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Valentine’s Day: Date Night Ideas for the Married and Single Person

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Stay Calm, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and i’m here to help

One of my favorite Valentine’s Day was my first one with my husband. He was such a BAD gift giver. My love language is gifts so I always go ALL OUT and spoil him. I get so much pleasure out of giving. He is the opposite. His love language is providing for us, so when it comes to gift giving, he thinks a book marker is a great gift (rolls eyes). Don’t worry, I’ve trained him and he’s getting better each year. But, our first Valentine’s day was special because it was our first and he gave me my favorite thing…unadulterated time with him. Sometimes, it’s not about gifts but about quality time with the one you love.

Now, don’t get me wrong…I LOVE A GOOD GIFT and a night out, so this post is all about some fun ideas that you and your spouse or single friends can do on Valentine’s Day. FYI, if you’re single, grab your girlfriends or guy friends and plan a night out with them. Here are four great Valentine’s Day date night ideas that are sure to be a hit:

  1. Game Night: for my singe guys and girl, invite some of your friends over and get Charades or Apples Over Apples out and enjoy each other’s company. You never know if you’ll find that special someone on your Valentine’s Day Game Night.
  2. Dinner and Netflix: I absolutely hate going out and standing in line for an hour for a table at a restaurant. Last Valentine’s Day, I actually cooked dinner for my husband and we stayed home, ate, talked and watched a movie. We had such a great intimate night and we didn’t have to tip anyone. Remember to keep it light, no talk about kids or finances, just good times.
  3. Table For Two: Now, if you want to brave the long lines and busy streets on Valentine’s day, make sure you call ahead to get put on their waiting list. Otherwise, pick a time that you know is not too busy, either go really early or later on for your date.
  4. Get Active: Get out and take your spouse or friends to a bowling alley or Top Golf. Find something active to do around your city and go make some memories. FYI Groupon is the best for finding coupons for great date ideas for Valentine’s Day

Married ladies, remember even if you’re staying home, dress up and make yourself into a gift for your husband. FYI husbands, try your best to look like a snack too. If you’re single and having friend’s over or going out for Valentine’s Day, make sure you look nice, you never know who you might bump into (ayyyyyeeeee).

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My outfit is Valentine’s Day is perfect because it’s comfortable, cute and not overly cheesy with a bunch of red or pink. I kept it black and white with pops of red in my knit jacket and booties.

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No matter what you do, make sure you enjoy yourself on Valentine’s Day. If you’re single, don’t just sit at home and bemoan your singleness, get out and enjoy time with yourself or with friends. If you’re married, plan something adventurous for your and your husband or wife and remember, no kids or finance talk..focus on the two of you and your love. I hope this helps you in some way.

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NYFW: The Super Bowl Championship for designers and creatives

“Excuse me sir, but my Super Bowl is called New York Fashion Week and it’s starts TODAY!”

For those who don’t follow fashion as closely as some others do, the biggest events in fashion happen twice a year in the “big four” fashion mecca’s, New York, London, Paris, and Milan. The concept of fashion week began in London but the tradition has been “official” since 1943 when New York held it’s first official fashion week. Each fashion week lasts an actual week and allows buyers and influencers a taste of what’s upcoming in fashion and trends for the the next season.

Tickets for major shows are expensive and front row seats are as coveted as sleep after a week of having a newborn (lol)!. I will not be going this year, but I will get to enjoy the shows via live stream and runway photos from the show. You can watch the shows along with me HERE and view the official schedule for NYFW. BUT, if I were going, this outfit would be the first look I would sashay around the streets of New York in and shut it down.

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I kept this look feminine but edgy with a cute but rich floral jacquard peplum hem dress, and my on-trend heels with socks. This look is a little nod to my style. I love hyper-feminine clothing and all things pink but I also have a wild side (grrrr). What a perfect way to start off the first day of New York Fashion Week than in this outfit that’s the embodiment of all that is me.

