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    Blogger Q&A | Updated 1.23.17

    I recently realized that my Blogger Q&A section of my blog was WAY outdated and basically impossible to find, so my weekend mission was to get this thing whipped into shape. Some of the answers are truly meant for longer blog posts, so I have a plan to get started on those as well for better clarity. BUT in the meantime, if you have any questions for me pertaining to blogging or general life shoot me an email! I’m hoping to get everything answered for you guys and make this page more visible with easier access once questions/answers are updated and added.

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    Intentional New Year’s Resolutions + Power Words

    Today’s post about my 2017 goals and resolutions has been MUCH more difficult to write than I anticipated! Digging deep into your failures, flaws and shortcomings from the previous year can really be a come-to-Jesus meeting! It’s so easy to reflect on all of the GOOD things that occurred and all of the things that went RIGHT. It’s not so fun to admit what you were terrible at and the areas where you completely missed the mark. So, I’ve been doing some reading on how to set intentional New Year’s resolutions in the form of “power words.”

    Coming up with power words to represent your year can be more actionable when it comes to keeping your goals in sight. Instead of drafting a list of goals that I’ll likely forget about by the end of the month, I’m creating a short list of words to help visualize the upcoming year. The idea came to me after listening to creative entrepreneur podcasts and a few inspiring conversations with my photographers at our favorite coffee spot. (After all, they’re the closest to coworkers that I have!)

    Today, I’m sharing my power words and how I’ll be using them in 2017. I’m also haring my first outfit post of the year – including this striped tote from Sole Society. It seriously makes for best work bag for carrying around my agendas and planners and notebooks! (Not excessive at all.) The cocoon wrap and open toe booties are also comfy go-to pieces for days on-the-go and more coffee meetings to get out of the house!

    Click through to read more about setting intentional New Year’s resolutions + more of this outfit with Sole Society!

    This striped tote would make a great work bag! How to Set Intentional New Years Resolutions

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    Look & Lesson: Blogger or WordPress for Fashion Bloggers

    In an effort to answer all of the frequently asked questions that I get emails about, I’m dedicating every Tuesday post to covering new blogging topics. And to keep it fun, I’m throwing in an outfit too – so it only seemed right to rename it “Look and Lesson.” You can find all of these posts under the LEARN category in my header by clicking on THE LOVELY LESSONS tab.

    I’m tackling the infamous Blogger or Wordpress topic in today’s post now that I’ve finally finished migrating my site across publishing platforms! You might have noticed my recent site design which was more than just a little design refresh. The decision was ultimately (finally) made to move APOL to after years on Blogger. This move was procrastinated for so long because I knew how much work it would entail. So now, I’m ready to discuss and maybe help some future bloggers out when it comes hosting a their own blog. Outlined in today’s post are key factors to consider when selecting a blog platform and a comparison look at the pros and cons of Blogger or Wordpress.

    Continue reading for more advice on whether to use Blogger or WordPress.

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    5 Simple Acts of Kindness You Can Practice Every Day

    In our first New York City Uber ride this past week, I was chatting away with our driver who commented that he loves when he gets Southern passengers because “New York needs more of your hospitality.” We hear it a lot southerners, but it got me thinking about all of the little ways I can be more hospitable with next to no effort at all. I also asked myself if I’m practicing those little acts of kindness in true southern fashion. So I teamed up with the Lela Rose x Payprus collection (one of the first stationery collaborations of its kind!) to put together 5 easy ways to be a kinder, more considerate person in today’s post.
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    How To Get Invited to Fashion Week

    Because I’ve made it more of a priority to connect on Instagram with more bloggers’ accounts (to establish more of a community for myself), I recently noticed the amount of people who have hopes and dreams of coming to NYFW themselves. But it’s not as hard as you might think! I came to my first fashion week with less than 10k Instagram followers and in the beginning stages of my blog. Granted, I wasn’t sitting front row and getting invited to all of the exclusive events, I was here and present and soaking up all of the fashion week experiences. Being in NYC for fashion week is totally manageable and attainable if you follow the right steps and set your expectations accordingly, so I’m outlining them in today’s full post – as well as sharing these killer flare jeans that I packed with me!

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