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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: 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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    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…

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    Thai Basil Chicken Salad

    We all know how to make chicken salad: chicken, mayonaisse, maybe some relish if you’re feeling Midwestern-crazy. It’s basic, it’s boring and I’m not here for it. Today I’ll share my Thai Basil Chicken Salad recipe with y’all. It’s easy enough that Antoni would share it on Queer Eye and pass it off as “fancy” to some unsuspecting middle-aged dude. Here we go: Ingredient List: 1 chicken breast or 8 oz uncooked chicken 1 bundle of fresh thai basil 2 TBSP mayonaisse 1/2 cup fat free sour cream 1 tsp thai seasoning 1 tsp garlic salt 2 tsp sambal oelek sauce Notes on Ingredients: I prefer to get my seasonings…

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    Mini Bar on a Budget

    As a firm believer that an open bar is second only to a free buffet, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the extra space nestled in the built-in bookshelf + cabinet area in my new living room. Knowing I didn’t have the cash for a Mad Men-esque minibar nor the desire for a full out bar, I used my space to its fullest. Yes, it’s important to have a fully stocked bar, but in a limited space, it’s more important to have spirits that make you smile too. My mini-bar picks: Jack Daniel Tennessee Honey Platte Valley Fireshine, made locally in Weston, MO at McCormick Distillery Amigoni…

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    MODA Shoot: June 2018

    What do I remember most about this particular MODA shoot organized by Kansas City Fashion Council? The heat! It was about 100 degrees outside and yet all of the photographers powered through 5+ shoots that afternoon. All things considered, this shoot was my favorite yet. It was held in and around Feasts of Fancy in the west bottoms of Kansas City. I will absolutely be back for more photoshoots, simply because the indoor lighting and the mix of street art + nature around the building were unparalled. I had a nice blend of newer and more tenured models to shoot with. I hit the jackpot by being able to shoot…

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    3 Insider Tips Social Media Managers Want Bloggers to Know

    I’ve spent my post-college life working in digital advertising, specifically 5 years as a social media manager at two colleges and a small advertising agency. I’ve had the privilege to work on viral campaigns (including outlets like E! Entertainment, Buzzfeed and Business Insider), crisis communications due to social media threats, and paid advertising all on social media. These days, I focus more on advertising operations with a sprinkle of paid social QA and A/B testing. But the more I work with local influencers in Kansas City and begin blogging myself, I see the similarities between managing social media for an established brand and building a brand for yourself. Stop focusing…

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    3 Quick, Fashionable Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin Let’s talk about Earth. Put on some Earth, Wind and Fire or an old episode of Captain Planet for effect while you read this. Let me know when you’re back. You good? Good. I think there’s this huge misconception about “living green” that revolves around this image of only eating tofu and possibly living in a yurt outside of an Urban Outfitters. I operate under the assumption that when I know better, I can do better. From your morning commute, to fashion and fluffy friends, here’s what you can do today: Help Homeless Animals: I admittedly have a super soft spot for adopted animals: one…

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    Mussels and Pasta in Garlic Rosemary Cream Sauce

    Realizing that you have a bag of mussels in your freezer that you should get around to eating is like getting a gift card to a store you don’t really like; you pretty much have to use it, but do you really want to? They weren’t even mine, and yet I was stuck with the world’s most misunderstood seafood. Since my only foray into seafood occurs during Lent, I was confused as to how to use them. I perused Pinterest and found that nearly every meal followed the following formula: Heat liquid > add a cocktail of ingredients to liquid > add mussels > hope for the best. That wasn’t going…

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    Perfect Pork Preparation: Part One

    For what it’s worth, I know way too much about cooking pork. I had a lot of pork growing up due to my dad’s job at a pork processing plant, to the point I refused to eat it in college. Now, my budget-conscious palette has made peace with the other white meat. In my opinion, perfect pork preparation has three parts: A marinade, seasoning and a quality cut of pork. Today I came up with a new pork recipe, with fresh Thai basil and mint leaves: Mint Thai Basil Pork Tenderloin Ingredients: 2 lbs pork tenderloin 12-15 fresh mint leaves 10-12 Thai basil leaves 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/4 cup…