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 Book ahead of time. This one might seem like a no-brainer (or it’s impossible if you’re booking a last minute trip) but you can… 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

I’m big into shopping, but big into saving money, too. I love feeling fancy prancing around in new outfits, but I hate the feeling of an empty wallet so I have had to get a bit thrifty. When I was living in New York I was all about going to thrift stores to find new pieces, but in the midwest sifting through the Goodwill to find hidden gems turns out to be a bust more often than not, and while I still thrift from time to time I’ve also gotten good at finding beautiful and expensive looking pieces for a steal at regular retail stores. Really, once you have a solid strategy it’s not all that hard you just need to know what to look for. I thought it might be helpful to share the shopping rules I use when shopping at stores that might be considered “cheap” like Forever 21 and H&M. One way to buy things for cheap and still look expensive is by choosing “luxe” fabrics. I find that when I buy cotton or polyester tops at Forever 21 or H&M they are quick to fade and pill, but thinks like lace and crochet tops or velvet bodysuits are… View Post