Welcome to #25DaysofGlam!!!

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Happy December 1! And happy only 24 days until Christmas! Today I along with a few other amazing bloggers are bringing you our own version of the advent calendar, called 25 Days of Glam! It’s going to be a fun, fashion full experience, with a little lifestyle on the side! We are so excited to be launching this! It took a lot of late nights to put it all together! So make sure you stop by on my blog daily for new Holiday Themed posts, giveaways and announcements.

We are starting off with a giveaway! So on the right foot! I know we have all just spent too much money on Black Friday, am I right? So we’ve partnered up with Mavatar to Support St Jude Children’s Hospital (A charity that is really dear to my heart).

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Thank you for joining us for #25daysofglam, feel free to use and follow this hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, check us out, send us some love and have fun!

I am off to get ready for class with my hot chocolate and curling iron in hand!

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Instagram. Instablogging. Instablogger.

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An interesting subject came up during one of our Twitter chats last night. Who is an Instablogger, and is it possible to be one?

While a lot of us have been using Instagram to compliment our blog, post previews of the posts to come, host giveaways, etc. Some people call themselves instabloggers, and have no other online presence other than Instagram.

Who is an instablogger and should you become one?

If you already have a blog that’s connected to your Instagram account, bad luck. You can’t qualify for that position. But if you are an active Instagram user, who also likes going somewhat deep in the comments section before inserting all the hashtags, instablogging may be for you.

But let’s take a step back and think how Instagram has changed the blogging scene.

More and more likes and comments appear on Instagram vs the actual blog.

We spend more time looking at the Insta feed than our blog feed.

There are bloggers I only follow on Instagram and Twitter, but don’t read their actual blogs.

Now is all this bad? No! I have said it before and I will say it again, there is room for everyone on the Internet. There are no limits as to where and how much you can upload, but also no limits to your potential! Be creative, be inventive, be original. And maybe one day I’ll see your photo on the popular tab.

Now a lot of you are maybe wondering how to become popular on Instagram. If popularity is what you are after, think about a theme for your feed. Just like a blog has a niche, a feed can have a theme. For example, Mavatar’s instagram only consists of black and white photos. Chelsea of zipped blog edits all of her pictures in Afterlight. Hackwith design’s photos are very neutral, done in mostly whites, greys and beiges, with some green and white in between.

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Think about the feeds that you like, why do you like them? Are there feeds that you don’t like?

I have a very hard time following feeds that feature babies, pets, parties, alcohol, bauble necklaces, and a few other things. I will be honest, I don’t follow such feeds, and if they do post anything along those lines, I unfollow. Is it wrong of me? Well if that’s something I or you don’t want to see, why subscribe or follow that person?

So back to insta-blogging… I personally think Instagram is a great tool to drive traffic to your website, online or actual store. But is insta-blogging going to replace regular blogging? Even if you take all the clickable and affiliate links into consideration, it won’t.

As long as Instagram doesn’t go down the FB way with the amount of followers an individual can pay for, I am okay with it.

Red, White and Blue

With Independence day quickly approaching, I picked out some of my favorite red, white and blue items for you. Something that I would wear myself. So enjoy and if you need any last minute shopping done, here is your guide.

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For denim lovers here are a few stylish 4th of july choices, as well as some accent gold jewelry, that’s always in style.

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I will be back tomorrow with Thrift Style Thursday post! See you then!

Fringe + Real Techniques Giveaway

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Obsession with fringe came a few weeks ago when I saw Sonya’s outfit post. Then one of our afternoon aids came in wearing an awesome fringe jacket yesterday, that I absolutely had to try on. And just like that I was in love! Luckily for me there is an abundance of fringe jackets out on the market today. But what I really might go for is the vest, like the one from Forever 21.

It’s also time to say “Thank You” to all of you again, and this time with a Real Techniques makeup brushes giveaway. I use these same brushes everyday, but this set comes with a really cool travel stand as well. Just like always, this is an international giveaway.

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Good luck everyone!
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 Бахрома и любовь к ней пришла незаметно. Несколько недель назад я увидела аутфит Сони, а вчера одна из моих помощниц на работе пришла в очень классной куртке с бахромой, которую я конечно же примерила на себя. И я влюбилась. К счастью бахромы сейчас куда ни плюнь. Мне особенно нравится жилет от Forever 21.

