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Sunkissed Summer Tag

Sunkissed Summer Tag
Sunkissed Summer Tag

This post is slightly different from the usual ones around here. After being on Twitter a few days ago, I spotted a tweet from Sydney Kelly that involved questions and answers from Ingrid Nilsen (missglamorazzi). I was inspired by these awesome questions having to do with my favorite time of year! I hope you enjoy the post and feel free to do this in your own blog!

1. What is your go-to product for a sun kissed summer glow?

Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Creme!

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?

The Selection and all 3 books in the series are a great easy, light read. The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games.

3. What’s your signature summer scent this year?

Coach-Poppy is great all year long!

4. The sun is shining and it’s time to get outside! What’s your favorite thing to do?

Hit the beach or go for a drive!

5. You’re on the boardwalk and your stomach is grumbling. What’s your go-to summer beach food?

I love Mexican, especially tacos and margaritas!!

6. Sunscreen is always important, but its a must in the summer! Whats your favorite?

Hawaiian Tropics 30 SPF

7. Sometimes it feels good to chill out and watch Netflix. What shows/movies do you recommend for summer?

Pretty Little Liars is such a great show and all the seasons are available on Netflix!

8. It’s super bright outside! Do you reach for sunglasses or a hat?

Hats are def my thing because I wear prescription glasses!

9. What is your favorite summer jam this year?

Anything by Florida Georgia Line! Really getting into country lately!

10. Must-have nail polish for summer 2014?

I love Butter nail polish as well as NARS! I simply can’t decide!

Summer questions and answers


Losing Mojo: Rants from a 30-something year old

Losing Mojo: Rants from a 30-something year old
Losing Mojo: Rants from a 30-something year old

A wise person once said, write what you know. That was a great idea 4 years ago but now most days I don’t even want to look at my blog never mind actually write for it. If it wasn’t for my agreement with Adbeans I would probably stop writing. This is how I feel most days. Most days I’m not even sure why I still have this blog. Lately I have zero motivation to actually write. Let’s face it, I never travel, I’m not made of money so spending money on make up and accessories is far and few between, so what is there to write about?

This is a rather depressing start to a new post huh? Well it was actually inspired by a recent conversation via Facebook. My friend Teresa shared a post that really spoke to me. She vented her frustrations about being a “blogger”. I was immediately like “I feel the same way.” Her frustrations included everything I spoke about in my first paragraph. The bottom line is we feel lost.

Lost

I feel lost in a world that I used to feel really good in. Maybe it’s because I actually work a full time non-blogging job unlike most of the people in this industry. Maybe its because I don’t have 10,000 twitter followers or have the SEO sense that a lot of others have. Whatever it is, it really sucks! Having zero motivation to work on your blog that you’ve had for almost 4 years is really a let down. I’m not sure when it started but slowly it’s been approaching. Every month when my Dreamhost bill is debited from my account, I think, why on earth am I still paying for something I never work on anymore.

Location

I missed last years Tbex because I was too poor to afford a flight to Toronto. I am patiently waiting for 2014 to approach so I can start saving my money. Maybe I’ll feel better reconnecting with old friends? I’m really not sure I cant wait until then to get my inspiration back. Another reason I feel disconnected is that I don’t live in a great city for blogging. I LOVE Providence but lets face it, I have to get my ass up to Boston for any meet-ups which I never can attend because they are mid-week. How are you supposed to connect when you can never join in group outings? I’ve considered starting something here in Providence but I literally know 1 other blogger here.

Making Money

When did it become all about the money? SEO this and monazite that, I mean come on, it used to be fun right? When I first started I had “new blogger” written all over my face. I think we often feel depleted when we don’t see signs of our numbers going up which really means you won’t be getting any advertisers and or press trips. PR companies don’t want to send you anywhere if you’ve got a low unique visitor count. So how do you get your numbers up? Good question because for a while there, I would write a lot, comment on other people’s blogs, but yet NOTHING. I’m pretty sure the only people who read this are my friends and family.

Social Media

How many Twitter and Facebook followers does it take to launch a website? Anyone? I tweet all the time and I certainly try my best when it comes to utilizing Facebook pages. Nothing I do on social media seems to be enough to get the word out. I’m stuck in a social media rut. How do I get out? Is it too much to ask to want people to read your blog, subscribe, and comment? Apparently so.

Should I Continue?

That’s a really good question. Apparently Teresa’s Facebook post was enough to spark something in me tonight. Will it continue? How do I get my writing mojo back? How do long term bloggers keep it going? I read plenty of non-travel blogs and I’m curious to know to secret behind sustaining a good blog. Does anyone else feel like this? I sure hope so, there can not be 2 people in this world that feel lost, confused, and a little lonely at times in a blogging world that should make you feel connected, engaged, and determined. Please help a lost blogger out.

 

 

What I’ve Learned From Being A Blogger

What I’ve Learned From Being A Blogger
What I’ve Learned From Being A Blogger

Being a blogger is hard work. Sometimes it can be hard but mostly its just work.  I’ve been a blogger for three years now and looking back on it now, what a ride its been.

With the Travel Blog Exchange fast approaching in June, it has made me think about how my blogging first started. Many of you know that I started this just after a trip to Alaska with the ex.  After we broke up last Spring I wasn’t sure I would be able to blog again. It was friends and family that convinced me to keep going and see what I could do.  I’ve learned a lot over these three years and thought I would share it with you!

Naming my blog

I’m pretty sure I changed the name of this blog a few times before I actually settled on Fashionista’s Travel.  A wise person once said “write what you know” (I have no idea who the wise person is) but it sounded good to me…Fashionista’s Travel was born in 2010.

