Cheers to 5 Years: 5 Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Blogging

Cheers to 5 Years: 5 Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Blogging

I’m finally back from my two month hiatus! Truth is, it was much-needed for me to take a step back and focus on my full-time job and my mental and physical health, which I will be addressing in an upcoming post. Today I am celebrating something near and dear to my heart: this blog!

5 years ago yesterday, I started on a journey to enhance my writing skills on an outlet that I never knew would become such a passion of mine.  From the very beginning, I knew that this isn’t something I wanted to do for money or likes, but I wanted to do it because it was something that I genuinely enjoyed, and I desperately needed a creative outlet. I always thought, “if one person can read this, and take something away from it that makes them feel as though they’ve connected on some level with me, then I’m doing something right.” One of the beautiful things about blogging is that it’s a way of telling your story without any guidelines or having to stick to anyone else’s voice. The fact that I’ve always been able to be 100% authentic is what truly drives me to continue to blog.

TOP 5 LESSONS LEARNED IN 5 YEARS OF BLOGGING:

  1. There will be times when you need to take a step back from blogging, and that’s okay. Life can be really freaking hard sometimes and you owe it to yourself to keep your health in check. 
  2. Your writing, style and interests will evolve and change as you grow and learn. Let it happen.
  3. Quit comparing yourself to others; you don’t have to “keep up with the Joneses” to be a good blogger.
  4. Stay true to yourself — don’t try to be someone you’re not.
  5. People will be judgmental and have some not-so-nice things to say when you put yourself out there. Don’t let these people stop you from sharing your story and chasing your dreams.

BONUS LESSON

Always have kickass support system behind you. Unfortunately, your blog will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are always those family members and friends that will be there to support your every blog and Instagram post regardless of how avant garde it can be. Make sure you keep these people in your circle forever.

Thank you so much for sharing in this journey with me these last five years, and for the steadfast support. I have some of the best followers ever!

Cheers to many more years!

– K

Wedding Guest Dresses Under $100

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Wedding season is officially upon us, and is it just me or does it seem like everyone is getting married lately? The invitations are pouring in, gifts are being purchased, and (if you’re anything like me) you are struggling to find the perfect dress for the nuptials. However, the process of preparing for a wedding  – whether it’s your own, you’re standing up in said wedding, or you’re a guest – can cost a LOT of money.

According to a study by The Knot, a woman spends nearly $500 on average, while men spend about $700. This total includes not only apparel, but gifts, the bachelor/bachelorette party, travel and more. Holy moley!! The last thing you need is to spend a boatload of cash on new attire.

Now, there are a number of things to keep in mind while choosing a dress as a guest:

  • What the color scheme is — you don’t want to be matching the bridesmaids
  • The location of the wedding — if it’s in a church (depending on the religion) you may have to dress more conservatively; if it’s outside, you’ll want to take the weather into account
  • Never EVER wear white to a wedding as a guest unless the wedding invitation urges guests to wear all white for whatever reason

In my search for some new dresses, I’ve compiled a list of {appropriate} wedding guest dresses that won’t break the bank.

Lulu’s Make Me Move Maxi Dress

ASOS Boohoo Floral Plunge Neck Midi Skater Dress

ASOS PrettyLittleThing Ruffle Sleeve Maxi Dress

Nordstrom’s Soprano Lace Off the Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress

Francesca’s Tricia Crochet A-Line Dress

Nasty Gal’s Spring Affair Floral Midi Dress

Modcloth’s Camera Flash Finesse Wrap Dress

NOTE: There are also plenty of other options than buying a new dress, including renting one from a site such as Rent the Runway, borrowing, or simply wearing one you already have.

I’m still on the hunt for a few, so if you have any suggestions yourself, please feel free to reach out and let me know where you like to shop for dresses!

-K.

Top Summer Trends

Hello and Happy June!

It is finally warm in Michigan which means it’s time to start breaking out your summer clothes and read up on this year’s trends. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, while I don’t necessarily “abide” by trends, I like to take them and make them my own. Luckily, this season has some of my favorite trends of all time and I can’t wait to work them this summer!

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Gingham // It’s no surprise, that one of my favorite classic prints is at the top of my trend list this summer. Generally it’s one of those prints that people associate with a more preppy style; However, thanks to the help of companies such as Zara, gingham is becoming more versatile like this Zara dress.

