Sassy Torrid Fashion

For those of you that don’t believe that dreams can come true, I am living proof. I have always dreamed of a collaboration with Torrid and now here I am! This look is all from Torrid! From the watch to the shoes!

Jacket: Here

Jeans: Here

Shoes: Here

Cami: Here

Watch: Here

Wedding Wednesday: Finding that perfect photographer

When it comes to planning a wedding, I believe that having the perfect photographer is the most important vendor to have. Those memories are going to be shared for the rest of your life, each photo says a thousand words and shares a thousand stories. These are photos of one of the most important days of your life. That is why you need to make sure and find the perfect photographer! 

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When looking for the right photographer, it is very crucial to make sure that the style of the photographer’s photos is the style that you like. Great quality photos can also be quite pricey. If you go with a photographer just because they are cheap and not because you like their style, you may regret it later on down the road.

If you are meeting with photographers, you always want to ask for the different packages that they offer. Most photographers will usually customize the packages with your budget. Another great question to ask is if they offer a payment plan. Some photographers will work with you if they know that you are on a budget.

You also want to make sure that you mesh well with the photographer when you meet them. If you get a bad vibe or don’t feel as if they are reliable, get away while you still can. You don’t want to have to worry about them canceling on you at the last minute, or showing up late.

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One way to figure out if they are reliable is to get in contact with their previous customers. If the photographer has tagged them on Instagram, message them. Don’t be afraid to do your research!

If you are here in Bakersfield, I know a photographer that allows brides to make payments. Erin, with Vintage Roots Photography, also has very affordable and customizable packages starting at just $700. She also offers elopements, cherished moments, and bridal portraits. These are perfect if you are really on a budget, but want memories of your special day.

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You can find Erin on Facebook and Instagram. 

I hope that this post helped you out some!

All of these photos were taken by Vintage Roots Photography. 

How to turn a bad day into a good day!

I’m sure that you have had one of those days before when you wake up and everything goes wrong. As soon as you open those big, beautiful eyes, you can already tell that everything is going to shit. You woke up late, you burnt your forehead on your hair straightener, and now you can’t find your keys. I have one of those days about twice a week, trust me, you’re not alone!

Instead of letting that day continue to go horribly, here are some things that you can do to change the way your day is going to go.

The first thing that you can do is take a deep breath. Bring your thoughts to your attention and tell yourself that you are going to have an amazing day. Or cry….. Whatever helps. I’m just kidding, but stop and give yourself a minute to forget about all of those terrible events and think of something that makes you happy.

The next thing that you can do to change your day is to go somewhere that makes you happy. If you are at work, take a break and go get some coffee. If coffee isn’t your thing, go do something that is your thing. Grab a cupcake, go for a walk, take some selfies, whatever you need to do to make yourself feel a little better.

If those aren’t doing the trick, read your favorite quote. Read something that will put a smile on your face. If you don’t have a favorite quote, go to Pinterest, they have tons for you!

If you have tried all of the above and nothing seems to be working, call someone that you love. Just let it all pour out to them. If no one will answer, message me, I’ll pick up! 

How to Set Goals in 2018

The most rewarding thing about running a blog is that I can write whatever I am the most passionate about. Do you know what that is for me? If you said, goals and positivity, then you would be right.

I can’t describe the feeling exactly, but I can give it a shot. Setting goals for me is like my boss just walked in, and told me that I have a month off of work. Paid. Yea, let that one sink in just a bit. I don’t know what I would do without setting goals, and holding myself responsible for reaching those achievements.

I know that I have done achievement posts in the past, but I have a good feeling about this one. The new year is almost here and I need to make sure that I am prepped for all of the amazing opportunities that I am going to give myself. So grab a cup of tea, shit is about to get real.

I am sure that you have heard this one thousand times before, but this year is going to count. I feel major changes coming and with these goals, they are going to come to life!

– My 2018 Achievements-

January: 

  • Start an Event and Wedding Planning blog
  • Look into Social Media Marketing for local companies
  • Collaborate with different photographers
  • Collaborate with a major brand
  • My blog has grown by 100 followers

February:

  • Host my first blogger meet up
  • Collaborate with a major brand
  • Be a guest on a podcast
  • Plan a wedding for a client

March: 

  • My Instagram has gained 1,000 followers
  • I have launched a podcast
  • I upload videos on YouTube regularly
  • I have gained a social media marketing client

April: 

  • My podcast has hit 100 listeners
  • I have collaborated with a local boutique for my blog
  • I have gone on three hikes
  • My hair is down to the middle of my back
  • I have tried every local coffee shop in Bakersfield

May: 

  • I have started writing a book
  • I have collaborated with a company to create an apparel line
  • I have met some of my favorite bloggers
  • My blog has gained 500 more followers
  • I went on a cruise

June: 

  • I have turned all of my side businesses into a full-time job
  • I love my life and everyone in my life
  • I surround myself with positive people

Here is where I am going to stop. If you would like to read the rest of my year accomplishments, you are just going to have to follow along on my blog! Part two will be coming sooner than you think!

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

Winter Night Routine

The mall is playing Christmas music, it’s cold outside, and there are Christmas lights all around! I love the holidays! This is a time for family, friends, and loved ones. To celebrate these cold, wonderful times, I am sharing my winter night routine with you. You might want to stay tuned until the end, there will be a GIVEAWAY!

