Apps That Changed My Blogging Game

Being a blogger is a lot of work. It’s not just the perfectly edited, amazing daily life and vacation photos you see online. The, behind the scenes editing, is a lot of work and time. Aside from photoshoots, flatlays and home decor pictures you have to take. Then you have to edit them for posting on your Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. That can be time-consuming and stressful. These apps have totally saved me whether it be time, confusion or finding a great preset. They are the apps that I am currently using on the daily.

There are so many today and a lot of bloggers use a lot more apps or different ones but since I’m just diving all into this blogging thing I had to start from the bottom and figure it all out on my own. These apps were the easiest to understand and learn how to use for me so I’ve stuck with these through the years. I don’t use many and I don’t do much editing on my photos other than my preset but here’s a list of apps that have made things so much easier for me with my Instagram, blogging, and vlogging.

App List:

1. CONTINUAL (CUTS LARGER VIDEOS DOWN TO 15 SECOND CLIPS FOR INSTA STORIES)


2. iMOVIE (I USE THIS TO EDIT YOUTUBE AND INSTA STORY VIDEOS)


3. LIGHTROOM (ONE OF THE ONLY APPS I USE FOR EDITING PHOTOS. KEVIN USES LIGHTROOM ON HIS LAPTOP FOR BIGGER EDITS)


4. MOREBEAUTE2 (I’VE BEEN USING THIS APP SINCE INSTAGRAM STARTED. I USE IT MAINLY TO EITHER BRIGHTEN A PHOTO REALLY QUICK OR HIDE A BREAKOUT.)


5. CANVA (I USE BOTH THE APP AND DESKTOP VERSION. I MAINLY USE THE DESKTOP VERSION BECAUSE IT’S EASIER TO SAVE INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS RATHER THAN ALL THE PROJECTS AT ONCE. IT’S ALSO WHERE I DESIGNED MY MEDIA KIT, BUSINESS CARDS AND SOME OF MY INSTAGRAM STORIES TEMPLATES.)
CANVA APP LINK


6. TAILWIND (I USE THIS TO TELL ME WHAT TIMES TO POST ON WHAT DAYS. YOU CAN ALSO USE IT TO PLAN AND POST PHOTOS FOR YOU ON INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST.)


7. HYPE TYPE (I USE THIS RARELY BUT IT’S SIMILAR TO CANVA WHERE YOU CAN DESIGN INSTAGRAM STORY POSTS.

I hope this post helped you a little more on your blogging journey. Whether you’re just posting for fun or to make this a full-time career. These will definitely help steer you in the right direction for having a more seamless, professional and organized feed.

What apps are you loving?

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

October Instagram Roundup

(FEATURED IMAGE) T-SHIRT || JEANS SHORTS || CONVERSE

It’s crazy to think that it’s already November! October flew by and we’re already into my birthday month. I can’t believe we’re now 1 month away from Christmas! So here is my recap for October. I’m giving y’all outfit details, and quick links for my October Insta posts. Also, don’t forget that you can find me @lolanicoleblogs on the free 21Buttons app and that way you can shop all my outfits with a quick click without waiting for a blog post to go live.


MUSTARD OVERSIZED SWEATER DRESS || SLOUCHY RIDING BOOTS || USE CODE LXLOLA FOR $ OFF YOUR EXTENSIONS

This is one of my favorite dress styles ever! They’re so comfortable and loose. Oversized anything is all the rage right now so this is definitely on trend right now. This dress is TTS so you can get your regular size and it should fit oversized enough.


T-SHIRT || LEGGINGS || MULES || CLEAR LENS GLASSES || PHONE CASE

I love me some leggings. My How To Dress Up Leggings Series on the blog should give that away, lol. This outfit is one of my favs because it’s so quick and easy to put together. The leggings are some of my favorite basic jersey leggings from Old Navy and my t-shirt is A New Day brand from Target. These tees are so comfy and affordable, only $8!! My mules add a more pulled together look with ease and are also from Target.


V-NECK T-SHIRT || LAYERED CHOKER || NAMEPLATE NECKLACE || MATTE LIPSTICK

I love layering necklaces and this one from Mystic Rose Jewelry is perfect for that. It already has a layering element so you can add another necklace with it for an instant layering effect. Plus both of my necklaces come in a Silver or Gold option. You can use my code LOLA10 for 10% off your order at Mystic Rose.


LIPSTICK || EYELINER || EYEBROW PENCIL || EYESHADOW PALETTE

I received this box from Influenster and Joah Beauty and I’m loving the makeup. I especially love the lipstick. It’s a matte formula and the color is the perfect neutral everyday nude color. The shadows are so smooth and buttery and I’m loving the eyebrow pencil. I would definitely check them out. They are available exclusively at your local CVS stores.


T-SHIRT || SIMILAR PANT OPTIONS || NIKE SLIDES

I love camo, it’s one of my favorite prints. I’ve had these cargo pants for so long I have no idea where they’re from now, lol. I will link a few similar options. My top is one of my favorite basic tees from the A New Day brand available at Target. My slides are mens nike slides, I wear a size 8 in mens because it’s a size 9 in women’s. They run TTS but are a little tight when they’re brand new so you will have to wear them a few times to loosen them up.


T-SHIRT || FRUIT OF THE LOOM ZIP HOODIE || FRUIT OF THE LOOM JOGGER SWEATPANTS || OLD SKOOL VANS

I love these Fruit of the Loom sets. I seriously run to Walmart every year they’re put out. They’re so comfortable and still look stylish without breaking the bank. They’re in the men’s section (yes, I love mens clothing when I want a good oversized, comfy fit, lol.) My ASPCA Vans I purchased last Christmas so they’re no longer available but I will link some similar.


