Hey guys, welcome to another Hump Day Dupe! I’m thinking of bringing this series back, as it’s been awhile since I did one and I think they’re pretttty great. But really, Let me know what YOU think in the comments and let me know if you want to see more posts like this!The Birkin; the iconic Hermes bag that exudes subtle elegance, and wealth. A basic Birkin costs a couple thousand at least, but adding colors and unique rare leathers can bring a bag over $40,000. Yes, that’s for reals. While even some quality knock offs can cost $1,500 there are plenty of other options around, I like this $22.50 option from Ami Clubwear.
If you ever come into my house you will probably first notice the exorbinant amount of candles. My silly boyfriend has a hard time walking into TJ Maxx or Anthropolgie and not buying a candle…As a result, our coffee table consistently has at least 4-5; our bookshelves house ones for décor and that are out of rotation, the dining room tends to have 8 (mostly tea lights), and the bedrooms have about 3 each. One thing you should know about me (that I’m thinking of adding to all my social media profiles) is that I’m not your basic bitch. You won’t find Bath & Body Works Candles or the latest sweet scents from Yankee Candle in my home. I do love Yankee Candle, but more for their few clean scents that have been my favorites for years and are good all year round.
Basic Bitching aside, WE LOVE CANDLES. Fall was all about “Peppered Citrus” and other crisp scents, but come winter we get really into the woody smells that remind us of a fire blazing or a piney tree. Here are our favorite picks for a festive home scent this winter!
1: Illume Mercury Moonglow Candle in “Fireside”
This is the newest in our collection and it just smells like you want some spiked hot cocoa and a cozy blanket.
2. Caprie Blue Winter Wonder Candle in “Balsam Forest”
All fall I’ve been hearing about girls wanting a candle that smells like a Christmas tree to make up for the fact of a fake tree. This one totally takes the cake in that realm of candles!
3. Diptyque in Vanilla
The cult-favorite votive in a sugary scent reminds me of decorating sugar cookies when I was young-yum!
4. Byredo in Cardamome
The spicy scent of cardamom evokes a need for mulled wine next to an open fire. I also love the minimalist design! and also the Byredo in Peyote; mmm smokey like a campfire within the safety of your warm home.
5. Jo Malone London in Incense and Embers
Classic incense takes me back to Christmas Eve mass in old Roman Catholic Churches of my upbringing, holding a candle decorated with pine and holly.
6. Ebb and Flow in Juniper Clove
Another mulled-wine reminiscent candle, this one comes in a gorgeous and well designed votive. A plus for branding, A plus plus for scent!
What are your favorite holiday scents? Tell me in the comments-I could always use more candles! :P
Bloggers are fans of wishlists, this I know. With the holidays just around the corner, I wanted to do a series of wishlists, all non-apparel. This week is the first, and I’m going to discuss the best books in the business for anyone in your life interested in fashion! Many of these I already own, and are ones I highly recommend. The 3 I do not own are on my own wishlist, as I’ve heard great review!1: The Boss of You
I own this book; it’s highlighted, underlined, crammed with notebook pages of my own notes. It’s full of exercises and steps to get you where you want to be in your business, whether it’s owning your own store, or the business of blogging, or anything!
2. A to Zoe
I love this book for many reasons; it’s a great coffee table book, it’s by an intelligent and iconic stylist, and goes over anything and everything you could need to know about dressing for various events and curating the perfect wardrobe.
3. Writing for the Fashion Business
This book was recquired reading for my college degree, yet it’s something I go back to time and time again and definitely suggest to anyone who takes writing for their blog seriously, or has aspirations of becoming a fashion writer.
4. Alexa Chung’s IT
This book is SO NEW to the market, yet has come with some great reviews. A collection of photos, blurbs, and stories about the iconic “it” girl is inspiration enough for any blogger coveting the “it” factor.
5. Fashion of the 20th Century
Another great coffee table book, this one is for the blogger who is visually stimulated, as it covers 100+ apparel ads spanning the history of fashion.
6. Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls
As a long time follower of the musings of Leandra behind Man Repeller, I was super stoked when she wrote a book. One of my favorite things about her blog was her way with words; her whitty rhetoric, her uncanny ability to perfectly use SAT level verbs to describe fashion, and her effortless analogies. While I have yet to pick this baby up, I need to. And so does every blogger you know!
7. The TeenVogue Handbook
This book is perfect for the fashionista in your life who has yet figured out her niche, or where she wants to go within the industry. I bought this book in college when I was at that level, and the in depth descriptions of the positions and jobs within the fashion industry helped give me a better overall view of the business, as well as helping me hone in on my favorite aspects.
8. The Fashion Book
Dictionary-like, this mini-book offers basic information about iconic designers and fashion terminology alphabetically. The cover and size also makes it a great reference book to keep on your desk or night stand! There’s also a heftier, larger version available perfect for the coffee table!
9. Fifty Dresses that Changed the World
If your blogger wants to run the world with the air of sartorial intelligence, knowledge of the iconic fashions is necessary. This book will show what it takes to make a stand out piece and to be inspired by the greats.
10. Lauren Conrad’s Style
Another celebrity penned book, this one talks about style basics, proportion, and how to dress for both the ‘burbs and the city life. Probably my all time favorite celeb book.
11. Lauren Conrad’s Beauty
LC can do no wrong; she always looks flawless, which is why she’s been on our radar for so long. I mean, do I really need to be the one to tell you how long its been since Laguna Beach was on the airwaves? Instead, read this book and take beauty tips from the gorgeous star.
