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    5 Things To Know About This Weekend!

    1. Gigi New York Sale Friends & Family Sale

    One of the best Gigi New York sales of the year is going on now! Use code WEAREFAMILY to take 30% off handbags sitewide like my Jenni saddle bag!

    Ps. I will be giving away this exact Jenni bag on Monday night over on Instagram!

    2. This Week’s Favorite Articles

    I read A LOT of internet articles every week. Some for entertainment and some for learning purposes. Here are just a few things that I read this week that I’d recommend checking out:

    Instagram Ad Visibility

    How to Automatically Block Offensive IG Comments

    How to Take Gorgeous Photos with Your Phone

    All You Need to Know About the Twitter 140 Character Update


    3. Things I Ordered This Week

    Should I be embarrassed about this one? Probably. But there were so many good sales going on this week! Here are a few things that I picked up to enhance my fall wardrobe – and some that I’m currently contemplating too! (Shop this look here!)


    4. Cheers to the Weekend with Barefoot Bubbly

    Did you see my super fun Instagram post inspired by Barefoot Bubbly’s newest flavors? Of course, I picked the berry-infused sparkling wine because bold berry colors are my absolute favorite for fall. If you love the bubbly and fruity flavors, definitely give it a try – I’ll be toasting to the weekend with a glass (or two) later tonight! (Shop this look here!)

    5. Sneak Peek of What’s Coming Up Next Week!

    Want a run down of what’s happening with APOL next week? I’ll be:

    • Celebrating National Handbag Day (with a giveaway!)
    • Sharing my new favorite camel boots
    • Spilling about two very BIG fall sale events
    • Putting together a round-up of all things SUEDE
    • Talking tips for taking better blog photos
    • Attending a fun beauty event at Saks on Thursday
    • Crashing a meeting with LSU Fashion Merchandising Students

    It’s going to be a good week ahead you guys, have a safe and fun weekend! xo

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    How I’m Staying Energized and Motivated While Working From Home

    When I decided that I wanted to work from home, I knew that it would introduce a whole new set of productivity hurdles – um let’s start with getting out of bed at a reasonable hour on my own – but I’m starting to finally get down a rhythm and schedule for myself each morning to jumpstart each day. I’m not a morning person AT ALL, so my morning schedule is super super important for how productive and motivated I’ll be each day. However, I quickly realized that by mid-afternoon the motivation can be fleeting and my attention starts jumping around to different tasks and to-do lists.

    So today, I’m sharing my little afternoon treat that puts me back on track and other little energizing hacks that are keeping me focused and intentional throughout my week. You might remember this post with OLLY Nutrition from last spring, but now they are offering a new smoothie product that is perfect for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack!

    Click through to today’s post with OLLY Nutrition where for my 5 tips and tricks to staying productive as well as one of my favorite smoothie recipes!

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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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    When To Quit Your Full-Time Job – 7 Signs To Look For

    This is a post that I’ve been wanting to put together for a while now. Not too too many people realize that I have left my full-time job yet (unless you follow me on Snapchat and are putting together the pieces when you see me snap during the hours of 8am-5pm). I’ve had two months to let everything really settle in, and so I’m sharing my thoughts on my exit process (it was a very long one) that brought me to the world of self-employment. What should have been SO obvious actually took a very long time manifest. If you’re also struggling with your own career, I’m sharing 7 signs to look for if you’re wondering when to quit your full-time job!

    As a background refresh, I graduated in graphic design at LSU, worked with LSU Athletics in creative services where I eventually became the creative director, left for a design manager position with Community Coffee last November. As of July 9th, I have been transitioning into being my own boss, and now blogging and content creation for brands is my full-time career. At the same time, I’m also assisting Community Coffee as a content creator – with the opportunity to continue this contracted role in the future.

    Ok phew, I know that’s a lot to follow – now let’s get to the good stuff!

    Read More to See the 7 Signs That It’s Time to Quit Your Full-Time Job!

    How To Know When To Quit Your Full-Time Job & Pursue Your Passion