I don’t know if it’s a well-kept secret or a well-known fact by now, but the website Shein is a godsend for trendy clothing without the large price tag. It’s perfect for clothing that you want to wear for one season or one occasion. I’ve gotten some seriously cute pieces for weddings, events, and shoots for seriously so cheap without sacrificing too much quality. I wouldn’t recommend the site for staple pieces that you want for more than one season or a couple occasions- for those I tend to spend the money on nicer quality items that will last quite a long time (more bang for your buck this way). There are a few items I splurge on, including shoes (you tend to keep shoes longer than other clothing items), accessories (you don’t want that green ring around your finger from low quality metal), and bags (definitely last more than one season). But for t-shirts, dresses, and other heavily rotating trendy clothing, this website is great! Below are a few outfits I’ve created from this website.
The big day is here! It’s Amazon Prime Day 2017! This is the first year I am an Amazon Prime member, and I love it. I previously thought, why pay a yearly fee to have access to random deals that I could probably do without? Well, it’s so much more than that. I use Amazon for random essentials throughout the year that I don’t want to make an extra (and more expensive) trip to Target for. These are things like a blow-up swan floatie for Palm Springs, bathing suits that I didn’t want to pay a million dollars for, desk accessories like my laptop stand, tech accessories like my portable charger, or even books that have been on my book list forever. To me, Amazon is the perfect place to buy all of these random essentials at a great price without having to take a trip to the store.
Can you believe it’s been almost a month since I last posted on my blog?! It’s been a busy June. In the beginning of the month, I travelled to my hometown of Colorado for our annual Father’s Day trip. We stayed in remote cabins outside of Steamboat, a really popular mountain destination about 4 hours outside of Denver. It was a much needed refresh from the hustle and bustle of LA. I immersed myself in nature, complete with wildflowers, rolling green hills, and all the pine trees and aspens a girl could ask for. While I was there, I wore lose, white dresses, straw hats, and lace-up espadrilles, some of my favorite summer trends. You can see a recap of some of my activities and what I wore on my Instagram. I carried some of these styles over to my LA wardrobe, thanks to Old Navy. They have a great selection of summer styles such as maxi dresses, flow-y bohemian tops, wedges, and really any summer trend you want to get on board with.
I haven’t posted too much inside my house since I’ve moved to Redondo Beach, but I love it inside my little bungalow. I usually spend the mornings making coffee and playing with my kitty, Penny, before heading to work for the day. On weekends, if I am not being a weekend warrior (which I usually am), I love to make breakfast at home. For me, my home is my sanctuary. I can wear whatever I want to wear and be whoever I want to be- not that I am not myself outside my home… But I can sing loud and dance and wear no pants, etc. at home. One thing I do always wear inside is a pair of slippers. My last pair of slippers were from Christmas from Nordstrom Rack and had no soles or cushion left in them. Needless to say, I needed an upgrade. Something with harder soles that I could walk around and be comfortable in. When I found T&N Collection, they had just what I was looking for- comfortable slippers that I can wear inside and outside!
Hi babes! So as most of you have probably seen on my Instagram, I have been wearing my hair naturally curly more often! Truth be told, I wear my hair natural almost every day to work. The only place I don’t wear it natural is on my blog! After a few posts of it natural on my Instagram and how many messages I got, I am definitely going to wear it natural more often in my posts. Who has time to blow dry and curl their hair every day anyway? Curly hair does require some styling, though, to ensure you don’t end up with a mop on your head (lol). I’ve put together some styling tips to help out my curly haired girls!
As many of you know, almost all my family lives in Colorado. I am the odd ball and took the jump and moved to California 3 years ago. This makes it extremely difficult during holidays, such as Mother’s Day, when you wish you could see your family but you can’t! Because of this, I try to take the time to put together special gifts and experiences for my mom that I know she will enjoy. My mom and I have always had a very close relationship- I tell her everything! Is anyone else best friends with their mom?! It’s the best. Every Mother’s Day, I usually send my mom a card at the very least. This Mother’s Day, I wanted to take things to a new level to really show her how much she means to me!
I created a special gift package experience in partnership with Uber this Mother’s Day to make sure my mom knows what she deserves. I like giving experiences as gifts, almost more than physical gifts- the memories and time together (when you can be together) are often more valuable than any tangible thing. And what better way to get to a specific experience than with Uber? Uber has become such a necessity for affordable, safe driving in the modern age, and my mom has never actually used the service! I’m excited for her to actually be able to enjoy this experience rather than have to think about how she will get there.
For the longest time, I had no idea how to monetize my blog. The one question I receive most from my readers and followers is, “how do you make money off your blog?!” I will tell you one thing, it comes with time and a lot of work. There’s nothing more valuable than high quality content for a brand, but that takes a lot of time and energy to produce from an influencer stand point. The good thing is brands are starting to recognize just how valuable “influencers” are, for lack of a better term (I started when we were still called “bloggers”). Influencers are a great way to reach a target audience through someone who that audience trusts, or finds credible. You can read more about why influencer marketing is valuable in this Forbes article and this Huffington Post article (yes, I am a nerd and I read A LOT).
One of the biggest sources of income for me on my blog is actually through influencer agencies. These agencies connect influencers with brands they think are good fits, and these agencies ensure that the influencer is compensated for the work that he/she produces. You have to apply to be a part of most of these influencer agencies, so for newer bloggers, your focus should still be on creating high quality content and engaging with your audience on all social platforms to extend your reach. I’ll give a list of agencies I use at the end of this post, but I wanted to highlight one that has been there with me through the very start of my influencer agency adventures, Collectively.