What made you decide to start blogging?
I loved reading fashion and lifestyle blogs and one day I just decided, “Hey! I could totally do this!” It was the summer after I graduated high school and I felt like I was ready to go off and do something different and creative. I figured it would be something that would be a constant for me when I moved out of state for college. It’s grown into my own little business and it’s my most treasured hobby and passion.
How do you shop for fashionable and trendy items with a college budget?
I tend to gravitate towards classic pieces rather than trendy items and that’s what I spend my money on. (Think a quality pair of jeans, simple black pumps, or a peacoat). I also buy things that are very versatile. I want something I can spend $20 on and then wear 20 different ways. I do most of my shopping during high sale times to get the most out of my money.
What is your major?
I am an Advertising major at the University of Houston with a minor in Retail and Consumer Science.
How long have you and Cameron been dating?
As of November 2016, we have been dating for 6 years 🙂
What kind of camera do you use?
Nikon D3200….but mostly my iPhone 6+!
Are there any sites/apps you use to take notes on Mac? Or do you prefer handwritten notes?
Primarily, I take notes by hand. When I take notes in class, it’s in an old-fashioned spiral notebook. However, later on when I’m studying, I might transfer terms to notecards or build a powerpoint presentation to serve as giant notecards for easy studying. I will also rewrite notes at least once in some way, shape, or form, so that I remember the material better.
Do you have a blogging process when you sit down to write a new post?
I typically created content on the days that I have a blog post up because those days are pretty low maintenance. I wake up, hit “publish”, and I’ve already scheduled social media posts to let ya’ll know I have a post. So for that day, I’ll take some time to write some posts. Usually I have ideas piling up on a sticky note. I tend to write about what’s going on in my life. (For example, a post on how to deal with stress may come at a time when I am feeling particularly stressed out, ha ha.) I know that with whatever I am experiencing, whether it be searching for Christmas gifts or studying for tests, my readers are probably in the same boat!
What does your schedule look like? How do you have time to blog and complete school work?
I schedule all of my school classes in the morning. If I have to take a 7:30 a.m. class to be done by 10, I’ll do so. Even before heading off to class I make a to-do list for the day that holds all my miscellaneous chores and blogging to-dos. I write down school assignments in my ban.do agenda. I don’t really prioritize school first and then blogging, I just do the most important things first. (Example: if I have a test the next day, studying for that class is first on my list!) This way, I get everything important done and if I run out of time towards the bottom of my list, I know that it is stuff I can save for the next day.
Where do you get the majority of your inspiration for posts?
I really just write about what is going on in my life and/or the life of those around me. It helps me to sit down and write out my feelings or what I’m going through and it’s just an extra added bonus if my readers can relate!
How do you take photos for Instagram and blog posts?
For Instagram, I take photos with my iPhone 6 plus. I try to take photos in natural light, and I love colorful photos! A lot of my pictures on my feed are from in my room because I spend a lot of time studying there, ha ha. I’ll edit a teeny, tiny bit (no filters) with VSCO cam. For blog pictures, I use my Nikon and I take a lot of flat lay pictures. Basically, I use a white poster board and arrange my items on it. With great natural light, the photos look great and I just edit them a bit using Pic Monkey.