My goodness what a week! First, I am so sorry I haven’t posted in the last few days! To start, my computer gave me the infamous kiss of death screen, and the second that flashed in front of me, I swear all our neighbors heard “Nooooooooooooooo!” I literally wanted to die. All my art work, all my documents, you name it gone, and no I didn’t back up! (Who remembers what that’s from?)
So rather than go further into what else went wrong this week, I decided to share with you what actually kept sane, and that was my iPhone. Honestly guys, you could rule with world with all the apps out there – Sidenote, could imagine the apps President Obama has? However, since we’re not running the world, and just blogging about fashion, I’m going to list the TOP, very BEST iPhone apps EVERY Fashion Blogger should have on his/her phone, and the ones that are actually worth buying. There’s nothing more annoying in the world than to download an app, only to realize the free version is nothing but an advertisement to buy the version that actually does what you need it to. Or is that just me?
Here’s what you’ll find on my phone:
Polyvore – I mean, this is really a no- brainer. I absolutely LOVE Polyvore. I use this app when I want to blog about trends, and also to make flatlays (See this post, here) It’s amazing what people can create on this app. You can create magazine-like layouts, or trend collages, and once you get into it, it can become very addicting. This app is a MUST, and will really make your blog posts look more professional. Here’s an example of what can be done on the app:
ShopStyle– I will always love ShopStyle for two reasons. One, they were the first to ever accept me into their affiliate program. Unlike RewardStyle, their application process and acceptance is easy. They have also come along way since I joined, and now allow you to create lists that Instagram users can access from your feed. Basically, they have monetized Instagram for all their members, and it can all be done on their app! I also use this app to read their blog, which many bloggers seem to forget about, or pay little attention to-which is a BIG mistake. Their blog is filled with ideas, promotional dates, and tools you can use to help maximize your earnings-These are the tools you should be utilizing when aiming to turn your fashion blog into a business-don’t overlook them, because they’re there for a reason.
WordPress/Blogger – These apps are pretty self-explanatory, and they came in handy more than ever this week! Not only was I able to check my stats, but I was also able to write and save the draft to this post. If you’re a woman on the go, these apps are great to use during downtime when you’ve got ideas you want to jot down, or if your laptop decides one day to croak, like mine did.
Blog PhotoUP by Fomola – Now this app is great find. It allows you to upload multiple images at a time to you wordpress media library. This is a HUGE time saver, because before, I use to email myself the images, then download them to my computer, then upload them to WordPress. Talk about time consuming! Granted, I’m sure there’s another method to this madness, but I find that this one works best for me.
Facetune by Lightricks Inc – Now this app is my secret little tool that honestly, is hands down incredible. This is the app that I think Kylie Jenner uses to blur out her “lip liner”. Ever notice how her up-close selfies look like she smudged her lip line, or de-focused it? Well, this is what this app can do, AND it can also enhance your lips for photos as well. But the reason I really love this app is because of it’s little “Details” feature. What I do is I apply a filter to a photo, and then use the “Details” feature to highlight, let’s say, jewelry that might be in the photo, or anything sparkly, for example the image below. That’s really the secret to my photos. Try it, and you’ll see- you can thank me in the comments!
Moldiv by Jellybus Inc. – This app is great if you love making collages, adding text to your photos, effects, it does it all. It has amazing frames, filters, fonts styles, collage layouts, template layouts (that are magazine-like), and tons of professional editing options. It also allows you to share your creations to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and more. Below is an example of what you can do with the app for your fashion blog, and how buying the $1.99 pack is totally worth it:
Studio Design by Overlay Studio Inc. – If you’ve used Photoshop, and know about layers, then you’ll be pleased to know that this is what this app does. It allows you to add effects to photos by layering them. It’s also the first app to ever allow you to browse and “remix” designs from other users, and apply them to your own photos. So if you’re not creative at first, this app forces you to become creative. I’ve used this app to design widgets for my sidebar, to make infographs, I mean, you name it, this app is awesome. It’s like having a mini Picmonkey/Photoshop on your phone. Here’s an example of you can do:
Latergramme– This app is more for organizational purposes, and if you are one that needs to be reminded to post to Instagram, then this is a Godsent app! What it does is literally remind you to post, and let’s you pre-load the photos beforhand. Now granted, that might not seem all that amazing, I will explain why I think it’s amazing. While this app advertises to be a reminder just to post on Instagram, it really isn’t, because once you’re in the Instagram app, you’re given the option to also share your image to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr as well. So really, this app reminds you to post to those 3 as well, thus, making you a master at social media. 😉
Instapload by Edgard Chammas – I was really sad to see that this app had some bad reviews simply because it looked “ugly”. I get so angry when I see reviews like this, because if it works, that’s all you should care about. This is the only app that allows you to post to multiple Instagram accounts (I think 8), and upload photos to them with out having to sign in and out of Instagram. It’s .99 cents, and honestly, makes life so much easier, especially if you have a personal Instagram, and one for your blog.