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My dress is not for sale anymore but I did link two of my favorite girly looks that you can easily pair with a pair of socks and my platform heels and then add a great coat to finish it off. One thing I love to do with a sleeveless dress during the winter is to pair it with a blouse as an undershirt. This one was made by my Friend Derek DeAndre and you can find more of his work Here.  I am putting the schedule for Fashion Week below and don’t be afraid to check other blogs and watch the live streams to find out what will be trending soon. I can’t wait until Next season when you and I both can meet up and have drinks before our first NYFW show. Check out my last blog post on my Super Bowl style HERE.

Find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly and if you create this look, tag me in it on IG and Facebook as well.

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Championship 2018: Food and Fashion for Super Bowl Sunday

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“I’m not a football fan but i’m going hard for Super Bowl 2018..clearly ONLY for the food and the fashion!”

Who will be watching the Super Bowl game tonight? My husband is at church right now praying for a win for his favorite team while I’m trying to think of the best appetizers and drinks to make his night a spectacular one. My thought is even If his team doesn’t win, at least he’ll eat good and get to view my fabulous outfits (yes, i’m planning my own half-time runway show). So, who are you rooting for?! Either, way, I hope these recipes puts you in a good mood no matter how good or bad or your team does tonight.

Any Super Bowl party is not complete without four items and one of them is soooo good even the people who don’t eat meat will dig in. I always make oven-baked wings, pulled pork nachos, some sort of chip and dip and stuffed mushrooms for my vegetarian friends.

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Since it’s the Super Bowl, my outfit is army-inspired because we are here to fight! I found these army-pants at my local thrift store and fell in love with them. I knew I wanted to style them for the blog because camouflage print goes with just about anything.

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I am praying this Super Bowl Sunday, your team wins and that the game is as spectacular as it can be. I am putting my outfits together so that I can dance in style to Justin Timberlake at the half-time show. Check out some of these links for products to match my easy, breezy look. If you recreate this look, find and tag me in it on Instagram at OluwafunmiflyCheck out my last post on my Style Crush and my favorite skirts suits for that classy lady HERE.

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Puffed: Perfect Puffer Jackets This Winter

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“A Puffer Jacket is the “it girl” this season and can be worn in so many beautiful ways…so, do you have yours? 

There are some trends that are not worth paying attention to and then there are trends that are not only cute but also functional. A puffer jacket, this winter season, is a trend worth writing home about. Seriously, these puffer jackets not only keep you warm but you can wear this trend in a lot of different ways. Let me show you how some ways stylists and celebrities have worn their puffer jacket.

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The puffer jacket is not only for ski dads, it’s for everyone. This 80’s trend is so hot right now. From Balenciaga to Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma line, to Kenzo, this trend is red hot right now. Style bloggers, celebrities and fashionistas have turned this old classic into something new and chic. I love this puffer jacket trend because of it’s functionality and versatility. What about you? Are you a puffer jacket person or nah?

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I’m listing below my favorite and most affordable puffer jackets that I have found online. Pick one and adopt it into your closet.

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So, are you more in love with this puffer jacket trend or have you fallen in love with it by now?! I just love a good remix and i’m drooling over the way fashionistas, stylist and designers have made the puffer jacket a staple piece this season. Make sure you have one of these in your wardrobe and don’t be afraid to wear them over a floral dress, a pantsuit and especially over jeans. Remember to always experiment and have fun with fashion.

Did you check out my last AWESOME post on what i’m wearing to the Black Panther premiere?! If not, what are you waiting for, click HERE to read all about it and shop my favorite leather pieces this winter.

Find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly or on Facebook at Houseofodara and tag me if you recreate this look.

