Bright Blog Beginnings, with PinkBlush

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice Blog wearing a bright yellow PinkBlush Dress with Bell sleeves, light grey Topshop booties and Sunflower cat ears from Forever21

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice Blog wearing a bright yellow PinkBlush Dress with Bell sleeves, light grey Topshop booties and Sunflower cat ears from Forever21

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice Blog wearing a bright yellow PinkBlush Dress with Bell sleeves, light grey Topshop booties and Sunflower cat ears from Forever21

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice Blog wearing a bright yellow PinkBlush Dress with Bell sleeves, light grey Topshop booties and Sunflower cat ears from Forever21

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice Blog wearing a bright yellow PinkBlush Dress with Bell sleeves, light grey Topshop booties and Sunflower cat ears from Forever21

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice Blog wearing a bright yellow PinkBlush Dress with Bell sleeves, light grey Topshop booties and Sunflower cat ears from Forever21

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice Blog wearing a bright yellow PinkBlush Dress with Bell sleeves, light grey Topshop booties and Sunflower cat ears from Forever21

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: PINKBLUSH \\ Shoes: SIMILAR HERE \\ Headpiece : SIMILAR HERE \\ Purse : NORDSTROM

One of the most requested topics I get asked about from my readers is the story behind why and when I decided to launch my blog, Stephany’s Choice’.

I quit my corporate job at a market reasearch company in Downtown Chicago when I married Michael and we moved to London for his job. We had Annabelle soon after and I was so busy adapting to the new city, and new baby. I didn’t think a whole lot about my career at that time because my main focus was my new family. I knew, however, that I would eventually want to get back into the work force. Not back to corporate life. I needed something flexible because it was important for me to still be able to contribute my time to my kids and their schedules.

I really wanted a space to unload my creative juices and share my ideas. I didn’t know how or when to get started and what would be my first talking point.

After a lot of careful consideration I decided I would make my Instagram account public. I was stepping out of my private life and getting ready to share with the world a little peek into our daily life. I was 6 months pregnant at the time and I could not believe how encouraging the motherhood community was.

I put up my email in my Instagram profile and starting getting flooded with fun projects and collaboration requests.

PinkBlush Maternity was the first brand to send me several gorgeous maternity dresses. I packed them all up and took them with me to our summer holiday in the South of France. I think it’s the first time that I ever wore maternity clothes and they fit me perfectly. In fact, the bigger the bump the cuter the outfit looked!! haha. I will always have a special place in my heart for the PinkBlush team for giving me my first real opportunity.

After I started modeling/posting all the maternity looks, I started to recieve beauty items, kid’s clothes and accessories. Even little Angelina who wasn’t born yet was sent some baby wraps, creams and outfits.

As exciting as working with the best brands and wonderful businesses was, I felt like I needed a bigger platform.

I didn’t want to only share the outfits (although it was fun). I wanted to share more :my journey, my thoughts, lessons learned and point of view.

Instagram was a great starting point but I needed a place to explore further and dig deeper into subjects that interested me and respond to frequent questions from my readers.

But there was one problem! I was having a baby in 4 months.

Modeling cute dresses and reviewing them in a post is one thing, launching your own website and being the creator and editor is another! I wanted to make sure that it would be honest and true. I didn’t want to rush it, or put something out there that I wasn’t proud of or didn’t reflect me or my interests.

The last few months of my pregnancy, I worked really hard to create Stephany’s Choice, and go LIVE before I had my baby.

I was able to launch Stephany’s Choice in September 2015, 3 months before Angelina was born in November.

I am so happy I did. If you want to start your blog, a new job, or any dream I would urge you to just go for it. There really isn’t ever a perfect time and you can always tweak things along the way!

Let me know if you have any questions?!! I love getting your feedback, thanks for reading along.

A special thank you PinkBlush for your support, trust and friendship

Photography: Ashley Kay Photography

 

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