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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. Also, unicycling.” Anyway, I’d gained 20+ lbs between my sophomore and junior year but nothing about my habits had changed. Later I learned that I had a hormonal imbalance. That being said, I continued to pack on the pounds after getting out of an abusive relationship; I’d comfort myself with…

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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 it publicly. In my personal and professional experience, it does exist: models having content blacklisted due to a single hashtag, engagement drops with certain tags or captions. My guess is that there’s two purposes for keeping the shadowban on the down low: 1. By not being able to rely on…

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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 with SEVEN restaurants, a “curated collection of KC’s freshest food offerings. I had the opportunity to check out Parlor with other local social media influencers before the big opening in the coming weeks. Here’s the scoop on Parlor: There’s Sura, Karbon, Yaki Ya, Mother Clucker, Farm to Market, Vildhast, and…

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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 group of besties at a concert feeling as unstoppable as Taylor Swift’s girl gang. Mock it as much as you want, but the selfie is here to stay. Dare I say it’s practical? Not everyone has access to a photographer at all times, but if a photo needs to be…

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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 hair-raising issues:  Diagnosis: I noticed that my previously frizzy hair was starting to, well, not be quite so Hermione-esque. A hair stylist pointed out that my hair was thinning at the ripe old age of 21. I did what every college girl would do hearing that news: had a breakdown…

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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 it’s good when you see it, and the setting says a lot about quality. I could wax poetic about different settings and filters on your smartphone, but if I could scream one thing from the roof tops it would be to find natural light. But even when I do tell…

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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 mail it to you on a semi-regular basis. But I learned a good lesson about articulating my personal style that I want to share: I took the little quiz at the end of my Stitchfix registration. TLDR: I thought I covered every single detail of my daily and aspirational style.…

  • style

    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: Bold, Rich Reds: I was 10 pages into the September Vogue when I realized that red is the color of the season. I know, I know: Red for fall is not ground breaking. (Especially if you’re a Nebraska fan!). But these reds were bolder and brighter than usual. Wear What’s…

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    social media

    Instagram Hashtags: Promoting Content

      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 many, too spammy. But I have a few quick tips that help my content stay relevant, not get shadowbanned, and be an effective strategy for your personal or business brand. Keep a good mix: What does this mean? Imagine your hashtag combination as a salad. You have your big ingredients…

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    How I Did It: Bedroom Decor on A Budget

    Like every basic white girl ever, I love redoing my bedroom decor when I move almost as much as I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes. However, I wanted to stick to a  budget of $300 which I originally thought would be a challenge for what I wanted to do with my new space: Create a vanity space for makeup and hair, get high-quality and on trend bedding and pick up some modern, white end nightstand tables. No pressure, right? My go-to when I’m in a budget crunch is to go to Goodwill, which ended up being a bust. At first, there looked like no good solution; I thought I’d have to…