Monday, January 23, 2017

No Voice

Photography: Jamee Edwards
Sweater: Chicwish / Jacket: Blank NYC / Jeans: Blank NYC / Shoes: Louise et Cie / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here, here, and here) / Lips: @kissable_lips_by_krista Fire N Ice c/o
Want to know the worst thing to wake up to when your a Pure Barre teacher? 

No voice.

Yep, no voice.  I woke up this morning to teach with no voice. If any of my clients read this, I'm so sorry that I've been teaching with the worst voice!
All last week I was super sick with the cold, and right when things started to look up my body tanks again. What adult has time to be sick in bed?! I sure don't! All last week I was so ready to get over my sickness in order to get caught up with work, and my lack of patience in allowing my body to heal has now caught up with me. Let's see if Ive learned my lesson, and see if I can allow myself to heal before going 100 million miles all over again. 
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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Complete Guide to Blogging - Part 4


(for all part of this series click here)

Hello hello! I know this is long overdue, but part 4 of my blogging series is finally here!!! Yeah!!!! The reason why it took me so long to get this up was because between getting all my Halloween shoots done and getting ready for the holiday season I wanted to make sure I took my time with this post since it's so important. 

Today we are going to be talking about something that I get asked on the daily, "How do I grow my Instagram?" When Instagram recently changed from showing posts in chronological order to featuring what they think is relevant was definitely a game changer. I'm not gonna lie I was a part of the few that had an "Insta-Freakout" once I found out the changes that were going to be implemented.  It's no secret that the recent algorithm change has made it more difficult for bloggers, instagrammers, boutiques, and other businesses to grow their following organically. 

Those of you who are starting to build your following might feel a little discouraged, but just like anything else in life we can learn to adapt when change is implemented. And remember, "You got this!" If you want to know the tips and tricks that I've used to grow my following, then keep on reading. 

Side Note: This is a longggg post so if you don't have time now, pin the first picture onto Pinterest, and return when you are ready to dig in deep :)

Hashtags



Hashtags are such an amazing way to grow your following through instagram. They categorize your posts so they are grouped together. If you are a fashion blogger, someone can easily find your account by using the hashtags #fashionblogger #fblogger. If you choose the "right" hashtags, then it will make yourself discoverable to new followers. If you don't use hashtags then the only people who can see your content will be those who already follow you. Currently you can use up to 30 hashtags per post, and I highly recommend that you use every single one that pertains to your brand.

Relevant Hashtags

You want the biggest "bang for your buck" each time you post content. As previously stated, hashtags are a way for users to find imagery or accounts that pertain to their interests. By using hashtags that are relevant to your brand, you reduce the chance of someone glancing over your image because the hashtag didn't pertain to the image. Take me for example. Clearly I am not a mother so the hashtag #mommyblogger wouldn't do me any good. People who are looking for mommy bloggers are interested in lifestyle and family, which clearly isn't my brand. Since I am a fashion and fitness blogger, my relevant hashtags would be #fblogger, #fashionblogger, #liketkit, #blogger, #ontheblog, #azblogger, #fitspo, #fitnessblogger, #fashionista, #fitchick, #ootd, #whatiwore, etc. 

Get into the Top 9 

"What is the top 9?" you may ask yourself. Every hashtag has the "Top 9" boxes, whenever you search a specific hashtag. Getting into one of the top 9 boxes is amazing exposure for you account, and leads to more organic growth. Okay well how do I get into the top 9? Glad you asked.....
Once you decided your instagram account niche research the relevant hashtags that you can use for your posts. From there you want to A/B test your hashtags, and figure out which # per post can get you in the top 9 spot. For those of you who are just starting to build your following include hashtags that are used, but not overly used. Lets use an example to make sense out of this. 
In my hashtags I use a spectrum of used # including some that aren't overly used. One I use consisently is #azblogger which has 32k posts compared to using #blogger which has 28 million posts. See how I am apart of the top 9 for #azblogger? Getting into the top 9 spot is based not only on the number of likes per post, but also takes into account your audience's engagement. This is the perfect note to end our hashtag lecture, and dive into another subject audience engagement.

Engagement



Engagement is so key when it comes to growing your audience. Your followers keep following you because they feel connected to you, and a good way to stay connected is by actively engaging.

Captions

Aside from pretty imagery showcasing your life the captions are going to get the engagement started. While the image sets the stage for engagement, the caption creates the mood for the post. The caption allows your followers to build a better connection with you that is just outside of pretty pictures. By having captions that open up to authentic conversations between you and your follower increases your followings connection with you and your brand. 

