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Denim on Denim + Why I Blog GIVEAWAY

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First of all, I want to say THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate every single one of you who took the time to fill out the survey. I also appreciate all the positive feedback and the sweet messages. I seriously was in tears reading it. Honestly, I was so scared to do this survey because I was scared of getting negative or hateful responses. I’ve heard some horror stories from other bloggers, and it being my first survey, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I appreciate every single message from you guys, because it has reassured me of the direction I am going with this blog. I was a little lost at first, but after reading your responses it brought me back to why I blog, why I started this whole thing, and what keeps me going. So today I am going to share with you my whys, my goals, and my vision for this blog. Plus this classic denim on denim look thats perfect for summer and another GIVEAWAY!

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You know that girl that would talk her parent’s ears off when she was little?

You know that girl that would talk so fast she wouldn’t make sense?

You know that girl that post way too much on Facebook?

You know that girl that loves taking pictures and posting it on Instagram with long drawn out captions?

Yep we all know that girl. Well I was all the above. I was the girl, who always had a story to tell, or a fun fact to share, the one that loves taking pictures of everything and everywhere and sharing it with her family and friends. And when I wasn’t sharing it on social media I was writing it in a diary, or scrap booking it in an album. So when I first found out I was going to be a mom I knew I had to create a blog where I could document every milestone, every birthday, every holiday of my little guy, because one day I knew when I got older, I would always have something to look back on to help me remember those precious moments. When I started this blog over two years ago, I didn’t know a single blogger, I actually didn’t know what a “blogger” was. I didn’t follow a single fashion star on Instagram. I didn’t know anything about the blogging industry. I didn’t even know it existed.  My why of blogging was because I wanted to document every moment as a mom with my new little guy and share it to the world, and that was it.

And then I became a mom. I quit my job, and became a stay at home mom. And it was hard. My blog became my escape, it slowly evolved to involve my fitness journey as well as transitioning fashions as a new mom. I soon discovered other mom bloggers who shared the same views and similar journey as me, and soon my blog became a way to connect with other moms. Reading their blogs inspired me and encouraged me through the unknowns of motherhood. I eventually ventured out from behind my protective screen of blogging to meet other fellow Houston bloggers. It was amazing to meet these women in real life, to see their vision, to hear their stories, to share their journey with blogging. Before blogs became popular, before it became glamorized, there were women just like me who just wanted to share their journey. Who wanted to help other women go through a difficult time whether it be motherhood, reaching their fitness goals, or just navigating through every day life. These women had stories to tell, advice to give. They were my inspiration. I wanted to be one of them. I wanted to share my story to help others, to encourage and inspire others, and to also let them know that they are not alone in this journey of life.

SO fast forward to where I am now. This year I decided to go full time with blogging, and I have been very fortunate to monetize my blog as well as have three amazing interns who help me with my blog. With their help I have been able to focus more on my blog content as well as venture out to uncharted territories like Youtube. I’ve always had a passion for traveling and fitness, and I love sharing those experiences through video. But I was unsure if introducing this kind of new content, and how everyone would react to it. However, after reading everyone’s responses from the survey I was reminded once again why I blog. All of you who read this blog, read this blog because you like me for me. You like my blunt, no sugar coating way of explaining things, you love my crazy little family, and you like me for me and for everything I am passionate about sharing on this blog. You are here for a reason, because in some way I have become what these other mom bloggers who I inspired to be were to me. I have become your friend, your motivator, your inspiration, your teacher, your encourager, and that is exactly what I want to be.

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This denim on denim look is a classic everyday summer look that will never go out of style. When I first tried this  denim on denim look, I was worried having two different types of denim would clash. But I’ve realized when it comes to fashion it’s great to mix it up and not be to match all the time. I love my flare denim (see post herehere). I am 5’2” and I love how they elongate my legs. I honestly think flare denim looks great on any body type. If you don’t have a pair, here are some of my favorites for under $100.

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The denim on denim look has been popular since the 70’s, and is a classic look that will never go out of style. If you haven’t tried it out, I highly recommend it for a nice casual look for summer.

Thank you for all the encouraging words. I hope by sharing my why’s of blogging you get to know me more and my journey.  My vision for this blog is to continue to help and inspire others along the way. I hope when you read this blog, I want you to be inspired and say, well if she can do it, I can too! Because YOU CAN! I want you to know that you are not alone in this world, and that because we share this little space on the internet that we can share our journey too. Let us be connected, let us encourage each other, let us inspire each other to be the best version of ourselves just as God has made us.

<3 Dawn

P.S. For my last birthday GIVEAWAY I wanted to keep it short and sweet. I am giving away two $50 gift cards to Maggiano’s. All you have to do is comment below and share who or what inspires you to be your best. I would love to get to know you more!

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32 Comments

  • Reply Nataly

    I love the denim on denim look!

    April 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Jianna Link

    Oh boy. My husband and son inspire me to be my best. My husband works so hard everyday for our family so that I can stay home with our son and when he comes home he plays with him and loves him and encourages me. I want to be my best because I’m happier at my best and they make me want to be happy and healthy for as long as I can.

