5 Questions With Authentic Stereotypes

Today we are interviewing Stefani of Authentic Stereotypes a beauty and lifestyle blog. Scroll below to read more about Stefani and make sure to check out her blog and Instagram! headshot

1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I was inspired to start blogging when I realized that my friends were always asking me for beauty advice. I spend a lot of time reading beauty blogs and thought it was time for me to give writing one a try. I had run a few other blogs previously, but nothing that I was ever passionate about personally. I’ve been blogging on Authentic Stereotypes for about 8 months now but have written for different blogs for 3 years.

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
Launching Authentic Stereotypes. It was great to see something that I had dreamed about for so long finally come to life.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
I’d like to learn more about monetizing and marketing my blog. Since this is currently a side-hustle for me at the moment it would be great to get back some of the money I invest into it.

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
I do most of my blogging at home where my favorite place to sit is on my porch, which overlooks the woods. It’s so calm and peaceful!

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
I would love to get coffee with Estee Lalonde. Her blog was the first I ever followed and I really admire how she’s been able to seamlessly transition from beauty to lifestyle blogging.

Bloggers Night Out // Revolution

For our June event Revolution Charleston hosted the Charleston Blog Society for a bloggers only spinning class at their downtown Charleston studio. Driven by pumping music and dark lighting the classes at Revolution Charleston are not to be missed. The wonderful instructors at Rev created a fun, welcoming environment for many of the bloggers first spinning experience. As bloggers we spend a lot our days sitting at a computer and the full body workout that Revolution Charleston provides is the perfect excuse to get up and get moving!Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_009Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_013Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_011Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_001Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_014Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_008Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_002Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_005Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_004Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_003Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_006Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_007Charleston_Blog_Society__Ride_Rev_010

Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography Thanks to Revolution Charleston for hosting us!

5 Questions With XOXO, I. Joelle

Today we’d like to introduce you to fashion blogger extraordinaire Ireana Nathan of XOXO, I. Joelle. Read all about Ireana below and make sure to check out more on her blog and Instagram.callivibes

1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
My inspiration for blogging is from my love of writing and being able to write about the things I love. When I put the two together it was just magical. I was always very shy and didn’t have much to say growing up. Blogging has become a creative outlet for my voice to be heard and has allowed me to open up and be fearless. I want to be a voice for plus size women locally because there isn’t large number or plus size bloggers locally. I just want to be that someone I needed when I was younger.

I’ve been blogging for the past 3 years and I haven’t looked back since. It has been the best decision that I have made.

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
My proudest blogging moment is reaching the point where I am now. I feel that if I would’ve given up and didn’t work hard I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I have now.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
As a blogger I would love to learn more about being more creative. I would love to take up a Calligraphy class just for fun. Also a workshop or conference on how to bring revenue to my blog.

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
My all time favorite place to blog is Starbucks, no matter the location. I love the vibe that Starbucks gives off while I’m working and sipping on a White-Chocolate Mocha Frappe.

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
I would grab coffee with Plus Size Blogger & Influencer Gabi of Gabi Fresh. She has been one of my inspirations to

Bloggers Night Out // Candy Shop Vintage

The lovely Dierdre of Candy Shop Vintage recently invited The Charleston Blog Society for a Cinco de Mayo party at her flagship store, Candy Shop on Cannon. The Town Serif created adorable signage for our bar cart while mini pinatas decorated the store. The bloggers were treated to a margarita bar, spicy guacamole, and festive fiesta decor. But the best part of the evening? Everyone went home with a coral Rice Bead necklace. You can’t beat that for Cinco de Mayo! Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_001 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_002 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_003 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_004 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_005 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_007 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_008 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_009 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_010 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_011 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_012 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_013 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_014 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_015 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_016 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_017 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_018 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_019 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_020 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_021 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_022 Charleston_Blog_Society_Candy_Shop_Vintage_023

Photography, Styling, and Concept: Gillian Ellis Photography Thanks to Candy Shop Vintage for hosting us!

Bloggers Night Out // Arhaus

Arhaus invited our blogging group to experience their brand new Mt. Pleasant store the night before it officially opened to the public! If you haven’t experienced this store yet, I highly suggest you make a trip to the Town Center asap! Each room is decorated in a completely different style and theme that is changed monthly. We were treated to yummy bites from Burtons Grill and enjoyed a tour of the brand new store. Our bloggers thoroughly enjoyed learning about the concepts that go into creating each space and the history behind every piece of furniture in the store. Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_001 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_002 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_003 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_004 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_005 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_006 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_007 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_008 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_009 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_010 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_011 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_012 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_013 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_014 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_015 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_016 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_017 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_018 Charleston_Blog_Society_Arhaus_019

Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography Thanks to Arhaus for hosting us!

5 Questions With Charleston Weekender

Today we’d like to introduce you to the super fun and talented blogger Liz Martin of Charleston Weekender. Read all about Liz below and make sure to check out more on her blog and Instagram. liz martin1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging since the Fall of 2015 to accompany the small business I started last year. After reading that your life will feel longer the more vivid your memories are of your experiences (in “Moonwalking With Einstein”), I was inspired to start documenting more of my travels as well. Discovering other blogs on Pinterest is usually how I plan what to see when I take a trip, & I would love to offer the same thing to other travelers.