Writing posts

I’ve learned so much about how to write a better post over the years. I can remember the first few times I wrote blog posts. I had no idea what I was doing! It’s hard to write for an audience especially when you’ve never done it before.  I’m glad my humor flows into my writing, I think it makes for a better read.

Tags and SEO

It took me about two years to figure out that when you tag a post correctly and use SEO your traffic numbers double! haha

I know what your all saying, it took you two years to figure that out, but hey at least I finally did, we are off and running now.

Twitter

It’s a must have and probably the only thing I’ve been doing right since the get-go. I made sure that I immediately fell in with a crowd of travel bloggers and  other like-minded tweeps. It’s also important to keep up with those people with the ever so clever hash tags #FF #TT.  This is a good chance to tweet new people to start new connections with.

Pictures

Pictures tell a 1000 words so I’ve learned to get AMAZING pictures. Not just good ones but FABULOUS ones. It took me a long time to figure that one out as well. (yes I’m a slow learner)

500 words or more

Those seem to be the posts that get the most attention. As much as I love to style and write about fashion, those posts just don’t do that well for me. When I write about an adventure or tell a story I see my numbers rise.  Figuring out what really works for your blog was something that I just started to pay attention too.  Sure I still write shorter posts but on those day’s I won’t expect to see great numbers.

Conferences and networking

Those seem to go hand in hand.  You can network on twitter till the cows come home but nothing is better than networking with those people in person.  Attending TBEX has become my go-to each year.  It’s a great time to get together with fellow bloggers and PR to network and lets face it bull-shit with each other.

LAUGH

Sometimes I look back at old posts and think oh jeez what was I thinking. I’ve come to the conclusion that its ok to laugh at just how bad a writer or photographer you used to be.  Its learning from it that will make all the difference.

In conclusion (wow sounds like I’m writing a paper) you can see that I’ve learned quite a bit about being a blogger.  With only three years on the table I don’t feel so bad about not having been on a lot of press trips or that I don’t have 1000 people/day viewing my site.  It takes time and practice but also fun.  I’m having the  best time being a web geek and learning as I go. I would encourage everyone to take a step back and see what they’ve learned over the course of a few years.

Got Money? Funding My Travels To Costa Rica

Got Money? Funding My Travels To Costa Rica

English: Costa Rica (orthographic projection)

Money and travel seem to go hand in hand. I never seem to have enough money to fund all the traveling I’d like to do. So it seems like a shock to most people when the “girl who is always broke” up and decided to visit Costa Rica.

A few weeks before I decided to apply for the International Volunteer Program I took a look at my finances. Since my travel blogging skills don’t earn me many press trips, it looked like my next trip would be coming out of my own pocket.

My finances are in pretty good shape for the most part, I’ve got some good credit balances which I realize isn’t ideal but it works in my case. So basically I’d like to share how it is possible to travel without breaking the bank.

After checking my finances and seeing just how much I could afford I decided to start applying to volunteer programs. The first program that I was accepted to was Spain actually. However after researching and realizing that the flight to Madrid was going to cost about $1200 it was clear that Spain was just to far. That would be the first thing I would look into if I was a newcomer-distance from where you live.

That being said my choices based on proximity were roughly Mexico and Costa Rica. Guess where I chose?

So once I picked Costa Rica it came down to the amount of time I would want to spend volunteering.  1 week seems like too little and 1 month seems like a little too long. So 2 weeks it is! The price will go up or down depending on how long you are planning on staying.

Lets get down to the numbers shall we:

  • My flight to Costa Rica costs $561
  • My program fee (which goes to your host family for food and room) $545
  • My reservation fee $220

So overall we are looking at around $1300 for two weeks. Not too bad in my eyes.

So besides putting a few of those costs on my credit cards I figured out another REALLY great way to get money (no I didn’t stand on the corner).

The great way is to fundraise!  There is actually a website dedicated to this called GoFundMe.com, which makes it really easy to set up your donation page and collect donations as well. The thing with this is to keep an easy goal in mind. Trying to raise more than $500 can seem almost difficult especially in these hard economic times; unless you have wealthy friends, which in that case send them my way!

So if your thinking about fundraising follow these steps:

  • Set a obtainable goal, mine was $200
  • Spread the word, not just in emails
  • Utilize Facebook and Twitter; the majority of my donations came from friends on Facebook
  • Make sure to personally update your progress; saying things such as “10 more people needed to donate $20″ will make people more incline to donate. $20 doesn’t seem like too much money to most people

I was able to raise $200 in a matter of two weeks, its really very simple! 

The long of the short is that traveling doesn’t have to break your bank account. There are many ways of obtaining money to fund your trips.  As long as you are realistic about how much money you can put towards a trip then I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to travel. Once again I highly recommend volunteering with organisations they are a great way to see the world and do some good at the same time.

October Staff Picks

October Staff Picks

With the month of October being so fall and halloween obsessed, we decided to make this monthly post  dedicated to some great halloween costume’s and accessories.

After a recent visit to the Spirit Halloween online site and store, we are proudly to present our picks straight from Spirit! Trick or Treat

Top  Gun Womans $49.99

 

Top Gun Dress Adult Womens Costume

Red Angry Bird $49.99

Red Angry Bird Adult Costume

Lady Gaga $42.99

Lady Gaga Black Sequin Dress Adult Costume

Pin Up Sailor $39.99

Pin up Sailor Adult Womens Costume

Jersey Shore Snooki $34.99

Jersey Shore Snooki Adult Women's Costume

Michael Jackson Kit $29.99

Michael Jackson Kit

Where’s Waldo Wenda Kit $34.99

Where's Waldo Wenda Adult Kit

Sarah Palin Kit $9.98Sarah Palin Kit