Help Wanted

I don’t really know what t call the situation I’m in.  I think you could call it blogger’s block.  I don’t know what to write, and when I do it seems really bad.  Plus, the only place I’m going to is to the gym and home, so it’s not like I have any reason to dress particularly inspiring.

If you have any preferences for types of posts, ideas for posts, or anything of the sort, leave a comment below.

-XO Style Stalker

 

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Lessons from Lauren: How to Shop (Part 2)

Chere Readers,

I found the Lauren Conrad book my mother happened to buy a long time ago and thought I should do something on my blog with it.  I wanted it to be fairly simple and easy, and last for at least a week.  This actually lasted for months because I said I would continue it, but that never actually happened until now.  Here’s the first lesson.  What I happened to be doing is summing up the tips taught in this book and posting it here.

 

Disclaimer:  I take no credit for the lessons taught in this series.  All of these tips and tricks came from Lauren Conrad in Lauren Conrad Style.


Have a Plan

  • What you’re looking for
  • Where to look
  • What to wear when you shop

 

What to Wear

  • Comfy shoes
  • Skirt or dress (no jeans)
  • Tank top layer
laurenconraddaily.blogspot.com

laurenconraddaily.blogspot.com

Shop alone so you are not influenced by someone else’s style and decisions.

Department Stores and Mass Chains

  1. Walk around the store
  2. Grab what caught your eye (instinct)
alphacityguides.com

alphacityguides.com

Dressing Room

  • Bring many sizes
  • Appropriate order
  • Hardest pieces first (dresses & jeans)
  • Prioritize trying on favorites
  • Move to see how it feels
fitforabrideblog.com

fitforabrideblog.com

Avoiding Impulses

  • When buying key pieces buy as much as you need (no regrets)
  • Lots of SMALL numbers=BIG number
  • “Do you really need it?”
  • Don’t buy because price is right
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terrycarney.com

Trend Testing

  • Before you splurge on trends test-drive it
  • Get budget friendly option (knock off)
  • If you LOVE it splurge

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What are your shopping tips?  Tell me in the comments!!!!

-XO Style Stalker

4 Things No One Tells You About Fashion Blogging

Everyone thinks fashion blogging is this great whirlwind of free stuff and guest appearances on talk shows.  Well guess what, it’s not.  No one ever tells you about the downsides to fashion blogging.  Well, no one but me.

No. 1

If you build it they may not come.  Just because you have unique content, helpful information, and outstanding pictures doesn’t mean you will be an overnight success.  Unless you are this blog, in which case you are VERY, very lucky.

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behappy.me


 

No. 2

No one wants to hear about you unless you show them an OOTD (Outfit of the Day).  People stay on your blog because they want advice, tips, and inspiration.  Most posts that are about what YOU want have a lower page view count.  Posts that relate to bloggers or help them have a MUCH higher view count.

socialpositives.com

socialpositives.com


 

No. 3

It takes a lot more work than you think.  People think fashion blogging is super easy, take a picture of your outfit, write wear it came from, and create a catchy title.  EASY!  Except it requires so much more than that, quality time and effort to develop a following and figure out what people want from you.

mommytesters.com

mommytesters.com


 

No. 4

There are always people who will grow faster than you, get more comments than you, spend so much less time, yet get so many more viewers.  You may write a lot more interesting content, but they just have a natural way with people.

PageRank-hi-res

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What’s one thing no one told you about fashion blogging?  Or any blogging in general?  Tell me in the comments!

-XO Style Stalker

 

Sophia Webster vs Nasty Gal

You know being a fashion blogger and all, I love designer clothes.  And bags.  And shoes.  And pretty much everything else they make.  But there’s no way I can afford all the things I swoon over!  But I can afford the knock-offs.

Sophia Webster.  You’d know I love her if you checked out my “Sophia Webster Obsession” post.  I’ve got it pretty bad.  But of course I could never afford her almost $500 bags.  At least not in this lifetime.  But this Nasty Gal knock-off is almost $50.  That’s a HUGE difference!

Sophia Webster

 

 

The Audrey Hepburn Guide to Fashion (Part 1)

I already told those of you who read my first guide to fashion (Marilyn Monroe) what this was, and how I do it. Basically I take a picture of a fashion icon, and her clothes, then write a tip based on what she’s wearing.  In first person point of view of course.  This series will continue as long as I can think of tips.  Because my series posts were very popular.  But out of the three I’ve done(including this one) I’ve finished 2!  Technically that’s an F!  66%!  Whoops!  If you want me to do a guide to fashion from someone else, let me know in the comments please!

 

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Courtesy of petitefashionmonster.com

Tip: (imagine this in a classy accent)

If a lady must travel to the beach it is not an excuse to dress anything less than fabulous.  There are cover-ups and sunglasses.  Hats and sunglasses.  Waterproof makeup and beach bags.  Dramatic makeup is always necessary, and the beach is not an exception.  I personally recommend dark eyelashes with lighter summer colors for the warmer months.  And of course, a floppy hat.  Those are always unavoidable at the coast.

