4 Essentials for The Ultimate Bloggers ToolKit

Image by Olivia Kang

Image by Olivia Kang

I am far from a professional blogger. I juggle my side-hustle with my day job and social life and have only been in the game seriously for about a year and a half. However I have learned a lot along the way, and found tons of hacks to make blogging work for me. In the name of sharing the wealth, here are some of my lifesaving gadgets and how I use them!

Portable Pop Up Pod Changing Tent

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I try to get through 3 or 4 looks in every shoot so I have plenty of content for a few weeks. One way to save major time when working with a photographer is this amazing portable tent. I used to spend at least 15 to 20 minutes looking for a bathroom and waiting in line to change. With this baby I can pop it open, change, and fold it back up in less than 5 minutes flat! It's lightweight and easily collapses into a flat circle, and with the handy carrying bag you can sling it over your shoulder like an obnoxious purse.

AmazonBasics 50-Inch Lightweight Tripod

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Sometimes if you need a look shot you've gotta do it yourself! The camera on my phone is pretty amazing, so I occasionally use it to shoot my own #OOTDs. I've scouted all the cool walls and backdrops in my neighborhood, so will pack up my tripod and phone early am before leaving for work and nail the shots. I either use the timer or a bluetooth remote to snap the pics. Yes, occasionally people will stare at you like you are crazy, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! 

A Stylish Desk Calendar

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Even though I love digital tools like Evernote, nothing beats having a visual display of your month. I set up an office nook in my living room and plan out my content themes, goals, and to-dos for the month. Seeing a plan helps keep me on track and organized! 

Planoly for Scheduling Posts

Planoly has been a lifesaver! I upload all my content into and it helps organize my feed and captions so they always stay on point! I can even plan out stories in advance! If you don't have all your content shot, you can also add in placeholders so you know what's coming.

What tips and hacks have you used to make the most of your blogging journey? Let me know in the comments!  

How to Pack for Any Destination

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I'm packing my bags for another trip I'm super excited about! When I first started this post, the destination was a surprise - all I knew was that it would be warm and sunny weather. However my darling travel companion let it slip the other day, so I know exactly where we are heading! I still loved the idea of packing for a surprise destination so I'm sharing the ideas I had and prep I started before I knew where we were going!

Think About What Your Day to Day will Entail

Back to back adventure sports? Long days on the beach with a cocktail in hand? Museum hopping and taking in cultural sites? How you plan to spend your days will obviously influence what you have to bring. If you have a sneaky travel mate like I do, or just an indecisive group of friends, try to get a general idea of what your options are so you can be prepared.

Have a Uniform

This really only works if you know the weather! For any warm weather locale, my wardrobe will revolve around maxi dresses, shorts and cropped tanks, comfortable stylish flats, and cheap cheerful jewelry. For cooler destinations I rely on sweaters and jeans or leggings plus comfy boots. 

Resist the Temptation to Overpack

The easiest way to pack for any destination would be to just throw half your wardrobe in a giant suitcase. But since you don't know what you'll be getting, err on the side of packing light for maximum mobility and ease of travel. 

Get to the Airport a Little Early

Most airports have some shopping options, especially larger international hubs. Give yourself some extra time for last minute shopping at the airport, just in case there is anything you realize you need for the destination that you didn't pack.