Every Monday we bring you a feature of a talented blogger who inspires us. This week we’re excited to share with you Lauren of A Fabulous Fete. Her blog is all about entertaining and includes amazing calligraphy, hand lettering and handcrafted event décor! We love that Lauren went from sitting in a cubicle for 8 hours a day to following a hobby she loves! She now designs, develops and creates a cohesive look for entertaining, weddings and parties. Read more about Lauren here.
What Profession other than yours would you love to attempt?
None really! But maybe a shop owner… like a brick and mortar shop.
What is your favorite quote?
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.
What inspired your blog?
Being in an uninspired workplace! I needed an outlet.
I’ve always loved creating, and when I found out about blogs, where you could actually share those creations with random people, it sparked something in me.
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
100% Instagram. I am a very visual person, so naturally creating posts for this platform comes the easiest and is fun for me. I find most of my inspiration here too. Getting to see what people are doing around the world is better than spending hours searching the internet.
Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
I really love cruising around craft and hardware stores and shopping in general. Finding interesting trinkets, pieces to style and raw materials I can DIY with inspires me the most.
What do you think it is about your blog that keeps people coming back for more?
I really think everything has been done, so you have to have your own perspective and style. I think that making things approachable (I’m a sucker for a good deal!) and stepping out of the cookie cutter pinterest/blogger style keeps people coming back. I like to make things simple so that people can celebrate whatever they want, whenever they want.
How does a brand get your attention for a feature?
When they have a clear reason why they are a fit for my blog. All of the brands I work with, I would use, purchase, or share on my own.
If I’ve seen them on a million blogs as well, I’m probably not going to feature them. I like brands that are selective about who they work, want to develop a real relationship and story with the blogger, and aren’t trying to get on as many sites as possible. Quality over quantity right?
What do you love most about blogging?
Getting to execute all of my crazy ideas that live in my head. And really having the freedom to do what I want and feature what I love.
I’ve made some great friends through blogging and have been given the opportunity to travel and make a living. So that doesn’t hurt!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d love it if I was still doing what I’m doing, just on a larger scale. Running a calligraphy shop, but with a staff developing product that is more available than the custom work I currently do. And the blog being a library of everything you need to know about entertaining. Kind of a destination for ladies who love to party!
In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Developing a clear style that is your own. You want people to see your photos (say on pinterest for example) and know that it’s yours (or read your words, see your work, etc.). You need a new perspective on things to keep your readers and attract new ones!