10K on Instagram: What I’ve Learned So Far

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Dress: Old- Anthropologie,  Similar, Similar, Similar, Similar Earrings: Here, (less expensive options here and here),  Shoes: Here 

Y’all I am so excited to announce I hit 10k on Instagram! I hit it on my 5th month blogging anniversary (June 14th), so that makes it even more special. I just cannot believe it.  It feels like I have been an Insta blogger forever.

First off, I want to say thank you so much for the support. I would be nowhere with out all of my readers/followers. I never thought I would ever start a blog or would share my outfits on Instagram, so I am proud of myself for biting the bullet and starting this hobby. It is something I have always wanted to do, but I was afraid to put myself out there. Blogging has been a wonderful experience and a complete whirlwind. I am also so thankful I started this because it has given me great purpose while my hubby has had his busiest year of medical school.

Just a little reflection on my time as a blogger, I have achieved two goals I never thought possible: I was accepted into Reward Style and I hit 10,000 followers on Instagram recently. This is going to be a long post, so I apologize in advance.

Lately I have been getting a lot of messages about advice, especially about growing on Instagram. I am so flattered, but I don’t see myself as a expert at all! I have decided with my new milestone of 10k Instagram followers, it is finally time to stop procrastinating and share some tips.

Instagram:

I probably get the most questions about how to grow on Instagram. I want to note I have done it 100% organically. For the first few months my growth was pretty slow, but after I hit a certain point, my account has grown fast. With this being said, don’t get discouraged if your growth has been slow.

  1. Engage, engage, engage: I cannot say this enough. With the new Instagram algorithm, engaging with your followers is soooooo important. This helps your post to show up and to gain/maintain followers. (By engaging I mean liking and commenting on posts.)
  2. Consistency: To grow on Instagram, you really need to post at least once daily and 2 times max daily. This helps new followers find you and helps maintain your current ones. I started to do one post daily and have found this is easier for me to manage.
  3. Hashtags: It is important to use hashtags to make your posts more visible, but you cannot use too many. It’s all about balance. If you’ve heard about the shadow banning, Instagram is cracking down on “misusing” hashtags. I try to use between 5-15 now. I also switched to a personal Instagram account, since I have heard they’re cracking down more on business accounts. I try to not reuse the same hashtags on my posts for this reason. I also made an account that does not follow me, so I can monitor this.
  4. Similar accounts: Follow and engage with similar accounts. If you think about networking for a business, it makes sense why this helps. I have found some quality followers on Style Collective’s page.  I would normally say join like/comment pods, but with all of the rumors flying around I don’t know what to say about them.
  5. Tag brands: I tag the brands that I am wearing in each post. I really attribute this to a lot of my success, as Target followed me and posted one of my pictures on their awesomeshop page.
  6. You get what you give: I treat this blog/Instagram as a job. At first I treated it as a part-time job, but lately as I have grown I have really treated it as a second full-time job.

Blogging: 

A lot of this advice is important for Instagram too:

  1. Join Style Collective: This is a network of bloggers. They share helpful tips and articles. Here is my referral link to join.
  2. Organization is key: At first I was able to do things on a whim, but now that I’m over 5 months deep, I’ve found that that doesn’t really work.
  3. Follow similar blogs and interact with them. If you make the effort to support them, they will usually support you back.
  4. Install Google analytics to see where your most common referrals are coming from and focus on that. I have noticed with blogging my most common is Facebook, so I have been occasionally doing targeted ads to help promote my posts.

Collaborations:

Lately I have had a lot of questions about how to get collaborations. For collabs, I used to wait until a brand reached out to me, but lately I have reached out to more. I would say most of my collaborations are brands that have reached out to me, but I am starting to screenshot brands I would love to work with. Also, if you’re wanting to do a collaboration for summer clothes, make sure to reach out when it’s still spring. I am just using this as an example, since I have found out the hard way you need to ask early.

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As you may have seen in this post, I got accepted to Reward Style’s Like to know it program. I have also had many bloggers ask me for advice and what they’re looking for, and here’s what I think is key:

  1. Tagging products in your blog/Instagram posts: They like to see that you’re showing your followers where your items are from.
  2. Engagement: They like to see that your followers are engaging with you and that you’re engaging with them.
  3. Consistency: They like to see you post at least once daily.
  4. Referral: I am always more than happy to send a referral, it seems to help to have one. Just Dm me or email me 🙂

If you have specific questions, do not hesitate to leave me a comment, email me or send me a direct message on Instagram! I am always willing to help and I strongly believe in bloggers supporting other bloggers. It’s not about competition; there is room for us all to succeed!

