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

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

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

Models, Boobies and Breastfeeding

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So there has been a lot of controversy with breastfeeding lately. In the past few years or so there was controversy with some retail stores that have told people they couldn’t do it in the store. Formula companies implied that formula was a better route. (Which seriously? What do you think healthy babies were drinking before formula? But ok.) It’s like breastfeeding is being made out to be a shameful and obscene thing to do. Almost like half naked women walking into children stores or some pervert exposing themselves in public. Really guys? We’re obscene now because we want to nourish and feed our child the natural way? Especially with models posting posed pics of themselves breastfeeding on social media.

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest.com

Giselle I commend. She’s not naked, her breasts aren’t exposed. She’s working and she’s lucky enough to be able to work and breastfeed instead of pump and how many of us moms would love to be able to empty our engorged breasts the natural way rather than with a pump? She’s behind the scenes. I’m sure someone asked if they could take her picture and without a second thought she said yes. Because no one thought it was a horrible, indecent thing to be doing. Miranda is naturally feeding her baby in bed. Normal stuff.

Now I have breastfed both my children and I plan to give the breast to the new baby coming. My daughter was my first and she was really hard. I had a really hard time with the breast with her because she was bottle fed when born due to being premature and in the hospital and being in the NICU. (I partly feel the premature status was ignorance on the nurse and doctor being impatient but whatever) I was young, scared and inexperience and had people pushing me to just give her the bottle and not even try breastfeeding. So that was short lived. I didn’t have as many resources and other moms on how great breastfeeding really was. With my son I was able to successfully exclusively breastfeed and then still pump for awhile when he started teething for almost a year. This baby I plan on exclusively breastfeeding for that long at least or longer if possible.

Yay for the boobies :0)
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Now I breastfeed in public. No I don’t whip my boob out for everyone to see or stand with my shades on fondling myself with milk spraying everywhere (I produce A LOT of milk lol) and just start feeding. I get myself and baby situated and comfortable put my nursing cover on and let baby go to town. I mean it’s common courtesy. No need for any thing outrageous if I don’t have my blanket then I use a burp cloth or just make sure baby’s on the boob and my shirt is down enough to cover. I mean kids are in public also and there’s no need to force parents to have certain talks with their kids early lol.

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Photo courtesy of moms.popsugar.com

So what I have a problem with as far as public breastfeeding is that people that don’t understand breastfeeding, don’t have children, don’t care, like to complain or whatever find it even more disturbing when they feel girls are making it out to be a stunt for internet popularity or Instagram likes.

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Really? Um a little to, uh natural for me.

Posing while breastfeeding unless in a magazine or otherwise just feels like to much. Whether the person meant it to come off that way or not there’s just something about a mother posing for a picture standing in a dress with shades on and holding baby just in front of the boob.

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Photos courtesy of theybm.com, clutchmagonline.com and Instagram

Because whether it’s posed or behind the scenes mom has to have someone take the pic. So did you rush to get semi comfy for your stand up and pose breastfeeding moment? Because I think breastfeeding would come across better to unknowing people and those not educated on breastfeeding if you were idk sitting down and focusing on baby. Because that’s part of the purpose of breastfeeding right? Health benefits and bonding with baby. Not look at how beautiful I look while holding my child and breastfeeding.

I mean this is serious business. We’re trying to get people to be ok and not make a fuss about public breastfeeding but some people just make others points valid. But how can you look at this and think it’s obscene?

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I just felt like sharing my opinion (which I am entitled to) and venting a bit on the breastfeeding fiasco that has been going on lately. We as a proud breastfeeding mothers community need to take a stand with helping end breastfeeding shaming. But please ladies keep the posed, one foot out the door, shades on, standing photos to yourself. Because unless you are in your kitchen or doing something and you happen to have been breastfeeding please stop taking those posed pics. Breastfeeding is a bonding experience. Not a publicity stunt.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola