Insta-Famous! Social Media Tips for New Bloggers

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So let me preface this post by acknowledging that I am FAR from Instagram famous! In the grand scheme of things my following is tiny, but I am so proud to have grown it to what it is and am celebrating crossing the coveted 10k threshold on Instagram!

I've put a lot of effort in and learned a lot along the way and I wanted to share it with my blog family. Hopefully it helps you on your road to social media stardom, or something like that. 

Be a storyteller

I found that engagement on my posts increased significantly when my captions got longer- giving insight, inspiration, background to the photo or my mood that day. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a beautiful caption can only enrich the story. Give people a reason to be interested, and they will be. 

Be authentic

My most watched Instastory of all time was one of my showing my aloe vera and coconut oil pre-shampoo treatment. Most of the pics on my feed are of my hair styled super polished, and I had been long-term protective styling so that was the first time many people had even seen my natural hair. I think that viewers appreciated little sneak peek into my all natural, undone self. And while that will probably not become a regular trend, being more open only make you more human. I know there is so much pressure to curate the perfect feed, but nothing beats showing off who you are and what you stand for. 


Diversify Your Platforms

Instagram may be a big, wildly popular social network, but it's not the only one! As much as I love the gram, I split my time between Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, and my blog, the only platform that is truly mine. Remember, a platform as popular as Vine can disappear overnight, crushing the careers of tens of thousands of influencers. No matter how big your Instagram following is, you don't own that audience. Think about your website, your email list, and other ways to build your brand, outside of one social network. 

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Don't Sweat the Algorithm

Yes there is an algorithm. Yes it changes whenever Facebook or Instagram feel like it, often dealing a crippling blow to engagement. It's a widespread problem that everyone in the industry is aware of. Instead of going crazy over the thing you can't beat, focus on the things that you can. You can always create high quality original content. You can always find a way to engage with your audience and potential new followers. And you can find brand partners that will evaluate you as an overall package, not just how many likes you average on each post.

Know the Rules (and follow them)

Shortcuts may be tempting, but taking them will only hurt you in the long run! Every aspiring influencer can get frustrated with growing at what seems like a snail's pace, while you see and hear stories of other people skyrocketing overnight. And you never know what tricks someone may have up their sleeve, so you really can't compare. But stuff like buying likes and followers is never kosher, and will come back to haunt you the second you start trying to pitch brands for sponsored work. Most companies use analytic tools like Hypr, or Fohr Card to get the scoop on an influencer's following and how authentic it is, so if you cheat you will get caught at some point. Your reputation is all you have and it can be destroyed in seconds if you are caught buying likes or followers, so just don't do it!

Keep it Up!

When I did my first shoot with a pro for my blog he asked me my goals and what I planned to do. I just said I was going to give it a try for a year and see what happened. His response was, "why only a year"? And if I would have stopped after a year I would have just given up thinking it was impossible to get past 500 followers! Yes it's a different ball game than it was a few years ago before all the platform changes, but that doesn't mean you can't do well with hard work, patience, and the right strategy! 

 Pin this for reference later! 

Pin this for reference later! 

Spring Ready Hair with Stylebox Salon!

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So I'm sure you noticed my new look on Instagram and my stories lately, so I'm finally spilling the tea! I'd been wanting to color my hair for sometime, debating the shade, the process, and how it would effect the health of my hair overall. Luckily I had found an amazing salon and a stylist I trusted to get me to the color of my dreams! 

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Stylebox Salon is a new gem in Brooklyn, with friendly and attentive service, talented stylists that serve all hair types, and a fantastic bar so you can sit drink and be merry, as they say on their site! They use amazing vegan products and even keep the bathroom stocked with organic tampons! 

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The process started with choosing a color, so I settled on a full head of caramel blonde balayage. I'd been obsessed with the technique forever but only ever seen it on straight or wavy hair, so wasn't sure it would work on kinky textured hair. 

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The brighter blondes were kind of calling me, but I decided to play it safe since it was my first time coloring. Nicole carefully painted tiny stands of my hair, keeping them separated with foil. Then I hung out with a bellini while it processed!

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My hair is super porous so it processed pretty quickly. However it decided on its own that I should be a redhead. My hair turned a shade of red that wasn't anywhere near any of the colors in the book!  Luckily Nicole expertly toned the color down so instead of leaving looking like Ronald McDonald, I ended up with this!

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And here's a close up of the finished style!

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Overall I ove it and my hair feels healthy as ever! I may make a second visit in a few months to try and go lighter, but for now just going to see how my hair feels. 

Have you guys tried balayage or are you debating? And check out the full Stylebox Menu for all their service options! 

Pretty in Polka Dots!

