Last week, I discussed giving our house a fresh start with new wall art, but I’ve been seriously sidetracked with all the NEW 2018 home decor collections as well as all the home SALES that are currently happening. I’ve basically been putting together a major wishlist and getting lost in Pinterest-y worthy rooms. If your house is looking a little sad after packing up the holiday decorations, this post is for you! Below you’ll find some of the items that I’m crushing hard on right now + a list of my favorite spots for fresh home decor updates!
With the start of the new year, I thought I’d do a few little refresher blog posts. For example, if you didn’t know yet, I have several easy ways that you can easily shop my closet! So what exactly does that mean? After each season, I go through and do a clean sweep of all the items that have sold out online, are unavailable in most sizes and/or have a unique print/pattern. In most cases, they’ve only been worn once or twice, and are in pristine condition. (And sometimes, they’re brand new with tags on them.) So that’s when I offer them to you guys at just a fraction of the original price!
Last year, I did a huge closet sale on IG Stories with proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief!
Sharing all three ways to shop my closet in today’s post!
Kinda taking the new year, fresh start, blank canvas thing literally in our house right now! I’ve basically removed every painting and piece of art off the walls and am looking to refresh our home decor this month. While I still love the Minted.com print above our bed, I think I want something a little different now. I also removed our gallery wall behind our couch a few months ago because I want to find to large scale pieces that will replace it. I haven’t quite found what I’m looking for yet, but please email me if you have local artist suggestions or a favorite site to find artwork. Hope to update you guys on this progress soon as I think wall art can really transform a room.
2. Tata Harper Skincare
I’ve heard a lot of really great things about the Tata Harper skincare line, namely that it’s 100% natural and non-chemical. I had this clarifying mask for about a month before I actually tried it though. It was right after Christmas, my skin was majorly freaking out on me from all of the added sugar in my diet. I had multiple small breakouts pop up on my cheeks – and this is normally where I get them when I’m eating poorly. I had heard this particular Tata Harperclarifying mask was a miracle worker on blemishes and wanted to see if all the reviews were true. You. Guys. The hype is real.
I wore this mask at night not expecting much. My skin was definitely softer and a little dewey right after, but when I woke up the next morning, the blemishes had basically disappeared. Now this is a pretty small jar, so I’ll most likely only use it for those exact instances where I want to hopefully wake up with clearer skin. I also have used the Tata Harperclarifying moisturizer that goes with it, and now I’ll wear it on in-between days when I’m just working from home. I’ve definitely had clearer skin after using these two!
3. Favorite Blog Post This Week
Ask and you shall receive. That’s exactly what I learned last week when I polled my audience on IG Stories. I asked for people to direct message me the one thing that bothers them most about bloggers/influencers on Instagram. OH BOY, did I get a response! I thought about sharing the most helpful screenshots on IG, but even better – I did a full blog post on it! I shared all of the feedback that I received in one big post, and in case you didn’t catch it yet, READ IT HERE. I’m really excited to share this one!
4. Reading List
I picked up a new book this week that I saw on The Skinny Confidential’s IG Story called Tribe of Mentors. I’ve been meaning to get back into reading – it’s literally been months since I’ve picked a book up. I usually listen to podcasts while multi-tasking because I can’t seem to set aside time to devote to a book. BUT because one of my main intentions this year is to keep learning, I wanted to start with this one in particular. Will let you guys know how I like it – would you be interested in a post about my favorite books? A few of my other favorites are The 4-Hour Work Week, The Secret (have read this one multiple times), and I also started Your Best Year Ever.
First outfit post of the new year y’all! Listening to your feedback from IG Stories (see my post The Most Annoying Things Bloggers Do On Instagram), I wanted to let you know that I hear you loud and clear – you want to see more budget-friendly brands this year! One brand you might not be familiar with yet is Zaful, so I wanted to share some recent outfits and tips on how to shop their site!
Like I mentioned in my 2018 resolutions post, one of my major priorities this year is getting to know YOU! So one of the first things that I did was create a poll on Instagram Stories asking what you’d like to see more of this year on APOL. And then I got a little crazy. In the last story I asked you to DM me the most annoying things bloggers do on Instagram.
I went back and forth about asking this question – to be honest, I was a little scared haha. I ultimately decided that yes, I was opening myself up to criticism, BUT I’ve always wanted this blog to be like having an open and honest conversation with friends. So I did it, and guess what?
You guys BLEW. ME. AWAY.
Some of the messages had me laughing hysterically, and others had me rethinking the way I look at blogging and content creation.
Not only did you 100% confirm that I have the nicest readers and Insta fam ever, you gave me genuine, heartfelt feedback that was more than just superficial. You dug deep, and it was SO good that I decided to dedicate a post with the most popular responses. THANK YOU to every person who took the time to share with me and inspire this post!
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