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How to find inspiration for your blog

Hi Guys,

Today I’m teaming up with Annika from Fernweh Society and Cassie from An Architect Abroad, to share with you a few tips on how we find inspiration for our blogs while working demanding 9-5 jobs. Like me, these two amazing blogger babes work corporate jobs, which leaves us little time to come up with content for our side gigs while trying to balance everyday life.
 (Photography by Warren Clelan Photography)
Most people don’t realize what it means to be a blogger or how much time and effort is required to be successful in your craft. And for this very reason, many aspiring bloggers give up before they achieve the goals they had originally set out to accomplish. It’s more than just taking photos and throwing them up on a site. A lot of thought, time and commitment needs to accompany those photos as well, but more importantly, like all art forms in life, it all begins with passion and love for your craft.
 
Photoshoots need to be planned out, but even after those photos are captured, many times tweaking or colour correction may be needed before they can be effectively used. Additionally coming up with content can also be a challenge. In the saturated world of blogging you want to have your own unique identity, be your own brand while portraying this to your audience in a way that is interesting, but still be you.
 
In this post I’ll be sharing some tips on how to find inspiration for your blog.
 
 
 
Tip #1: Jot down ideas as they come to you
More times than not, ideas come to me when I’m not trying to come up with ideas. It can be when I’m with friends, leaving an event or commuting. It could literally be anything, at any time and anywhere. So for this very reason, one thing I like to do is note the ideas down while they’re still fresh in my mind and maybe even start part of the blog post as soon as I can. By doing this you can capture your ideas while you’re still caught up in the moment of inspiration. One really great tool you can use to do this is Evernote. It’s a great app you can download from the Playstore/App store where you can create and store notes as needed. It’s convenient because in today’s society we always have our phones with us, so you can take notes at any time. Also, all your notes in Evernote are saved in your account, so if you ever switch phones you can simply download your previous notes when needed. I use it for everything – shopping lists, to-do lists, or to just note down anything I need to remember.
 
Tip #2: Keep an idea album
Similar to a style board for designers, an idea album is basically a collection of photos that I save and to go for inspiration. It could be an idea album for fashion, home design, travel, photography, cooking, anything. I’ll usually save a photo in one of my idea albums if there’s an element from the photo that I really like and want to remember. For fashion it could be a belt, a pair of shoes or maybe just the way a shirt is tucked in. For home design it could a certain accessory, a colour tone or just the placement of a piece of furniture. Pinterest is great tool for creating these albums/boards because they are saved in an account and can be accessed from anywhere at a later time. I personally just like to use my phone, if I see something I like I’ll screenshot it and save it into an album that I’ve created on my phone.
 
 
Tip #3: Capture everything
If you think you might want to blog about it in the future, snap a pic. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of renovations and diy projects at home where I keep telling myself I should share the journey with others, so I try to snap a few pics throughout the process. This way when I complete a project I can always go back and pull those photos for a future diy post and to even show a simple before and after.
 
Tip #4: Lay everything out
Do you ever sit in front of your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear, meanwhile clothes seem to bursting out of every nook and cranny? I know, it’s probably time to stop shopping for a while and donate some items, but I find that this happens to me a lot and I often have a hard time thinking about what outfit I should shoot next. What really helps me in this situation, is laying out the items that I know I want to shoot. For this, I have an exposed clothing rack where I hang these items, they’re in plain sight so I don’t forget about them and  from there I can build my outfits,
 
Tip #5: Meet-ups
Meeting up with other aspiring bloggers is one of the best ways to get inspired. The social aspect of being with like-minded and driven people always gets the creativity juices flowing. It is also great to listen to various stories of where their journeys have taken them and important lessons they have learned along the way. This is definitely one of my favourite things to do as I love meeting new and interesting people. The diversity of the blogging scene always blows me away and to me there is no better way to get inspiration.
 
Here are a few more tips from blogger babes, Annika and Cassie!
 
