In 2010, I had just graduated from undergrad and had high hopes of moving away to pursue my Masters. And, lucky for me, I moved all the way from Kansas to Miami Florida to make those dreams and reality.
Moving to a new city with my boyfriend came with an adjustment. I didn’t have a ton of friends and it was hard to build strong friendships immediately. While I had my boyfriend — now husband — with me, it wasn’t the same as going out with your girlfriends, doing their makeup or hair and grabbing a drink to gab about your day and life.
"I always felt more connected to people when I could make them feel beautiful."
Hi everyone! I am Carmen Carter, the blogger behind Carmen Renee Blog. I started my blog as a way to inspire women to feel confident, beautiful, and stunning in the skin they are in!
I remember my love for making women feel beautiful started in high school. I remember doing my friends' or sister’s hair — and how it would instantly change their mood. This joy for making women feel beautiful traveled with me to college; I would do my college classmates’ hair in my dorm room, or makeup on my friends when we would go out.
While this saying is so simple, it packs a lot of power.
When you look good, you feel good - am I right?
Thus, I decided to take up a hobby. I created a YouTube channel. I was inspired by another YouTuber who had such a flawless channel and was such a joy to watch. I decided to dive right in and begin creating fun makeup tutorials for my friends and family to watch. It was also a great way to connect and meet new people in the online world. And at the same time inspire women to make themselves feel more beautiful.
In 2014, I didn’t have much time to create videos anymore. I was working full-time and couldn’t sit by a computer to edit videos for my channel. I still wanted a creative outlet so blogging became another avenue for me.
I always loved everything about fashion, I remember collecting fashion magazines when I was in high school, or sitting by my mom and watching her sew. Fashion always intrigued me! But there was one thing about Fashion that I didn’t like, the lack of representation for women of all body sizes. And at that time, there were not a lot of women who looked like me; I wasn’t petite, but I wasn’t plus either. I wanted to reach the women who were "in betweenies" like me.
I began researching how to start a blog, what I needed to begin and just dove right in! Starting this blog was my way of showing women, no matter what size you are, you are beautiful, and you can be confident in the skin you are in. I remember encouraging women to really stop being so harsh on themselves and comparing themselves to the next person. This blog was my way to connect and build relationships with women who needed a girlfriend to let them know: YOU are beautiful!
no matter what size you are, you are beautiful, and you can be confident in the skin you are in."
Several years down the line, I noticed that my life started to evolve so rapidly. Things were changing. I married my boyfriend, we traveled the world, then we welcomed our daughter in 2018.
And while my blog still focused on fashion, I found my blog evolving with me too. My online friends turned into my online sisters! It became my source to share what I was going through as a mom, wife, full-time professional and full-time blogger. My blog became a way to share my love for timeless fashion with pockets of inspiration from my home and life!
Now, in 2020, I want to take it to the next level.
I want to not only encourage my online sisters to be the best version of yourself, but to encourage my readers to spread that same love and positivity in someone else’s life! You will read inspirational stories, fashion tips, and of course the highs and lows of mom life.
I hope you are inspired by what you read to be a light for others making them feel good and helping them look good.