H&M Mentorship

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I started my blog about 7 years ago, I can’t even believe it’s been that long. I started it for all the wrong reasons though – for a boy. I was dating someone who was in a completely different stage in life than I was. I had no idea what I wanted to do, I just knew I wanted to keep myself busy to impress him. I wound up starting the blog but I barely put any time or energy into it. After two months, he broke up with me and as devastated as I was, I decided to put my all into the blog as a revenge. I knew he would look at it and all I wanted to do was look good and show off. After a while, I fell in love with putting together looks and shooting that he just started to fade away and it became my obsession. I woke up every morning excited to shoot and create outfits. It was never for any one else at this point, it was for me, and for me alone. It made me happy and that feeling is something I didn’t want to lose. I started out being super colorful and eccentric and definitely a risk taker. I honestly believe that all came from feelings and expression. I didn’t know who I was, I was still figuring myself out and my style out and you can totally see that through my photos and my outfits. As I’ve gotten older, dated other people, learned about real friendship, living on my own, building a career, being a good person, everything started coming together. My style completely evolved and I will continue to evolve. At the moment, at 27, I definitely have an idea of who I am and my style has been a lot more consistent, clean, polished, simple, chic but always colorful. I know I will keep growing and my style will continue to change but that’s the best part and my most favorite part when it comes to fashion – expressing yourself through style.

Now, I’m calling out to all of you to create and submit a blog post with an outfit featuring your favorite H&M piece (old or new!) that exemplifies your personal style to win a mentorship session with me and for a chance to be named the Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year!

To enter:

Style your H&M look to your blog or Instagram. To submit it you can either leave the link in the comment section of this post, send the link to breakthrough@bloglovin.com or enter through Instagram by tagging me (@somethingnavy) and hashtag #BloglovinHMAwards (you can do all three of these if you like).

The prize:

  • Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for your one-on-one mentorship with me
  • Nomination for the Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year Award at the 2015 Bloglovin’ Awards ($500 H&M gift card if you win!)
  • Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the 2015 Bloglovin’ Awards during New York Fashion Week in September
  • Plenty of gifted H&M product (even pieces from the EXCLUSIVE H&M Studio AW’15 collection!)

Good luck every one!

To see additional challenges and for more chances to win, visit Because I’m Addicted (http://becauseimaddicted.net) and The Haute Pursuit (http://thehautepursuit.com) !

No purchase necessary. For official contest rules, click here (https://www.bloglovin.com/c/hm-competition-rules)



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    1. Hi! My name is Shea Edwards of “Faith Rocks” the #1 Destination for all things Faith & Lifestyle. I am up and coming vlogger and blogger. Please check out my blog post “Dressing Your Temple” here: http://www.faithrocksblog.wordpress.com. In the photo I am styled in H & M from head to toe (earrings, shirt, skirt, pants, shoes).

      Thanks in advance for your consideration!

  1. Hey Arielle! This contest seems so cool!! I don’t know if you remember, but my sister and I met you in NYC at the Bobbi Brown Master Class and I am so inspired by your blog and style. I have recently started a blog myself with my twin sister and would LOVE to participate in this contest, however I was reading the requirements for the contest and saw that participants must be 18. My sister and I are 14 (almost 15) and I was wondering if there is anyway we can be in this contest.

  2. Hi Arielle!
    I wanted to let you know that your story is so inspiring to me because I can totally relate on the whole “style evolving” as you get older thing. I’ve found as I get older, the blog and my style grows and evolves with me in a way that nothing else ever has.

    This opportunity would be so amazing! On my blog, Blondaze, I styled a white on white summer inspired outfit from H&M here:


    I also entered on instagram 🙂


  3. Sometimes the only thing you need to go pretty is to feel confortable.
    This outfit I show you is so simple but so elegant at the same time that I do not have to wear any accesory in addition to a cute leather bagpack and a red lipstick wich gives some color to the look.

    Simple, elegant and confortable are the three words I would use to define this outfit wherein the dress is the king.
    I show you this lovely outfit with H&M dress here:


  4. Hi Arielle,

    Thanks for this unbelievable opportunity! I can only hope for the best and hope this post entices you a bit.

