Allow me to introduce the next Head Babe In Charge, Brittany Xavier from Thrifts and Threads. This Los Angeles based mega girl boss has a blog that blew up to stardom and a full blown business in only a few years! Her journey is truly inspiring and she makes it all happen while being a mom and a wife. Wonder woman type of gal and that’s what makes her a HBIC!
I became a fan of Brittany when I started my blog and I had no idea what in the world I was doing. WordPress who!? I needed guidance and I found it with Brittany! I urgently needed technical blogging tips and boom she had a whole section dedicated to newbies like me! She and her hubs share this blogging tips section [relationship goals y’all!] in which they break down all the lingo and blogging technicalities like WordPress, SEO and design. So much that I know now, I owe to this boss babe and this is part of why I wanted to share her story in Head Babes in Charge. Plus her uber cool feminine style makes a girl dream of her wardrobe.
Creativity is intelligence having fun, said the wise Einstein; and Brittany is one brilliant creative. She is a blogger, an educator, and a business woman. Meet the brains behind Thrifts and Threads lifestyle blog!
I’m so inspired by your growth! 530k+ followers, you go girl! For how long have you been blogging? And at what point did it become a reality to pursue blogging full-time?
Actually this past December would make it 3 years and it was around the 6-8 month mark when brands started to reach out to me for collaborations.
It’s so beautiful to see you make blogging a family affair. What were you and your hubs doing before making Thrifts and Threads a full-time job? What do you envision for the future of Thrifts & Threads? Any exciting projects coming up?
It’s very random, but I was working in the marketing department for an insurance brokerage company and my husband was working in marketing & sales department for a food ingredient supplier.
We really want to grow beyond social media platforms and create a community that helps and educates others on how to make a living online (i.e. blogging, products)
We have an exciting project releasing at the end of January regarding all things Instagram. We’ve been working hard these past few months and can’t wait to launch!
You’ve pretty much collaborated with every major magazine! Who was your first collaboration and how can bloggers collaborate with brands?
I don’t remember exactly who was my first collaboration… but shooting with Chloé in Paris was a dream! I think my advice would be… before you can collaborate with brands you need to build consistent, quality content. Many collaborations came from brands finding me on Instagram, whether I was already wearing their items or using their brand hashtag!
What is your #1 DO advice and #1 DON’T advice for aspiring bloggers?
#1 Do Advice – Start DOING! It’s so easy to talk about what you would like to do or what you would like to create…but then that’s all it becomes. Whatever idea you have, it doesn’t need to be perfect or you don’t need to be some GURU. Just start taking action and you’ll learn along the way.
#1 Don’t Advice – Don’t let FEAR hold you back…the fear of failing or the fear of criticism. It’s hard, I know, I’ve been there…but fear holds us back from growing into the person we want to become and achieving our full potential. Face it head on and you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.
All photo credits @thriftsandthreads
Your blogging tips section has to be my favorite! Who or what inspired you to start a section that supports other bloggers?
I would get emails about various blogging questions (usually the same questions asked over and over again) and realized there was a need that no other blogger was fulfilling. I try to always look for ways to be of value and realized I can guide others through the same struggles I faced and make it easier. I was skeptical at first, but after the first few articles were published and the response I received, I knew this was something I was meant to do.
Special thanks to Brittany for taking the time to share your priceless knowledge with us!
P.S. Check out Head Babes in Charge Vol. 1 with Huda Alvi