It feels like Christmas was just yesterday but here we are getting ready for the season of LOVE…Valentine’s Day! I always love Valentine’s Daybecause it’s a time for self love + love with your significant other ♥ Whether you are having Galentine’s Day with your besties or heading out for date night with your boo, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to rock your pink, red + loveable vibes for the special day…my personal favorite? Rocking a little PINK like I am doing here from Shein.
I love wearing pink year round but especially for Valentine’s Day…Shein has TONS of chic date night dresses for Valentine’s Day….from sexy mini dresses to feminine lace dress to a simple wrap dress like this one, I am sharing some of my favorite pink SHEIN dresses below that will get you V Day ready in no time.
As for my accessories – I styled them so this can be a casual date night look or even help transition this pink dress for different occasions. I love classic white booties + these ones from Marc Fischer are amazing because they are super comfortable.
I am loving this Celine Mini Luggage bag, I can’t find a link to the bag in this exact color, but linking to some similar ones below along with my pink pearl headband which is a great way to accessorize your Valentine’s Day look ♥
Here we are…back where it all started, Madison Avenue! A few weeks ago I headed back to NY for business + while shooting new looks around the city I just so happened to be near my old stomping grounds + the basis for my blog name ‘Missy On Madison‘, Madison Avenue.
I figured since it’s been a while since I shared the story of how ‘Missy On Madison‘ came about, now would be the perfect time to give you all the 411 on how I began blogging, why I moved to LA + reflect back on what an amazing journey it’s been!
Isn’t it crazy to go back to where you grew up or where you first started your career + realize how life takes you on such a crazy ride whether you expected it or not?! Well, that is definitely what I was experiencing when I was back in NYC for this most recent trip. I reflected back on how I started my career, what NYC life was like + how I never in a million years thought now, years later I would be living in LA with my partner in crime living my best life…still in disbelief this is my life sometimes haha.
Before I reflect on NY vs LA, let’s get into how I got here today!
So here’s little about me…
I went to Hunter College in NYC where I graduated with a degree in Media Communications. During my time in college I was completely OBSESSED with the NYC lifestyle (I watched way too much Sex & The City and was basically Carrie Bradshaw right down to my dating stories hehe :p).
I spent my afternoon lunch breaks shopping at Bloomgindales + Saks, walking through Central Park, visiting the Met + trying countless hot spots around the city. It was beyond energizing, motivating me to hustle + really accelerate my career. I had always intended on being the next Anna Wintour + be Editor In Chief of Vogue, but that changed once I took an Online Journalism class where I was assigned to make a blog on TUMBLR which I of course made about finding ‘chic finds for less’ which I named ‘Looks 4 Less’ + there in that class is where my passion for blogging + social media really began.
I saw the editorial world was quickly changing so rather than trying to break in to an already competitive market that had an unknown future due to technological advancements, I decided to try something I had never thought could be a career path before, social media marketing.
What really kicked things off was my social media marketing internship at WWD. While most girls were dying to work in the editorial office where you start off in the fashion closet organizing samples, running errands + conducting research, I worked in the digital marketing department running the WWD TUMBLR (which is how I found out about + applied to the internship since my blog was still solely on TUMBLR), Twitter, Pinterest + Facebook (this was PRE Instagram, crazy to think right?!)
I absolutely LOVED it + realized hey this can be a career and I enjoy doing it. It was a way to get into the industry I love with a different angle. Shortly after I began interning at WWD I came across various business in NYC that needed social media assistance so I began consulting while still in college handling social media strategy for various brands + companies in the fashion industry.
I learned that the more I went to events, networked + talked to people on social, the more opportunities came my way + blogging really helped with that. Sharing my fashion tips, style finds etc has always been a creative outlet for me but the added bonus was building a community of like minded individuals that soon enough became my really good friends + colleagues.
After graduating college I continued blogging + continued working in social media marketing which lead me to Madison Avenue…where Missy On Madison started. My first full time job out of college was on Madison Avenue + during that time I was learning more and more about blogging, more specifically the process of setting up + running an independent website, monetizing creating content etc. I had to migrate from TUMBLR to my actual domain name + site and that meant it was time to build my own brand.
For weeks I sat wracking my brain trying to come up with a name for the blog + BAM one day I was walking to my office and my dad texted me and said ‘How about MissyOnMadison?’ GENIUS! My nickname since childhood has been Missy + I was now on Madison Ave and that is how MissyOnMadison was born!
Crazy to think that was 2012 + here we are in 2019. After spending years in NYC working + blogging, I began meeting more + more bloggers from LA and finally visited California for the first time. I instantly fell in love + decided endless sunshine and palm trees was for me + if I didn’t like it NY would always be home. So I got a job offer, packed up + road tripped cross country with my dad (FULL STORY HERE).
Years later + here we are! I have lived in different parts of LA, had my fair share of ups + downs and met my best friend + partner in crime that I’ve been with for 2 1/2 years now. If only the Missy on Madison ave knew how life would turn out years later, she would be in disbelief + being back on Madison Ave near my original office was honestly surreal but super nostalgic + exciting to reflect on the direction life takes you + how unexpected it could be!
♥ Do you ever reflect back on the journey your life has taken? Does it make you appreciate where you are + how you got there? ♥