If you saw my college apartment bedroom reveal for this school year, then you probably saw the vision board that I have mounted on the wall above my desk. I find that my vision board is a great way to keep me focused on my goals throughout the year and helps me keep the big picture in mind when I’m faced with difficult tasks or challenging work. Today, I’m going to share some tips for creating your own vision board and walk you through the process I used!
1. Decide if your board is going to be physical or virtual
My vision board is this linen bulletin board from U Brands, as I prefer my vision boards to be physical. However, you can easily follow the same steps and combine them into a virtual collage (such as for a desktop background) at the end.
2. Reflect on your ultimate goals and aspirations
Once you’ve decided how you will be presenting your finished product, it’s time to reflect on the goals and aspirations you want your vision board to represent. I wanted my board to reflect themes such as the city I want to live in, dream employers or brands I would love to work with, ideas for my dream home, etc.
3. Collect your visuals
Pinterest is my favorite avenue for actually collecting images, but any website you choose to use is fine. At this stage, it’s important to only choose images or quotes that you feel strongly drawn towards. This ensures that what you’re choosing actually represents your greatest dreams and ambitions.
4. Print and arrange your photos or Combine them into a virtual collage
Once you’re satisfied with what you’ve collected, it’s time to put it all together. Canva is a great option for virtual vision boards, but I stuck with printing mine on photo paper and arranging them by hand. Rearrange until you’re happy with how it looks, then pin them down! Once that’s done, you’re ready to hang.
I love my vision board and I’m actually a little sad I’m home for the holidays and don’t get to see it every day. It will be waiting for me when I return in the spring, though!
I am excited to announce that I recently accepted a social media internship position with Tart-a-licious French Desserts! It’s only been a few weeks, but I love working with this gourmet dessert business, especially since my work can be completed remotely during quarantine.
As a social media intern, I’m helping the owner streamline her social media strategies, create social media content, and really nail down brand voice and narrative. After my internship with bread & Butter last summer, I feel really confident about working in the restaurant industry and all the nuances that come with it.
While the tasks I’m doing are very typical for a social media intern, how I scored this internship position was anything but typical. I had been applying for summer internships like crazy when suddenly COVID-19 put everything on hold. My mom (AKA my #1 fan) likes to browse Nextdoor and when she saw Tart-a-licious’ social media internship job posting in this unlikely place, she knew I would be a great fit. I applied immediately and within 48 hours I had the job. This position is only set to last through May, but I’m already getting great experience and I know I’ll be sad when it’s over!
Well, that’s my story. Here’s my advice on how to find internship opportunities in places that aren’t LinkedIn or another job site…
1. Use any and all connections
Think of the industry you want to work in. Whether it’s fashion, finance, or food, identifying you dream job is the first step in putting your connections to work. You’d be surprised how far an introduction can get you. Any relative or family friend you have working in your dream industry can help steer you in the right direction and talking to the right people. I’ve found that a personal email always gets you farther than a job application.
2. Cold-call businesses
Seem scary? It kind of is. But desperate times call for desperate measures. If local businesses in your industries don’t have job listings for internship positions, reach out and ask if they would consider having one. This doesn’t have to be done over a literal phone call- a polite email will do. Especially during these uncertain times, make sure you include why having an intern will benefit them. They hadn’t seen a need for this position before you brought it up, so make sure to sell it!
3. Social networking sites
These don’t have to be conventional, although asking around on Facebook and Twitter isn’t a bad start. I found my social media internship on Nextdoor, which makes sense because it’s a local business looking for a local intern. If you’re looking to work locally, a local social media site is a good option.
As many corporate offices have closed their doors to interns due to COVID-19, I hope these tips can help you find an internship you love. Stay safe out there!
One year ago today I created my blog, and one year ago tomorrow I launched it. I’ve come a long way from my first few posts, taken with a makeshift tripod propped up on my bed in my bedroom. What a year it has been, and I’m thrilled that Selfies & OOTDs has continually given me a platform to create content and share what I love.
