Archives for June 2017

06/28/17

July 4th Treats & Drinks

We are almost to the weekend y’all!!

Another fun filled holiday weekend and I am so looking forward to it..We have a long 5 hour drive down to the beach with the kids but that isnt stopping us from having fun! If there is music, food, friends and fireworks that’s all that matters!  Oh yes and of course all the yummy drinks!! I have linked some delicious recipes that I have loved making before. I hope at least one of these makes it to your celebration.

 

Patriotic Popcorn

patriotic popcorn

 

Mini Parfaits

patriotic 7 layer dip

 

7 Layer Dip

patriotic 7 layer dip

 

Dipped Pretzels

dipped pretzels

 

Ice Cream Sandwiches

ice cream sandwiches

 

Fireworks Pina Colada

 

Sparkling Sangria

sangria

 

 July 4th Cocktail

 

Fourth of July Soda

 

Jello Shots

 

What are your plans for the fourth?!?!

Brittany 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany
06/26/17

Ringing in the Fourth feat. Charming Charlie + Giveaway

Monday… we meet again! Back to reality and back to the office for me today. AND how is it already the last week of June? July 4th weekend is among us y’all!!! I always consider July 4th the halfway point of the year; it’s basically all downhill from there. I went to Hobby Lobby over the weekend and they had CHRISTMAS directions for sale. Crazy! But I am one of the biggest Christmas fans in the world so it made my heart happy! 🙂

A quick skim through my blog makes it pretty obvious that I adore fun, festive looks. Today, I am sharing some style inspiration for the fourth of July. I have teamed up with Charming Charlie to show how you can dress up a simple look with some festive accessories. And let me just say when I told my 5 year old son we were going to take pictures with fireworks… this is not what he had in mind! Lol 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fourth of july charming charlie

Scarf c/o Charming Charlie // White Tee // Denim Shorts // Booties // Belt // Bandana Wrap // Sunglasses // Earrings

 

I am usually not one to wear all white but summer time makes it totally acceptable. And its such an easy way to let all your accessories be the focal point of your outfit. This scarf just screams “Merica” and my favorite thing about it is you can style it so many ways.  A scarf, a wrap or shawl. So versatile and festive! My bandana head wrap is actually a neck scarf but I used it as a headband. It totally gives all the  “pin up girl” vibes. Speaking of bandanas, I was super pumped when I snagged my bandana bracelet wrap for under $5!! It is perfect for all the summer BBQ’s and outdoor fun! If you are looking for a great pair of ankle booties for summer… these are perfect for all your casual looks!

To help kick off the countdown to the fourth, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY on Instagram. One lucky winner will receive a $200 gift card to Charming Charlie so they can snag all their favorites just in time for the festivities! Click here to enter!

We will be headed to the beach this weekend for some fun July 4th festivities! My child is beyond excited because he has never been to the beach so I cant wait for him to have some fun in the sun. And of course… fireworks on the beach! 🙂

Have a great week!!!

What are your Fourth of July plans?

Brittany 🙂

 

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Charming Charlie. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting KingdomofSequins’ sponsors as they help make my blog possible!

 

 

 

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Brittany
06/21/17

How To Manage Blogging + Full Time Job

blogging + full time job

 

For the majority of us bloggers, working full-time in an unrelated field is the norm. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to turn your blog into a success overnight, so most of us work during the day and spend our nights and weekends blogging. Many of us work full time, we are mothers, we have family commitments and we have a life that we want to keep living. After all – it gives us all the fantastic ideas for stories and content for our blogs.

So how do we juggle it all?

There’s a lot of work that goes into running a blog and it has taken me a while to figure out how to keep on top of it all while I’m working too, so I thought it was about time I shared with you how I do it.

The blog won’t write itself, ya know! Let’s get straight into it…

 

 Schedule Posts 

OK, so this is probably the main point so I thought it was the best place to start! The biggest thing I’ve found with trying to maintain my blog while I’m working is that it means I sometimes go for days without posting anything. For some people, this might suit them but posting regularly is something I consider quite important. I know traffic and views shouldn’t be the main reason why you publish a blog post – you should be doing it because you have something to say and you love doing it of course! – but let’s not pretend your stats don’t mean anything to you. If you want to build up a loyal readership base then having a regular posting schedule is key. The more you post, the less likely it is for your readers to forget about you. Simple.

