Thursday, June 29, 2017

#UODenim in Palm Springs!

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I don't have too much time to write out a blog post because I am currently in Los Angeles with my friend/photographer! We've already had SO much fun and seen some really amazing places. Palm Springs was our first stop and it was sooo cool. It was my first time there and I was mesmerized by all of the pastel colors and architecture. We ended up finding some really cool vintage hotels and of course they were the perfect backdrop for blog photos!

MORE TO COME FROM THIS AMAZING TRIP! I can't wait for you guys to see!

Photos by Dawn Photo

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What I'm Wearing: Top: Urban Outfitters, Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James, Sandals: Urban Outfitters

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Whimsy + Row Eco Collection

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Portland has so many great little neighborhoods that are filled with cute shops and endless areas to walk around. Alberta is one of my favorites to just walk around and see what we can find. The Alberta Arts District is filled with street art and murals, it's a great place in the city to get inspired. It was a fun day wandering around with photographer, Kiara Rose, and seeing what hidden gems we would run into. And there were a lot of them, especially some cool old cars!


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This adorable top and skirt are pieces from Whimsy and Row's new eco collection. The entire collection is eco friendly, no water was used in making the collection and they picked all of their fabrics from deadstock vintage fabrics. I love supporting companies that are trying to make a positive difference in the fashion industry and also make ADORABLE clothes while doing it! The entire collection is so cute, you have to check it out! This wrap skirt is definitely one of my favorite pieces. It's such a soft fabric and great for dressing up for nights out or dress town with a graphic tee. 
Make sure to check out the Whimsy and Row eco collection and let me know which piece is your favorite! And support healthier fashion practices!!

Photos by Kiara Rose

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What I'm Wearing: Top: Whimsy + Row Annie Top, Skirt: Whimsy + Row Ida Wrap Skirt,  Shoes: Mari Guidicelli, Purse: Shop Doen


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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There's nothing like good denim and a cute tee. This is the best kind of effortless, mindless but still looking good kind of outfit. I have had one of the busiest months already and these kind of outfits are essential for times like these. Completing the look with a good shoe is another go to of mine. 

Side note, if you live in Portland, make sure and check out the new IGWT shop on Williams! I have yet to stop by since I've been so busy but they have the best jewelry and some great staple pieces too. I highly recommend checking out the location or if you're not in Portland, you can always shop online! I got the necklace I am wearing in these photos from IGWT and they're SO CUTE. You can get your own custom engraved message on it too! 

Anyways, back to the busy week but I have a lot of exciting things in the works and coming up so stay tuned!!

Photos by Kayla Sprint 

What I'm Wearing: Tee: Sezane, Jeans: RE/DONE, Shoes: By Far, Necklace: IGWT, Bag: Vintage 
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Monday, June 12, 2017

#changedestiny

IMG_7141 It can be so easy to think you have to have your life together in your 20s. The pressure of getting older and feeling like you have to start thinking about being married and having kids, or pursuing a college degree...it can all be a lot sometimes. At times, it can be easy to get sucked into this mindset, but I try to just relax and go with the flow as much as possible. After all, it's our life right...no one besides ourselves should be setting certain timeline expectations. 

 Do you guys feel pressures of getting older at all? SK-II recently released a study showing that only 2 out of 10 women like the thought of getting older. I wonder if it's due to all of the pressure that seems to come with age? Another part of the survey stated that across Asia, men thought their prime of their life was their 30s while women on the other hand said their 20s. It's really interesting to see the results and how women see and look at aging while men don't seem to feel the pressure as much as they do.
What do you guys feel about aging? Do you embrace it or do you feel the pressure of society standards as well? I would love to hear what you guys think!




This survey was conducted online by Procter & Gamble in May 2017 among 4280 women and 3261 men ages 18 years of age and older in the following countries Japan (n=1006), Korea (n=1010), China (n=1006), Hong Kong (n= 301), Taiwan (n= 303), Thailand (n= 302), Malaysia (n=309), Indonesia (n= 304), United States (n= 1000) , United Kingdom (n= 1000) and Australia (n=1000). 

