The Great Debate: Instagram Stories VS. Snapchat

The Great Debate: Instagram Stories VS. Snapchat

Clinton and Trump who? Just kidding, but seriously, there’s a whole new “great debate” taking place online and it’s all about Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat. Since Instagram stories launched last week I have been able to make some of my own observations about the new feature and have noticed the below:

  • Bloggers are ALL over it vs. celebrities (like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner who have remained faithful to Snapchat)
  • Everyone is confused! Tons of people have expressed concern over where to post – Snapchat, Instagram or both?!
  • Instagram Stories needs to up the filter game (RIP dog filter)

I reached out to my fellow blogger BFF’s to get their opinion and thoughts on the matter. Hear what they had to say below:

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Lauren Mazzei, AuburnRobes.com

“I like Instagram stories because I get to interact with a lot of people I [don’t usually reach] on Snapchat [in] a more personal level. Since Instagram stories addresses my whole Instagram audience, I know I’ll tend to stick to blog-related/fashion on my Instagram story. On my Snapchat, it’s a bit more personal/private. I think it really depends what your audience is like on Instagram vs. Snapchat.”

 

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Emily Towner, EmilyEdited.com 

“I really like Instagram stories. I like having everything in one place. I have all my followers and those I’m following on Instagram already, so it is really convenient to see and post stories there. I love Snapchat, but now with Instagram both of these seem to be providing the same service. I don’t see myself using both, since they’re so similar, so I hope one wins! We’ll see which that will be!”

 

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Erin & Steph, OutOfOfficeNY.com 

“Instagram stories are great for bloggers and businesses! They really help provide a real-time and behind the scenes view of the brand. For now though, we think Snapchat will remain popular among everyday consumers who want to share private stories with their family and friends!”

 

 

Which do you prefer? Sound off below in the comments (and don’t forget to follow me on both).

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Now’s the Time to Take the Plunge

Now’s the Time to Take the Plunge

 

I’m going to be frank – it’s not easy putting yourself out there for everyone to judge you. I think that’s honestly why it took me so long to relaunch my blog. I had tons of doubts and fears. Will people think I’m self-absorbed? Will people unfollow me? Is this embarrassing? I finally decided – I DON’T REALLY CARE.

And you know what? I really still don’t! I’m doing something most people wish they could do and that’s living out a dream, being creative and having fun along the way. I’m not going to lie, those first few photos I posted definitely made me cringe a little, but now I’ve just completely accepted that if I want to make my mark and do something I enjoy, I have to lay it all out there.

A lot of times people ask/tell me, “how do you do it?” or “I really want to blog, but I just don’t know where to begin.” Let me just tell you that I’ve been there and I’ve said the same exact things before. There’s really only one thing to do and that’s to take the plunge.  Of course you’ll need to research and learn how to build a website (which might I add is really hard!), but I promise the reward is so worth it.

Whether your dream is blogging or going back to school or even picking up a new hobby, the time to do it is now! Follow your heart, do what you love and I promise you won’t look back thinking “what if” or regretting it.

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The Balancing Act: Work & Blogging

The Balancing Act: Work & Blogging

I’ve always been the type of person to “want more” and have pushed myself over the years to step outside of my comfort zone to follow my dreams. For me, balancing work and blogging started for me in college. Back then, between classes any interning, I would use my blog (named Alyssa PR at the time) as an outlet to share things that inspired me like fashion, art, travel, etc.

Today, I’m still in this position, where I’m working full time in PR/marketing & communications and running my lifestyle blog on the side. Some of you may wonder, how do you do both? For me, It’s pretty easy to pursue two things when you’re passionate about them both. Below, see my tips of finding the perfect balancing act.

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Dressing for Work During the Summer Heat

Dressing for Work During the Summer Heat

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It’s heating up outside, which means its time to swap your winter sweater dresses for summery threads. Personally, I’ve always found it challenging to dress for work in the summer since most dresses tend to be strappy or too revealing for the workplace. Of course, It’s important to stay cool, but you don’t want to run the risk of looking inappropriate in the workplace.

Below, find my rule of thumb for dressing for work and staying prepared during the summer months:

  • If you could wear it to the beach, you shouldn’t wear it to the office
  • Do you have a favorite open-back sundress? Throw a blazer or cardigan over it to hide the revealing parts during work hours
  • Stick to loose, tunic-like dresses to keep things “easy breezy”
  • Swap your flipflops for flats
  • Do the “Raise Your Arms” test. If you throw your hands over your head and your butt pops out the bottom, it’s too short
  • If you bend over and your butt pops out, it’s still too short
  • Denim coats are your best friend this summer – layer them over anything strappy to make it appropriate
  • City hack – wear compression shorts under your dress on windy days and avoid walking over subway vents unless you want to flash random pedestrians (I’m not kidding, this happens)
  • Always carry blister cushions in your purse for when you’re breaking in new shoes (I’m obsessed with Compeed Blister Cushions)
  • Invest in a great strapless bra – you don’t want straps hanging out

Now that we’ve covered the bases, shop some of my work-appropriate picks and must-haves below!

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5 Ways to Kick-Start Your Work Week

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Just when you think your Sunday Scaries are behind you, a case of the Mondays kick in. Let’s face it –there’s no rewinding time to relive the relaxation of Saturday and Sunday. On the other hand, there are a few tips and tricks we can put into practice to reduce some of the stress.

Start your week on the right side of the bed with these tips:

  1. Go to Bed Earlier: Yes, we’ve heard it for years from our parents, but it’s time to turn off the Netflix and relax the old-fashioned way, with a cup of tea and a book.
  2. Prep Ahead: Pack your lunch, lay out your outfit and put your work bag by the door the night before work for a seamless morning routine. This will allow you to sleep a little later, too!
  3. Let Light In: This may sound dreadful now, but you’ll be thanking yourself later – stop sleeping in a cozy cave and instead keep your blinds open to let some natural light into your dark room in the morning.
  4. Wake Up To Music: Do you want to throw your phone every time your alarm sounds? Pick a cheerful song and create a custom alarm to wake up to some uplifting beats.
  5. Eat Breakfast: Avoid hangry mood swings by eating something light and healthy each morning (within 30 minutes of waking). Try oatmeal with fresh fruit, scrambled egg whites with veggies or an on-the-go fruit smoothie.

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