What a proud moment this is to be featured in South Magazine with the other board members of Savannah Influencers.
"One of this year’s most talked about social media buzzwords is “influencer,” meaning one whose social presence generates a following large and consistent enough to pay attention to said influencer. On paper, the term might reflect a tired exercise of selfies and shameless self-promotion, but one group of Savannah women is rapidly changing the name and game of what it means to influence in the digital age for the better."
Click here to read the article in full, written by Emilie Kefalas.
To learn more about Savannah Influencers, visit www.savannahinfluencers.com
A few Fridays ago I had the pleasure of attending the Beauty & Bloggers event at 40 Volume Salon & Spa. It was such a fun night and I enjoyed hanging out with my "blogger" friends and meeting some new people from the area. Several of the ladies are some of my close friends anyway! 5D Photography photographed the event and did a beautiful job, so I'll be sharing those photos below. As most of you know, Tyler Lively at 40 Volume is my hair stylist, so I'm a huge fan of the salon in general. The music was perfection (Will Smith DJ was amazing and I sort of want to throw my own party just so I can book him. I love rap music and he played the good stuff - not cookie cutter shit). Honestly I wish the party could have lasted until midnight because we could have danced the night away.... but then I would have been hungover on Saturday so it's probably best that the party ended around 9 and then several of us went to dinner after at Cuoco Pazzo.
Many thanks to all of the wonderful vendors who showed out and treated us like the VIPs we are! . It's been a while since I've had to source food, drink & DJ vendors but if you are planning a wedding or party soon - all of these vendors did a great job. Click on their names below to visit their Instagram pages
40 Volume Salon & Spa / Ivory & Beau (florals) / Vanilla & The Bean (desserts) / Will Smith DJ / 5D Photography / Coffee Deli & Bar Food (food) / Fabrik (pop-up shop) / The Savannah Psychic (complimentary readings) / Wilmington Island Beverage and UPS Stores 6029 & 4719 (alcohol)
My skirt is c/o Three Sisters Boutique - shop online here. I'm always obsessed with a clothing staple that can be worn so many ways so this one definitely fits the bill.
Hi! One of my best friends Kate Haslam and I are teaming up to raise $1,500 for the Shamrock Run! Kate is serving on this year's Executive Leadership team for the run and asked me to join her on this fundraising challenge. March of Dimes supports healthy moms & babies during pregnancy and at birth. Click below to watch our video! Also you can donate directly to our team by clicking here.
There will be a ton of activities next Friday, March 9th downtown Savannah for the Shamrock Run. Several food trucks, music, activities and beverages! Thanks in advance for your donations!
I don’t know about you, but more and more when I scroll on Instagram I’m feeling like I’m constantly being advertised to. I can’t tell you how many bloggers I’ve unfollowed because I just don’t feel like they are being authentic with their posts anymore. (Note: this post isn’t to bash blogging/Instagram as a business. I think it is a brilliant business venture where a lot of money can be made but this is addressing the parts of it that I don’t like.)
Today, big bloggers means big business. Those who’ve garnered a large following are able to make a considerable amount of money from affiliate links, sponsored blog posts and sponsored Instagram posts. I’ve done a ton of research about affiliate links and sponsored posts with my own website & Instagram. Last year I also attended a Create & Cultivate seminar in NYC that was geared towards social media business.
You see - when bloggers (and myself) post shopping links to their outfit as I’ve done at the end of this post, they can get paid per click or paid with a sale is made. This is called an affiliate link. Because my following isn’t that big yet, I haven’t really made that much money at all from these links. But, if you’ve got 200K followers that are clicking on your shirt link - the money really starts to add up! And bloggers should get paid for this - they are showing you where an outfit came from and providing you with the exact link to make your shopping easier. I think it gets excessive when bloggers link several options though - for example - I may link this jacket I’m wearing and then link 5 other jackets. To me this is time wasted for the viewer but it delivers more clicks. I could link 5 jackets that *look* the same but how do I know what the quality of the jacket is? I haven’t worn those other jackets so I’m not going to be okay linking a jacket that may be shitty quality just to get more clicks.
Look at Instagram posts and you may notice hashtags such as #spon #ad #sponsored #paidpartnership - these are signs that the blogger is being paid to post about the product. I know a lot of bloggers who are ethical who really only do sponsored posts with products they either currently use or have tested for a few weeks before sharing. However, there are a lot of bloggers who do sponsored posts for items that, in my opinion, they don’t use. Even though I don’t have a lot of followers, I have gotten a ton of emails offering me paid posts. Examples include: teeth whitening kits, cheap jewelry & sunglasses, and Jord watches to name a few. I have refused these partnerships because 1. I got my teeth whitening kit from my dentist 2. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry and 3. I have one vintage watch that I love and I wouldn’t necessarily buy a Jord watch because it’s not my style.
