5 Best Blogger Investments

I have been blogging for a little over three years now and I have put a little money in behind the scenes. If you are a new blogger, I wouldn’t recommend going out and dropping a lot of money, especially since you don’t know if blogging is something that you are going to continue doing. If you are serious about blogging, then these are a few things that I have found to make blogging easier. Enjoy!
  1. Ring Light- a ring light is perfect for the cute flat lays that you see all over Instagram.
  2. Theme- If you want your blog to have personality, purchase a theme that fits your aesthetic.
  3. Smart Phone- If you don’t already have a phone with a good camera, you need on in your life. 99.99% of the time, I am taking photos, writing blog posts, and taking notes on my iPhone 8 plus. Just saying, these devices are worth it in the blogging world.
  4. Custom Domain- This makes you look professional and makes it easier for your audience to find you!
  5. Grammarly- Although there is a free version, the premium version helps improve your vocabulary.
There you have it! My 5 investments as a blogger. Do you have any favorites? I need to do some more investing. I hope that this helped.

10 Must Follow Instagram Accounts

I am not sure if it’s the double taps, or the fact that the layouts are so intriguing, but everyone seems to be infatuated Instagram (including myself). I am constantly on the popular page just looking for new accounts to stalk.

You really loved when I posted all about my favorite bloggers to follow, so I thought that I would do a spin off post from that. Today I have 10 Must Follow Instagram Accounts for you. If you already follow some of these people, we are that much closer to becoming besties.

Number Ten

@lady0lson

Number Nine

@paigealiciabeauty

Number Eight

@aspyovard

Number Seven

@Stephyoungphoto

Number Six

@Oliviarink

Number Five

@Alishamarie

Number Four

@newdarlings

Number Three

@Amrezy

Number Two

@Learningtobefearless

Number One

@Bakersfielbeautyblogger

2017 Fall Trends

Welcome to another Fashion Friday! Don’t you just love when I say the word Friday? Friday, Friday, Friday, Okay enough of that. On to the real reason that you are here. I have been noticing a lot of the fall trends that are going around and I am in love! I honestly don’t know which trend will be my favorite this season!

Fall Florals

I have been seeing fall florals everywhere that I go! Target, Forever 21, even the beauty gurus on YouTube are wearing this amazing trend! I love wearing florals during the spring, so this is going to be an easy one for me!

Cabbie Hats

I have loved cabbie hats even when they were not on trend! Instagram has been really making this trend blow up! They are super adorable and will look good on anyone!

Key Hole Lace Up Sweaters

I am sure that you have seen that the Key Hole tops were very trendy this summer, so it looks as if they are making an appearance this fall and winter!

Red

Red has always been a statement color, but it is especially popular this season! I can’t wait to rock those red fall lips! What about you??

Just curious, which fall trend do you think that you will be rocking this season? I think that I will be rocking all of them, personally. These are all such great trends and I am super excited about them!

 

Stay Confident.

4 Must Have Makeup Palettes

Happy Makeup Monday! I hope that your liner is winged to the gods and your lipstick is on point. Today I am sharing my four favorite makeup palettes that I can’t live without! They are perfect for fall and have a multi-purpose use!

  1. The Kay Von D Alchemist Highlight Pallet. This pallet is an intense highlighting one, but it is the perfect inner corner highlight for the eyes! It makes you look like your eyes are glowing.
  2. The Urban Decay Naked Heat Pallet. I’m sure that you have heard of this bad boy before, especially if you are a makeup lover like myself. This gorgeous pallet has all of the warm tone shadows that you will ever need for fall. It is seriously the best!
  3. The Morphe X Kathleen Lights Eyeshadow Pallet. This little baby is a dream come true. It has a nice mix between cool and warm tone shadows. So many different looks can be created with this pallet.
  4. The Tartelette in the Bloom Pallet. This little guy is your perfect everyday eyeshadow pallet, but if you have dark hair like me, a couple of these shades can double as eyebrow powders. I love a twofer!

You can never have enough makeup palettes!

Let me know if you would like to read a part two! I would be happy to post it for another Makeup Monday!! Let me know if you have any of these and which ones are your favs!

Stay Confident.

5 NEED TO KNOW TRAVEL HACKS

I want to eventually make memories all over the world. Especially in Georgia watching my little brother graduate from Army boot camp. By the time that you are reading this blog post, I am getting my shit together to get on a plane and fly out of state. If you have a trip coming up soon, this post is for you. As you can see from the title, I am sharing five need to know travel hacks to make your trip easier.

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5. Booking a flight

When booking a flight, for some reason all flights are cheaper on Tuesday’s.

