How To Keep Busy During a Long Flight

Taking a long flight has its perks and downfalls. While it’s exciting traveling to a new place, the flights can sometimes become dull and irritating. I like to keep as busy as possible on a flight, making it go by faster and keeping me calm. Some of my favorite tips keep my mind and hands distracted.

Candy + Meal Time

If you’re lucky enough to fly first class, they will obviously include your meals. When I’m flying coach, I like to bring something packaged that will last a few hours before being eaten. No matter which class I’m flying, I also love to bring lots of candy and gum! This gives me something to secondarily focus on. Keeping my mind occupied. Whether I’m reading a magazine, watching a movie, or on my phone. I find snacking or chewing gum distracts me for at least a little while. Plus its yummy. Win-win.

Reading Material

I switch up reading material from books to magazines. I like to purchase a few magazines to read in case there’s no Wifi on the flight for some reason. The magazine keeps me busy while the excitement of the flight dies down. Once I’m bored with reading those, I’ll take a break and work from my phone/laptop or watch a movie. Once I’m bored with the digital world, I’ll go back and read a book. This takes my mind away  from the plane and once again, distracts me from the oh-so-boring flight. I normally bring a book with me and purchase magazines at the airport. However, I should purchase both beforehand to save money. Convenience gets the better of me.

Digital Distractions

If you’re blessed with Wifi on the flight, this can consume your entire trip. Without ever needing another distraction. Hello social media. JetBlue now actually offers FREE Wifi on every single one of their flights. Hallejulah. I like to bring my MacBook for work, when switching off from my phone. Having both keeps me the busiest. I also do this when working from home, so it’s a normal situation. There are also movies on most flights now. I like to time my flight by watching movies too. For example, I’ll read for as long as I can. Then watch a movie (about 2 hours down), then have a snack/meal, distract with my phone/laptop then watch another movie (2 more hours cut off). This honestly makes the time fly by. (No pun intended, or was it?)

Keep Moving

I get up to stretch my legs, stand up a bit, and use the ladies room every 1-2 hours. This helps circulation as well as keeping the body busy. I normally get extremely restless on flights and need to move around when possible. I love the aisle seat because of this reason! I don’t recommend doing this if you have a middle or window seat. Unless you don’t mind disturbing your fellow seat mates.

Sleep It Off

Some people can fall right asleep on flights. This is especially true for red eyes. I have always wished I could sleep on flights. I normally end up falling half asleep, and then waking up in a jolted gasp with a few people looking over at me. (Embarrassing). Consequently, I personally do not like to sleep on flights and prefer a day time trip. But I do know plenty of people who will sleep for most of the journey as if it was nothing. So, if you can sleep in public, then definitely do so. You will wake feeling refreshed and have extra energy for the trip ahead.

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What Does A Fashion Blogger Do For Work?

I’ve been asked this question countless times. It’s truly difficult to answer. I do so many things, and so many of which, not many can understand. Or if they do understand, they lack what purpose it holds, and/or how important it is to me. I’ve received endless comments from people not taking my job seriously. This includes “Well, what you do for work is fun, isn’t it?” While yes I LOVE what I do, it is also extremely tiring and can be tedious. Like any other job. I also get looks from people in disbelief when I say I don’t have enough time, or would really love to take on an assistant. I’ve also received the “What do you even do?” As a blogger, I complete a plethora of tasks daily. I have told so many people I could work 24 hours a day and still not be done. Blogging is one of those jobs, where if you want to be successful, there is always a task that’s on the priority list.

Content Creation

Content creation is key. This comes in the form of writing articles, for me. This could be for a brand I am working with. The majority of content is created from ideas swirling around in my head. If all of it was advertisements for brands, I’m sure my readers would get bored. Or think I was a sell out. Content takes many hours of developing an idea, expanding on those thoughts, and then writing. My favorite posts have come from random inspiration. This post for example, is one of those. They tend to be the best. Where an idea is suddenly provoked, as if a light bulb has gone off, and I just write.