AURIEL BLACK JOGGER JUMPER KNITTED LOUNGE SET || DODGE DURANGO GT || NIKE AIR HUARACHE || POM BEANIE

This set is so comfy. It was also surprisingly warm and feels like wearing a sweater all over your body. The sweater can be worn off one shoulder or both. The joggers have a drawstring waist and so comfy. This set is TTS.


WENDY’S CAMPAIGN

This was just our cute little Wendy’s campaign. The kids were loving it, lol.


BLOOMING JELLY PLAID PATCHWORK TOP || TALL POWERSTRETCH ST. CLAIR FLARE JEANS || SIMILAR HEELS

This top is my fall feels fav right now. The plaid patchwork detailing is so cute and just adds a cute holiday vibe to this grey slightly oversized top. I sized up to a large for a more oversized fit but the top fits TTS. My jeans are from Alloy Apparel and are some of my fav flare leg jeans and they’re in a size 7 and a 37″ inseam. They’re the tall length. They are really stretchy so you can size down one in these.


FUELED BY CAFFEINE & CHAOS TEE || CAPTAIN OF CHAOS MENS TEE || CHAOS CREW KIDS TEE || DISTRESSED BOYFRIEND STRAIGHT JEANS FOR WOMEN || VANS

Our fun little family day at the Pumpkin Patch was a great opportunity to update some of our family photos. These tees are so cute and from one of my favorite mom shops on Instagram Mom Life Must Haves. My jeans and hubbys Shorts are from Old Navy and the kids jeans were gifts from grandma but I believe they’re all from Old Navy as well.


PRETTYLITTLETHING JOGGER SET || NIKE AIR HUARACHE


BLOOMING JELLY PLAID PATCHWORK TOP || TALL POWERSTRETCH ST. CLAIR FLARE JEANS


PLT CROPPED CAMO SWEATER || PLT CAMO SIDE STRIPE JOGGERS || SNEAKERS (SIRENS IN STORE PURCHASE) NO LINK || SLEEVELESS MOCK NECK BODYSUIT

I love this set. I paired it with a bodysuit to show options for still being able to wear cropped sweaters when you don’t want your tummy out. This set is definitely TTS so I would have sized down one if I wanted it to be really fitting but I wanted it to be a little more loose. Also these can be worn high wasted or at the hip because of the drawstring waist.


TEN SIXTY SHERMAN LONG SLEEVE COWL NECK PULLOVER SWEATER || THEMOGAN WOMEN’S COWL NECK SWEATER || JERSEY LEGGINGS FOR WOMEN || SUNGLASSES

This was the beginning of my How To Dress Up Leggings series. I wanted to show how you can go from running errands in athleisure to drinks with friends or a casual date night outfit without needing to put a whole new outfit on. Pairing a nice tunic sweater with your leggings and then ditching your slides or sneakers for some shoes with a dressier detailing will help add a more put together look to your outfit without too much fuss. I added a pop of color with my pink and rose gold shades for an added touch of fun.


PRETTYLITTLETHING BLACK T-SHIRT DRESS || JEAN JACKET (OLD) || SHOEDAZZLE SNEAKERS || SUNNIES

T-shirt dresses are awesome. They’re so cute and comfy and can be dressed up or down. I usually like to pair mine with a nice jean jacket and some sneakers or slides. Just depends on the days to do list. My jean jacket is from Dresslink (old) but I linked some jean jacket options on the 21Buttons app under @lolanicoleblogs and these sneakers are from Shoedazzle, they have the cutest shoes and so many different options and styles.


DAY-TO-DAY POCKET DRESS || PLT CROPPED CAMO JACKET || SAUCONY JAZZ ORIGINAL VINTAGE ||

This Day-to-Day Pocket Dress is from Modest Shopping and the best part about it is the material doesn’t wrinkle ever. So no need to break out the steamer, lol.

 
JJ BEAN CLASSIC COWLNECK CASHMERE SWEATER || LATTICE-HEM ANKLE LEGGINGS FOR WOMEN || LACE UP OVER THE KNEE BOOTS || STEVE MADDEN BJADA BLACK


JED FASHION WOMEN’S CHUNKY CABLE KNIT TURTLENECK SWEATER || THEMOGAN WOMEN’S COWL TURTLE NECK SWEATER || LATTICE-HEM ANKLE LEGGINGS FOR WOMEN || WOMEN’S TASSLE POINTED MULES


FUELED BY CAFFEINE & CHAOS TEE || DISTRESSED BOYFRIEND STRAIGHT JEANS || SLIP ON VANS

Pumpkin Patch fun in one of my favorite mom tees.


TEN SIXTY SHERMAN LONG SLEEVE COWL NECK PULLOVER SWEATER || HOW TO: DRESS UP LEGGINGS

I spend my life in the car, lol. #momlife right? LOL


RIBBED LINGERIE BODYSUIT || MID-RISE PIXIE JACQUARD ANKLE PANTS FOR WOMEN || HOW TO: HOLIDAY PANTS

When you don’t want to wear a dress or deal with an uncomfortable outfit all night for a holiday get together or party, than some statement holiday dress pants are what you need in your wardrobe.