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WWW: Shopping on a Dime

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Shopping on a dime is easy to do especially when you’re shopping at Target

I just love Target’s WhoWhatWear Collection so much that I’m giving Target my money once a week. I’ve already done a post wearing one of their skirts from their collection and I’m back at it again like I never left. I love shopping on a dime and this collections allows me to do so and still have money for food afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great expensive piece but right now, I can’t afford to have every item of clothing be Chanel or YSL. So, I love to mix one high-end piece with some reasonably priced pieces. This look and this post is about looking good while shopping on a dime, and I want to show you ways to reinvent pieces and stretch your wardrobe and wallet a bit further.

When my fellow fashion blogger Flyygirlfashions asked to collaborate with me on a holiday look, I knew I wanted to incorporate the Whowhatwear collection from Target. The motto of this collection is to sell street-trendy clothes without your wallet paying for it months later. They have an array of gorgeous items including plus-size clothing. I ran to my local target and picked up a trendy ruffle top blouse and their women’s tie skirt. I put a gorgeous red Calvin Klein blazer dress over the look and finished it off with black tube socks and a patent leather two-tone booties. The two pieces from the Whowhatwear collection cost me under $40.00 and the good thing is I can always mix and match the pieces with other items in my closet. I told you looking good and shopping on a dime can actually have you looking like a trillion dollars.

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My one rule for shopping on a dime is to always buy items that you can see yourself mixing with other items in your closet. Shopping on a dime will have learning how to reinvent every single thing in your closet (LOL). As a blogger, I don’t have money to waste on clothes every single shoot so I improvise and think of new ways to use what I already have. Like I said before, this overcoat is actually a dress that I was able to reuse in a different way. These two pieces from Target’s Whowhatwear collection are awesome because I can reuse them over and over again with other pieces from my collection. I plan on using the ruffle blouse as an undershirt on a pair of overalls that I just bought and the skirt will be reworn with a black turtleneck and thigh-high boots. So, remember to buy pieces you can see yourself wearing more than one way.

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Shopping on a dime is a win-win because you save money and you look good and what kind of person wouldn’t like those odds? Take time out and visit Target to take a look at their Whowhatwear collection today.

I love the way that Flyygirlfashions styled her Whowhatwear Frock coat with a pair of crushed velvet boots, plum pants, black turtleneck and a wide-brim hat. Her look is elevated street chic and I love the play of different colors and textures. Check her out on Instagram at Flyygirlfashions

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I hope you enjoyed this look and this collaboration. Make sure to tag me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly if you decide to recreate this easy, inexpensive and fun look.

For collaborations, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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How to Rock: Midi Skirts

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A Classy Lady always has two midi skirts, one great sweater and a red lip

Hello chapped lips, chapped hands and chapped feet…Hello Winter. Today I want to talk about the perfect midi skirts that can be transitioned into classy winter wear. I want to show you where to find and how to wear midi skirts all season long. Okay, so you’re asking, what exactly are midi skirts? Well, read on and you’ll find out!

Midi skirts are also known as mid calf length skirts because they should hit you right at the top of your shin where your leg begins to thin out. Midi skirts should NOT stop at the thickets part of your legs or you will look stocky and anything below the top of the shin will have you looking like you’re going to a tent revival with your 10 kids (LOL). For our taller, thinner girls, any length midi skirt will work perfect for you because you have the legs to pull it off. Most midi skirts come either pleated or with a fuller skirt so keep the top as streamlined as possible. Wear either a form-fitting top or something that’s a little more revealing to counterbalance the conservative bottom.

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I loved being able to wear my Forever21 midi skirt with a loose-fitting off-shoulder sweater. It was a warm, comfortable look that I was able to wear to church and then out for brunch with the girls. I tucked one corner into the skirt to make sure you saw my waist. What I love about a good midi skirt, beside the length, is that it’s always high-waisted so it sits at the smallest part of your waist. I was able to transition my midi skirt into a winter look by adding on a knit sweater and a pair of rose-gold metallic booties from Shein. My faux-fur bag also added to the feeling of a crisp cold day. Another way to transition your midi skirts is to pair them with a button down silk or chiffon blouse and then add a moto jacket to finish off the look. The faux leather moto jacket will give a little masculinity and edge to the hyper feminine look underneath, and keep you warm.

