#LoveLulus Deals and Steals Under $50

When I was in middle school, I remember buying this gorgeous bright purple bag to carry my books in. I remember getting so many compliments and wearing that bag out until it was all ripped up. There was a little key chain on the side that read Lulus and I told myself to check this brand out.

Years later, and it is still to this day one of my favorite brands to buy from. Lulus has one of my favorite Instagram feeds too. Here are some of my favorite pieces in their stores right now. And they are all under $50.I’m loving that mules are coming back into fashion and this color combination is one of my favorites! These shoes are not everyone’s cup of tea in terms of style, but I love how quirky it fits with my own personal style.

All I want for the summer is a pair of gingham print shorts or trousers to wear with graphic t-shirts. I love the print and think it’s a more modern twist to when plaid was really in style a few years ago.

This two piece set is only $28, so hurry before it’s out of stock because this is definitely a deal for a two piece set. I’m loving jumpsuits, skirts and rompers this season, and I’m really feeling stripes and floral print right now for everything.

Paperbag pants are really trendy right now. They come in all sorts of styles such as straight legged trousers, flared pants, or lightweight bell bottoms. It’s such a flattering pant for people with tiny waists and long legs like myself, which is why I’m loving these ones.

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#livingLIVELY Bra Launch

Today, Wear Lively is launching the All-Day No-Wire Push-Up bra. There’s three things that annoy me about bras: the discomfort, the wire poking at me and the unnecessary amount of padding. This bra works because it solves all those problems. It’s super soft, has no wire and had the perfect amount of padding so it looks natural.

Check out this company! The bra is definitely worth checking out. They also have a ton of other awesome products, including swimwear, bralettes and panties.

OOTD Summer Style

Here is my outfit from last Saturday. I wore a blue floral printed button down blouse from Marshall’s for $14.99. It had a cute little tie at the waist too for a more fitted casual look. I loved this color for the summer, and these matching tinted sunglasses from JCPenney were only $10.

For the summer season, I can be so lazy with my outfits because there is limited layering, but my goal is to really embrace the summer weather and go for more lightweight pieces like this top.

The Bachelorette Recap & Thoughts on Garrett’s Social Media

Blake: Blake and Becca’s date was so cute. He was perfect for the date because he sort of let Becca take the lead as she went smashing away at all of her and Arie’s memories. Blake is such a sweetheart, and I just like how genuine he seems.

Jean: Jean got the rose and deservedly so as he stayed out of the drama and made a quick connection with Becca.

Garrett: Garrett got the first impression rose, and I’ll get into the social media controversy surrounding him later, but just looking at his appearance on the show alone, he seems quirky and I loved his minivan entrance. It was original and fun.

Colton: Colton dated Tia, who was supposed to be the bachelorette before Becca and Arie broke up. So it looks pretty shady, and from the way he worded his relationship with Tia, he was super vague about the timeline so there’s some major red flags there, but it makes for some interesting drama.

Honorable Mentions:

Christon: Christon is very smooth with his basketball game gimmick and I’ll peg him as my dark horse for now.

David the Chicken: The chicken is actually a contender. He is very handsome, but I hope he doesn’t get caught up in drama with Jordan because it just makes him look petty.

Leo: Dodgeball champ and good commentary so far.

Joe the Grocery Guy: Nothing makes me happier than knowing Joe has a huge social media following considering he left night one. He has more Instagram followers than most of the current contestants. Justice for Joe will probably come because he seems like a lock for Paradise.

Jordan: Jordan is so funny. He has the best one liners and he doesn’t bother me at all. If I were a contestant in the house, I would probably be more amused than annoyed by his antics.

Other Thoughts

  • So before the show started, Rachel, Kaitlyn, and Jojo came on to prove how funny and badass they truly are. I mean the bachelorettes are so awesome considering they’re all still together with their night one picks.
  • Becca’s clothing has been so on point. Her red lace jumpsuit was sooo pretty on her group date, and I’m probably gonna go online to find out where she got it.
  • Complete side note from show: Ashley I and Jared finally got together, and it made me believe in rom coms coming to life.
  • The Arie bashing is getting old already. We get it. I’m sure Becca is over it too.
  • About the Garrett thing: So Garrett’s social media from a while ago showed him liking some anti feminist and more right winged memes. I’ve only seen a couple of screenshots, but it did make me like him a little less. He made an apology which I appreciated, and I don’t think all his likes from a long time ago should reflect his present. However, it did make me judge him on the show, which I know isn’t fair, but it makes for an interesting concept: Could you date someone who has completely different values politically?
  • Overall, the first episode was pretty entertaining, and the Colton drama made for some pretty juicy stuff this week.