It’s All About Embroidery

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Top: Here Skirt: Here Earrings: Here Shoes: Here Bag: Here, Here

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start! I don’t know about you, but this weekend flew by for us (they always seem to). On Friday, we went to my hubby’s med school ball and just relaxed the rest of the weekend. He only has 8 more weeks until he starts his 4th year of med school. We are both so ready!

You may have noticed that I am not doing as many blog posts as normal. I am trying to work on a new way to switch things up and maybe drop down to two blog posts weekly instead of three. I am very overwhelmed between blogging and working full-time, so this should help.

IMG_9022IMG_1206One trend I am obsessed with is embroidery.  It’s all about embroidery for summer and spring. It is everywhere from jeans to dresses. I am so glad it’s back because it reminds me of my childhood. I will never forget this little embroidered denim jacket that I had and some jeans with pink flowers. I probably still have them at my parents house.

The thing that I love about embroidery is that it incorporates so many fun colors. Bright colors make me happy, so I jumped on board with this trend quick. It reminds me of a fiesta!IMG_1205

When I wear something embroidered, I like to accessorize with colors that are in the embroidery pattern. Recently we had beautiful weather on a date night, so I decided to wear my new skirt. I decided to play up the pink and tone it down with this black ruffle bodysuit (I promise I don’t wear it everyday).  FYI, this skirt runs small, so I recommend sizing up. I also recommend wearing a bodysuit with it, since it lays better with the skirt.

Trending: The Bodysuit

IMG_7933IMG_7973IMG_7947IMG_7967IMG_7941Happy Thursday! I don’t know about y’all, but I feel like I need a vacation badly. I think it’s because my hubby is on a rotation where he goes in before the sun comes up and I feel like during the week I barely see him. It could just be my lack of sleep lately 😉 I am always more creative at night and always seem to wake up at night even if I am exhausted all day!

Anyways, one trend that I jumped on late was the bodysuit. I never in a million years thought they would be flattering, so I never tried one. I also thought they seemed weird until I saw this ruffle off the shoulder one. The ruffles were what spoke to me, so I gave it a chance. Let me just tell you, they are a major game changer!

The thing that I love about bodysuits are they give you the “tucked in” look without having a lot of fabric that gets bunched up. When I wear skirts, it always seems like I am constantly fixing my top, but with a bodysuit it gives you the perfect tucked in appearance.

I have paired my bodysuit with jeans, palazzo pants and skirts. They are so versatile! I have a feeling that I am going to be buying several more in the near future.

What is a trend that you’re loving lately?

Necklace: Kendra Scott, Similar(Same necklace, different shade of turquoise) Bodysuit: Target Jeans: Michael Kors, Similar, Similar Shoes: Target Bag: Louis Vuitton

Traveling In Comfort and Style

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Happy Monday! I wanted to start off by saying thank you to everyone who commented and reached out to me to congratulate me on getting accepted into Reward Style. I have been so overwhelmed with support and I want to thank you all because without your support I wouldn’t be here. I am planning on doing a post in the next few weeks with the story of how I started my blog and also a post about blogging tips. I am not sure if it will be combined into one post or two separate ones, but stay tuned.IMG_1185IMG_1186

Last weekend I traveled down to Texas to see my family and attend my cousin’s bridal shower near Austin. I wanted to share my travel look. When I travel, the main thing I want is to be comfortable. When you’re sitting down for hours, nothing is worse than wearing a tight pair of jeans and being miserable. This is why I like to wear loose dresses or comfortable pants when I travel. It was a little chilly that weekend, so I wore this adorable short sleeve t-shirt dress with a denim jacket and a colorful scarf. 337 Brand sent it to me, and I really like it and think it’s great quality! I sized up for a boyfriend look, but I do think I should have stuck with my regular size. The dress was a little too big on me, but with a jacket it wasn’t noticeable. When traveling I always like to wear a jacket, since the airplane is usually cold.

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This dress is such a good staple piece. I can see myself pairing it with a long cardigan and boots for fall, and I can also see me adding a fitted leather jacket for a dressier look.

Dress: 337 BRAND Jacket: J. Crew Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer, Similar, Similar Sunglasses: ilymix use code: Lifeofa20 for 20% off of your purchase Shoes: Tory Burch, Similar, Similar Purse: Michael Kors, Similar, Similar Rolling Suitcase: London Fog Pink Duffle Bag: Jon Hart

In Collaboration with 337 Brand

Popping Champagne For Some Exciting News

 

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Happy Friday, y’all!

I took a little break and I didn’t do a blog post on Wednesday since I was so overwhelmed and unorganized from being out of town over the weekend. Sometimes taking a step back is much needed.

I am back and have a special announcement…last week I received an email that I have been accepted into Reward Style’s LiketoKnow.it program! When I started a blog, being accepted into Reward Style was my #1 goal. I always wanted to be part of this program, but never thought it was something I could achieve. I remember right when I started  posting outfit pictures on Instagram, my sister-in-law asked me when I was going to get on LiketoKnow.it. I told her it would be a while, if ever. Hard work pays off!