Сегодня мне также хочется сказать вам огромное спасибо за то, что вы читаете мой блог и объявить гивэвей. На этот раз, приз – кисти от Real Techniques. Я сама пользуюсь такими каждый день. И как обычно гивэвей международный.

Всем удачи!

 

R is for Roses {A-Z Challenge}

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Roses are red, and perfect, and are on almost everything boho chic this summer. I can never get enough of the rose print, especially now with the summer right around the corner. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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P is for Pants {A-Z Challenge}

Pants have definitely become a staple piece in almost everyone’s wardrobe. Including mine. I will admit, I am a huge fan of jeans, and pants for me are more of an effort or a special occasion/job interview apparel for me. But everyone sees them differently.

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Due to the nature of my work, you can sometimes hear me say – Pull up your pants! Put your pants on! Keep your pants on! It’s a lot of fun being an early childhood ed teacher. Such item like pants, often don’t make sense to kids. They hate them. All they want to do is trade jeans in for sweats, or better yet pajamas. At least in my class. Girls are known for leggings and tutus combos, or just leggings and shirt… This is when I came to realize that we are not that much different from kids. At least I am not.

I live for next pajama day, when I can wear my sweats or yoga pants to school.

I love distressed denim just like the kids like sticking their fingers in it and distressing it even more. 

Anything that prevents me from sitting criss-cross apple sauce at circle time should be immediately removed from my wardrobe.

Pockets are a sign of status. Discovering and actually utilizing those pockets is a sign of being almost ready for preschool. 

Nothing is wrong with going commando.

Forgetting an extra pair of pants is not a big deal. The lost and found bin is always runneth over.

You can never have too many pairs of pants. 

Always bring an extra pair, or two, no better yet – THREE!

Kids and pants are a funny subject, I hope you enjoyed my observations as much as you enjoyed the collections I created.

 

Do you have a favorite pair of pants? Do you prefer jeans to pants, or pants to jeans? Do tell!

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N is for Necklace {A-Z Challenge}

spring-summer-necklaces statement-necklaces There is nothing like a necklace to make an outfit stand out. And if you ask me, that’s my favorite piece of jewelry! I have so many different ones in my collection! But after creating these necklace boards, I got really inspired to go back to DIYs and make my own. How is this one for inspiration? DIY-necklace-inspiration I can’t wait to show you the final result. I am also starting fashion illustration, and if you want me to draw you or one of your favorite outfits from the blog, leave me a comment below! Happy Friday!

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M is for Muumuu {A-Z Challenge}

 

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One of my favorite wardrobe stylists Eric Daman was known for wearing Muumuus in college. That’s how everyone knew who he was. Of course now everyone knows who he is thanks to the shows like Gossip Girl and Carrie’s Diaries. To me Eric is an inspiration and a reminder never to be afraid to wear something that makes me feel good, and helps me stand out. Hence, this muumuu inspired collection! I am off today, so I think I’ll spend some time reconnecting with the vintage pieces in my wardrobe! How are you spending your Friday?

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J is for Jumpsuit {A-Z Challenge}

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Once a big fashion no-no becomes a big YES, I’m on it! And that’s what jumpsuits are this season.

Having been obsessed with them for the past two weeks, I finally made it to the store on Tuesday to try one or two on. No luck for me in that department yet. But jumpsuits are definitely flattering and compliment almost every body type. Plus they are so easy to style.

Hopefully I’ll have some amazing outfit photos for you styling a jumpsuit. And if you find a great vintage one, send the links my way! Will you?

Meanwhile I am obsessing over this Nanette Lepore jumpsuit!

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G is for Glamour {A-Z Challenge}

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Merriam-Webster defines glamour as “a very exciting and attractive quality, a magic spell, an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness”. Oxford Dictionary says: “The attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing or special”. It’s a word that sounds almost the same in Russian as it does in English. Glamour is universal and it’s everywhere. Glamour is full of excitement and appeal, it’s something we want and long for. Glamour to me is life in a big city. Travelling. A career. Designer clothes…

But then it becomes my goal, and I am working my way through the daily routine to get there, to my better life. And while I am on my way, I’ll shop some!

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