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So how to you plan on wear your midi skirt this Winter. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this look. There is no right or wrong way to pair your midi skirts because as long as you feel good, you look good. If you recreate this look, tag me in it on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly. Don’t forget to check out my last post and my collaboration with Splashed by DKG HERE.

If you want to collaborate with me, please email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Dream=Your Creative Vision

Your Creative Vision

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”
–Denis Waitely
Hello, Today I have Ashlen Cuyler, founder and CEO of HeyGirlHeyUnited writing for the blog. I hope it helps you in some way because I know it’s made me more motivated for being successful in 2018. So, Don’t click away, read on and let her know what you think:
Recently, I wrote down a few things that I could do differently in order to get ahead. During the process of brainstorming, I realized that my task were all aligned with my comfort zone. My creative vision was limited and didn’t require much from me.
Not one thing on my “getting ahead list” consisted of taking a risk!
As humans we are natural creatures of comfort. Neutral state — a place where stress and anxiety are minimal, where we know what’s coming next and can plan accordingly.
There is nothing wrong with staying within your zone of comfort. The problem arises when we get too comfortable and start holding ourselves back instead of finding new ways to learn, grow and try new things. Your Creative Vision demands that you GET UP!
 LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
 YOUR CREATIVE VISION DEMANDS THAT YOU GET UP
Are there certain things that you would like to do or obtain in life? Yet, the fear of stepping outside of your norm has hindered you.​​​​​​​
Maybe you’re interested in obtaining a new job, but the idea of starting over scares you. However, since you refuse to step outside of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith, you’re miserable every time Monday comes around. I’m pretty sure we all have been here before.
Has it been a goal of yours too finish or return back to school? But the thought of trying to balance classes and life frightens you. So instead of going for it, you continue to put it off. Yup! (that’s me).
Your Creative Vision
Do you have an idea or invention that could be beneficial to others? But the pressure of thinking it has to be perfect has held you back from creating and launching your craft. I thought everything needed to be perfect (including myself) with HGH before I could start. If that was true, I would have never started because I’m no where near perfect. You creative vision does not require perfection nor does it ask you to have all your ducks in a row or all the money in the bank…all it’s waiting for is you!
Your mind is a powerful thing, don’t allow your thoughts to stop you from reaching your fullest potential. Today make the decision to  take leaps of faith outside of your normal day to day task.
YOUR CREATIVE VISION DOES NOT REQUIRE PERFECTION 
I hope this email has reached you in a good space at a good time. Remember, if you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.
 Here are some benefits to stepping out of your zone of comfort. 
  • Taking risks is what helps us grow.
  • Trying new things can make you more creative.
  • Embracing new challenges can help you age better. Our comfort zones tend to shrink as we get older — but if we can keep expanding them, we’ll open ourselves up to greater fulfillment and improved well-being as we age.-HuffPost
  • Challenging yourself can help you perform at your peak. Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is an important, and almost universal, factor in personal growth.

As we head into 2017, Make your dream, your creative vision a reality by getting up and putting the work needed into it. Take risks, don’t be afraid of failure and keep challenging yourself and those around you to be the best they can be. Write down your 2018 vision and then multiply it by two. You can do it…YOU CAN DO IT!

Here is a great book about not being stuck in your comfort zone and not being afraid of change:

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Writer: Ashlen Cuyler of HeyGirlHeyUnited

Instagram: Heygirlheyunited

I hope this email has helped you in one way or another. Thank you for visiting House of Odara and remember to collaborate, you can email me at www.houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Forever Grateful: Lessons I’ve Learned This Past Year

ISSABIRTHDAYCELEBRATION and all I want to do is reflect on the lessons i’ve learned this past year

Y’all, I am a whole year older, a new year wiser and a new year happier. There is only one word that comes to mind today and that word is GRATEFUL! I am grateful for my life, I am grateful for my family, I am grateful for my friends and I am grateful for all of you! All I want to do is throw a dance party and praise God for all of His many blessings, love, protection and favor. As I reflect on the lessons i’ve learned this past year I am overwhelmed by how much i’ve grown, become more focused and learned to take things in stride. In this post I want to share with you the five lessons i’ve learned this past year of my life and I hope it helps you in some way.