Bell Sleeves // I’m LOVING this trend right now, and maybe spending a little too much money on it as well! Bell sleeves pair great with the off-the-shoulder trend that’s also in season. You can get both in this dress I just posted on my Instagram. PS – it’s SUPER affordable and currently on sale!

Retro Swimwear // One piece and high-waisted bathing suits are back! I never thought I would be loving this trend as much as I am now. I recently purchased one similar to this one and I can’t wait to rock it on my upcoming vacation.

Statement Earrings // The bigger, the bolder, the better. That seems to be the motto accompanying the latest jewelry craze. I’ve had my eyes on these tassel earrings and these bauble drop earrings both from Francesca’s.

Wrap Dresses // Midi, maxi, mini, you simply can’t go wrong with a wrap dress. They work for any occasion, which is especially convenient now that wedding season is upon us. I absolutely adore this gorgeous pale blue maxi wrap dress from Asos. It’s definitely a possibility for my uncle’s wedding later this year.

What are some of your favorite trends that you are trying out this summer?

-K.

Keeping It Current

Life has been absolutely crazy since I’ve returned from my trip, but I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and catch you all up on some current happenings and obsessions.

Lush // Recently, I made two new purchases from the handmade, organic cosemetic store Lush – the Big Blue Bath Bomb and Cup O’Coffee face and body mask. I’ve previously tried a bath bomb and enjoyed it so I thought I’d try out another.

Big Blue promised a relaxing, oceanic experince; however, I somehow missed the fine print where it said there would be literal pieces of seaweed in the bathtub with you (see image below). If bathing with seaweed relaxes you, then this is right up your alley! As for me, tiny bits of the water plant give me anxiety so it wasn’t the best experience for me. Also, the cleaning of the seaweed was a pain; I don’t usually like to give the bath tub a good scrubbing after my soak, but I felt the need to after this one. I give it a 7/10 for the scent and the beautiful color it leaves the water.

As for the Cup O’Coffee face and body mask, a ton of bloggers I follow have raved about the product so I had to give it a try. I bought the smaller version as I have sensitive skin and am allergic to most things under the sun and, you guys, I’m obsessed! It smells amazing (if you like the smell of coffee), and makes my skin feel unbelievably smooth. The only thing I recommend is not using it before bed as it does have caffeine in it and will keep you up all night – trust me, I learned this the hard way.

The Skimm // I like to start off my mornings with a cup of coffee and The Skimm. Interested in staying up to date on current events without biased BS? Join me and the rest of the Skimm community by signing up here today!  It’s quick, easy, and super entertaining; I promise you won’t regret it!

Zara // Now onto my favorite latest obsession: Zara! Since there aren’t any that are close to where I live, I jumped on the chance to explore one of the stores in Florence while in Italy. Needless to say, I loved it and picked up the two tops featured in the photo above. Have I mentioned how much I love neutrals?

Game of Thrones // Last summer, I got hooked on Game of Thrones, but barely made it through the second season before life got hectic. Just the other night, I re-downloaded HBO Now so that I can finally watch it all the way through before the new season starts.

That’s all for me this week! What have you been up to?

-K.

 

4th Anniversary of Blogging

4th Anniversary of Blogging

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Four years ago today, I started on a journey that would change my life.

It all started with an assignment in my Writing 160 class my freshman year of college. We had the creative freedom to come up with a passion project – write about something that sparks your interest and make it come to life. While most people made Tumblr pages and short presentations to talk about their passions, I decided to start a fashion blog. Thus, With Love, Koko Beth was born.

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Bright-eyed, bushy tailed, freshman me and my best friend/roommate, Kelsey

 

 

I enjoyed writing my blog so much, that I decided to change my major from so that I could pursue my passion of writing and social media. Going from nursing to communication and public relations was a huge 180, but that’s a story for another day!

As much as I love fashion, the more I progressed, the more I wanted the freedom to write about whatever I wanted to. I have a lot of interests in a lot of different areas, so instead of limiting myself to just fashion, I made the switch to a new domain with my sights set on being a lifestyle blogger. I wanted to be able to connect with more people on a deeper level while still writing about fashion, beauty, and so much more.

Three years, two name alterations, one domain change, and a boatload of layouts later, I couldn’t be more happy with what Keeping it Kourtney has developed into. I know that there will be a ton of changes ahead (I get bored easily), but I can’t wait to share more of my thoughts and stories with my readers.

Thank you for reading, sharing, and growing with me, cheers to what’s next to come!

-K.