PRETTYLITTLETHING BLACK T-SHIRT DRESS || SNEAKERS || LONGLINE DISTRESSED DENIM JACKET


PLT BASIC KHAKI V NECK T-SHIRT DRESS || PLT GREEN CROPPED CAMO TRUCKER JACKET


MID-RISE PIXIE FULL-LENGTH PANTS FOR WOMEN || SLEEVELESS MOCK NECK BODYSUIT || WOMEN’S ANOTOINETTE WOVEN TASSLE POINTED MULES – A NEW DAY™ BLACK


LATTICE-HEM ANKLE LEGGINGS FOR WOMEN || LACE UP BOOTS || SHORT SLEEVE SWEATER OPTION

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

My Top 8 Amazon Finds 2018

Hey Babes! So, I’m excited for today’s post because it involves one of my most favorite places to shop online. Amazon! I literally go to Amazon for everything and I’m obsessed with my prime membership. We’ve had prime for years now and it’s literally the best thing ever. I mean I’m sure my mailman is tired of seeing my name on packages but ya know, lol. I can get literally anything from gadgets, household items, groceries, clothing, jewelry, ect. I put together a list of things I have purchased recently that I’m loving. Some things I use on the daily and they make my life so much easier. I wanted to share the top things I have purchased that I have taken with me through the years that I still use and love so much.

 

My Favorite Mug Warmer

Evelots Desktop Electric Mug Warmer for Coffee-Tea-Cocoa-Soup-Scented Candles
This little gadget is a life saver for me. Whether you’re a busy mom or just busy throughout the day. If you’re a coffee drinker like me or even a tea drinker, this helps keep your mug warm so you don’t have to revisit the microwave 423234880 times like I did before I got this, lol. I can actually finish a full cup of coffee before making another one.

Plaid Patchwork Top

Blooming Jelly Womens Long Sleeve Shirt Plaid Color Block Tops Pocket Elbow Patchwork Knit Tee(Large,Grey)
I love this top. It’s perfect for fall. The plaid detailing is so cute and the material is soft. It is a bit on the thinner side but that works if you live somewhere that doesn’t really get that cold like ever and just gets a little cooler but you still wanna be fall fashion forward. It’s also not a thick bulky material so its great for layering with a jacket, vest or cardigan. It is TTS and I normally wear a medium but I got it in a Large because I wanted a more oversized fit.

iPhone Rechargeable Selfie Ring Light

Phone Selfie Light, IRuiYinGo USB Rechargeable 36 LED Ring Light with 3-Levels Brightness Portable Clip On Phone, Mini Night Selfie Fill Light (Pink)
Not having the perfect selfie lighting is such a first world problem, lol. But this inexpensive portable selfie light will help your cell phone photos that much better. It’s so helpful when you’re trying to get that perfect selfie but the lighting sucks. Whether you’re in a car, in a dark room or outside at night. This will help make your photos Instagram ready. It’s easy to use and rechargeable. It has settings so you can adjust the lighting accordingly and its way more affordable that some other selfie light options. It clips right to the top of your phone and fits in your bag.

Flexible Camera and Go Pro Tripod Stand

Action Camera Cam Sport Camcorder Mini Tripod Flexible Stand Tripod Compatible with GoPro Hero 6 5/4/3 Session Sony Garmin Virb XE SJCAM Xiaomi Yi Table Desk Tripod Travel Portable Video Tripod
This is perfect and so inexpensive. I use it when we travel and just around town when I want to vlog for my YouTube channel. I have even used it with my DSLR and it still holds it up without it falling over or being too heavy for the tripod. This is perfect if you’re just starting out with vlogging or recording videos because it is inexpensive and easy to use and travel with. It fits in literally any bag.

Ice Roller for Face and Eyes

ESARORA Stainless Steel Ice Roller for Face & Eye,Puffiness,Migraine,Pain Relief and Minor Injury,Skin Care Products (White)
I’ve been loving my Ice Roller. It’s the best thing for my tired, hot and overworked skin. Especially living in a hot state like Florida, Ice Rolling has been the best thing I could have stumbled upon for my skin care routine. I have a full post about it here and it also includes some of my current skincare products I use daily. Ice rolling helps with inflammation, makeup application prep, sunburn and so much more.

Crystal Tear Drop Clip On Earrings

Topwholesalejewel Wedding Earrings Gold Plating Crystal Oval Shape Clip On Earrings
These earrings will dress up any outfit in an instant. They’re so pretty and look expensive without actually being expensive at all. I have to wear clip on earrings because my ears are gauged and I ripped one a few years ago and keep forgetting to make an appointment to fix it, lol. So clip ons help me to still look fashionable and put together without having to worry about not having normal pierced ears. Amazon has a great selection of them as well. They’re great for people with my ear issue or those whom don’t have pierced ears or have a similar ear issues.

My Favorite Amazon Beauty Sponge

Aesthetica Cosmetics Beauty Sponge Blender – Latex Free and Vegan Makeup Sponge – For Powder, Cream or Liquid Application – One Piece
These beauty sponges are my favorite blenders I have purchased online so far. I have like 4 of them now. I have the Original Beauty Blender as well which I love but these are so affordable and work just as great. They’re really great quality and do an awesome job of blending my makeup into my skin and giving me that flawless face look. They also have different sizes so you’re able to pick which one is right for you and they’re great if you’re looking for a more affordable beauty sponge option.

Glass Multi-Function Monitor and Laptop Stand

Eutuxia [White] Tempered Glass Multi-function Universal Monitor Laptop Multimedia Stand with 2.0 USB Ports, Cup Holder & Phone Dock
I have my Mac desktop sitting on this and I love it. Its sleek design gives a nice professional appearance while also helping save space on your desk. It has 3 usb ports so you can charge your phone or anything that has a usb connector. You can also plug-in usb memory sticks, it’s just such a help, especially if you work at a desk often.

That’s it for this list of my current favs, some that I have been using for years. I love doing posts like this and helping people find good deals that also help with making everyday life easier. If you like these kinds of top choice posts let me know in the comments below and I will definitely put more together to post on the blog. I hope you loves have an amazing Monday!

