Thursday, September 18, 2014

On Sponsored Posts. The truth. And stuffs.




Hi! 
This is going to be a little bit different from what I usually write but I just wanted to bring something up with all of ya. Hope you don't mind. And I guess before I begin this whole spiel, I should tell you about the kinds of sponsored posts I've done in the past. 


($$$ = I get compensated for it)
1. Product Feature: I wear a gifted item on the blog.
2. Blogger Feature: blogger does a guest post on my blog. $$$
3. Company Feature: a full post solely about a company/shop. $$$
4. Product Feature: a full post solely about a gifted product. $$$
5. Giveaway: a company hosts a giveaway on my blog. $$$ 
6. Sidebar Ad: an ad is placed on my blog sidebar. $$$

What I'm mainly talking about today is option #3 and #4.


For a while I stopped doing sponsored posts like #3 and #4. But I've decided to become open to doing them again. But this time, it's going to be different. In the past when it came to sponsors, I used to think... "Free stuff?! More moneys?! Yes!" to almost anything that came along. Shaaaaaame! I know. But then when I found that the "free stuff" wasn't always so great, it felt awkward posting about them ya know? And I would try my best to blog nice things about them without compromising my integrity but sometimes, those lines started becoming blurred and I felt like I was being forced to say certain things. It wasn't very fun. Because as much as I wanted "all opinions to be my own," inside, I always had this small feeling of obligation to say certain things. And I didn't like doing that. So I stopped doing those kinds of sponsored posts completely. 

But then, that got me thinking. You know what one of the many beautiful things about blogging is?? The opportunity to work with different brands and share them with you guys. Because honestly, there are sooooo many little boutiques and companies that are worth blabbing about and I didn't want to cut out that part of the blogging world completely. Because it really is exciting when I find something awesome that I think you guys would enjoy too. So basically, I decided to start it up again but be more picky with it. But guys, lets be real. Even if I'm picky, sometimes things still turn out to be.... meh. And when those situations arise, I don't want to find myself stuck in that same place where I was before. Feeling all obligated and stuff.

So this is what I'm doing. I'm letting all potential sponsors know that if I receive a product that I don't like, I'm giving them two options. The first is to pretend like it never happened. Meaning, I won't blog about it at all. Cuz' you know, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. And the second option is to go with the post as planned anyway. This way the company might not get the most positive review, but at least they're still getting some kind of exposure. Because you know, exposure is everything nowadays. So this is how I plan on keeping myself in check. I know it's not the biggest epiphany or anything, and a lot of bloggers don't need to go through all of this because they're already awesome like that. But I do. And I just wanted to share this with you guys. Because you's are all the beeestest ;)


And so with all that said, Mindy Mae's Market sent me this necklace and people! Isn't it absolutely beauuuuutiful!?! Why yes it is! - see how smooth I was with that transition just there? ;) Hah. But seriously, I mean look at it. It's a stunnah f'sho. Check them out okay?


<3

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wearing:
sweater: 2020Ave- - similar (1, 2, 3)
hat: anthropologie- - similar (1, 2)
shoes: dsw- - also here
necklace: c/o mindy mae's market
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Makeup Tutorial? (and also, lots of selfies)





First of all, sorry for all the selfies guys. I just wanted to show off the makeup and it's kinda hard to do that without my face being the focus of it all. Hah.


Anyways, I was never really into makeup before but after going to beauty school, I'm becoming more and more obsessive with it. It's dangerous I tell ya! But I'm never really one to go extreme with my makeup either- - unless it's for a special occasion of course. And to be honest, I really don't know much about makeup at all. I'm kinda just learning as I go. Trial and error I guess?

When it comes to shopping for new products, the number one thing I ask for is something that won't make me look too cakey or too dramatic. My favorite look is definitely a natural, flawless looking face. The photos above show me wearing a lot more make up than I usually would but I'd like to think it's not too crazy. What do you guys think? Is it natural? Or a bit heavy looking? Vote below and leave me a comment! I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

Oh, and I'm most definitely NOT the greatest at makeup but if you would like a tutorial on how I achieved this look and the products I used, lemme know :)

What do you think? (you can pick more than one answer)
makeup looks too heavy.
makeup looks natural.
makeup tutorial please!
makeup tutorial wouldn't interest me.
Other
Please Specify:



Wedding tidbits.





