5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Fashion, Beauty & More!) – February 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

There are countless of blogs out there, so I began this blogging series in December in hopes to share the incredible sites I come by. This month’s picks happen to include more fashion and beauty related blogs, but you’ll find these bloggers have an array of interests that are seen on their sites. If you have a blog of your own or adore a particular one, please feel free to share it and meet others.

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Each month I feature five of the best lifestyle blogs I come across and follow. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.


One of the first style blogs that stood out in February of 2017 is CIISTAFFAIRS by Minneapolis-based blogger Valentine. Her fashion blog is full of personality and documents her personal style, often featuring outfit combinations that range from casual everyday wear to items fit for the runway.

Another stunning blog that will inspire you when you’re in need of some fashion inspiration is The Bottle Blonde. Sydney Wilfley, the blonde behind this welcoming blog, writes she’s a “lover of fashion, beauty, food, and all the fund things in life.” Expect holiday lookbooks, seasonal style trends, and bold lip colors!

Heathermoors is a creative space where thoughts are delicately and gracefully expressed through photography. The style blogger also responds to different literature and invites you to discuss them with her. Heather lets her readers into her mind not only by her writing but by her manner of dress.

For those who are more interested in all things makeup, Catty Natty Beauty by Natalie is a refreshing cruelty-free beauty blog that provides great insights on bunny friendly makeup options. The Chicago-based blogger reviews products, which range from makeup to skincare, and informs of promising subscription services.

Baking can be challenging and prove to be quite the nemesis for many people. Samantha from The Beauty Spyglass shares some of her recipes in a way that both novice and experienced cook can understand. Her lifestyle blog is not solely about the musings of a foodie, but rather a creative outlet that has a little bit of everything.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Missed last month’s picks? View “January’s 5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow” here!

Psst… Would you like to be considered for next month’s list of top bloggers? Share your site below!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Not too long ago, I was nominated for the “Blogger Recognition Award” by Little Beauty Book and very much appreciate the gesture. I am excited to share that I have been nominated by Paige from the blog Currently, Lately for another award. This particular award allows bloggers to share more about themselves, spread the love of blogging, and builds a stronger community. Before I begin, I would like to thank both bloggers who thought of me. You are both too kind.

Award Rules:

You thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! [Then,] share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)! Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice. Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.


About Me

  • One of my favorite TV shows is Jane the Virgin, an American telenovela.
  • Eyebrows are such an interesting thing to me, since they frame the face.
  • I’m actually half Spanish and half Peruvian!
  • English Literature and education is what I’m majoring in.
  • A dream of mine is to start an online fashion store.
  • I have two younger brothers and a cute little (not so little) Husky.
  • Aside from writing and artsy activities, I love traveling and learning about new places.

Nominations

The following sites are absolutely lovely, ranging from fashion to beauty blogs.

  1. Cooking with a Wallflower
  2. Darly Lifestyle Blog
  3. el-esque
  4. Helpless Whilst Drying
  5. It’s Laura Rebecca Jonas
  6. Just Like Heaven
  7. Little Beauty Book
  8. Little Yellow Butterflies
  9. Musings of a Makeup Junkie
  10. Natalie Breuer
  11. Santino Co 
  12. The Bottle Blonde
  13. Tees & Coffee
  14. THIS IS MY BLISS
  15. Thursday in August

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Travel, Fashion, & Makeup) – January 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Last month, I started a new blogging series with the goal to share some of the best sites I encounter. There was an overall positive response to the blogging series, and I received tons of support from other bloggers. I will continue showcasing five lifestyle bloggers each month; however, I will be providing more information on the focal point of each one.

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Each month I feature five of the best lifestyle blogs I come across and follow. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.


The first blog that stood out in January of 2017 is Arctic Sabrina. This lifestyle blog has everything from travel journals to beauty product reviews. The content creator, Sabrina, is a full-time student who graciously vlogs about her interests and will give you extreme wanderlust with her travels. Speaking of wanderlust, the blog Hello, It’s Jo by a fashion intern has a great series on the kinds of things to do and places to visit in London.