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola

September Instagram Recap

It’s October already babes! One of my most favorite holiday months. Halloween is legit my fav, lol. Anyway I’m going to be putting together so many Fall and Winter transitional outfits this month so keep an eye out for those. I’m back today to round up all of my September IG Posts (link Instagram) for y’all to make it easier to find and shop everything in one place. I know I say this every Recap but it’s important so I’ll say it again, this will help if you happen to miss when something is posted you can find it all here for the previous month. I also have continued to do more Insta try on hauls since y’all voted for more of those and I always add them in the try on highlights on my Instagram (link insta). So if you ever have questions about an outfit or something in a picture I post you can check there or just head back to my blog on the 1st Friday of every month to get a recap. As I have already said Instagram (link insta) changed the algorithm. They make your feed based on exactly what they “think” you want to see by who and what you engage with. So please remember to keep engaging with my photos (likes and comments) and watch my stories so my posts keep showing up in your feed. ;0)

In September I’ve been settling into the preset I made and I love it. You may have noticed a subtle can’t quite put your finger on it change and that was it, lol. I also have been getting the hang of planning and using my planners more as well as starting some new books I made a blog post about last month as well. There was also a pretty awesome giveaway posted on my Instagram last month so if you aren’t already following me head over to my Instagram (link) and hit that blue button so you don’t miss out on the next one coming up.


Similar Long Tee in 3 Colors
Lace Trim Bike Shorts
Similar Fur Slides
Motherhood Tumbler
Similar Steve Madden Leather Sport Backpack
Multiple Aviator Options


Pullover (comes in other colors) | Similar Joggers (mine sold out) | American Apparel Knee High Socks | American Apparel Thigh High Socks | A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living (Hardcover) (Emily Ley) | Similar Phone Case Options | Bedding | Comforter | Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser | Erin Grey Bed | Similar King Throw | Assorted Throw Pillows | Leaf Mug | Similar Sweater Weather Mug


My DIY Post on How We Built My Entryway Table
Fall Decor Purchased from: The Dollar Tree,
Little Houses, Flowers and Milk Bottles from Target Dollar Spot
Baskets from Walmart

My Wax Warmer Sold Out But Here’s Something Similar


Pullover (comes in other colors) | Similar Joggers (mine sold out) | American Apparel Knee High Socks | American Apparel Thigh High Socks | A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living (Hardcover) (Emily Ley) | Similar Phone Case Options | Bedding | Comforter | Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser | Erin Grey Bed | Similar King Throw | Assorted Throw Pillows | Leaf Mug | Similar Sweater Weather Mug


Bedding | Comforter | Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser | Erin Grey Bed | Similar King Throw | Assorted Throw Pillows


My Planner
Marble Notebook
52 Lists Project
52 Lists for Happiness
52 Lists for Togetherness (Release date 9/25/2018)


Similar Cropped Camo Jacket
Similar Olive Dress Options (Mine Sold Out)
Clutch in 4 Different Color Options
Clear Lens Glasses
Camo Slipons Unavailable Online Bought In Store From Sirens Fashions
Clip on Tear Drop Earrings


Similar Jean Dress Option (Mine Sold Out)
Blue Zip up Hoodie
Luna Sandal in Navy
Aviator Options
Clutch in 4 Color Options


Tori Tunic
Similar Hat (Click Color Black Option)
Sneakers from Sirens (Purchased in store)


FabFitFun Unboxing


We The Free People Tee
Lattice-Hem Ankle Leggings for Women
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black


My Current Skincare Routine and Face Rolling


FabFitFun Unboxing


Easy Living Tank Dress
Old Navy Leggings


Jumpsuit Options (Jumpsuit pictured is Sold Out)

As always I make sure to link everything underneath each photo and if it’s not able to be linked or it’s sold out I will post something similar for you to try as well. If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below & I’ll get back to you ASAP! Sign up with your email here so you won’t miss a blog post from me. I hope your Friday is an amazing one!

Sizing reference:

I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

6 Ways To Be Stylish On A Budget

In honor of my very first ever guest contributor post on Allwomenstalk.com I wanted to revamp my post I made for their site 8 Ways To Be Stylish On A Budget that I wrote in 2014. It’s been 4 years since that post and let me tell you some things have really changed. Fashion has definitely taken a turn and there are so many new styles, trends and fashion rules now. For me I follow one important rule which is BE YOURSELF. I know that sounds cliche but it’s so true. If you’re walking around in an outfit you saw online or saw a celebrity wearing but you don’t feel comfortable in it, it doesn’t matter how amazing the outfit looked on the person you saw it on first it’s not going to have the same look or feeling for you. Because it’s not your style. You want to find your style first and that will help you pick pieces you can mix and match and wear again and again and more importantly own that look and feel comfortable and KNOW you look good too.

So with that said I’m rounding up and sharing my top 6 tips to being stylish on a budget and a few of these tips are actually the same as in my first article because they’re so important and are still true to revamping your style every time:

