5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Blogging

 

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Five years. Wow.

When I launched Dani Dearest from my college dorm room, I never thought that I would be sitting here five years later still blogging. This little creative outlet quickly snowballed into a community, a business, and more.

Along the way I’ve learned a lot, both for better and for worse. Here are 5 things I’ve learned in my last 5 years of blogging!
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How to Start Managing Your Finances After Graduation

How to start managing your finances after graduation - a must read for every college student and recent grad! Guide to money in your 20's - money advice for millennials.

As back to school season approaches and school supplies shopping begins… those of us who recently graduated are feeling the pressure of adulthood and managing your finances.

For some, this feeling of needing to “get my life together” comes even while you’re still in college.

No matter if you’ve recently graduated or you’re just looking to get your finances in order, here are 4 easy steps you can take today to truly start to take charge of and make sure you are managing your finances after graduation!
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How I Balanced Work and School

This post is brought to you by Post-it® Brand, thank you for supporting the brands that make Dani Dearest happen!

When I was in college I juggled multiple jobs, a full-time class schedule, many club commitments, a personal life, and my blog all at the same time. I had to get creative with how I organized all of these commitments in order to stay afloat and reach all of my deadlines.

Now, as a year post-grad, I’m able to reflect back on what I did to juggle work and school at the same time and acknowledge what worked, what didn’t, and what I would do differently!

Today I’m partnering with Post-it® Brand for back to school season to share my top tips for balancing work and school! (more…)

8 Affordable Campus to Corporate Looks

Thank you to Kohl’s for sponsoring this post, and thank you for supporting the brands that make Dani Dearest possible!

 How to transition your wardrobe from class to career for back to school #fashion #collegefashion #collegeblogger

During my 3rd year of college, I landed an internship at a large corporate publishing company. One of my first thoughts after accepting the job offer was “I need a new wardrobe, I need professional clothes.”

My wardrobe consisted of t-shirts, jeans, sneakers, and sundresses… not exactly considered professional attire.

Since I was on a college student’s budget, I had to be selective in the professional items that I did purchase, and I had to find creative ways to incorporate clothes that I already owned and clothes that I could also wear to class into my professional wardrobe to save money.

Kohl’s was my first stop. With incredibly affordable styles and great sales, their Junior’s department is perfect for any college student, no matter if you’re looking to add to your lecture hall outfits or start a professional wardrobe like me.

Through working and going to classes, I learned the value of being able to quickly transition my outfits from classroom to professional with a few simple changes to save time and money.

Today I’ve partnered with Kohl’s to show you how their SO clothing line is full of stylish and versatile items that you can easily wear in the classroom, alter slightly, and then go rock it in the corporate world. (more…)

How to Have a Productive Week Off Work

Today Anthony is back with a great post helping those of you who may not be working full-time right now to be productive and make the most of your days off of work. Anthony's work schedule changes drastically each week, and this post helps to give insight into what he does on his days off to make sure he stays ahead!

For those working a full time 9-5 Salaried position a full week off sounds like heaven, but for those of us working hourly, party time, or seasonal work a full week off can really hurt you. My job schedule is a unique one, sometimes I’ll work three 70 hour work weeks in a row and sometimes I’m lucky to get one four-hour shift. We call it feast and famine – unpredictable and quite often frustrating, but I love the work.

…I may or may not be writing this on my 2nd of 9 days off but that’s irrelevant. 😉

Here’s how I make those unexpected days off productive:

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