6 Podcasts You Need to Listen in 2019

6 Podcasts You Need to Listen in 2019

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you even know what they are? If you are nodding, don’t worry. On the first listening, you will become a huge fan.

Podcasts roots date back to the 1980s. They had a real comeback we can say! Diverse shows are now available. They are covered by amateurs or professionals. Some topics are serious, political, while the others are great for those who like to relax and enjoy in their bus or metro ride.

Naturally, the fashion industry got caught on podcasts. If you like to follow news and controversies from fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industry in general, then these are some of the podcasts you should download.

The Business of Fashion

The Business of fashion podcast is one of those you NEED to listen. This podcast is considered to be a fashion bible, for all those fans who like to hear real fashion stories. It is perfect for all those interested in fashion interviews, and all sorts of news and controversies. Listen to CEO of BOF Imran Ahmed talks with many people from the industry – from Kim Kardashian to Tim Blanks.

Fashion No Filter

This podcast is hosted by two women – Monica Ainley, living in Paris and Camille Charriere, Londoner and Parisian. These two influencers and journalists break some of the most controversial stories, such as what men think about fashion, what is feminism or how Instagram is occupying our lives. Listening to this podcast will show you how truly fashion looks – without filters.

At Home With…

Anna Newton and Lily Pebbles combine beauty, interior, and fashion into one podcast. Surprisingly, they do it perfectly! Every episode those two bloggers go to their guests’ houses and talk with them. If you think that might look good on the screen as well – I can’t agree more. However, don’t hesitate to listen this podcast, every time you need inspiration.

Monocycle with Leandra Medine

Even though Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine is not recording anything new at the time, I don’t hesitate to listen to old episodes all over again. Leandra is one of the most funnier people in the fashion industry. She is witty, but also very serious when she talks about some important things. From personal struggles to conversations with her husband and friends – this podcast is an amazing way to make your train rides short.

Second Life

Second Life podcast is hosted by co-founder of MyDomaine and Who What Wear. I don’t know about you but these two websites are my fashion and lifestyle bibles. Hillary Kerr talks with all women who succeed in business and changed their careers. If you are interested to hear how they do that, were they afraid and many other things, listen to this podcast. 

Breaking Beauty

Behind every best selling beauty product, there is a story. How did they made millions, which products you need to have in your bag, etc are just some of the topics that this podcast covers. Join magazine beauty editors, Jill Dunn, and Carlene Higgins as they chat about the background of many beauty stories.

How Bloggers Make Money: 6 Proven Ways

How Bloggers Make Money: 6 Proven Ways

Many of us probably wonder if it is possible to be a full-time blogger. Some will say yes, while others still don’t recognize that as an actual job. Believe it or not, bloggers make money – and they work hard for it. Starting your blog is easy, but if you want to turn it into the money-churning machine you have to do a lot of planning, organization, and connect with a lot of people.

From some common ways on how bloggers make money to the hard ones that require more resources and effort – I will show you how to turn your blog into a business.

 

Sponsored Posts

If you have been seeing a hashtag on Instagram like #sponsored or #ad but you didn’t exactly realize what they have meant, I will explain further. A blogger or influencer publish a sponsored post when brand paid them to promote their product(s). These posts can be included on your blog, social media, or both.

In the beginning, when your blog is still new and you are not so popular, it might come hard to find brands to collaborate with. However, you can look into many talent agencies that exist nowadays and try to find brands that suit you and make the best deals out of it.

Affiliate Marketing (Links)

Most bloggers started earning through a blog with affiliate marketing. It is great for the beginners – you don’t have to do anything except putting a link to a product. How to implement affiliate links? Well, the best way to do it is through networks like rewardstyle or ShopStyle.

Don’t be afraid to contact smaller boutiques as well – they can offer good deals as well.

 

Banner Ads

This might be the most common way for bloggers to earn money. You allow advertisers to use certain parts of your blog – whether it is a header, sidebars, footer or between posts. Google AdSense or Mediavine are services that can help a lot, they act like your ad manager, keeping all data and analysis.