If you are looking for fashion and styling inspiration, Mox and Socks by Devinne is a great site to visit. This simple and chic blog is a creative outlet for Chicago-based blogger Devinne. She has wonderful outfit ideas and easy to follow hair tutorials.

I personally am quite the beauty enthusiast, and there are two bloggers that have this in common with me. Desperately Seeking Lifestyle by Ellie is a fantastic site for makeup and skincare reviews. Based in Scotland, this lifestyle blog also has helpful home improvement/DIYs sprinkled in. Beauty and the Beach is another great blog that sings to a makeup lover and contains creative eye looks.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Missed last month’s picks? View “December’s 5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow” here!

Psst… Would you like to be considered for next month’s list of top bloggers? Share your site below!

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Blogger Recognition Award

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Since my lifestyle blog Alive & Living is relatively new and has room for improvements, I appreciate those who reach out and express how my work has resonated with them. I feel honored to share that I have been nominated for the “Blogger Recognition Award” by Little Beauty Book this past week. This award, which I did not see coming (lol), is an innovative way to connect the blogging community and commend the work of other dedicated bloggers.

Award Guidelines

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. [Then, w]rite a post to show your award [and briefly explain the] story of how your blog started. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers [and] select other bloggers you want to give this award to. [Please remember to] comment on each blog [with] the link to the post you created [so they] know you have nominated them.


Beginnings

There were lots of things that inspired me to start blogging, but my family and friends inspired me most. These lovely people would always tell me that I am a creative and resourceful person, which basically motivated me to share what I have to say with the world. Once I joined Pinterest and discovered YouTube, I knew I wanted to be part of this online world and gave blogging a try. 

In this time and day, I learned people are alive but not always living. They are just going through the motions and sometimes do not pursue their passions or interests. I believe we should live life to the fullest and so named my blog Alive & Living, for it encompasses my life mantra. This little blog of mine is a creative outlet where I can talk about all things beauty, display my fashion evolution, try DIYs/crafts, and more.

Advise For New Bloggers

There are many things I have leaned about blogging through trial and error. If you are a new blogger (or even an experienced one!), I recommend creating AND updating a plan of action for postings. What I mean by this is establish a blogging schedule for brainstorming ideas, prepping, and executing your work. I found that consistency is key for blog growth and traffic. Another tip for bloggers is to find others in the blogging community that share your same interests and network. You can learn from their experiences, find inspiration for your content, build friendships, and make blogging worthwhile this way.

Nominations

I would like to recognize the quality and unique content from the following blogs:

  1.      Antonia Robinson
  2.      Busy Bee
  3.      The Chic Community
  4.      Currently, Lately
  5.      Dolled Up By J
  6.      The Homemaker’s Life
  7.      Jessica Jade Beauty
  8.      Of Pixie Dust
  9.      SIMPLY UNDONE
  10.      THIS IS MY BLISS

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Fashion, Makeup, & Skincare) – December 2016

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Before I started blogging, I spent countless of hours looking through pins on Pinterest and videos on YouTube. The work of artistic and creative influencers were displayed on these platforms, and they ultimately inspired projects of my own. After creating my lifestyle blog, Alive & Living, I discovered the diverse interests of the blogging community and appreciated how bloggers expressed themselves through their blogs.

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Starting this month, I am featuring a series on my blog showcasing some of the best sites I come across and follow. More specifically, I will be sharing five of my favorite lifestyle bloggers at the beginning of each month. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.

The bloggers that stood out for their work in December of 2016:

  1. Ramona Crisstea
  2. Helpless Whilst Drying
  3. Will All My Affection
  4. Emily Clare Beauty
  5. All Things Lacquer

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Psst… Would you like to be considered for next month’s list of top bloggers? Share your site below!

