WHEN DID YOU START YOUR WEBSITE?

I was sitting in a math class for my clinical medicine post bacc degree in 2015. It was a sunny day and all I wanted to do was write! I did pretty well in that class but it made me realize I was in the wrong degree program. So I started my blog right then and there in hopes that it would lead me to more clarity.

 

DO YOU TAKE ALL OF YOUR PHOTOS?

Not all of them. I work with a photographer and every now and then other bloggers and I shoot together.

 

HOW DO YOU MAKE MONEY?

I make money blogging several ways. The first is through brand partnerships. My PR skills have allowed me to pitch sponsored blog partnerships from the very beginning (not many bloggers are so lucky). It’s not the main stream, but it is the most lucrative and fulfilling.

The second way I make money through my blog is through affiliate commission. Read my disclosure policy for more information but basically I may or may not make commission from clicks to products or services I feature.

And lastly, i get paid for my consulting, PR, writing, and social media skills. I have always worked in communications so it was only natural I offered my services remotely.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ABOUT STARTING A BLOG?

I do! To streamline the advice, please check out the blogging post category under “LIFESTYLE” on my homepage. All the goodies are there!

 

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

Getting up and ready to shoot. I am very shy about outfit photos – I prefer being behind the camera photographing other people. Another thing I also don’t like about blogging is how competitive and fake some people can be. I haven’t really been vocal about this but in my first year of blogging I was basically threatened to “back off” the blogging scene by a (now) well known blog community leader. She knew I was starting my consulting business and was incredibly worried that I would be targeting “the same audience”, which is incredibly weird seeing as my packages were not even tailored to any bloggers. It was disheartening and there are so many other people just like her in the blogosphere.

 

WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR RED LIPSTICK?

Because it’s timeless and classic! I am a vintage loving gal through and through. I love history and I love the look of old Hollywood glamour.

 

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  • Happy Bastille Day! πŸ‡«πŸ‡· To celebrate, there are TWO new blog posts up on ThePetiteBijou.com for your enjoyment. The first being 21 Bastille Day recipes you can try to make this weekend. Oh, and you definitely can make these any day of the week - they are so yummy! The second post is the ultimate 10 piece Parisian inspired wardrobe you can quickly put together with clothes you may already have! Get inspired by simple fashion and hearty food - click the link in my bio to read both of these new posts.
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This morning we celebrated by heading to our local farmers market. I hoped to get up early enough to make crepes but I am still exhausted from yesterday's #Nsale shenanigans πŸ˜†I spent all day editing, writing, and linking - don't think my crepes would have turned out very well. But I did get some cute striped tops, so all is well, right?
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Do you have any favorite french recipes you've tried? Have you tried crepes with nutella yet? If not, there's a recipe for that on my post! πŸ˜‰
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Can you believe I tried on over 30 something dresses at the Nordstrom Anniversary Early Access Sale yesterday? What a blast! And boy did I sure buy some amazing fall and end of summer goodies!
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Click the link in my bio to check out my collage of my best purchases at the sale this year, including this lovely yellow dress! It's certainly a color I wouldn't have chosen at first but after trying it on 😍
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You can also shop all my linked try on sessions on my LTK page: liketoknow.it/thepetitebijou. This outfit is there along with all the other dresses, jumpsuits, and tops I tried at the sale! http://liketk.it/2wxqI #liketkit  @liketoknow.it --
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  • C'est la vie! If you're a francophile or just love the little charms about Paris and France, my latest blog post is for you. I've gotten so many questions about living a french inspired lifestyle in the past year, so I decided to share some great resources for you. In todays post, I am sharing 12 of my favorite french-inspired living books that I have personally read and have on the shelf (or err..in my kindle!).
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I spent a few summers in France and what really struck me back then was the pace of life - slow, relaxed, & cultured. I was amazed on how peaceful my mind was when I sat outdoors in the countryside, sparkling water in hand, cheese on the table, and the sound of birds chirping in the trees.
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My fondest memory was having a picnic on the grounds of Versailles and thinking "I could get use to this". Not owning a palace - I wish...but really slowing down my day and enjoying the beautiful little things around me. Thus, The Petite Bijou motto was born: enjoy the little jewels of life.
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So whether you're interested in just learning how to style yourself like a french woman or if you're interested in just spending time like the french do, this post is for you! Click the link in my bio to learn more.
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Are you a francophile or obsessed with french lifestyle or fashion? I'd love to know if you are! Have you read any of the books on the list?
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  • β€œIn character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity”
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Life is too complicated for me to have anything else but a simple and comfortable style. All my life I have had hardships that have shaped who I am today:
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Today I prefer simplicity
Today I like speaking softly
Today I avoid confrontation at all costs
Today I dress for myself and not anyone else
Today I take my time to enjoy the little jewels of life
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But the most important thing I do today is show that glamour is not about how rich you are, how pretty you are, or what designer you wear. Glamour is a mindset - a mindset that this girl right here has always strived for, even when she was laying in a hospital bed for months.
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You see, if I can do just one thing with my blog and this IG account, I want to inspire you to be more than who you think you are. I want you to embrace simplicity. But most of all, I want you to be Bijou! Basically, a woman who loves style, learning, and finding the little pleasures of life.
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So tell me, are you Bijou too? #thepetitebijou
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  • Can I ask you a question? What would you like me to share? Sometimes I get so discouraged by the crickets on IG and would love feedback on what things you would like to see. Do you like outfit, travel, General lifestyle? Do you use the LTK app? Do you watch IG stories? Would love to know! -
On Friday, I visited @rewardstylehq and it was one of the best and most thrilling experiences ever! When I first started blogging, my dream was to join the thousands of bloggers using πŸ™ŒπŸ» When I finally got accepted, I worked hard to try and differentiate myself from other bloggers. That hit me hard
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What if you didn’t like my modern vintage style? What if I’m doing this whole blogging thing wrong? What if this is just an expensive hobby?
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These are the questions I asked myself everyday until the ladies at RS and I sat down and chatted. Click the link in my bio to see what I learned about blogging from my visit to their office! http://liketk.it/2wnZz #liketkit @liketoknow.it  #thepetitebijou
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Don’t forget to scroll all the way down the post for a special giveaway announcement. Hint: you can shop the biggest sale of the year! πŸŽ‰πŸ›
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  • {BIJOU COFFEE CHAT} Secretly humming the Coffee Break French chat theme music... anyone else listen to that?
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Can I take a second to introduce myself? Many of you know me, but today I want to share three things you might not know about me...even if they make me feel awkward! -
1. My most embarrassing moment as a kid was when I got yelled at in front of everyone for forging my mom’s signature πŸ˜‚ because I didn’t do homework 
2. I love my job so much, but the best part of it is meeting the people who read my blog! 
3. Most people would describe as quiet, but my family would also add chatterbox, which is a nice balance, I suppose! πŸ˜‰ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
How would your friends describe you? I’d love to get to know you better Leave a comment below! Also, should we have a Bijou coffee chat event soon?

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