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Featured in Marie Claire magazine

Featured in Marie Claire magazine

I have been featured in various e-magazines but haven’t made it into the pages of a traditional printed edition. That is until now! And it was in Marie Claire’s February issue. This is the biggest thing that’s happened to me and my just over one year old blog so far. And I almost didn’t even know about it! How can that be you ask? Well, I’m glad you did, it gives me a great story for this post! I first heard from the magazine back in early November, last year. One Thursday evening I was checking my blog email, and found a message in my junk mail folder about a beauty road show photo shoot the coming Saturday. I’m not sure how my email system decides what is junk but I’ve learned to check that folder often as there seems to be a lot of non-junk messages that end up there! Anyway, I was a little bit annoyed by the very short notice for the collaboration. So I just skimmed through and then went to cook dinner.

Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang
Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang

After dinner I started to work on my blog and happened to read that email again. Wait a minute, why does that name seem so familiar? I swear I saw Marie Claire before somewhere. OH MY GOODNESS! It is THE Marie Claire magazine!!! They invited me to do a photo shoot?! Holy Panda, (hey, I am Chinese!) yes, I am dropping all my scheduled plans and will go!

Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang
Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang

After several emails Thursday and Friday, I finally got the location and time to meet. It was mid Saturday morning at a downtown Detroit coffee shop. Well, at least I’d be able to get some caffeine! I had one evening to put my outfit together. That may sound easy peasy but you’d be surprised how many combinations I went through to get just the right one. Then came trying on the few finalists over and over. At the end of the competition, I settled on this outfit. And the next morning, before the shoot, I trimmed my hair and drove to the coffee shop to sign in. I didn’t want to get my hopes too high up. I mean after all this was a big international magazine and I hadn’t even had my blog for a year yet. And then, when I got to the shop it was packed. And not just with customers sipping on their morning latte. There were almost 30 people on the shooting list. That meant, I had a very small chance of being featured. The pressure was on!

Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang
Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang

Finally it was my turn to do the interview. Claire Fontanetta is the beauty editor at Marie Claire in New York. She had been there all morning and was probably on her 4th coffee I think! Most of the questions she asked me were about beauty. As you can see, I am not that good at makeup or hair. And I had just trimmed mine a few hours before the shoot so I really didn’t know much about how to take care of it and style my new hairdo. ūüėČ

Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang
Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang

I still have no clue how they found me and it was my first time working with a photographer who was not my husband. ūüėČ I was pretty stiff and uncomfortable with the strange to me cameraman at first. His name is Joel Barhamand and he flew into Detroit from NYC the day before just for the shoot. Joel is such an amazing photographer because he quickly made me laugh and feel more relaxed. We were walking in the cold and joking around. He noticed my tiger sweater and couldn’t wait to show me the weird tiger wall he discovered behind the street as you can see from the photo above.

Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang
Featured in Marie Claire magazine https://colorandgrace.com Grace Liang

Overall, it was a great pleasure to be a part of this with some of my blogger friends in Michigan. Totally there are 9 people featured in this section of the February issue of Marie Claire and two are bloggers that I am familiar with. It was pretty cool to hung out with some old friends and make some new ones. Thanks for reading and have a great day! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and join the linkup party!

Now I am teaming up with Shabby Apple to run a one week giveaway. They are very generous and are giving out a $50 gift card to use on their website. Good luck and don’t forget to join us for the linkup party!

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| Outfit Details |   

Coat :: Old [ Similar here. ]
Sweater :: BCBG [ Similar here. ]
Pants:: Nordstrom Rack [Similar here. ]
Booties:: DV [Similar here. ]
Bag::Badgley Mischka [Similar here. ]

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|TODAY’S LINKUP PARTY:|

Meet our co-host Rania from The Wardrobe Stylist
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Rania’s Biography:
Branding herself The Wardrobe Stylist, Rania began styling and blogging nearly a decade ago. She worked with a long list of clients and as a blogger, she covered several coveted events. She recently launched the Reversible Pocket Square. Made from 2 distinct fabrics, the reversible pocket square takes a modern and innovative shift on the age old accessory, allowing the wearer to choose which side to showcase or have both sides conveniently peak through.

Please visit her or follow her on your favorite social medias below:
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Cheers!

Grace

What does a one year old fashion blog look like?

What does a one year old fashion blog look like?

That’s one of those questions like; how high is up? Or; how loud is too loud? If you ask 100 people you will very likely get 101 answers, you know, there’s that guy that always changes his vote! For me, I am a detail oriented person. So I write my goals down to keep me from forgetting the big picture. When I see it on paper it’s more real to me. I’ve always been that way but, hey, it works for me! Anyway, when I was working on my plan for my second year of blogging, I realized there is almost nothing online to give me an example to compare to or a standard as a reference. I mean I looked all over the internet for a Blogging 101 class that would tell me exactly what to do and how I would know I’m on track. But for my Google searches, those “o”s just turned out to be zeros! So that got me thinking, there are probably others who would like to know what a one year old fashion blog looks like. Since I just celebrated my first blogiversary last month, I can let you know some facts about one blog at least. But since that just happens to be my blog it’s probably the most important one for you anyway!

Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe's jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag
Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe’s jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag

Posts: 295. I am a full time teacher and now I post 3 times a week. It is true that when I posted more often before, it did bring more traffic. But this pared down schedule fits in my lifestyle much better now. When I started I averaged more than 7 posts a week for almost the first half year but it was taking it’s toll on my body and especially my attitude. I decided it was way more important to keep my quality up so the quantity went down. My husband is my photographer and has been a huge supporter from way before day one. That has made a HUGE difference. I started to take street style photos since last July. Before that, all photos were taken either in our house or in our backyard. I am not good at filters or any editing tools so all my photos on my blog are untouched. Yup, that’s the real me!

Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe's jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag
Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe’s jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag

Page view per month after my first year: about 27,000. Most of my readers are from New York City. Second place goes to the area where I live, in Michigan.

Sponsored posts: about 4 per month. Why so few? Because I’m very picky! I check all potential sponsor’s customer reviews and website reports as best I can. If they are not trustworthy, I will not work with them. I don’t usually find sponsors; instead, they contact me via email or IG, FB. I do put a lot of effort into my content for each and every post. I think it shows and hope you notice it too!

Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe's jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag
Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe’s jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag

InstaGram followers: more than 5,800. I had never been on IG before so this account is solely for my blog. It was growing very slowly but I started to really focus on it in June last year after I realized how important this account is for a fashion blogger nowadays. There were totally 975 posts on IG which got 85,644 likes last year. I am bad at taking selfies (I know, it’s hard for me to believe it too!) so there were only a few. My life isn’t all that glamorous either, so there were only a few posts of food or drinks. Most of the shares are just the same photos from my blog post.

Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe's jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag
Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe’s jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag

FaceBook followers: more than 1,800. I have never been a big fan of FB for no really good reasons. So I probably didn’t pay enough attention to this account, but later I realized it is the major resource for local fashion events. I started to grow my account since last September. And it’s made a huge difference in getting the word out. How much? I was invited to 5 local fashion events last year, pretty much all coming from FaceBook info.

Twitter: uh, oops. Only about 2,400. Not so good. It’s growing but much slower than the others. It’s hard to put a photo up and say much more than a few words with the character limits. I’m hoping to get that tweet count up in year 2!

Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe's jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag
Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe’s jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag

Honestly, I never turn on any social media notifications on my iPhone or iPad. If I do, probably I will never sleep, work or do anything. I rarely reply to all the comments either now, just because I don’t have the time. I calculated before, if I reply to all of them, it will take me about 3 hours per day to visit their account, like or leave a comment or reply a comment. My teaching job is very demanding and I spend a pretty long time commuting everyday. If I spend 3 hours on that, I have to cut my sleeping hours. And you do NOT want to see me overtired! Not pretty at all!

Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe's jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag
Petite street style Tahiti jacket+Loft love sweater+Joe’s jeans+Nordstrom brown booties+ifchic bag

Below are other social media accounts I have.

Google+ followers: more than 5,000
Bloglovin followers: about 1,000
Lookbook and Chictopia followers: about 1,500
Pintrest followers: 300

Hopefully these numbers and insight and comments can help you with your blogging plan. Good luck everybody and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below:

Now I am giving away a brand new Nicole Lee BRIELLE COLORBLOCK WALLET to one lucky winner. Please note, this giveaway is valid in the USA only. Please enter this giveaway below, I just need you to do three things, leave a blog comment, follow me on Instagram, also retweet or repost on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Also check out the Nicole Lee website; I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! Good luck everybody!

Nicole Lee wallet giveaway https://colorandgrace.com
Nicole Lee wallet giveaway https://colorandgrace.com

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| Outfit Details |   

Jacket :: Tahari [ Similar here. ]
Sweater :: Loft [ Similar here. ]
Jeans:: Joe’s [Same here. ]
Booties:: Nordstrom Rack [Similar here. ]
Bag::Ifchic.com [Similar here. ]

| Shop the look |

|TODAY’S LINKUP PARTY:|

Meet our co-host Rania from The Wardrobe Stylist
image1

Rania’s Biography:
Branding herself The Wardrobe Stylist, Rania began styling and blogging nearly a decade ago. She worked with a long list of clients and as a blogger, she covered several coveted events. She recently launched the Reversible Pocket Square. Made from 2 distinct fabrics, the reversible pocket square takes a modern and innovative shift on the age old accessory, allowing the wearer to choose which side to showcase or have both sides conveniently peak through.

Please visit her or follow her on your favorite social medias below:
Instagram:
Bloglovin:
Google +:


http://stylediarybyosy.blogspot.com

http://www.foragefashion.com

CASUAL FRIDAY LINK UP

That Friday Blog Hop

The Closet by Christie
Style Elixir

Fun Fashion Friday Link Up!

PASSION FOR FASHION

Fashion Friday

Friday Favorites Link-up

http://www.ohtobeamuse.com/

http://www.jeansandateacup.com/

http://www.lauryncakes.com

Cheers!

Grace

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