YOU GUYS yes I am doing another links loved post because I am flying to Florida tonight to visit my sister and romp around Disney World and — perhaps more importantly — the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it is going to be so, so great.
You know how before a big fun trip your brain totally goes into vacation mode and it’s really hard to concentrate on work? Yeah, that was definitely me this week. I was very easily distractible, and as a result, found these articles that I wanted to share with you:
Look, I am really good at spending money. Like, should probably put it on my resume level good. I keep toying with the idea of “no spend” weeks or even months, to which my mom is probably saying DO IT and my friends say “NO THAT SOUNDS AWFUL.”
So because straight “no spend” sounds too extreme, I have decided to spend less instead. And I am not on an Acne/Alexander Wang budget by any means. Heck, I am barely on a Madewell budget….why do you think my Instagram bio says “Champagne taste on a tap water budget”?
In my efforts to look good without going broke, I’ve picked up a few tricks to shopping at places like Forever 21, H&M and Target without making it so super obvious that I shop at places like Forever 21, H&M and Target. Here’s how to be stylish on a budget and what to watch out for at fast-fashion stores:
Ouai Hair has been on my radar since it debuted earlier this year, and the signal is definitely getting stronger — thanks in part to the brand’s killer social media presence. If you’re unfamiliar, Ouai was launched by stylist Jen Atkin (her clients include the Kardashians) and promises “effortless everyday style” — uh, yeah, I can get behind that. So I finally took the plunge and snagged two products from the line.
A Little Leopard may have launched in 2015, but I had been dreaming of starting a blog for many years before that. And I think I will echo many, many others when I say that my only blogging regret is that I wish I had started sooner.
Sometimes, the most difficult thing about blogging can be taking the leap and getting started. I’d had blogs on some free platforms before (heck, Atlantic Pacific is still rocking her .blogspot URL!), but never kept up with them. That is why, if you’re serious about blogging — even as a hobby! — I recommend starting with self-hosted WordPress.org. Investing financially in my blog forced me to finally commit to it and post on a regular basis, and it was just the kick in the pants I needed.
Quick background: when starting a blog, you need to host it somewhere. Think of it like your little home on the Internet. There are free options, like Blogger (many people start here) or WordPress.com (which I don’t recommend, since it has super limited functionality and doesn’t really allow for monetization). If you’re willing to invest, your options are pretty much Squarespace (one of my favorite bloggers, Jess from the Golden Girl, started on Squarespace) or WordPress.org.
I highly, highly recommend WordPress.org and will be sharing my favorite resources and the easiest way to start a WordPress blog in this post. Many professional bloggers use WordPress.org, and while there can be a bit more of a learning curve at times, it’s well worth it for the creative control you get over your website. Lots of bloggers start on another platform and switch to self-hosted WordPress (aka WordPress.org) later, which is totally doable, but can cause major headaches during the process.
Think of it this way: if you play guitar as a hobby, there are going to be costs associated with that, right? The guitar, strings, possibly lessons, etc. Blogging is similar — if you want to grow and develop as a blogger, you should seriously consider investing some of your money as well as time into your hobby. I’m pretty sure I first heard this analogy from Jess and Blair, actually, but it’s so super spot on. And even if you’re “just” a hobby blogger, with enough time and practice, it’s a hobby that can financially give back!
So, if you’re ready to start a WordPress blog like the badass blogger you are, here’s how to do it in three easy steps.
I read an article once that likened the competition of SoulCycle vsFlywheel to being “Team Jennifer” or “Team Angelina” — you know, completely divisive, you must choose a camp and there is no going back. Or like being a Cubs or a White Sox fan in Chicago. You just don’t do both.
This article was pretty old … could you tell by the Team Jen reference? And I think times have changed. Certainly there are people who are Team Flywheelor Team SoulCycle, but I guess I’m kind of a spin slut and I like both. Watch the video below to find out why… and how you can try your first SoulCycle class FO FREE! (Guys I’m just really geniunely excited by free SoulCycle this week, that pretty much never happens.)
Also, I did a video this week! The first half is pretty much focused on Flywheel while I talk about SoulCycle in the second half. Continue reading →