One Year Blogiversary + Giveaway

About a year ago I started The Buxom Blonde as an outlet for my love of fashion and writing. Never in a million years did I think I would try and turn it into a career. 

Over the last year, I've learned that fashion bloggers don't become successful overnight. I've also learned that it takes more than just a few outfit pics to actually monetize a blog. [Year-to-date I've made about $23 from The Buxom Blonde.]

There have been times when I wanted to call it quits because I felt I wasn't good enough, wasn't pretty enough, didn't have a nice enough camera, didn't have expensive enough clothes... you get the picture. But I've stuck with it because it's something I am so incredibly passionate about. 

Breaking into the blogger world put a big dent in my self-esteem at first. I constantly compared myself to others and was focusing more on what others looked like in their photos rather than who they were as a person. Now, the first thing I look at when obsessing over a blogger is their 'about' page. I love learning what they're all about and why they started blogging in the first place. 

Running The Buxom Blonde has taught me to love myself and all of my flaws. It's taught me to experiment with new looks and to expand my own personal style. It's taught me that no dream is too big and to just keep swimming when the going gets tough. [Sorry, y'all. Just watched Finding Dory- which you HAVE to go see btw!] 

You can find the link to my first post here. This wasn't technically my first post, but it's one of the very first real outfit posts I ever did. All of my other ones included selfie-type photos that involved bad lighting, my smart phone and a hot pink selfie stick. Luckily those days are over, but you have to start from somewhere, right?! [I really wish I hadn't deleted those posts now that I think about it- it'd be nice to see how far I've come!] 

Keep scrolling for deets on how to enter the giveaway!

Now onto the fun stuff! In honor of my first blogiversary, I am hosting a small giveaway for all of my readers! Because without y'all, The Buxom Blonde wouldn't exist! It's the constant love and support that has kept me going over the last year and I can't thank you enough for that!

I've put together a Summer Essentials Prize Pack that includes some of my absolute favorite things:

Lauren Conrad's Style
Three (3) Julep Polishes
Two (2) Flamingo Blow Up Drink Coasters
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
Dove Dry Spray
Lumene BB Cream SPF 20

The giveaway will run from 10:00 AM EST June 22, 2016 to 11:59 PM EST June 29, 2016. 

All you have to do is follow the steps below and you'll be entered to win! The winner will be contacted on June 30, 2016.

All items included in this giveaway were purchased by me.