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Hope all my New Yorkers enjoyed yesterday's snow storm! It's almost comical to talk about getting ready for Spring at this point, but I kind of am anyway, so bear with me! And anyway, hopefully this helps inspire you to think about the days to come in a few weeks when you won't be bundling up to face a blizzard! 

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But seriously, we got a taste of Spring like weather recently, and it will be coming back in a few weeks, so if your wardrobe isn't ready, now is the time to start thinking about it. I usually avoid shopping until we are closer to the season, and even though this slip dress borders on summery,  I decided to grab it now because it would definitely sell out! The silhouette is mod, and flattering, and it's just the perfect cute dress for so many occasions. 

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Since it's still on the chilly side, I had to style it a bit to keep from freezing. I got these amazing thigh high boots at Crossroads Trading Co. I go there every couple of months to sell off old clothes and trade them in for new goodies. I posted about the visit on my Insta-story, so stay tuned to that for deets on my next visit. Since I can't link to the same style, I posted similar styles below. And I addd my go to quilted moto jacket that I've had for ages. It's Zara and I swear it looks better the older it gets.

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If you like this look, shop it below! And hopefully Spring is reallly right around the corner! 

Best in Beauty at the International Beauty Show

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Since I'm totally obsessed with beauty, I was so happy to attend the International Beauty Show this weekend. The show is the top trade show for beauty professionals, and even though it's technically for beauty pros only, I had a blast getting an insider look at the hottest new product launches, beauty tools, and wholesale pricing on everything! 

Check out my highlights from the show!

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Studex At-Home Piercing Kit

Studex is the leading manufacturer of piercing instruments, studs and supplies. Even if you've never heard of them, you've definitely touched one of their products. I partnered with Studex and Brand Backer for complimentary tickets to the show. If you go, check out their assortment of stylish studs, and maybe get a new piercing! I got one and am absolutely in love! If you want to try piercing at home with your bestie, their Piercing Kits are available for purchase here. It comes with everything you need for a new earlobe or cartilage piercing, is allergy-free, and sterilzed! And they've got even more products available at Sally's!

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Curls Cashmere & Caviar Collection

Since I'm wearing my natural curls again, I was so excited to see this launch! Coming out this summer, the Cashmere & Caviar Collection is a luxe new line that promises to strengthen, restructure, and add shine. All the products felt insanely rich and luxurious and smelled beautiful. Check out for more info on the launch! I also stocked up on their Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin, so hoping to see some results as I start using it! 

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Touch Beauty Tools

I'm a little bit behind when it comes to fancy, high tech skin care gadgets, so I stopped by the Touch Beauty booth to get the scoop. Touch Beauty creates a variety of devices, from eyelash curlers, so ultasonic facial scrubbers. Their Cream Booster deliveres positive or negative electrodes to refresh and detox the skin, as well as maximize the absorption of skin care products. The Contour Sculpting Roller massages the skin and can be used for face and body. While they are mostly trade only, they have a selection of products available on Amazon

 The show is in town until March 6th, so if you can get a pass stop by! 

Get Camera Ready! Photo Shoot tips for New Bloggers

 Image by Julius July

Image by Julius July

Spring is almost here! Creating content is soooo much harder in winter, especially trying to shoot street style looks in the cold.  Some of you have seen my behind the scenes insta-stories, and seen the kind of freezing, icy, snowy conditions I've shot in! As  blogger you are constantly in front of the camera so it's crucial to get the most out of your photo shoot session. Here are a few of my tips for killing it at your shoots. If you are a new blogger or just looking for some tips to slay a shoot with a pro, this list is for you! And for this post I'm using a few of my favorite images, more on my Instagram story

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Image by Milli Stephania

Control Your Image

I'm a blogger, not a model. That distinction means that decisions made on a shoot (location, styling, makeup, how I pose) are pretty much mine.  Even when you are working with a brand, they've hired you because they like your organic content and style, so you have creative freedom. So don't feel pressure to do anything, wear anything, or try anything that you have doubts about. You want to make sure you feel 100% confident on camera. Style your hair in a way you know you will like, and don't try any new trends or makeup that you are on the fence about. If you have any kind of doubt or insecurity about your look it will show on camera and you won't be happy with the end results.

 Image by Jack Soltysik

Image by Jack Soltysik

Be Prepared

I do a seasonal mood board that helps give me general direction and inspiration for my upcoming shoots, and helps me keep the feed cohesive. It also is a helpful reminder of what content themes I may need to fit in - trends, upcoming holidays, events, etc. Spending a little bit of time to get organized before a shoot will help make sure you get the content you want. And if you are shooting multiple looks in 1 session, make sure you have undergarments that go with each look! You don't want to forget you need a strapless bra or change pants and see a ton of VPL! 