If you don’t know about this program, it is a big deal to be accepted this early on. Today is my 3rd full month of blogging. It literally took a whole month to find out, but I am so excited! Huge bloggers/influencers like Katey McFarlan and Emily Gemma are part of the program, so I was literally shaking when I read the acceptance email. I feel like a legit blogger now!

What is LiketoKnow.it?

LiketoKnow.it is a service that allows you to shop products you see in your Instagram feed. Instagram doesn’t allow clickable links to products, so when you see a product or outfit you like, you can’t just click over to the product directly from the Instagram post. With LiketoKnow.it,  you can just “like” the post as usual and get an email sent to you with product links.

How to sign up

1. Register your email at LiketoKnow.it.

2. Like Instagram posts that mention LiketoKnow.it.

3. Once you sign up, you will automatically receive an email with ready-to-shop product links for photos you like on Instagram.

Now that the news is out, I also wanted to share one of my favorite outfits that I recently wore recently. I thought the champagne picture was very fitting.

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I received this jacket from Coalition LA and LOVE it! It is the perfect thing to throw on during a cold spring day and I know it will be perfect for fall/winter. For reference, I am wearing an XS and it fits like a glove. The cool thing about this brand is that the products are vegan.

The jacket really gives this chiffon tulip skirt a little edge. I think the striped shirt and the black and nude shoes really tied the skirt and jacket together. I wanted to dress this look up, so I wore a statement necklace and studded pumps.

Cheers!

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Jacket: Coalition L.A. Top: Old, Similar Skirt: Target Shoes: Dillards, Similar Bag: Kate Spade, Similar Necklace: Target

In collaboration with Coalition L.A.

The Perfect Pink Lace Dress

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Happy Monday! I cannot believe Easter is on Sunday. I made our brunch reservations last week at a restaurant called Cheever’s. If you ever visit OKC, I highly recommend it!  I am so excited to celebrate this holiday that is important to my Christian faith. I’m hoping that my hubby gets done with his weekend rounds early. You never know with his medical school schedule.

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This weekend, I took Friday off. It was seriously much needed to have an extra day off. My mom and I went shopping at North Park Mall in Dallas and we went to lunch at The Neiman Marcus Mermaid Bar, as is our tradition. I didn’t buy a whole lot, but it’s always fun to look! After a quick stop in Dallas, we woke up early and headed to Lake LBJ in Austin for my beautiful cousin’s couple’s shower. I am so excited that my baby cousin is getting married. Unfortunately, my hubby couldn’t come down (go figure). He had to work on Saturday for his pediatric rotation. It is hard to go to things like couple’s showers or parties without your man, but it’s the sacrifice we have made to ensure a successful future (with much more free time at that point!).

Since Easter is around the corner, I wanted to share what I will most likely be wearing. I bought this dress at SheIn and am obsessed with it. This dress can go from a wedding to Easter Sunday. I will be wearing a little navy trench coat on Sunday, since it looks like it might be chilly. For Easter, I would accessorize with different earrings, since these are more for a night look.

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This lace dress is gorgeous, so I wanted to let it be the focal point. I wore my hair half up to show off some gorgeous earrings and wore my favorite rock stud heels. They’re not Valentino’s, although I get asked that all the time. They’re great dupes! I accessorized with my favorite little bag.

What are you wearing for Easter?

Dress: SheIn Shoes: Old- Dillards, Similar (I have these are red and LOVE them, they are TTS). Bag: Louis Vuitton Earrings: Lisi Lerch, Similar

Floral Palazzo Pants

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Happy Friday!  I am so excited because I am off from work today. I am flying down to see my family and going to my cousin’s bridal shower. An extra day off is much need! My poor hubby has to work this weekend, so unfortunately he will be home alone this weekend. I guess that’s part of med school 🙁

I have to share a funny story: the other day I was trying on outfits for an upcoming shoot and I didn’t think my hubby was paying attention. I tried on a white dress that was a potential Easter look and the dress was way too big and was super frumpy. I hadn’t even looked in the mirror yet and my hubby told me I looked like a Sunday school teacher. I guess at least he’s honest!

Date night is around the corner, so I thought I would share one of my recent date night looks. We already had our date since hubby is home alone, and no, I didn’t wear the “Sunday school teacher outfit.”

I wore these floral palazzo pants and this black body suit on our date. To be honest, I never thought I could pull off palazzo pants so I’ve avoided them. It wasn’t until I went to Target and “accidentally” ended up in the clothing section that I found these. I thought they were super cute and tried them on.

I think the key to palazzo pants is how you style them. When trying them on at home, I tried about three tops before I liked my outfit. With these, it was all about finding a fitted top to make it look like a jumpsuit.

