I highly recommend other women interested in fashion writing look into it as well. We can't all live in New York or California, but we can create our own hubs of fashion in each of our small towns.

While it has been a year, I still have so much work to do on Wear We Roam. I may have over 1,000 Instagram followers, but I know this can grow to be so much more. One thing I want to stay dedicated to is affordable options based off high fashion styles. There are tons of bloggers that wear the most beautiful clothes, all of which break the bank, but I want to be the place people turn when they want to be on-trend and in-budget. For the next year, my goal is to be more consistent with my posts, publishing at least one new blog every week. I'm also using this second year to network more, creating connections with fellow bloggers and brands. Specifically, I would love to meet and collaborate with more Chicago-based bloggers. Chicago may be a big city but it's definitely not known for it's fashion, so I would love to meet the bloggers who are trying to change that. If you're a blogger in Chicago or an aspiring one, shoot me an email! 

This is only the beginning – there's so much more to come as I continue to build Wear We Roam. Sound off in the comments on what you hope to see in the future!

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Vintage Calvin Klein Denim Jacket (Similar) | Ripped Tee (similar) | Black Jeans | Vans | Ray Bans

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