    Here is the link to my blog post (featuring my H&M dress): http://bit.ly/1dHZW2L

    Thanks again and I hope to hear from you!

    Katerina M | DeliriumStyle.com

  5. Thank you so much for opening this contest! Being the winner could possibly jumpstart my, or any other contestant’s, career. It would be an honor to be mentored by you. My blog started as a dare from my sister, but it has become my life over the last year. Posting my favorite outfits and informing my friends of where I shop has been so fun! I hope to continue blogging in the future with help from this contest! This outfit is composed of this year’s biggest trend, suede, and a white, arrowhead blouse from H&M.

    1. Thank you so much for opening this contest! Being the winner could possibly jumpstart my, or any other contestant’s, career. It would be an honor to be mentored by you. My blog started as a dare from my sister, but it has become my life over the last year. Posting my favorite outfits and informing my friends of where I shop has been so fun! I hope to continue blogging in the future with help from this contest! This outfit is composed of this year’s biggest trend, suede, and a white, arrowhead blouse from H&M.
      My blog: http://bethslaundry.blogspot.com

  6. Hi Arielle,

    how are you? I shot with very lovely Alexandra today and hope you love her shots, I would love to enter my Fashion Blog for the Mentorship : ) Hope to hear from you on the other side!



  7. Hello Arielle!
    I am so glad that Bloglovin’ introduced me to your blog! It is great to find new and inspiring blogs to read. Anyway, I think that it is great how you turned something bad into something so amazing and influential! I love how your blog can help document not only your style, but your life and how much you have changed! I have only had my blog for one year and it seems like things are different! Thank you for having this contest. Here is my link : http://bit.ly/1GqAqpw and I hope you enjoy it! 🙂 Let me know if you have an further questions or concerns!

  8. Hi Arielle! I’ve been a big fan of your blog for a while now, mainly because your style inspires me and my own style so much (and I love seeing glimpses of NYC & your pup Dylan, too). You’ve shown me how to take fun risks with fashion while still remaining true to yourself. I saw this contest and just remembered a post I did a few weeks ago featuring my new favorite shirtdress from H&M (which I may or may not have “permanently borrowed” from my sister). I think this post best exemplifies my personal style because I tend to gravitate toward clean, classic pieces with unique details. I just love timeless style mixed with fun touches (like a pop of color a trendy bag)–much like yours. I would love the chance to meet you one day!

    Here’s the link to my entry post: http://www.mikipetite.com/2015/06/01/welcomewhite-dress/


  9. I love hearing what made people start their blogs! I become interested in fashion after reading a teen series (The Mediator) when I was 13 in which the main character always gushes about her killer designer pieces, scored at half price, of course (she also talks to ghosts, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). 10 years later I finally started my own blog! And I just finished rereading that book series for the 12th time.. 🙂

    For my H&M look I styled two pieces that are currently on sale- a polka dot top and retro inspired high waisted shorts!


  10. It would really be great to thank you for such a great opportunity in person (;

    Here is one of my three entries:

    Morgan Gaston
    Seattle Fashion Blogger

  11. This is an amazing opportunity that I wouldn’t dream of passing up!! As a newbie, I am constantly looking to successful bloggers, like yourself, for inspiration and knowledge. I would be incredibly grateful if you could share your experiences with me in the hopes I could learn from your journey.

    It was hard to find just one H&M item as my favorite, but you can see what I chose in my post below!


    Instagram — @fashionatelyinlove

  12. That’s crazy that you’ve had this blog for 7 years! it must be amazing to look back on and see such a change throughout those years, that’s what I’m hoping I’ll be able to do with my little blog, like a little diary which would be lovely to look back on!
    This is such an amazing opportunity! What a nice way to help those starting off with blogging! This is the post I choose to share, although it’s about a year old I still absolutely love this dress from H&M, I still wear this outfit now and even have the dress in a black version, it’s just so easy to throw on and you can dress it up in so many ways!

    Thanks for the chance to share and good luck to everyone x

  13. Your story was so inspiring! I have started my blog for a similar reason as the one you mention, but it is so true that one evolves and one thing you may have started for the reasons can become your passion and make you happy after all!