    April 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Love this! Thanks for sharing!💛

      April 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Annette Dattilo

    Wonderful post. So glad you were able to get the answers you were looking forward. You have a beautiful spirit and I’m so glad you share it with others.

    I am motivated by people that are “real” and express themselves in there own unique and beautiful God given way and never waiver from it.
    xo

    April 26, 2017 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply ceglutenfreefoodie

    I love how you came to become a blogger. It was such a natural progression for a person who loves to write and jot things down.

    April 27, 2017 at 1:11 am
  • Reply miriam

    you look so cute babe! love your smile! <3

    April 27, 2017 at 3:02 am
  • Reply lovelysilvia

    This is such a beautiful post Dawn! I love your story and am so glad you got what you wanted out of this!

    April 27, 2017 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Ashley Montalvo

    Love your denim on denim look 😘

    I am motivated by my family and kids. I want them to have the best life possible and grow to be perfect gentlemen so everyday I strive to make that possible!

    April 27, 2017 at 11:32 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Love this! Thanks for sharing!💛

      April 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply astylishsideproject

    Loved reading this, and you look adorable!

    xx Mollie

    April 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    I love your blogging story!! Mine has started as an outlet as well!! I’m also so in to the denim and denim trend!! So perfect for summer!!

    April 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Madison Alston

    Love that look 💛 and also the heart you put into this post! Thank you for always being transparent!
    My past as well as my family motivate me! I use the things I’ve been through to encourage me to keep going and to never be satisfied with where I’m at, but to always keep pushing for something greater!!

    April 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you! Love this!💛

      April 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Natasha Stoneking

    dawn… this look is ADORABLE on you… love the denim on denim and those flares are AMAZING

    April 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply itsahero

    I love this. I started blogging for the same reasons. I’ve been slowly monetizing and making more of an effort, but the meat and bones of my blog is just lifestyle and sharing my life with my family.

    By the way, would LOVE to win one of those gift cards to take my husband to dinner 😉 LOL

    April 28, 2017 at 12:16 am
  • Reply Angela Amores

    Dawn, I loved reading this post!! I was such a scrap booker too back in the day. I loved reading how your blog progressed to what it is today!!
    Angela

    April 28, 2017 at 2:00 am
  • Reply Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary

    You look gorgeous! I love the bell bottoms on you too!

    April 28, 2017 at 2:10 am
  • Reply val

    Love the flares! I need to bust mine out

    April 28, 2017 at 4:01 am
  • Reply emilyboucher2014

    loving the denim on denim and those cute flares!

    xo Emily
    http://www.thehipsuburban.com

    May 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply mandy

    Your jeans are so fun! I need these in my life!

    xoxo Mandy
    http://www.sparkleshinylove.com

    May 1, 2017 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Liz H

    Aww! I loved hearing your story. What a great post!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

    May 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply kcgmorris

    I’m loving this look- especially with your flared jeans! They’re fabulous!

    My three year old daughter and my husband are definitely my inspirations to do my best and to reach for better each day. I want them to have amazing lives and an amazing mom and an amazing wife. Love is a powerful motivator for me!

    May 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply latanya t

    My husband inspires me to keep going even when life is tough.

    May 2, 2017 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Melissa Storms

    My family always inspire me to try harder at everything. I am awed at times by things my son says and how he views me, I want to live up to that.

    May 3, 2017 at 12:46 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Isn’t it amazing!💛

      May 3, 2017 at 4:42 am
  • Reply erinwill277

    Thanks for sharing your blogging story and I love absolutely love that look! I feel like my whole family inspires me in different ways. My two amazing kids really inspire me to be my best and find the positives in everyday.

    May 3, 2017 at 3:59 am
  • Reply Natalie Barringer

    I am a young student in college hoping to have a successful career. It can be very discouraging at times because it seems like I have so many obstacles in my way and I am constantly being evaluated on everything I do. Finances are tight, time is always short, and I never get me time. But seeing and hearing others success stories like yours inspires me to keep going because there is a light at the end of the tunnel and its brighter than I can imagine right now. I know that if I just keep chugging along and stay dedicated that I can be successful and I have faith in the Lord that he will help me through this journey.

    May 3, 2017 at 4:15 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks Natalie for reading! And yes there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You have a great mindset and I 💯 agree in trusting the Lord he will see you through it all!💛

      May 3, 2017 at 4:41 am
  • Reply Tracie Cooper

    My hubby and my mom inspire me to remain strong and positive despite my daily health challenges because “with brave wings I fly”

    May 6, 2017 at 3:49 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks for sharing! I know you are a strong woman!💛

      May 9, 2017 at 3:53 am
  • Reply Crissie Woolard

    My children and my husband inspire me everyday to do and be the best I can. Hope you have a great weekend

    May 20, 2017 at 1:08 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Same here! Family is everything. Thanks for sharing!💛

      May 20, 2017 at 4:39 am

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