#ThriftStyleThursday A Jean Jacket // June 16 + Link Up

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Friendship is a wonderful thing. There are so many great humans that I’ve been able to meet through social media. Katelyn is one of them. She is a friend from Milwaukee I met through Instagram. Katelyn writes a blog called The Duck and The Owl with her roommate Sarah, as well as finds time to be an editor and creative assistant at The Crybaby Club. All that on top of being a rock star English teacher!

We got to spend an amazing afternoon in Minneapolis yesterday! Walked all over downtown, Loring Park, hung out with my family and friends. We ended the day with a happy hour on one of the rooftops.

Thrift Style Thursday linkups are a way to make new friends too. I’ve never really met any of you in person, but every week I get to know you better. Social media works in mysterious ways. I was reading the New York Times over the weekend, the wedding announcement section, and about half of the couples met online (that included but wasn’t limited to Tinder, Ok Cupid, etc.). If someone can meet a significant other online, it only makes sense we can use it to find new friends. Lately, I’ve been meeting more and more local bloggers through Instagram, going out for coffee or drinks, sharing my blogging experience, etc. It’s so easy to network these days, don’t miss your chance!

I wore this thrifted Trouve knitted dress, paired with my favorite thrifted lucky jacket, and my vintage Coach cross body bag. I think a good denim jacket is a must have in everyone’s closet, and a neutral color dress is a perfect layering piece for any season!

Make sure to join the linkup, share your looks and posts, and help us spread the word if you have a minute!

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Getting Away with Sh*t


… aka the lessons I learned from Timothy Goodman. Wait who? And why? And why would you want to get away with anything?

I was probably the only person going into the presentation who had no idea who Timothy Goodman was. I chose to attend his presentation for a professional development portion for one of my classes.

The website said he was from New York City, so I knew it was going to be good. You know I haven’t gotten over NYC and it’s already been 4 years. Probably never will, but anyhow…

I looked him up on Twitter, and thought cool – he has a lot of followers. I had no idea what I signed myself up for. But in the end what it was and what I got out of it was so much more than I expected.

The presentation started with dick jokes, a lot of them, and they were quiet funny to be honest.

But then he mentioned a person who, when asked “What do you do for a living?”, said “Whatever I can get away with!”.

So how do you do that?

1. Know the rules
2. Have audacity
3. Don’t ask for permission
4. Listen to yourself
5. Get in your work
6. Stay young

In the end, finding my voice is what matters, even though reality and expectation don’t always line up.

So never stop making, because anything can be your canvas!

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.

How to Become Popular on Pinterest

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First of all, let’s make it clear, it’s not PinInterest, its Pinterest. There I said it! Now let’s cut to the chase. How can someone, how can you, how can I become popular on Pinterest?

A lot of fashion and beauty bloggers will agree with me, Pinterest drives traffic, and depending on the popularity of the pin, it can drive hundreds of people to your site. Add that to FB, Twitter and Google traffic, and you are looking at a pretty popular blog here.

I am going to share what works for me, what works for other, and what doesn’t work.

Here is what doesn’t work:

Pinning the same image to every board. I have several board related to fashion, whether they are personal style, outfits you can see on my blog, thrift finds, or wish boards, they are all pretty much the same. But if I pin the same image to all of them, what’s the point? It only gets annoying.

Sitting and waiting that followers will come. That’s just plain stupid. Everyone should realize by now that there is a lot of people out there and while some of them couldn’t care less about followers, some are very competitive and everyone wants to be a social media manager these days. You get the idea.

Here is what should be self-explanatory:

Connecting Pinterest to other social media channels.

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Using the appropriate hashtags. I recommend using ritetag.com to help you discover the appropriate hashtag for the pin, related to its’ theme.

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Filling out not just the name, but the board description and category, when creating something on Pinterest.

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Here is what works:

Professional photos and collages: When I create look books, and pin those images, it’s what drives the most traffic.

Following, commenting, inviting your friends to join Pinterest. 

Joining Pinterest link swaps. You can find a lot of them in theme related Facebook groups.

Joining group boards. When you check out my Pinterest Profile, you will notice that all my boards start with The… (The DIY, The Style, The Vintage, The Weekly Wear, etc), all the other boards are group boards. A group board allows several pinners to add to it. There are many benefits of being a part of the group board.

Adding a Pinterest widget to your site. If you are a blogger, I am sure there is room on your sidebar for that! And while you are at it, add the hover “Pin It” button too! Since I blog on WordPress, I use plugins for that.

