Kayla Stamboul


Kayla Stamboul

I guess it's safe to say that I'm FINALLY back on track with my blogging and I'm quite pleased with myself. After weeks of scheduling and restructuring, I've finally found a rhythm that will work with my new work schedule. It will take a lot of work and eat away some hours from my weekends but it's worth the sacrifice, after all, how do we get to where we want to be without hard work and consistency right? You will be seeing a lot more of me, so be sure to check in every few days so that you don't miss anything. I've been hinting at adding new content to the blog for quite some time now and it's coming together really well so be on the lookout for that too.

I wish I could show you the amount of work that goes into a single post, I'm beginning to understand why bloggers need an entire team behind them but for now, I am the team (humble beginnings) with the help of Pumeza & Thashen of course. Without them sacrificing their time and effort to help me shoot, I would never be able to do what I do. I never take advantage of the fact that they help me, sometimes they find it odd that I repeatedly thank them but I feel like thank you is simply not enough. Apart from me having to do the editing, selecting the outfits & accessories, being responsible for hair & makeup, handling the social media and so much more; the heart and soul of the blog rests in their hands because without them, I wouldn't be able to do my job.

When I first started my blog, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that this is what I wanted to do. I felt inspired whenever I would go onto some of my favourite blogs and deep down I felt like I could do what they were doing. I started off with nothing! No resources whatsoever and not an idea on how to even launch a website. One thing that helped me was RESEARCH; lots and lots of research. I enrolled myself in a beginners photography course so that I know the basics of using a professional camera and with my limited knowledge I dived straight into the deep end my only options were to sink or swim. I set up a launch date for my blog, told everyone I know so that I'm held accountable (never again) and almost lost my hair on the 1st of December 2014 due to immense pressure but you know what? My blog went live that day and I've never looked back ever since.

Since then I've pushed myself to improve with every post. I've got so many personal goals that need to be met by my first year anniversary, which seems to be approaching rapidly so once again the pressure is on. The reason I'm sharing this with you is to inspire you to follow your dreams even if you have no idea where to begin. Social media tends to make everything seem like a breeze but nothing comes easy, anything that you truly desire takes hard work and dedication to get. People may not understand why you do what you do but as long as you've got a clear understanding of your goals, nothing else matters.

The location of this post reminds me of the gardens in Versailles (not that I've been here) or at least this is what I imagine it to look like: vibrant green with magical little pathways leading you on an endless journey. And what better way to experience that than in a knit dress. Who knew that knit could be this glamorous right? Add a pair of classic strappy heels and you're good to go - with a little red lipstick of course.

I thought it would be a fun idea to list the top five bloggers who really inspired me, not only to create my very own blog but also to produce high quality content which is what I strive for with every post. Check them out:

Annabelle Fleur - vivaluxury.blogspot.com

Kristina Bazan - kayture.com

Micah Gianneli - micahgianneli.com

Sara Donaldson - harperandharley.com

Soraya De Carvilho - styleismything.net

Hope you enjoy!



Dress: Zara

Shoes: Steve Madden

Bag: Forever New

Earrings: Fifth Avenue Collection