Photography + Editing

This is one of the least time consuming tasks for me. While I can take a photo quickly for a post, the aftermath is what takes time. Editing photos just so, adjusting colors and shades, can take hours. Photographers I have talked to sometimes take days just editing their own photos. This is of course all necessary as it is used for every piece of content created. There is a purpose to each photograph. It tells a story. Creating high quality content and photography is even more time consuming. Because it takes an idea. I’m not just going to take a photo of my laptop or the grass and call it a day. These pictures need to be planned. That means, planning numerous outfits for a photoshoot. Planning how I can incorporate those shots into my posts.

Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing is probably the biggest time consumer for me. This is because to obtain a large following on any social platform, or grow large amounts of traffic, takes effort. It’s not an overnight thing where thousands of people are all of a sudden reading the blog and liking photos. To be successful on social media takes engaging with others. When I say engaging, I am referring to liking, commenting, and following other users. This is what creates the largest amount of likes and follows for me. Sounds shallow right? Well, if it weren’t for a large following, I wouldn’t be paid. Brands want to see the numbers, and the traffic. I have about 100 followers on Pinterest, am I being paid to post on Pinterest on behalf of a brand? Certainly not. I have well over 16,000 followers on Instagram. You can bet your @$$ I charge for that content. Which leads me to my next task of a fashion blogger.

Working With Brands

Working with brands is another time consuming task. But also extremely necessary. This requires contacting brands I’d love to work with. This means I have to research appropriate brands, through Instagram mostly, and send them my pitch. I actually timed myself last night because I was curious how long it took me. Well, apparently I send 10 emails every 1 hour. My goal originally was to send 30 emails per week. It is now 30 a day. While many brands reach out to bloggers to work with them. If I relied on a random email received, I wouldn’t have any work.

Research + Miscellaneous Tasks

When I’m not creating content, taking photographs, and pitching to brands, I complete the necessary miscellaneous tasks. This includes posting to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and the blog. It also includes website maintenance. This means figuring out how to make my website look even better, how to draw the reader in. It also includes hours of research. I love to read up on the newest social media marketing and blogging trends. This tells me what direction marketing is going in, and what direction I should go in as a blogger. If I just did what I thought would work, there would be no guarantee that it would. There’s an abundance of new information being produced every day. Staying updated on the latest industry trends is key.

So, basically, my friends, I wear MANY hats. I am my own stylist, photographer, social media marketer, public relations, writer, and website developer + designer. I have spent countless hours glued to my laptop. There are some major perks to this job and that’s why I love it. Besides doing what I’m truly passion about. I am my own boss and I set my own hours. I work from home or Starbucks most days and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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How To Style Velvet Year Round

The Shades of Velvet

Velvet is one of the easiest fabrics to pull off. It can be worn in the winter with dark or jewel tones like wine red, navy, and black. Another way to wear it in the fall and winter is with long sleeves, supplying additional fabric. Velvet also looks amazing in warmer months with lighter colors. Such as pink, champagne, light blue and more. I adore the top featured because of the champagne beige color. The color allows this top to be worn all year long. The light shades of blue in the floral print make this top designed for any season. The floral chiffon divets provide a feminine, delicate feel that accentuates the velvet texture. The voluminous bell sleeves are positively in style and perfect or a trendy long sleeve. The Flutter Away blouse offers a flattering V neckline and empire waist shape. Which leads to large pleating.

Styling The Flutter Away Blouse

Furthermore, pairing many different bottoms with this blouse creates versatile looks. I like to stick to tighter, more slimming options. Such as skinny jeans, cigarette pants, leggings, or tights with shorts. This creates balance between the top and bottom of the outfit. I prefer dark blue denim with a cream or nude shoe. Ankle booties, flats, or even mules work perfectly. I love to wear the It’s A Sign Geometric Tassel Necklace with this top. The colors match so well together. Especially when wearing black bottoms. The gold in the necklace pairs well with the velvet sheen and champagne color. While the tassels and geometric pattern give a trendy appeal.

