Fashion Blogger Feature: Hey Pretty Thing

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I’ve been receiving questions on how I got started with my fashion blog and how someone can start his/her own fashion blog. Rather than just having these conversations on the side, I wanted to share my thoughts and tips with you. I’ve also interviewed some of my favorite fashion bloggers to provide inspiration for you. These bloggers are the ones who have personally inspired me to start and continue my blog. I hope you enjoy this fashion blogger feature series. Thank you.

Today’s fashion blogger feature is Carolyn from Hey Pretty Thing. I found her blog a year or two ago. I love the style of her photos, her personal style, and all her travel endeavors she shares on her blog.

Could you describe your blog & tell us how long you’ve been blogging.
My blog Hey Pretty Thing is mostly about personal style, beauty, and travel. I grew up on the internet and was an OG blogger (I’m talking back in the days of LiveJournal, Xanga, Angelfire, Geocities, etc.!) so I feel like I’ve been blogging forever! As for HPT, I’ve had that for about 5 years.

Why did you start fashion blogging and how did you get started.

My blog celebrates the “pretty things” in life. The idea came years ago when I was talking with friends about the value of beauty. I thought things that existed only to be beautiful seemed frivolous, and sometimes I got too serious and utilitarian about life. So I created a blog that reminded me to slow down, enjoy life, and pursue beauty – whether that comes in the form of wearing a fun top, being engrossed in a good conversation, or traveling to a new city.

What has been a challenge for you in maintaining your blog.
Finding time for everything — I’m a high school English teacher and I blog at night and weekends. I do work all the time, but I love everything I do!

What keeps you motivated, and how do you find inspiration for your posts.

Traveling and new experiences re-energize me in creating new content. I also follow a lot of blogs so that constantly inspires me.

What would you say to someone who wants to start a fashion blog
(Or, do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start a fashion blog)
Be consistent! Most people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into writing a blog, but growth will happen if you create quality content, post regularly, and plan your editorial calendar ahead of time.


Carolyn: Blog || Instagram || Facebook || Twitter

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this inspirational and helpful. I know I certainly did. I want to thank Carolyn for saying yes to this short interview. If you haven’t already, check out her blog and follow her on social!

Don’t forget to sign-up for our e-letter to stay updated on the latest news! Check out our FREE Fashion guide. And if you missed the first part of this series, read it here. I interview Adriana from Fake Leather.

As always, I wish you the best =)

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Why You Should Start a Fashion Blog || Fashion Blogging

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“Should I start a fashion blog?” If you are asking this question you probably already know the answer.

If you want to start a fashion blog, I say go for it! You have nothing to lose. And, if you figure out that you don’t like blogging about fashion, you can at least say you tried and didn’t like. (Otherwise, you’ll probably spend the rest of your life wondering how your life would be different if you did start that fashion blog).

Starting a fashion blog is not difficult. There are a ton of tutorials out there to help you start your blog, especially on the technical side. But I’m not here to talk about how you can start a fashion blog. I’m here to talk about why you should start a fashion blog.

If you already have a fashion blog, that’s awesome! (Leave it in the comments, I would love to visit!). I hope you will gain some inspiration from this post, even as a blogger yourself.

If you are still undecided, this post will help guide you in going through with starting your fashion blog.

(And if you are not interested in starting a fashion blog at all, this post can still be applied to any kind of blog or website!) READ MORE

Fashion Blogger Feature: Fake-Leather

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I’ve been receiving questions on how I got started with my fashion blog and how someone can start his/her own fashion blog. Rather than just having these conversations on the side, I wanted to share my thoughts and tips with you. Moving onward, I will be sharing a few of my fashion blogging tips and tricks. With that said, you will not only receive my personal tips, I’ve interviewed some of my favorite fashion bloggers to provide inspiration for you. These bloggers are the ones who have personally inspired me to start and continue my blog. I hope you enjoy this fashion blogger feature series. Thank you.

Today’s fashion blogger feature is Adriana from Fake Leather. I found her blog around the time I first started blogging (few years ago). Her blog post layouts are clean, minimal, and it looks like I’m flipping through a chic magazine. I love both her written content and her style. She has definitely inspired me to try new ways to wear a classic piece.

Without further adieu, here is her interview:

Could you describe your blog & tell us how long you’ve been blogging
My blog’s name is Fake Leather and I’ve been blogging for 6+ years about personal style, lifestyle & beauty. I feel pretty lucky that I started when everything was organic, we blogged because it was a need for us to express and, because there was no sponsored content at that time, we all were honest about our opinions.

