Today I’m celebrating one year of StephiLaReine.com, doesn’t it seem like so much longer!? Is it a birthday or anniversary? Am I celebrating the birth or the unity of me and my blog? Either way this year has taught me so much about who I am, who I want to be, and gave me the best experiences and friendships someone could ask for.

If you wanna flick through my archives back to the beginning, it’s quite daunting, I highly recommend that you do, (and don’t) if you want to see stark contrasts. I was always happy with the content I put out to the world, but it’s amazing to see an insight into the things I was experiencing at the time.

April 2014 I had my first University arranged art exhibition, I was back to blonde hair (not something that will be returning for some time!) and overall I felt a little lost as to where to go and what to do, I knew the fashion portraiture and illustration was always my biggest fall back, whilst studying Photography and Graphic Design in uni and finishing up my first year I pondered on whether to make a blog, someone know I look back on I haven’t actually explained nor shown my readers. Actually if we’re all about sharing secrets today, the blog was originally intended to put up my artwork, photo exhibitions and share a little about myself, but life always finds a way of throwing a curveball and here I am talking about fashion, lifestyle, beauty and travel, odd eh?!

Who would of thought that one year on that this site would change my life for the better? I’ve been to two Fashion Weeks, and not only worked with some of the most amazing brands in the world, but the most amazing people and all in under 12 months. I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by creative types with drive, determination and passion, essentially someone who shares the same ideals of having fire in their heart when they talk about something. This is what I adore about blogging is that I  get to talk about the things I want to, not what people tell me. I have control for the first time, because lets face it, you wouldn’t catch me in the four walls of an office, I’m a free spirit and wish to continue running wild and free, and who knows maybe this will be full time (I’m striving to make this happen, this is the new dream!)


Not only has this blog furthered my career goals, but made me a wonderful person. I’ve never been entirely loud or boastful about anything I do, but knowing I started this blog up on my own, and faced so many obstacles and challenges and come out on the other end with better self esteem and something to show the world, means everything to me and makes me want to scream it from the mountain tops.
If I could exchange everything I’ve done this year just to have a little more confidence and faith in my myself like I’ve achieved so far I’d be happy with that. But my personal journey has been as much a success as the physical things I have achieved, and for anyone with struggling anxiety and confident issues even the little steps can feel like giant leaps!

I’m so thankful of everyone who’s supported me in everything I believed in, and gave me a chance, you all could have easily shrugged off my dreams and told me to fall back to earth and get on with something achievable. But if this year has taught me anything is that you should always give someone a chance, and dreams are incredibly reachable things, whatever they are I’m sure with drive and passion you will reach that goal like I have mine!

My boyfriend has been one of the biggest believers, he was there the day I started up the site, he took my outfit posts at London Fashion Week and helped me spell check little grammatical errors, he saw the spark of passion in my eyes when I knew I had to do something, and helped me power through the bad when I had no money and was coming home every night at 10pm from a long gruelling day at uni.
My family are as much responsible for my outcomes as my boyfriend, giving all the love and support for artistic expression as they’ve backed everything I do, I’m just grateful they didn’t shun me into a paper round at an early age, but instead taught me how to use a DSLR and develop into the character I am today. They taught me most of all that being yourself is the best thing you can be.
I like to think that’s my legacy I’d like to leave to anyone who reads this, is that you are an individual and that being yourself and doing something differently is perfectly fine, and out of the box thinking should be praised. To look back years ago to when I was bullied for being different really shines a light on how far I have come and how this marks the end of the remarkable journey that was the first chapter of this website.


Dress * // Chi Chi London

Watch * // Paulin Watches

I also want to thank my readers, you guys put a smile on my face and make everyday seem like the sun shines all day and all night, all summer long. I cannot express how much it means to see peoples lives inspired and changed by my words and pictures, some of you now swear by the advice I give, and see me as a role model and the fact that more and more people are coming to see what the show is about every day makes everything worthwhile, and I solemnly swear I will keep writing if you all are willing to keep reading. You’re all friends and all welcome to share our experiences together and I can only hope we all grow and flourish in ourselves as this site gets older and wiser.

I know 12 months isn’t a long time to reflect on, and month by month no doubt you’ve seen little changes here and there but looking at the big picture I feel like I’ve set myself up for life with some pretty radical turnarounds. Here’s to another year of being unique and I hope to look back on this post in 365 days time and think how far I’ve come once again. The moral of this post is to stick it out and keep doing wonderful things, because you are capable, so please share with me your thoughts and dreams like I have mine!




  1. April 18, 2015 / 8:23 am

    This was such a lovely post to read, be proud of who you are and congratulations on one year of blogging!

    Frankie | Crazyblondegal

  2. April 18, 2015 / 8:42 am

    congratulations!!! 🙂 that was such a lovely post!


