This post is in partnership with QVC for International Women’s Day. I was compensated for my time in writing it.
Dream, Dare, Do for International Women’s Day with QVC
Anyone with a dream can take a dare to do it. That’s the key message from QVC this Women’s Day – and it’s one that I have been living by for the past five years. When QVC reached out to me to write a post to celebrate women who have made their dreams come true by creating their own business, many of which are in fashion, it was an obvious yes from me. Fashion-loving girl boss over here!
It’s funny because I spent evenings in High School and College watching the Real Housewives on BravoTV, three years ago I started writing for BravoTV, watched Lisa Rinna (who I love from the show) kill it on QVC – and now am partnering with QVC to support other women’s dreams… talk about coming full circle.
It may seem like I’m always just chilling like the photo above, but I work really hard on this blog. I’ll share with you how I became my own boss like some of these ladies from QVC did.
How I Became My Own Boss
I started my blog about four and half years ago, after leaving nursing and moving to India. If that sounds like a crazy thing to do, it was. I started out blogging now knowing anything about the travel blogging world, let alone how to build a website – but found there was loads of information online about how to start a blog. It wasn’t luck, though. I wrote a minimum of 6 posts each week. I was very active on social media, engaging with people in the travel industry. The first six months, I didn’t make a scent. It took me a year to make half of what I made as a nurse, and two years to match it. At year four, I’m now making double what I made as a nurse. Working hard, being authentic in my writing, looking for great campaigns to monetize my work with, and striving to explore new places has helped my blog grow.
It’s so important to support other women, not just in my small travel blogging space, and I have always made it a priority. Here in India, I promote loads of brands run by women who make their products in our paradise of Goa. When girls reach out to me with products they are developing that match my brand (and they have no budget to promote it), I will promote some of them anyways to help them along in their journey – like others have helped me in the beginning.
Lady Bosses I Love from QVC on International Women’s Day
There are dozens of women on QVC making their dreams come true (did you ever see the movie Joy!? Amazing). If you want to support some women who have dared to live their dream this International Women’s Day – let me make it easy for you. I’ve gone through quite a list of ladies who are killing it on their website and chose some items and brands that I love. You can click through and shop on these links!
I have been using tarte products for seven years and love them. Three items that I have and love are the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Wear Blush (mine is in “fearless”), Tinted BB primer with sunscreen (really light and feels like you are wearing nothing), and the LipSurgence Lip Stain. Actually, every time I wear that lip stain, people ask me where it’s from!
I love these bags by Amiee Kestenberg! I’ll put my favorite in the box below (which you can scroll through with the arrows). She has fun designs as well as classics with details like fringe keychains and tassles. I have so many tassles on everything I own, ha! I love the boxy shape of the satchel because it is sturdy enough to keep a camera safe while traveling. She also makes really stylish luggage and overnight bags. I love this carry-on bag.
If you know me, you know I always have my nails manicured. I might not wear makeup much, don’t even own a blow-drier, curling iron, or straightener, and like to dress kind of bohemian – but my nails are always done! I’ve actually done them as long as I can remember, usually in nudes and pinks – and this set by Perfect Formula lets you do a perfect gel manicure yourself at home. I rarely splurge on going to the spa for nails (if I’m going to the spa, I’m getting a massage!) so it’s nice that you can buy this really affordable and do your nails yourself all year without paying for a luxe treatment. This three-piece kit has won loads of awards and it is just $36 or you can go for the kit with other goodies along with these 3 bottles for $48.50
There are so many other brands by women on QVC that I love like G.I.L.I and Lug Journey (amazing for Type A travelers). I’ll link some favorites in the carousel below.
To top off the celebration, in honor of International Women’s Day, QVC® and participating vendors will donate a minimum of $250,000 to benefit Nest, a global nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of women by supporting female artisans who might not have the resources they need to flourish. Happy International Women’s Day!
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