Responding to Comments

Responding to your followers is something that nurtures your relationship you have between you and your following. We all have our insta favs, and get so giddy when they respond to our questions. Don't you want to be able to do that to your following? I'm all about making people feel special, and try my hardest to answer to all my readers comments. When it comes to my blog I can respond to each and every comment, but sometimes I find it hard to do the same thing on Instagram. I think if you always make a constructed effort to respond to your following that they will see that, and appreciate that it's actually you taking the time to respond vs someone you pay to manage your social media. 

Cheat the System - Comment Pods 

Comment what-the-heck? Let me introduce you. A comment pod is the newest rage amongst active instagrammers who are trying to grow their following. A pod is a group of instagrammers that are apart of a dm group that like and comment on each others posts. Whenever someone has a new post they send it to the group dm where others go to engage on that post. 
What's the purpose of all this work? Glad you asked...
Since Instagram changed from chronological order to showcasing posts that are more popular this is a way to bypass the new algorithm. By being apart of a pod it shows higher engagement on your profile , which then makes Instagram think that your material is popular enough to share, thus increasing the visibility of your material through the feed. I personally have tried this technique, and it honestly works! I started working in two groups back in November-Janurary, and saw an increase in growth. When the new year hit I decided to drop myself out of the groups simply because I couldn't keep up. Being apart of a pod you need to be actively engaged, and I felt like I was constantly on my phone. Ultimately I decided that I needed to be more present at home, dropped out of the groups, and not always be on my phone. 


Pictures



What separates Instagram from any other social media is that it's all based upon pictures. Since I am a photographer I live by imagery, thus making Instagram my favorite social media tool. There are three types of images that I use on my instagram account: images from a blogpost to promote the daily post, selfies, and flatlays. Each successful instgram account is unique to it's own, and has it's own style. My style for my account is colorful, and bright with natural light. Before I decide to post any image on my account I make sure it's edited, and matches the esthetic of my account. I hate using filters on my images, and edit with these apps: VSCO, Afterlight, and Facetune

Tagging / Regram



One of the ways I have really grown my following is my tagging companies or people in my images. By tagging companies it does 2 things for you. A) It allows people who are interested in the company to look onto their posts they were tagged in, and allow you to be discovered by a new readership. B) Companies love seeing their products being used, and will often regram the images. Whenever my stuff gets regrammed I always see a wave of new followers to my account. 

I hope you all liked part 4 of this series, and am hoping to get part 5 up for you in two weeks. For my next part of the series I was thinking about going over DSLR basics, and how to improve your blog photos like a professional. If there is a different topic that you think you would like to see before that let me know :)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lounge Day

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trend Spin: Skirts / Sick Day

Photography: Jamee Edwards
Top: Shein c/o / Skirt: Zara / Necklace: F21 (sold out similar here) / Jacket: Halogen / Stockings: Nordstrom / Shoes: HM / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
You guys I have been dying of sickness for the past couple days. I haven't been this sick in I don't know how long. Last week was crazy busy, and worked myself into the ground. Sorry for how late this post went up, but I've been on a Niquel drip system for two days straight. Please excuse any grammatical errors in this post. 

Even though I am feeling under the weather there is good news. I've team up with The Fashion Canvas and Walking in Memphis in High Heels to be bringing you a trend spin linkup where this weeks trend is skirts! We can't wait to see all the skirts you guys linkup with!

I'll see you guys back on the blog on Thursday!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The 2017 Day Designer Planner Review + Giveaway

Planner: Day Designer c/o
For those of you who know me really well know that this girl CAN-NOT live without her planner. I schedule every component of my life from when I wake up, workout, blog, edit, teach, and everything in between. The day I became super organized in my life was the day I stepped into college. With a heavy load of science each semester I needed to prioritize my daily life from when I attended class, studied one subject for an hour followed by a fifteen minute break, gym time, and set my daily reminders for due assignments/tests. I became OCD in college. Wait...OCD is a more simplified version of how seriously I took my schedule. 

Fast forward 3.5 years later, and I still am the scheduler I was in college. I live by my planner, and not all planners are created equal. For the past two years I've been using Day Designer, and it has been everything I needed. Besides its cute appearance, it contains everything I need to keep my life scheduled. If you are looking for a new planner to ring in the new year then keep on reading. 

Overview

The Day Designer planner is a daily planner meaning that each page is dedicated to one day minus saturday/sunday. This planner is great for that woman on the go that needs to schedule her life based upon the hour of the day. Each page contains a framework that can help set daily goals, and create plans that can be placed into action. Besides it's amazing functionality this planner is known for their cute cover designs that screams #officegoals. 

Appearance

The planner pictured in this post is the Flagship Black Spotty Dot planner. It's dimensions are 9" wide, and 9.75" tall. The cover is hard bound which will prevent you from creasing your planner. This planner is definitely not something that can be thrown into a small purse since it's big and bulky. I actually prefer something bigger so I can contain everything in it from receipts to sticky notes. I usually keep it in my car on the passenger seat so it doesn't get destroyed in my purse. The best part about the appearance is the darling covers, and the gold accents. 