1. Know YOUR body and Find YOUR Style

You want to find bloggers, celebs, people in magazines and even stylish people on the street that have your body shape and body type to model your style after. Wearing ill fitting clothing or patterns in a way thats not flattering for your body is the quickest way to make an outfit go from stylish to a hot mess so quick. Like me for example, I’m tall (5’8”) and most of my height is in my legs (37” inseam) so bermuda shorts are a no for me. They make my body look awkward, they usually squeeze my thighs and above my knee and I’m just uncomfortable in them all day and you can tell, lol. So I steer clear of them but I find ways around that because they are so cute when worn right. I get more of a mid-rise short with 5-7″ inseams instead (Old Navy has some great options) which is like a short length bermuda. They don’t come down as long as a regular length bermuda shorts would and they aren’t as form fitting on the legs but still give you that bermuda shorts feel. I also have a bubble butt that sits high so when I get pants sometimes they fit everywhere but the waist or everywhere but the legs. I tend to shop places that accommodate for tall women (Alloy.com or Asos.com have great tall options). So with that said, if you’re more bottom heavy or have long legs make sure you’re finding shorts, pants and jeans that aren’t cutting into your legs, butt and thighs or are too baggy and making your lower half look bigger in a bad way (we all want a nice looking bum but we have to do it right, lol.) If you’re more top heavy than find clothing like dresses and tops that fit your top half both comfortably and fits your shape the right way and that is the key. You don’t want buttons looking like they’re going to pop any second or a dress that’s cutting your body in a weird way that makes you look squatty or oddly shaped. Once you find clothing that fits you that’s when you’re able to just focus on picking pieces that you can interchange and wear different ways without having to worry about if the fit is right. Also taking your body measurements helps when shopping online because you can look at the sites size chart before choosing your sizing options which usually helps with eliminating getting things in the mail and having to send them back or take them into your local store to exchange it for something that fits right.

2. FIND THE SALES!

The best thing about online shopping and even when you’re shopping in the store is that there’s always a sale going on. Especially with highly trendworthy outfits and online boutiques. Things that are hot and in right now may very well be out in the next month or so. That’s the way the fashion industry works. So when getting on trend clothes you want to save your money here because they could be in today and out tomorrow and then you’re stuck with clothing that you spent so much money on but don’t want to wear anymore because it’s not in style. Whenever you find a new boutique or a new clothing site, take some time to google if there are coupons or if any bloggers have coupon codes for that specific site available. That way the on trend pieces you’re buying aren’t such a stressful investment when they could go out of style any minute. Also look and see if the company has their own coupons or sales. Old Navy, PRETTYLITTLETHING, FashionNova and many other clothing companies always have some sort of sale or coupons available so you’re always able to save some coin when you shop so you don’t feel so bad about your recent purchases. Save your money on the more big ticket, never going out of style pieces like a Louis Vuitton Speedy or a really nice Trenchcoat or those black pumps you’ve had your eye on from Christian Louboutin that you know will just gracefully age with time. This was an awesome way for me to always update my wardrobe without breaking the bank. Especially when I was in college and a single mom, every dime counts. ;0)

3. Buy, Sell and Trade

There are so many ways now that you can change up your wardrobe sometimes without even having to spend more money. Places like Platos Closet or a Thrift Store that buys old clothes you don’t want anymore can help you clean out your closet while getting new things right away. If you can wait a little I love selling things on Ebay.com because it’s so easy and quick. Take pictures of the clothes, post them on the site with a little description of outfit and condition, set your prices or your starting bid and sit back and watch the money roll in. That takes the pressure off of taking your clothes back and forth to different stores trying to sell everything off. For more expensive items you can use Poshmark, they are great for selling those name brand items that you don’t want to just give away or sell for $1. Hey like I said before, trends come and go so you always want to find cheaper ways of getting new things while not feeling so bad about letting go of the old.

4. DIY

DIYin is all the rage these days. You saw a cute off the shoulder graphic t-shirt a celeb was wearing but don’t want to spend the $100 price tag just go to Walmart or Five Below and grab you a few cheap band tees (both sell super cute graphic tees for $5) and watch a tutorial on how to cut a regular t-shirt into an off the shoulder shirt. It took me all of 10 mins to make a few off the shoulder tees I can wear to run errands or hang out or even around the house and still look cute for a fraction of the cost. Want some cute high waisted jean shorts but don’t have the money to get brand new ones right now? Look in your closet, a friends closet or your moms and get old jeans that you or they don’t want or even take a trip to the local Goodwill or thrift store in your area and grab some mom jeans that fit you well. Cut them into shorts, add some studs, distress them, etc and you’ve just saved $100+ on some on trend high-waisted shorts while spending all of $20 or less.

5. Borrow

Your sister, friend, mom or grandma will have something you’d love to wear. Whether it’s the beautiful vintage earrings, that designer bag you’ve had your eye on but can’t afford or that LBD you’ve had your eye on. Borrowing can help save tons of money and still have you looking fabulous without having to spend a dime. The best part is you can always wear it again so it’s like you bought it yourself, as long as you make sure that’s ok with who you borrowed it from, lol.

6. Mix and Match

My final tip is one i’ve said time and time again. Take something from one season and remix it to turn it into a fall or winter item with some layering. Turn that summer dress into a fall outfit by adding tights or leggings, add a scarf, a hat or a sweater. Turn those summer favorite high-waisted shorts into a fall outfit by tucking in a long sleeve flannel shirt, layering it with a cute cardigan and adding some fall essentials. Be creative, you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe for each season if you can’t afford it or even if you can. Save money by being creative with what you have. It’s what really shows your style and your ability to adapt to different seasons or trends without breaking the bank or maybe not even spending any money at all.


Jumpsuit Options (“Madison Jumpsuit” Shown is Sold Out)

I hope these top 6 tips help you with revamping your wardrobe or building a whole new one. We all love to shop, whether it be for new clothes or accessories. The best part is these tips can be used for pretty much anything. Whether you want to revamp your home with new furniture or a new look or you want to change up your decor. You can take these tips and apply them to home decor as well and still save money. I have a few tips on revamping your bedroom and your livingroom on my blog as well that I will link here Farmhouse Inspired Livingroom Revamp and here Master Bedroom Revamp so you can go check those out as well.

Outfit Details of Featured Photo:
Joah Brown Get It Pullover
Alloy Tall Jeans Options
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
No Boundaries Velvet Mini Backpack
Cat Eye Sunglasses Options

FIT TIPS:
-Jumpsuit runs TTS. I’m wearing a size Large.