Bloggers that decide to have banner ads are paid according to monthly impressions and clicks.   

 

Become Brand Ambassador

To become the brand ambassador you really have to put a lot of effort into it. You need to have a certain number of followers who you can convince to buy some product. Brands are usually searching for somebody who can:

  • Influence people to buy something
  • Bloggers with a long list of followers
  • Bloggers that already cooperated with brands from the same niche

Offer Products

When all these things stop making sense and your blog is functioning perfectly, then it might be the right time to think out of a box. That is when you can start thinking about making your own goodies. Whether those are free templates, lines of clothes or shoes – if you have been successful in selling, this will absolutely be the bull’s eye.

 

Offer Services

If making products isn’t your thing, then think the other way – bloggers make money by offering services. If you are good in graphic design, photography or you produce killer content, then you might want to share that with the world.

Instagram Stories: Edit Them Like a Pro

Instagram Stories: Edit Them Like a Pro

From day one since they appeared as a feature, Instagram stories have become super popular among all people. Even your cousins were sharing their moments, right? They became important for an Instagram community like blogging was for the internet.

Instagram stories are a great place to share everything that you consider important. However, since Instagram aesthetics became so popular, not every photo deserves a place on your profile. Stories are a better option for those who like to share a lot but don’t want to bother people with many pictures during the day.

While watching some bloggers profiles, you can see that their Instagram stories are much more edited, designed or made to look unique. If you were wondering how to do it yourself, here we gathered a list of popular apps that can help you create beautiful collages for your Insta stories.

Unfold

This might be the best app for storytelling in 2018. Almost all bloggers, influencers, and people that I personally follow tried this app (count me there, as well). And you know what? I absolutely love it!

You can create separate stories inside the app, add some text, filters, and choose the templates. The app is absolutely minimalistic, and for those who want to make a statement with their stories.

 

Over

With Over app, you can create the best-branded content. That is the question that will pop up once you log or sign in. You can add text, choose between many free (and paid) templates, add filters, crop, and blend – all that like a pro. A lot of people from graphic industry use this app. It is pretty easy to use, once you get used to it.

A Color Story

If you are interested in wonderful filters, then you need to install A Color Story app ASAP. They have almost 100+ filters, that will make both of your Instagram photos and stories looking beautiful.

You can now post videos on your stories, with good looking filters. This app enables you to drag, rotate and edit both of your photos and videos as well.

InShot

Your Instagram stories videos can now look professional and unique with filters from InShot app. You can add glitches, edit skin tone or adjust the speed of your videos. There are tons of filters, emojis, and even music to add to your cool videos and prepare them for your stories. If you are interested, you can also make a video collage – that way you will surely be unique!

Canva

Whether you need designs for the blog, Instagram stories or cards you can find gorgeous templates and modify them with Canva app. You can add your templates and photos as well and edit them.

This app is great for designers looking for quick but good templates.

Hype-Type

Adding text to your stories will get upgraded with Hype-Type app. Designed typography and animated text will make your stories unique and catchy. You can definitely expect a big engagement with your followers.

 

Do you like Instagram stories? If you want to recommend some app that we didn’t list, write to us in the comment section below.

What We Have Learned About Instagram in 2018

What We Have Learned About Instagram in 2018

The year 2018 on Instagram was full of changes, both positive and negative. The experience of being on this social media is undoubtedly great – meeting and following new, creative people that you can contact, and after all meet. However, I couldn’t help but notice that many people had the same feeling about spending their time online – feeling overwhelmed. Some just take a break while the others decided to step aside. All those changes and modifications Instagram made can seem like too much for you, but you just need to get used to it.

You can still be completely in love with Instagram, even if you are feeling overwhelmed. Here are things we have learned about Instagram in 2018. They should help you learn more and fall back in love with this lovely social media.

 

Plan All Your Posts In Advance

With the new algorithm on Instagram planning your posts in advance is everything you need. After all, by keeping the good organization of your posts, you will feel good, and excited for next time you need to post!

