Happy Monday loves! Summer has been full of trends. One of them is the return of bell sleeves. I love how romantic and flowy these pieces are. The best part about bell sleeve tops is that they are great transitional pieces to use from summer to fall. I love this top from LC Lauren Conrad because it is so light. Even with the heat outside, it doesn’t stick to my body the way cotton does.
Have you had a chance to try this trend? Feel free to leave me a comment below.
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Here are some more tops that I have been crushing on from LC Lauren Conrad. You can always count on this brand for timeless floral prints and romantic pieces.
Happy weekend! Nordstrom’s anniversary sale is finally open to the public! If you are not familiar with the sale here is what you need to know. New items are on sale until the 4th of August. That means all your favorite fall inspo pieces will be ready for you to purchase at a fraction of the cost. You’ll want to stock up now as prices go back up in two weeks!
If there are some pieces that you have fallen in love with, be sure to move fast. You would not believe how fast items are being sold from the early access shoppers earlier last week! Items are also on back order or will be re stocked. If you have any items in particular you want me to keep an eye out for, please let me know!
BLANKNYC velvet Band Jacket: The trend of velvet on jackets, dresses and accessories is not going anywhere! Every once in a while, I like to add a little jazz to my usual romantic laces and ruffle tops. This jacket is in regular sizing so be sure to get it in a size down (I am wearing it in XS).
Here are some other velvet pieces that are on sale:
HINGE Shrunken Leather Bomber Jacket: A moto jacket is my go-to piece in the fall. They are the best to layer with a light top and even your favorite scarf. This jacket runs fairly large, so be sure to choose a size down (I am wearing it in XS). The leather is very soft. I would recommend buying a leather cleaning spray to preserve this piece.
Here are some other moto jackets that I love:
ASTR THE LABEL Ruffle Sleeve Choker Top: This top is not in petite sizing but nonetheless darling! This top is so light and the perfect top to transition from summer to fall. Keep in mind that this top does run true to size. I am wearing it in a size S.
Here are some other petite friendly tops that are on sale:
Petite friendly pants
Blazers and Cardigans
What are some of your favorite brands from Nordstrom? Did you get a chance to dive into this amazing sale? Feel free to leave me a comment below.
Hi loves! A few weeks ago, I shared some exciting news with all of you: I am officially an influencer for Like to Know It! For those of you who are not familiar with this platform, LTKit allows users to either receive e-mail of an influencer’s look (with direct links to purchase products from his/her look) or you can take a screen shot of an image you see on platforms like Instagram. After you take a screen shoot, you can open the LKTIT app to access outfit details instantly!
LTKit has a lot of influence in the retail and fashion industry. Which is why so many bloggers spend a lot of time and effort to get approved. That’s right. You have to apply to LTKit and only if you are approved, can you be active in this exclusive platform.
Some bloggers are approved right away. And others, (like yours truly), get rejected several times before finally getting approved. It was increasingly frustrating because I knew I had great content, outstanding images thanks to photographers such as Belkin Images and Katie Vee Photography, as well as consistent activity on multiple social media platforms.
Needless to say, I have learned so much about blogging since I started timelessoptimist last year. While I do not know what factors go into an approval from Like to Know it, I do know that these factors may have helped:
Don’t let your passion burn out. I chose to start blogging as a creative outlet. That being said, I don’t view blogging as a job. I view it as a passion that I love and want to continue! If at any point you find yourself only stressing and not enjoying blogging, you might not be investing your time wisely. Blogging is a lot of work. Make sure that the work you put in fuels your passion. Whether it is fashion, travel or food, blog about topics that you talk about so much that people tell you to shut up. Really. Because believe me, someone else is eager to read what you have to say!
Take quality images. I work with some talented photographers but I also take many of my images from a tripod. I don’t have the latest and greatest DSL camera out there (mine is a NIKON D3200). In the past year, I have invested in a new lens and flash. Needless to say, learn how to use your camera properly so you can take pictures anywhere, at any time. This is a great way to ensure you always have great content on your blog and social media pages.