Why did you start fashion blogging and how did you get started
I always wanted to study something related to fashion but my mother didn’t allow it (“you can’t make a living of that” she said) so, while I was studying graphic design, I created a blog because I wanted to do something creative in fashion. I started picking up a name that was available and a very simple Blogger template. I used to take my photos on my front door with a tripod and a super basic camera. I was doing it for fun and I actually didn’t care much about the quality.

What has been a challenge for you in maintaining your blog
The main challenge is to be your own boss and stay disciplined. Because you don’t have a person telling you “do this tomorrow, write this post now and publish at least 2 Instagrams per day” you have to be dedicated with your blog and your schedule. This is, of course, affected by mood changes and days where I don’t feel inspired at all.

What keeps you motivated, and how do you find inspiration for your posts
I think I seriously love blogging, from picking up outfits, to taking photos and editing, I truly enjoy the whole process and that’s my main motivation. I want to challenge myself and see if I’m able to create something even better this time, if not, well, there’s always another day. I find inspiration everywhere, from magazines, to movies and window shopping. I love fashion but I want to give it my own touch.

What would you say to someone who wants to start a fashion blog (Or, do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start a fashion blog)
Do it for the right reasons! There’s nothing wrong with putting food on the table by blogging, that’s our main goal, but it shouldn’t be your only reason to open a blog. Have a thing to say, take good photography. At first, you might have to copy bloggers you admire, and that’s ok, you will eventually find a way to create your own original content by growing as both a person and a blogger.

Adriana: Blog || Instagram || Facebook || Twitter

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this inspirational and helpful. I know I certainly did. I want to thank Adriana for saying yes to this short interview. If you haven’t already, check out her blog and follow her on social!

Don’t forget to sign-up for our e-letter to stay updated on the latest news! Check out our FREE Fashion guide. And as always, I wish you the best =)

STAY IN TOUCH: Instagram || Facebook || Lookbook || YouTube || Pinterest
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How to find Your Fashion Blog Niche

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Fashion has so many components to it. All of those components can make up different fashion blogs. Starting a fashion blog doesn’t just mean personal style. It can be petite fashion, sustainable fashion, plus-size fashion. You can write on trending styles, editorial photography, or profiles of people working in fashion. There are so many ways you can take your fashion blog which is a great thing, but it can also get messy especially if you want to include a little bit of everything.
This post will provide you some tips on how you can find your fashion blog niche.

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, and over the years I’ve developed questions and tips that has helped me hone my fashion blog and keep me focus. Here are the exacts tips I’ve used,READ MORE

Where to Make Extra Money Selling Your Clothes

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Are you looking to make extra money on the side? Or do you just want to get rid of some old clothes? Whether you need the extra money or just need to clear out your closet, here are a few places you can turn to to help you sell your clothes.

I’ve used all of these methods at some point of my life, and I can say that they work. While these ideas may not make you a millionaire, they are great platforms where you can make extra money selling your clothes:

1) Plato’s Closet/Local thrift stores that buy: I put this one first because I think this is the quickest way to see results. You bring your unwanted clothes to them, they sort it out and give you a price for the clothes they want to buy from you. Now granted, sometimes these stores may take a lot or nothing at all from you so the cash you make may vary. Regardless, this option will still give you something.

2) Thred Up: Thred Up is an online platform that buys your gently used clothes or put it on cocosignment (meaning they’ll give you the money after your items has been sold). Their website has a calculator page that helps give you an idea on how much you could make and what brands you can send to them. Also, thred up conveniently sends you their dotted bag to your front door, making shipping easy for you. READ MORE

Awaiting Spring || 12 Spring Fashion Must-Haves

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Spring represents renewal, new life, warmer weather, longer days. Spring marks the end of winter. Spring brings rain and flowers, birds and butterflies. Spring is the time we come out of hibernation and start swarming the parks and trails. Spring inspires cleaning out the old and welcoming the new.

Welcoming the new, for me, means new decor and new fashion. I love looking at the bright new colors stores are bringing in and the new clothing pieces that will inspire the new season. I want to share with you my 12 Spring Fashion Must Haves from Ann Taylor. This weekend is the store’s Friends of Ann Event: 40% Off Your Purchase with Promo Code: FRIENDS40. Valid 3/02/2017 @ 12AM-3/7/2017 @ 3AM.

A few of the pieces I’ve chosen are also currently on sale (without any codes), which means IT’LL BE SALE ON TOP OF A SALE which is a HUGE SCORE!!! I will note all the details with each piece =)
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