A Big Thank You.

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I just have to say how incredibly grateful and overwhelmed Andrew and I both are from all your wonderful comments and well wishes yesterday regarding our big baby news.  I spend a whole lot of time reading each and every one and am so amazed by the incredible community this blog has built from all you wonderful readers.  It was especially lovely to hear from longtime readers who had never commented and those of you who live both near a very, very far!

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I also want to say a special thanks to those of you who shared your own infertility stories, worries, concerns and info on what it’s like being the momma to BOYS. :)  I know that I will lean heavily on your wisdom and guidance when trekking through these unchartered waters in the next 5 1/2 months (oh, and for the next, say , 18 years???)  I also plan to crowd-source lots of great info from you on everything from strollers to swaddling to sleeping.  It’s so fantastic to have access to so many women who know so much about motherhood!

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And yes, I plan to share ALL my nursery plans once I get started on it (I plan to wait on that until after my 18 week appointment just because I’m being extra cautious about this whole process).  And there will be plenty of maternity style posts once I’m actually IN maternity clothes (I am feeling grateful for the first time in my life for my crazy long torso- but I’m not sure what to do with these BOOBS!?)  And there will be a lot of writing about pregnancy and all my fears and joys as I go through this (fingers crossed).  But don’t worry- this isn’t going to turn into a mommy blog.  I plan on keeping the focus on style, interiors and lots of things that non-pregnant people can wear! :)

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Yesterday was a whirlwind that consumed me, so that’s all for today.  Just a big thank you.  Back to all things interiors tomorrow :)

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Much Love & Respect,

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The Business of Blogging.

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Yesterday I got wind that there was a big feature in WWD about bloggers, affiliate links and their income.  I had heard grumblings about this piece coming out, but didn’t really pay attention to it since I’m not a premiere fashion blogger and that’s just not the world I live in.

Until a few people told me I was mentioned in the article.

Cut to this evening when my sister-in-law e-mailed me a link from Fast Company saying “You’re a millionaire?!?” Ummmm, what?!?

Having my name and blog in WWD, Fast Company (hubby is SUPER jealous), Racked and Refinery29 is pretty damn amazing, but I am here to report that the income level being reported is simply not true. Yes, I am a Top 25 publisher for RewardStyle, an affiliate network for bloggers, but making millions from it? Sadly, not even close. If I were, I don’t think I would be gearing up to paint my entire addition with my husband instead of hiring someone to do it for us. Or stressing about paying the mortgage on said addition. I’d also probably have more employees in my design business,  a cleaning lady, a Chanel bag and 600 puppies (and maybe a baby goat for good measure).  And if by some miracle I did make a million bucks off my blog through RewardStyle, there is a very, very large check missing in the mail that I’d love to find.

I am so proud of the success this blog has brought me, financially and otherwise,  but the thing I most value is your trust.  And for that reason, (even though discussing my income in a public forum is not something I wish to do),  I wanted to state that in these various articles my income from blogging is grossly misstated.  High fives to those who DO make that much, but as for me, no. Not yet, anyways. A girl has to have goals. :)

The whole concept of affiliate linking and blogging has been up for debate lately and I want to also discuss this openly with you.  Over the years, bloggers- especially fashion bloggers- have become this strong new hybrid of editor/model/curator that have attracted the attention of companies and therefore have become a new vehicle for marketing dollars.  What and how I blog has not changed, but my ability to make some money off of doing it has.  I write and design my posts first and then check to see if any links for that post are available through RewardStyle (which gives me a commission on those items readers buy through my posts)- I don’t pick items based on whether or not I make a commission on them.  And if I have agreed to do a sponsored post or collaboration with a company, not only do I very carefully consider if the brand works with my aesthetic and readership, but it is always labeled as such so y’all know it. I can’t speak to how other bloggers work, but that’s how I do. Simple as that.

The best compliments I get are when readers say they feel like reading my blog is like chatting with a stylish best friend. And I see all of you like that…friends.  And I wouldn’t tell you to buy something I didn’t actually love just as I wouldn’t tell any of my real life girlfriends that big shoulder-pads and crimped hair look SO amazing on them. And I certainly wouldn’t be hiding millions of dollars from any of you while lamenting about not being able to afford an amazing vintage rug on 1st Dibs, I’d be the one buying the drinks and toasting! I am very proud of my success, but only the success I have truly earned.

Thanks for listening,

EG

 

 

Visual Delight: Paris in Four Months

You guys have GOT to check out Paris in Four Months-I have not been this charmed by a blog in so long. Thanks to Sarah, I spent hours this weekend pouring over the imagery created by Carin Olsson, a woman who is as in love with Paris as I am. Okay, maybe more considering she moved there on a whim alone to discover what it was like to live in the magical city. Who hasn’t dreamt of that? What incredible pictures she shoots- of the city itself, nature, fashion, beauty….everything. I am certain you will be as delighted as I am.

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Feminine Touch.

A while back I showed you the nursery (check it again- so good) of Bijou & Boheme blogger Christine Dovey, and now we get to see MORE of her amazing home thanks to Style Me Pretty Living.  Her space is such a great mix of vintage and modern, whimsical and bad-ass. I’m not sure I could get this much pink by my husband, but I adore the feminine touch in a lot of these images.

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I mean, woah. That is some amazing lighting and I adore the mix of modern chairs and table with the vintage fixtures and traditional wallpaper panels.

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Happy Friday.

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I’m taking a breather today since I’m finally on a mini-break in the North Carolina mountains.  Hope you guys understand and I’ll see you Monday with a fashion post (it’s my birthday week so ya know, lots of fun wishlists!) Happy Weekend Y’all!