These are the one’s that I have found to work the best, and by all means, if I missed any, let me know in the comments below! In the meantime, I’m excited to announce that The Chic Street Journal is officially selling ad space. You can find all the prices/options in our Advertise page, and please note that these ad spaces are also open to Fashion bloggers/blogs! If you have any inquiries, please email TheChicSt@gmail.com, and we’ll be happy to send you over our Media Kit once you’ve made your selection!
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Ever since the fashion blog, They All Hate Us came into our world, fashion has never been the same. Every day, millions of girls visit their site seeking style inspiration, and before they know it, 3 hours of pinning furiously have gone by- And we’re not complaining..
Their vast collection of fashion photos can be best described as one of the best fashion moments ever captured on camera from all over the world. If you don’t already know who we are talking about, the dynamic duo behind “They All Hate Us” is, Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton. Not only have these two proven that their have eye of style is incredible, but it is also one that speaks to everyone.
As they share what drives their inspiration with us, their personal style is one that is probably lusted by every fashionista out there. To get an idea of what we’re talking about, a simple glimpse of their Instagram feed is enough to turn you into a life long follower.
This week we decided to focus on our top favorite accessories from Elle’s closet, and don’t forget to join us next week, as we share our favorite styles, from Tash’s shoe closet! A post you don’t want to miss!
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Every year, I always tell myself that fashion can’t get any better, and each time I do, I’m reminded that it can. Aside from pinning recipes, and flatlays like a mad woman on Pintrest, I recently have found that I’m completely mesmerized and fascinated with the details seen on the runway. The intricate details on every garment are absolutely stunning, so much so that there are no words to describe them.
If these details don’t impress you, then I don’t know what will…
Love what you see? Follow our “details” Pintrest board, and join the obsession…
Polyvore is probably one of the BEST tools ever created for fashion bloggers. Not only is it fun creating sets, but if you’re anything like me, Polyvore can also become addicting.
In the past, I’ve shared a few of my Polyvore sets to my blog simply because I love how you can easily create fashion layouts on your phone, and post them to your blog for an instant visually appealing and professional look. However, have you ever viewed your blog post that included a Polyvore set, on your iPhone? It gets cut off, doesn’t it? How rude, right?
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go ahead and drag your window to the skinniest width that you can on your desktop or laptop. Notice how the first Polyvore set is cut-off? So gross…but keep scrolling to the second identical Polyvore set….
Polyvore set #1:
POLYVORE SET #2:
Isn’t she so pretty? She’s a cute little mini Polyvore set, and look…she’s not cut off! Obviously, if you like the second choice, here’s the magic trick, but if you don’t mind Polyvore set #1, then I envy your non-OCD-ness…let’s pretend that’s a word, ok?
Step 1: After you’ve created your gorgeous Polyvore set, go ahead and click the W icon for WordPress
Step 2: Once you click that, you’re brought this confusing pop-up screen. Go ahead and select the size you want, I choose 600px. Below that, you’ll see a button that says “Post to WordPress”. You don’t want to click that because it will post is to your blog, and publish before you can make any edits. Below that, you see that beautiful box of coding. Go ahead and highlight that entire code, and copy it.
Step 3: THE MAGIC – Don’t you love the dramatic effects?
Once you’ve copied your code, open up your WordPress and click to add a new post..
See the two tabs above your editor? Click the tab that says “TEXT” as shown above. In here, you’re going to add your code that you got from Polyvore.
Now, see the first line that starts with the word “div”? You’re going to g ahead and change that numerical value from 600px, to 100%.
And guess what? THAT’S IT! Soooo easy right?? Yep, I know… you guys probably saw the coding, and immediately thought to yourselves “I’m going to f*ck this up somehow” but you didn’t! If you guys found this post helpful, go ahead and subscribe for more easy tutorials geared specifically for Fashion bloggers, and leave what you thought of this one, in the comments below!
Ohhhh what a good shoe can do to an outfit….but I have a confession to make ladies. Are you ready for it?
I am NOT a shoe girl. Nope, not at all. I think anyone who spends over $100 on a pair of shoes they’ll be walking in isn’t a smart shopper to say the least. Shocking to hear a fashion blogger say that, right? And believe me when I say, I’m a girly-girl, but a smart one at that. Yes, we all love nice things, but why is it that inexpensive things automatically mean they are of cheap quality? Even Karl Lagerfeld agreed with me on this one, and stated to “Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.” (Source) and with that very true statement, I introduce to my secret list of 7 inexpensive heels that look expensive…(Thank me in the comments!) Enjoy!