There are many apps that can help you to plan your posts, post them at the exact time, etc. When you post consistently, your followers will love it. Getting a bigger engagement is guaranteed.

Try NOT to Focus on Numbers

I know, we have all been there – you post an amazing photo of you, a flatlay or your pet but likes just don’t arrive on your feed. We all have been tortured by numbers. Losing followers, not gaining so many likes as you planned and many other things can make you feel bad. You don’t need that. Always go for good quality, rather than quantity.  

Try to concentrate on people, not numbers. If you have 500 followers, just imagine them in the same room with you – that is a lot of people.

 

Finding Routine is Important

By finding your own routine you will fit Instagram to your life. Analytics can help you a lot, but don’t analyze them too much. Do what you think it is wise and good. If you think your late night posts gain a lot of engagement, then stick to it. However, don’t let it affect your personal life.

Find the time to check out DMs, stories of your followers, and posts. However, don’t spend hours scrolling down your feed. Make your morning and night routine work the best for you and your Instagram account.

It’s Fine to Take a Break

Sometimes it is a good idea to take a break from Instagram. No matter if that break lasts one or seven days, you don’t have to worry about that. You will feel more creative and refreshed, without feeling burned out.

 

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Don’t take Instagram too seriously. Make it a fun experience – from editing your photos to posting, everything should be a creative and mostly fun process that you enjoy.  

What did you learn about Instagram last year? Is there something you want to share? Write to us in the comment section below.

The Biggest Trend Guide for 2019

The Biggest Trend Guide for 2019

We have already entered 2019. Now, it is the right time for us to check out trend guide and see what you should put in, and what should go out from your closet.

 

Fashion shows and clothes that designers created for this year show a new feminine look. The wardrobe is wearable again, making you feel confident and powerful. Suits, utility jumpsuits are just some of the trends predicted to be huge this year.

 

These are the biggest trends predicted for this year. Scroll down to find more inspiration.

Sage Green

Pastels were a big trend last year. From lilac to sage green – we adore wearing blush shades of some not so popular colors. There is even a debate about this shade name – is it pistachio, mint or seafoam? However, whatever you decide to call it, one thing is sure – you can wear it as beige or black.

Fringes

Fashion experts say that ruffles go out and fringes go in. Fringes are something you will see everywhere – from hems to bags and dresses. Also, bohemian fringes counts – crochet blouses with fringes will be perfect for summertime.

Animal Print

Surprised to see animal print this season? Me neither. However, leopard print looks more sophisticated and elegant this season. Most of all, it is wearable and decent – perfect for both office and night-out. From Burberry to Gucci – it seems like designers really love animal print this year.

Suits

Combine two trends in one – beige and neon suit dressing. Suits are great for office wear, but you can also look interesting in a cool combination of beige suit and red neon turtleneck.

Beige

If you ask me, beige was never out of style. It is utterly chic and sophisticated. This year it is more trendy than ever. Whether you opt for coats, dresses or high waisted pants in beige or any other shade like oatmeal or biscuit you will look fashionable and in trend.

Neons

Vibes from the 80s never stop! This year they came in form of neon clothes. Green, pink or blue neon – you choose! This trend already has been shown in street style, so now it is the right time to start thinking about it. If you don’t want to be feet-to-toe in neon shades, opt for detail only – crossbody or belt bag.

Small Handle Bags

Switch from wearing super big tote bags to small kind of Dior saddle bags. If you were asking how to manage to wear all your stuff with you in such a small bag, the answer is – choose bare necessities. Top handle bags trend will be huge this year, so make sure to have even one of these chic and sophisticated bags in your closet.

Utility Dressing

Utility or boiler suits are not only reserved for home wear. These jumpsuits are loose fitting but belt waisted which is great for showing off your figure. Even if you don’t believe it, you can wear these utility clothes with ankle boots, heels or sneakers.

How do you like this trend guide? Which of these trends you would like to try?

How to Get Back to Your Sleep Routine After Holidays

How to Get Back to Your Sleep Routine After Holidays

Holidays are officially over. Now is the right time to come back to your routine, sleep habits and restart your body and mind after holidays.