I’ve learned over the past year or so that the easiest way to get around the problem of not being able to post for days is to pre-write your posts and set them ready to publish before-hand. It’s so easy to do, and this way you can keep your blog updated all throughout the week, without even having to press a button when you get home from work! Scheduling posts is the only way for me to stay organized.

 

Focus

Ah… the ‘F’ word… Focus. A lot easier said than done. This is the biggest one for me and I still work on it daily! I am so easily distracted by the simplest things so this is definitely a work in progress. But I have found that when I am able to focus I achieve so much more. This has meant only trying to do one thing at a time – not all the things at once. If I only have 15 minutes to work on the blog then I have a clear focus on what I want to achieve in those 15 minutes and I make it happen. It might be as simple as scheduling some tweets to go out or just spending 15 minutes writing. Focus during these short opportunities to work on your blog.

 

Rally Your Supporters

Your life, my life, everyone’s life is built on support. Support from family, from friends, coworkers, your 4-legged BFF, whatever it is, you are the best you can be because of the support of all of the wonderful people you surround yourself with. Let your hubby know your dreams and goals and use him to encourage you along the way. Tell your friends and family, even if they don’t quite understand (because as bloggers we tend to speak a different language) they will understand your passion and how important this is to you. I  may be the person behind KingdomofSequins, but this blog is made up of my family, my friends, the industry, other bloggers, and all of you. I’m not a one-woman show, and I’m so proud of that. I’m so lucky to be supported by so many that love and care about me and my only hope is that I can offer the same type of support to others.

 

Accept That You Can’t Do Everything

Sometimes I look at bloggers who post killer content each day, are posting pictures of their fabulous life on Instagram several times per day, creating new products to sell on their blog or shop, and maintaining a respectable social life. Why can’t I do that?? Then I remind myself that those women are full-time bloggers and have tons more time to devote! This is the time I remind myself that I can’t accomplish everything, and that’s okay. If you feel jealous of other bloggers because it seems like they can do everything, I guarantee another blogger or friend is thinking the same of you! Do what you can but make sure you are loving the process at the same time.

 

Shoot your blog photos in bulk 

This one is something I’ve been doing pretty much since day one . Quite often I will use my days off to shoot 3 or 4 different outfit posts one after the other, so that I’ve got a few stored in my drafts in case of emergencies! You never know when the bad weather’s gonna hit and you can’t get out to shoot, so plan your outfits in advance and get multiple shoots done in one go. I’ll tell you – my last 4 posts – all photographed on the same day! I know, right? But I don’t have time to be a “model” (I use the term loosely obviously – ha!) everyday. Once a week, I load up the car with clothes, shoes, accessories and head to cute locations to take pics. The blogger life ain’t glamorous y’all!  It’s either changing in the backseat or going into public restrooms in one outfit and coming out in another.  Oh the looks I sometimes get. Who cares?!

 

Be yourself. People like it.

 Just like with anything in life, you are going to run into problems if you start trying to be someone you’re not. This includes photoshopping your selfies and lying to your readers about your running times. People aren’t dumb. If you’re not being genuine, you will be found out. Just be yourself! The best part about blogging is the connections I’ve made along the way! As a full time 9 to (errr, 8 to) 5er M-F nose to the grindstone kinda girl who also has this passion for her fashion blog. People are reading your blog because they are interested in what you have to say or admire your interests. Embrace that.

 

Life is still the most important

For me, life will always come before work. I think it’s important to check in with yourself while trying to balance your blog and your job. Are you happy? Are you enjoying spending your time on these things? Do you feel like you’re missing out on life? Make sure you remember what’s most important to you and prioritize your happiness. (Plus, the happier you are, the better your work will be!) I have to check myself sometimes when my son wants to play or wanting attention from me and I am on my phone or laptop. I have to snap out of it and remember this is hobby, he is my world. He also isnt going to be little forever. Balance is key!

home office reveal

 

I won’t tell you that blogging with a full-time job is ever easy. I won’t tell you that you’ll have way more free time than you think. Those things just aren’t true. It’s challenging, it’s stressful, and it is often a drain on a would-be social life. But it is manageable! And I guarantee if you follow these tips, you’ll become more efficient and less overwhelmed!

 

What are some things that help you balance blogging/work life?

Brittany 🙂

 

Brittany
06/19/17

Easy 4th of July Outfit Idea

Happy Monday y’all!!

