BBMA Fashion Winners

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Happy Monday! 

In case you missed it, last night was the 2017 Billboard Music Awards! I actually very rarely watch award shows, but to be honest there wasn’t much else on TV and I was curious! I caught a couple hours on it and really enjoyed the performers and the fashion. And can we talk about Drakes sweep of awards?!

So today I’m here with my picks for BBMA Fashion Winners. Be sure to let me know your top picks in the comments! (Photo credits to vogue)

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Florals

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I’ve been meaning to post this outfit for SO LONG. Right when the weather started getting warmer the hubby and I went down to National Harbor in Maryland. It is SUCH a cute little waterfront area – perfect for an outfit post ha! 

This top is one of my all time favorites. I love the floral print and I feel like it goes so well with so many different outfits – denim, white pants, black shorts, and on and on..

I have to be honest that these shoes hurt a bit, but I like them so much that I just stick it out! Any tips for making shoes hurt less or break in faster? I’ll take them!

Similar Top (mine is too old!) | Jeans | Shoes (over half off!) | Similar Cardigan

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BIRCH BOX VS IPSY + April Unboxing

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I am finally back with a brand new video. I had terrible wifi traveling for the past week and a half, so it’s a little overdue. But I’m sharing my Birch Box Vs Ipsy + April Unboxing!

I’m so excited to finally be back and editing pictures and videos for you guys. Last week the hubby and I went to Iceland for two days, then Paris for 4 days. It was such an amazing trip and I cant wait to share outfits, travel guides, travel diaries, and other fun stuff. Be sure to stick around via email (on the sidebar) or by clicking here so you don’t miss one thing!

 

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Fitness Friday: Challenge 1

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Fitness Friday is making a comeback! I used to have this series on my blog probably over a year ago. Actually, well over a year ago.. where I would share healthy recipes, workout videos, workout clothes, motivation, etc. I’m feeling motivated to get back in shape and figure sharing it on here is actually a great way to hold myself accountable.

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Each week I’ll be posting a “challenge” of sorts that I’m hoping some of you might do along with me! Nothing crazy, but little things to do each day for a week that pave the way to a healthier lifestyle. So here is Fitness Friday: Challenge 1!

This week we will… walk more! The goal is 10,000 steps each day. If you don’t have an activity tracker, most smart phones track this now as well, so no excuses! 🙂

There’s easy ways to get moving – walk around while you’re on a call, take your dog on an extra walk, take the stairs, park further away from the door. So let’s do this! And have a great weekend!

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Make Money Blogging – An Interview

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I’m so excited today because I’m back with a FIRST EVER interview on Trend Keeper.

I was browsing twitter a few days ago when I came across Krista Aoki. She blogs HERE and has incredibly interesting posts for anyone interested in the blogging industry. What caught my eye was this post she did about her monthly income update. She has been very successful in a really short period of time. Coming from someone who has been blogging for a couple of years now, I was impressed to say the least! So immediately I had to reach out and see if she would be willing to answer a few questions for all of you and I’m hyped to share this with all of you.

Without further adieu… the interview! A huge thank you to Krista and be sure to check out her blog (on a side note, she’s super nice!). 

 

1. What motivated you to start blogging?

​Honestly I’ve been blogging since I was in middle school and maintaining a Livejournal was just the cool thing to do.
But towards the end of last year I was on a nice winter hike with one of my good friends. She had read some of the very passionate posts I wrote on my personal blog. And she asked me, “Do you make money from your blog?”
What?!?! I thought. You can make money blogging?
 
So earlier this year, in January, I thought about what she said. I started researching more and more about blogging for profit. And I thought, wow. If these people can do it, having not known what they were doing before, so can I.​ 


2. If you had 3 tips to give to a new blogger, what would they be?

​1. If you want to earn money blogging, go self-hosted. It’s not a gimmick. Having your own domain and what comes with it makes you look all-around more professional. Plus, with self-hosted WordPress, you can go to great lengths to customize your blog to make a user experience fantastic.
 
2. Make sure you have all social media platforms for your blog (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bloglovin, Pinterest, and even Google+). You don’t need to master all of those platforms right away. At the start, choose two to focus on and go from there.
 
3. Blogging takes a lot of time and organization. Since it does take a lot of time, make sure the niche you choose to write about is something you feel passionate about. At first I had a “style” category on my blog. Then I realized I couldn’t really talk for days about style, because I don’t really have any. Haha!


3. What’s your favorite social media platform, and why?

​I LOVE​ using Facebook. On my Facebook page, I can share stories with my readers. It’s like a mini blog page where I can really get personal and let my readers know what drove me to write an article.


4. What are your goals for your blog? And are you currently blogging full time?

​Although I’m not blogging full time, I would LOVE to turn blogging into a career.​ I might start out consulting first. You know, reviewing others’ blogs and helping them target areas of improvement. I think I have an eye for that. Eventually, I’d like to write an eBook or design a course to help others build a beautiful, successful blog.
 
Right now, I blog on the side. It’s a little difficult. But, my boyfriend and I rarely have any free time together (I think we share one day off per month! haha). So working on my blog gives me something fulfilling to do in my free time when he’s not around.


5. What do you use to inspire you if you ever hit bloggers-block or get worn out?

​If I ever get bloggers block or worn out, I go on a run with my dog or take a day off from blogging. I normally come back refreshed and inspired!

