baseball tee + #1 blogging advice

lauren sims madewell baseball teeOne of my favorite parts about blogging is getting to interact with you guys – I love when y’all message me on snapchat or send emails…either giving me feedback about the blog, asking for advice with your relationship with Christ, or questions about an outfit. I LOVE hearing from you guys, because it reminds me that there are actual HUMANS on the other side of this computer screen – reading my posts or responding to my snaps!

lauren sims madewell baseball tee lauren sims madewell baseball teeThe question that I get asked the most regularly (or close to it) is about blogging – how did I get started, what are my tips for growing a blog, etc. I think there are alot of you who are interested in starting your own blog and want advice, but alot of people are just curious about this whole ‘blogging as a career’ thing, which is totally understandable!

To be completely honest – this is such a hard question to answer, because…what works for one person might not work for another. Growing a successful blog isn’t a simple 1-2-3 step process you follow and BOOM, you’ve created a career. At least it definitely hasn’t been that way for me! It’s been months and years now of ‘sink or swim’, trial and error, shutting down my site bc I have no idea what I’m doing, and tons of failures met with a lot of success as well. And to be honest, I still feel like a total newb and like I have no clue what I’m doing most of the time.

lauren sims madewell baseball tee lauren sims madewell baseball teeI might do a post down the road (if y’all would be interested) on just basic blogging tips – things like what platform I use, why I got started, etc. But today I want to share my #1 piece of blogging advice (as cliche as this might sound): stay true to who you are and the things you are passionate about.

lauren sims madewell baseball tee lauren sims madewell baseball teeLet me give an example of how this plays out with blogging. I am fully aware that my style – both in everyday life and the outfits I post on the blog/instagram is relatively ‘basic’ (for lack of a better word). For instance, today I’m sharing (the softest ever) baseball tee and a great pair of distressed denim. It’s an outfit I can (and do) wear in every day life and feel great in, yet still super comfortable!

Every now and then I’ll look at other blogs or instagram feeds and LOVE the super editorial / high fashion look. For a brief second I’ll think “man I wish my feed was more high fashion or editorial-looking…like it just came out of Vogue magazine.” But the truth is…that’s just not my style, and it’s just not me!

lauren sims madewell baseball teeI LOVE to put together outfits for you guys that will make you feel and look your absolute best – but in an easy, affordable, and real-life way. That’s who I am and how my style is.

When it comes to blogging, I just want to encourage y’all to not change who you are or what your style is in an effort to ‘be successful’ or ‘convert well’ or fit into some mold you think a successful blogger fits into. If you want to start a blog and you’re super passionate about hiking…incorporate hiking tips/style/trails into your blog! If you are really passionate about finding amazing steals at thrift stores (first of all, more power to ya and teach me your ways), incorporate that into your blog! Stay true to who you are and what you are truly passionate about – and your blog will grow. Because like Emma Stone said in La La Land “people love what other people are passionate about“.

lauren sims madewell baseball teeOutfit details: Baseball tee (also comes in pink!) | Distressed skinny jeans | Sneakers (also come in mint!) | Aviator sunglasses | Suede saddle bag | Striped earrings | Leather watch

Hope you all had the best weekend, and woke up today feeling ready to give this new week your all! If not…pour yourself a second cup of coffee!

Shop the post:

21 Comments

21 Comments on baseball tee + #1 blogging advice

  1. Cassie Nugent
    February 20, 2017 at 11:25 am (3 months ago)

    This is some great advice! I just started my blog about 6 months ago. I love writing and creating posts, but it totally is trial and error 🙂

    Reply
    • laurenkaysims
      February 22, 2017 at 1:06 am (3 months ago)

      it really is! just keep on keepin’ on and you will learn so much!

      Reply
  2. Lauren
    February 20, 2017 at 11:51 am (3 months ago)

    This really is great advice. My style is fairly “basic” as well, so while I enjoy browsing more high fashion sites occasionally, those outfits certainly don’t apply to my daily life!

    By Lauren M

    Reply
  3. Ashlee
    February 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm (3 months ago)

    I love your advice! I just started my own blog and am starting to starting to share what I’m passionate about!

