My very first blog post was a punk-rock look and I wanted to celebrate my "blogiversary" with another punk rock look but this time the look is much more daring and bold which describes the transformation I've gone through since starting my blog one year ago today.
It's so crazy to think that my blog celebrates one year already!
My blog has had it's ups and downs, but thankfully more ups than downs. One of the downs I remember most clearly was in the very beginning, when I received the nastiest comment from a complete stranger, I remember secretly wanting to give up thinking I wasn't cut out to be so exposed because that comment hit me so hard and dug so deep.
Today, I would like to thank that random nasty commentator because that comment has resonated with me and has made me stronger and quite frankly it prepped me for the slew of nasty comments I've received throughout this year, but let's turn things around because I have really had way more pleasant and heart-warming experiences than bad ones and I want to thank every single one of my followers, readers, and contributors for that. If it weren't for your loyal following I wouldn't be going one year strong. I am so honored and thankful for my readers, there are hundreds of thousands of blogs in the "blogosphere" one can follow and you chose little 'ol me to support and for that I will be forever grateful.
I also want to take this time to thank my family and friends for their continued support and love. Seeing you all so excited for the little triumphs I've had through my blog have made things that much sweeter! And to my best friend and also photographer (demanding and particular at times lol), you have inspired me in more ways than you would ever know. I admire your creativity, spunk, perfectionism and your unconditional love and support. Without you, Clothes Minded by Jo wouldn't exist! You pushed and pushed me until I took the leap and started blogging and you will never know how much that means to me, so a VERY special thank you to you, I love you and am so lucky to have you in my life! (One day I hope to employ you full-time and actually pay you haha!)
Through this blog I have shared my passion and have poured out my heart and soul, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Posting on this blog has been an internal therapy for me and I love the challenge it presents to me, from figuring out the most clever way to promote a new post or putting a new outfit together, I have enjoyed every facet of blogging for Clothes Minded by Jo.
After a year my blog has become a huge part of my identity. I have invested so much time, energy and effort into it it's almost like my child, still in it's infancy stage but my child nonetheless, a child that is still being molded and developed. I am so looking forward for what's to come on this blogging journey (the word that Anna Wintour hates) and am beyond excited to continue sharing my thoughts and looks with you all.
I have learned to truly love and embrace myself just as I am, of course there will always be things I wish I could change about myself but for the most part this is the happiest and most confident I have ever been in my life and I owe so much of that to all of you.
Jacket; Forever 21 // Tulle Dress; Forever 21 // Flannel Shirt; Old Navy (old) // Boots; Coach (old) // Hat; Burlington Coat Factory