I also have a huge list of ideas to write about (some are okay, some are bad, some are great). So I never worry about what to publish.




Thanks again to Krista for her time and I hope you all enjoy her advice!
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Midi Skirt

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How long does it take for a bad cold to go away?! 3 days.. 3 years? (it feels like the latter)

Today I’m back with my only and FAVORITE midi skirt! I was always skeptical about midi skirts because I’m on the short side. And by on the short side, I mean very short. But I paired this one with a tank bodysuit TWICE in NYC for fashion week. That sounds gross, but I promise it’s not.. ha! I wore it out to dinner one night then for pictures the next day because I loved the way the styles mixed together. A good bodysuit is great for a short event to pair with a high waisted skirt (like this one) or some high waisted shorts or jeans.

These photos were also taken at the High Line park in NYC which is basically just an elevated park above the city. Its right on the water in the midtown/Chelsea area and I would 100% recommend. It has amazing views of the fashion district and the gorgeous waterfront and Jersey. It’s several miles long – we didn’t walk the whole thing – but it’s a gorgeous place to take a nice stroll or stop for some coffee along the way.

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NYFW Outfit Diary – DUMBO

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REALLY long time, no talk! I guess I just needed a break for a few weeks. And then this weekend I came down with a terrible cold/sinus infection and have been glued to the couch or bed – so it’s the perfect time to catch up on this!

But this time I’m back with another NYFW outfit diary – DUMBO edition! One of my must see spots this latest trip to new york was DUMBO – Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. You’ll have an amazing view of downtown, but you’ll still have the quaint and quiet(er) environment of Brooklyn. It has to be my favorite spot I’ve seen yet in NYC. If you’re ever there, we took the subway down and walked about 4 blocks straight towards the pier.

This dress is one of my go-to’s for layering and it’s actually a long sleeved top in xxl.. ha! I got this for a halloween costume a few years ago and it’s still one of my favorite items.

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New York Fashion Week – The Trends

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Today I’m back with my report from New York Fashion Week – The Trends! I’ll be talking the top 3 trends I saw for Fall 2017 at NYFW and then some picks for how you can wear the trends in normal, everyday life.

My vlog went up about a week ago and I’m so excited to finally be able to share my experience. If you have any questions about being invited, the experience, finding a hotel – ANYTHING – leave it in the comments for a post coming up!

 

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1. All about the angles. Sharp lines were all the rage on the runway – from tilted skirt hems to straight edge off-the-shoulder tops. And I have to say, I really like it. There are so many ways to mix angles to flatter any body shape. Go for short angles to accentuate a feature and longer angles to create a long and lean illusion. Angles can also be mixed with more feminine clothing items to mix styles and create an edgy-classic outfit.

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2. Mix those materials. Leather with mesh, velvet with silk – mixing materials seemed to appear in every single outfit! This isn’t a new thought in the fashion world, but it’s back with a vengeance. It’s the perfect way to wear a monochromatic outfit but still not look one-dimensional. Mix and match items in this slider.

 

3. Take risks! I personally felt like all of the styles showcased on the runways were taking risks and pushing boundaries. Personally, the second day of NYFW was when I really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and wore an outfit I would normally never wear (photographed above). But you just have to werk it! Showcase your personal style no matter what it is and you will look AMAZING! This was the time I felt the most confident and the only time I was photographed by street photographers. Obviously, other people should not make you feel validated – but it’s pretty cool, right?! 🙂 Also, another given that runway styles are going to be pushing limits, but I think it’s a great takeaway and the best inspiration for all of us in our everyday lives to own our personal styles.

I hope you enjoyed my recap of the trends from NYFW! Again – any comments about attending, getting invited, styles, ANYTHING – leave in the comments!

 

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NYFW Vlog

Hey y’all! Long time no talk. I feel like I say that every post.. and say that every post..

Anyways, right after NYFW I was traveling for work, then busy at home and now I have the FLU. For the first time in my life. I’ll be heading to the doctors soon but I had to get this up first – priorities, right?

All my outfits in this video will be coming up in posts over the next week or so with details, along with some posts on how to be invited to fashion week and the top trends from this season! So stay tuned.

And without further adieu.. come along with me to fashion week in my NYFW Vlog!

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NYFW Style Diary – Outfit 1

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Hey y’all! First of all.. Happy Valentine’s Day!

So I know I’ve mentioned it before and if you follow me on social media (which you should) you’re probably tired of me talking about it… but I went to NYFW! It was my first time to ever go, and I feel like I learned so much that will have me crazy ready for next season.

It was honestly such an amazing experience. I’ve always loved fashion shows and local fashion weeks, but going to NYFW was a whole different ball game. It was insanely hectic with tons of people trying to find their seats, check-in workers looking out for celebrities, street style photographers all along the blocks – but I loved it. I ended up going to two shows and unfortunately had to rsvp no to a lot, but I’m kind of glad I got to ease into the experience and spread out the shows so I could really enjoy it.

I have a lot of outfit posts coming up along with other NYFW posts – how to get invited, my experience, top trends I saw – so be sure you stay subscribed! I’m on bloglovin here or you can subscribe via email in my sidebar.

And now onto my NYFW style diary – outfit 1!

These photos were taken at my first show – Hakan Akkaya. I’ll have some recaps of the shows I attended coming up as well! So many posts.. so little time! And yes, I am wearing my camera bag and have my go-pro and barcode in the other hand. Space was limited.. sorry!

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