Sizing Reference:
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

I hope you loves have a beautiful Friday and I hope these tips help you to start building the wardrobe of your dreams.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

FabFitFun Fall Box

Hi Babes! So I’ve wanted to partner with FabFitFun for the longest because their boxes always looked so cool and had the most awesome items in each box. But before I jumped the gun on that I wanted to try it out for myself first to make sure it was something I’d actually use myself and that the boxes were as good as everyone makes them out to be. I never want to share anything with you babes that I wouldn’t use myself and love.

I’m a fan of subscriptions because its like getting a little gift for yourself every month and it’s always a surprise or excitement because you’re so excited to use and try out products you love or new products you will grow to love. I’ve tried many beauty type subscription services before and I’ve loved some, disliked others and got bored with some as well. But let me just say that good first impressions are definitely important and this box killed it. I am in love with my first FabFitFun box and cannot wait to get the next seasons box because the Fall box is awesome. I wanted to share everything I got in the box with you babes and show you the things you can get in your box if you decide you want to try it out for yourself.


The Original Beautyblender


Simply Whimsical Set of 2 Tea Towels


Skin&Co Roma Blue in Capri


GLAMGLOW BUBBLESHEET™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask


LUNA Rica – Gluten Free Bar – Salted Caramel Nut


Vince Camuto Tote in Black


Alfred Teapot


Cylo Cobra Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds in Black


Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream: Camellia & Geranium Blossom


Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil Lipstick Duo in “Penny”

Total Value of this Fall Seasons Box: $285.97-$375.94! *Dependent on Selection Received*

Total Value of my Fall Box: $342.98!

Monthly Box Cost: $49.99/Mo.

So as you can see the value is unreal and you’d be crazy not to try this box out at least once. The best part is it only comes 4 times a year so you’re paying $200 a year to receive over $1200 worth of awesome products for that year. I am in love with FabFitFun right now! Their boxes of are full of awesome beauty, wellness, fashion, fitness, and home products hand-picked by the FabFitFun team. I want you guys to try this box and love it just as much as I do so I’m giving you $10 off your first box. I promise you won’t regret it. :O) Click Here to get your first box now, we’re currently still in the Fall season so grab it while you can!

O U T F I T – D E T A I L S
T-Shirt | Leggings | Watch | Hair Extensions | Name Necklace

FIT TIPS:
-Tee is in a size Medium TTS
-Leggings are in a size Medium runs TTS

Sizing reference:
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Have you tried Fab Fit Fun yet? Let me know how you loved it in the comments below.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

August Instagram Recap

I can’t believe it’s September already babes! I’m going to be so busy this month, especially since both the girls birthdays are in September and 2 days apart. Double the parties, presents and fun (for the kids at least, lol) I’m back again to round up all of my August IG Posts for y’all to make it easier to find and shop everything in one place. This will help if you happen to miss when something is posted you can find it all here for that month. I also have been posting more things in the highlights of my Instagram so if you ever have questions about an outfit or something in a picture I post you can check there or just head back to my blog on the 1st Friday of every month to get a recap. As I said in my last post, Instagram changed the algorithm once again! They make your feed based on exactly what they “think” you want to see by who and what you engage with now. So remember to keep engaging with my photos (likes and comments) and watch my stories so my posts keep showing up in your feed. ;0)

In August I finally settled on a preset for my pictures that I think will make for a great fluent and brighter feed so I’m excited about that one. I also am getting the hang of planning as you can see from my last Plan With Me post so I think I will continue to get better at being more organized and planning things out better for a much smoother running month. There was also a pretty awesome giveaway posted on my Instagram last month so if you aren’t already following me head over to my Instagram and hit that blue button so you don’t miss out on the next one coming up.


Similar Hooded Long Tee
Similar Hooded Camo Tee


Amazing Beauty Hair use Code LXLOLA for $ off


Aria Dress (Mustard)


Chantel Maxi (Currently Sold Out)
Luna Sandals (Navy)


Stella Romper (white)


Similar Maxi Options (Chantel Maxi Currently Sold Out)


Jurassic Park Tee


Teal and Grey Comforter Set (King Size Sold in Walmart Stores)
Songesand Furniture Collection
Erin Light Grey Bed
Glass Crystal Chandelier Table Lamps
Grey Tuffed Bench
Small Throw Pillows
Large Throw Pillows
Large Throw Rug


Teal and Grey Comforter Set (King Size Sold in Walmart Stores)
Songesand Furniture Collection
Erin Light Grey Bed
Glass Crystal Chandelier Table Lamps
Grey Tuffed Bench
Small Throw Pillows
Large Throw Pillows
Large Throw Rug
Coffee Mug


Joah Brown Easy Livin’ Tank/Dress


Similar Grey Blazer Option


Target A New Day Tee
Similar Brown Crossbody from Nordstrom Rack
Similar Belted Jean Short Options
DSW Camo Slide On Shoes


Similar PJ Shorts


Black Studded Mules
Women’s Anotoinette Woven Tassle Pointed Mules – A New Day™ Black
Women’s Julisa Slide Sandals with a Bow – Mossimo Supply Co.™


Clip in Hair Extension Medium Reddish Brown #4
Hair Tutorial Blog
Youtube Tutorial: HOW TO: Clip in extensions and Big Loose Curls Tutorial


TRANSLUCENT LOOSE SETTING POWDER – GLOW
GLOW POWDER BRUSH


Graphic Tee
Time and Tru Shorts Options
Similar Gold Chain Steve Madden Purse
White and Gold Polka Dot Chuck Taylors
BEAUTY SHIELD DAILY DEFENSE MAKEUP MIST
A Simplified Life
heyday™ Wireless In-Ear Headphones