    The contest is a great opportunity!

    Seize your Style

  14. Your creation story is truly motivating. I found myself in a similar mindset and honestly doing it for me now has given me new inspiration in ALL areas of my life having something I am personally passionate about, my blog… It is great hearing your story and this is an incredible opportunity, I hope you like what I picked and how I styled it! I like to call my style California girl/flower child/ mermaid.. which is obviously why I need a mentor! haha 🙂
    here is my post (I also posted on IG and have labeled the particular picture for consideration!)

    Thanks!!! <3

  15. Thank you so much for this opportunity! It is definitely not easy breaking out into the blogging world and it would be an honor to get to learn from the blogging pioneer herself!
    I’ve always loved the reason behind why you started your blog! I think it’s a great example of channeling something negative into something productive. I decided to share a little background on how I started out as well.


  16. The more I read fashion bloggers, the more I realize how fast and how deeply you can fall in love with blogging. And that’s quite impressive. Anyway thank you for this opportunity 🙂

    Even though I love wearing very original and accessorized outfits, I have chosen the simpliest look to enter this competition. A white dress and flowers in my hair. No matter how many pairs of beautiful high heels I own, walking barefoot will always suit me more.


  17. Hi Arielle!

    Please check out my post wearing a H&M dress & jacket with a beautiful pink backdrop at Paul Smith in Los Angeles.
    I’m really hoping to win this mentorship with you so I can learn more about your journey and success in the fashion blogging world.

    Thank you for providing us this opportunity!

  18. Hello,

    My name is Sarah Neely and my blog is called Born Freely. Born Freely offers an array of styles and detailed information about my day to day life.

    I love your blog and really happy that you are apart of this contest. I am also appreciative to have the opportunity to participate in this contest so I can be able to voice fashion through my styles. I love that fact you are giving a small town girl from Mississippi the chance to show the world what she has to offer. I hope I have a chance to win so I can show the world and show my 5 year old daughter that she can do anything she puts her mind to. I have been blogging for a year and I feel like its not just something to make money and become famous for. My blog allows me to speak to the world. It allows me to show the world you do not have to have a certain look, money, or be like the person on TV, in magazines or even the girl next door. I want to show the world how to love them selves on the inside and accessorize their personality on the outside. I really love anything that deals with fashion and styling and if I can do this everyday I will be happy with God, family, and fashion. Please give me an opportunity to show you and the world what Born Freely has to offer. Again thanks for this opportunity.

    The name of the blog post I am submitting is called “A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE.” I am wearing H&M black and white striped shirt dress and black and white striped poncho.

    Link below:


  19. Hi Arielle,

    Thank you so much for co-hosting this wonderful opportunity with H&M. Words cannot express my excitement to win a mentorship opportunity with you. I have been a huge fan of your blog and adore your impeccable style. I know the competition is extremely fierce but am grateful for a chance. Here are my two H&M look entries.

    Look #1: goo.gl/n8iMbE
    Look #2: goo.gl/n9oypd

    Thank you for your consideration.


  20. Hello my name is Allanah Dykes and I am so excited to have the chance to enter this contest! This is such an amazing opportunity to not only combine our love of blogging, but the chance to work with a dynamic, forward thinking brand like H&M is the dream. No matter who wins good luck to all of the girls that are entering this competition! Please see the link to my submission below.

    “A Spoonful of Color Makes the Monochrome Go Down”


    1. Thank you for this opportunity. I really enjoyed creating a look for you guys. I too get excited when I get up in the mornings because of my blog. I feel a sense of purpose that I don’t get with other things and I know I will take this far. This mentorship will help polish this craft that I have fell so in love with. I admire bloggers like you who have been doing this for a long time and cannot wait to be in that position. This mentorship will help me get to this position a lot faster. Do check out my H&M outfit post


  21. What an amazing opportunity. I’ve been buying so much articles from your brand. They are just magnificent. So as for my participation, this dress is absolutely gorgeous and I want to wear it every day! Let’s just flip together 😉 It was shot at the incredible and magical place of le Palais Royal in the heart of Paris, where I’m living! xx


    ==> http://tomboychronicle.com/palais-royal/

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