Well, 2015 was a banner year for me. After years of waffling, I finally started my Style Domination blog and to my delight, it’s doing really well. What started as a sort of online journal to get my “thoughts down on virtual paper” and to share my day-to-day happenings with my husband who was working in the Philippines at the time, has turned into a bit of an online resource for almost 3,000 followers, averaging thousands of page views a month. I totally did not expect this and boy…am I grateful.
I wanted to thank my husband personally for all of his support along with my best friend Vanessa, who is a veritable idea mill. Katie – you’re pretty damn inspiring…pretty sure you came out of the womb with a camera in your hand. A huge thank you to my two sisters also, for reading my blog and boosting my YouTube views – lol. You two are the best.
I knew that “Style Domination” (which just happens to be a play on my name, ‘Dominique’) was turning into a thing when I started getting recognized in malls and on the street. I remember picking up a flower crown at a local florist and the couple in line behind me asking if I was “Style Domination”. My jaw dropped and I stared at them in disbelief as the wife waved her hand in front of my face…ensuring that I wasn’t having a stroke. Then there was the other time the pre-teen at Forever 21 peered between the racks of socks at me, came over and introduced herself and told me she loved my blog. I floated on out of there. I was thrilled to also be ambushed by a group of University of Ottawa students on the street who to me, were inexplicably excited to meet me. Wow.
Each week, I receive emails from around the world seeking advice on beauty products, blogging advice and offers from PR companies to review products. I am so thrilled about this and fortunate! Most of the time, I just can’t believe these people found me in the throngs of blogs and websites out there!
Learning how to manage this blog has also been a struggle. It has pretty much turned into a second full-time job for me, and I’m learning more and more each day how to balance work, the blog, seeing my family and friends, and taking time for myself.
The best part of this blog – by far – are the people I’ve become friends with all over the world. I love seeing comments from the US, Turkey, Spain, China, Denmark, Australia, England, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Belgium, South Africa, etc. I’ve also learned a ton from my fellow bloggers online, like how to properly photograph food, how to rock knee-high boots, how to stop, breathe and enjoy life, how to discover new wines, how to style clothing and I’m learning an absolute ton about beauty products and fragrance. A huge thank you to all of you.
So, without further ado, here are some Style Domination highlights from this year:
1.Getting photographed by my close friend Katie of Yow City Style. This photoshoot single-handedly started a lotttt of good stuff for me. Thank you, Katie…from the bottom of my heart.
3. The most talked about post, The Flatform Sandal: The Most Polarizing Shoe of All Time, spurred a ton of great discussion.
4. Fulfilling a lifelong dream of attending a fashion week.
5. Being asked by Tiffany & Co. to come tour their new Ottawa store. I almost DIED.
6. Meeting the wonderfully talented and super friendly photographer Tracey Jazmin.
7. Working at the Toronto International Film Festival – WOW. Just WOW.
A huge thank you to my readers, retailers, PR companies, my friends and family for all of this success. Can’t thank you enough. Here’s to more success in 2016! CHEERS!!