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Best Tips for Blogging! All of Your Blogging Questions Answered!

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A couple weeks ago, I asked you guys on Instagram what you want to know about blogging or what questions I can answer in order to help you in case you are pursuing a blog as well! These tips and questions are for beginners as well as for those who may have been blogging as long as me (six years!!) I really wanted to make a post to share what I have found works for me. I've tried so many different things when it comes to editing photos, organization, working with brands, getting exposure...and there are methods that I feel work better than others and that I was able to find success in.  So I am going to go over 5 different categories: Inspiration, Scheduling, Photography, Collaborations, and Exposure!

Alright, let's do this.
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INSPIRATION:

1. How do you stay inspired?
Gosh, this one is a tough one off the bat. I have days where I am super motivated, full of ideas, and ready to take on the (blogging) world! I credit this to all of the coffee I drink, but when I do feel really inspired, I make sure to write my ideas down. Whether it's an idea for a blog post, or an outfit or photoshoot location...I put it on paper so I remember it. Pinterest can often be another place where I get inspiration, along with fellow bloggers. I never want to copy or mimic someone exactly, so I will always do it my own way that feels authentic to me.

2. How do you come up with a theme and stay consistent?
Being true to yourself and only posting things that feel genuine makes this easy. Of course I have to make a living, but I try not to stray too far away from my usual theme/aesthetic. I also won't post about things I would never actually use or try in real life.
To stay consistent with a "theme" or "style", try using one filter or post similar styles of photos. This will help things on your feed and blog look more cohesive.

3. Where do you generate ideas for posts?
Sometimes, I will try to think what I would want to read about or what other's might be interested in. An example of this could be "my favorite place to buy graphic tees" or "how to style a shoe five different ways". Pinterest can be another great place to get inspiration for blog ideas or even just an outfit that you really like can give you some good possibilities and ideas!

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SCHEDULING

1. How do you plan out your posts?
It all depends on the week and/or month. Some weeks are busier than others and some shoots just happen spur of the moment. I use an app called UNUM to plan out my instagram posts so that I know ahead of time what to post and also to see how my feed will look ahead of time. This has honestly been a big life saver for me because it helps me stay organized and on a bit of a schedule rather han frantically always trying to decide what to post for the day or week.
For blog posts, after I get photos back from a photographer or if I'm done with photos I've shot, I will draft them into a blog post so that they're ready to go!

2. When is the best time to post on your blog or instagram?
I feel like before the whole instagram algorithm happened, timing was more important. Now I usually just try to post in the morning so I can go about my day without having to worry about posting later. I also noticed that posting only once or twice a day on instagram actually helped my engagement rate out more.
For blogging, I just post whenever I feel like it! ;)

3. What do you do to stay on top of your posting schedule?
Similar to the first question, the UNUM app has helped out a lot as well as just drafting blog posts. I also will write down posts in my planner as a little reminder and to see what my week is going to look like for posts as well. This can really be up to you and what works best for your schedule and overall workflow!


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PHOTOGRAPHY

1. How do you edit your photos?
The million dollar question that I have been asked so much lately!
So first off, I do work with other photographers and if they're credited in the photo then they are the ones that edited that particular photo. Unfortunately I have no idea what they use to edit but I imagine some of them use lightroom and buy editing packs for those! For my blog photos, if I take them, I use lightroom with editing packs as well. There are so many out there to buy and I think they're worth it!
For my own instagram photos, I love to use Afterlight to make small tweaks with light, contrast, etc. And then I will edit in VSCO. MY FAVORITE FILTERS ARE....A6, A4 and M5. I rarely use anything other than these ones. Occasionally, I will also use Snapseed to edit weird things I don't want in a photo or to make other lighting corrections.

