Rockin’ My Personal Style

Hi Lovely!

I recently hung out with a few of my fellow blogger friends. We grabbed breakfast and took outfit photos. I love having friends that are also bloggers. I love that we can relate to each other’s struggles. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers and talking with them, learning from them, has really helped me grow. My fellow bloggers inspire me and drive me to do more with my own blog.

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Outfit DetailsNEW♥ Dress | Bonne Chance Collections ♥ Sweater | ModCloth (similar)
Photos taken by Jenn of Hellorigby.com

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Something I’ve noticed from hanging out with lots of local bloggers is that my style and personality is a bit unique. No one I know, at least around me, wears pastels or is in to the same things as me. When I get together with fellow style bloggers I feel like I stick out a bit. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. Not at all. All of the fashion bloggers I’ve met are incredibly kind, sweet, thoughtful, and all around awesome. I love hanging out with people that aren’t exactly like me. I mean, if I hung out with people like me we’d probably get kicked out of places for being too loud and excitable.

What I’m getting at here is that through hanging out with other bloggers that maybe have different niches than me or different styles, it’s allowed me to identify and appreciate my own unique flavor. I am me and that is pretty great. I don’t have a huge following and I don’t make a ton of money from blogging and that’s okay. I love my little section of the internet and all of the amazing people I’ve met through blogging. I have learned so much and grown as a person and as a writer thanks to it.

So to all of you, thank you for taking this journey with me. Blogging has helped me become the person I am today and I wouldn’t change that for the world. Love you all!!

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Friendship and polka dots

Hi Lovely!

I’m sharing an outfit that I technically wore like a month ago BUT it is an oldie but a goodie. I wear this dress all of the time and I absolutely adore it!! This dress is from Bonne Chance and I wore this specific outfit when I met up with the amazing Jasmine (@sugarsweetswing on Instagram). She is such a sweetie and I was so excited to meet in person!
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Outfit DetailsNEW♥ Dress | Bonne Chance ♥ Shoes | B.A.I.T. Footwear ♥ Purse | ASOS ♥

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Love List | February

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Hi Lovely!

February was a busy month!! There was Valentine’s Day and my birthday! So many wonderful things! I spent most of my time hanging out with Fletch and putting together our new home. Not only was it a spectacular month in my personal life but I also saw a ton of awesome stuff on the internet! I found a nice mix of posts and I am so excited to share them with you!

♥ This post from Career Girl Daily shares a few wonderful resources for blogger.

♥ Kristina shares a few awesome tips on affiliate linking in this post.

♥ The ladies over at A Beautiful Mess did it again with this child’s desk DIY!

♥ These twitter chat tips are wonderful!!

♥ I adore Hannah’s adorable outfit in this post!

♥ Kelsey’s pizza brooch is amazing!!!! It looks good enough to eat!!

Are there any posts I didn’t share that you believe I should check out?!!? Tell me about them in the comments!

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11 Apps Every Blogger Should Use

11 apps every blogger should use

Hello Lovely!

Blogging can be time consuming. If you have taken a swing at it then you can relate. Between ensuring you always have blog posts ready to publish, sharing them on social media, and maintaining everything else it can get stressful! I feel yeah! That is why I wanted to share a few of my favorite apps that help me as a blogger. I have all of these downloaded to both my phone and my iPad and they’ve really helped me stay organized and connected with my online community.

WordPress
I suggest this app for many reasons. Firstly, I use it to respond to comments throughout the day. I know that if I wait until I get home too many other things distract me and I totally space on responding to comments. The WordPress app allows me to respond wherever I am. I also love it because I can write blog post drafts on the go. If I get inspired I can get the post going and save it to finish later.

Hootsuite
I love Hootsuite because it allows me to schedule out a ton of tweets at once! You can either auto-schedule posts or schedule them for specific days and times. If I have a post I want to continuously promote I just schedule them out all at once in Hootsuite! The great thing about having the app on your phone is that if you connect your Instagram with Hootsuite you can schedule photos to post on your computer and you’ll receive a handy notification on your phone for posting. It makes posting to Instagram regularly super-easy! Keep in mind that if you go with the free version of Hootsuite you can only connect it to three social platforms.