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Practice Makes Perfect

If you have never had a professional shoot before, you may want to spend some time practicing before you get in front of a pro! I shoot myself using my tripod sometimes, and it would def come in handy to get a feel for your best angles on camera. Even better if you can do a fitting/styleout the day before a shoot and actually practice how you want each shot in each outfit to look.

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Image by John Hibionada

Plan in Advance

As a blogger you are always under pressure to keep creating new content, but you have to make sure you are managing your timelines and expectations. Most photographers aren't going to give you photos back the day after your shoot, so save yourself the stress by planning a few days in advance. I try to give them at least a week or 2 to turnaround photos, even more during peak times like engagement/wedding season when photographers tend to get busier. 

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Image by Eddie Woods

Have fun!

Let's be real, it can be stressful and time consuming, but getting dressed up and having amazing photos taken is a ton of fun! Loosen up, smile and enjoy it! 

If you are a camera ready pro feel free to weigh in with your tips as well! And photographers, anything else you'd like to share about prepping for a shoot? 

Switzerland Calling! 4 Tips for the Perfect Zurich Vacation

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I’m back from another amazing trip! If you haven’t been to Zurich, it was wonderful, but definitely not what I expected. The city is a very important financial hub, so I was expecting it to be a bit of a bore. However we found unexpected fun, amazing food, and easy access to skiing the Alps! Here are a few things to note if you are planning a trip!

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It’s super easy to get around

There were plenty of direct flights and it was a smooth trip of about 7 hours. Once we landed, we got introduced to the amazing Swiss public transport system. The network of trains, trams and buses is the most efficient I’ve ever seen, making navigating the city a breeze. We did a 3 day Zurich card which gave us unlimited travel in the city. In retrospect, the card wasn’t necessary because we didn’t spend a lot of time taking advantage of the museums and tours it gives you free/discounted access to. However, if you plan on going to even 2 or 3 museums during your trip it will def be worth it! 

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The food is fantastic

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Zurich has a lovely mix of classic Swiss, German, Italian, and French food, so you pretty much can’t go wrong. Definitely eat the fondue and sample Swiss wines and local sausages. I also developed a habit of eating heavily buttered bread with every meal because it was just so damn good! 

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It’s wildly expensive

I remember Switzerland being pricey but it had been many years since I went so I guess my memory was fuzzy. But believe the hype, it’s one of the most expensive cities I’ve ever traveled to. The amount of money we spent in 4 days could have easily covered another international vacation! So if you are hoping for a Swiss adventure, make sure you save up! You want to be able to go there and enjoy it, not worry about the money you are spending. 

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Getting out of the city is a breeze

As pretty as Zurich is, it’s also a great base point if you want to add a couple of day trips while you are in town! You can hop over to Lucerne, spend a day skiing, or explore the Rhine Falls. Getting around by train is fast and easy, and everyone is super nice and helpful in case you do have any trouble.

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Have you been to Zurich, or anywhere in Switzerland? Let me know how your experience was! 



6 Beauty Essentials for the Perfect Valentine's Look

It's the most romantic time of year! Or some would say :)

You may have already seen my round-up of the perfect looks for any Valentine's occassion. But your look isn't final without the right hair and makeup of course! SInce I'm a beauty junkie, obvi, here are some of my favorite products to keep your face beat and hair on fleek no matter what the night brings!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks

These matte lipsticks provide ultra-saturated colors, long-lasting wear and are comfortable to wear, not drying like a lot of other matte formulas. 

House of Lashes Siren Lashes

These are my all time fave! I love a glamorous fluffy lash and these babies completely fit the bill! Make sure to keep the secured with the House of Lashes or Duo glue and waterproof mascara on your bottom lashes. 

CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops

This is one of my secret weapons! Mix a drop into your foundation for a subtle allover glow, or dab a bit onto your cheekbones to take your highlighter up a notch. You can blend and build how you see fit, and the various colors range from ice princess to a sunkissed glow. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Keep your beat sealed in no matter what the night may bring! I never leave home without setting my face, and this one is one of my faves. Depending on your skin type, you may want more hydration or oil control, so check out the other formulas as well. 

Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Oil

Coconut oil and shea butter are 2 of my favorite things, so this combination of the 2 of them is heaven for me. This oil will keep strands moisturized and shiny in a straight or curly style. 

TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask

This moisture mask packs a punch! My hair feels amazingly soft and silky after use. Give it a try if your hair needs some TLC before a big night out!

Let me know how you plan to spend Valentine's Day, and how your look turns out! 

5 Tips to Survive NYFW!

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Images by AV Photography

And another season of Fashion Week is here! The energy in the city is always great this time of year, even though it can get a little stressful. If you love fashion as much as I do, you try your best to go to as many events as possible, jam-packing your days and spending your nights party-hopping and working on keeping your posts up to dates. Here are 5 tips you need to survive and slay the week! 

