I Bought a House (A Little Life Update)

A Little Life Update... I Bought a House, Photo idea to announce new house, cute photo announcement for new home

I bought a house!! SURPRISE! It’s been killing me keeping this from y’all, but I bought a house! I closed on the house last Wednesday (happy birthday to me!), and I’ll be moving in later this week. On Thursday, in fact. And I could not be more excited.

I wanted to share the “before” of the house with y’all so you can see it without all my stuff in it. Keep reading for all of the photos and more about my home-buying process!

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How to Find a Blog Photographer for Fashion Bloggers

How to Find a Blog Photographer, Yellow Work Dress for Summer

When it comes to blog photography, there are so many options. You can hire somebody, you can ask a friend to shoot for you, you and a blogger friend can shoot for each other, you can set up a tripod, or you can convince your significant other to humor you and take all of your photos.

But not everybody is lucky enough to have an Instagram husband. Or, rather, an Instagram husband who can actually take good photos. Which is when a paid photographer can come into play.

In this Blogging Basics post, I will not only deep dive into how to find a blog photographer if you want to pay for your photographer… but also some tips and tricks for creating beautiful imagery using said untrained Instagram husband (or friend). Blog photography needn’t cost an arm and a leg. However, there are tradeoffs to outsourcing versus doing the photos and editing yourself.

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28 Things You Didn’t Know About Me + a 30 Before 30 Update

BP. sandals, heeled sandals, brown block heel

It’s my birthdayyyyy!!!

Before you ask what I’m doing to celebrate: I’m checking myself into Hiatus Spa this morning for a morning of pampering. And then I have lunch with Christina of Fashion & Frills at my favorite next-to-campus spot (Dive) so I can get my favorite wrap (their ahi tuna wrap – so good!). And then class + post-class drinks with friends at Tipsy Alchemist!

To celebrate my birthday, I thought it might be fun for me to share 28 things you didn’t know about me (well, unless you’re my parents… and then you def know everything).

Because I’m turning 28 today. In case you didn’t know. (Fact #1 perhaps?)

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At-Home Retinol Facial with Vivo Per Lei

At-Home Retinol Facial with Vivo Per Lei, Anti-Aging Skincare Tips, How to Use a Retinol Serum

This post has been sponsored by Vivo Per Lei.

I’ve had problematic skin for as long as I can remember. My preteen acne issues eventually became adult acne issues, and I even suffered from staph infections and MRSA as a teenager (as mentioned in this post). It wasn’t fun – believe me.

As a result of my aforementioned acne issues, my dermatologists have long recommended that I use retinol products. Retinol products boost collagen production and unclog pores… so they’re ideal for those who suffer from acne and want to incorporate more anti-aging products into their routine (aka: me).

Thus, when Vivo Per Lei reached out to me about trying out their retinol skincare line, I was eager to try the products. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been doing an at-home retinol facial two or three times each week and I have definitely seen a difference in my skin! Also this line is great because it’s actually affordable – each product is under $40!

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Effective Instagram Stories Strategy for Bloggers

Effective Instagram Stories Strategy for Bloggers, how to wear mules this summer

Better late than never, right?

After yesterday’s whopper of a post, I didn’t really feel up to the challenge of cranking out another 500-1000 words… so I stuffed my face full of popcorn and binge-watched the new show LA to Vegas. BTW it’s hilarious – highly recommend.

But never fear: I’m still here with a new Blogging Basics post. Yay, I know. This week’s topic? An effective Instagram Stories strategy for bloggers (and influencers). This is the strategy I’ve used to double my Instagram Stories viewership over the past three months – I hope it works for y’all as well as it has worked for me!

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