Hey Look Ma, I Made It | Grad Pics Part 1

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend-- I know I am!

I've spent most of my time by the pool, but I've also been doing a ton of computer work. I've been editing blog pictures, responding to lots and lots of emails, and finalizing grad school applications. In honor of my undergraduate career being officially over, here are some pictures I took in Downtown Lakeland, Florida. 

For my Graduation Weekend, my mom and dad bought me this gorgeous cake from Publix. It was so good! We also got Olive Garden takeout. Again, so good! 

And, I took some more pictures in my backyard. Unfortunately, they didn't come out that great-- the lighting was difficult to work with. Once I receive my cap and gown in the mail, I will most definitely be doing a Part 2. 

I can't believe I am officially a college graduate! I will be doing more in-depth posts on my college experience and hopefully, my grad school experience. Fingers crossed!

So, You Wanna Start A Blog? | 8 Tips For Beginners

I created my blog when I was 14 without hesitation. 5+ years and I am so thankful for that decision. I've learned a lot about the blogging world. For those of you who want to create your own corner of the internet, this post is for you.

1. Do it.

First things first: stop questioning whether or not you should click "Create A Blog." Do it! You'll never know something is for you unless you try.

2. Plan, plan, plan!

Before you launch your blog, write and schedule several posts. This will help you stay on top of your content. It can be very overwhelming trying to keep up with your blog.

To avoid stress, I try to outline content 3-4 months in advance. On top of that, I like to have blog posts scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. Sometimes, this isn't the case because I am busy with school and work, but I try my best.

3. Quality over quantity. 

This was a rule I struggled to learn. When I was in my "prime," I focused on publishing 3-4 blog posts a week. I'll be honest-- they were crappy posts. I learned that 1 quality blog post a week was much better than 4 sloppy ones. Warning: sloppy content can decrease traffic.

4. Photos can make or break your blog.

When I first started my blog, I used my iPhone 5. Obviously, the photos were not the greatest quality. Now, I use my Canon T6i to take pictures for my site.  I like to edit my pictures with Canva and PicMonkey. These applications/websites allow me to color correct, increase exposure, and overlay text.

5. Use social media to promote your content.

I love platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share and promote my posts. I also like Mix and Pinterest to reach a broader, larger audience. Find platforms that work for you. Mix is really easy to operate, not to mention it increases my traffic immensely.

6. Create an "About" page.

It took me years to master the "About Me" page. Here's what to include:

-A witty intro that shows your personality
-Your story
-Q&A highlighting your most frequently asked questions
-Social media
-Contact information (Hello, brand deals!)

7. Collaborate with other bloggers.

When I was first began building my space, I collaborated with several different bloggers.. I teamed up with bloggers from all over the world to help expand my viewership. This really helped my blog grow. But, more so, it helped me create everlasting friendships. The individuals I worked with have so much in common with me-- and you-- a desire to create content and make a change.

8. Find inspiration.

One of the questions I get asked all the time is, "How do you come up with ideas?" This is a really hard question for me to answer. 9/10, I simply just start writing and the title comes along once I've completed the article. However, sometimes, I find inspiration from other bloggers, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Link your blogs below! I'd love some new content to read!

Spring + Summer Purse Wish List | All Under $40

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather-- I definitely am! I have been working on revamping my spring and summer wardrobe. Click here to checkout my Spring Lookbook. I've had my eye on some purses and definitely want to pick up a few in the next few weeks. Check them out below:

Anne Klein Mustard Crossbody | $16

I absolutely love the color of this bag. It's the perfect pop of color to add to any outfit. Not to mention, the bow is a super cute addition.

Caterina Bertini Straw Fringe Bucket Bag | $29.99

Believe it or not, this is probably my favorite bag showcased. I love the fringe and the bucket style. I am dying to get my hands on this. #NextPaycheck

Urban Expressions Kona Handmade Wicker Box Bag | $39.99

I can totally see myself rocking this purse everywhere from Sunday brunches to summer festivals. 

Betsey Johnson Frame Satchel with Scarf | $39.99

I think Betsey Johnson's designs are adorable. I love the touch of the scarf-- very elegant.

Imoshion Straw Tote with Beaded Handles | $24.99

My favorite thing about this bag is the handles. They are so fun! I'd definitely take this to the beach or boardwalk. It holds all the essentials from sunscreen to lipgloss. 

Shiraleah Bella Clutch | $12.99

I can totally see myself pairing this with jeans and a simple tee. It's an adorable little statement all by itself. 

Shiraleah Remi Clutch | $14.99

This pom-pom clutch it super cute! It's perfect for a lunch date with the gals or a more casual dinner with your babe.

O Bag Italy | $39.99

O Bags are so trendy. I love this one because you can dress it up or down depending upon the occasion. I also love the pop of green under the flap.

All of these bags are super cute and totally on trend for the upcoming season. Hopefully, I can get my hands on at least one.