OneNote
OneNote is awesome! I like to keep notes and blog post ideas organized in this app. It is also great to keep personal or work related notes in. You can create different notebooks within OneNote so you have everything in one handy spot. You also have the ability to attach PDFs, insert photos, create lists, assign tasks, and a bunch of other stuff. It is a great way to keep organized.

Pocket
I LOVE using pocket to store the articles I can’t read when I first discover them but want to save for later. Since I made the decision to have more of a social media presence I’ve used Pocket to store all of the articles I want to share on Twitter and Facebook. When I need to fill up my cues I just open up Pocket and schedule away!

Buffer
Buffer is another platform that allows you to schedule content on your social media channels. What I like about Buffer is that you can auto schedule content and move things around to different days if you need to, unlike Hootsuite. The downside is that you have a limit on how many things you can schedule at a time. I schedule all of my Facebook posts through Buffer and my tweets through Hootsuite. That way I can maximize how much I schedule at a time. Also, Buffer emails you when you run out of content. I love that little reminder!

Bloglovin’
I use Bloglovin’ to keep up with all of my favorite blogs. I like having them all in one spot so when I want to read them I have one place to check. I use the app to find posts I may want to share on social media then I save them to Pocket for when I’m scheduling content.

Tagspire
Tagspire is similar to Instagram in the respect that you are basically sharing photos but with one big difference. You can get paid for sharing your style! WHAAT?! I know! So you share photos, tag products from their catalog and if people like what you share they can buy it directly from the app. Also, anyone can join!! If you decide to join the site then you will have to follow me so we can connect. My screen name is thecutielife. 🙂

Pinterest
I find a ton of really helpful articles on blogging through Pinterest. When I am searching and find a blog post or site I want to share I then save it to Pocket so I can schedule it out in my Hootsuite or Buffer platforms. I find a ton of great content that way.

Instagram
Instagram is my favorite social media site. I love strong images and the creativity people have unleashed thanks to the platform. When looking at my cell phone battery usage I discovered that the majority of my battery is used on Instagram.

Twitter
I like having the Twitter app because it allows me to keep up with followers and it is another helpful way to discover more shareable content! Again, I save the posts I like in Pocket to schedule out later.

Facebook
I recently discovered that you can “save” posts on Facebook. It has honestly been the most helpful thing ever! See a funny video on your feed but can’t watch it at work? Easy! Save it on Facebook and watch it later!! This is my favorite way to store content to share later on my blog’s Facebook page.

What are your favorite apps? I’d love to hear about them!

If you like this post then you might like my post on tech must haves for bloggers!!

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Love List | December

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Hello Lovely!!

It is nearly 2016!! Can you believe it?! I am so excited for the new year. It know it will be wonderful!! The year isn’t over yet so I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts from around the blogisphere from December. Here goes!!! Trust me, they are awesome.

♥ The wonderful Rae shares 7 universal ways to bring fulfillment to your life.

♥ I LOVED reading about Brittany’s Christmas traditions. I thought back to my families traditions and how  want to pass them on someday.

♥ Hannah shares her tips for surviving as a fashion blogger in winter.

♥ Loving the ladies over at Shaped by Style and their sequin looks! So cute!!

♥ Jenn shared a great DIY for an ugly Christmas sweater.

♥ Kimi looks amazing in this winter outfit. I want to put her in my pocket!

♥ I had to share another wonderful posts from The Outfit Repeater. This DIY Star Necklace from Hannah is absolutely amazing!

♥ The fabulous Keiko Lynn shares an amazing bouffant updo on her blog. So good!!

I love writing my monthly “Love List”. I get so much joy out of reading fellow blogger’s posts and I am so happy I can share just a few of my favorites with you. I also love learning about new blogs so if you have one you think I will enjoy please feel free to share in the comment section!!

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