If you want a good laugh, go back to February 2019 and see what my first few posts looked like. (Yeah. Pretty amateur.) Luckily, I’ve matured in more ways than one, and I’ve learned a ton about blogging, social media marketing, and content creation in the process. Here’s 8 things I wish someone had told me when I first started blogging:
1. For the best shots, have no shame
When I first started, I took all my #OOTD shots against the door in my bedroom. Aside from the fact that I didn’t have a real tripod, I was also self-conscious about people seeing me pose and wait for the self timer to go off. When I got my tripod this summer, the game completely changed, and after a few outings of taking my pictures in public I was no longer fazed. This let me have way more creativity with my poses (and it meant you could actually see my feet!
2. Even lighting is the best lighting
I thought the wall by my window was giving me good natural light, but it really wasn’t. The best lighting I’ve found is when I’m outside, in the shade. That way no one part of my face is in the shadows and none of the lighting is too harsh. But more on that in a bit…
3. Early bird gets the worm
Remember what I said about even lighting in the shade? That’s why I take almost all my pictures in the morning, preferably before 9 a.m. This gives me optimal choices for locations in terms of where is still shady, as the sun has just barely come up over the horizon. I also like the mornings because it lets me take pictures when my makeup and hair are freshly done.
4. No one can tell how cold it was when they look at the picture
When you’re getting up early in the winter, you know what that means… It’s going to be cold outside. Luckily, no one can tell how much your toes were freezing when you took the shot as long as the end result is cute- and I find that the pictures I took on the coldest days end up being my favs.
5. Hashtags are everything
About 4 months in to my blogging journey and I had only hit 80 followers. What gives? Answer: not using the tools Instagram was handing me in order to reach a larger audience! I used to feel squeamish about hashtags, but once I started using them I never looked back. It’s never been so easy for me to find and engage with like-minded individuals!
6. Engage and be engaging!
Like I just said, the purpose of Instagram is to engagewith others. You will see such a difference in what you get out of it if you give it as well! Tell that girl you like her outfit, comment on your favorite brand’s post- there’s tons of people just like you out there waiting to connect!
7. Content planning saves lives (or at least, your feed)
I’ll admit it, I fell off the wagon somewhere between September and December. School caught up to me, and suddenly I was posting less and less just because I wasn’t prepared with a plan. I implemented a content calendar for the start of 2020, and it’s already working wonders. Consistency is key, however frequently that means for you!
8. Don’t be afraid to call yourself what you are
When I first started out, I felt weird calling myself a blogger. I felt like that was just a title reserved for influencers and people with way more followers than me… but I soon realized that it’s not the number of followers you have or the number of likes you get: if you have a blog, you’re a blogger, and you shouldn’t be afraid to call yourself one. (Shout-out to my dad who always tells people I’m a blogger if we’re out doing a restaurant review in public. It’s hella validating!!)
So excited what February 2020 – February 2021 has in store for me. I hope you’ll stick around, because there’s more where that came from!
P.S. Thanks to Nompton Social for letting me come in before opening and take pictures with your murals today- you’re seriously the best!
2019 has come and gone, and with a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions, goals, visions, whatever you want to call them- they’re a great way to refocus and help get your life back on track for the new year.
I’ve always liked writing down my resolutions (usually in a journal of some sort), but this year I decided that I should take the time to post mine here, as well as provide some additional ideas in case you’re struggling to fill your list as well. It’s only January 6, so it’s not too late to get your priorities in order and start making a game plan for 2020!
Here’s my personal goals for 2020, and stick around for even more ideas should you be in need any yourself!
MY 2020 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
1. Continue Making Fitness a Lifestyle
I had this same resolution for 2019, but luckily it still applies despite the massive progress I made last year. I hope to make working out a part of my weekly routine and continue to grow stronger and push my body’s limits (while respecting what it can and can’t do due to my reoccurring lung problems.) Hopefully more barre and pilates classes are in my future!
2. Prioritize Eating Out With Friends Versus Eating Out For Convenience
This is something I did a pretty good job of last year, but I started to fall off the wagon as 2019 came to a close. When I choose to go out to eat, I want it to be in a social setting, not by myself just because I don’t feel like shopping or cooking. If I’m going to be eating alone, I need to be eating at home. This helps save my wallet and my waistline!
