This Florida Gator-loving mama knows a thing or two about styling and accessorizing for the everyday girl next door! She’s also got the secret to making sure your infants and toddlers get a good night‘s rest! We are excited to introduce you to our August Hive Spotlight! Meet one of our favorite petite fashion & lifestyle bloggers, Erica Michele!
1.) What is your brand (name, website, channel, etc.) and what inspired you to start it?
You can find me on Instagram at @erica___michele
I have been a stylist with Stella and Dot for 7 years now. I wanted to share how can make any outfit extra special with just the right accessories. I started to share how I style jeans and a t- shirt or a simple dress. You can elevate the even the most basic outfit with just the right accessory. I attended my first Hive Society event last August and was inspired by the amazing blogging community and support for one another. I learned new ways to share my passions and loves with my followers. It was at this time that my brand took a turn to be fashion and lifestyle inspiration.
When Florida Gator football season arrived last year, I started to share our entire game-day experience from what i wore to all my tailgates. This was truly the starting point for my brand and people started to know me for my love of all things orange and blue. I love finding trendy and cute game day clothing and accessories.
2.) With so many lifestyle bloggers and content creators out there now a days, how are you able to stand out from others within your niche?
I have been told by many people that they find me to be real and relatable. I like to keep things simple and share my life. My hope is to inspire other women, especially moms, to take 5 minutes to be the best versions of themselves. Whether that's getting dressed in the morning, working out, or finding a little quiet time to relax.
I am also petite. I love finding affordable clothing options that fit petite women and help them feel amazing in their clothing.
I like to keep things casual, affordable and relatable.
3.) What do you love most about being a blogger?
I love the community that I have found here. I have made beautiful friendships. The support and collaboration with each other content creators is what keeps me going. I also love sharing a bit of myself and what I love with others in hope that it inspires them to feel their best.
I've had the opportunity to do some amazing things that I would not have had the opportunity to do without the Hive Society. I love being to work with and support local business.
4.) What are a few fun facts about you that people may not know from following your blog or Instagram?
I am a certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant with Sleep Wise Consulting. I have another account @onerestedmama where I share a little bot of mom life and talk about all things pediatric sleep. When my oldest son was born, I developed a passion for teaching children how to sleep. I now have the platform and opportunity to help other families get the sleep they need.
I am 100% a Floridian. I grew up in Tampa and attended the University of Florida. When I graduated, I moved to Dallas, TX for 9 years with my husband. In 2012, we moved to Jacksonville Beach to start our family.
I have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught 1st and 2nd grade and then Gifted and Talented Students. I am now a stay at home mom to 2 young boys.
When I was in high school I had 2 goals....1. attend the University of Florida & 2. Stand on the field and cheer on my Gators. I made both of those things happen. Not only was I a UF Cheerleader, I was also a member of the Gator Dazzlers. Once people learn this about me they truly understand why my love for the orange and blue runs so deep.
5.) How can you be contacted? What are all of you social media handles?
@erica___michele (fashion, lifestyle and all things game day)
@onerestedmama (mom life and pediatric sleep)