It’s funny when we are young we want to grow up fast, but when we get older we don’t want to look our age. One lesson that’s for sure is: don’t let people judge you on your age. And don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re too young or too old to ever achieve what you want. Age perception may give off an impression, but it should never dictate how people treat you.

I’ve been in the middle of renovations over the course of the last month. My house was a contractor’s heaven. Bathrooms were being flipped, walls were being fixed because of unexpected water leaks and dust was everywhere. It was a stressful time, but things got done. Thankfully while dealing with the contractors I never got judged by my age and was treated with respect. But this morning I was thinking so much about how time flies and how I’ve gone through situations where people have taken advantage of me because of how young I looked. Below I’m sharing some helpful tips on how to overcome this and come out swinging strong:


Just because you look young doesn’t mean people can walk all over you. Ever. Over the last 6 months I went through many trials and errors with flipping our home. I’ve met with real estate agents who were either too surprised I owned a home because of how young I looked or the one I currently let go took advantage of that fact and felt they didn’t need to do their job properly. Paperwork wasn’t filled out correctly and had to be redone or the job was pawned off to other agents. Lessons learned. Switched real estate agents and I have one that now respects and does her the job the way it should have been. It was definitely an eye opener because when I put my foot down it came as unexpected. Oh she has an opinion, she’s not this young, naive girl selling a home? Nope. I never was. I just learned that being taken advantage of when the stakes are high with home equity is time wasted. Ain’t nobody got time for that. And I did my research. Since I was stuck in a contract with this agent for a couple of months I did the best I could to get the results I was looking for, aka. the sold sign. Which didn’t happen because she wasn’t doing her job properly.


You shouldn’t ever have to try so hard to gain anyone’s respect especially when it comes to business relationships or closing a deal. Oh you’re so young how do you know so much? When you want something show what you can do. Own it, gain their respect and do the job. Don’t let people’s perceptions stop you. And don’t ever let anyone put you on the back burner if they’re supposed to work for you. Again this year was a year of growth for me and as I take my personal life and work life to the next level I’ve seen a couple of these happen first hand to me. It stung, but I no longer accept less than what I deserve. If you’re ever in a situation where you get a vibe that a person doesn’t want to work for you or they’re judging you based on your age impress them with what you’ve got and give 1000%. If it doesn’t work out, I like to use the one word that just makes sense: NEXT.
Like I said age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s about where you are in life and what you’re doing about it. What do you want? Even if you’re so called too young, too old – too whatever…. who cares what they say? What do you want to achieve? I may be a young home owner, but I hustled to save for that down payment. I spent countless of nights commuting to work hustling at a night job serving until I switched to working full-time days. Now I’m onto owning a second home, moving back to city and taking my dreams to the next level. The work never ends and I won’t let anyone tell me because of my age that I can’t achieve something. It’s their own limiting beliefs, not mine and they’re not yours either. Always remember people are either for you or not. And that’s okay if they’re not. Surround yourself with people who support you and feed your mind with strength and vision. You can achieve and do anything at any age.
Unfiltered is something new I wanted to share here on Sweet As Fiction once a month. Lessons I’ve learned to help you guys because I am sure we all know it’s hard enough to be a boss on your own, let alone take over the world. Until next time….thanks for reading. xoxo


As a new blogger one question you’re probably asking yourself is how do I stand out in a space where blogging is highly competitive and blogs are a dime a dozen? By no means am I an expert, but I’ve learned quite a bit over the last couple of years that have helped shape my path as a blogger. These can be resourceful to some of you (especially if you want to turn this into a career). Read on for 5 tips that I’ve found helpful in creating a successful blog:


What’s the difference between a blogger and an influencer and how does this relate to me? Knowing the difference between the two will help you understand what platforms to focus on, how often to post and who you’re catering to. You can be an influencer by having a smaller to larger engaged audience and your feed or photography isn’t perfectly laid out. Brands may only be looking to you for sales or awareness within your audience reach. You may or may not have a blog and have Instagram as your initial platform. A blogger can be both, posting consistently on their site and instagram while working with brands and putting out beautiful content. Their feed is cohesive and planned in advance. Kylie Jenner is a great example of an influencer while Song of Style is known as a blogger.


A first impression goes a long way. People will decide within a couple of seconds if they like your brand or not. Having a cohesive theme across your social media platforms, especially on your blog will help reflect your aesthetic and professionalism. When designing your site, it’s always best to keep it simple with a clean layout and easy navigation. You don’t necessarily need to hire a web designer either as that can be costly. A design template can be purchased on etsy or pipdig and can be customizable.


Who are you as a brand? What does your brand stand for? Are you feminine and love simplicity or are you dark and edgy? Really focus on solidifying these details and creating content that reflects this so your audience connects with you. That said, the best advice is to always focus on putting out unique content. This can be shown within your style of photography, in the captions you put on your social media and your voice within your blog. No one else can copy that. Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and really own it.


Understand who your target audience is and create content that they would want to read. Do you want your posts to be in trend or ones that can be re-shared no matter what time of the year? Something to think about. When it comes to the length of your blog posts, they should be a minimum of 300 words to rank well in google or your post will automatically be marked as not having enough information. I usually try to follow the minimum word count, using the right key words and titles within my blog posts. Using tools like google analytics and webmaster is also extremely helpful as it analyzes what content is gaining the most traffic and gives you insight to the types of google searches that leads readers to your blog. Having this level of understanding will help you create the right content catered to your audience.


Photography is extremely important for your blog and creates that lasting first impression to anyone visiting your site. Whether you are sharing a product, brand or your own content, having well lit images that are properly edited makes a difference in the world. This means using the right equipment, lighting and photo composition (rule of thirds). I usually look for locations that have an interesting backdrop that works with my aesthetic, shooting in natural light with a DSLR. If you can’t invest in a good camera, a smartphone works just as well. You really don’t have to spend a lot to get good quality images anymore! For editing, my favourite apps are VSCO, Facetune & Photoshop.

As with anything, success doesn’t happen over night. Stick to your vision and enjoy the process. It takes hard work and commitment to see results so put in the time, post quality content and post consistently. If you ever feel stuck, take a step back to regroup and keep at it. Remember every pro was once an amateur. xoxo




This time around, wearing yet another favourite transitional piece for fall i.e. the universal plaid button-down. As many of may know, I love a good basic. Whenever I’m shopping for new pieces each season I keep an eyeout for the ones that have that special detail, whether it’s in the fabric, print or embellishment, something that really makes it special. This top is a great example of that. It’s not your typical red plaid shirt and what I love most about it is that it’s incredibly soft and comfortable, which is a perfect layering piece for the upcoming season.

If you’re looking to introduce plaid into your fall wardrobe, don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing and matching it with different textures and patterns. You’d be surprised that plaid is one of those patterns that can coexist so well with a variety of pieces. Think leather and denim or khaki paired with a cozy sweater. Just keep in mind that you dont want to go overboard with it either. Let it shine within your look while keeping it a little subtle. xoxo