3. Learn How to Use a Curling iron
Okay, this is kind of a silly one… But it’s something I’ve never tried but always wanted to master. My hairdresser recently gave me the most gorgeous waves using just a curling iron, and that’s when I decided this was my year to conquer the curling iron. I’ve used wands and straighteners to create curls, but never an iron. The time is now, I need those waves in my life!
4. Post More Consistently
I posted 131 times in 2019… quite a lot for someone who only launched her blog in February! However, the consistency just wasn’t there. I posted almost every day while I was in Austin, but would go weeks without posting once school hit its peak in the fall. Since then, I’ve made myself a content calendar which will help me most on a more regular schedule. I have some really exciting posts lined up already and I can’t wait to share them!
5. Read at Least One New Book a Month (Not for School!)
This is also a resolution I’m taking from 2019. I love self-help books, but sometimes it’s hard to prioritize reading them between school, my sorority, my blog, my resumé business, etc… But reading is so good for you, and once I sit down and actually start reading, I absolutely love it. The goal: at least 12 books this year, ones that aren’t required for a class!
BONUS RESOLUTION IDEAS
If you’re not used to taking a step back and setting goals for your own life, New Year’s resolutions can be daunting. I hope that my list above and my reasoning behind each one helped get your own creative juices flowing. If you’re still stuck, here are 25 ideas that you might want to consider adopting for 2020!
Take more weekend trips.
Spend more time outside.
Get better grades.
Practice mindful eating.
Set (and stick to!) a budget.
Aim for 8 hours of sleep every night.
Don’t hit the snooze button.
Learn a new language.
Conquer one of your fears.
Learn how to play an instrument.
Organize your living space.
Create a nighttime routine.
Spend less time watching TV.
Drink more water.
Say thanks for something every day.
Learn a new sport or hobby.
Eat less sugar.
Schedule in 1 hour of self care per week.
Spend more time with loved ones.
Clean out your inbox.
Be intentional with your time.
Start a blog.
If you’ve already set your New Year’s resolutions, let me know what they are! Anything I didn’t cover?
Have you ever had pose-block? It’s when you need a cute pose for a photo, but your mind is suddenly drawing a blank. Every cute idea you’ve ever had is suddenly escaping you, and so you resort to something completely and utterly basic.
Been there? Me too.
There’s so many cute poses for group shots out there, and I hope today’s post will help you be prepared when the time comes for your next group photoshoot. My friends and I love taking pics together (and clearly I love taking solo ones as well), so I feel qualified to show some of my favorite poses to do as a group. Hopefully these ideas will help during your next case of paralyzing pose-block!
1. group hug
This is a classic one. While sitting (or standing), wrap your arms around the center people like you love each other. This pose makes for a really wholesome shot every time!
2. Staggered step sitting
If you’re blessed with a cute set of steps to take pictures on… utilize them! Place different members of your group at different heights for visual variation and interest.
3. LEan against a rail
I like railings in pictures because it easily gives people something to do with their hands. This particular railing allowed for full-body and close-up shots, so this pose is super versatile!
4. Candid laughter
We took our candid laughing shot sitting staggered on the steps, but this pose works no matter where you are sitting or standing! Candid laughter (real or faked) is super cute and will make it look like you’re having the absolute best time. Definitely Instagram-worthy moments!
5. Lap lay
This is a fun pose for groups of four or more. Nominate your most attention-hungry friend (or yourself!) to lay across the laps of the rest of the group. Getting into position can lead to some fun candids, too.
6. crazy limbs
Wanting a silly one? This pose came to be by me yelling “everyone do something crazy with your limbs!” This gets everyone laughing and completing the challenge to various degrees of commitment. Megan won this round, for sure.
7. family photo
Similar to the staggered step sitting, a bench can provide varying degrees of visual interest. We felt like this one looked like a family Christmas card photo (or for me, a sorority big-little reveal photo.)
8. College Hand Signs
If your college has hand signs, this is an easy one! My high school friends and I are split between 3 different colleges, so this is one of our go-tos whenever we are short on pose ideas. It’s always super cute and spirited.
9. unnecessarily dramatic
This is one of our favs just because it’s such a different vibe than all the other ones we’ve taken. For maximum dramatic effect, everyone spread out and look in a different direction. Are you intimidated yet?