2. What camera do you use for your photos? Do you use a tripod?
I currently use a Canon EOS 7D and a 35mm and 50mm lens. Recently, I got the 35mm lens and it is the best thing ever. I don't use a tripod much anymore (my boyfriend has been nice enough to help me a lot!) but I think I might start using it again along with a remote!

3. Is working with photographers worth it?
YES.
After I started shooting with local photographers that fit my style and aesthetic, I noticed my photos starting to do better and my readers/followers increase. It's a great way to connect with other creatives and to make friends too! Plus, they really know what they're doing and unless you're a professional photographer too than the photos will be so worth it! As much as I like to try and take my own photos, there's just nothing like having someone who knows what they're doing to take the photos themselves. And if you can...pay them! They're trying to make a living too and I promise it will be worth it overall.

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COLLABORATIONS

1. When did you start working with brands and companies?
It took a long time before I was regularly working with brands. I think they want to see that you're serious about blogging and that it's not just a once a month thing.
If there is a brand you want to work with, I would suggest buying some of their pieces, take photos, post about them and then contact them! Show them what you've created and tell them why you love their brand. You never know...you might be surprised what they say back!

2. How do you contact them?
Usually, they will have a contact email on their website! Make sure you tell them who you are, what you do, along with links to your blog/social media sites.

3. Are all of your posts sponsored?
Nope! I gotta make money too but not all of my posts are sponsored, if they are then I will write "sponsored" "ad" "promotion" etc. I will sometimes get gifted items, but I only accept pieces that I like and that I actually wear in real life...I want to keep it real with you guys! Plus, it's no fun to take photos and post about an outfit you don't like...

4. How do you make money?
Sponsored posts and collaborations are the main way to make money from blogging. Other sites such as Shopstyle and Rewardstyle are great too!

5. What do you decide what to post from what you actually want to post vs. what people "want to see".
I kind of touched on this before, but I try to keep my blog as authentic to me as I can while still being able to put food on the table. I always decide what I want to post but I also know that some posts seem to do better than others such as photos in cute places. When I see something get a positive reaction from you guys, I try to work and build off of that! I hope that makes sense...


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EXPOSURE

1. How did you grow your following?
It all takes TIME. Growing readers doesn't happen overnight. It takes time, consistency, patience, and dedication. It's not worth it to take the easy way out and buy followers because then there really isn't too much to be proud of. Just post what you love and be yourself and with time the followers will come!

2. What are ways that I can gain more exposure and traffic to my blog and instagram?
Brand reposts and feature account reposts have been the biggest source of traffic and growth for me. Tag accounts that have a similar aesthetic to your blog and photos and they might end up reposting you! Also check for their hashtags as well.
Using hashtags for instagram posts is another great way to increase activity to your instagram page or photos. Do some research and see what hashtags other bloggers or accounts are using. Make sure it fits your style though!
POST EVERYWHERE! Instagram of course gets the all of the attention but I think it's important to be posting regularly to all social media outlets. This includes: Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Loobook, etc. These are other potential outlets to gain exposure and build your brand!


Thank you guys so much for reading this and for all of your support! I couldn't do this without you guys...so seriously THANK YOU! I hope this post was beneficial and helpful for you. Please comment below with some feedback or anything at all!
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

For Love and Lemons

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I love a good floral print for spring and summer but I also now really love a good lemon print! It's such a fun twist on the traditional floral prints seen this time of year. What do you guys think?! Also, you aren't going to believe where I got this dress. I got it on Amazon! They actually have so many amazing brands on their. I got my first pair of Gucci sunglasses on their, this For Love and Lemons dress and they have so many other great brands such as Rachel Comey, Soludos, Acne and more!
I love seeing what different pieces I can find on there and many times they're cheaper than other places online.

This bag hasn't left my side much ever since I first got it. It pairs so well with these shoes too which makes getting dress so easy and effortless!

Photos by Kayla Sprint (Website here, Instagram here)

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What I'm wearing: Dress: For Love and Lemons via Amazon, Bag: Doen, Shoes: Mari Guidicelli, Necklace: IGWT

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