The Most Important Lesson I’ve Learned From Five Years of Blogging + a Monochromatic Pastel Look

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OMG, I can’t believe Bright on a Budget is officially five years old! [cue the confetti] When I started this blog five years ago, I had big hopes for it but no idea whether those hopes and dreams would come true. . .but here we are. It’s not alway easy to balance working full-time, motherhood, and a side hustle, but its 110% worth it. Today, I wanted to share the most important lesson I’ve learned from five years of blogging, and I think you’ll be able to apply this lesson to your life as well. Plus, I’ll be hosting an event with Loft at Lexington Green THIS WEEKEND–more details at the end of this post!

Scalloped pointelle sweater c/o // tie-waist pants c/o // earrings c/o // loafer mules // straw bag

The most important lesson I’ve learned from five years of blogging is that you have to be authentic. Authenticity is key when it comes to blogging and social media influencing. If you’re not authentic, you’re not relatable. And if you’re not relatable, then you miss the chance to connect with your followers.

I’m far from perfect–I’m an OG hot mess express. Even before motherhood and the blog, I flew by the seat of my pants.haha My life isn’t perfect, my marriage isn’t perfect, and my kids aren’t perfect. But it’s all real.

Even though our online lives are often a highlight reel, I still try to share those REAL, AUTHENTIC MOMENTS with y’all. I don’t pretend to be something I’m not (other than sometimes angling the shot so you don’t see the dirty laundry or pile of toys.haha).

When you’re inauthentic, you’re not just shortchanging your followers, but you’re shortchanging yourself. Because you can easily lose sight of who you are, and morph into someone you’re not.

I hope that today and every day, you live life authentically. Be who you are and be proud of it!

Now, I wanted to share a little about my outfit and the Loft event THIS WEEKEND! My sweater and pant are both part of Loft’s new releases for spring. Monochromatic pastels is where it is at! To pull this look off, pick two pieces in the same color way, but make sure they are different shades (one lighter and one darker).

If you need a little help putting some outfits together for spring, especially Keeneland and Derby, or just like to shop, come SHOP WITH ME at the Loft store at Lexington Green (161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY) on Sunday, March 24 from 1-3 p.m.! Even if you just want to come browse, stop by and let’s chat! I promise it will be fun:)

Nice to meet you!

Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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