I hope these 9 ideas help you next time you’re in a group photo-taking rut! I love taking pics with my friends whenever we’re all in town together, which doesn’t happen much anymore.
Do you have a favorite pose that your friend group always goes to? Let me know- I’m always looking for new ideas as well!
It’s crazy to me that I’m almost done with my summer internship with bread & Butter PR. My summer in Austin has been one that I’ll never forget, and a lot of that is because of the incredible internship experience I had. For anyone majoring in public relations, I highly recommend applying to intern with b&B. They have offices all over the United States (literally coast to coast!) and are always looking for interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Here’s an inside look into what you can expect if you decide to take part in the #breadandbutterlife:
Sharpen up your writing skills
Newsflash, this is super traditional PR, which means you’ll be writing… a lot. I love writing (as y’all already know,) so a writing-heavy internship didn’t intimidate me. Even if you don’t feel as strong on the writing front, you’ll get tons of great feedback as your internship progresses. They want you to get better!
Don’t expect to be making coffee runs
Whenever my friends asked me what I was responsible for at b&B, they expected me to say something along the lines of “espresso runs and making copies.” They were shocked to find out that I never went to Starbucks once… except for myself, when I needed a caffeine boost mid-afternoon. b&B believes in allowing their interns to be super hands-on, which means they’ll trust you to work on super influential client projects like social media calendars and client communication plans. An client editorial recap I wrote was even featured in a magazine! Additionally, you’ll probably also get a chance to help at a few client events over the course of the semester. My favorites were live news segment tapings and a restaurant opening for Tacodeli!
Media relations, Media relations, media relations
I feel like I wrote a press pitch at least every other day at my internship. Coming from a curriculum that was super press release-heavy, this was a learning curve I had to face, but I definitely improved as the summer went on. Now, a little under 3 months in, I feel super well-versed in local Austin media and the types of stories they cover. I’ve also become familiar with the Austin influencer scene, something super interesting to me since I’m a blogger as well!
You heard that right- b&B allows dogs. Not all b&B offices allow fur babies, but Austin does, and that was the greatest surprise ever when I arrived for my first day of work. If you’re like me and moving away from home for an internship opportunity, even 2 days a week with a dog is enough to cure some of the dog homesickness. I’m going to miss my coworkers, but I’m also going to miss Louise, Mohawk, Santos, and the two Lolas!
Work hard & Play hard
I can’t speak for other offices, but the ladies at the Austin office are some of the hardest workers I’ve ever witnessed. They grind through the whole work day, securing press coverage and expertly advancing the image of our clients. But, when the time comes, they also know how to have fun as well. One of my favorite traditions at b&B is Wine Wednesday. It’s always so fun to see which coworker is bringing in goodies, and I love using the last hour of our work day to spend time with my work friends!
Do you want to be a publicist some day? Do you like food & bev? Do you like to travel? Do you like to write? Do you enjoy reading the news and building relationships with the media? If you answered yes, then you should apply to be a b&B intern! I can’t recommend this experience enough- it’s a game changer, and I know that the skills and mentorship I’ve received this summer are things I will carry with me through to my future career.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by blogging peers to bloggers who are bringing positivity and creative content to the blogging world. It helps us recognize each other whose work and mission we admire!
Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award:
Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to his/her blog.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 questions.
List these rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and on your blog.
I was nominated by Jessi of The Rambling Raccoon! I met Jessi on Instagram and I love all of her travel and lifestyle content. I highly recommend you check out her blog, if you get a chance. Thanks for nominating me, Jessi!
Jessi’s questions for me:
Where did you go on your first trip out of the country?
My first trip out of the country was to Playas del Coco, Costa Rica, when I was 16. My family stayed in a beautiful mountain home with an infinity pool and a view of the ocean. The house chef made us tacos one night, and to this day I still swear up and down that they were the best meal I’ve ever had!
What inspired you to start blogging?
I’ve had blogs off-and-on since I was in seventh grade (yes, I still know my first blog’s URL, but no, I won’t tell you.) It took me a while to find my niche, and this blog is the first one I’m super passionate about the content I’m creating! I used to share all my #OOTDs on my Snapchat story every day, but felt like I could be doing more. One day I joked about starting a blog to showcase all my outfit details, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that I decided to go ahead and do it.