Worksheets

In the beginning of the planner it contains pages that are used as worksheets for goal settings to work toward for the year. There are 6 workout sheets: My Reality Check, My Core, My Heart Goals, My Plan- Turning Heart Goals into Intentions, Ideal Month, and an Ideal Week.

The reality check page is a great way to identify "how you spend your time and money." My core page is designed to help you set goals around characteristics you want to emphasize. The heart goals page allows you to move toward your passions while using your individual strengths and values. The next page is going to be turning heart goals into intentions which gives a good framework in executing an action plan. The ideal week and ideal month pages are great ways for you to sit down, and evaluate how you are going to get the most out of each day.

Layout

The layout of this planner is by far the number one reason why I continue to use this planner. Each day has it's own page, and is broken down in hours from 5 am- 9 pm. There is so much room to write down anything and everything that you'll never feel like you need "more" space. The daily page also contains a row and check boxes for your to do list...that to me is my must. Each page also contains your top three goals for the day, and four small check boxes for whats due, dinner, dollars, and don't forget. At the bottom of the page contains a place for notes, and a section for you to write what you are grateful for. On the page that contains the combined saturday/sunday has a section at the bottom that shows each day for the following week that helps you be prepared for what comes next. 

You have finally made it to the end of this review! I have told you why I love this planner, and here's your opportunity to try it out for yourself. I've teamed up with Day Designer to be giving away one lucky person a planner of their own. Click here to enter on Instagram, and the contest will close on Wednesday 1/18 at 6 pm Arizona Mountain time. The winner will be announced on Instagram Friday 1/20. Good Luck :)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Valentine's Day Inspiration

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Layers & Lipstick Linkup - Glitter Eyeliner & Scarves

Photography: Jamee Edwards
Top: Anthropologie (old similar here , here, here, and here) / Scarf: Free People / Jeans: Rag and Bone / Booties: Go Jane (on sale for $27! These are fun to here) / Lips: @kissable_lips_by_krista Fire N Ice c/o
Back when I used to live in Utah my winters would be filled with tons of layering. 
Jackets, button downs with sweaters, beanies, hat, scarves....
You name it, I layered it! 
This winter we have had a very warm season (literally 70 degrees this week), and wasn't able to get away with my normal layering. My key items for layering this season were light weight scarves and light weight jackets.
I posted on Instagram the other day about how wearing a sweater is me pretending I live in the winter, and so many commented that they wished they were in my shoes. To me that is so funny because I would give anything to be in temps that were 30 degrees cooler. I guess we all want what we can't have....

Meet Our Cohost
Our lovely cohost for the week is Carylee from More Pieces of Me. She has such a fabulous taste of fashion and we loved how she styled her scarf! Seriously, that scarf is the cutest and a MUST HAVE! Be sure to check out her site to see all her gorgeous posts!
Featured Bloggers of the Week
These girls are absolutely gorgeous and I can't get over how amazing they look in their New Year's Eve outfits! Jessica from Love Love Love, looks so romantic in her blush pink skirt. I love how she added a top with brighter pink pattern! I can't get enough of pink!! / Joi from In My Joi looks so stunning! I'm obsessed with her sparkly top and her red lip! These girls are gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up with us!
Thank you for joining us at the Layers and Lipstick Link Up! We love sharing everything that is beauty and style, and want you to see how you rock the latest hair, makeup, and fashion trends by linking up with us. We absolutely love linkups as a way to connect and discover other amazing bloggers from all around the world. Each week bloggers may submit their posts on Tuesdays at midnight Arizona Mountain time to show their take on our beauty/fashion theme of the week. Each week we will pick our favorite bloggers who rocked our fashion/beauty trend the most, and feature them the following week.

We would love to see you linking up with us by sharing #layersandlipstick, and tagging @thejpetite @puckerupstyle on Instagram. We will feature our favorite Instagram accounts who feature our hashtag.

Next week our theme will be"skirts."

Would you like to cohost the Layers & Lipstick Link Up? Email us jessica.marie.edmunds@gmail.com and let’s organize a date

Monday, January 9, 2017

DC Ranch Peach and Lilac Styled Shoot




Happy Monday friends! You guys know I love doing styled shoots especially if they are bridal shoots.  Back in the fall I was asked by Tara from the Confetti Studio to be her bride for the shoot she styled. The colors of this shoot were absolutely gorgeous, and I can honestly say this shoot was one of the most fun shoots I've ever been apart of. Hope you love it just as much as I do :)

Photography: April Maura
Rentals & Styling: The Confetti Studio
Groom & Calligrapher: Josh Lambert - Secret Door Shoppe
Hair: Becky Dos
Makeup: Yolanda Lake
Benches & Tabels: Scottsdale Farm tables 
 

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