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{Tomboy in a Tutu}

This was probably the most out of the box outfit I have worn.  Ever since I was a child, I have been the biggest tomboy and most of my friends can attest to that! So seeing myself in a tutu came as a major shock!  BUT it was a black tutu so I totally felt a little like myself in it. 🙂 I definitely think every girl should own a tutu once in their life and sport it around town.  You will seriously feel like a princess!

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Outfit Details:

Top – Shop Skylar Bell (Almost sold out but HERE and HERE are similar)

Skirt – Space 46 Boutique (Similar HERE) // Shoes – AMI Clubwear

Backback – Deux Lux (Similar HERE)

{Pretty in Pink}

Who doesn’t love an outfit filled with pink?? I never thought I would say that… EVER. BUT I’m turning over a new leaf and have started wearing more feminine clothing since I started blogging and have had an amazing response.

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Outfit Details:

Top – MinkPink // Skirt – Lulu’s (Similar HERE)

Clutch – Target (Similar HERE) // Watch – Chanel J12

Shoes – Jessica Simpson // Necklace – Taylor Moseley

{Timeless Style at Any Age}

I recently wrote an article for Austin Woman Magazine about what timeless style is all about and styled and modeled outfit examples of what a 20 year old all the way to a 60 year old could easily pull off.

In a world of ever-evolving wardrobe trends, a common thread remains: Classic fashion never goes out of style.

Here are my top 5 looks that made their way into the magazine. Outfit details are below each photo.

Timeless Style

Outfit Details:

 Top – Equipment // Skirt – Milly (ON SALE! HERE and HERE)

Shoes – Vince (ON SALE!) // Bag – Prada

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Dress – Lela Rose (ON MAJOR SALE!)

Cardigan – Giorgio Armani (Similar HERE)

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Outfit Details:

Top – DVF (Only ONE Avail) // Pants – Alice & Olivia

Watch – Chanel J12

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Outfit Details:

Top – Bella Dahl // Pants – Level 99 // Clutch – Hobo

Bar Necklace – Taylor Moseley

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Outfit Details:

Dress – Oscar de la Renta // Cardigan – Oscar de la Renta

Shoes – Stuart Weitzman // Watch – Chanel J12

{Colombian Vibes}

I am BEYOND sad my Colombian vacation is already over, but man was it fun! So fun, we ended up only having time to shoot one outfit! But we did get ENGAGED!!!! So obviously, it was totally worth it.  This is an extremely affordable look too – the dress is under $30 and the shoes are on SUPER SALE!

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Outfit Details:

Dress – Target // Earrings – Target // Hat – Nordstrom

Shoes – Vince Camuto // Sunglasses – Forever 21 // Clutch – Halogen

{City Skirt}

Who doesn’t love a great skirt?? Especially a skirt that has amazing cities around the world all over it? Not only does this skirt have the coolest design, it has pockets too!!

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Outfit Details:

Skirt – ChicWish (It’s under $50!) // Top – ASOS // Shoes – BP

Handbag – Hobo

Bows on Bows

I have to say… I normally don’t wear this much white, EVER, but I have just fallen in love with so many LWD (little white dresses) this summer!! This dress is the perfect length and has the cutest little bows on the back. And not only is it extremely cute, it’s extremely affordable!!

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Outfit Details:

Dress – Soprano // Shoes – Vince Camuto (Similar HERE and HERE)

Watch – Chanel J12 // Necklace – Limbo Jewelry

{Palm Green}

This little Topshop palm tree number has been a favorite among the blogger community lately!  It’s actually one of my go-to dresses now.  Not only is it extremely light weight, it flows and isn’t clingy in the heat.  When the Texas summers get up to 100 degrees or more, this is the dress you need on hand!

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Outfit Details:

Dress – Topshop // Shoes – Joe’s // Handbag – Tory Burch

{12 Secrets to Instagram Success}

Instagram How-to

How to succeed on Instagram; the question everyone wants to know the answer to. By no means will this blog post make you instafamous, but I will share some helpful tips to get you over 5-10k followers pretty quickly.

Almost everyday new bloggers or friends will ask me how I grew my Instagram so fast. I don’t have a huge following, but at the beginning of the year I was only at 3k and now at a little over 15k in a short few months. It wasn’t easy and it is a TON of work, but here are my tips that could help YOU be successful on Instagram.