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New Year

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Happy New Year, everyone! ❤

The year 2016 had very defining moments that allowed me to learn more about myself and the world I live in. My goals were to read more books from different genres, continue writing, and figure out my way in the kitchen. Among the chaos and tranquility in 2016, I managed to meet these goals and decide on a single resolution for the new year.

My resolution and motto for 2017 is “MAKE IT HAPPEN”.

I hope to be more productive this year and work towards improving this here blog. Procrastination is a habit we tend to mingle with, as it tends to root from self-doubt, but the motto “Make It Happen” is an empowering reminder of what to do in those situations. From here on out, Alive & Living posts will go live on Tuesdays each week. This year I am also including fashion related content and introducing my monthly picks of top bloggers. Stay tuned!

What are your 2017 New Year’s resolutions?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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10 Things You Should Bring To Prom (or any formal event!)

Exactly one year ago, I attended my senior prom with my very best friend. Since the theme was “Enchanted Forest,” inspiration for my prom look came from A) the TV show Once Upon A Time and B) almost every Disney princess movie I had ever seen. Overall, my prom was the kind that you see in the movies. I was surrounded by wonderful people and danced the night away in a beautiful location. Not many people can say that, so I feel fortunate to have such a lovely memory. In honor of my prom, I decided to share today 10 Things You Should Bring To Prom (or any formal event really), which can come in handy if you experience any mishaps and unforeseen events.

10 Things You Must Bring To Prom

1) Beauty essentials (for touch-ups)

Since we all have different skin types and beauty routines, it’s difficult to name a universal beauty product that will work for us all. So, for beauty essentials I suggest bringing the makeup products you may need to use for touch-ups later in the day. For example, it may be your signature red lipstick or simply eyelash glue for your glamorous lashes.

2) Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are the small clips I buy in bulk but one by one magically disappear without a trace. These little hair clips come in handy though, keeping any hairstyle in place. Some stores sell bobby pins in a travel size container, so they don’t run around inside your purse/clutch. You can also pack other types of hair clips and hair ties for your event.

3) Cash

Having cash to spend may be a given, but I feel it’s necessary to mention. Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe you and your people want to take professional pictures at prom (since your school hired a photographer) OR you guys are feeling munchies after the dance is over. You can do those things now because I reminded you to bring money, your welcome.

4) Comfortable Shoes 

Chances are you’re going to be tired after all the standing, walking, and/or dancing. Whether you’re in heels or dress shoes, bring along some comfortable shoes. I know there are some flats that you can fold and store in your purse. It might be worth checking out. You also have the option of placing comfy shoes in your car.

5) Gum or mints

We all like a fresh minty breath, so packing gum or mints may be a good idea.

6) Lip balm

Dry, chapped lips are the worst. If you already carry around your favorite lip moisturizer, kudos to you my friend. Don’t forget to bring lip balm to prom, or any event for that matter, so you don’t have to experience the pain that can comes from chapped lips.

7) Oil blotting Sheets

Since my t-zone is more on the oily side, I make sure to carry blotting sheets wherever I go. When you’re out and about, specifically dancing away at prom, you may get sweaty and run your makeup off. I highly recommend taking some blotting sheets to keep oil at bay and maintain that flawless complexion.

8) Portable phone charger

During prom, there are lots of pictures taken by both parents and friends. You may also take pictures from your phone and have them posted on social media that same night. In order to do so, keep your battery power high with a portable phone charger.

9) Safety pins

I have heard so many prom wardrobe malfunctions stories, such as zippers breaking and gowns tearing. Safety pins will be your best friend in these situations,  so packing a few for prom and other events can save you and/or a friend.

10) Travel-sized deodorant

I feel that no one can go wrong with packing a travel-sized deodorant wherever they go. Just remember to tightly seal the product so it doesn’t open and possibly stain something. The purpose of taking deodorant to events is to smell nice, but this can be accomplished with perfume or cologne. So, pack whatever you like the most my friend.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Friday (well I try to! lol).

What lifesaving essentials do you pack for formal events? Share them below!

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