#livingLIVELY

I recently became an ambassador for Wear Lively! They are a clothing brand company inspiring women to live both passionately and confidently. They were nice enough to send me these stickers, which I’m probably going to stick onto my laptop.

I love anything that sets out to empower women, which is why I decided to check out the brand in the first place. These stickers and sayings might seem cheesy, but I love the idea of bringing women together whether it’s through a slogan or a bathing suit. Their bralettes are also really comfortable and perfect for off the shoulder tops and sweaters.

Check out the website and Instagram for their awesome selection of bras, bathing suits and panties: https://www.wearlively.com Also if you have tried any of their clothing, what did you buy and think?

How I Became a Social Media Editor

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During my undergraduate studies, I wanted to make sure I made the most of it with all the opportunities at my university. When I was a senior, I had done everything in my journalism department, so I figured I seek out the English department and see what publications I could possibly contribute to. When I heard of a publication called ZPlatt, I thought I’d check it out. It was a literary journal, and nobody really showed interest in taking on social media so I figured I’d take a wack at it. I had to take off my journalism hat and put on my public relations hat, so here’s how I did it and here’s some advice on navigating a job revolving around social media.

  1. Know the publication and then vamp it up: The publication we were making was formerly named after a slave owner. It was discovered by members of the English department, so I looked up the book that held this information and started forming a new voice for our publication. We decided to do away with ZPlatt and hold a contest to see who could come up with a new name. It was insane that we found it out when we did, but it was a great opportunity to create a platform. Make sure you know the publication you’re working for. Actually read it, and then figure out how you’re going to use the same voice to convey a new theme for whatever issue you’re working on. Bring fresh ideas will instantly make you more valuable than sticking with what was done previously.
  2. Use apps to your advantage: One word. Canva. Canva is the perfect app to use if you’re looking to make Instagram posts, posters, Facebook posts, or even invitations. You can create templates on your phone easily and the best part is that there are so many stylish templates that are absolutely free. I created all my promotional posts through Canva and even used it to redesign the website a little by inserting saved templates into WordPress. If you’re involved with marketing or PR, you’re going to want to check this app out. Additionally, our website was run by WordPress and when I was updating the website, I had a lot of editors and staff writers that wanted me to edit certain details of their posts. Downloading the app saved me a lot of time because I didn’t always have my computer at hand. Make sure all your apps are accessible.
  3. Network & use whatever connections you have: When we were putting the publication together, I used a lot of my personal connections to my advantage. One of my good friends took professional photos, and one thing I disliked about the old website was how all the bio pictures had different sizes and varied in lighting. Seeing an edited photo and a selfie next to each other is not professional looking. So I booked a photographer for my class. He brought proper lighting, and it seemed a little silly to some people, but it made the website that much more professional, and that wouldn’t have been possible without asking for a little favor from my friend.  Additionally, I knew a ton of people in my journalism department, so I asked an editor from the newspaper to write an article about how we were rebranding our publication. Just getting that little bit more of press definitely helped. These were all little favors I asked for, but it had a great payoff. Use connections if you have them, and if you don’t, then start networking. My adviser told me after we finished that she was so impressed by my professionalism even though in my head, it seemed like common sense.
  4. Be serious and don’t let time get away from you: Social media is something that can be done at anytime, which is exactly why it can get away from you. You can always say “I’ll do it later.” One thing I made sure of every week was that I set aside time to map out what I wanted to post for the week. I made sure there was a mix of FB posts with quotes and promotions and then there were staff photos and bio pics thrown in as well. Keep up with Instagram and Facebook. Tweet everyday. If there’s not much to say or do, check out what’s going on in the news. Find a quote relevant to your publication. Is it a national holiday? National waffle day? Maybe you can make a poll on Instagram story. Just be active and create a feed worth following because everything is at your disposal.
  5. Make it fun! Did I work for Glamour magazine? Nope. It wasn’t my dream, but I went into it with the enthusiasm as if it were, and it helped keep me motivated. Our publication was a lot of fun. We made videos. We brainstormed ideas. We planned our launch party. Being able to work for a job that you enjoy is awesome! Even though it was a student publication, the product came out beautifully, and now I can say I was a part of it, but more importantly, it’s something to put on my resume. I have experience now, and it’s all a learning experience I won’t forget.

Hope you like this post. I don’t usually post stuff like this, but I hope you like it!