4. Shoes 

To keep the rest of your clothes getting dirty from your shoes, put your shoes in a shower cap. This will keep all of the dirt inside of the shower cap and your clothes clean!

3. Jewelry 

We all know that packing jewelry can be a pain in the ass, so to keep your necklaces from tangling up, lay them out on a sheet of Glad press n’ seal. Once all laid out, place another sheet on top, seal them together and your jewelry isn’t going anywhere.

2. Separate your clean and dirty clothes

Pack a trash back in your suitcase so that you keep your clean and dirty clothes separate.

1. Hot tools

Pack an oven mitt so that you can throw your curling iron or straighter in it while it is still hot!

Aren’t you glad that you read this? I helped you, right?

I hope that this post helped you in one way or another.

 

Safe Travels.

Product Review: Rodan +FIELDS & GIVEAWAY!

If you don’t already know, the key to good makeup application is great skin. Your face is a canvas, if you have the right tools, your painting will come out flawless. For today’s Makeup Monday I have a Rodan +FIELDS product review and giveaway. My friend Laura and I will be giving away 5 mini facials, so stay tuned!

In order to figure out what kind of treatment I needed, Laura, sent me a solution tool so that she could send over the proper samples!

I received the travel sized version of the Reverse Brightening Regiment.

The travel size comes with four steps:

  • Deep exfoliating wash
  • Intensive brightening toner
  • Dual active brightening complex
  • Broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen

Bonus:

Microdermabrasion Paste

Being someone that wears a lot of makeup, I need that intense exfoliating feel, so that I know my skin is being cleaned. I am also someone that has a lot of discoloration and some dark spots. The toner and brightening complex will help to reduce those problems. We all need SPF in our lives, it is the most important part of skin care!

My first thought when I received the products in the mail is that the travel size has a pretty fair amount of product. I love the simple yet bold packaging. The white makes the products look clean, while the yellow is bright, in your face, and refreshing.

Deep exfoliating wash:

While testing out the deep exfoliant wash, the smell was incredible, I am a sucker for an orange scent, and that is exactly what I got! I received the deep exfoliate feeling just as promised, it really made me feel like I got every inch of makeup off of my face. A clean face is a happy one!

Intensive Brightening Toner:

This toner has a tingling effect, which I love, that helps me to know that the product is actually working and cleansing!

Dual active brightening complex:

This contains retinol to help keep the pesky breakouts away. It feels so soothing and applies so smoothly.

Broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen:

This sunscreen is a thick consistency, it has a hint of a sunscreen smell, but not too overpowering. SPF is a great product to have on under your makeup. The sun ages you, protect the skin!

All in all, I would rate Rodan + FIELDS products a 5/5. Trust me when I say that you need it in your life.

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Some fun facts to know about Rodan +FIELDS :

  • R+F is the #1 skincare brand across all price points developed by the doctors who created Proactiv
  • They target four main skin concerns: sensitive skin issues, sun damage/hyper pigmentation, acne, and anti-aging.
  • All products come with a 60-day empty bottle, money back guarantees.
  • All products are clinically proven and result driven.

Giveaway time!! 🎉🎉

5 mini facials will be given away! To enter you must:

  1. Follow this blog
  2. Follow my Instagram
  3. Follow Laura on Instagram

I will be contacting the winners on Instagram.

This giveaway will run for one week! So tell your friends, tell your family! I will be giving away 5 mini facials. 

GIVEAWAY products will include: Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask: This creamy, Kaolin clay-based cleansing mask dries quickly, drawing impurities from your pores without robbing your skin of essential moisture. This environmentally safe, finely granulated exfoliator also gently smooths out the skin and releases a skin conditioner for younger-looking, younger-feeling skin.

  • Redefine Night Renewing Serum: Contains a proprietary blend of powerful peptides and Retinol to visibly improve skin texture and brighten skin. Our time-release technology keeps this anti-aging serum working all night long to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores for firmer, younger-looking skin.
  • Redefine Lip Renewing Serum: Maintain fuller, younger-looking lips with REDEFINE™ Lip Renewing Serum. Rich with peptides and vitamin E, this unique serum helps lips retain their natural moisture, visibly smooths lip texture and reduces the appearance of lip wrinkles.
  • Micro-Dermabrasion Paste: a high-glide, oil-free formula designed to help promote maximum gentle exfoliation and leave your skin feeling more smooth.

For personalized skin consultations, contact Laura @lookinluminouswithlaura.

Blogger Babe Series: Lizzie in Lace

This interview has been a long time coming. Today you are going to meet one of the biggest role models in my social media world. She is an amazing blogger, her Instagram is on point, she works her ass off and it is paying off 100%. Please meet Elizabeth Hugen, the lovely lady behind the brand Lizzie in Lace.  Lizzie is the sweetest person that you will ever meet, I can’t wait for you to get to know her a little bit.