Joah Brown Get It Pullover
Alloy Tall Jeans Options
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
No Boundaries Velvet Mini Backpack
Cat Eye Sunglasses Options


Surviving Motherhood Tumbler


Graphic Tee
Women’s Julisa Slide Sandals with a Bow – Mossimo Supply Co.™
Distressed White Time and Tru Shorts
Black heyday™ Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Steve Madden Backpack Options
Cat Eye Sunglasses Options
PowerShot SX740 HS Black


PLAN WITH ME: NEW PLANNER FUN
Fueled By Caffeine & Chaos 21oz Stainless Tumbler


Charlotte and Ezra Unisex Size T-Shirt (I’m wearing a size M)


Similar Plaid Button Down
2nd Plaid Option
Black Bodysuit
Black Distressed Jean Shorts
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
No Boundaries Velvet Mini Backpack
Mirrored Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses
Canon – PowerShot SX740 HS 20.3-Megapixel Digital Camera
Anne Klein Elevated Crystal Round Stud Earrings


Topwholesalejewel Wedding Earrings Gold Plating Crystal Oval Shape Clip On Earrings
Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses
Women’s Anotoinette Woven Tassle Pointed Mules – A New Day™ Black
Similar Tall Length Alloy Flare Jeans
Similar Red Sweater Option
2nd Sweater Option
Similar Gold Chain Strap Black Crossbody Bag

I made sure to link everything underneath each photo and if it’s not able to be linked or it’s sold out I will post something similar for you to try as well. As always if you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below & I’ll get back to you ASAP! Sign up with your email here so you won’t miss a blog post from me. I hope your Friday is an amazing one!

Sizing reference:

I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

My Top Self Help Book Picks for 2018

Pullover (comes in other colors) | Similar Joggers (mine sold out) | American Apparel Knee High Socks | American Apparel Thigh High Socks | A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living (Hardcover) (Emily Ley) | Similar Phone Case Options | Bedding | Comforter | Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser | Erin Grey Bed | Similar King Throw | Assorted Throw Pillows | Leaf Mug | Similar Sweater Weather Mug

I’m obsessed with reading. I love learning new things, reworking my mind, and even just escaping in my mind somewhere else. In this blog post I’ll be sharing my Top Self Help Books with you babes. I have been on a journey to be more scheduled, organized & just all around better at adulting, lol. Also keeping your Mental Health in check is a very good thing to do and remember to check on it as much as you need too. Don’t ever feel bad for It either, we all need a refresher course in staying sane every now and again, lol.

I will make another post with my Top Fiction Book choices as well if you’d like more book recommendations. I’ve been reading on my Kindle app or using my Audible App on my iPad. Audible has been my best friend lately when it comes to catching up on reading or getting through a book even when I don’t have the time to actually sit down and read it page for page. All of my recommendations in this post can be found on the Audible App and most if not all should also be on the Kindle App app as well. I’ve loved reading since I was a kid and chose it over many activities often. It’s what I do to get away from the world for a little bit and relax from the day.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
I read this book in paperback form first. My mom had it and recommended it to me. So I borrowed it and I loved it so much that I downloaded it on my Audible app and I listened to it twice and just started it again since then. I love this book and all it’s about. It’s based on the Law of Attraction and will help you tap into a way of reworking your mind and changing your thinking so you can change your life and attract the life you want to live. I highly recommend it and that’s why it’s my number 1 choice on this list.

You Are a Bad Ass by Jen Sincero
I love this book and everything in it. Jen really knows how to help you stop doubting yourself and go for what you want. I love her spunky, take not crap attitude as well. It gets in your face and in your feels to help you achieve the outcome in life you desire.

You Are a Bad Ass At Making Money by Jen Sincero
This is the second book by Jen and it dives into your real feelings about money and why you shouldn’t feel bad for wanting to make more and do more in life. There is cursing so if you aren’t into that just know that ahead of time but if you can look past that then you will learn a lot from this book.

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
I really like this book and highly recommend it to anyone who’s dating, getting married or married already. Even if you’re single you should read this book to help you learn more about your love language and what works for you as well as getting to know the other love languages for your potential partner or current significant other. The perfect book to read with your partner to learn more about each other while growing closer and getting a better understanding of each other.

She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst
This one happened to pop up in a Facebook add for Audible and I was curious about it so I downloaded it on a whim one day and I’m so glad I did. Chrystal’s story of her life and how she overcame certain battles is really encouraging and uplifting while showing you that you can do whatever you put your mind too.

Easy Way For Women to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr
This book was one of the things years ago that help me quit smoking for good. I like it mainly because it’s not some pushy book where the Author is basically telling you smoking is bad for you and you could die, etc, etc. We all know this but sometimes it’s something that takes more than just telling someone not to do something. I like this book because it basically giving you a deeper understanding of the authors technique and helps you all without you even really thinking about it.

Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
I feel like this book is the ultimate Girl Power!, I Am Woman Hear Me Roar! books. It helps you tap into your unseen potential. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for some uplifting words of wisdom while unlocking secrets to a more successful and happy life.

Well babes, thats all the book recommendations I have for now. I hope you enjoy these book options and if you have any books you love then please leave your recommendations in the comments! Happy Reading!

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Plan With Me: New Planner Fun

I’m back again with another planner post. I’ve been getting into it more and I think I’m getting the hang of this planning thing, lol. It’s still taking time to getting used to looking at a schedule every morning but in the long run this will be the best way to get everything up and running and on track to a much less scatter brained week.

I’m always looking out for new stickers, lists, planners, etc to make this even more fun and something I look forward to rather than just another task to get done. I try and plan out my month rather than week by week even though some things do come up that have to be added to the plan but it’s easier to get done when you have a schedule already in place to begin with. I’ve also started our drop zone and making a schedule for the kids as well so school nights and mornings run a lot smoother.

