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Yesterday, I celebrated turning twenty nine years old in beautiful Mendoza, Argentina (AKA Argentina Wine Country!)
In the past, I’ve done a big birthday photoshoot in advance and had my photos ready at the crack of dawn on March 3rd to share on the blog, but this year I was just too busy to do a proper birthday photoshoot. I also happened to be doing something pretty cool on the day of my birthday, so I figured I’d share a quick snap from the actual day!
I always end up with the worst weather on my birthday (being an early March baby is the worst!), so this year I wanted to escape the cold and travel somewhere sunny and warm. Tom and I went back and forth between Cancun and Argentina, but ultimately we found a flight to Mendoza that was too good to pass up.
I’m going to be real with you: I’m very aware that I still look pretty average. I’m a bit on the taller side, so a 25-pound weight gain is less visible on me than it is for someone who’s more petite. But man. It hasn’t felt that great to get on a scale as of late, and it’s also not a good feeling when 75% of your wardrobe no longer fits.
Do you know why I’ll always love my actual website & blog more than Instagram? It’s because I can get real on here, and address some things about the influencer industry that might not be picture perfect.
I love being a content creator, but I have to be candid here: the blogging industry has a major problem with diversity. The fashion world, in general, has had issues with diversity for years now, and the lack of diversity has become downright uncomfortable for me at times. For starters, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to a blog event, and I’ve been one of two or three women of color in attendance — even though D.C. is one of the most diverse cities in the country, and people from all backgrounds come to the Nation’s Capital to work. It’s not that talented women of color don’t exist in this industry — it’s that they’re consistently being overlooked.
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