 

What/who inspired you to start your blog/ Instagram?

I started my blog because I needed a creative outlet away from my non-creative day jobs and because after many failed attempts and roadblocks, I wanted to give my dream of being a fashion designer one last shot before giving up completely. It also stemmed from not being completely content with where I was in my life at that time. I felt that I wasn’t living up to my full potential and although I was going through the motions of what you are supposed to do, I still wasn’t feeling fulfilled. I decided that the only way that I was ever going to be happy was to go against what everyone else thought I should do and just do what makes me happy and what I am passionate about. My passion for fashion runs deep and has been the driving force in creating a life that I truly love. My Instagram account came afterward and even though I started with absolutely no followers because I thought Instagram was ridiculous, it has grown into my largest and most cherished platform that I absolutely adore. As funny as it sounds, I can honestly say that this social media platform has completely changed my life and given me the chance to live out my fashion dream.

How long have you been building your brand?

Two and a half years

What is the next step for you?

My next step is to make this my full-time job….my only job. I have always worked 2-3 jobs at the same time, including now and would love to have the freedom in having this as my only job. I feel like it would be so incredible to have a career that I enjoy, am passionate about and that I can give my all to!

 

Who is your biggest role model? 

LOVE Lauren Conrad!

Do you have a routine when it comes to posting content?

Yes! I feel like routine and consistency are the most important aspect of having a blog. I post every MondayWednesday, and Friday on the blog and usually twice a day on Instagram.

Would you say that blogging has changed your confidence? 

Actually no, this is something I am still working on. I’m surprisingly insecure and have never been super confident with myself, but building this from nothing shows me that I can do anything that I set my mind to if I’m willing to put in the time and effort. Seeing just how far I’ve come has given me confidence though. It shows me that some risks are worth taking and that it pays off to never give up on your dreams.

Where do you plan on traveling next?

I’ll be in New York for the first time next week to attend Fashion Week! AHHH!

If you could collaborate with any brand in the entire world, who would it be and why?

I actually have a “blogging bucket list” full of brands that I would love to work with. I have already crossed off a couple of those, but the ones I am shooting, for now, are Kate Spade, Dior, Rebecca Taylor and Zimmermann (among others) because they are my absolute favorite brands in the entire world.

What is your drink order?  (From anywhere and anything) 

Probably a strawberry lemonade or green tea.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband, for sure! When I was left without a photographer, he took it upon himself to help me out because he knew how important this was to me. We have both learned photography from scratch and are still learning every day. He decided to start taking it more seriously so we upgraded to our first DSLR and the rest is history. What started out as just snapping a few photos so I could get my work done turned into an undiscovered talent and something that he truly loves doing. I’m so excited to see how much he flourishes in the future!

 

Who is your favorite Instagrammer?

Aside from @juliahengel, I love @amelialiana! Her feed is absolutely beautiful!

Who is your favorite blogger?

Julia from Gal Meets Glam is my absolute favorite ever. I feel like she’s my style spirit animal.

How would you describe your style 

Feminine, romantic, whimsical, colorful, put-together. I incorporate a lot of pinks! 😉

 

You can follow Lizzie on Instagram:

 

 

If you would like to be apart of the Blogger Babe Series, please send me an email.

5 books to read! 

In order to be the best person that you can be, you need to have a good mind set. You need to have the confidence that you can do anything in the world. In order to do so, what would help you get that set of mind? Mine is to read amazing books! If you are not a book reader, then I would suggest downloading some of these books on Audible, because they are that good. 

Book #1

YOU are a BADASS; if you are ever doubting yourself, you need this book. This Bad Ass book is filled with amazing quotes, meditation, and vision boards! This book is the perfect confidence booster and good for the soul.

Book#2

#GIRLBOSS; this book is all about hard work, dedication, and real life! Sophia explains how she got to where she is now. The struggles that she went through in the process and that sometimes you have to fight it alone. This book is perfect for those of you wanting to start a business or those of you that have a business.

Book #3

You’re Here for a Reason; This book holds a very special place in my heart. When you are questioning yourself, and your reason for being on this earth, read this book. It will make you cry! Plus, there are some amazing pictures! Nancy Tillman really hit home with this one.

Book #4

The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students; the main reason that I purchased this book was for my blog. If I wanted to take my blogging seriously, I needed to have proper grammar! This book has helped me out tremendously! I have a lot more confidence when I hit publish at the end of a post.

