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FriYAY, we’ve been lookin’ for ya. Who else is kinda shook that this will be the last weekend before Thanksgiving 2017?? *we all collectively raise hands* INSANITY. Especially since next month is nutso with Christmas + holiday errr’thaaaaang, I wanted to throw another #AskE Q&A post in the mix to make sure I’m A’ing as many Q’s as you guys have! Which is apparently a lot, and I lovelovelove it. If you’ve got a Q you want A’d, make sure ya just drop it in this lil’ form right here, and it’ll be added to a future #AskE post! #EasyPeasy.
I think we’re headed to see a movie tonight…torn between Justice League and the Orient Express train thriller movie. Any recommendations?? There’s just something about Friday night at the movies that always feels right. 🙂 I also am always that girl sneaking wine or Chinese takeout in my purse, so if you’re ever in a theater and smell lo mein…that would be me. HA. This weekend should be chill then, too, prepping for Thanksgiving. AND AND AND…BossPitch enrollment closes this weekend! So for any bloggers in da house, if you’ve been on the fence…time to read some testimonials + get over the fence ASAP to make sure you’re in before doors slam shut.
Ivory sweater (sold out – similar option on sale here, here, here (OBSESSED with the criss-cross front!), here (under $40!), + here!) // Black distressed denim (under $40 + SO COMFORTABLE – come in Regular, Tall, AND Petite sizing! Super soft, stretchy material – doesn’t actually feel like denim at all!) // Leopard loafers (Toldja on Instagram I’d be not shutting up about these all season long…they’re just DA BEST, YO. Seriously, I’ve never been more impressed with a shoe in terms of comfortability + cuteness. These require ZERO break-in. No break-in, no rub marks, no blisters…ever. I’ve *ever* encountered loafers that can say the same. Actually never encountered loafers that could say anything at all since loafers can’t talk, but yannno…;) 100% worth it. // Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM (c/o) also here + here! // Gold initial necklace (SUPER cute Christmas gift idea!) // Gold hoop earrings (similar here) // Sunnies // Lipstick (shade: “Vintage”)
Fave fall accessory?
Right now I’m super into hats, leopard print, + vampier lipstick. Is lipstick an accessory? Nope, it’s an essential. Is leopard print an accessory? Not really – it’s a neutral. 😉 But all of the above are things I find myself reaching for continuously right about now! It’s still not really cold enough for blanket scarves (although it’s getting there…so here’s how to wear a blanket scarf 10 different ways for when the temps drop a bit more). So lighter scarves, fun floppy fall hats, leopard everything, + darker plum/burgundy lippies are where it’s at. Also, gold jewelry since it’s warm-toned like the changing leaves – so pretty! AND, little hints of festivity. Like these stud earrings that I recently added to my collection – oh so totally fun. 🙂
What do you think the hardest part of being a blogger is?
Staying in your own lane, and not falling into comparison traps. Also, just doing ALL THE THINGS, ALL THE TIME. I’m 100% guilty of getting sucked into comparing myself to others, far too often. Honestly, I think it’s just the devil distracting us from our true purposes. Because while comparing ourselves to others, what are we doing? Probably not working on our OWN games, cos we’re too busy focusing on others’. No bueno. There is an endless sea of bloggers out there, each with something to offer, and it’s one of the least transparent industries out there, I think. You see everyone’s finished product – you don’t see/know the whole story behind ANYONE’S “success.” So, it’s important to constantly remind yourself of the truth – which is that the only truth you know and/or can control, is your own.
Beyond that, doing #AllTheThings (or wanting to do it) is the struggle of the century. We’ve gotta do essentially an entire team’s work ourselves, which I think a lotta folks don’t necessarily get/understand. We’re the content creators, products, photographer, editors, writers, social media managers…an entire marketing team’s worth of roles, packed into one person. We’re also the administrators, negotiators, and managers, handling constantly full (slash seemingly urgent) inboxes that need tending in order to keep everything running at full speed. That’s the hardest bit. And if you ARE lucky enough to have a team of any sort, delegation can be hard, since it’s your own personal brand – how do you know what to give someone else to do when it feels like EVERYTHING is an integral part of your business? I think I’ve got a decent handle on that now, but it definitely took a hot sec to get used to in the beginning.
How do you manage everything?? // How do you do it all??? You’re amazing! // How do you get everything done??
How do you budget for splurge pieces like a Louis Vuitton bag?
How did you grow your Instagram following? I feel like I’ve tried EVERYTHING (engaged with new/old followers, use hashtags, coherent theme, etc. etc.) & I still can’t seem to gain followers. HELP!
What Q do you want A’d in a future AskE post?