How did I do?  Want any more guides to fashion?  Tell me in the comments!  You know you want to…

-XO Style Stalker

6 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Fashion Sucess (Forever 21+H&M Jewlery Haul)

Forever 21+H&M

As of yesterday it became official I was addicted to shopping.  Especially online shopping.  The only downside is my secret stash of money is quickly disappearing.  Being fashionable is so hard, *wink* there are so many sacrifices one must make to achieve utter stylishness.  I happened to go to H&M and Forever 21 before I went to the gym today, so I got a few things…  Okay, maybe more than a few.

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Mustache Comb Necklace:  This is actually really simple, but I don’t have many silver necklaces.  Plus it came in a set with the jeweled lips necklace for $7.95, which is a pretty good price for 2 necklaces.

Jeweled Lips Necklace:  I like this because it’s weird.  No one else is ever going to find this piece, and if they do, they’re not going to buy it.  I’ll stand out at school, which is always a good thing.  I kind of think it’s great for Valentines Day, and would work with these outfits I created for the occasion.

Pearl and Flower Ring:  Once again another weird piece, which was kind of my goal.  That and buying the entire clearance section of H&M.  Only one of these was a success.  At first I didn’t even want this piece.  I had found a double ring that said LOVE, but it was too small.  And I had already gotten a ring stuck on my finger that day.

Pearl Bow Ring:  This one was a gift from my mom.  I was only looking at the clearance jewelry, you know I’m on a tight budget and all.  She asked me if I saw anything else, and I did, I just wasn’t willing to pay for it.  Anyway, I found this ring which I genuinely did like, and while not super crazy, still pretty and original.

Underground Neon NecklaceApparently neon clothing is very popular as shown in my neon in the winter OOTD.  I thought I’d take it a step further and get some neon jewelry.  The only downside is I have to layer this because it’s so long.  More sacrifices.

Set Sail Pendant NecklaceI saw this and instantly knew I had to have it.  Pendant necklaces aren’t generally wacky, but I liked this and can’t wait to wear it.  Probably for the 4th of July.

Knowing These 5 Secrets Will Make Painting Your Nails Super Easy

I am forever dreading the night before or morning of fancy events.  Not because I don’t like them, I mean who doesn’t like dressing up?!?!  No, I dread painting my nails.  The frustration it causes me is not worth the few days of color on my hands and feet, because truth be told, I don’t even look at it.  But there are ways to avoid some of the agony nail art causes you…

Tip #1: Brightening the Color

We’ve all had those times when the color of the nail polish bottle is so very pretty.  But once it actually hits your nail the color is dull and boring.  Say no more, I’ve got a trick for you!

It’s actually really easy to make your nail color pop, or even a tad bit lighter.  All it takes is one extra step. 

  1. Apply your base coat
  2. Paint your nails completely white
  3. Apply your nail color
  4. Apply your top coat

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Secret #2: Drying them Faster

I really hate waiting for my nails to dry.  Face it, we’ve all got better things to do.  If you’re tired of waiting around try this technique.

  1. Apply the base coat
  2. Apply the nail color
  3. Apply the top coat
  4. Soak your hands in ice water
cosmopolitan.com

cosmopolitan.com

Secret #3: Getting Off Tough-to-Remove-Polish

We all know glitter nail polish is especially hard to get off.  With this secret, it’s no longer a problem.

  1. Soak a cotton pad/ball in nail polish remover
  2. Place it on your nail
  3. Wrap your nail and the cotton ball/pad with tinfoil
  4. Apply pressure to secure the tinfoil and cotton ball
  5. After about 5 minutes slide off the tinfoil and cotton ball/pad at the same time
  6. Voila!  Your glitter polish is gone

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Secret #4: Avoiding the Caps Drying Shut

It’s a tragedy when your favorite nail polish is impossible to open.  After you’ve asked the strongest people you know, proceed to this simple step.

  1. Take a cotton swab and dip it in petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  2. Wipe a small amount along the top of the jar
  3. You’re Done!
cosmopolitan.com

cosmopolitan.com

Secret #5: DIY Matte Topcoat

I’ve been seeing matte nail art all over the internet now.  If you’re wondering how they did it, and don’t want to spend tons of money on this trend, try this!

  1. Pour a bit of clear topcoat into a bowl or on a plate
  2. Add a small amount of corn starch to it
  3. Mix these together
  4. Paint your nails as regular
  5. Paint this DIY topcoat over your nails
  6. Let dry, and enjoy your matte finish nails
thecheesethief.com

thecheesethief.com

Which secret are you looking forward to trying?  Which have you already tried?  Do YOU have any more nail secrets?  Honestly I’d love to hear them.  I’m always looking forward to making this ”chore” easier.

-XO Style Stalker