1. Get Organized

Organization is key to make it through the crazy week! It can get super stressful and overwhelming, but you can make it through with proper planning. Keep your calendar up to date and screenshot your bar codes for easy check-in. Searching through emails for confirmations and addresses can take forever so just make sure to keep everything organized as your invites roll in. Give your daily agenda the once-over as you get ready in the morning so you know what to dress for and how your day will run. 

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2. Plan street star worthy looks

Part of the fun of NYFW is getting shot by the throngs of photographers hanging out outside of shows. While "peacocking" has gotten a bad reputation, fashion week is still a great time of year to show of your personal style and add a touch of flair. Whether or not you end up in a street style roundup, you can still enjoy dressing to the 9's and letting your fashion girl star shine. 

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3. Get ready to stalk

Not gonna lie, getting invites can be tricky, especially if you aren't on any PR lists. The struggle to get a foot in the door is real! However as fashion week has become a little more democratic in recent years, you can definitely have luck getting into shows from smaller designers. Sign up on the official site for the full schedule and contacts to request invites and start shooting off emails. The major players won't really be listed here, but you can definitely be persistent and try your luck at getting into smaller shows. 

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4. Try to get a backstage pass

If you have a connect in the beauty world see if you can get backstage access. You'll get plenty of amazing content, plus often times you can grab standing room to watch the show once it starts. I covered backstage once and it was more fun than the actual runway show! 

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5. Get in on the fun with open to the public events

If you can't get on any coveted invite lists, no need to miss out on the fashion week fun. There are hundreds of open to the public events every season! Search on event listing sites and check out's roundup every season. That way you can actually sign up with your crew and catch a show or event together, since you NEVER get plus 1's at a main event. 

Let me know any survival tips I missed in the comments! And if you are out and about, let me know where we can bump into each other! 

Be Your Own #SkinGoals with Avya Skincare!

  This post is sponsored by Avya Skincare, all opinions are my own

This post is sponsored by Avya Skincare, all opinions are my own

Your beauty routine should always start with skincare. Everyone’s skin has unique challenges, and for women like me who have an abundance of melanin, we have to consider several other factors when choosing a skin care product.  Avya Skincare is an amazing new luxury skincare line designed specifically to address issues that commonly affect women of color - pigmentation and skin discoloration.

I was sent samples of the Day Moisturizer and Night Moisturizer to review and am so impressed with the quality of the products. Both are created with the brand’s exclusive blend of peony, turmeric, and neem extracts, smell amazing and have a rich, luxurious texture.
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The Day Moisturizer is enriched with snow mushroom, niacinamide, and other rare botanicals, to protect and defend your skin from everyday environmental stressors. That is super important if you live in an urban area like this NYC girl!

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The Night Moisturizer features Vitamin A and provides overnight hydration and renews skin without irritation so you can wake up flawless! If you are sensitive to retinoids/Vitamin A based products, or have never used them before, you may notice some dryness or flaking at first. Just try using the product every other day instead of daily until your skin gets used to it, and avoid using exfoliants or anything with acids for a while.

At $105 and $110 respectively they are a pretty penny, but think of it as an investment in healthy skin and aging gracefully. Check out the full line at and let me know how you like it!

The Bra You Need for Ultimate Cleavage

 Images of me by  Mich Cardin

Images of me by Mich Cardin

This post was sponsored by Upbra. All opinions are my own.

This time of year you start seeing thousands of emails and posts about what to wear for Valentine's Day. There are plenty of amazing dresses and makeup tips thrown around, but today I'm sharing my new secret weapon for taking any of your looks to the next level. 

Meet the Upbra!
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This beautiful bra launched in 2015, after years of design and engineering and provides out of this world lift & cleavage, without heavy padding. The top quality bras are made in America and are beautifully designed and so comfortable to wear.  There are a few things that set the Upbra apart. The cleavage control straps are the core of the Upbra ActiveLift® technology. After you put the bra on, pull the straps to move your breasts upwards and towards the center of your body, creating can't miss me cleavage.  The farther away the loops are from the center, the greater your cleavage.

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And the cute hearts lining the cups aren't just for aesthetics. They are mini grips designed to ensure that your cleavage will stay up throughout the day.

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The Upbra® Miraculous Stay-Up Strapless Bras also have a high-tech grip around the band of the bra that will keep it from sagging. It also comes with bra straps so you can wear them multiple ways. I tried both the strapless bra and the The Upbra® Perfect T-Shirt Bra and am obsessed with both!
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I was also pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they are! Considering the high-tech construction I expected it to feel stiff and almost corset-like on the body, but the fit is amazing. If you are ready to try one, use code KELLYUPBRA10D for $10 off your purchase! And let me know in the comments what you think!