 

I hope you had a great Fathers Day weekend. Initially, we were going to be spending the day bowling with my family and parents but the hubby had a little stomach bug he couldn’t shake so we hung out at the house swimming and playing with water balloons…. which actually ended up being a blast. My dad is a total kid at heart and he had a great time. We made the hubby some yummy dinner and he is a lot better now!

I apologize for the lack of posts last week… work has been a little crazy with the WHOLE office out of town for meetings in China. This week is not much different…. I will be the only one there again (including some of the IT guys lol)  but I am pretty much picking up the slack for everything. I wont go into details but lets just say our office cant run unless someone is taking care of “business”!! I am actually sharing a personal post this week on how I balance blogging and working full time. Stay tuned for that!

Since we are halfway through June already (how is it even possible) I wanted to share an easy outfit that would be perfect for a family bbq or a day of fun in the sun!  Doubling up on denim is a trend I can totally get behind, especially when it comes in shades of blue & white!

 

 

summer casual vibes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chambray Top // White Shorts// Sandals // Clutch (Similar) // Earrings

 

 

Denim on denim is having a moment right now, and I’m definitely partaking. I paired my favorite frayed white denim shorts with my go-to chambray button down top. Its the softest one I own and goes with everything! I also brought the whole look together with this super cute watermelon clutch that I snagged from Marshalls. This look would be perfect for a neighborhood bbq or a quick shopping trip to the mall.

 

I hope y’all have an awesome week friends!

Brittany 🙂

 

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Brittany
06/14/17

Summer Beauty Favorites

Hey babes! Were halfway through the week and I need a LARGE glass of wine!

I guess its time to start #winewednesday 🙂

I want to share my favorite summer beauty must-haves that I am super obsessed with! With the warmer temps and longer days, these products help keep my beauty routine in check during summer.

 

Summer beauty essentials

 

1. Makeup Revolution Pro Illuminate – This highlighter is amazing!  The texture is smooth and soft and the powder leaves a beautiful shine on the skin without being chunky. It’s a shimmer brick so you can mix and match different shades to achieve a few looks from one compact. This compact is better than some other more expensive one’s and helps to get that bronzed goddess look. I also like using this for my eyes and the different shades works beautifully as metallic eyeshadows.

2. Pixi Skintreats Overnight Glow Serum-  I’ve really been trying to up my nightly skincare routine lately, and I recently added this to the mix and love it! This glow serum is a lightweight gel and has a nice silky, finish. It actually works it’s magic while you’re sleeping and claims to exfoliate and soothe skin for a brighter complexion. It is also supposed to help with fine lines and sun damage, so definitely a great product to try out! I’ve definitely noticed my skin looks brighter and feels replenished when I wake up each morning, so that’s definitely a plus in my book!

3. Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Acne Scrub – The smell of grapefruit is so clean and refreshing. I typically use Mario Badescu as my acne defense, but lately I’ve been incorporating this scrub. I love the smell, the foaming action, and the scrubbing beads.

4. Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield – This has totally changed my hair game! This is a weightless solution for dry hair application that blocks humidity even when it reaches 100% and prevents and corrects the first signs of frizz. I spray this one my hair before I go anywhere and it helps fight the frizz all day.

5. YES Pink Grapefruit Wipes  – Yes, I am obsessed with grapefruit!!! I also love anything that helps me do something faster and better. These facial towelettes smell amazing and leave your skin clean, smooth, and oh so soft. Plus, did I mention they’re über portable? Yes, please!

6. Sun Bum Beach Sunscreen  – Sun lovers rejoice! Now you can protect your precious skin from the scorching sun with Sun Bum’s new UV Protecting Beach Formulas! My favorite is the Beach Formula Shine On – the lightweight spray treatment not only protects skin from the harsh summer elements but also give your skin the glow of summer. Infused with a lush tropical blend of oils and sea botanicals, it revitalizes dry skin while adding manageability…and it smells yummy!

7. Essie Nail Polish –  My favorite color for summer by far! I’ve had so many people ask about my nail color and it just goes with everything. This color specifically is Viva Antigua! And Essie nail polish never chips for me!

8. Floppy Straw Hat – If there is one thing I do in the summer, its protect my face. I used to tan every single day back in college and I wish I never had walked into a tanning salon let alone worked at one. I put SPF on my face everyday also. I try to wear a hat at the pool to keep my face covered at all times. This hat is perfect for the pool or a fun vacay to the beach.

 

What are some of your favorite summer beauty products?

Brittany 🙂

 

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