Last weekend Jerry and I headed out to Montana for his cousin Kim's wedding. It was the cuuuutest outdoor wedding in a barn setting and I'm so glad that we were able to make it. Definitely didn't get very many photos but there's a good reason for it. I promise! But that story is for another day. Anyways, Montana has a lot more to offer than you would think guys. Like good shakes and stuff- - ha ha. And a lot more I'm sure. We just didn't get to do much exploring. Quick trip. You know how it is. The worst part of the trip was probably the little airplane that we had to fly in on. That thing shakes! A lot. I think I almost had to use the barf bag for the first time. Ew. :/
But again, the wedding was absolutely beautiful! And it made it all worth it to be there :)





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Save The Moneys: Online Shopping Edition



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Okay, so one of my guilty pleasures is online shopping. Or more like online window shopping. I can honestly spend hours looking at cute clothes online without actually buying them. Hidden talent? I think so. BUT, there are those times when I feel like caving because I see something that I absolutely MUST have. You know what I mean. You've been there too. So, here are some of my tips to online shopping that can save you a lot of money :)



1. Upcoming holiday.
  • If there's a holiday coming up such as thanksgiving, labor day, or even halloween, then wait! There's sure to be some kind of  discount code the shop will give out. Shops honestly love giving out those special deals and it's usually anywhere from a 15% to 50% off discount.

2. Look at other sites for better prices
  • A lot of clothing brands are held in multiple shops. For example, say I like this Free People sweater from Revolve clothing. But it's $76 on sale. Still kinda pricey. So, what I would do is type "Free People Dash Sweater" on google search and ta-daaa! It's also found on Piperlime for $55, and on Shopbop for $43! So don't jump on something the first time you see it. Definitely hunt it down somewhere else for a better price.

3. Google discount codes
  •  I can't even begin to tell you how much money I've saved just from google searching discount codes. Even if the shopping site doesn't have any listed on their page, it's very likely that they have one out there. These discounts usually only range from 10% to 15% but hey, anything helps! Even if it's a code just for free shipping.

4. Sale section
  • I always always always shop the sale section first before looking at the full-priced items. Why? Because if I find something I like on sale, I'm way less likely to want to pay for something else at full price. But maybe that's just me.

5. Put it in the online shopping cart, and walk away.
  • That's right people. walk. a. way. I pretty much do this for everything that I buy online. I put it in my shopping bag, and leave it there for anywhere from 2-7 days. Why? Well because of the "lust at first sight" factor of course. When you see something cute for the first time, you automatically think, "omg! I HAVE to have it!" But really guys, you really don't. And after you give it a couple of days to sink in, you might look at that oh-so-cute top again and think... wait a minute, I already have something like that. Or... wait a minute, it's not that cute. Or... wait a minute, I guess I wouldn't even wear it that much. And then the "lust at first sight" factor is gone and you're finally thinking straight again :)

6. Wait a season
  • If you have the patience to do so, wait an entire season or two before buying. I can guarantee you the price will drop at least 40%. Plus, you might find a discount code to add on top of that. This free people top I'm wearing in the photo above for example, was about $60 or so when it first came out. But I waited a few months and got it for more than 70% off! I felt like a winner.

7. Poshmark
  • Have you guys heard of the app Poshmark? It's amazing!!!! And no, this isn't a sponsored post or anything. I honestly just love the app. It's a place where you can buy and sell old or new clothing and you won't believe the treasures people are trying to get rid of. I bought some Steve Madden wedges for $15 and they were originally over $80. They were worn once but still in great condition. I just cleaned them with some alcohol and they're easily now one of my favorites. If there's something you're wanting but not loving the price, check it out on Poshmark first. You might actually find it for a way better deal.

 8. Give yourself a budget.
  • Jerry and I started doing this and let me tell you, it's the best thing ever! Because now if I want something really expensive, I don't feel bad about buying it as long as it fits in the budget. And if it doesn't, then that's just one more reason why I shouldn't buy it. And it makes it easy for me to just forget about it. 



So that's my long online shopping tips for you. If you have any others that work for you, I'd love to hear them! Comment below or just email me. Happy shopping!