3 Ways to Spend Valentine's Day and What to Wear for Each!

Did you know Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays?  Other than having an excuse to get dressed up and eat candy, there is just something special about the spirit of love that’s in the air. Personally I think the holiday is just as fun if you are coupled up or single. 


Whether you spend it with your significant other or group of besties, there are plenty of options for what to do, and of course what to wear.


Here are a few looks I love for whatever plans the holiday may bring!


Red Hot Date

If you’ve got an evening planned that calls for bombshell vibes, you can’t go wrong with a little red dress or bodycon number. Just make sure to wear a long coat and/or tights since it is still February and we don’t want anyone freezing!

For Girls Night Out (or in!)

If you and the squad are planning dinner or drinks out, go for something trendy and fun. I love a red on red ensemble, like a cozy sweater and slim fitting pants, or a fun jumpsuit or party dress.

 Hosting at Home

There’s also nothing wrong with keeping it a low-key night at home! Whether you are alone catching up on Netflix, or having some friends over for a low-key get together, chic loungewear is always in order.

3 Things You Need to Know About Solo Travel

 Wine tasting in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Wine tasting in Stellenbosch, South Africa

I finally posted my 5 things about me Insta-Story and got a lot of questions about 1 post in particular – my week alone in South Africa. I got so many questions about that story, how I ended up traveling there alone, and what it was like as a woman being along in a foreign country, I decided to do this quick post about my experiences as a solo traveler.

 Strolling along the beach in Cape Town

Strolling along the beach in Cape Town

South Africa wasn’t the only time I traveled on my own. In that case, I ended up catching a fare sale for a round trip ticket for only $500 so I had to jump on it. But all of my friends missed the boat or didn’t have the money to spend in the moment, so I decided to not miss out on an opportunity to have a bucket list trip for an amazing price. Before that adventure, I had already travelled solo through several cities in Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the South of France, so my fear factor was pretty much nonexistent. Yes, South Africa is farther away and some areas have a reputation of being dangerous, but I had an amazing time and no regrets about making it a solo journey. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get about solo travel, in general and in regards to my Insta-story!

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The end of a hike through Cinque Terre

What do you do all by yourself?

Whatever you want! That’s the beauty of it. You can wake up as early as you want without worrying about your travel buddies, or sleep until noon if your heart desires. You can do every tour on your list if you want, or just wander aimlessly and sit in a café and people watch. Traveling alone gives you an indescribable sense of freedom to experience a new place on your own terms. I usually set up a loose itinerary to make sure I don’t forget anything, and check days/opening hours for things I know I want to see so I don’t miss out. But other than that, I give myself plenty of time to wing it.

 In Soweto, Johannesburg

In Soweto, Johannesburg

How do you stay safe?

I think the biggest fear women have about traveling alone is security, and you definitely need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. You probably already know to not dress conspicuously or wear anything flashy or expensive, but here are a few other tips. When I’m alone I typically opt for an international chain hotel instead of a small boutique inn or AirBnB, just because they usually have better security. I also never tell anyone I’m alone – if someone asks just say your friends are doing a different tour and you are meeting up after. In most cities you can find a free or super cheap guided walking tour. I like to do those on one of the first days of the trip to help familiarize myself with the city. I also recommend the hop-on-hop off bus if you are somewhere that isn’t pedestrian friendly or you are too nervous to walk around alone. I did in Johannesburg and got to see everything on my list in a safe, efficient way.

When I am walking around I try my best to avoid pulling out a map or navigating on my phone. Before I leave the hotel to walk anywhere I go over the route and memorize what I’m looking for so I don’t have to stop and double check too often. And if you are somewhere that doesn’t have Lyft or Uber available, make sure you know how to recognize an official taxi, and don’t be afraid to take a picture of the license plate before you get in! I have done that several times and sent the pics to my group chat so friends at home would know the deal.


 Stunning views in Capri, Italy

Stunning views in Capri, Italy

Who is taking your pictures

Pics or it didn’t happen! When you are traveling alone, the best way to get photos is to ask other tourists. I usually look for a couple or small group of girls and offer to take a shot of them, then they’ll take one of me. If the pic they take is awful (and it usually is) politely thank them, wait for them to leave, then ask someone else. Or if you join a group tour you can always ask the guide, and they tend to be pretty good since they are used to it. Depending on the location, you can also travel with a portable tripod. I’m a huge fan of them for shooting outfit posts. Just be careful to place it somewhere that someone couldn’t easily grab it and run, and avoid using it on windy days. The lightweight ones can easily be knocked over and you don’t want your phone to go flying.

 Paris is always a good idea! 

Paris is always a good idea! 

That’s it for now, but let me know in the comments if you have more questions about solo travel that you want answered! 

