On the last day in Texas, I attended the TxSC Social Media Symposium. We finally had some nice weather. I was so thankful to see the sun and a few trees blooming! It was a great day of networking and learning. I listened in on quite a few of the panels and even had the opportunity to speak on one myself. I spoke with Turi of ModCloth on brands working with bloggers. I'm not much of a public speaker, but I had a lot of fun!
I was planning on just wearing the floral dress, but with the cooler temperatures, I paired this new polka dot top I just bought with it. I wouldn't have normally thought to put these two together, but I liked the way it turned out! I still love mixing patterns. There are just so many options to remix outfits when pattern-mixing. It's definitely been one of my favorite things to try style-wise lately.
(Veronika of Girl and Closet and I)
Our workshop was more geared toward brands than bloggers. Most of them were interested in different ways they could work with bloggers rather than your typical banner ad or clothing sponsorship. My very basic advice was... bloggers need an incentive to want to work with a company. Unless they are your best friend, they probably aren't going to want to work for free. And they shouldn't have to! It doesn't have to be money or clothes all of the time. I've worked with several sponsors because of a fun opportunity. Like my collaboration with Jess LC a couple of years ago was one of my favorite memories ever. I wasn't paid for modeling for her shoot, but I made a good friend and I loved the photos/videos from the shoot and the day spent doing it. It has to be mutually beneficial in some way shape or form for both parties involved!