  3. Anonymous
    April 18, 2015 / 8:55 am

    your story is amazing!

  4. April 18, 2015 / 9:03 am

    Such a beautiful post! Well done for all you have achieved this year, I love your blog and your words are so so inspiring! Sometimes I don't feel confident in myself or think that I'm different to others, but reading posts like yours gives me confidence to be myself! Looking forward to the next update in a years time! 🙂

    Heather Xx

  5. Sandy Greere
    April 18, 2015 / 9:13 am

    this is such an inspiration for others who want to blog and see results, I've followed you from the beginning and you've evolved so nicely into a honest blogger who cares about the readers, I can't wait to see whats next and how far you're gonna go with all that passion xxxxxx

  6. Amy
    April 18, 2015 / 9:14 am

    awesome post, congrats on your 12 months so much has happened!!!!!!


  7. April 18, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Happy blog birthday!

  8. Anonymous
    April 18, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Happy blog birthday!!!!

  9. Anonymous
    April 18, 2015 / 10:42 am

    so so cool, keep it up!

  10. April 18, 2015 / 10:56 am

    I love how down to Earth you are, you should be so proud of what you have achieved in such a small space of time, it's incredible! cottonandcandie xx

  11. April 18, 2015 / 10:58 am

    This is so inspiring!! I design fashion on occasion (my newest post is my newest fashion project!!!) so you're literally describing my dream. I think it would be so cool to be Meryl Streep's character in The Devil Wears Prada except a fashion designer too. I been following your blog for a few weeks and I look forward to your posts!! Your style is phenomenal!!!

    Happy One Year Anniversary!!
    xoxoox, Naomi | http://bunnyandfawn.blogspot.com/

  12. April 18, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Congratulations! And Happy Blog Birthday 😀 It really is amazing how far you have come in 1 year! I love the message too – to be yourself no matter what! That cake looks delicious and your dress is beaut!! Looking gorgeous as ever 🙂

    Sarah xxx || http://www.whatsasssays.com

  13. April 18, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Happy 1st Blogiversary! That photo of you with the birthday cake is fabulous. Your hair looks beautiful as do your perfectly applied eye-makeup and lipstick. Your dress is gorgeous! You write beautifully. Kudos on all the wonderful blog posts of this last year. I hope you have a wonderful Spring and more amazing years blogging.

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  14. April 18, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    That's crazy, Happy Blogiversary!! xx


  15. April 19, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    I'm so happy you enjoyed the read! Thank you so much 🙂

  16. April 19, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Awh thank you, happy you liked it! x

  17. April 19, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    Thank you! I'm so happy you love the posts, everyone should feel confident for years struggling to have it myself, so if I can make people feel better about themselves then I've been successful at what I want to achieve! x

  18. April 19, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    I really wanna show people that it is possible to get what you want and thank you for sticking it out, I really do care what you all think and all these comments stay with me all day every day and puts a massive smile on my face! x

  19. April 19, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    thank you, I know it's been quite amazing! x

  20. April 19, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Thank you so much lovely 🙂 x

  21. April 19, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Exactly, cannot wait for the next year! x

  22. April 19, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    thank you so much, this comment made me smile!!! x

  23. April 19, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    Oh wow that is amazing!! I've always adored that movie and idolised that job so much! Thank you so much for the comment lovely! x

  24. April 19, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    Ahhh thank you gorgeous! I know i'm so unbelievably proud of myself!
    Totally, everyone should be completely themselves and think of yourself as a unique snowflake! Such a lovely comment, thank you and see you soon lovely! x

  25. April 19, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing, made me smile! Yes to many more years of blogging!!! x

  26. April 19, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    awhh thank you so much dear! x

  27. April 19, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    This is such a beautiful story!! I've just started my blog recently, after years of yearning to do it, but letting fear stop me, so this is so incredibly inspiring to read. I also really love what you said about how out of the box thinking should be praised, because far too many people are bullied + made to feel bad for it. You seem like such a lovely person. Congratulations on everything! ❤

    xx Alyssa — fragments of memories

  28. April 20, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    I am so incredibly proud of you! You are doing amazingly well. You get out what you put in and you are pouring it in, in bucketloads! I am super insanely HAPPY for you that this is sending you some amazing opportunities! My pink-haired, flowing, mermaid goddess!
    Bee xxx

  29. Anonymous
    April 21, 2015 / 9:13 am


  30. April 21, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    What an amazing journey. And I can't believe you've only been doing this for a year! Crazy. I've said this before, but, without doubt, yours is one of my favourite blogs to read. It's always so honest and you just put yourself out there; it's amazing to see and long may it continue. Happy first birthday and look forward to seeing how your blog develops even more over the next 12 months 🙂 x

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