3 Tips to Slay Your Winter Style!

 Images by   Ten Aldane

Images by Ten Aldane

Does it feel like winter will never end? It's only January so we've got a few more weeks (ok fine more than a few) of chilly temps before we can finally celebrate Spring. Winter style can be a challenge, trying to stay fashionable without putting yourself at risk for hypothermia.


Here are just a few of my tips for slaying the winter season!

1. Layer smartly

I'm a huge fan of Uniqlo's HEATTECH collection.  The smart fabric keeps you warm and toasty without adding bulk. They have everything from tanks, long-sleeve T's, tights and leggings for men and women so start building a collection!

2. Splurge on good boots and gloves.

You have on multiple layers on your body but only one on your hands so make it a good one. I love anything cashmere lined and touch screen fingers are a must. My go to boots are Sorel, they are amazing quality and pretty much as stylish as snow boots can get. 

Sorel Winter Snow Boots

3. Top it off!

Never leave home without a hat! You need it to keep warm and protect your strands. I usually protective style through winter with wigs to keep my natural curls safe from damage, breakage and dryness. But however you wear your hair, make sure your head and ears stay covered. Use the opportunity to finish the look with a can't miss me hat! 

Winter Style in New York
Flatiron Building New York City

How do you guys keep your style on point when the temps are brutal? Or do you just say screw it and wait for Spring?

4 Steps to Crushing Your 2018 Goals

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheWooOfPoo #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheWooOfPoo #CollectiveBias

We’re about a week into 2018! Hopefully you have recovered from the festivities and have a fresh perspective on what you hope to accomplish this year.  While I hate the term resolutions, I think that a new year is an important time to set smart, strategic goals that you can be held accountable for as the year progresses.   Here is my road-map to setting actionable goals for my blog staying on track! Hopefully this helps inspire your journey to success this year!

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1. Get Inspired!

There is nothing like a good book to help psyche you into action. I just finished reading The WOO of POO: Change Your Life In The Time You Take a Sh*t. If you aren’t familiar with Suzy Batiz or her company, Poo~Pourri, you are seriously missing out! The WOO of POO Before-You-Go® Toilet Spray is a game-changer! Just spray it in the bowl before you go and it forms a protective barrier that traps odor under the surface. So instead of smelling your roomie or lover’s poo, you just get a whiff of natural essential oils.


I’ve been a long term user of Poo~Pourri and have to say it has saved lives and relationships! So when I heard about Suzy’s book on Amazon I had to give it a read. The book is full of tidbits from Suzy and team on how they built a crazy idea into a multi-million dollar business. Add it to your reading list for some inspiration as you think about the goals you are setting and develop a roadmap to achieve them.

2. Stay Inspired

One of the first things mentioned in The WOO of POO is believing in magic. There are times when it feels like you are drowning in a sea of competition. And in the blogging world there is always someone with more followers, more engagement, or who you think is cuter or more stylish than you. Instead of letting the stink of potential failure keep you down, remember how unique your voice is and what you bring to the table. If you get lost along the way, there are several handy exercises in the book that can help you along the way. One of my biggest goals for the year is expanding my reach as a blogger, and sometimes it seems like an impossible journey, especially with all the changes to the Instagram algorithm. But then I remember when I started this journey, when I went from 200 followers to breaking my first 1000 and finally being where I am now. While I may not have exploded, I am growing at a steady pace, am proud of that, and am grateful to all of you who support my content.  

3. Stay on top of my growth

Even though I wish I could snap my fingers and have a million followers, exponential growth does come at a price. Suzy and the Poo~Pourri team learned that when their company exploded after a viral video, and they almost went out of business. I still balance many responsibilities outside of blogging, between work, family, friends and a social life. I’m def not ready to manage a crazy editorial calender and blogging schedule, so I try to keep that in mind as I manage my growth.

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4.  Get Epic

Standing out in the bloggersphere is a challenge and one that I am trying my best to tackle! I'm planning to take my content to the next level by getting more creative and innovative every step of the way! Hopefully 2018 the best year for my business so far, and that it will only get better! 

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Let me know what you are hoping to accomplish this year and beyond, and how you plan to accomplish those goals! And check out The WOO of POO: Change Your Life In The Time You Take a Sh*t.on Amazon!

My 2018 Style Resolutions

 Images by   AV Photography

Images by AV Photography

We’re about a week into the new year and since I don’t really make resolutions I’m not sweating my progress so far! One thing I do every year is set some new fashion and style goals that I hope will inspire me and keep my style updated. Here are my Style Resolutions for 2018!

