Blogging Favorites

Happy FriYAY! So happy as always to be one step closer to the weekend. Even more excited this Friday as it’s the last weekend before our wedding {8 days, YAY}!! With all of this excitement I decided today would be a great day to highlight some of the things I love most about blogging. Maybe if you’re thinking about starting a blog this will help you to take the plunge!! Or if you have a blog and you’re in a little rut hopefully it’ll inspire you out of that rut!

I’ll also be sharing 5 of my favorite trends this fall featured in People StyleWatch magazine {more on that later}.

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photo by amanda moss // back seat photography

Top 5 Things I Love About Blogging:

Blogging Friendships – I have met some of my best friends through blogging. Emily and Corbin are two gals I text almost daily and sometimes cannot make decisions about. For me it’s hard to believe I’ve only known them for a little over a year {two for Corbin}. Part of that time was only through social media and blog posts. BUT they’re not two of my very best friends! Blogging opens you up to so many people you would have otherwise never met. The best part is those people, share your same interests! While Corbin and Emily are my biffs, I’ve met so many other fabulous gals that I talk to regularly as well. Blogging is a great way to make friends! One blog that I came across just the other day is TheDadsnet, it’s all written by dads which I think is awesome, being written by dads means it’s also a great community for dads as well as anyone who wants to take the plunge inside the mind of a dad for a while, there are some really fun and interesting posts that are definitely worth a read.

Opportunities – The opportunities you have as a blogger are endless. There are endless brands to work with. Endless items to write about. Endless people to meet. Seriously there is SO much you can do and try as a blogger. Every time someone reaches out to me to work together or try out something new, I am truly blown away. One that they want to work with me and two I’m getting this crazy awesome opportunity! Each opportunity I become more giddy about blogging and this crazy adventure I am on. It also shows that hard work pays off and is SO worth it!

Challenge – Blogging isn’t easy peasy. Blogging is hard work. It’s incredibly time consuming! Blogging also challenges you to always improve. You can always work on something. Whether it’s pinning more images from your posts, responding back to tweets, linking products to share across social media, editing photos, writing posts, or taking photos. There’s ALWAYS something to do. And you can ALWAYS get better at everything. Editing photos is an art. That is something you can always watch more tutorials on, take a class to perfect, spend time practicing. The challenge to improve and finish posts ahead of time is something that drives and excites me. Sometimes these challenges involve getting perfect web hosting service for your blog. There are a ton of them out there, but if you use something like, Hostiserver, you could have the resources needed to make your website even better. Everyone always wants to be better right?! Another way that you can make your blog better though, is to use a web hosting provider to help make your blog more relevant. There are loads of companies that you can use to do this, for example you could check out these guys here. Not everyone uses a web host provider but it will certainly help make your blog more relevant.

Connecting – I LOVE connecting with y’all! It is so much fun to chat via comments, emails, and in person. Meeting y’all in person is my absolute favorite thing! I love to hear what you’re thinking of the blog lately. Including what you want to see more and/or less. As well as an item you purchased that was recently featured and how you’re liking it. It’s so great to hear people actually read my blog and enjoy doing so! I think that’s something you always worry about as a blogger so receiving comments or getting to chat in person is kind of the best thing ever!!

Surprises – There are times I’m super surprised when it comes to blogging. Examples would be when a post I was nervous about sharing does insanely well or I get to meet one of y’all at the grocery store or a brand I’ve loved for years reaches out to work together. All of these are big surprises to me and absolutely make my life! I never take one of those moments for granted and completely cherish them. One of the best and most recent surprises was being asked to be a part of the most recent People StyleWatch Magazine. I have a little feature with my image and couple Q&As about fall fashion {definitely scoop up an issue and check it out}. I might have yelped with excitement when I found out this was actually real and really happening haha. Best. Surprise. Ever. So in honor of the fall issue, I’m sharing my top five fall fashion picks below!

louella-reese-fall-picks Top 5 Fall Fashion Picks:

Statement Coat – this is a MUST! A statement coat can absolutely make an outfit. You can wear a total monochromatic look, throw on a statement coat, and be the most fabulous person in the room! A statement coat is worth investing in.

Chic Booties – every gal needs a great pair of booties. You’ll wear them with dresses, denim, skirts, leather leggings, and more. Seriously the style combinations are endless with a great pair of booties! I recently purchased this pair and I’m hooked. See how I styled them here.

Fabulous Handbag {this brand is at the top of my list right now} – this is probably a duh but it HAD to be said! Every season calls for a new handbag {in my opinion} it’s the perfect excuse to pick up one you’ve been eyeing. Clare V. has been on my radar for some time now and I think it’s time to finally scoop one up!

Off the Shoulder Sweater – off the shoulder is going no where fast! While we all loved the cute little tops for summer, the sweaters are even better! They’re chic, sophisticated, and sassy! Aka a serious need in your fall wardrobe.

Great pair of boyfriend jean – duh! If you’ve noticed {here, here, and here} I’m currently obsessed with boyfriend jeans. Therefore I’m incredibly happy to see they’ll be big this fall/winter season. They’re the comfiest things ever and can easily be dressed up and down.

What’s the top item on your fall must have list?



  1. October 7, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Beyond happy blogging brought us together!! And so very proud of you and all you’ve accomplished! I envy your dedication and strong sense of self! I also about DIED when I saw you in StyleWatch, YOU GO GIRL!!

    xox E

    • October 8, 2016 / 8:35 am

      Me too girly! Thank you so much, you’re the sweetest Em! AH I still truly cannot believe it!! Thank you 🙂

      xo Laura Leigh

    • October 8, 2016 / 8:35 am

      Thank you Taylor!! It really is such a special choice and one I don’t think a lot of people understand. Glad you’re proud to say you’ve chosen it as well!

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. Rick Bain
    October 7, 2016 / 11:39 am

    Great Blog. You always have great ideas. 👍🏼

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