10 Things to Get to Kick Off Your Wellness Journey

The main reason I used to buy these health focused magazines during my weight loss was because I was seeking the plans, the recipes, and the research about how to feel good, look good, and be happy. I believed that just reading about nutrition and exercise would make me as bright and vibrant as the pages themselves. – Andie Mitchell…

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My Weight Loss Story

Real talk: At least once a month, I get asked about how I lost over 50 lbs since graduating from college and I never quite know how to answer it. I wish there was a clear-cut answer like “I ate 1500 calories, never any nightshades, also I pray the Lord’s Prayer and sing a Cardi B song to my quinoa.…

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Shadowbanning: What is It and What to Do About It

Oh, shadowbanning. I’d argue that this is one of the most contentious topics in the social media and influencer spheres. What is shadowbanning, you ask? It’s basically an ambiguous, unconfirmed practice by social media platforms that depreciates or hides content– basically anything from certain hashtags to content agreements. Some do not think shadowbanning exists because Facebook / Instagram haven’t confirmed…

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Parlor: Kansas City Restaurant Opening September 2018

I love food. I know, that’s not unique to most carbon-based beings, but I love everything about trying new food. Double points if it’s cuisine from a place I’ve never visited. Triple points if it’s walkable in downtown KC. In other words, Parlor is my jackpot. Parlor is a new Kansas City Restaurant located in Crossroads. It bills itself as a bar…

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3 Tips for Taking Better Selfies

Everybody loves a good selfie: The girl with makeup on fleek. The middle-aged dude who needs a Facebook profile photo, but doesn’t want to get up from the recliner (NCIS is on, can’t miss that.) The 1,000 guys on Tinder with a fish (Do you all have the same hobby? We don’t live in a hunter-gatherer society anymore, guys). A…

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A Hair-Raising Tale: My Journey with Alopecia

I wish my alopecia story was more exciting, more of an Eat, Pray, Love kind of deal just with more hair products. It’s more about me yelling at my hair brush like Regina George did in Mean Girls when she realized she was eating Kalteen bars. It took me 8 years to be brave enough to own up to my…

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iPhone Photography For Beginners #1: Natural Lighting

Though I do some freelance photography, normally most of my photos are taken on my iPhone 7S+; would you really want to lug around a DSLR everywhere you go? I love social media, but not that much! What I’ve learned is that good iPhone photography is like gas station sushi: It can be of questionable quality. But you know if…

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3 Tips for Writing Better Instagram Captions

But first, a story. I finally gave into the three years of Stitchfix ads I’ve gotten on Facebook. I was in a fashion rut, was time crunched due to a busy stint at work and thought I’d go full Tom Haverford and treat myself. The gist is that you pay $20 a month, a freelance stylists curates 5 items and…

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Kansas City Fashion: Trends to Spot for Fall 2018

In a moment of fall fashion weakness, I bought the September editions of my two favorite fashion magazines Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to scan for the big trends of fall at the same time. Friends, the Kansas City fashion trends you will see on all bloggers’ Instagram accounts, in the stores and in your closet will not disappoint. Let’s go:…

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Instagram Hashtags: Promoting Content

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  Hashtags. #hashtag. It’s black magic, y’all. Use the wrong one and get shadowbanned. Use the right ones and really get a leg up on developing your content. That being said, hashtags are one of the most misunderstood parts of the social media influencer space. There’s a lot that can go wrong: a bad mix of hashtags, too few, too…

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