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salem during halloween

Oh Fourth of July, you stole my heart long ago! I’m an East Coast girl and I swear no other region makes the holiday anywhere near as patriotic. Texas definitely comes close though! I pulled together a few of my favorite Fourth of July themed outfits to share with you just before the holiday. You can’t go wrong with Lilly Pulitzer, a red J. Crew lobster sweater, or a red romper, right?!

Preppy Fourth of July Staples

Since it’s my favorite holiday, there are certain things that are must haves! I’ve always had a little dream of hosting mine and David’s family at our future home for the Fourth. Because my mom was always such a good hostess (and I’ve read countless books on being a hostess,) there’s a few Fourth of July staples every party needs!

  • A white and blue dress for the hostess (with a red manicure of course)
  • Loads of sparklers
  • American flag bunting for the front porch
  • Strawberry shortcakes
  • Classic swing music
  • Hot dog and hamburger bar
  • Lawn chairs for lounging
  • Floral accents throughout the house

Does this sound too Hamptons to you? If it does, it’s because I was definitely picturing a house there! A girl can dream, right?

Anyway, I wish I could link all of my outfit details for you but I always recycle my wardrobe year after year. These items of been in my closet for years. They’re great staple pieces, you know? I’ll never part with them!

Leave me a comment with your favorite outfit and be sure to leave a link back to one of your 4th of July styles!

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Blogging, social media, and SEO changes all the time and it drives fashion bloggers like me crazy! Between coming up with blog topics, taking pictures, writing a blog and then promoting it, I don’t have time to always be worrying about a new Google algorithm coming out. Anyone else feel this way?! Today, I wanted to share with you a few SEO and blogging tips to help you out!

Add Details to Instagram Stories

Instagram stories are becoming as important to your account as your regular Instagram posts. Seriously. I am by no means an Instagram story pro, but I do know that there are some pretty neat features we can utilize to make our stories even better. For example, a new feature includes being able to tag your location and even share the weather. For brands with more than 10k followers, you can also add a “learn more” option to put a link within your Instagram story. This is definitely helpful when trying to promote blogs!

Instagram Pods are No Good

It’s true and my heart is breaking. How can something so wonderful and helpful for bloggers be bad for your SEO and blog? Long story short, brands and other followers are catching on to this trick. When you have loads of comments and likes but no conversions either to a link or sale, brands have to wonder just how “organic” all those comments are. Instead of spending time only commenting on other pod members’ photos, use the time to comment on potential followers’ photos.

Blog Titles Matter

We all know that an “engaging” title is important. But the SEO aspects of it are just as important as the catchiness of your title. You want to keep your title under 70 characters so it doesn’t get cut off in search engine results. Also use strong language like “love” or “hate” to get the most website clicks.

Share Your Blogging Tips

I always believe that bloggers should share knowledge and stories with each other. I’d love for you to share your blogging tips with me in a comment below! It’s never hurt anyone to help someone else!

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inflatable pool floats

Oh my goodness I’m so happy it’s summer! It’s been summer in Texas for awhile but having it be official on my calendar is so awesome! Unfortunately, the pool at my apartment complex isn’t quite as refreshing as it was a month ago. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be in the pool everyday. My Dallas blogger instincts tell me that’s where all my Instagram posts will come from this summer!

Don’t hate me if all of my Instagram posts have one of these cute pool floaties in them! I’ve been browsing every store that might possibly have unique pool floats and I’ve found quite a few! Surprisingly, Nordstrom Rack has some really fun ones for $13 and Shopbop has an adorable selection of floats!

I always wonder what started the trend of cute pool floats and how on Earth these pieces of inflatable plastic got so expensive. I mean $60 for a flamingo?! Really? Whatever, let’s be real, I’d totally buy it if my boyfriend and cat wouldn’t judge me. But they will.

Tell me which pool float you love! Also, please please send me links to your favorites also! I still haven’t bought my summer pool float!


nationalwearyourlillyday

It’s my fave day of the year! The first official day of summer and National Wear Your Lilly Day! Every Lilly-loving girl looks forward to this day so they can sport their vibrant prints together. My very first Lilly Pulitzer purchase was one of their fabulous agendas. It was a bright pink, peony print that I just adored (I actually kept it!) The first dress I ever bought was one for my college graduations pictured below!

college graduation photos

I put together a few of my favorite prints and styles from the Lilly Pulitzer summer collection! I can’t get enough of that print with the sailboats! Oh my goodness, I love it. I kind of want to treat myself to a new Lilly dress because… I got a new job!! Yay me! I feel like professional achievements warrant new dresses and spoiling yourself a little, right?

Anyway, cheers to my Lilly-loving friends on National Wear Your Lilly Day! May we always be bright, bold, and colorful! Share your favorite Lilly dress with me! I need opinions before I buy one!

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yhf los angeles sunglasses brunette fashion blogger abercrombie ripped shortsHey loves! I hope you had a lovely weekend! David and I spent quite a bit of time stuffing ourselves at favorite restaurants Saturday and Sunday. I also stocked up on candles and hand soap at the Bath and Body Works semi-annual sale! Other than that, I laid by the pool all weekend. It was some much needed rest and relaxation.

Today, I really want share my favorite denim shorts with you guys! I’m really picky about shorts, normally I prefer J. Crew chino shorts, but in the last year I’ve gained *ahem* a few pounds and my collection of chinos don’t exactly fit. Since ripped denim shorts are so in now, I’m trying to buy more of them anyway!

So here’s a little throwback for you- my denim shorts are from Abercrombie & Fitch! Yep, I’m taking you back to high school! But really, these shorts are my favorite and they’re 50% off right now! Since A&F’s re-branding, prices have become more reasonable and I think the quality has improved (thank the Lord.) These are definitely comfortable and easy to wear with pretty much everything. You really can’t mess this up! Linking them and a few other favorites below!


starting a style blog

I’ve been blogging for about 2 years, one year if we’re only counting the time I’ve actually known what the heck I’m doing. In that time, I’ve learned a thing or two about style blogging, photography, and what it takes to be a blogger in a very saturated market. But there are a few myths I hear over and over again from other people that simply aren’t true. So I’m busting 5 blogging myths!

Blogging is Easy

This cracks me up! Blogging is the farthest thing from easy, at least for me. Sure, ideas often flow freely and I love getting to be creative, but there’s so much work that goes into every single blog post. Between photography, writing the content, and posting to social media- we’re talking 6 or 7 hours, at least.

Bloggers Get Tons of Free Stuff

Some bloggers get loads of free things, but it doesn’t start out that way. For the first year of blogging, I wasn’t gifted anything. All of my content was purely creative. And sometimes I miss that. Of course now that I’ve been blogging a little longer, I definitely enjoy the perks of complimentary items.

Blogging Can Make You Money Fast

If only this were true. I’d be rolling in dough if it were! Just like anything else in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. At the very beginning stages of the blogging industry, style bloggers were certainly able to make money faster because the market wasn’t saturated like it is now. If you’re just getting into the game, it could be years before you really start to make an income from it.

Running a Blog is Expensive

This myth can definitely be true if you aren’t smart with your money. Hiring a photographer can be expensive, getting a web designer is always pricey, and buying outfits definitely ain’t cheap! I keep my costs under control by having my boyfriend take my photos, going on Etsy (post about that here!) to find web designers, and I watch for sales on clothing.

Blogging is Fun

Ok this one is totally true! I love blogging and I love being creative with everything I do and this is one way for me to express that and share it with you! If you’ve always wanted to start a blog but you’re scared to, reach out to me! I’m always happy to help!

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