Some say that good morning starts in the evening. So, that actually means that your right evening routine can affect how your next day will start. Many people don’t actually know how important sleep is. After long Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve, and other holiday celebrations your body can be exhausted and prone to flues.

 

In this post, you will find out how to organize your evening in order to sleep better and have the perfect day tomorrow.

Set Next Day Priorities

Always set your next day priorities before going to bed. You can write them down in your phone, or in the planner. It is crucial to get them out of your head onto the paper, so you don’t think about them during the night.

Writing down priorities in your journal or planner is a great way to relax. You empty your head from all negative thoughts and set goals for the next day. You shouldn’t waste your energy writing them down in the morning, so it is actually great to do it in the evening.

 

Do What You Love

We all learned how important sleep is, but sometimes it is not enough. After a hard day at work, you want to relax and do something you love and enjoy. That can be anything you love doing – reading a book, making a mood board or coloring. Just make sure you practice it.

Try writing down the list of things that make you happy. You can see how much you can fill them up every day.

Be creative, draw, learn a new language or just work out. Make sure you do this every time you feel exhausted from work.

Prepare Your Evening

What represents the perfect evening for you? Is it a face mask and fashion reading or having a good time with your friends and family? Whatever your perfect evening is you should organize it and enjoy it. Sometimes, you should even think about spending your evening alone, do a manicure or visit your hairdresser.

However, there are many factors you should consider – putting kids to bed, walking the dog or other responsibilities. That is why a good organization is very important.

 

Social Switch Off

This might sound like a cliche or mission impossible to some of you, but forgetting about your phone for even an hour before going to bed is a perfect idea. It is proven that blue light from devices can affect your sleep/wake cycle. With new phones, you can turn on the ‘do not disturb’ mode and stop receiving notifications while you sleep.

Repeat Things In The Evening

Doing the same things every evening will help your brain prepare your body for sleep. For instance, drinking a cup of tea or taking a warm shower will slow you down, giving your brain the sign it is time for bed. Journaling before bad can help you with organizing your thoughts and sleep better.

Flu Season: How to Boost Immune System

Flu Season: How to Boost Immune System

If there is something even scarier than a cold winter period then it is definitely a flu season. Even if you take care of yourself – avoid coworkers with flu, wash your hands, and take flu shots, there is still a big chance you will get sick.

 

If you really want to protect yourself from flues, you don’t need to experiment much. Look no further than your immune system. There are some tested-and-proven ways on how you can fight against flu season and protect your immune system. We have prepared some of the easiest, yet efficient ways to avoid flu season this winter.

Healthy Diet

Eating a lot of good food might be the best way to boost your immune system. If you provide your body with enough vitamins from a healthy diet, you can be sure your immune system will be ready to fight against any kind of flu.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, these are the vitamins you need for healthy and perfectly working immune system:

 

  • Vitamin E (peanuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seats, almonds, spinach, broccoli)
  • Vitamin A (pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, squash)
  • Folate/Folic Acid (peas, beans, leafy green vegetables, enriched and 100 percent whole-grain products)
  • Vitamin C (leafy greens, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, papaya)
  • Vitamin D (orange juice, fortified cereals, and milk, fat fish)
  • Selenium (garlic, broccoli, Brazil nuts, barley, sardines, tuna)
  • Zinc (baked beans, chickpeas, oysters, crab, lean meats, poultry, yogurt)
  • Iron (beans, broccoli, kale, lean poultry, seafood)

Catch Some Sleep

The studies showed that people who don’t get enough sleep have a bigger chance to get sick. And even if you think that all that lack of sleep can be solved with cups and cups of coffee in the morning, that is actually a pretty wrong solution. Prolonging that lack of sleep can only bring more problems.

If you actually have problems to get asleep, invest in black curtains or try meditation before bedtime. When you sleep your body reduces the production of infection-fighting cells and antibodies. Now you realize why sleeping good is crucial for flu season.

