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Girl, Get Paid! Part 1: How to Create a Media Kit for Your Blog/Instagram

Girl, Get Paid! Part 1: How to Create a Media Kit for Your Blog/Instagram

Of all the frustrations I’ve dealt with over the past two years of blogging—all the website malfunctions, Instagram anxiety, and imposter syndrome—perhaps the most infuriating bullshit has been trying to get paid for my labor.

So, I’m kicking off a new series on my blog to help my fellow female creatives get their $$!

Let’s start with step one: creating a media kit.

How I (FINALLY) cleared my skin! // Clean, cruelty-free skincare routine for hormonal & fungal acne

How I (FINALLY) cleared my skin! // Clean, cruelty-free skincare routine for hormonal & fungal acne

Those of you who have been with me for a long time (thank you so much btw!!!) know that I’ve struggled with my skin pretty much since I started this blog. After many trials and tribulations, I’m happy to present to you the fruit of all my skincare labors!

Winter 2019 Eco & Ethical Edit

Winter 2019 Eco & Ethical Edit

Winter is all fun and games until after New Year’s when all the festivities are over and the only thing to look forward to are more rain, numb toes, and chapped lips.

That being said, wintertime is the best time to slow down and cozy up with that book you kept saying you’d read and that knitting project you forgot about amid the holiday rush. Here are some things this winter that sparked joy for me; enjoy!

What Marie Kondo taught me about conscious consumerism

What Marie Kondo taught me about conscious consumerism

I have always been a messy person. Every space I’ve inhabited—my childhood bedroom, my college dorm room, my current apartment—has been a victim of my tendency to cover every horizontal space with stuff.

So, with an admittedly skeptical mind, I read Marie Kondo’s famous self-help book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

And, I am now pretty convinced that tidying up will change my life. Surprisingly, I also learned a thing or two about conscious consumerism from Marie Kondo.

The Best Books I Read in 2018  (all by women of color!)

The Best Books I Read in 2018 (all by women of color!)

In 2018, I majorly stepped up my reading game and have been blown away by the poignant, imaginative, and diverse stories I’ve seen on the shelves of my local bookstore and library.

So, in no particular order, here are the best books I’ve read in 2018!

This startup proves there’s a more ethical and sustainable way to do tech // ft. Nimble

This startup proves there’s a more ethical and sustainable way to do tech // ft. Nimble

When I think about shopping more consciously, I’ll admit that my electronics and tech don’t top my shopping list. I’ve happily given up my fast fashion addiction to embrace slow fashion, but taking a more conscious approach to the gadgets that power my life, my career, and this blog is mostly uncharted territory for me.

This is partly because I find shopping for clothes fun and do it on a regular basis, but rarely buy new electronics. It’s also because, compared to the overwhelming selection consumers have when it comes to fashion, there are narrower options when it comes to the electronics we buy.

I recently learned about Nimble, a company that takes a more thoughtful and conscious approach to consumer electronics and tech, and I’m thrilled to partner with them to share their story with you.

Cat in the Wild | Choose your own adventure at Denny Creek, WA

Cat in the Wild | Choose your own adventure at Denny Creek, WA

Okay…so I did this hike twice. In one week. Can you tell I really like this trail?

I can already tell that Denny Creek is going to be a favorite of mine that I’ll revisit again, for its ridiculously sweet payoff to effort ratio and proximity to Seattle (only an hour’s drive).

Fall 2018 Eco & Ethical Edit | What I’m wearing, reading, and doing this fall

Fall 2018 Eco & Ethical Edit | What I’m wearing, reading, and doing this fall

I’m kicking off my first Eco & Ethical Edit, featuring my current favorites in sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle!

The Eco & Ethical Edit is like my version of monthly favorites, except this series will run on a seasonal basis because, well, slow fashion is slower. I find that my favorite clothes, makeup, and other interests refresh as the weather and mood of life change with the seasons.

I’ll also be sharing some other faves of mine, like books or shows or DIY projects I’m loving—because I’m a Real Human Being with more interests than fashion and makeup, and I hope that this series will help you get to know both the ethical lifestyle space, and me, a bit better.

This fall, recycled fashion is in, dainty jewelry is the new red lipstick, and POC storytellers are taking center stage. Get cozy and tuck into my fall faves!

Cat in the Wild | Falling for the PNW at Lake Ingalls, WA

Cat in the Wild | Falling for the PNW at Lake Ingalls, WA

This is the first of many “Cat in the Wild” entries to come! I hope this series inspires you to get outside, especially if, like me, you’re intimidated or hesitant to leave the comfort of the city for the trail. 

I think it was really this hike, Lake Ingalls, that sparked this desire within me to get outside, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Hey conscious consumer! It’s not up to just you to save the world.

Hey conscious consumer! It’s not up to just you to save the world.

Hey fellow conscious consumer! I have to tell you something.

The weight of the world is not on your shoulders, and conscious consumerism isn’t gonna save the world.

I know, this probably sounds hypocritical coming from someone who blogs mostly about conscious consumerism. Although I do believe that thinking critically about the things we buy and what kind of practices we support with our dollars is important, I’m worried that there’s too much emphasis on individual actions within the conscious consumerism movement.