 

I don’t know about you, but as soon as I walk through the door, I like to throw my hair in a bun and change into some comfy clothes. After that, my night can begin! Now that the chill nights are upon us, I love to make myself a nice cup of hot chocolate, with extra marshmallows! I will also plug the lights in on both Christmas trees. Yes, we have two trees, don’t judge us (haha).

 

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There is nothing like lighting a candle when I get home from a long day. It just makes the house that much cozier! A good Christmas movie is a must for me during the holiday season, on this particular night I watched Elf and enjoyed my yummy hot chocolate.

 

After drinking my hot chocolate, it’s time to clean and whiten my teeth. I have been using Smile Brilliant for about 6 months now and I will not use anything else!  I will first go in with the whitening gel. While that is doing its job, I will work on some blog posts, edit some photos, take a look at my emails, and check to see if I have any Poshmark orders!

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Times up! Now for the desensitizing gel, I hate when my teeth get sensitive, Smile Brilliant makes sure that sensitive teeth aren’t an option. Check out this article all about tooth sensitivity.

If you are still wondering what Smile Brilliant is, let me shed some light on you. They are an amazing at home teeth whitening company and they offer custom fitted, teeth whitening trays! If you need to do a little more research, please be my guest. Here are some testimonials from customers. Enjoy!

Now that my teeth are cleaned and fresh; I will lay in my bed, read a book, or play on my phone until I fall asleep. What does your night time routine look like?img_8705 2-1

Do you remember at the beginning of this post when I said that I have a giveaway for you? Well, here it is: you will have the chance to receive a $139 credit to Smile Brilliant! They have been so kind and are giving you a chance to win! All you have to do is click on the link below and enter! The giveaway will end in two weeks, so make sure that you enter!

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This giveaway is open to the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. If you are just so excited and need to try this product now, you can use the code bakersfieldbeautyblogger15 to receive %15 off storewide. How does that sound? Amazing, I know.

I would like to thank Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post, you are seriously the best!

 

Makeup Monday: Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

Happy Makeup Monday! Today I am sharing a quick little eyeshadow tutorial for you using the Tarte Clay Face Shaping Palette! I hope that you love it!

  1. Journey in the crease.
  2. Followed by Dunes.  
  3. Smoke on the outer V, blending toward the crease.
  4. Instinct on the lid.
  5. When in doubt, wing it out. 
  6. Desert to contour!

This post is sponsored by Allison Molina, thank you for being amazing!

Starting an Event and Wedding Planning Business: Loving Plans

We are at the time of the year where love is in the air and weddings are everywhere!

If you don’t already know, your girl here has her own event and wedding planning business. That’s right, I know, cool huh? I knew that I wanted to become a party planner the day that I took one of those silly little career quizzes’s on Facebook. Turns out, it was right about me. Taking that silly little test was one of the best things that I could have ever done. I now own a small, local event and wedding planning business. Loving Plans is growing every single day.

Today’s blog post is going to be all about starting an event and wedding planning business. When I first started to look into starting Loving Plans, I had no idea where to start or what to do. I don’t want that to be you, I want you to go into this with at least some knowledge of what to expect. So, enough procrastinating, let’s get your business started!

First things first, before you start your business, make sure that event and wedding planning is something that you are passionate about. Yes, it is fun, but there is a lot behind the scenes that not a lot of people know quizzes. It’s not all glam and easy. There is a lot of sweat and hard work that goes into this business. Just something to keep in mind.

Now on to the good stuff!

When starting a party planning business, you have a couple of options. You can either take an online course to learn everything, or you can intern at local wedding planning businesses. Whatever floats your boat, I took an online course through U.S Career Institute. It was a go at your own pace course, it was an easy read, and the quizzes were perfect. If you can’t afford the course all at once, they do provide payment plans. Amazing, right? I love the choice that I made, I learned more than what an internship could teach me. If you don’t want to go this route, I would recommend interning at a local business.  This will not only give you the experience that you need, you will also be mentored by someone that has been through the ups and the downs. Both are great, no matter what you choose.

Picking out a business name

If you want to become a business owner, you have to pick out a name! When picking it out, you want to make sure that the name is not already taken anywhere, you don’t want to get in trouble for being a copycat. After you have picked out that perfect name, you want to make sure that you keep it. You need to file for a fictitious business name, the price will vary depending on your state. Here in California, it was $35 and I paid $20 to publish Loving Plans in a local newspaper.

Bank account

You will need a place to keep all your money that you earn from each job. The easiest way to go is to open a PayPal account. I love PayPal!

Build your vendor list 

A vendor list is important to have when you are building your clientele. When suggesting vendors to your clients, you want to make sure that you and your vendors have a great chemistry. If you don’t really know a DJ that well, and you tell your client that they are the best in town when they are not, that is going to fall back on you with a bad review. And no one wants a bad review when they are just starting out their business. So hit those bridal shows or business mixers and build that list!

Marketing

Time to create your website, social media, and business cards. Your website is a place where people can view your work, check out your prices, and leave reviews. You can share all of that on your social media, and we all know that marketing is basically social media anyway. Leave a business card wherever you go! This would also be a great time to be at a local bridal show, rent a booth and get your name out there!

Make that money!  

All that is left to do now is start making that money! Even if you have to work on tips alone just go gain some business, do it. It will be all worth it in the end, trust and believe.

I hope that this post was in any way helpful for you. Please feel free to share this on all of your social media and leave a comment! I will talk to you in the next blog post. Remember to stay confident.