Annika:
” It definitely gets hard sometimes between working corporate and finding the energy and zest to get inspired for the blog. However, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get the creative juices flowing! Firstly, I love to listen to podcasts about various topics including blogging, social media, entrepreneurship or beauty. If that doesn’t help, look to one of the latest books that you have read to brainstorm some new content. If all else fails, think of the last thing that you googled; if you’re curious about a topic there are likely hundreds if not thousands of others that would like the answer. Now it will be up to YOU to provide it for them :) “
Cassie:
” To get inspired and motivated I typically listen to a podcast – like Goal Digger, The Lively Show, Hell Me Be Me, or the Skinny Confidential. Lately, I’ve also been listening to audio books – basically longer and more structured than podcasts – I particularly love the self-development and information genre.
 For content creation, Pinterest never fails me. One thing I really enjoy doing is taking look back at past pins instead of scrolling through my feed.
Lastly, a good sweat sesh usually helps reset any rut. Even just a walk around the walk without the distraction of a phone does wonders! “
 
I really hope you enjoyed this post. Comment if you have any questions or comments :)
 

Soft and Pretty at Lavelle

Hi Guys,

Sharing a look from a super blogger brunch held by the fabulous Rebeca Ulch at the fabulous Lavelle in Toronto!

This venue is so classy, beautiful and stylish, filled with so many beautifully designed rooms for the perfect photo op. And did I mention the wallpaper! I am such a sucker for wallpaper and I think Lavelle has the prettiest floral wallpaper I’ve ever seen! I apologize for not sharing more photos of the actual venue, but I did however manage to capture my outfit!

I decided to go soft and pretty for this blogger brunch. I’m pairing a white choker blouse with light gray culottes and white block heel pumps. I am really digging culottes this year. I know they came out early last year, but for some reason I never took to them, but this year you’ll probably see me wearing a lot more of them.

And white shoes are back! I’ve always had a thing for white shoes. When they’re on trend they totally make your outfit, and when they’re not they can totally kill it, so I’m glad they’re back :)

Enjoy!

Top: Zara // Bottoms: Zara // Bag: Gucci // Shoes: Zara 

Working out in Style

Hi Guys,

Hope you had a wonderful Victoria Long weekend (to all my fellow Canadians)!

I had a blast! I spent my weekend partying and BBQ’ing with family and friends, enjoying the absolutely gorgeous weather! Can we please have a long weekend every weekend?? :P

Today I’m sharing my workout style on the blog :)

I LOVE leggings, I have a thing for them. I only work out in leggings, whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, so I try to have some fun with them. I also tend to run errands in my workout clothes, so I have to make sure they’re presentable.

My new thing is graphic printed leggings. I just think they’re so fun, but you also have to be careful with them the wrong print can be very unflattering. I got these fun graphic printed leggings from Bench. Get yours here, they are currently on sale!

I paired it with with a cute sheer mosaic patterned crop top, also from Bench. from the Jess Glynne X Bench. collection. Get yours here, this great top is also on sale!

Bench. is one of my favourite shops for workout apparel. The quality of their stuff is great, it lasts forever. And their stuff is also stylish. They have a great collection of casual and athletic attire that you can mix and match.

Hope you enjoy my workout style and thanks for visiting!

Top: Bench. // Bottoms: Bench. // ShoesNike

DIY Distressed Denim!

Having trouble looking for the perfect pair of distressed denim / ripped jeans? Or ever buy a pair of ripped jeans where you felt there weren’t enough holes or the holes just weren’t in the right spots?

Look no further! Create your own distressed denim by following these two simple steps!

What you need:

  • Pair of jeans (I got these skinny jeans from H&M for $25)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

Step 1: Find the placement of your knees in the pair of jeans and cut two horizontal slits.

Step 2: Use the tweezers to pick at the frayed edges of the slits. You’ll find that jeans are made up of a bunch or horizontal and vertical threads. Once you’ve found the vertical threads, start plucking those out. Continue plucking those threads until your jeans look something like this:If the hole that you’ve made is not big enough, keep on adding slits and repeat until you get the size that you like.Make sure to cut the slits at varying widths so you get a more natural look and try to taper them off.And just repeat these steps for the other leg.

I also like to add random holes in various spots of my jeans. One thing I really recommend before you start cutting slits in your jeans is to try them on and use a pen to mark where you want the holes to be and the size you want them to be. Otherwise you might end up with really large holes in places that look inappropriate, LOL!

When you get really comfortable, you can just add the slits for one section all at once and do the plucking after.  Don’t forget the bum! You can’t have jeans that are ripped to shreds in the front and perfect in the back. 

Now, VOILA! You have the perfect pair of distressed denim / ripped jeans!