Fashion, Lifestyle, and Blogging Changes I Made in 2017

Idk about y’all, but 2017 was a pretty big year for me. I graduated college, started my first full-time job, and changed so many things in my life. This post is a reflection on everything I’ve changed for myself and what I’m still working on changing for next year. I experienced a lot of personal growth and NRoH’s following grew immensely (shout out to all of you who joined me on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest). Here’s what I did for myself this year and why.


1. I stopped buying crop tops

crop top no repeats or hesitations

Crop tops were THE THING like 4-5 years ago. As I’ve gotten older and now, especially since I’ve entered the professional world, what the heck do I need more crop tops for? The trend has definitely faded and I just can’t justify spending any more money on shirts that I would only be able to wear on weekends and for going out.

2. I stopped buying white shirts

white t shirt no repeats or hesitations

I know what you’re thinking, white shirts are a staple!  In my opinion, it’s not worth it to buy them because eventually, the pits turn yellow! I know that’s kind of gross, but it’s totally true. I decided I don’t want to buy any more super cute white shirts that I’ll have to get rid of sooner rather than later.

3. I started populating my wardrobe with more basics

plain dress no repeats or hesitations

If you look waaaaay back into this blog’s archives, you’ll see me wearing the craziest prints and colors. Style is ever-changing, so I’ve slowly shifted away from prints and I’ve been buying plain sweaters, dresses, and tops in order to build an easier, more minimal wardrobe.


1. I got my first credit card

credit card no repeats or hesitations

This is something I put off for a long time, but only because I was scared! This summer, I finally took the plunge and signed up for a Chase Freedom card. I was really worried that I wouldn’t be approved since I didn’t have any prior history, but it was shockingly SO EASY to get this card! I filled out the form online and I was approved instantly. My card arrived in the mail a week later. Many of my friends in college had credit cards that were tied to their parents’ accounts, but I am so proud to say that I have my OWN card. If you’d like to start building credit and if you use Chase as your regular bank, I highly recommend this card. If you sign up for Chase Freedom using my referral link, you’ll get $150 after spending your first $500 (free money, y’all!!!).

2. I upped my skincare routine

skincare routine no repeats or hesitations

My skincare game is the best it’s ever been. I regularly exfoliate, cleanse, use a serum, tone, and moisturize! My routine has actually changed since I posted about it over the summer. I now use the Biore Deep Pore Cleanser since it’s cheaper and soooo much more powerful than the Boscia one.

3. I donated to charities through everyday activities

charities no repeats or hesitations

After my summer internship at Sharebite, I was inspired to find other easy ways to support charities by doing ordinary things. I rounded up all of the great sites and apps I found in this blog post. I definitely use Amazon Smile and Charity Miles the most out of all the methods I profiled.

4.  I opened my own Etsy store

hoe on the go no repeats or hesitations

Yes, I’ve been pretty low-key about this, but it’s true! I have an Etsy store with a product I started called Hoe on the Go. I was inspired to create emergency, prepacked overnight bags after packing the same stuff to go to my boyfriend’s house. Hoe on the Go exists to help you be more comfortable when you decide to sleepover somewhere unexpectedly.


1. I switched my blog to self-hosting

no repeats or hesitations self hosting

This was a huuuuge project for me and I’m so happy I finally took the plunge and redesigned both the front end and backend of my blog! Using self-hosted WordPress has allowed me to make my site more professional and more optimized for SEO. I highly recommend using SiteGround! I consider myself more technically inclined than average, but I still had a few questions/concerns throughout the transition process. SiteGround is staffed with absolute pros and they can successfully talk you through any tutorial! If you want to go self-hosted for the new year, you can sign up for a plan using my affiliate link (pretty please!).

2. I started growing my following more seriously

no repeats or hesitations twitter growth

I really wish I had done this more intensely when I was still in school, but alas, my priorities were different when I was a student.  At the beginning of 2017, I had less than 1,000 Twitter followers, ~200 Instagram followers, ~130 Pinterest followers, and a non-existent Facebook fan page! I started my growth tactics less than 6 months ago and I’m so close to meeting my end of year goals. I’m so proud of all the work I’ve done (especially on Twitter) and I’ve connected with some of the most incredible people along the way (maaaaajor shout outs to my most supportive mutuals: Austen, Dom, Kristen, Melissa, Gigi, Francesca, Kat, Sheila, Rosana, and many more. 2018 is gonna see even more explosive growth and I can’t wait! None of what I’m doing would be possible with your continued readership and support, so if you’re reading this, you ROCK!

3. I started listening to blogging podcasts

influencer podcast no repeats or hesitations

I posted about these podcasts super recently, but I’m mentioning it again because they are so, so amazing! It’s tough enough balancing blogging with a full-time job, so I love listening to these podcasts on my way to work. I love learning how to strategize and grow my audience on the go so that when I come home after work, I have the tools already in my mind!