Work Out

Exercise improves your immune system and boosts natural flu-killing cells in your body. You don’t have to go far away from your room. It is already too cold to run outside, so you can find only 20 minutes a day to do a few practices and to improve your both mind and body.

Avoid Alcohol and Cigarettes

We all have our best moments when we were young – parties, a lot of cocktails and a few cigarettes. Who knew it will be so hard now to party like that? You should definitely avoid these kinds of gathering if you want to protect your body and fight the flu season. Alcohol can prolong the recovery time from illnesses, injuries, and flues.

However, if you plan to drink a few cocktails for your spring or summer vacations, you can definitely do it, but avoid it during flu season. That is why you should sweep your Cosmopolitan for the cup of warm tea or cocoa and keep it that way until winter is gone.

Best Christmas Movies You Should Watch Now

Best Christmas Movies You Should Watch Now

What do you need for a perfect holiday delight? For me, it is a warm blanket, a glass of mulled wine with a lot of cinnamon, snacks, and Christmas movies on a TV screen. Nothing can beat that feeling of joy and warmth. This year, that is exactly what I will do – go offline and watch all my favorite movies. And I recommend that to you as well.

 

The best thing is to gather around your family, make some snacks, and enjoy watching all your favorite Christmas movies together. These are some of the best movies you can find either online or on Netflix this winter. You might have been seen some of them, but, hey, who can resist them in Christmas time?

The Holiday

Director: Nancy Meyers

Writer: Nancy Meyers

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black

 

The story about two women, completely different, yet with one common problem – breakup and unrequited love switch their houses for holidays. Culture difference and interesting life situations will put them into many unexpected situations.

I don’t know about you, but this movie is at the top on my list of all time favorites.

Love Actually

Director: Richard Curtis

Writer: Richard Curtis

Cast: Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Freeman, Joanna Page

 

How many times we actually have watched Love Actually? I can’t even remember. However, it is still one of the prettiest and joyful Christmas movies of all times.

The movie follows ten separate stories that occasionally interlace in London around Christmas time.  Actually, this movie is recommended to watch at least three times in December.

The Princess Switch

Director: Mike Rohl

Writer: Robin Bernheim, Megan Metzger

Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Sam Palladio, Susanne Braun, Alexa Adeosun

 

What happens when Duchess of Montenaro switches places with Stacy, a baker from Chicago? We will find out in the newest Netflix movie. The unexpected encounter will change the lives of two girls completely. Vanessa Hudgens will make us laugh.

If you were a fan of The Parent Trap, then you will adore this as well.

The Christmas Chronicles

Director: Clay Kaytis

Writer: Matt Lieberman

Cast: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Oliver Hudson, Lamorne Morris

 

The story follows brother and sister that are separated after their father’s death. Brother Teddy has problems with juvenile delinquency, while Kate catches Santa Claus on her camcorder. Those two begin an adventure that most kids just can dream about.

A Christmas Prince

Director: Alex Zamm

Writer: Nathan Atkins

Cast: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, Emma Louise Saunders, Sarah Douglas

 

Even though this is a sort of cheesy romantic movie, you have to give it a try during the Christmas holidays. Rose Mclver is a reporter, going undercover to get the inside story about playboy prince of Aldovia. She gets tangled in romance and royal intrigues that will make her wonders how to keep her old lifestyle.  

 

What are you watching this Christmas? Tell us about your favorite Christmas movies.

8 Resolutions Every Women Should Set in 2019

8 Resolutions Every Women Should Set in 2019

Christmas is already here and you still have a lot of things to finish – food, cards for gifts, wrapping. Do it with joy and try to be less stressed out about the things. In the meantime, this is also a great opportunity for you to think about your next year goals and resolutions. Think about what do you want, how you would like to push yourself into trying new things, such as learning a new language or travel more.

 

Here are some of the goals every woman should set for herself in 2019. Try to remember or write them down, so you can always check them out from time to time.