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
I coordinated, styled, and wrote an effortless dinner party feature, and Style Me Pretty Living published it this week! (click here) It was very rewarding to be accepted to a national blog that delivers such inspiring content.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
I would love to learn more about other cultures, especially through traveling. It is easy to get wrapped up in our happy little American bubble. Partnering with my cousin to import goods from Turkey has been a great reality check. Her life in Istanbul is very similar to mine, except that recent bombings in Turkey have obviously added a new sense of uneasiness to her environment. One such bombing happened near our wool supplier, so now she mainly does our ordering over the phone. Understanding other cultures helps us be more empathetic humans & have a broader understanding of current events. It’s so important to understand the culture around you as well, so I have always wanted to have a broader knowledge of the history of Charleston.

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
I love going places that allow me to bring along my fur baby, Maddie Martin! Queen Street Grocery is one of the only indoor dog friendly spots I know of, and I really love sitting at the picnic tables at Park Cafe when the weather allows.

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
I would love to get coffee with Simone from Honey & Fizz. For one thing, I wouldn’t mind going to meet her in a coffee shop in Australia (where she lives). I love her clean and minimalist home decor, & how she makes mundane events like her kids’ snack time extra fabulous. My favorite saying is “it’s all in the presentation” and she always nails it!

Bloggers Night Out // Blend Juice Bar

This Spring we hosted a super yummy night out at Blend Juice Bar in Mt. Pleasant. Blend pulled out all the stops with an array of mini juices and items from their brand new food menu. The bloggers enjoying snacking on healthy treats like avocado toast and energy bites and later in the evening we were given a tour of their brand new food truck. Throughout the night we held a blind taste test of one of their smoothies and the lucky winners, Venita and Louis, took home a one day juice cleanse! Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_001 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_002 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_003 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_004 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_005 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_006 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_007 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_008 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_009 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_010 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_011 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_013 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_014 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_015 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_016 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_017 Charleston_Blog_Society_Blend_018

Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography Thanks to Blend for hosting us!

Bloggers Night Out // The Gadsden House

This past February the bloggers were treated to a Valentine’s event at The Gadsden House. This was one of our biggest events ever as I created an event space that also doubled as a styled shoot. I wanted to create an inspiring party that was fun, girly, and most of all something the bloggers hadn’t seen before. There’s nothing like creating a beautiful room for a styled shoot and then getting to enjoy all of the decor after!Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_001 Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_002The Gadsden House provided the ideal backdrop for this styled shoot. With it’s French blue walls and gold accents, it is one of the most elegant spaces in Charleston. The Silver Starfish made all of my heart shaped dreams come true with a paper suite that was to die for! Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_003Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_004Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_005Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_006 I surprised the bloggers with a special guest, yoga maven Kathryn Budig. She spoke about remaining true to yourself as your blog and social media presence grows. Her talk was definitely the highlight of the night! Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_007Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_008Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_009Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_010Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_011A rustic farm table and gold flatware from EventHaus were the perfect compliment to the space. I decorated the table with ombre roses and an XO table runner I created using white paint and kraft paper. By keeping the florals simple and sticking to just roses the other decor elements could really shine. Swank Desserts, One Hope Wine and, The Cocktail Bandits provided red and pink snacks and sips for the bloggers to enjoy. Follow along with our hashtag to view even more images from our event – #bemineblogger! Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_012Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_013Charleston_Blog_Society_Gadsden_014

Thanks to The Gadsden House for hosting us! Photography + Styling + Florals: Gillian Ellis Photography // Venue: The Gadsden House // Rentals: EventHaus // Desserts: Swank Desserts // Paper Goods: The Silver Starfish // Speaker: Kathryn Budig // Bubbly: One Hope Wine + The Cocktail Bandits // Table Runner: DIY by Gillian Ellis

Bloggers Night Out // StyleDwell

This past December we hosted a holiday party at the James Island boutique StyleDwell. The bloggers were treated to a DIY hot cocoa bar and goody bags full of candles from Candlefish and adorable pom pom key chains from StyleDwell. While Jamberry gave the bloggers tired hands a refresh with a pop up a nail bar. This was a holiday party not to be missed! Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_001 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_002 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_003 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_004 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_005 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_006 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_007 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_008 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_009 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_010 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_011 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_012 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_013 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_014 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_015 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_016 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_017 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_018 Charleston_Blog_Society_StyleDwell_019

Thanks to StyleDwell for hosting us! Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography

5 Questions With Southern Soul Blog

We are so excited to introduce you to Brittany of the blog Southern Soul today! southern soul1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
A good friend of mine had a lifestyle blog which is who really helped me pull the plug on blogging. I had always wanted a blog, but I figured no one would visit it or care what I had to say. Once this friend convinced me to make my blog my life hasn’t been the same! I’ve been officially blogging since April 2014 and look forward to many more years of blogging ahead!

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
My proudest blogging moment would probably be all the little moments leading up to where I am now. I can’t think of one thing. My favorite thing about blogging is all of the connections I have made and all the connections I will make. It’s incredible!

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
I would love to learn more about the business side of blogging. I am just starting to get into this side of it, but that is my main focus!

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
I have only blogged at one Starbucks in Charleston since moving here in August of 2015. I am definitely on the hunt for quaint spots to inspire creativity!

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
I would love to grab coffee with Melyssa Griffin. She has been an inspiration to me from the start and I just love her style.