Next year, I have a few goals in mind that I’m hoping to achieve:

1. Move into my own NYC apartment

Yeahhhhh this is a huge one. Like many post-grads, I moved back home to save $$$$. Next year, I’m going to be moving out into my own place and I honestly cannot WAIT. I’m really looking forward to having privacy again and of course, decorating! There’s gonna be a lot of home decor content on the blog next year as I figure out how to trick out my new digs.

2. Start and grow a YouTube channel

Yes, folks, it’s finally happening. I’m both terrified and excited for my channel’s launch! I’ve started filming footage, and I’m just nervous because the camera quality + sound quality may not be up to standard. The topics I’m covering, however, are right on the money, so hopefully, you guys will love it anyway!

3. Grow my social following to 10,000+ followers

10,000+ has been the goal for a while. While I’m so proud of how far I came this year, I’m still not even halfway to 10,000. I also want to be sure I build a supportive, encouraging, and engaging community. I want to connect with other like-minded people, so if you’re a blogger looking for the same thing, hmu on social media! I’m always, always, always looking for new friends, so don’t be shy 🙂

4. Become fully vegetarian

This is something I’ve already started working on! I have been gradually losing my taste for meat for the past few months, so I decided that it made sense for me to try and become vegetarian. I am, unfortunately, not fully vegetarian yet. I’m still grappling with the fact that when I don’t meat, I’m frickin’ starving.  I really hope to cut meat entirely out of my diet next year, which will be easier when I move out and have my own kitchen to cook meals in!

This post was so much fun to write and things are radically different for me now than they were this time last year! What goals have you accomplished this year? What are your new year’s resolutions? Share your thoughts with me in the comments. Happy holidays and new year!



  1. December 20, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    This was a fun post to read! One of my goals this was to switch to self-hosted as well and so happy I did (I went with Siteground too– they are awesome!) I have to disagree about the white tees– I love them and can’t give them up! 😀

  2. December 20, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I moved to be self-hosted this year too! I also went with Siteground, they have been amazing!

      December 20, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Yay! Congrats on going self-hosted and Siteground was so great at making sure everything transitioned smoothly 🙂

  3. December 20, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I think I love basics too much, so my goal this year was to buy basics with a fashionable edge or twist. I know how hard going full vegetarian is but you got this!

      December 20, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks so much Shaguna! And that’s a good goal, too! I was just way too much of a maximalist before haha

  4. Annaliese
    December 20, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Girl what a huge year you had!! I love reading year in review posts and I’m excited to share mine next week. 🙂 I love Julie’s podcast and need to listen to more episodes!

    xoxo A

  5. December 20, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I loved reading these! I really am looking for help growing my following as well! Have any tips?

      December 20, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Hey Theresa! Yes I have a ton of tips, so manyI’m planning to share my Twitter growth strategy on the blog in early 2018

      December 20, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      Hey Theresa! Yes, I’m actually planning to share my tips for growing Twitter as a blogger in a post in early 2018. I can let you know once it goes live 🙂

  6. December 20, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    EMILLLLY YOU’RE TOO SWEET!!! Um but also high-key excited for your YouTube channel???? You go girl!

      December 20, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      heheh yeah!! So glad we connected this year
      and we’re gonna take 2018 by storm 💕

  7. December 21, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Wow, the changes you’ve made this year are amazing! Great job listening to podcasts and blogging smarter!
    As for becoming vegetarian, I’m actually thinking of doing so myself. I think it’s best to start slow. I haven’t been eating red meat lately and I don’t miss it at all. I’ve been substituting it with turkey and fish but I found a ton of recipes I can make with tofu instead of animal proteins so I think that’ll be my next step.

    Good luck in 2018!

  8. December 21, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I want to grow my IG to 10,000 so I can get the swipe up feature haha.

  9. December 21, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Good luck on going vegetarian! I’ve been vegan for a little over a year and it was the best decision I made health wise.

    xoxo, Paige

  10. December 22, 2017 / 10:01 am

    You made some great changes this year!! Basics in the wardrobe are a must when you’re a working adult. Now anytime I go to the store I think, “Can I wear this to work, too?” If the answer is no, I don’t buy it. Good luck on your goals for next year. Way to kill it!

      December 22, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Thanks so much, Christina! It feels great to be a million times more conscious of what I buy now 🙂

  11. December 25, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    I’d love to start a Youtube channel.

  12. December 26, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Ahhh I graduated and started my first full-time job this year too! Congrats girl! I did a lot of things too, namely getting rid of all my crop tops, really investing in my skincare, routine, and I started my blog this year too!

    It seems like 2017 really was a great year for both of us! And congrats on growing your social following! 🙂

    Logan |

  13. January 8, 2018 / 10:46 am

    I love the act of writing down our resolutions for the next year. And kudos to you for all you did in 2017!

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