Established bloggers make it look easy. They are bouncing emails back and forth with 10 different companies who are dying to work with them all while sipping an #InstaWorthy matcha latte and admiring their perfect gel manicure. A lot of bloggers are lost, though, when it comes to working with brands. They see other people doing paid collabs with brands that they could only dream of, but figuring out how to land those collaborations, how much to charge, and how to build a positive relationship with brands is where things get tricky. Luckily for you, I’ve been doing brand collaborations for well over two years now and have learned a thing or two in that time. The images in this post are all pulled from prior brand partnerships. (And to cover my legal bases, I may have received some items you see in the photos fo’ free.) Before you get started. So I’m going to be a bit blunt here: If you haven’t established a following you shouldn’t try to work with brands. You don’t have to have a huge following or get hundreds of thousands of views a month, but you do need to be influential. I usually say when… View Post

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten quite wary about what I put in and on my body. Growing up I was never really aware of the impact of chemicals and additives in foods or beauty products and I was happy to eat Cheez Wiz from the can and slather myself in dollar store body lotion. In recent years, though, I’ve been more intentional about how I treat my body and what I expose myself to. I cut out meat from my diet entirely a little over a year ago, and I avoid processed foods as much as possible. While my diet has been clean for a while, I’ve only ventured into natural skin care last fall. We’ve all heard that skin is our largest organ and anything we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. That is the main argument towards eliminating chemical laden products from your skin and beauty routine. I’m still not perfect in this aspect – and likely never will be – but having just taken the steps to cut back on the non-natural… View Post

I’d like to think that I’m a pretty good flier at this point. That wasn’t always the case, though. The first time I ever traveled alone I was 18 and visiting my best friend in Texas and I had nothing short of a melt down before take off because I had a feeling that the plane was going to crash. Now I know that “feeling” was just paranoia, but at the time I thought I was having a That’s So Raven moment. Since then I’ve been on dozens of flights and at this point, I don’t experience any jitters at all. I might even venture to say I enjoy flying. Crazy, I know. I just got back from Cincinnati on Friday after a quick press trip with Proctor and Gamble, and since flying is on my mind I thought I could share my best tips with you. This post is going to be a little long, but I want to walk you through having a great flight from start to finish so bear with me. Before you go to the airport Pack smart. There is nothing worse than being held up because you accidentally packed something that you’re not allowed to bring aboard the plane.… View Post

Bloggers are forced to be the masters of a million different things: writing, SEO, social media, branding, and marketing. And most of us are the faces of our own brands so we also have to master the art of not looking like potatoes in our photos. It’s been a long and wild ride for me, but a million awkward photos later and I finally know how to pose for pictures. Case in point – my first fashion blog post to my most recent: One of these looks like a “first day of school” picture, and the other is a lot closer to the fashion ~AeStHeTiC~ that bloggers go for. A lot of that growth came from practice, some from looking at how other bloggers are posing, but a ton came from ditching the tripod and remote and opting to work with a photographer. I shoot with one of my best friends, Desiree (midwest bloggers, hire her, y’all! She’s a game changer!) and my blog pictures have improved ten-fold and as a result my traffic and followers have, too. I shoot with Desiree so often now that posing is practically second nature for me, and I’ve also learned some non-pose tricks for looking good in… View Post

This post contains affiliate links. Since I started working from home it’s safe to say that my wardrobe has gotten a little…boring. When I’m not seeing anyone all day it’s easy to put on yoga pants and a sweatshirt and call it an outfit, but it’s not nearly as fun. There is something about actually getting dressed and ready for the day that makes me feel so much more productive, and it’s something I’ve been trying to do more. More than that, I’ve been trying to really focus on defining my sense of style as I’ve gotten older. I know what I like on other people, but coming up with what I like to wear myself is a little more difficult. One thing I know for sure, though, is that plain basics are not for me. I’d much rather wear something with a unique cut or a fun ruffle than your run of the mill scoop neck tee or sweater. With that said, though, sometimes it’s easier to find affordable basics than it is to find affordable and unique pieces. The solution to that? The Who What Wear line at Target. If you’re not familiar with Who What Wear, they are a fashion website… View Post