The top that I am wearing is actually a body suit. I never in a million years thought I would try a body suit, but on that same Target trip I found this adorable ruffle one. I am going to have to invest in more bodysuits because it makes the shirt lay better tucked in. My husband wasn’t 100% in love with this look, but I loved it and that’s all that matters, right?

What are you doing this weekend?

Top: Target Pants: Target  Earrings: Lisi Lerch Shoes: Sam Edelman Purse: Louis Vuitton 

Work Wear Wednesday

 

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Happy Wednesday! We are half way through the work week! I am counting down the days until the weekend. One thing I especially struggle with both working a full time job and blogging is lack of time. Especially in the morning, since I am sooo not a morning person. Organization is key for me and one thing I do each Sunday is pick out each work outfit for the upcoming week. This is a major time saver for me. Also, it saves me from the “I have nothing to wear” panic when I’m in a hurry.

When it comes to work wear, I tend to be less inspired and I get bored of my clothes quickly. I don’t like to buy a lot work clothes, so I like to use what I already have and change it up.

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On Monday, I was not happy for the weekend to be over and I was feeling unmotivated, so I picked out a more fun look. I notice this helps with my attitude! I wore this new tweed skirt that I got during the Loft sale. I wanted to share it because it shows you can wear a statement necklace and a print and still be professional. I paired it with all navy and a pop of blush, since it’s the big color for spring. I walk a lot at work, so I paired it with low nude colored shoes. In the future, I plan to wear the skirt with a blush top, a red necklace, or a white top to change it up. Even emerald green or yellow would work too.

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I love to incorporate bright colors and prints into my work attire so I don’t get bored. I am very creative and drawn to bright things. I work in marketing, so I need to be a little more creative than some other occupations. I love to wear bold prints like leopard and bright colors. I have found that statement necklaces or colorful cardigans help my wardrobe stay fresh and less boring.

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Top: Old- Forever21, Similar Skirt: Loft Necklace: Kendra Scott Shoes: Old-Sam Edelman, Similar Purse: Louis Vuitton

 

 

Blushing In Cold Shoulders

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IMG_1102Happy Monday and happy April, everyone! This weekend was MUCH needed. On Friday, I felt like I barely made it through the day because I was stressed and exhausted from work and keeping up with blogging/Instagram.

After work, I met up with a local Instablogger, Candace. We took pictures of each other in the downtown area and it was really fun. Our husbands are both over taking pictures of us, so it was perfect.

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On Saturday I woke up with a horrible migraine. I am so thankful to have a husband who is almost a doctor, as he was able to get me back to normal fast. He thinks it was a stress let-down migraine. I decided to get super organized and clean the house, so hopefully I won’t get so stressed next week. Later in the evening, we had friends in town, and we went to dinner and went out after. On Sunday, I slept in and then in the afternoon met two local bloggers for brunch and shopping at Nordstrom Rack. It was so much fun!

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One of my favorite trends this year is cold shoulders. While they don’t work for all situations such as at the office, they are so fun for the weekend. I got this dress at Target and I think it’s absolutely gorgeous. When she saw it, my mom was surprised the dress was from Target

This dress is flowy and very romantic. The dress was already a statement, so I paired it with some simple bow heels and simple jewelry.

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Dress: Target Shoes:Kate Spade, Similar, Similar Bag: Louis Vuitton Necklace: Kendra Scott Earrings: Kendra Scott 

Chambray And Bell Sleeves

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IMG_1074Happy Friday! This week has gone by decently fast, but I am so ready for the weekend.  I feel like I NEED this weekend, so I can get super organized. Work has been really busy, so I’ve been a little overwhelmed with that.

My husband is finishing off week 1 out of 6 on his pediatrics rotation. It doesn’t seem like this is the most intense rotation, but it is definitely different than being on electives. We both have been really tired, so sleeping in will be a must. This weekend we have my husband’s best friend and his sweet girlfriend coming in town on Saturday, so that will be nice.

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As you probably can tell, bell sleeves are one of my favorite things. If/when they go out of style, I will be that girl still wearing them! When I saw this dress online, I knew I had to have it. It combines two of my favorite things: chambray and bell sleeves. Chambray is one of those things that is almost always in and is classic for spring. It is so lightweight and effortless.

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When I received this dress, I knew my new wedges would be the perfect casual touch to go with it. I decided to wear a statement necklace since the dress is pretty simple. This dress is very versatile. You can pair it with the shoes I did for a date night look, or you could also do flats for a casual running around town look. You could also do boots and tights for fall.

What is a trend that you’re loving lately?

Dress: SheIn Necklace: Kendra Scott in Rose Quartz Shoes: Steve Madden Purse: Louis Vuitton