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Here are the five lessons I’ve learned this past year and I’ll use my name FUNMI as an acronym:

  1. Focus on the Good: There are so many things that point you to the bad and teaches you to focus on what’s wrong with your life, but you have to train your mind to focus on the good all the time. The bad in your life that you don’t like, fix it if it can be fixed but don’t fixate on it. Allow the good to be on the forefront of your mind. Philippians 4:8 says that “whatever things are lovely, whatever things are pure, whatever things are of good report, that’s what you meditate on.” So, remind yourself that you are an AMAZING human and worthy of love, success and happiness.
  2. Understand Yourself: No one will know you better than you know you. I took this year out to find myself, to find out what I wanted to do with my life and figure out how I was going to make it happen. It doesn’t matter what age you are, introspection can happen at any time. So, find yourself, find your dream, find your purpose and everything else will fall into place.
  3. Never Give Up: You don’t know how many times this year I wanted to give up on this whole blogging endeavor. I am two years into this experience and sometimes I get so bogged down with the lack of “progress” that I just want to quit. But, I keep telling myself that someone else’s trajectory is not my trajectory; someone’s path is not my path. I have to remember lesson number one and focus on the good and that keeps me from giving up. Whether it’s your job, your husband, your friends, your dream, DON’T GIVE UP… success is right around the corner.
  4. Make Time For Family: In this world of busyness and Boss moves, we have to remember friends and family. We have to remember the people that helped us get where we are now. This one lesson I’ve learned this past year is very important! I have a one-year-old son and I have to make a choice to focus on him. I’m also married, and in the middle of all the whirlwind of my day, I have to make time to focus on him. We can’t win in the business, education or our sphere of influence and lose our families and friends in the process. Make time for what’s truly important.
  5. Influence Others: The best lesson I’ve learned this year is to influence those around me. I am just starting out in my journey in life with my baby, my husband and my blog but there is someone that needs what I have to offer. I try and use my influence for good and be an open book and an open door. If anyone needs help, advice or prayer, I’m always there to help. Real talk, the more you pour into others, the more you get out of it…SO GIVE OF YOURSELF SELFLESSLY!

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It’s a new year for me and these lessons I’ve learned this past year will go into 2018 with me. I will focus on the good, ignore the bad and love the ones who love me back. I plan on spending my birthday with my husband in Las Vegas for a couple of days and then coming back and hugging my son until he gets tired of me. I am so grateful to see another year and again, I am grateful for each and everyone of you who come week after week to read, comment and love on my blog and on me. You keep me going. Thank you!

Now that I’ve given you the five lessons I’ve learned this past year, I hope you’ll be able to take them into 2018 with you as well. My look today is very elegant and the color is perfect for the holidays and for my BURFDAY! I wanted to be elegant and dramatic. The skirt is Badgley Mischka from Dillards Department Store and my blouse was especially made by my friends and visionary Derek D’eandre. My heels are from Macy’s Department store. I hope you enjoyed this post and this look. Check out my last post on my favorite faux furs for this winter season HERE.

Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend. For collaborations email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com and find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly to see all the behind-the-scenes Vegas shenanigans.

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FurryFriends: My Favorite Faux Furs

This list of my favorite faux furs are sure to make any girl swoon

Y’all it’s winter. Well, not really for us down in the South but don’t let that stop you from pulling out your furs. This post is all about my favorite faux furs this season and how you can wear them. Listen Linda, don’t log off, I won’t have you looking like an 80’s rapper I promise. Keep reading and get ready to purchase one or more of my favorite faux furs this season.

