Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How To Become Instagram Famous - Guest Post by Hill at From Mississippi With Love

Today I am so excited to have one of my favorite bloggers Hill over at From Mississippi With Love on PYB for a guest post. What really attracted me to Hill's blog when I first started reading was her voice. Each post I feel like she is perfectly on point about every statement she makes and I feel like I'm just chatting with my BFF when reading it. Oh and her love/hate relationship with Taylor Swift and Dunkin Donuts obsession cracks me up. Today she is sharing her favorite post from 2014 (coincidentally one of my favorites too!) - you can see the original post here.

As bloggers/members of the year 2014 I think we all know the importance of Instagram. What started as just a way to share your photos with friends and family has now turned into one of the most popular forms of social media. Whether you're sharing #TBT (throwback Thursday) posts of you dressed for your elementary school play or your latest beach vacation chances are you probably post at least once a week or you know once every 3 hours. We use it to share what we're eating, what we're wearing, and where we're going. And when we aren't posting our own photos we're obsessively checking every hour so we don't miss an update from a friend.

Being Instagram famous is a real thing. I could lie and say I'm not dying for one of my posts to go on the featured page, but I believe in telling the truth, also I don't mind sounding vain. So how does one become Instagram famous? Well you could go on a reality show, start a wildly successful online store, or become BFFs with someone who is already Insta famous and agrees to promote you. Or you could totally cheat and buy followers, which I recently found out was a thing #themoreyouknow

If none of those options work out for you, then I suggest including one of these 10 things in each post.
1. adorable puppy or small child
2. Bible Verses. Bonus if the photo is of the verse highlighted in your Bible
3. Starbucks or ornately frosted donuts
4. #ootd #foodporn #cleaneating #fashionbloggers
5. wearing multiple designers at the same time
6. chips and dip plus an extra large margarita
7. your hand sitting across your clutch showing off your bracelet stack and fresh mani
8. host a giveaway requiring people to "like" the post
9. picturesque resort destination
10. the "it" item of the moment - think peonies in a market bag, pineapples wearing sunglasses, giant eye sculptures (please tell me someone else remembers what I'm talking about here)

PS: help my dream become a reality and go follow me/like all my posts

Have you read Hill's blog yet? You can check it out here, plus a few of my favorite post here, here, and here.

Also - make sure to stop by Hill's blog to see a guest post by yours truly today. Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Party Look + Giveaway

We are officially one week out from Christmas!! Today was also the end of exams for me (oh happy, happy day!) I will be working through the weekend but will be headed home next week to spend time with my family, and of course catch up with my friends back home!

With the Holiday parties in full swing I know just about every girl seems to be impartial to a cocktail dress (guilty as charged), but some days when it's extra chilly outside all you want to do is cuddle up in your favorite turtleneck, throw on your heels and walk out the door. 

Earrings (old, similar available in three colors!)

Sweater (thrifted, similar) // Leggings // Booties
Chain Link Bracelet (old, similar) // Watch (old, similar)

Handbag (old, similar

Cocktail Ring (discontinued, similar) // Polish 

To kick off the official count down to Christmas, I am hosting my very first giveaway filled with a few of my favorite stocking stuffers!

One lucky winner will receive a Bath & Body Works Holiday collection lotion, Julep Reindeer Games Polish Duo, and the Julep Smoothing Oxygen base coat. You can enter through the widget below- contest ends Christmas day!

Holiday Giveaway
Have a great weekend y'all!


Monday, December 15, 2014

How I Feel About Finals Right Now

SO sorry for my absence lately - between finals and working max hours at work the past two weeks I have been somewhere between falling asleep never to wake up and a serious mental breakdown. I've stumbled across these perfect articles and thought they were too good not to share.

Are you smack dab in the middle of finals too or am I the only one? (For us it seems to be super late this year!) PS 10 days until Christmas!!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stocking Stuffers (under $15!!)

I am excited to say that I am completely done with my shopping list with the exception of one person.  Now I'm onto the little stocking stuffers for my family - I'm sure I will be gifting a few of these to my mother, but they would also make perfect presents for your BFFs that won't break the bank this holiday season.

Now that ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas special is on I have been watching Christmas movies non-stop! Which one is your favorite? Let me know!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Small Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

I am just about done with all of my Christmas shopping and have been seriously in the Christmas mood lately (can we just skip finals please?). I know especially when you are away from home during the season it can be hard to feel in the spirit without your family here to celebrate with you - so I put together a little list of small things you can do to instantly serve as a pick me up and put you in the Holiday spirit.

  1. Lighting a holiday scented candle // I especially love the Bath and Body Works candles. I'm currently burning Winter and Holiday (not available online, similar).
  2. Holiday-themed manicure // and for the untalented nail artist like myself, you can't go wrong with candy apple red!
  3. PINK Black Friday phone case // I was seriously so excited to find the last one of these at Victoria's Secret (it lights up!!) It's no longer available online, so rush out to your local VS and see if they still have them - you won't be disappointed! 
  4. Starbucks Holiday Menu // peppermint mochas are some of my favorites this time of year
  5. Easy DIY decorations // this video  has some great ideas and you can't go wrong with the Target dollar section
  6. Sequins // I don't know what it is about sequins but they just scream the season to me. I wore this skirt to work yesterday and got so many complements on it.
  7. Making your list and checking it twice // buying and especially wrapping Christmas presents to me really puts me in the Christmas mood - I'm a big believer that giving is better than receiving
  8. ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas movies // It officially started yesterday! A few of my favorites include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. You can see the whole schedule here
  9. Your Favorite Holiday Candy // for my boyfriend that would be the Chocolate Oranges that come out this time of year - I really love candy canes!
  10. Christmas PJs // whether you're wearing them on Christmas morning or lounging around on a lazy Sunday PJs always seem to get me in the spirit. Dorothy at Prep In Your Step recently did a really great guide (see here) to some matching sets and I have my eye on this pair at Victoria's Secret.
What little things get you in the Holiday spirit? Let me know!