More Travel

Let your next year be a year for new travels. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should travel far away or out of your country. You can explore places near you, something you have visited as a child or always wanted to visit. Travel not only broadens your mind it also help you unwind and not think about work and other problems that bother you.

 

More Discipline

Start a new year with new resolutions – you will need more discipline if you want to achieve every goal you have set. You can buy a great planner and start planning ahead. Make sure they have in-depth spaces for all your notes and goals.

 

Learn New Language(s)

With so many useful and easy-to-use language apps you can now choose which language you would like to learn. Choose language that can even help you in achieving your goals. Plan to travel somewhere? Go online and find some quick but effective courses that will be interesting enough for you to stay consistent. Who knows what can happen in 365 days?

 

Special Saving

Save for something big. Whether you plan to buy a piece of jewelry, designer bag, or travel with your boyfriend to some exotic place – stick to your budget and try to save every month.

Go Offline

Even though it is hard with all social media, phones, tablets, and laptops, you should definitely go offline sometimes. Let this be one of your weekend resolutions, detox from work in the evenings and just do something you love.

 

Follow Your Dreams

We all should follow our dreams. Even though this resolution might sound cliche and old, this one can bring you a lot of joy in the incoming year. Whether it is opening your business, blog or simply learning some new skill, don’t hesitate to commit yourself to it.

 

Take Care of Your Body

Let 2019 be the year of eating good and taking perfect care of your body. You should plan ahead your trainings, daily menus and stick to it. Even though it can be quite challenging, you can always give yourself a few cheating days and continue working on getting in the right shape.

 

More Books

I don’t know about you, but I adore reading, especially fashion books. Lately, I have been reading biographies, and it is inspiring. You should read more in 2019. Don’t stick to only one field – read whatever interest you.

Why You Should Create Bullet Journal in 2019: Tips and Tricks

Why You Should Create Bullet Journal in 2019: Tips and Tricks

Are you one of those extremely organized people who can handle everything? Or you know to be sloppy, forgetting things all the time because you can’t remember where you have written them down? Well, then I should introduce you to the bullet journal – your perfect way to stay creative and organized in 2019.

Bullet Journal method was invented by web designer Ryder Carroll. Ryder lived with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) for many years, he decided it is time to do something to organize his mind and thoughts, make him less overwhelmed and more productive at the same time. First, he created a system where he combined diary, to-do lists, notebook, and sketchbook. After showing this off to his friend, Ryder created a website, blog and in the end, he has published a book – The Bullet Journal Method. It became very popular.

With this year almost coming to an end, you can start thinking about your new or the first bullet journal. And here are reasons why you should consider having bullet journal in 2019.

You Can Be Utterly Creative

Using bullet journal can evoke your creative side that you even forgot you have. You can design, sketch, and even do a bit of calligraphy. Even when you are not feeling well, just do some section where you can show off all your creativity.

 

Creating Layouts That Suits You

Bullet journal allows you to create just enough space for all your needs. If you ask me, I look for basic things in a planner – monthly view, daily view with space for my notes and thoughts. Some space for to-do lists would also be great.

If you opt for bullet journaling, make sure your notebook has dots instead of lines. It will be much easier for you to draw and make your own space.

Another good thing about bullet journal is that it is non-committal. If you don’t like the drawings you have done for one week, simply change it. Find what works best for you and be consistent.

Goals and Intention

Maybe one of the best things about bullet journal is assisting you to get to your goal and intention. Even Ryder Carroll mentioned and invented this in his book. He identifies different exercises that are associated with setting your goals. He created 5,4,3,2,1 exercises where 5 stamp stands for years, 4 for months, 3 for weeks, 2 for days, and 1 for an hour.

Bullet journal is great for keeping all thoughts, goals, and tasks at one place. The main property of keeping a journal is to be intentional in saving pieces of information.

 

Make It Easy

Believe it or not, creating bullet journal is pretty easy. After seeing all those lovely blogs, Instagram posts, and Youtube videos about bullet journaling it is now even easier for you to decide what you want from your journal as well. Remember this    – the best thing about having a bullet journal is that you can make it anything you want it to be.