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I still won’t dress my age

I’ve got a birthday coming up in a few months, and I’m not spilling the number because that ain’t ya business! Some would say it’s time for my fashion choices to grow up a little, but I will continue to wear things that inspire, excite, and reflect my spirit and who I am. So my go-to pieces, whether they be leather skinnies, oversized knits, or tiny crop-tops and anything backless will all remain in rotation

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I will get more wear out of my wild, fun shoe collection

After spending years in footwear I’ve got a pretty impressive collection. But this year I found myself cycling in flat booties and Adidas kicks regularly, instead of one of the many pairs of high quality killer heels I own.  I guess I got stuck in a comfort rut! And while that is always key, I want to make sure I bring back some of my quirky, sexy heels into rotation.

I (might) wear less makeup on a daily

Makeup is a big part of my life, and I love my daily beat. It’s fun to try new looks and experiment creatively, but since my skin has gotten so much better, I feel like it’s time to adjust the routine. Maybe part of my 2018 style adventure will entail getting the world (and myself) reacquainted with my bare, or barely touched face.

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I’ll shop my closet more

Instead of giving into the tempatation of new goodies every season, I’ll find new ways to wear old favorites and make them feel fresh again. It will be a challenge to my creativity, but my wallet and the environment will thank me!

What are your style goals for 2018?

5 Travel Tips for a Lake Tahoe Adventure

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I’m freshly back from a relaxing, rejuvenating New Years Trip to Lake Tahoe. I haven’t ever really done a mountain vacation, so jumped at the chance to spend a few days in this naturally stunning destination. If you are curious about making the trek, here are a few things to keep in mind!

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If you are flying from the East Coast it will feel like a never ending journey.

To get there from New York, you have to fly into Reno then either drive or take a shuttle bus, which adds another hour to an hour and a half to the travel time. Plus consider that direct flights into Reno are pretty few and far between. I’m pretty used to long flights, but for some reason this felt like a totally different ball game.

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But once you get here, the trip is so worth it

Lake Tahoe is a massive body of water, spanning the border between Nevada and California. The sight of the crystal clear blue water meeting snow-capped mountains, surrounded by a forest of sky-high pine trees is a sight I will never forget.  Winter usually gets really heavy snowfall, so it’s a great destination for skiing and other winter sports. However this year was unseasonably warm, so while we didn’t get the amazing white fluffy snow I was hoping for, it was nice enough to wander around outside enjoying the views and crisp, clean mountain air. Plus the highlight was getting out on the lake on Viator's Emerald Bay Cruise. The ship is stunning, bar well-stocked, and views are incredible. Plus you get the chance to learn all about the lake's history since the tour is narrated. 

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Just plan carefully, because it ain’t cheap!

I love travel and try to find deals as much as possible, but I have to saw I did not find Lake Tahoe to be a very budget friendly destination. Ski and snowboarding can cost a pretty penny, and even other tours like scenic lake cruises and guided hikes were super pricey. I will say that it’s worth planning to splurge a little when you plan your trip.  There is so much beauty to be seen, but unfortunately it will cost you. We balanced the budget by cooking most meals since our lodge had a full kitchen, and that added a really nice cozy, homey vibe to the trip.  Depending on where you are staying, there are plenty of grocery stores and markets that you can shop at, but the best discovery ever was Express Lane Delivery. Just place an order online, send them a grocery list, and you’ll arrive with a perfectly stocked fridge! Because let’s be real, do you really want to have to grocery shop on vacay?

A car is nice to have, but not necessary

Driving is pretty much the bane of my existence, and my travel buddy wasn’t a big fan either. Luckily our location was walking distance from a main stripe of bars, shops and an adorable holiday village. Plus between reliable taxis and Uber and Lyft service we didn’t even miss having one when it came to venturing to other parts of town! It would have been cool to randomly drive around the lake and explore more on our own, but we were able to get to all our main stops seamlessly. A lot of the ski resorts are far out of the way, but most offer free shuttle service so you can easily get there and back. All in all we spent about $110 total on the round trip shuttle from the airport and getting around , so way less than it would cost for a rental, gas and parking.

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Its great for big groups or a small one!

I was with one buddy and we had a blast, but Lake Tahoe would be just as awesome with your whole squad or even your significant other.  Most of the activities are pretty outdoorsy, so as long as you are with a group that can get into that kind of stuff you are sure to have a blast!

Let me know if you’ve been to Lake Tahoe and what you thought. And shoot me any questions if you are starting to plan a trip!


My 2018 Travel Resolutions

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A new year is upon us and I'm ready to make the most of it! I've had an amazing year of travel, going to England, Rome, Paris, Cartagena (twice!), Cuba, and several domestic destinations! In every place I learned something grew in some way, and took home a part of the culture that will forever be a part of me. I've been reflecting on all of the amazing experiences I've been so blessed to have, and thinking about all the adventures that are coming up. While I'm not one for resolutions, the year has me thinking about my 2018 travel goals. Here are a few that are top of mind! 

