How I Blog: Leveraging Social Media (FB / Instagram)


I may not be the best person to give blog advice these days (haha, full-time job…) but I did just learn a cool trick that will help me connect my Facebook (which I don’t take full advantage of…) with my Instagram (which I do enjoy using!)!

Corals and Cognacs had a nice post about instagram pictures and she recommended Iconosquare, so I flipped over there to find out what it was.

In addition to the expected site stats that I expected, on the promote page they offered the opportunity to create an instagram feed on your site’s facebook fanpage!

There’s almost nothing technical involve, no pasting code or whatnot. The only thing I had to do was go to “Manage Tabs” under the “More” option. There, I was able to change the order of tabs so that “Instagram Feed” was the second tab (and thus always visible).

Why do this? In my case, I’m not a regular Facebook post-er, but I do update Instagram more regularly. Thus, the Instagram feed helps to make my Facebook page a little more active – and more up to date with my blog brand. Now I usually tweet out my Instagrams, so now that activity will appear on Instagram, Twitter, AND Facebook: three birds with one stone!

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Moto Jacket Two Ways

I am loving my new jacket from Express. I’m planning to wear it at a work convention this week and I’ve already wore it for a casual work day last week! It’s such a statement piece that it doesn’t need to much else (…pants – it needs pants… otherwise that would be weird. And cold.) Anyway, it’s currently on sale for $70!

So for the more formal days, I’d pair the jacket and some funky earrings (they *are* pearl after all!) with a pencil skirt, boots, and black tights.

For casual days – or even drinks with the husband – I’d stick to jeans, leopard flats, and dark nail polish! (As the weather gets colder, I’ll switch to booties that cover my ankles better.)

How would you style this jacket?

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November Wish List

I did such a great job sticking to a minimal budget last month! I tried to use the items that I already have that were similar to ones that I might have wanted.

(Do I really need gray and black pants? Do I really need another blue scarf? Do I really need another dark burgundy nail polish? No.)

But I still have a short list of items that I would love to add to my closet:

Plaid Scarf (Red/Gray and Tan from Target): I’d love to find one that works with both gray and blue, but I just can’t pull the trigger on one or the other. Something like this would also make a great gift…

Ear Jackets (F21 and Baublebar) – so trendy! I love my pair of the weird pearl earrings and have recently begun considering getting a pair of ear jackets. I also just got a hair cut, so for at least the next few weeks, I can actually see the bottom of my ear! I think the reason those weird pearl ones work is because they are fake pearl, a conservative material, in a funky shape. Therefore I am holding out for ear jackets that might combine the conservative and funky, so they are not too trendy to wear to work. Suggestions?

Shoes (Booties, Pumps, and Flats): I’m always in the market for more shoes! I could use booties (I have none), new pumps for work (my work shoes are all 3-5+ years old, but still functioning!), and flats (*love* this brand). I think I’ll be using my ebay gift card to pick up at least 1 new pair this fall.

What’s on your wish list?

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October Budget Summary

This month was SO busy, so unsurprisingly, I purchased just a little less than last month…

Jacket from Express ($118 – gift from my mom) – I love moto jackets in tweed! The one is a little more cropped and fitted that the bomber tweed from loft, so I’ve been wearing it with a black pencil skirt (which has a slightly higher waist than my jeans).

Earrings from Ebay ($6, just an ebay gift card) – a recommendation from Franish (plus her whole look is so great in that post!)!

Weekender Bag from Target ($35, on sale for $11): Flannel + large enough for my computer + full zip = perfect for travel

Total: $11 ($159 – gift cards and gifts)

Not too shabby! I have a few items continually on my wishlist, which I will post about probably next week!

How was your month of shopping? Be sure to check out the other budgeting bloggers on Franish!

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Ipsy October Review!

Another month, another bag!

Cirque Colors Nail Lacquer in XX (sample size, $5.80) 

Of nail glitters, this seems to be pretty good: A lot of big glitters actually come out (I hate when they clump on the bottom of the bottle and all you get is tiny sparkles…) I’m not having a glitter moment, however, so I really haven’t fallen in love with the brand.

Épicé International Purifying Exfoliant (sample size, $9.70) 

This feels like I am washing my face with baking powder. It really exfoliates and I have to be careful not to scratch too hard! I did read on the website that it is those microbeads (which are supposedly bad for the environment) so I probably would not purchase on my own. The formula is neither drying nor too moisturizing, so that’s nice!

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream In Mango Mandarin (full size, $6.56) 

Good lotion, cute package, smells very nice (but not like figs! that would have been nice!) I have a ton of tiny lotions, but I always love more, so this was a nice addition.

noyah Lipstick in Deeply in Mauve (sample size, $5.60) 

At first I was wary – I don’t wear a ton of true lipsticks (choosing stains instead) and the color could have been so random. BUT it really is the perfect dark fall color for my skin tone. The formula is creamy, but a little drying. Bonus: although, like all lipsticks, it slowly wears off, it does wear off evenly. I’ve never looked in the mirror and seen that weird color clumping that happens with some lipsticks! I’m glad it was a small sample – I doubt I’ll even use it all up, but it really is a perfect cold weather color!

Skone Cosmetics TATTOOED Waterproof Eyeliner (full size, $15.00) 

The felt tip is great for accuracy, although the formula is not super opaque – much better than a pencil, but maybe not as dark as a true liquid liner. It is rather long lasting (longer than my liquid liner or pencils) but it is not waterproof (I would never wear it in the pool!) so it comes off easily at night – which is great.


Ispy Total Cost: about $42.66 + the bag (love it!)

Ipsy Total Value (things I actually use and like!): $30.30. Eventually I do plan to use all of it, but I haven’t yet reached for the lotion or nail glitter – mostly because I’m trying to use of older lotions and nail polish first. So the immediate value is $30.30, but I do expect to use all of it!

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