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8 Stylish, Affordable and Easy DIY Gift Ideas!

Small budget this holiday season? I can relate! A new house, a few new things for the new house (because of course, right?), plus a whole lot of unexpected expenses that tend to crop up (without fail!) just before spendy season arrives, and, well let’s just say Christmas this year will be less about waiting at the check out and more about lining up some easy and stylish handcrafted gifts. ‘Tis officially the season to share your creativity, your time, and handiwork with these great DIY gift ideas! A little note before we start- DIY and I have traditionally had a rocky relationship, so when it came time to rounding up DIY gift ideas for small budgets this Christmas, my main requirements were to find projects that were affordable (natch) but also ones that were easy and quick. I think I’ve got a good selection here! Ready? Let’s get into

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A Special Thank You (+Save Lots of Money)

Hey Gems! I have some really wonderful news to share with you! Yesterday, I nearly DOUBLED my previous record for most page views in a day on my website (which was set two years ago when I shared this really personal story). So why the traffic this time? Well, 1) you guys are the most supportive, fantastic community a gal could ask for and 2) people have been sharing this post, and this post like crazy! Along with keeping an eye on my adventures from NYFW. The ultimate goal for my website is to provide a place for rockstar entrepreneurs, like yourself, to shine, thrive, and be inspired while also providing YOU with a platform to get your business the exposure it deserves.  So, to celebrate our success, this weekend only, sidebar square feature brand ad spaces are 50% off. Yes, that wasn’t a typo – literally HALF OFF. 1 Month Regularly $85.00 – NOW

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Are You Blogging for the Right Reasons?

There are so many amazing people that start a blog everyday. Whether it’s to document their life or share their passion about anything from beauty to business, there’s a blog niche for everyone. I think for so many of us, we want to start a blog and create an online presence because we have an aching desire for a creative outlet. We want a space that we can call our own to share our insights and projects. Blogging is a beautiful expression of our creativity. While anyone can start a blog, it’s also important to understand why you are starting one. Is it to get famous? Do you want to get free stuff from companies? Are you wanting to write a rant everyday about life’s woes? If any of these are a yes, it’s time to rethink your why and simply keep a personal journal for your rants. However, there

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Decorating with Jewel Tones

I absolutely love putting styles together to create a room’s theme – having a particular color in mind for a room can really bring a space together and make shopping for decor much easier! Although I’m not living on my own yet, I have always had such a vision of what I want every room in my future home to look like. One of my favorite colors is a deep, jewel toned green – which is where my blog color scheme came from! That’s why putting together a living room inspiration using this jewel tone has been so much fun! The Allongé logo was an amazing image to use while creating a space with jewel toned decor! Jade Velvet Chair: Not only does this chair look super comfortable, it’s a gorgeous jewel toned color as well! I would love chairs like these in my living room! Gold Decorative Pillow: I love throw pillows so much and you

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How to Set up a PR Friendly Blog

Being a PR friendly blog does not mean that you need to fill up your blog with ads, talk up mediocre products, or have a sponsor for each and every one of your posts. The term “PR Friendly” has a number of meanings up for interpretation. For our purposes, we’re going to focus on what is means to be “PR Friendly” from the perspective of a public relations representative or firm when seeking bloggers to work with. Generally, PR firms are looking to develop lasting relationships with the bloggers they collaborate with hopes to curate a go-to network of professional, trustworthy and quality blogs. What’s the first step? Knowing what to include on your website so that we don’t have to search for things. Start by creating a “Collaborations” page on your blog – Words like “Sponsor” and “Advertise” can be misleading and may suggest that the majority of your content

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Eating for Flawless Skin, Be Your Brightest + Create Your Own Confidence

Staying positive keeps you inspired, which will impact you both professionally and personally. Here are a few fab tips for surrounding yourself with inspiration and positivity. (via That Working Girl) Yay! You’re having a baby! Now that your bundle of joy is on the way, it’s important to figure out what your maternity leave will look like. Knowing how many weeks you’ll have off work and what kind of financial benefits you can expect will help you plan and budget accordingly. If we stop rushing for a moment to truly consider what we’re putting into our bodies, is it really worth it? Check out these 5 foods to eat for flawless skin! (via Elliven Spa) You’ll thank us for this one. Have you heard about Rocksbox yet?! Created to help women everywhere enhance their style through an ever-rotating selection of jewelry, chosen for them and sent directly to your door. Be your brightest and try a month for

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Spring Cleaning Your Blog in 10 Easy Steps

Do you look at your old blog posts and cringe with embarrassment? Or maybe you’ve been too busy to look at ancient content and you haven’t even realized how truly awful it is? Just like spring cleaning your house, getting an oil change for your car, checking in on your relationship and updating your wardrobe, blogs require maintenance. Here’s how to keep your blog in full bloom this season: Remove dead links: You’ve got great content and you’ve got the science of genuinely engaging your reader to click on valuable links down to a tittle. Imagine their disappointment when they eagerly click on a link that’s no longer there. #blogfail Remove unused WordPress Plugins: When I’m looking for a new site development feature to add to my blog, sometimes I try 3-4 different plug-ins before I find one that works the way I want it to. If you’re also a culprit of this,

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How To Handle Situations Like Olivia Pope

Working at Olivia Pope & Associates is nothing short of stressful. Each day presents new murder mysteries, sex scandals, and DC disgraces. While most of us will never have to deal with these dramas, we’re all dealt our fair share of dilemmas in our own lives. No matter how big or small, here’s how to handle them like Olivia Pope. Keep cool No situation will ever be resolved by a raised voice and a scowl. Getting upset and visibly frustrated is the easy thing to do, but Gladiators never take the easy way out. The best conflict managers are cool under pressure and never let anyone see them sweat. Take a deep breath and stay calm, collected, and level-headed. Approach the situation with an open mind and be ready to put in the long hours it may take to find a solution. Be honest Olivia is infamous for her brutal

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