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Explore More Domestic Destinations

I'm writing from beautiful Lake Tahoe, spent weekends in Hawaii, LA, and partnered with the Poconos Tourism Board highlighting one of my family's go-to destinations. Even though I love jetting off to new, exotic locales, there is so much beauty in this country that deserves to be seen. My goal is to spend as many little weekends as possible exploring my backyard. 

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Find Balance

Traveling is always a balancing act between trying to enjoy the moment and experience as much as possible. Add the third layer of maintaining a healthy, active social media presence and it gets pretty complicated! While this while probably always be a goal, I will continue to try to find the balance between those 3 elements. 

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Help Others Travel

I've been quietly working on a group travel angle of my business and am really excited about the progress I'll be making in 2018! Stay tuned for updates on some projects I'm super excited to share with you all soon! 

What goals are you setting for 2018 and beyond? Let me know what you plan to achieve and how things are progressing along the way!

The 1 Instagram Ready Knit You Need!

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Images by AV Photography

Baby it's cold outside! 

It's suddenly gone from light winter temps to arctic cold here in NYC, so the struggle to look cute and stylish without completely freezing is so real! I usually hate winter shopping just because all I want to do is throw on layers of cashmere and stay indoors as much as possible. However since work and social responsibilities keep me from turning into a complete hermit, I try to find the most stylish warm weather gear possible. 

Handmade Pom Pom Knit Cardigan Sweater

I'd been stalking Mum's Handmade since I saw their beautiful knit sweaters on Instagram of course. These sweaters were made for the gram! In photos they are oversized, cozy, endlessly chic, and luxurious. In person they do not disappoint! 


I mean look at these details! The pom pom sleeves are so cute you can't take your eyes off them. People literally stopped me several times in the street to ask about this sweater and if me or a family member had knit it. I know nothing about knitting, but a lot of people could easily tell it was handmade. It took a few weeks to get mine because they are all made to order then shipped internationally, but the wait was more than worth it!


The hardest part was choosing between the warm-up cardigan and the new cuddle-up sweater, then of course the color. I went with the pink because I've been living for this color. But I'm also eyeing the black, white and red. Ugh tough decisions! If you are as obsessed with this sweater as I am, and are ready to treat yourself, go ahead and make the splurge. It's pricey but def worth it! 

3 Can't Miss Activities for the Ultimate NYC Christmas Staycation

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Images by AV Photography 

Christmas is just 3 days away guys! Since I'm a local I usually don't have to travel around the holidays. Instead of stressful, drama filled travel, staying local helps me have some downtime to really appreciate and enjoy my city.

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New York is always amazing, but there really is something magical about the holiday season here. Since I have a friend in town visiting this week, I'm getting a great excuse to indulge in all the classic NYC activities that tourists do when they come into town.


Here are a few that I'm most excited about!

The Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden

I'm a member of the garden so visit several times a year, but one of the most unique events is the annual holiday train show. The lines get intense, but I have to say it's worth it! Even though the show is in the conservatory, the line runs outside, so layer up because you may be waiting awhile

Drinks at Bar SixtyFive

If you want the views that you get from Top of the Rock without the crowds and lines, head up for a drink at Bar SixtyFive. Reservations are encouraged but not required and the place is pretty swanky so dress appropriately. It's expensive but the drinks and apps are amazing, and the view can't be beat. 

Taking in the holiday window displays

In my day to day, I'm rushing through the streets trying to get where I'm going in time. But during the holidays the city streets are gorgeous, and the department stores up 5th Avenue have the most amazing window displays. Spend some time strolling the blocks taking in the unique, creative displays, and maybe pop-in for a last minute gift for a friend (or yourself). 

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Let me know your favorite thing about Christmas in NY (or in your city)!

The Easy-Glam Look You Need for any Holiday Party!


The holidays are the time to bring on the glam! Whatever reservations you had about dressing up and going all out need to get thrown out the window. I love playing with different makeup looks, interesting colors and textures, and of course, long, big hair! 


It's always a struggle finding an outfit that is unique and eyecatching, but will still keep you from freezing in the chilly December temps. I love a festive fun dress for a holiday party, especially in winter friendly fabrics like cashmere and velvet. So when I found this stunning velvet kimono dress I was instantly in love! It's not your typical holiday dress, but will definitely have all eyes on you! 

I decided to double down on the drama with a huge, fluffy faux fur coat. It's warm and cozy and ensures you won't be missed! I also love the subtle 70's effect of the look. 


Now all you need to do is grab an equally stylish friend and get ready to hit the town! 


And let's talk beauty for a sec! I went with a headful of big barrel curls, a shimmery smokey eye and nude cream lipstick. I didn't want to play with too much color and risk competing with the look, so I decided to just keep the colors simple and the technique classic. Overall, I feel super glam, and even though the look is eye-catching, it was a cinch to put together! 

What are your tips for staying glam during the holidays?