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August Favorites: Best Month Ever

August 30, 2017

As you may have noticed, I don’t do “favorites” posts very often. The reason for this is because I don’t want to fill my blog up with fluff. If I’ve written something, it either means a lot to me, or I want you to find it. Having said that, welcome to my August 2017 favorites! This month has been the craziest, most beautiful and eventful life in my life. I’ve compiled events and products for you that have enhanced my days in one way or another. Enjoy!

1. Moving overseas

Yeah, that happened THIS MONTH. I packed all of my bags and moved from Brussels, Belgium to La Crosse, Wisconsin. It has seriously been such a whirlwind. Everything from the flight, to running into my (then) fiancé’s arms, to driving and settling into our new apartment. I’ve never had a such a drastic change in scenery when it comes to new stages of life. I’ve loved every second of exploring this lovely little city, and I’ve met some really incredible people this month.

2. Getting married 

Hey, I told you that this has been quite the busy month! I got married to my best friend, and boyfriend of over four years. I’m actually not going to go on much about this, as there is an entire blog post dedicated to it. If you’d like to read about our wedding day, click here!

3. Beauty

It Cosmetics CC+ Illumination: I’ve been hearing incredible things about the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream, but when I went to Ulta to grab it, I realized that there was the Illumination option. This is now my daily foundation! It’s light, provides incredible SPF, and gives me the most gorgeous glowy and dewy finish. My skin seriously looks incredible after applying this baby! My one concern is that the shade in this photo is the second lightest shade in the range, and it is already a little too dark for my pale face. Beware!

Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray: The day before my wedding I realized that I had gotten everything I need to do my bridal makeup EXCEPT setting spray. I quickly ran to Sephora and asked one of the amazing ladies at the counter to help me out. I suffer from eczema and very dry skin, and this Setting Spray covered all of my concerns. It kept my bridal makeup on my face all day, and did NOT make my skin look dried out. It also happens to have one of the most satisfying mists, which is a blessing when it comes to setting sprays because you do NOT want your makeup to run down your face when you spray it.

Maybeline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: This is the only concealer that I have repurchased countless time, and it always does the job brilliantly. I hate the packaging, I love the product, and would recommend this to anyone looking for a heavy-duty, non-drying, high-coverage concealed.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush: I received this blush as a birthday perk from Sephora, and I’m absolutely smitten. The shade I have is called “party” and it’s the beautiful muted mauve that you see below. I wore this blush on my wedding day, and I now find myself reaching for it whenever I do my makeup. The consistency, pigmentation, and staying power – all absolutely incredible.

Anastasia Brow Wiz: Such a classic brow pencil, but can you believe that I had never tried it before? Just like everybody else, my life has been forever changed. It’s extremely precise, and takes a little bit of getting used to, but with time you can create anything from a sleek and clean brow look, to a Cara Delevingne lioness brow.

 

 

4. Instax Mini 8

My brother, and sister in law gifted us this adorable little Polaroid Camera, and we’ve gotten insane amounts of use out of it already. We took tons of photos at our wedding with all of our friends, and I find it very handy when it comes to my daily journaling. I had always wanted a polaroid camera, but never looked into getting one, so I guess the stars aligned. If you’re thinking about snagging one for yourself, DO IT!

5. Home

Life with Dylan is such a joy. We spend our days exploring downtown, or snuggling on our couch and watching shows. I have an apartment tour coming soon, but for now here are some of my favorite little bits that somehow made it into our new home. The first is a Mr & Mrs decoration from our wedding that is now hanging in our living room. I’m such a fan of the sparkles, and I couldn’t let it go!


The other thing is a frame that I turned into a galaxy frame with the help of a few water color markers. It holds two photos of me and Dylan, and graces our living room shelves each day!

 

I hope you enjoyed this look into my crazy exciting month! Is there anything on here that caught your eye? Do you have any recommendations (of any sort) for me? Please let me know in the comments below!

Srna

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Using Pinterest to draw in readers

June 12, 2017

Are you well-versed in the world of Pinterest and its use as a brilliant marketing tool for your blog posts? If so, this post is not for you. If you’re a newbie and are looking to grow your blog via Pinterest, read on! I’ve got some super easy tips that could help you catch the attention of your ideal audience. I’m going to try to keep this as fool-proof as I can, but if you’re looking forward to more content like this, do let me know in the comments!

1. Pinterest is not Tumblr.

This is the first thing you need to learn in order to unlock the full potential of pinterest. Rather than using Pinterest as a place to gather information for yourself (such as recipes and DIY projects), use it as your own personal search engine. Kind of like Google, but so much better. The first thing you will need to do is transform your Pinterest to a place where your ideal audience can find your content, and then find some more of your content. Here’s a little excercize:

What is your blog about? Jot down all of the themes that can be found in your posts. For me it’s themes like mental health, mindfulness, happiness, physical health, productivity, well-being, and relationships. What you’ll notice is that all the topics I cover on my blog can be easily related to each other. This is super important, because if a reader is hooked on one of your posts, they’ll probably be interested in reading more of them! So, narrow down your niche a little bit, and find a way to cover the majority of your topics with an umbrella term.

Now that you’ve recognized your terms, create Pinterest boards using those words. Pin each of your posts onto the corresponding board (more on this in a second). Then you can go on and search for similar pins for other fellow bloggers and fill out your boards a bit so that readers can easily recognize what they’re searching for.

 

2. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Pinterest is a visual search engine, and your biggest hook and strongest weapon should always be the photo your pin to your Pinterest board. You want to make sure that the image you put out there will be concise, nice on the eyes, and will clearly tell the reader what they’ll be clicking on. An amazing tool for this is www.canva.com. Canva is free for basic use, and nobody is paying me to say this (although I wish, hit me up Canva!) but it has been an absolute life-save for my blog. At the top of the website just click on “Pinterest graphic”, pick out one of the super cute templates (the ones toward the top are free), and replace the photos and text with your own information.

 

 

Once you’re done with that part, you should have a super pretty photo that makes a clear point of what your blog post is about. When you head to pinterest to pin a photo from your blog post, this should be the one you choose. Here’s one I quickly made for the purpose of this blog post, but if you scroll through my other posts, you’ll see that these photos are a very common occurrence on my blog!

 

3. Descriptions will take you far.

One thing I never thought of before, that has been such a huge help in my Pinterest journey, is changing the descriptions under my pins. Click-baiting is controversial, but as long as it isn’t misleading – it can be a huge help. Change the description under your pin to something that you would search for if you were looking for content like yours. That’s my biggest and easiest advice, and something a lot of people forget to do.

4. Remember to be patient

Pinterest is an incredible tool, but it doesn’t work over night. The good thing about it is that is has long-term marketing effects. I still get surges on blog views on posts from a year ago. The right people will find your blog posts with time. Of course, it’ll definitely help you to make friends with similar interests on Pinterest – that’ll be an awesome way to get your posts out there.
Hope you enjoyed this! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Until next time,

Srna