Book #5

Rich Dad Poor Dad; This book talks about what the rich and the poor teach their children about money. The different perspectives that humans have on working for what they have.

 

That brings us to the end! I challenge you to read one of these books that intrigue you the most. I promise that you will fall in love with which ever one that you choose! I know that you can do it, I believe in you.

Being a Boss Babe

BOSS BABE, READING THOSE WORDS IN YOUR HEAD, WHAT DO YOU PICTURE? IS IT A WOMAN THAT WORKS HARD FOR WHAT SHE WANTS? A GIRL WITH A DREAM BIGGER THAN HER HAIR AND A PLAN TO MAKE IT HAPPEN? WHAT ABOUT A SINGLE MOTHER OF FOUR, WORKING TWO JOBS, JUST SO THAT SHE CAN FEED HER BABIES AND STILL HAVE ENOUGH TO PAY THE RENT?

What if I told you that you that all of those are correct. You don’t have to be the CEO of a huge company in order to be a boss babe. You don’t even have to have a job at all! If you have a passion for something and the drive for that passion, you are a boss babe. So for all of you boss babes out there, this is a post just for you! I am going to be sharing some tips with you to help you manage your time as a boss babe.

#BOSSBABETIPS

The very first tip that I have for you is to……wait for it…….GET UP EARLY. If you are a night owl like me, this tip is going to be very difficult to get used to. Let’s be honest for a second, the earlier that you get up, the more time that you have during the day to get your shit done! So before you go to bed try setting more than one alarm, and place your phone across the room you. This will make sure that you have to actually get up, and by the time that you turn it off, you won’t want to climb back into bed.

On to the second tip! After you get your ass up and your coffee is made, find somewhere that you can sit to gather your thoughts. Go sit out on the patio, head to the cozy chair by the fireplace, wherever you feel that you can relax the most. You can call it meditation or whatever you like best. Just set aside 10 minutes each day to think about whatever you want. This could be the time to; come up with blog post ideas, business proposals, school, maybe a stretch, anything that makes you happy. Try not to worry, there will be plenty of time for that after your work is done.

Something else that is helpful would be to make your bed (if you don’t already do that). When you make your bed, you won’t want to climb back into it. Why mess up the 36 pillows that you just arranged for only you to see.

When getting ready for the day, try to avoid all social media. Facebook can be an easy waste of 15 minutes believe it or not. We are all guilty of falling down that rabbit hole that we like to call Pinterest. “I just need to look at something real quick.” That is one of the biggest lies that anyone has ever told. That 15 minutes could go toward trying something different with your hair or adding on some false lashes that you don’t ever really have time to apply.

Once your makeup and hair is all done up, you want to make sure that you dress the boss babe part. Just remember to dress for the job that you want, not the one that you have! If your dream job is to be the face of Torrid 2018; put on those super cute capri pants, that bright coral top, the cutest heels that you own, and strut down that hallway like you own it! Oh wait..that’s my dream. Well, I guess that I can share it with you.

This next tip is by far my favorite and that is to set goals for yourself! In order to be a boss babe, you have to have at least something that you are working towards. It doesn’t have to be big, it can be as simple as drinking more water. Find something that you want to accomplish and put it somewhere that you can see all of the time. Try writing down some of your goals, take a picture of them, and set that photo as your wallpaper! That way you can always see them, and remind yourself that those goals need to be accomplished.

No matter what is happening throughout the day, you have to keep a positive mind. Moods can change very easily, but if you feel that bad mood coming through, try and shift your mind. This is easier said than done, but all it takes is practice. When you have a positive mind, you can get so much more done during your day. Especially when you aren’t still pissed off at the driver that cut you off on the freeway.

Another tip that can save you so much time as a boss babe is to keep your work space organized. No matter what you are doing, make sure that you can find what you need. If you are a makeup artist, make sure that your kit is packed and your brushes are cleaned. If you are a stay at home mom, make sure that you know exactly where the pacifier and blanket is. If you are a fashion blogger, make sure that you have that shoot outfit ready to be put on! Make it easy for yourself! Did I mention that this will save you so much time? I sure did!

My final tip for you is to read something inspirational! I know that this is the most obvious tip, but for some reason reading something that is inspiring makes me want to get up and work! I want to take on the world because a book told me that I could! Silly right? Well, whatever works! I am not really sure if this tip can save you anytime, but it sure can make your heart smile. Besides, inspiration is one of the many meaning of being a boss babe.

 

Cheers to the mom out there kicking ass all by herself, high five to the passion driven entrepreneur, and a big hug to the soon to be a Torrid fashion model. I hope that at least one of these #BossBabe tips helped or inspired you in some way! I would love to hear any of the tips that you have. I can always use them!