First Blog Post of 2018!!

I feel as though I should probably start out by saying, hello. How is everyone?! lol

I cannot believe this is my first blog post of 2018. The year is almost over for goodness' sake! Even so, I cannot let this year end without sharing a few posts on here, yeah?

Toward the end of last year I alluded many times on here that finding the time to blog was dwindling. I was going through several new transitions: settling into a new apartment, new relationship and a new job. I was feeling burnt out from the 3+ years of blogging, and decided it was time to take a break. I really do want to thank the many of you who have reached out asking, "where are you?" This absence from Primp and Proper led me to realize just how much I love this space on the internet.

The mental detox, both from this blog and social media, came at the right time. Over the past year I've really focused on and grown within my career, strengthened my relationship and friendships, taken the time needed to deal with a few health issues, and most importantly, grew as a person. I'm only a year and a half away from 30, so this year has offered a lot of self-awareness and learning opportunities.

I'll share a more in-depth life update on here soon, but I wanted to first speak to what some of you may have noticed on my social media lately... more food pics! There's a reason for it:

The biggest realization from my blogging break was that I was in the completely wrong vertical (focus area) with my content. I was trying so hard to focus on just fashion. Because that's what my friends did, what got me the most collaborations, and what you, as my followers, seemed to enjoy seeing the most. I think this is what ultimately led to my eventual burn out. I wasn't creating content that was me. I wasn't creating content that got me excited. Style doesn't define me. Yes, I love it! But it isn't what gets the creative juices flowing. Food is what drives my passion.

If you know me (or follow me on Instagram), you know that I have a strong passion for food. Not just consuming it (lol), but educating myself about it. Corey and I watch a lot of food related shows; everything from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, to anything Andrew Zimmern. I enjoy learning where our food comes from, tasting how one ingredient can change the entire flavor of a dish, and capturing the visual appeal of a well-put-together dish. This is the creative side that I'm really passionate about. And it's a side you'll start seeing a lot more of on my social media (Instagram + Twitter), but eventually I'd love to share more on here. I'm not a chef. I'm not properly trained in how to dice an onion. But I am a foodie. A lover of how a dish is created from start to finish. And I hope to grow in my knowledge of food, as well as improve the photos I take of it. I hope you'll continue to follow along!

As I mentioned, I hope to share a few more posts on here before year's end. You'll definitely be seeing a new entertaining post very soon. I'm partnering with The Honey Baked Ham Company again for another Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving entertaining post! And this year, it will have a little twist! I can't wait to share this with y'all on here next week.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day and a Happy, Halloween!