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Maximize Your Spring Haul

While ‘shopping haul’ posts have become more popular, I want you guys to get the best ‘bang for your buck!’ Affordable shopping doesn’t have to be a complete waste, especially if try simple tips.


Investments:

Handbags. Be sure that it has structure and tolerance to last a few years. Make sure that the rubber lining on the straps doesn’t rub off, or the surface of the bag doesn’t easily discolor.

Flats. You want to purchase shoes with rubber soles because they last longer and are super comfortable.

Chains. They are ever evolving and you’re able to create your own signature looks with knots, draping and layering for necklaces and belts. Can be worn on your ankles and wrists, or interlooped between your fingers.

Cotton tops. They are inexpensive and thinner for the upcoming summer weather, and an ultimate ‘go-to’ for a ‘jeans and blazer’ look.

Vintage shoe clips. Perfect addition to any pump or flat; gives a rich, jewel tone.

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Remember:

[ 1 ] Because the carpet in department stores provide a little comfort, be sure to walk on hard surfaces when trying on shoes.

[ 2 ] Wear Spanx or convertible undergarments when prepared to try on clothes. You may find a greater fit for that jumper or halter dress you’ve been gawking for weeks.

[ 3 ] When shopping online, check for shipping rates. Those $35 pumps are no longer attractive with the total plus shipping.

[ 4 ] Follow, tweet and connect with your favorite brands on social media. Coupon codes, insider specials and discount offers are always up for grabs.

[ 5 ] A quick way to luxe your look is to purchase similar color palettes and prints, like darkwash denim and navy blue.

Do you have any helpful tips? Please share!

Photo sources:inonit.in, HSN, gloimg.trendsgal, fashions-cloud

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Are You On Instagram?

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You didn’t hear? Instagram is a trend, and I seem to be the only one not doing it. I used to post everyday, almost five times a day. I feel like I became an addict, more so because I liked gawking after nice pictures (and handsome guys). This was two years ago, and back then I felt that if you weren’t on Instagram, you weren’t ‘cool.’ Is that still a saying among the popular kids?

I still have my account, but it’s not active. When my phone broke, I couldn’t afford a super-nice replacement, so I settled for a ‘talk just fine, text just fine’ type of phone with a horrible camera. Meaning that I could no longer be a part of the ‘gram’ world. Ugh, the death of me!  I had followers and they actually cared to interact with me, leaving comments and tagging me in posts. This is what I enjoyed most about Instagram, being able to feel the love from my friends, family and others (some I did not know).

I believe my client Charmin would say the same, except they aren’t active on Instagram. From what I found, my clients are not on Instagram. I know that it is important that their followers interact and engage with them, but this social media tool isn’t one of their best. Charmin seems to have so much fun when creating their posts, their follow base feels the ingenuity, yet they prefer to stick to Twitter and Facebook. Angel Soft, my chosen client, isn’t on Instagram either. I do not know why they choose not to be, but it isn’t for everyone. They have #hashtags and people converse about them on Instagram, but they are not involved.

At the moment, since they seem to be doing so well with Facebook and Twitter, I would suggest that they stick to what they feel comfortable with. They have thousands of interactive followers and they seem to love the bond and social media presence that they’ve built. I would definitely suggest Instagram, and think it would be great for them. I know that Charmin posts about the bear family all the time, it could be a great idea to actually give them their own Instagram account. Wouldn’t that be nice, to follow the Charmin bear family on the gram? It would be different, but clever. I like it! What do you guys think?

Listen Up! The General is Speaking!

When I think about the military, social media doesn’t seem to ring a bell. Recently reading Ragan’s PR Daily article, I gained insight about pushing the social media curve and being straight-forward.

Now retired General John Michel recently shared six social media tips in an interview with writer John Egan. These tips were helpful in every way, in which they could serve as daily reminders for all social media strategists. In summary, General Michel’s tips:

1. Be consistent . Do not post anything that isn’t in-line with your personal brand.

2. Show respect. Be wise in the content that you post.

3. Be authentic. Engaging with your audience gains more respect and traffic involvement from your followers.

4. Craft a strategy. Post material with meaningful impact, that is consistent and original to your brand.

5. Don’t be robotic. It’s okay to use automated posting methods, but be engaging with your audience. It’s definitely a return on investment.

Social media, he says, “is all about interaction.”

6. Watch your words. Be sure to check, check and recheck your work before posting.

All of his tips were definitely true, and will be notes that I refer back to when needed. They come in handy for everyone! My assigned and chosen clients this semester, Charmin and Angel Soft, could definitely use tip five daily. I feel that automation is a kill in social media today.

Hal Thomas, of Noble Mouse, stated that originality in follower interaction is something that we must fight for. I agree. Strongly agree. Although automated messaging in the corporate world can be a hassle, I feel that if anyone truly cared, they would fight for personal interaction policy on social media. Whether it is easy or not, it’s still worth fighting for in the end. This is what customers want.

Take those Psycho-Selfies, Y’all!

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After reading, Selfies Linked to Psychopathic Traits, I am just not sure how I feel. I mean, you can’t really knock results that are tried and true. But, still these can also be minor traits. I took the test, and I find that I am mildly psycho. The questions that are asked are based definitely on risks, similar to this: ‘Would you consider one’s feelings when climbing to the top of your career?’ You know, something like that. Of course I would but, at the end of the day, I’m thinking about me and my success. So does this make me a psychopath for thinking this way? I guess it’s all about perspective. Maybe someone else will yield greater results for being a psycho (we’ll get a kick out of that)!

Do you agree or disagree with the article when they state “men who take a lot of selfies were more likely to display traits linked to narcissism.” Do you think women could also be seen as having narcissistic tendencies with the selfies they take? Defend your opinion.

I do agree with the narcissism, “the feeling of superiority concerning oneself and one’s appearance; tempered with deep insecurity, and self-objectification — meaning the tendency to value oneself based solely or preponderantly on one’s outward appearance.” I believe that many people have insecurities, it is the title ‘narcissist’ that makes it sound worst than what it is. There is nothing wrong with someone taking selfies, to portray the persona that person wants everyone to see.

Some people take photos to make themselves feel better, or to boost their confidence. This could be the way most people think when taking selfies. I admit, I do take selfies, but it has been a long while! One, my camera on my phone sucks! Two, I have to be in the mood! I don’t see any problem with taking selfies, especially when I’m ‘feeling myself’ (feeling good, feeling great)! *Laughs!

Most of the time, I do enjoy taking selfies with other people. But, sometimes it depends because I like to hold the camera, so that I can get my good side. If someone else is holding the phone, you may see half your face. For the most part, my girls and I take selfies when we’re out having fun. We like to have memories to hold on to, especially when you know that life after college will change the pace of your friendship.

I feel it is okay for people to take selfies, but if you’re like that constant ‘selfie-taker’ that blows my Facebook timeline into the water, then NO! It is NOT okay! I worked with a girl who took more selfies than she actually worked. What’s funny, is that people look completely different in their selfies than in person, most of the time. I guess that is the advantage of having edit options; that perfect blur in the corner of the picture or even that filter to cover the pimple on your cheek. *Laughs, again!