Another topic I’d like to discuss is that I’m sure you’ve noticed when bloggers get free stuff. Of course that is a pretty fun perk! Who wouldn’t want to receive free skin care, makeup & clothes? Sounds like a dream to me. BUT - these full-time bloggers are then able to wear 4-5 different outfits during a day, photograph them all and then have so much content to share with you several times a day. They are of course using affiliate links for these free items - affiliate links that they are getting paid when you click on them - and they didn’t even have to pay for the sweater or accessory.
The excessive NEW NEW NEW that we are being force fed is exhausting. Normal people don’t have 2 different outfits for every day of the month. What happened to someone showing you a sweater that they absolutely LOVE and not only that - but actually photographing it and posting it more than once? I don’t know about you - but when I invest $200 in my favorite pair of jeans - you better believe that I’m going to wear them 3-4 times a week and be photographed in them constantly. After all, that’s why you invest in a closet staple, no? I love having my go-to jeans t-shirts. That I can wear over and over again and feel confident and beautiful in.
I wouldn’t say that I am obsessed with following fashion trends, but I do appreciate fashion and I like to have a certain aesthetc when I dress every day. I choose to invest in staple items like jeans, shoes & bags and then buy a few trendy pieces to fill in the gaps. It’s not normal to buy *50 must - have items for Spring* (literally the title of a Shop Style Instagram Story link that truly pissed me off). 50? Fifty? How about FIVE trends you should try for spring? This link is pressuring you to feel like you need 50 items for spring when truly you don’t NEED any of it.
I know this post is getting lengthy but I just had to get a few things off of my chest. I will always be honest and authentic with you guys. I wouldn’t turn down sponsorships or paid posts if it was something that I really like and would purchase anyway. But I also wouldn’t have every post I put on Instagram be sponsored, you feel me?
Please avoid the feeling that you don’t have enough or that you need more. True style isn’t about how many shirts you have - it’s about how you wear the shirts that you do have.
What are your thoughts on all of this? Do you think the sponsored content is getting excessive or have you not even noticed it? I’d love to know!
When my friend Kelsey asked me if I would want to go check out the Guo Pei: Couture Beyond exhibit at SCAD with her - I screamed a bit inside. I’ve lived downtown for over a year but (embarrassingly) haven’t been to any of the SCAD museums yet. The perfect girl’s afternoon was born. Kelsey hosted an event at Thread & Onion, a local boutique and I met her there. I was so impressed with this boutique - I got one top in three different colors and a chic & smart red dress. I will definitely be back there. Everything is designed by SCAD alumni and made in Savannah.
We lunched at Soho (you must get their grilled cheese & tomato soup combo - I always get collard greens on the side). After lunch we went to the Guo Pei exhibit. If you aren’t familiar with Guo Pei - maybe this Rihanna dress from the Met Ball 2015 will catch your attention. There were only a handful of pieces on display in Savannah, however the guides told us that in Atlanta they have around 50 pieces - so definitely check that out if you’re in the A.
After this exhibit, we went over to the actual SCAD Museum of Art and toured the exhibits there - so fun. I decided to go with a full-on “LOOK” for this outing. I recently got this Zara sweater dress and thought it would be cute paired with Chanel shoes, tights & cap. When it gets a bit warmer I will ditch the tights!
If you aren’t already following Kelsey - you must do so now! She’s got a smart mouth & amazing style. Her blog is called Pardon My French and we met through Instagram (where most of my new friends come from now). This blogger & mom of 4 is currently kicking cancer’s ass. She had a double mastectomy on Friday and I am just so proud to call her my friend. She really is so strong and has the best attitude about everything. So inspirational.
Thanks Kelsey for the fun afternoon and we will do it again soon!!! Outfit details are linked at the end of the post.
Above images taken at Pei Ling Chan Gallery & the SCAD Museum of Art.
It's been so long since I've done a proper blog post but finally, here we are. I wanted to share this fun look I wore a few weeks ago to breakfast. Hats are currently my new "thing," and I love this red one. I paired it with basics and my Dr. Marten boots which are also kinda my new "thing" as well. V London inspired.
I feel this year has been off to such an interesting start. I'm busier than ever, all self-imposed. Honestly there are so many goals I want to accomplish - there is no time to wait. I WANT IT ALL and I'm going to get it.
I'm tired of people complaining and following that up with no action. I don't have time for you and I can't cure your problems or your self-pity. Your lack of initiative bores me to death. Complaining is a complete waste of time unless you vow to do something about what's bothering you.
I'm realizing more than ever that change comes about by taking small actions, day by day. I really want to be a better leader. I want to be a better role model. I want crime to end in this city. I want to inspire young girls that they can achieve anything. I don't know how I'm going to do it exactly but damn it, I want to try. I'm not the best writer and it's hard for me to put these thoughts in my head into words. I don't like being vulnerable but I'm going to put that aside.
I've got a lot more ideas like this I want to start sharing. Of course I will always share my fashion & lifestyle-type posts but I want this blog to be about more than just giving you links to clothes & makeup products.
What are some of your goals for this year? For your life? I'd really love to hear them. It's scary to share because you don't want people to look at you crazy. Oh well - let's be crazy together.