When it comes to wearing Fur, less is more. If you’re not going for a really dramatic look or a runway look, you can wear fur and not look over the top. Remember, fur can be just around the collar of a jacket or a fur throw over your shoulder. Nothing looks as good as a leather jacket with a fur collar. Whether your fur is real or faux, don’t be afraid to rock it.

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This look I have on is the over-the-top fur look but like I said, you can make it more subdued. An all black outfit with a colorful fur or even a black fur will make the outfit more luxe and sophisticated. Scroll through to see some of my favorite fur looks. These looks range from a simple fur collar on a leather jacket or coat to knee-length fur coats. These should inspire you to figure out which trend and type you could see yourself wearing:

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I wore my favorite faux fur with a bright, sparkly sweater dress, a pair of red-hot lycra thigh-high boots and belted the look with a bright yellow caution belt. Like I said, my look is over-the-top but you can wear your favorite faux fur any way you want to. I have linked some wallet-friendly faux-furs below: 


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FYI My men’s Forever21 Caution Belt is sold out by you can purchase one off Poshmark HERE! Remember, You can always dress up an all-black outfit with a colorful fur or throw a fur over a dress to give it a more elegant look. My favorite faux furs this season are easy to wear and not too bad on the budget. 

Now that you’ve seen my favorite faux furs, which one could you see yourself wearing and how would you wear it? Would you pair it with a simple black look, over a dress or over-the-top? Comment below and let me know.

To collaborate with Houseofodara, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com or find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly

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Day 1: The Secret to Blogging

Secret to Blogging

The Secret to blogging is an 11 letter word that brings a sigh to almost every person who hears it…CONSISTENCY!”

So, Here I am almost three years into blogging and I’m still learning new things every single day. Who knew fashion blogging was NOT as glamorous as I thought it would be?. It’s just hard work, long nights and little recognition for a long time. Let me tell you, blogging takes a toll on you mentally, emotionally and physically. When you see these fashion bloggers on the web with 100K plus followers, they have put in years of hard work, long nights and countless hours building their brand. So, for anyone that wants to start a blog, whether it’s fashion, lifestyle, sports or anything in-between, remember the secret to blogging is consistency.

Today, I want to focus on some of the secrets to blogging that have helped me along the way, some of my favorite editing apps, and the bloggers that have inspired me on my journey. FYI, This is my birthday week so I plan on being consistent this week and giving you looks after looks. Also, all gifts can be shipped directly to me (I take MOOLAH)! Jokes aside, I hope these secrets to blogging will help you in one way or another.

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PLATFORMS:

The first secret to blogging is to find a platform that works better for you. There are so many sites that allow you to host your blog on them for FREE. WordPress has a free platform and you can sign up today with just a couple of simple steps. WIX is also one of the top blogging platforms out there for beginner bloggers with a free feature for you as well. The last one I would recommend is Weebly. These are my three favorite, so if you are dreaming about your own blog, give them a try.

CAMERAS:

Now, no matter what kind of blogging you plan on doing, you will need a camera. You want to have your own pictures and not have to rely on stock photography or pictures from the internet. If you are a fashion blogger, a good camera is a must-have. I am a Canon fanatic and I highly recommend the DSLR’s because they are easy to use and take great photos. The Rebel series is my favorite. I recently bought the Canon T6i on Amazon and you can purchase it HERE. I shoot all my photos with either the T6i or my EOS M with a prime lens or a 18-55MM lens or my long range 75-300MM lens. My prime lens is usually for close up portrait photography. This bundle from Amazon comes with a lot of great features and other products as well. You won’t find it cheaper any where else. But, if you can’t afford that camera, there is also a Canon Powershot for $219.99 HERE. But, if you really don’t want to shell out money until you absolutely have to, use your Iphone or Android camera and edit it until you can splurge on a camera. Let’s go to the most important secret to blogging: editing!