Focus on you as a brand. One of the biggest problems I had as a blogger is identifying myself. Sure, I am a petite fashion blogger but I was I going to stand out? There are hundreds of other fashion bloggers out there. In additional to being a petite blogger, I am a floral fanatic who loves romantic and feminine fashion. I also lean towards classic styled clothing due to my profession. So take the time to identify yourself and your sense of style. Start by being about to describe your blog in three simple adjectives. For example, mine where: classic, romantic, feminine. 😉
Focus on brands you truly love. One of the biggest mistakes that I made when I first started my blog was purchases from brands that I was not exactly familiar with. Don’t get me wrong, I love stepping out of my comfort zone. However, do not try to sell a brand just because everyone else is doing it.If you don’t really shop at Nordstrom, don’t try to convince your follows that you do (because trust me, you won’t fool them). You want to establish trust with your followers and in doing so, you will be able to sell products with ease in the future. This is truly the only way for you to be a successful influencer.
Be patient. Ok, I will be the first to admit that I was not good at this piece of advice at all. Understand that successful blogs are not created over night. Blogging takes a lot of planning, time, energy and even money! So do not get discouraged if your following is not huge right away.
Stay educated. There are always changes being made on the world wide web. This is especially true for bloggers. I love Hubspot because they provide articles on the last trends in marketing and social media. I would definitely recommend getting certified in Inbound Marketing. I am in the process of getting certified now and I am learning so much to help gain more engagement from my followers. This certification is also helping me have a better understanding of SEO presence and even how Google locates information for searches.
Please please please do not get discouraged if this is your first or second time not being approved from Like to Know it. Regardless of what anyone says, you ARE a blogger who has the potential of influencing others in a positive light. Be yourself, focus on your brand and be sure to right content that you yourself would enjoy reading. Please feel free to leave me comments below or you can send me an e-mail with any additional questions you may have. Love you guys!
Hi loves! It will be time to update our fall wardrobe before we know it. Thankfully, Nordstrom’s anniversary sale has begun, just in time for your to sale on quality brands! Today, I will be sharing some of my favorite pieces that I have bought from this sale in the past. So how exactly does Nordstrom’s anniversary sale work?
When: July 13: Early Access begins for Nordstrom cardholders! July 21: Public Access begins. August 7: Sale prices go back up for Fall. How to shop Early Access:
This is a sale that truly sells out items within a few days. Don’t wait to purchase an item if you really want it! You can gain early access by applying for NORDSTROM CARD. Once you are approved, you can create a login in account and start shopping the sale online immediately. Cardholders are also getting perks such as $100 in credit for alterations, and bonus reward notes!
With such an amazing sale, I have specific items that I will be getting. A lot of the pieces a fashion forward for fall, so I will be looking for pieces that I can layer. Here are some of the items that I will be keeping my eye on:
I have this blazer in a light pink color. If you are getting any of these blazers in petite sizing, keep in mind that they run large. I purchased mine earlier in the year in XSP. If you want a pink blazer similar to the one that I am wearing in the images able, I have also linked a similar one below.
Sweaters & Cardigans
Before we know it, it will be time to start adding layers to our wardrobe. Your go-to pieces are going to be sweaters and cardigans.
I love adding a little bit of edge in the fall. You can do this effortlessly with a cool suede or faux leather jacket.
Can a lady have too many dresses? No, the answer is no! 😉
Handbags & Purses
Shoes & Boots
Are there any specific items you would like me to feature in my next post? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. Happy shopping!
BIG NEWS! This past Friday, I received some amazing news. I finally go accepted as an influencer for LIKEtoKNOWit.! I am working on a blog post to share some of my experiences as a blogger. I am over the moon! I cannot wait to see where my blogging journey takes me.
This floral front tie romper is from Target (it sold it out fast so I linked another floral print romper that is just as pretty). I love how light it is and the pattern it has on it. Upon wearing it, I do recommend that this be used on a casual basis. This romper is a bit cheeky in the back, so it is certainly not appropriate for work (haha). I love mixing patterns which is why I added this darling clutch to my look along with a straw hat. This look is so effortless for summer and oh so chic!