After about 6 months of consistently working at blogging, I’ve come to really develop an interest and newfound love for my hobby. I used to always look at bloggers and think I could never go into blogging because blogging requires you to essentially be a one person team. Bloggers often have to be their own stylist, makeup artist, photographer, retoucher, writer, and do their own social media marketing so for someone who struggles to get out of bed, blogging seemed like a very daunting task to take on. One thing I’ve been struggling with for the past 7 years is productivity so anything that requires me to do a lot of work is not really my cup of chai, but then I started struggling with this IBD and IBS flare-up so I needed a hobby. Initially, I had to take some time for my symptoms to get a little bearable before I really started getting into blogging in January. I’m still relatively new to blogging and have a lot to learn, but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made with learning more about the blogging world.
I was invited to a preview of Vintage Market Days in McKinney, Texas, which is a suburb of DFW. McKinney is an area that I go to often so I decided to accept the invite, and I was super excited to attend my first real influencer/blogger event! Although my blog is primarily travel and art focused, I spend a lot of time in my home base, which is Dallas so attending Dallas events more often is something I am attempting to do more of!
Vintage Market Days is a farmhouse and vintage themed event full of vendors from all over the country! When I first entered the Vintage Market Days, I was transported to a world of Southern charm and farmhouse flair. The rustic charm, country feel, and authenticity of the vendors made the event a very unique experience. Below are some photos of the event as well as a list of the vendors websites. I wasn’t able to get the name of every vendor I visited or took a photo of so if I have left off a vendor, I will update it if I find out the name in the future!
Some of the vendors pictured below:
-The Rustic Angel
Because of the event, I got to meet this wonderful vendor by the name of Tastebuds Coffee! Their coffee is fair-trade and organic, which makes it great for conscious consumers. I am working towards becoming a more conscious consumer every day so knowing how a product is sourced and whether it contains pesticides or not is important to me! As someone with chronic gastrointestinal issues, coffee is something that I cannot have without experiencing cramps, pain, nausea, and many other symptoms. I thought coffee was something I was forever done with until I discovered Tastebuds Coffee! While I cannot speak for others with chronic gastrointestinal issues or caffeine sensitivity, Tastebuds Coffee seems to agree with me so that makes me quite happy! This coffee does not have a bitter aftertaste, which helps a lot with how my body processes this coffee, and I haven’t experienced nausea, queasiness, stomach cramps, or a stomach ache due to the lack of the bitter aftertaste. While I have never experienced feeling sick to my stomach after drinking Tastebuds Coffee, but I am NOT a doctor or medical professional yet so please note that this is NOT a medically proven statement, this is just my opinion and experience with Tastebuds Coffee! My favorite flavor so far is “Almond Mocha Crunch” (pictured below), but I also like “Sinful Pleasure”. Below are some photos of their booth and other content related to their brand so you can learn more! If you intend to check them out, please let them know Kal sent you, and I am sure they will be happy to give you the best possible assistance as they gave to me! You can check out more on their official website and Instagram!