EDITING:

Editing is one of the most important secret to blogging that you will ever find out. Most bloggers edit their photos to the GAWDS. they edit everything from their nail polish all the way up to the color of the sky above them. Editing is CLUTCH. I am doing a side-by side comparison of a picture I recently shot with my Canon T6i. It was shot with my 18-55MM lens in a dark parking deck with very low light. Another tip, I always shoot in both RAW and JPG so that I will be able to edit my pictures on both my phone and in Lightroom or Photoshop. I made sure my shutter speed was low to let in more light and my ISO was low so that I didn’t get any distortion. I then took it into Photoshop and edited it. Y’all, one of the biggest secret to blogging is that most of these editing tricks can be done ON YOUR PHONE (HURRAY)!

Can you see the difference a little editing can do to a picture? Don’t I look like a barbie in that edited pic (you better say YES, LOL). Now, Here are my favorite editing platforms that can be done simply on your phone:

  1. Photoshop Express: You can download it straight to your phone and it allows you to do minor editing to your photos. You can fix the exposure, bring in more darks or whites, smooth your skin and lots of other cool features.
  2. Facetune: Man, this is one of my favorite apps. It is not free but it is definitely worth it. This app will smooth your skin like crazy. It will allow you to bring details out in your clothes, makeup or background. Oh, and whiten your teeth which everyone loves to do.
  3. Snapseed: So do you ever see a spot on your dress you want to take out or do you want to darken the background but still highlight your face? This app is for you. I love fixing minor details in Snapseed.
  4. VSCO: I just love this app because it allows me to put great filters on my photos. Great for food or scenic shots.
  5. LightroomCC: This app is comparable to Photoshop Express and has great effect filters.

Remember to not over edit or your pictures will look unrealistic, unless that’s the look you are going for. Once you start editing, you will find a look that you like. Some people like their pictures darker and some people love lighter pictures, so find your editing style and stick to it; this will be your photo signature.

INFLUENCERS:

Another secret to blogging is to find people that inspire you to be better and to keep going. Remember in the beginning I told you the biggest secret to blogging was Consistency, keep that in mind when finding blogger inspirations. Find someone that is doing what you would like to do and watch how consistent they are in their craft. They never take weeks or even days off; they are always in your face with post after post. Consistency is key. In this day and age with so many people blogging, you have to find your niche, stand out in it, and keep working at it. People want to see that you are consistent and passionate about what you are saying and doing. They also love to see your progression as you grow, so show them that as well. Here are some bloggers that inspire me every day to keep going and give me major LIFE with all their posts:

  1. Micah Gianneli: This lady is BOSS every single day with every single post. She is always serving looks from upscale to street style.
  2. Wendyslookbook: She was one of my first blogger crushes. Her style is so ladylike and elegant you can’t help but feel like you know her.
  3. Titiola Sogunro: My blogger BFF I love her personality, drive and of course her style. Blogging is such a competitive art but it’s always good to find people who are willing to help others out. Titi is bae!
  4. Kyrzayda Rodriguez: Man or man this lady knows how to slay. She is battling cancer right now and is so open about her battle and journey. Her style is impeccable and she’s an amazing human.
  5. Holly: Okay, if you want a fresh new look at fashion or over the top styling, she is the one to follow. Her color blocking and textures are always sublime.
  6. Juliette Foxx: I recently started following this beauty but OMG style on 1000%. Her street style always inspires me to push the envelope when it comes to dressing myself.

Because i’m a fashion blogger, I follow people that inspire me daily. Like I said, find someone in your niche and follow them. Never be afraid to slide in their DM and ask for advice or help. The last secret to blogging is to stay humble and engage with every single follower. A simple thank you to a comment on a photo goes a long way. Follow other bloggers, comment on their post, find Facebook groups to join and enjoy the journey. Write down why you want to begin this blogging journey and keep that in mind whenever the road gets bumpy and you want to quit.

I hope this post helped you in some way. I love all of you who visit this blog, visit my instagram and comment and like my post. You all are my real inspiration to keep going and keep striving for success.

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