1. Probably the most important… Use a real camera, get a good lens and edit your photos! Don’t use those pre-set Instagram filters… VSCOcam is a great resource if you are on the go and don’t want to deal with Photoshop.

2. This is something I need to work on more. Find a theme and stick with it from the very beginning. There are a ton of Instagram feeds that have the same color scheme and it looks AMAZING. Check out these – MichelleTakeAim, OracleFoxBlog, SarahStylesSeattle, Krystin_Lee,  and MattCrump.  This takes a lot of planning and picking 1 filter to edit with every single time, but people love cohesiveness.

3.  GET CREATIVE!! This is something else I personally need to work on.    Get creative with locations, lighting, clothing, etc.  It definitely helps you stand out more. As most people say, Create a moment. Quite a few of the photos I see, even my own, look staged. It definitely isn’t easy to scout locations all the time to have that perfect setting, but it does help so your photos don’t look like generic model photos.

4. Friends and family are your best friends. If you are just starting out I recommend asking everyone in your network to support your new Instagram account.  Share it on other social media accounts and ask people to come follow you. That will get you quite a few off the bat so people will take you more seriously.

5.  HASHTAG! Hashtags are stupid… People need to chill with the hashtags… Stuff I hear everyday. When I was first starting to grow my blog and Instagram, hashtags broadened my reach. Instagrammers, including me, search for fashion related hashtags. Don’t use stupid hashtags that are obviously ridiculous.  Use relevant tags to what you are posting.  If it is fashion, use #fashion #blogger #ootd #styleblogger #whatiwore #whatimwearing, etc.

6. I have a love/hate relationship with loop giveaways. I started participating in loops in November when they were first getting big and saw a MASSIVE increase in my followers.  That is what is so appealing about them… You just throw in $20 here and there, all loop at the same time, and watch the followers come in.  Little did anyone know that you will lose 30-50% of those followers immediately after your contest ends and then they continue to drop off as time goes on.  As of now, I will probably NEVER do another loop giveaway.  I have screwed myself because I continuously lose followers everyday and loop giveaways don’t gain you the types of followers you want.  They DON’T interact…  If you are starting out, I would do a few to gain a decent following and then build the rest organically. It’s not about how many followers you have. It’s about interaction!!

There are ways to appropriately utilize giveaways.  Partner with a brand and the 2 of your accounts will give an item away.  It’s definitely not as many followers, but they are more loyal to you and the brand and will most likely stick around for a while whether they won or not.  Most brands or retailers are down to do giveaways like this because it gives them exposure and they’re giving away 1 item that isn’t extremely expensive.

7. Start collaborating with brands. Once you have a decent following more brands will want to collaborate with you and send you free items to promote.  This brings me to my next point.

8.  Get featured. The key with getting featured is to post photos with specific items in them.  I did some research to see which retailers or brands featured the most blogs and started posting more clothing from that brand.  Most features will gain you quite a few followers and they are the followers you actually want to have.

9. Once you have a following and a cohesive instagram you can apply for RewardStyle or Liketoknow.it. This is a great resource for bloggers as it is one of the only ways bloggers are making money. If you are taking amazing photos and linking everything correctly, Liketk.it will feature you on their instagram which can gain you 100-500+ followers!

10. Something that is very time consuming, but very beneficial is ENGAGING with other Instagrammers.  This takes a lot of time but it definitely exposes your Instagram to other people out there who are looking to follow bloggers. There are a few ways to go about doing this; the first being following a ton of people. I personally don’t go this route, but it does work.  If they don’t follow you back, unfollow them. I go through related photos to like and comment on them; build a relationship with that account and hope they follow me. This has worked the best.

11. And if you don’t have time to engage that much they make programs to do this for you. The most trusted is Instagress. You can set it up to follow hashtags and images tagged with those hashtags will be “liked” automatically. (It also offers auto-follow and auto-comment features, but I don’t typically use those; it can look spammy or desperate.)

12. Now that you are on a roll, find the best time to post when your fans/followers are most active. For me it’s early in the morning, around 6pm and then around 8-9pm. Weekends are slow but I try and post at least once a day.

I hope this little guide was helpful!! Please share with anyone who is looking to boost their Instagram exposure!!