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7 Ways to Conquer Comparison on Social Media

Happy Good Friday! Today, I’m changing it up on the blog and wanted to talk about the comparison game. It’s something I think every single girl has struggled with, including me. In the age of social media, Pinterest perfect homes, perfect little squares on Instagram showing everybody’s picture-perfect life, family, body, etc. it’s easy to get caught up and think that there is something wrong with you and your life. The funny thing is, when you compare yourself to what you see on social media you are comparing yourself to a false reality. I mean EVERYTHING on social media is curated, styled, edited to perfection. To an unrealistic perfection that is anything but real and most of the time, it’s also unauthentic too, #truth. As a fashion blogger myself, I now know (most) of the tips and tricks for a flawless photo. How to work my angles. How to pose in-front of the camera. How to style my house. What parts of my house that are “Insta-worthy”. And truthfully, the list goes on and on. Now that’s my job to curate content, style myself, style photo shoots and to produce quality images, especially when I’m collaborating with brands. But at the same time, it’s important for me to understand my job as a blogger is to blog about fashion and to ultimately make things look pretty. And that my real life is messy, unpredictable, FAR from perfect and not a curated app full of pretty images. Which is why separating…

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How I Gained 20,000 REAL Instagram Followers in 6 Months – Part 2

It’s been over a month since I started this blogging series! Thanks for your patience, I know so many people have been waiting for part 2 to be published. I’ve had so many other projects on the go, including Shop Basic Babe, that it took me longer than anticipated to sit down and write this post. But, alas, here it is! Part 2. Part 2 – How to Edit: When I first started on Instagram I had no idea how to edit! I would spend hours scrolling through different accounts and admire all these beautiful feeds. Thinking, I wish I knew how to edit or what apps to use! At first, I got a little discouraged and thought maybe editing was just not for me. I read so many different blog posts about how to edit and they were ALL so generic. None of them gave specific advice on what filters they use. What their editing process was. If they used more then one edit. And the list goes on and on. When I first started editing I definitely over edited every picture. I wanted a bright clean feed. And thought that meant raising the exposure like crazy, lol! I actually had NO idea what I was doing. I dabbled in so many different editing programs, trying to figure out how Blogger XYZ achieved that look on her Instagram. It probably took me until last Summer to really figure out how to edit my pictures to the way I like. And…

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Instagram Edit + Fave Links of the Week!

Top | Jeans (not my fave tbh) | Boots | Jacket | Purse Dress | Shoes | Purse Bodysuit | Jeans Sweater | Boots |  Purse Happy Friday! This is the second post of my Instagram edit and favourite links of the week. I think I’ll do this type of post 2-3 times a month! It’s nice to share some of my favourite things right now with you guys and rounding up some of my favourite looks on Instagram! Here are a few things I’ve been loving lately:  Mushroom Soup – I made this early this week for the hubs and I and it was SO good! I let it simmer for 30 mins and added fresh thyme and the flavours were beyond amazing!! The hubs and I dipped freshly baked baguettes in the soup and it literally was the most delish soup! (This recipe is really easy too)! I’ve been sticking to a pretty solid work out routine lately! I love Rebecca Louise’s YouTube channel for a good workout and burn! Check out all her workout routines here. My guilty pleasure this week has been these champagne gummy bears I picked up at Saks Off 5th last weekend! And man they are strong, we opened them in the car and the entire car smelled like liquor lol! xo Lauren

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 Jacket: Shein This checkered coat is so amazing! I’ll be doing a blog post on it next week but if you want to snag it now, do it! Fit wise, it is true to size. I usually wear a small in jackets when I want it to be fitted. If you are looking to layer underneath, then definitely size up! If your completely unsure measure your shoulder length (that’s what I do shopping online). I’m obsessed with it and I honestly pleasantly surprised with the quality. I’ll be doing a more in-depth review about it in next weeks post! (PS.. it comes in red checkered too).   Jacket: MM Vintage | Top: Express | Jeans: Zara (similar here) | Boots: Coconuts by Matisse | Bag: BP (on sale!) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush | Necklace: Bauble Bar I’ll also be doing a full outfit post on this amazing military coat. I am literally obsessed with every single detail. This picture was shot with my iPhone 6 so you can’t see all the amazingness. But, this little coat has embroidered sleeves with sequins, faux leather pockets and faux leather shoulder detailing. Not to mention the hood is so big and has the cutest black faux fur. But don’t worry, I’ll be showing off all these details next week. If your already convinced use code ‘Lauren10” to save 10% off at checkout. I’ve linked the coat above. Jacket: Forever 21 | Bodysuit: Dynamite | Skirt: H&M (sold out – similar here) | Boots:…

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