I found this adorable planner from The Happy Planner at Walmart. This one is only sold in Walmart stores so I linked more designs below as well. I love that it’s smaller so it takes up less space in my purse. My larger Blue Sky Planner can stay on my desk at home for easy access now. I love the fact that this planner has little positive and uplifting messages on every month and throughout the planner as well. It also has a little reference page for every month where you can write your goals, birthdays for the month, any important info and a currently section where you write down things you’re currently loving, planning, eating, dreaming, etc. the binder rings aren’t traditional rings which I love. Helps keep pages in place and you can add pages as well if you want.

For the month of August since this is my first month really getting into planning it’s a little less exciting and decorated than others planners right now but I think the more I plan the better the months will get. I love that I can go back and reference each months goals and currently section to see what’s changed, what’s been achieved and what I need to work on more.

PLANNER: Positive Mind Planner (Walmart Store Exclusive) | MORE PLANNER OPTIONS: Assorted Styles | STICKERS: 1829 Value Pack Stickers – Planner Basics™ | PENS: Paper Mate Candy Pop Flair Medium Felt Tip Pens 16/Pkg-Assorted | PENS: Pen + Gear Fine Point Marker 20CT Assorted Color | PLANNER POST: Previous Planner Post | TUMBLER: Mom Life Must Have

What planners are you loving right now? Have you tried these Happy Planners? Let me know in the comments below.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

July Instagram Recap

Happy August, babes! I wanted to round up all my July IG Posts for y’all to make it easier to find and shop everything in one place. This is the first time I’m doing an insta recap so it’s a little later than I wanted to post but I’m going to be posting these the 1st Friday of every month at 9am now. This will help if you happen to miss when something is posted you can find it all here for that month. I also post things in the highlights of my Instagram as well so if you ever have questions about an outfit or something in a picture I post you can check there or just head back to my blog on the 1st Friday of every month to get a recap. Instagram has changed the algorithm once again, ugh! They make your feed based on exactly what they “think” you want to see by who and what you engage with now. So to keep my photos in your feed just keep engaging with my photos (likes and comments) and watch my stories so my posts keep showing up. ;0)

July was a great month for my blog because I’ve really been getting into planning and organizing better. So now my IG will have more bright, fun and colorful photos and I’m also working on a shop my looks section for the blog so it’s easier, so stay tuned for that. There will also be some giveaways posted on my Instagram this month and next so if you aren’t already following me head over to my Instagram and hit that blue button so you don’t miss out. It’s going to be a good one. I’m really trying to focus the rest of this year on making my blog top priority so I will be sharing and posting a lot more.

DRESSERS AND NIGHTSTANDS:IKEA  | BED AND MATTRESS SET:AMERICAN FREIGHT | CHANDELIER LAMPS:AMERICAN FREIGHT | BENCH:ROSS | FLOOR MIRROR:WALMART | RUG: IKEA DESK AND TRAY:IKEA | OFFICE CHAIR:AMAZON | SMALL FUR PILLOWS:TARGET | LARGE THROW PILLOWS: AT HOME

Kallax Shelving Unit: Ikea| Branäs rattan baskets(I got 1 of each color): Ikea | Sectional Options: American Freight / Wooden tray: Ross / Throw Pillows (except patterned pillows): At Home / Throw rug: At Home / Oversized Throw options: Walmart / Varv Floor Lamp with wireless charging: Ikea | Nordmärke Wireless Charger: Ikea

DRESS:Baseball Dress

Coffee Table is from Elite Wholesale Furniture and Rug is from At Home

Clear Tote

Sirens Black Tees
Walmart Womens Jean Shorts

Clip In Hair Extensions 120g

Mens White T-Shirt Size M
Walmart Women Jean Shorts

Olive Brigitte Brianna Day-To-Day Dress

DESK: LINNMON/ALEX COMBO

Mom life green unisex tee

DRESS: Oversized Mustard Dress | BOOTS: Similar Boot Options | SIMILAR PURSE OPTION: Tote Options | WATCH: 42MM Black | SUNGLASSES: Kim Square Sunnies | HAIR EXTENSIONS: Seamless Clip-ins

PLANNER: Mine is the Sophie 8.5×11 | STICKER PACK 1: 1557 Pieces Collection | STICKER PACK 2: 1607 Pieces Collection | STICKER PACK 3: 1829 Pieces Collection | FINE POINT MARKERS: PEN + GEAR | FELT TIP PENS: Limited Edition Candy Pop Flair | STICKER SHEET 1: PEN + GEAR | STICKER SHEET 2: PEN + GEAR | MORE STICKER OPTIONS: PEN + GEAR | WASHI TAPE: PEN + GEAR | MORE STICKER PACK OPTIONS: THE HAPPY PLANNER

Rise and Mom Tank (T-shirt sold out)

ROMPER: Stella Romper in White | ROMPER OPTION 2: Stella Romper in Black | SNEAKERS: Black All Star High Tops | WATCH: Black 42MM | HAIR EXTENSIONS: 20″ Seamless Weft in Caramel | NAME NECKLACE: Silver Nameplate Necklace

SNEAKERS: White and Gold | DRESS: Aria Dress | WATCH: Black 42MM | GLASSES: Tortoise Print | HAIR EXTENSIONS: Caramel and Cinnamon Shades | NAME NECKLACE: Silver Necklace

I made sure to link everything underneath each photo and if it’s not able to be linked or it’s sold out I will post something similar for you to try as well. If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP! Sign up with your email here so you won’t miss a blog post from me. I hope your Friday is an amazing one!

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola