Friday Feature: For The Love of Bubbly by Jessica Wynne

Hi everyone and happy Friday!! Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite up and coming bloggers, Jessica Wynne of For the Love of Bubbly. Jessica and I "met" via commenting on each other's blogs and I was immediately draw to her feminine style and sweet personality. She is a lawyer who somehow manages to balance her busy work life with her love of fashion! Below, Jessica shares how she got started, work-life balance tips, favorite places to shop, and more. Head over to her blog and check out her style (which manages to be fun, colorful, and ladylike all at the same time.) 

Photo cred: her hubby! Oufit posts here and here 

Start with a brief introduction! Tell us a little about yourself. 
Hi there! I’m Jessica Wynne, an attorney by day and the fashion blogger behind For the Love of Bubbly. I live in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and Vail, Colorado with my husband Chris (the man behind the lens) and our two dogs Sadie and Luna. For the Love of Bubbly is a creative outlet where I can share my personal style, love of fashion, travel adventures, and even photos from my recent wedding in Colorado. I am so excited to be featured by Christine on Maple and Mint. It is one of my favorite blogs!

What inspired you to start your blog, For the Love of Bubbly?
I have always been a huge lover of fashion (I'm a borderline shopaholic), and my "dream job" growing up involved something in the fashion sector (though I wasn't sure exactly what). I ended up discovering my passion for the law and left my fashion career dreams behind. I of course still followed fashion, shopped, and read all of the amazing blogs out there. However something was missing in my life - I still wanted to pursue some kind of career in fashion and find the creative outlet that was lacking in my day job. One morning when I was looking at my favorite blogs my husband suggested I start my own fashion blog. The idea seemed little overwhelming at first, but then I realized what a perfect fit it would be for me. I started the process right away and have loved every second of it ever since! 

How did you pick the name of your blog? 
It can be incredibly difficult to think of a name for a blog because there are already so many great ones out there! I absolutely love champagne, so that is how I came up with "For the Love of Bubbly."

How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging late September, 2014. I am definitely still a newbie and am learning things everyday! 

What's been your biggest blogging challenge to date? 
I think the biggest challenge was actually starting my blog. There are a lot of steps - thinking of a name, registering your domain name, finding a web designer/developer (if you decide to go that route), working on a logo, creating content for your static pages, putting together your first blog post, and then actually going live! The prospect can be scary, and there are reasons you will try to postpone, but you just have to go for it! 

Your hair always looks fabulous. What is your styling secret?
That is so sweet of you to say! I dry my hair and then split it into three sections (bottom, middle, and top). I split those sections into four to six subsections, and then curl each subsection with a one-inch curling iron. I will let it sit a bit before I brush it out to lock in the curl. I keep meaning to do a hair tutorial, so keep an eye out for that! 

What is your favorite post you've done to date?
This is such a tough one! I would have to say my first one, because it was such a big moment for me to finally launch my blog. And the pictures were taken in Colorado, which is my favorite place! (*read Jessica's first blog post here!)

Do you plan out your blog posts in advance or go with whatever inspiration comes? 
I wish I planned my posts in advance, but I generally go with whatever inspiration comes. My husband and I will try to take outfit pictures for next week's posts on the weekend. I usually go into my closet, grab what inspires me, and we will start shooting! Sometimes it can be very last minute, and we'll snap an outfit when we come home for lunch during the workweek, or after work if it isn't too dark. I generally write my posts the night before they go live. I am not nearly as organized as I would like to be! 

A lot of bloggers start blogging as a hobby, and have to balance it with full time work. How do you balance being an attorney with blogging?
I think balancing blogging and work can be incredibly difficult because there just isn't enough time in the day! Any free time I have will usually be spent working on my blog. As I mentioned before, Chris and I will take outfit pictures on the weekend (if the weather is cooperating), or during our lunch breaks/after work on weekdays if I need pictures for a post and we weren't able to take them over the weekend. I spend many late weeknights finishing a post that is supposed to go live the next morning. Consistency is very important, and you don't want to let your readers down by not posting on a normal schedule. I also think it is very important to grow a community of bloggers by following and posting on other people's blog, so that takes time - I will usually do this during lunch or after work. I will try to post on social media in the morning before I go to the office. It is hard to balance work life with blog life, but it is absolutely worth it because blogging makes me very happy! 

Any tips for how to form a blogging community and connect with followers and other bloggers?
Forming a blogging community is incredibly important. When I first started out, I reached out to several of my friends who were bloggers and they provided me some invaluable guidance (Mary of So Then They Say was so helpful). I also reached out to local bloggers in Jacksonville who I had never met before - Christina from The Quarter Life Closet gladly met me (a stranger at the time) for coffee and has been one of my blogger friends ever since. I am constantly trying to grow my community by discovering new blogs and following along by checking out their posts and commenting. That is how I made a connection with Christine! I am also a member of the Southern Blog Society, and am attending my first blog conference (Altitude Summit) this summer. I can't wait to meet more bloggers and grow my community! 

Name your top three favorite places to shop. 
There are so many wonderful places to shop that it is hard to narrow it down! We have some great local boutiques in town, but I will focus on stores that everyone has access to. I am a huge Shopbop junky, and also love Revolve Clothing (they carry so many wonderful Australians lines). ASOS is another one of my favorites. They have such a huge inventory of pieces at all different price points. 

What accessory or fashion related item can you not live without?
I can't live without a statement handbag. I could be wearing jean shorts and a white t-shirt, but I feel totally put together when I throw a fabulous purse over my shoulder. It instantly glams up any outfit! 

How do you balance work appropriate wear with weekend wear? Is one half of your closet "attorney appropriate" and the other half is for your days off? 
I'm not going to lie - I do not have a lot of outfits that are both "attorney appropriate" and "weekend wear." There are some fabulous, affordable options for work attire - Banana Republic, J. Crew, Ann Taylor. I tend to buy my work clothes from these places, and spend the majority of my shopping budget on after work and weekend wear. It is just more fun! 

And last but not least, do you and your husband have any photography tips for new bloggers?
The biggest photography tip I have is to invest in a DSLR camera and a great lens. They are definitely more expensive, but it is an investment that is 100% worth it. I have a Canon Rebel with a 50mm 1.4 lens. It was a huge upfront cost, but it gives me the look I am going for in my pictures. My husband took a photography class in college (one semester) and he takes all of my pictures - the camera really makes a huge difference! I also highly recommend learning how to work the manual settings on your DSLR camera if you have one. 

There you have it, friends, the lovely Jessica Wynne! Visit her blog For The Love of Bubbly for more fashion inspiration. Have a great weekend!!

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