Favorite Memories From 2017

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Happy New Years friends!! 2017 has been a year for the books. There have been so many great memories this year and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us! We are planning more travel this year, lots of more blogging events, collaborations and even more blog content. I can’t wait to share what I have planned for the new year with you all.

JANUARY – 2017 started out with a bang with a fun blogger brunch, where I met some of my best blogger friends. We are actually celebrating our one year anniversary in 2018.

FEBRUARY – I started a new series on BEB featuring work wear posts. I was so excited to start this series because work wear is some of my favorite looks to shoot. I am planning on sharing more office looks in 2018.

MARCH – This was a pretty low key month. Not a whole lot happened. ­čśČ

APRIL – I went to Colorado to visit my sister for my nieces 1st birthday party. I got to visit with my Mom who I hadn’t seen in a while too! We are planning another trip back soon.

MAY – Brian and I traveled to San Antonio, TX to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary and my 30th birthday! We hadn’t visited this area together before, so it was a treat to be able to explore the city together.

JUNE – I did a fun collaboration with two of my blogger friends, Kasey and Yasmina, for a fun girls night in. See the full post here.

JULY – Brian’s mom came in town for a week to visit. Beautifully Elegant Blog celebrated 2 years this month too. I am still so surprised by the growth of this blog! You all are amazing!

AUGUST – We celebrated Brian’s 35th birthday with a small party.

SEPTEMBER – Brian and I traveled to Carmel, CA for my first time. We enjoyed the beach and being with his parents for a week. I never wanted to leave California! I also attended my very first StyleCon with some of my blogger besties.

OCTOBER- We took a spontaneous trip to Hot Springs, AR this month. I loved the fact that we didn’t even really plan this trip, we just went. I became an aunt again!

NOVEMBER- I attended a fun Christmas party in Ft. Worth with some other blogger babes and celebrated Thanksgiving with my in-laws.

DECEMBER- I met my newest nephew, Crosby and celebrated my grandmothers 96th birthday.

INSTAGRAM RECAP
I also thought it would be fun to share my Top Nine most liked Instagram photos. Seems like you all really loved the torso shots, this long line cardigan and fuzzy vest. Which happens to be one of my favorites too! I also took a poll on Instagram to help me with planning my content for next year. Seems like you all are really interested in more beauty and travel content. I am excited to share more of that with you all this year. Stay tuned because 2018 is going to be a great year!

THE STUGGLE WITH THE ALGORITHM

Instagram has been a struggle for us bloggers this past year since they changed the algorithm. Now, you aren’t seeing photos in chronological order. You are seeing photos based on what the algorithm thinks you want to see. It is essentially like what you see on Facebook these days.
I asked you all a while ago if you were seeing my posts when I posted and most of you said no. That is pretty sad to me that not as many people, even my followers are seeing my content. Trust me, when you spend a lot of time editing, shooting and styling photos you want people to see them.
Here are some ways that you can make sure you see your favorite bloggers photos:
  1. Interact – Like, comment and even press that get notifications button so you can see your favorites posts, not only from me, but from all your other favorite bloggers.
  2. Sponsored Content – This is always a tricky subject especially these days, but it is how bloggers make their money, so even if the post is sponsored make sure to give it a like. Engagement is how most of us land those sponsored posts to begin with. It really helps us out and allows us to continue to create content for you all.
  3. Share with Friends – If you like our content, chances are your friends or family will like us too!

Thank you all so much for reading! xo, Nataly

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