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3 Ways To Wear White Lace Tops

White lace tops are so fun to wear because they can be worn casually or dressed up. White lace also has the versatility to play up feminine aspects or downplay them with a bit of masculinity. This blouse comes with the black bow tie featured. Luckily it’s removable so I’m able to wear the top in different ways.

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Casual Chic

One way I like to wear this blouse is with denim. It can be tucked in or out, depending on the style jeans. I recommend tucking in with a higher waist. A white lace top tucked into lower waisted denim with a belt looks amazing as well. Leaving the blouse tucked out gives a more relaxed feel. Tucking in part of the blouse with a small twist on the side gives the ultimate relaxed vibe.

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Classic Feminine

I originally bought this blouse because it pairs so well with the featured skirt below. The white lace and black bow tie match the pattern in the skirt so perfectly. I love the different textures as well. A satin skirt with a lace top. The black bow tie plays with the gradient pattern of the skirt. I recommend pairing a white blouse with a skirt when you’re looking for a classic, chic outfit that’s well put together. This white lace, or even just a white blouse, meshes seamlessly with an elegant skirt.

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Leggings + A Collar Necklace

I decided to button up the lace blouse all the way to my neck, adding the collar necklace. I felt this truly made the necklace stand out. While the white created an amazing backdrop for it. Pairing this look with leggings creates a chic, yet comfortable outfit. The see through lace is made apparent as the camisole underneath only provided some coverage. This made the lace stand out more; compared to the top being tucked in.

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New Years Resolutions + Outfit Inspo

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New Years is about new beginnings, changes, the start of a new year. Is making a resolution healthy? Is trying to change drastically in a short period of time healthy? Or if it is healthy, does it work?

Many people tend to start their diets, exercise, and begin a healthier lifestyle during New Years. My local gym has been getting busier, and started to in December. If they’re not trying out a new fad diet, they’re quitting something – smoking, shopping, drinking, and so on.

While I agree, to an extent, that this New Years faith and hope can cause serious life changes or epiphanies. Do resolutions actually work? While many of you may be saying yes, they do work. They haven’t for me. This may be my cynicism typing, but a significant lifestyle change takes time. A habit takes 21 days to form.

Instead of creating a New Years resolution every year, I try to incorporate long term and short term goals into my focus. Reflecting back and really looking at how I’ve done, and what’s different from the last year causes me the most benefit. For 2018, most of my goals reflect around my career. For example, increasing my income is my main goal. This will take time and perseverance. Landing collaborations that will grant me the income I so desire, takes hard work. Increasing income, and many other goals, do not happen overnight. Just like creating this website didn’t happen over night. It took me months and months of research, work on my MacBook daily, and the drive to begin something new that I was and am still passionate about.

The thing about crushing goals, changing, or accomplishing what we want is that it takes determination. To get what we want, we have to go after it. Every day. This takes hard work, motivation, inspiration, and perseverance. So instead of making drastic changes on January 1st, the start of each new year; I instead reflect back on my life, work, relationships, and happiness. This also happens more than just on New Years. Reflections occur when I need a day dream, or an energy boost. These day dreams often cause a new goal, “aha” moment, or a new project for Autumn’s Editorial. Recently, I’ve added a Shop section, an E-Course and have joined LikeToKnow.It to share my outfits with you. All of these projects do not succeed over night, but need to be nurtured. They take time and effort to be successful.

As a result, I challenge you to look at life a different way. Look at life as if every day is your New Years. Every day is a new day with new goals, inspiration, and dreams. Wake up feeling refreshed. Let yourself know that today is a new day and you can accomplish whatever you want. All it takes is the drive. Small changes every day lead to bigger and better things.

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