What has been your biggest struggles when it comes to blogging?
I sometimes struggle to find the balance between what I want to create and what I feel like my audience wants to see. I feel like a blog dedicated almost exclusively to #OOTDs is unconventional, but that’s also why I started it to begin with so I don’t want to detract from its original purpose.
Where are you located? (home-base)
This is a multi-tiered question for me! Currently I’m in Austin, Texas, but I only have a few more weeks here before my internship ends. During the academic year I go to school at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. My home town is Frisco, Texas, which is a little north of Dallas. So many cities to call home!
If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go?
I’ve been on a European tour which took me to 7 different countries, so a lot of those that used to be on my list have moved down in priority so I can experience other places. Right now, Greece is probably the highest on my wish list. I pin way too many pictures of it on Pinterest!
How did you come up with your blog name?
This one is easy. First, this blog was started to share my #OOTD details, so I knew I had to get that in there. Also, I take a lot of selfies of myself (#notsorry) so I figured that would be a good fit, too. I pronounce my blog’s name as “selfies and O-O-T-Ds,” so it rhymes, but I’ve also heard people say “selfies and oo-ts” (wrong.) Truthfully, I don’t say my blog’s name a lot out loud, so it doesn’t come up a lot!
What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Gossip Girl. If I’m ever in need of a mindless activity, I throw on a random episode and just chill out. I’ve probably seen all 6 seasons, all the way through 15+ times. I can probably quote most of it. XO XO.
What’s the best advice you can give to someone who just started a blog?
Stay true to the content you’re passionate about creating, your interest in the subject matter will translate to your work!
When did you start blogging?
I had my first blog in seventh grade (so 2011?) but I founded Selfies & OOTDs in February 2019.
When is the last time you took a day away from work and your blog? What did you do?
Tragically, the last time I took a day to just do nothing was when I was sick with bronchitis recently. I was feeling too under-the-weather to do anything productive!
If money was no object, where would you choose to live?
Most recent DIY you tried? (Successful or not)
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
When you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to cook, what do you make?
What color do you feel describes you, and why?
Craziest coincidence you’ve ever experienced?
What is your opinion on avocado toast?
What is the #1 item on your bucket list?
Thanks again to Jessi for nominating me! To my readers, I hope you not only learned more about me, but also found some more content creators to follow and find inspiration from. To my nominees, I hope you answer the questions so I can learn more about you, and your audience can, too!
Hey everyone! I can’t believe summer is over halfway done. I’ve done so much during my time in Austin this summer, and wanted to give everyone a recap in case you haven’t been following along!
Austin has been such a fun place to spend the summer. Between hiking in Zilker Park, paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake, and swimming at Barton Springs, I feel like I’m truly taking advantage of everything this city has to offer in the summer. So far, my only real complaint has been the traffic (tell me why it takes me 30-40 minutes to make a 4 mile drive home!) but honestly, I’ve even gotten used to that by now. This is such a fun city to spend a summer in, and I wouldn’t mind moving here post-college (as long as my work commute isn’t past 30 minutes. That’s probably my limit.)
my personal Health
If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you’ve probably seen that I’m a regular at Todd Pilates and Barre! After losing weight over the past year, I decided it was time to focus on gaining strength and toning up my body. I’ve also tried to stick to my calorie-counting plan, but let’s be real: when friends and family come in town, you want to enjoy the food that Austin has to offer. So I’d say I’ve only been consistent with my calorie-counting about 75% of the time. If you’re interested in how I calorie count, or want tips on how to eat healthier, you can check out my blog posts on those topics!
