Back Then And Now . . .


It’s been exactly 1 year, 3 months and 10 days I’ve been blogging. I’ve had many obstacles and hurdles to overcome but here I am still pushing to reach my goals! I personally feel I’ve come a very long way and I’m proud of my work. I did something totally insane this past weekend which was a huge wake-up call, I sang karaoke in front of a bunch of strangers (I’m a softy and can’t hang so I was completely sober)! Now it might not sound crazy but I remember myself being this shy meek girl and blogging along with YouTube has changed me entirely. I got up there and let it all out, now I can’t sing at all what so ever so it was god awful but liberating at the same time. I socialized with everyone that was there and really enjoyed myself for the first time in what seemed to be ages. Blogging has given me the confidence and reassurance to just let loose, have fun, and be creative. I’m a real old soul and grab inspiration from all types of places, I can’t really explain how my brain works but I just let it do it’s thang!

You guys have been a huge confidence booster for me and in some instances it’s overwhelming but in a good way! I’ve been supported by other fellow bloggers, was chosen as one of the top 10 beauty bloggers by Allure, made connections with brands I look up to and all I can do is sit back and cry (again in a good way). This journey started out as something small and never in a million years would I ever think this blog would be what it is today. I’m no hot shot or a huge name but I’m proud of MY accomplishments thus far. I am so grateful for every viewer, follower and comment that is left. I blog because it’s something I enjoy doing, it isn’t a job for me and it just comes naturally somehow someway. This isn’t meant to be a braggy post at all, I’m just truly thankful for every one of you and I kind of feel like this is our journey as a team (Team LWSS?). I love you guys and couldn’t be happier with the way blogging has turned out for me.

For those who are thinking about starting a blog of their own my advice to you is have patience, everything will fall in place but remember to be consistent and genuine. I can’t tell you not to compare yourself to fellow bloggers because we all do it, how you decide to deal with it is a different story. You can either beat yourself up with envy or be inspired to create better content. It all falls on you and how much effort you’re willing to put into this, your work will eventually shine through. It won’t happen overnight (I’m still working on it too) but I think it’s a beautiful thing to see grow organically, it’s such a rewarding feeling.

So now that all the emotional mush/crap is off my chest and I feel that I’m ready to take on the world, one karaoke machine at a time!

  • Manda T.

    Karaoke is hilarious & liberating all at the same time, haha!
    What’s great about you Tammie is that although your blog has grown so much, you’ve stayed true to what it was a year ago & only made improvements. That’s all we can ask for! All the best to you 🙂

    xo, Manda

    • Thanks babe! I had Donnie crackin up lol! Thank you for being with me this entire journey you’ve been nothing but positive and supportive!

  • Dewisya

    You’re my favourite Tammie! I love you! I fell in love with LWSS at the first sight. I love the way you delivered your thoughts into words. Your photos are insanely beautiful. Best wishes in all your endeavours. Xx

    With love,
    Dewisya { }

    • Thank you so much for all your kind words! xoxo

  • Vanessa Buttino

    You’re one of my favourite bloggers Tamira, and I haven’t even been following you for that long! It seems that within the past two months alone you’ve risen to the top of my bbloggers list – your content is great, your personality is lovely, and your style is comparable to mine so I relate to you a lot.

    Congratulations on this milestone! Here’s to many more years of great, engrossing blogging! xx

    • I adore you!!! Thank you so much dear!

  • Rosie Driscoll

    Only just started reading your blog, but I absolutely love it! Photography is brilliant and love your posts. Keep on going with blogging and YouTube 😀

  • Sophie ♥

    Congratulations on a year of blogging! I’ve only recently found your blog but you are doing so so well. Your photography style is just gorgeous and your posts are great. Keep doing what you do! x

    • Thanks hun! You’re awesome and I’m so glad to have connected with you!

  • Benazir

    Congratulations! (: & that’s really nice of you to say all that to new bloggers! (:

  • Simmy

    Congratulations on the accomplishments – Well deserved. Absolutely love your blog and work. Have to tell you, your blog is one of few I read daily and it was one of the inspiration for launching my own blog. Keep up the amazing work.

    Simmy (

    • I’m so glad I can help and be an inspiration to you! Thank you so much for all of your love and support!

  • Laarni

    Congrats!!! Sooooo what songs did you sing? Hehehe! Kisses from Manila. <3

    • Thank you! So my retarded self sang Drunk in love, Some bachata and a few Rihanna songs lol! It was soooo bad

  • nueyork

    Congratulations! I’ve only just discovered your blog recently, but I’m looking forward to the future of it and loving your content!

  • Hanh

    I love a good karaoke session 🙂 not brave enough for strangers yet though!


  • Alit Mendoza

    Creo que soy la única que puede entenderte en ingles pero escribirte en español, espero que aun con este gran obstáculo pueda llegar el cariño que tengo por tu blog, me conquistaste con tus tips sobre fotografía y como soy una principiante en blogging me encanta tenerte de inspiracion.

    xoxo Alit

    • Me alegro con todas tus palabras! Gracias por todo el apoyo! xoxo

  • M

    Thank you! It is a pleasure reading you and sharing your toughts and Motivational post as this one. Please continue, you make each week easier!!!

  • Filza Sadaf

    Loved reading this post

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  • Amber Hunter

    I am actually quite the shy person but I’ve already noticed the small differences blogging and youtube has made. Recently I went out twice with a new group of friends which normally I wouldn’t have because I get a bit anxious/uncomfortable around new people but afterwards I had so much fun and was so happy I decided to go out. I look forward to see what the next year brings with your blog, it’s one of my favorites to read and you have wonderful content!
    Amber | Lovely Notions

    • It’s amazing! To just feel the difference but I totally understand you because I was the same way! Thank you so much for all your support : )

  • Rhondine

    Amazing! I’m a shy person as well and even with blogging I’m still a little afraid to let all my friends and family know that I blog. I agree with you that it gives you a more confidence to tackle things. I’m still working on sharing with my family and all my friends but for me it’s just a way of expressing my self. You are such an inspiration and like I’ve mentioned before you are one of my favorites. I know when I watch your vids or read your blog, it’s genuine and not pretentious! Keep up the great work.