I hope you find these tips helpful, and good Pin away!

Questions? Comments! Feel free to connect with me on:
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Google Plus Guide

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There is still a lot of misunderstanding and confusion when it comes to Google Plus. That’s why I created this guide.

I struggled with Google Plus for a while. And even though it may not be your social media network of choice, I hope it will become in the top 3 after reading this post. Besides I will always prefer Google + over Facebook. 

One of my Twitter friends Michael shared this helpful tip: “My strategy is all about adding circles upon circles.  It’s not like Twitter where there’s a followers/following ratio which is great.  Find people within your niche and add the hell out of them.  Then create the same content that’s successful on your other platforms.”

  • Start with creating your profile. Make sure to add your best picture, just like on your other Social Media networks. Choose a header that represents you/your brand or your blog. Google does offer a few really nice images, but creating your own will always make you stand out. (That’s something I need to work on).
  • Add people to the circles. These are some of my circles: Fashion Bloggers and Contacts, Beauty Bloggers and Contacts, Social Media/Creative. I hope that gives you the idea. Once you start adding people to these circles, Google + will automatically suggest more people you can add. And of course don’t forget to add your contacts, friends and family. 
  • Join communities. That’s as easy as 1-2-3. Most communities are open, but some do require approval. So far I’ve always gotten accepted, so you should too. Some of the communities I am a part of: Blogging, Independent Fashion Bloggers, Budget Beauty’s, Minneapolis-St.Paul, etc.
  • What’s Hot: Just like Twitter shows you what’s trending, Google + shows you what’s hot, you can see the most popular posts, hashtags, etc. (You will find it under the Explore tab)
  • Google + on your phone: The app is pretty fantastic, I’ll be honest with you! I use it all the time. Try it!
  • Hangout: It’s pretty fantastic, easy to set up, and a great alternative to Skype. 
  • +1: Don’t be shy and show some love to the posts in your feed, comment, it’s all about interaction after all!

I am not going to go into details about customization, editing posts, adding photos, links, etc. This is more to get you started. Feel free to comment with any questions, or concerns that you may have. And feel free to follow me on Google +.

Another tip if you are on Klout: It highly takes Google+ into consideration for it’s score.  You can gain 10+ Klout points just by being active on Google+.

Let’s connect:

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Sarah Jessica Parker on Shoes, Life and New York

Yesterday Nordstrom had a Twitter chat with Sarah Jessica Parker. I was lucky enough to have time during the day for this (you can see how straight my priorities are 😉 ) and got to ask one of my favorite celebrities a few questions, which she answered. What I really liked about this chat was how little self-promotion or brand-promotion SJP actually did. She mostly answered questions about her every day life, and as usual was inspirational and kind. So here is some everyday wisdom from @SJP in 140 characters or less:

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Who is your favorite celebrity and what would you ask them if you had a chance?

Happy Friday! 

Z

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The Magic Finger

When one of my friends was little, she often went over to this lady’s house, who was a beautician, and painted all of the children’s nails. But she always painted one a different color. That was their “magic finger”.

I only got to hear the story because I had a magic finger that day myself, well two actually, one for each hand 🙂

Anyways, I couldn’t miss out on this trend, especially working in cosmetics, when I have access to nail polishes by Chanel, Dior, NARS, and MAC 🙂 Would you?

I tried one of the navy blue nail polishes from MAC the other day, I believe it’s from their Wonder Woman collection back from spring 2011.

It’s this gorgeous blue right here:

 

Now you are probably wondering why am I holding an ESSIE nail polish? Well, that’s the polish I got on Saturday from a website called Klout, for free, and I thought that it was going to be the perfect amount of glitter to make my finger “magical”. The color is called “Stroke of Brilliance” and it’s from the Luxeffects collection. I am in love with that glitter, the fact that it’s all different sizes and distributes differently over every nail, so you never know what you are going to end up with.

 

I also think it’s going to go over my other ESSIE nail color “Bikini so Teeny” perfectly! Can’t wait to try 🙂

Though I will admit, sometimes I want to paint my middle finger, but that one is already magic as it is 🙂

xo,

Zhenya

PS. Don’t forget to check out Klout – it’s a pretty fun website, which measures your social media influence score and the higher the score, the more perks you get! I have another ESSIE nail polish coming my way! Can’t wait!

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