I’ve been interning with bread & Butter PR this summer, and I’m loving it! I really enjoy going into work M/W/F and knowing that the work I’m doing makes a difference for our clients. One of our clients, Freebirds World Burrito, has been one of my all-time favorite restaurants since middle school. It’s a super full-circle moment that I now get to work on their account as a PR intern! Everyone always says that you’ll learn more in your internships than you will in a college classroom, and I’ve found that to be very true, especially in agency life. I can’t wait for this to be my career someday!
future career goals
Speaking of my future career, I’ve set some pretty big goals for myself going into the future! After graduating in May 2020, I want to spend the summer interning in New York City. It’s a big leap for me, but I love NYC with my whole heart and know that it would be great for my future career. I’ve already started internship-hunting, so I’ll be prepared when applications open around January-February. My biggest hurdle will be finding a place to live, but since the housing market in NYC shifts so frequently, I’m not too focused on that yet. If you have any NYC subletting tips, please send them my way!
I love Austin, but I’m also excited to go back to Norman and be around all my friends. I’ll be starting graduate courses, beginning my full-time work as Outreach Officer for my sorority, and blogging on the side. Less than a month left in Texas, and then back to Oklahoma for my senior year!
If you followed along with my Instagram story on Monday, then you saw that downtown Austin recently had a Tacodeli grand opening! Since Tacodeli is one of bread & Butter‘s clients, I got to join in on the fun and finally experience these supposedly magnificent tacos for the first time.
I’ve always been a Torchy’s fan, so the bar was set pretty high. Would Tacodeli be able to measure up?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Oh. My. God. These were seriously the best breakfast tacos I’ve ever had. I’m seriously in love with breakfast food and like to eat it whenever I get the chance, so that’s pretty high praise coming from me. I seriously can’t recommend these enough! The only downer is that they only serve their breakfast tacos until 11 a.m. on weekdays, and I would probably rather have them for lunch. Well, that and that the closest Tacodeli to Norman is in Plano!
The fun didn’t end with free tacos! As part of the PR team, I was recruited to be a model for Tacodeli’s social media. They gave me a Tacodeli shirt (which I was allowed to keep) and guided me through posing with a plate of delicious tacos. The smile on my face is genuine, I kept giggling because they had me hold and alter this pose so long!
Click here to see Tacodeli’s Instagram post, AKA what was basically my modeling debut.
Overall, it was such a fun morning! I’m craving some more breakfast tacos just writing this, so I know I’ll be back soon. If you missed my Instagram story on Monday, you can catch up with the highlight in my bio called “b&b life”!
I’ve always had a thing for sunglasses. From sixth to eighth grade, I wore sunglasses on my head like a headband every day. (No seriously. Every day.)While I eventually gave that look up, my love for a cute pair of shades has always remained.
Something else I’ve always liked is crafting. Getting to be creative and use my talents to create cute DIYs is something I’ve always loved. But despite years of love for both a sunnies and crafting, I’ve never thought to put them together until now. I’m in love with the outcome, and today I’m going to share my process with you (and give you some ideas to use instead!) All my supplies I used will be linked, but feel free to get creative and use other things!
Here’s a fun fact before we begin: It took me so long to decide what phrase to put on my glasses. At the very last possible second (AKA: as I was arranging the beads to spell out something else) “LA VIE EN ROSE” hit me. I thought it was so perfect, because it’s a French idiom that directly translates to “life in pink,” or indirectly to the English idiom “to see life through rose-colored glasses,” or “having a positive outlook on life.” So perfect for rose gold glasses!
Preheat your hot glue gun. It will take about 5 minutes to heat up completely, so use that time to decide on what phrase you want to spell out. Depending on the size of your sunglasses, aim for no more than 7 letters on each side.
Work from the outside in. I glued my flowers down first, and worked from there. When gluing down the letters on the right side, double check which letter you’re gluing down since you’ll be spelling backwards.
When you get to a space in your phrase, put a single jewel or other embellishment in its place.
When you run out of letters, continue putting jewels down until you get to the bridge of the nose.
Once the inside is done, go back to the outside and finish putting jewels down either side.
Let your new sunnies cool! Once the hot glue has totally dried, go back and get rid of all the hot glue “hairs.” (Don’t know what I’m referring to? You will once you get to this step.)
Enjoy your newly decked out shades!
Here’s the honorable mentions that didn’t make it to the shades this time around, but might on a future edition. Let me know if you end up using any of these, I would love to see them!
C’EST LA VIE
I seriously had so much fun designing and making these. If I started a business, would you be interested in purchasing some? If so, let me know!