Blogging Advice & Why You Shouldn’t Follow All of It:


The internet is a wonderful place and social media has become a huge part of that wonderment. The accounts we follow are visually pleasing and on point with our aesthetic, they’re enjoyable, but they are also full of motivation and little bits of insight. A big trend in social media lately is instagraming instagram tips and blogging about blogging.

I work in social media and a ton of the tips are amazing. They’re useful and they help you grow. When I’m doing work for companies I focus strictly on growing the audience, driving traffic, and interaction. All  of these things highlighted in these blogger tips posts.

But if they are so great why am I saying you should ignore some of them?

Social media is tricky because there are so many different uses for it. If you’re running a company your social media probably should be a little different then if you’re not. As bloggers we are a little stuck in the middle, some of us are selling services and have shops, some of us are doing promoted posts, and some of us are just blogging for us. If you’re strictly doing social media for a service or a shop, this might not apply to you, but if you fall into the other two, it probably does.

I think it’s important that we don’t get so carried away in the numbers that we lose why we started in the first place. I started to share photography, insights, and the beauty I find in my little southern world. There was a short period of time were I began to shift what my blog was, because I was reading a ton of posts telling me that I needed to do things a little difference. Here two examples of the tips I choose to ignore:

  • Keep your blog in one topic or category, switching back and forth between fashion, advice, or photography is confusing and it will lower your number of followers.
  • All of your posts need to have a vertical photo with the title on the image to make it Pinterest friendly.

I don’t want to get so caught up in selling myself that I change myself in order to sell. I love the idea that as a blogger you are your own brand. I think it’s a great concept and a great way to look at what you are doing, with that being said, I don’t think you can be your own brand with everything looking exactly the same, because everything in your life doesn’t match perfectly. I don’t think you shouldn’t be able to share your opinions in fear of losing followers.

One of my favorite thing about blogs is that you see a lot of the soul of the person behind it. I don’t want to follow tips that tell you to lose that in order to gain site traffic. So here’s to following the tips that let you keep the soul of your blog alive while growing followers, because your blog is beautiful and there are people out there who would think so too, so maybe we shouldn’t change to cater to others and instead spend more time finding those people you won’t need to change for.

The Value of Morals: Why it’s Important to Take a Closer Look


I think morals have been on a lot of peoples minds lately, mainly because this election season there seems to be a lack of them from everyone. I’m not here to talk politics and being upset by them. Actually if I’m being honest that’s the last thing in the world I want to do. Instead I’m going to talk about your morals and about mine. I’ve said before that I have strong morals, and I do, but if you asked me to list some of them I wouldn’t be able to. They feel just like a code of right and wrong. In a lot of ways they are. Here’s the definition:

Morals (noun): a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do.

I find morals interesting, because while they link to the general idea of right and wrong, they’re a lot more personal than that. And they also come from a very personal place, whether that be religion, our upbringing, our education, or a mixture of factors. Continue reading

Magazine of the Moment: Collective Hub


Back at it again with new magazines. I’ve told ya’ll about how much I love magazines. I think they’re beautiful, and they combine almost everything I love: writing, photography, layout, and good content.

This one is no different. It’s full interviews and profiles of professionals of all different kinds, including artists, fashion, and tech. It was a real gem to find at Barnes & Noble, then again the following month. It’s also Australian! So that’s neat. Continue reading

October 1st and Chive Blooms:



Chives might not be something most people photograph, but the blooms are beautiful and perhaps the only ones in my yard at the current moment. The weather here in North Carolina is finally starting to shift into fall. We had a week of rain that dropped the temp. down to a more manageable one. Luckily today and yesterday we’ve had clearer skies. All the grey starts to get to me after a while. I love a stormy night as much as anyone, but I tire after a day or two. I’ve always laughed that I’m solar powered, and it feels more true than it should!

So here is me celebrating sunny fall weather with some spring like pictures.

Well, I promise when the leaves start changing I’ll be more in tune with the rest of the internet.

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself when Looking for Direction and Identity:



Everyone gets in a bit of a rut sometimes. Whether it’s with who we are or what we’re doing in our lives we feel at a loss sometimes. We think we’ve moved past it only to find ourselves facing this problem all over again. Everyone says to write out our goals, and it helps a lot, but that’s not always enough. We need a lot more than that to help get us out of these holes. These questions are just the tip of an iceberg, but lets talk about what you really need to be asking yourself at these times.

  • If you got the life you wanted and ended up still being unhappy what would you do to change it?
  • Which friends do you find yourself wishing you were more like?
  • If someone were to write a biography about you what would you want them to know that they might not know from watching your life second hand?

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OOTD: Otters and the Color Purple


(Top: H&M // Jeans: American Eagle // Sandals: Target)

(Earrings: Target // Bracelets: Alex & Ani)

Hey y’all, I lied in that last post when I said I was almost better, because here we are two weeks later and I’m finally trying to say it again. Let’s hope it’s true this time- I’ve been fighting Lyme Disease for four months now. It’s a really really terrible illness, full of painful body and joint aches, high fevers, exhaust, dizzy spells, nausea, oh, yeah and those sinus infections I had. So, I’m really praying that we’re done with that now.

I figured I must feel better, because I took time to put makeup on today, which hasn’t happened all summer. And my mom has stopped asking me what I need every five minutes, which means she thinks I’m well enough to get it myself.

But anyways, more outfit details below, because you can’t see much of it from the overall shot!

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Five Blogs You Need to be Following:

I’ve been playing with the idea of doing a blog roundup for a while, mainly because some of my favorite blogs are ones I’ve found listed on other’s roundups. The only reason I’ve hesitated is because there are just so many good blogs out there and narrowing down my bookmarks folder to a just a handful seemed like a real task. But after going through them and pulling out my long list of favorites, I started narrowing it down by what would be more relevant to readers of this blog. These are the top five from that process. Check them out and make sure you have plenty of time to read them when you do!

Wit & Delight:


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