12. Born to Blog
Not yet in my position, but a book I’ve skimmed through before and love. It’s great for those just beginning to ponder blogging for fun or to make it a business. Born to Blog offers easy steps with thorough explaining to help you get off on the right foot.
13. Vogue The Covers
Last but not least, every blogger would love this iconic book of inspiration. Whether for their bookshelf, desk, or coffee table this book showcases over 120 years worth of fashion history, beginning from the days when Vogue was merely sketches and Sears ads.
Do you own any of these books? What do you think of my picks for your blogger this season!?
Move over Bey, there’s a new Queen in my life and that’s continuity. Having been a blogger for so damn long I’ve definitely gone through some ups and downs in my blog. There were times when I was posting every other day, wonderful outfit posts a cool recipe every single Monday, loyal readers waiting for that next juice. But then all of a sudden I’d go a couple weeks without a post, and then it’d be a grainy set of images of a basic look that contrasted the fun sartorial looks I’d been known for. I went through blog re-designs, changing my fonts and logo, and even blog title, and I know a lot of people do too. But too much change and inconsistency isn’t good for a blog. While it’s okay to grow your blog as you grow as a person, it’s not okay to continually change it with your mood swings.
Continuity is what keeps readers and followers; they want that same experience and feeling from your next posts as they got from your old posts. Going hand in hand, quality over quantity.
For me, this has been a big thing I’ve been doing. I’ve been going through old posts and deleting ones that just aren’t of good quality that I posted just to post; just to have something up (not a good idea folks). Case in point #1: Back when IFB was the beacon of all great bloggers they would have a weekly prompt. In my quest to be included I’d whip up a post on a Saturday afternoon in a short period of time that wasn’t so great. The end result? Poorly lit and executed blog posts that probably prompted some readers to go all “WTF? What is this? Unfollow”. Example 1, “You Know I’m No Good“; which I planned to delete but am keeping as a “don’t do this”. So now, I’ve been trying to keep this blog, and anything you search on it, of high quality content.
Okay, so quality and consistent blogging, got it. But what about the rest of the aspects of blogging? Social Media is basically the new blogging platforms, so you want to make sure those are consistent as well. Look at your InstaGram profile; how do the first 9 images look? Are some darker than others, using different filters? Some of your friends and life and drinking, and others about your outfit or your latest blog post? Do another clean out (more on that in the next lesson on blogging) and make sure that the visuals you are putting out there are consistent to your brand. It will make more people want to follow you and see more of what they like.
The long and the short of it; make sure that you are PROUD of everything you put out there on your blog and it’s medias and make sure that it evokes the same brand and feeling across the boards.
Have more questions and want more? Be sure you’re following me and feel free to ask me questions on Twitter or other medias!
how can I fix it?
Changing everything but what I need help with
A little 9to5 style insp. for you! Blue is one of my go-to colors to wear, and navy and teal is very much included in that. Pairing the two together creates a cohesive look that’s still a little fun and glam thanks to some shimmer fibers and cozy textures.
photos by Mark Chen
Ever since I was a young girl, fashion magazines have been my bible. I spent my tween years poring over Seventeen, YM, Girls Life….As I grew into a rebellious, yet still aesthetic-obsessed teenager my tastes grew up into Nylon, Cosmopolitan, TeenVogue. I eventually grew up more, adding on to my reading list Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, W….The magazine’s began piling up and up, my thirst for inspiration and sartorial knowledge never quite quenched.
I’m sure you’re wondering how. It’s all thanks for RewardSurvey.com. Every other week I spend about 5 minutes, fill out a little survey, and earn $20 in credit to use towards magazine scripts! Magazines they offer range from fashion, weddings, food, business, to men’s interest, philosophy, and even newspapers! I’ve scored W, Glamour, Vogue, Seventeen, Wired, Maxim, and Details through these surveys (just to name a few). They even offer Spanish Language magazines as well, which I’ve refrained from getting to work on my Spanish, and get alternate cultural inspiration.
RewardSurvey also works with Mercury Magazines which helps bring businesses subscriptions to magazines, which includes bloggers and other small business owners! Once signed up for Mercury, they send you offers for free magazines (and USB’s and other business objects) almost weekly! Just have a valid business title and the ‘zines are yours!
Now that the secret is out….will you be joining one of these sites to score FREE magazines!?
Last weekend Z and I took to the mall for some shopping. I’m finally starting to convince him to get a jump on the christmas shopping we have to do. Anyway, while there we took a quick trip into Sephora. I’m getting really into skin/face treatments these days in preparation for (beginning to age) skin. We were planning to pick up some of our favorite Origins Active Charcoal Mask. Among a whole wall of Sephora’s Favorite we found Peter Thomas Roth’s Irish Moor Mud mask. While more than double the price, we were intrigued, especially since we had just been discussing a potential trip to Ireland! We bought it and headed home for a little date-in. We opened a bottle of wine from our trip to South Africa and applied the mask to our needy faces.
What I loved about this mask was it’s thickness; I love a thick mud or charcoal mask that really feels like it’s getting deep into my pores. The smell wasn’t too chemical.
The only negative was that upon first application it stung. Like a trooper, I stuck it out and within about 5 minutes the feeling subsided.
I left it on for the suggested time and took it off with a warm wash cloth. My face ended up feeling clean and fresh after.
All in All, we may have a new favorite face mask. Who would have thought a thick Irish mud would be the cure-all to our dry, winter skin?!
Want to try this mask out yourself? Buy it here!