The Look: similar skirt from boohoo ($40.00) // similar dress by Tadashi Shoji from Nordstrom ($268.00) // Carolee Necklace [n/a] – Similar one from BaubleBar ($68.00) // similar Shoes of Prey pumps from Nordstrom ($189.95) // similar Michael Kors crossbody from Macy’s ($148.00) The Lesson: It was a Saturday night in March. I was getting ready for my friend Christina’s birthday party (who, by the way, is hands down the best fashion/personal stylist I’ve ever met AND she took the pretty pictures for this post!). Like a tornado spewing debris across the landscape, my closet was ending up on the floor at an impressive speed. Nothing was fitting right. UGHHH! After an eternity, I determined I’d be wearing the skirt pictured (thanks Claire <3). And so, the storm began again as I tried to figure out what to wear up top. Unsatisfied with everything, I pulled out this black lace dress from the depths of my
“Okay, here we go. No turning back now. I’ve drained every last ounce of brain power I have and poured my heart into this; the response to this post is going to be great! Wait for it. No, seriously. Just a little bit longer. Um, what time is it? Maybe it’s just too late. I’ll give it until the morning. Oh, there’s still nothing.” Raise your hand if this is a verbatim recount of a conversation you’ve previously had with yourself. Yeah, I see you slouching down in the back row. As deflating as these experiences can be, we can’t hide from them. Nor should we want to. The truth is you are getting a response. Listen a little more closely. That’s right: crickets. Not what you were hoping for? That’s understandable. But don’t ignore them. I’ve been there before, and I didn’t listen to the crickets. In an attempt to
As 2015 draws to a close, it’s easy to look back and see a year marked by darkness. When so much of modern life takes place on the internet, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the endless cycle of news and information–especially if the majority of your responsibilities require you to be online. [Tweet “”Be a positive force in a world that’s often a chaotic mess of negativity.” – @stephkaysharp”] While it can be tempting to bury your head in the sand, it’s easier than you might think to remain both informed on the news and care for your own soul while you’re at it. Better yet, you can be a positive force in a world that’s often a chaotic mess of negativity. RELATED: 25 Ways to Be a Better Human Today So from my experience as a journalist and–more importantly–as one of the billions of humans on this planet, here are
Let me preface this with a friendly reminder of what the purpose of social media is – to share and receive “valuable” information through various connections. That’s literally it. This information can range from being something personal, like so-and-so is getting married, to more professional topics like how to start a business. Yes, there are other subsidiary things that social media can accomplish like increasing sales and website traffic, but if you’re missing the fundamental components of 1) beneficial information and 2) genuine connections, the collateral benefits of social media are not available to you. So, first things first, I’m not even going to talk about buying followers. That should be obvious and if you follow me on anything you are well aware this is unacceptable. However, if the temptation creeps in, you can read this. Now onto the good stuff: 1.) Following back everyone. Someone favorites your Tweet. You get curious
When you see a tweet or Facebook post, a lot of thought and strategic thinking went into crafting that message. Social media has become one of the best and most effective ways to reach consumers and the public and can be an integral way to launch a new campaign. If you’ve been struggling with finding your social media strategy, here’s what is probably missing from your current strategy: Outline your goals and objectives Before you start brainstorming campaigns and approaches, this should be your first step. Set goals such as “Increase Twitter followers by 10%” or “Obtain 10 retweets a day.” Once you outline what you want to achieve with your social media strategy, you’ll be able to better think through what tactics will allow you to achieve your goals. See what type of posts have received the most feedback for you It’s important to look at what your followers interact with the post and what engages them.
Don’t Ruin Your Online Presence Due to Lack of Self-control We all know that in this day and age, your online presence is your personal brand. One that needs to be managed in a manner that appeals to an employer. It is the first impression you will make and if it’s not looking so good, it might just be your last. The content you post on social media reflects much about who you are and what you value. And yes, maybe, you’re not as cynical as perceived by your Twitter followers, which could be friends, families, previous employers, or other networks. Maybe Aunty Mae might be forgiving of that insensitive remark you made on Facebook, but think about Julie or Professor Zhang from college who might stumble on such content. Would they be ok with it? We’ve probably all experienced threads on Facebook where someone is being called out for something, such as making an anti-Muslim comment
Left Shark, escaping llamas, and #thedress have left us glued to our screens, tapping away on keyboards, and aching for more interaction. It’s human nature to want to be part of something bigger than ourselves and these trivial trending topics have given us a space to do just that. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t add up to much – and I know you felt that as you woke up this morning, half ashamed and thinking “I can’t believe I defended the color of a dress last night.” It’s time to start having conversations that count. It’s time to be catalysts for change. You have more to offer the world than weekly Bachelor live tweets and callous complaints about the barista that got your order wrong. We need more from you. The world needs to hear what you’re passionate about and what you value. We need you
You wake up, look at your Twitter follower count and realize that the number still hasn’t gone up. You’re frustrated because you know potential employers check social media accounts to see which candidates have more influence. A quick Google search shows that you can buy thousands of followers for as little as $5! Sure, they’ll be eggs and not real people but that’s a deal you can’t pass up, right? Wrong. The only place you should buy eggs for under $5 is the grocery store. Never buy Twitter followers and here are a few reasons why: 1.) Twitter is based off of interaction and fake followers can’t engage. Twitter is supposed to be a dialogue, not a monologue. If none of your followers are real, there will be no one to retweet and favorite your content. There will be no interaction between you and your followers for others to see