I am a 29-year-old southern girl living in North Carolina with my husband Nick, our cat Charlie, and our golden retriever Avett. I began blogging at Life With Emily during my junior year of college at Appalachian State University in 2011. Life with Emily is the space where I share my personal style in hopes to inspire & help make the task of getting dressed a little easier! My looks are ones that can actually be worn day-to-day and are a mix of high and low end pieces with an emphasis on closet staples.
I started Life with Emily in 2011 as a creative outlet while in college.
After spending countless hours on campus & many more hours studying, I started my blog as a creative outlet to share my day-to-day life while at Appalachian State University. Upon graduating college in 2012, I shifted my content on Life With Emily to focus on my sense of style, and that is where my passion for blogging began. Eight years later I am still blogging about my personal style, my favorite fashion & beauty finds, my travels, and bits and pieces of my life.
One of my favorite parts of blogging has been the friends I have made over the years.
Being self-employed and working from home presents many challenges, one of which is making friends in my industry. I feel incredibly lucky to have made some of my best friends through blogging and social media. Jenn & Kate are two of my very best friends (they were in my wedding!) and we all met online! I met my #bloggersdotravel group 6+ years ago and we have traveled on countless trips together over the last five years! They are all so funny, kind & talented and we always have the best time together! My biggest piece of advice is to befriend people in your industry who “get” what you do!
I married the love of my life on October 28, 2017!
Nick and I have a long history together, all the way back to 2005 when we originally started dating! We dated through high school and part of college from 2005 to 2010 before taking a break. As fate would have it, we reconnected five years later in 2015 & got back together soon after! We got married on October 28, 2017 and it was the best day of our lives (so far!) You can read more about how we met & how Nick proposed HERE. You can see more about our wedding planning HERE & see all of our wedding day details HERE.
I love traveling!
Traveling has always been something that I have enjoyed. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip to the coast or a fun vacation getaway, I am ready to pack my bags for a fun adventure! I think there is something to be said about creating memories while traveling and getting to experience and immerse yourself in a different area. A few of my favorite trips have been St. Lucia and spending time in Spain, Italy & France!
I adopted Charlie, a Maine coon-tuxedo cat mix, in 2013 and he has been such a gift to our family!
In 2013 I was picking up my parent’s puppy from our local animal hospital when I spotted a cute 8 week old kitten up for adoption. At the time I wasn’t looking for a pet, but I couldn’t resist his big eyes staring at me. Next thing I know, I was a cat mom to a Maine coon-tuxedo cat mix! I can say without a doubt that adopting Charlie was one of the best decisions I have ever made. He is such a fun, social cat and has been a great addition to our family.
Reading is one of my favorite hobbies & I’m thrilled I get to share that here, too!
Reading is something that I have always enjoyed and it’s something that I consciously make time for even when I am busy. For me, reading is one of my favorite hobbies because it can be done anywhere and I find it to be very relaxing. There’s nothing better than getting sucked into a good book whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, a romance novel or a good thriller. You can see all of my reading lists and book reviews HERE.
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How did you start your blog?
I started my blog in 2011 while I was a junior at Appalachian State University. I had been reading blogs for quite a while and finally one day I thought, “why not?” I started Life With Emily having absolutely no clue what I was doing, but used it as a creative outlet to share my day-to-day college life along with all of my favorite fashion and beauty products! Back then, the blogging scene was so different, so it’s been a lot of trial-and-error as the blogging world has continued to change and evolve.
What did you study in school?
I went to Appalachian State University and received my Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a focus on Public Relations. My minor was sociology. I interned for a PR agency, a few non-profit organizations, and in a radio station’s event department while in college.
Who takes your photos?
My husband Nick takes almost all of the photos for my blog. I will occasionally use a professional photographer for certain projects, but for the most part it’s my husband or younger sister, Logan, behind the lens!
Help! I want to start a blog but have no idea where to begin. Can you give me some advice?
This is one question that floods my inbox constantly and I always love taking the time to answer it! My biggest piece of advice: Go for it! My blog began as a hobby and I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I suggest starting one and coming up with a game plan, a vision of what you want. Having a vision of what you want for your blog is a force that will allow you to focus on your content, your goals, and your audience! I will say it is not a fast process; I always tell people who want to start a blog to be patient. It won’t happen overnight and it will be a lot of trial-and-error of figuring out what works and what doesn’t, but that’s the fun in it! I am going to be starting a blogging series, so if you have any questions regarding blogging, please comment or email me email@example.com and I will be sure to include them!
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