    Reply
    • laurenkaysims
      February 22, 2017 at 1:06 am (3 months ago)

      that’s awesome ashlee! keep up the good work! xo

      Reply
  4. Nancy
    February 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm (3 months ago)

    I would love to see a post about blogging tips!!! I just got my blog to look how I want it to look. It’s taken me a long time, I’m not super technical savvy.. I’m hoping to start posting on a more consistent basis… so I need all the tips I can get!
    BTW I love your style!

    Reply
    • laurenkaysims
      February 22, 2017 at 1:06 am (3 months ago)

      thanks for letting me know! i’ll start working on a post with tips!

      Reply
  5. Darby Ratcliff
    February 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm (3 months ago)

    One of the main reasons I love your blog is because it is “basic”. I am not the “trendy” type, and I love finding good quality, basic pieces. Thanks for staying true to yourself!

    Reply
    • laurenkaysims
      February 22, 2017 at 1:07 am (3 months ago)

      aw thank you so much! that really is so encouraging to hear!

      Reply
  6. Sydney Burden
    February 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm (3 months ago)

    Lauren,

    great advice! I’m completely new to this whole blogging thing and I definitely find myself playing the comparison game when I look at other people’s feeds and blogs, but I have to remind myself that very thing: stay true yourself and your own style! Thanks for the awesome read, keep up the great work!

    Sydney Burden
    http://www.bitesiphairflip.com

    Reply
    • laurenkaysims
      February 22, 2017 at 1:05 am (3 months ago)

      oh the comparison game is SUCH a temptation in the blogging world! i constantly tell myself to “stay in your own lane” or “run your own race”! thanks for reading and for your encouragement!

      Reply
  7. Kahla Sansom
    February 20, 2017 at 6:51 pm (3 months ago)

    110% agree with this post. As much as I love looking at high fashion blogs and pictures, it’s just not my style and there’s no way that I could incorporate that into my daily outfits. I consider my style to be prettty basic, but that’s the beauty of it – lots of pieces to mix and match.

    http://www.keepingupwithkahla.com

    Reply
    • laurenkaysims
      February 22, 2017 at 1:04 am (3 months ago)

      I love that and am totally with ya! Thanks for reading!

      Reply
  8. Anna White
    February 20, 2017 at 6:58 pm (3 months ago)

    Such GREAT advice and something I struggle with dailyI I read other blogs to encourage and inspire me in a creative way, but I have to remind myself all the time that their blog is not my blog. It’s ok to get ideas and learn from others, but staying true to yourself is SO important! Thanks for the reminder. And PS. I love your “basic” style! Haha! XO –

    Anna | http://www.parkavenueblogger.com

    Reply
    • laurenkaysims
      February 22, 2017 at 1:04 am (3 months ago)

      so glad we’re on the same page! and thanks so much for your encouragement!

      Reply
  9. Brittaniee Donals
    February 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm (3 months ago)

    Yes please do a post about blogging! I also love your tip and will definitely keep that in mind 🙂

    Reply
  10. Maddy
    February 23, 2017 at 4:21 am (3 months ago)

    I loved that you talked about staying true to who you are in blogging! I feel like it can get very overwhelming and you want to compare yourself to others but it is good to remember that being yourself is what will make people follow you!

    Reply
  11. Raven
    February 28, 2017 at 11:20 am (3 months ago)

    Thank you so much for the advice! I recently found you on Instagram and now I am following you on every social media platform! I just LOVE your style! And I love all of your workout tips! I was wondering if you could do a post about your hair and tips on how you were able to grow your hair so long! I’ve been trying to grow my hair longer but I feel like it’s at a standstill right now!

    Reply
    • laurenkaysims
      March 20, 2017 at 9:10 am (2 months ago)

      hey girl! so i actually had that same problem with trying to grow my hair out. it just got stuck! so I actually have hair extensions! LMK if you are near the dallas area and I can give you my girl’s contact information! she’s amazing with extensions and I’ve loved having mine!
      other tips i’ve heard though for growing your hair out…try to lay off coloring it or applying heat to your hair as much as possible. i’ve done that for the past few months and noticed my hair has gotten so much healthier. also, make sure you’re using good, nourishing hair products. i did a post here and here on some of my favorites!

      Reply
  12. Donya Allen
    March 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm (3 months ago)

    Amazing post! Thank you so much for sharing <3

    I would love to read a post on basic blogging tips that you mentioned during this post.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *






Lauren Kay Sims