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Website Don’ts for Creators

13th October 2019

Alright, y’all, today we’re going to talk all about the web. I realize that this may not be relevant to a good handful of you, but I’ve asked over on IG Stories (hey, do ya follow me?) what content you all liked most. I was so surprised to know that an overwhelming percentage of you are interested in blogging and social media tips! Last week was all about product photography, and this week, we’re turning to our websites. Many bloggers choose not to have a website nowadays — which is totally fine! I honestly think you can get away with having a mini-blog on Instagram or “vlogging” on YouTube rather than having an actual site. However, this post is alllll about how to ensure your website runs as smoothly, efficiently and beautifully as possible. 

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Beginner Photography Equipment

11th October 2019

Hello, friends! Keeping up with the theme of product photography for this week, I thought I’d go over some of my recommended beginner photography tools. I don’t *yet* have an Amazon store (I’m in the approval process rn), so I thought I’d just link ’em up here. These are NOT affiliate links! *cue the cheering* I will admit, I don’t think of myself as a photographer (lol), but I do take photos for my blog and I think there’s a difference. These are just the tools I use, and I think they’re convenient and awesome if you’re beginning blogging, too. 

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Product Photography Tips

9th October 2019

Product Photography | Jade of Trades

Hello, hello friends! Today, we’re going to be talking all about product photography. This can sometimes be in the form of what are called “flat lay” photos. Usually, when you work with a brand, they’ll probably want you in the photo; however, there are some times where they may ask you to create additional content that features only the product itself. These are really fun, in my opinion, because it allows for a lot more of an “editorial” vibe from the photo. You can have fun with textures, tones, backgrounds, focus and lighting to create something that conveys a story to your viewers without words. Usually (and admittedly), I don’t put too much thought into a flat lay photo or product photography photo because I’m not asked to from the brand. I usually just go for something quick, effective and clear, sometimes in front of my black and white rug or on a glass tabletop. This is for photos that are much more thought through than those. Let’s get into it! 

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How to Write a Pitch Email

27th September 2019

How to Write a Pitch Email

Hello, friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I have a serious question for y’all — WHERE did September go?! It feels like this month has just FLOWN by and I have no idea how it’s already almost October. *sweats nervously thinking about midterms* Annnnyways, let’s talk about reaching out to brands! In my last post, which you can read here, you can read all about the basics of brand collaborations. Now, in this post, we’ll address the reaching out component of collaborations. This is one of the few ways in which you can get the ball rollin’ on a meaningful partnership with a brand — you can either pitch to them, they contact you directly, or you can “apply” for the opportunity on different connector platforms, some of which I listed in my previous blog post. 

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Brand Collaborations: The Basics

16th September 2019

Brand Collaborations

Alright, alright, ladies and gents, let’s talk about collaborations! I’m here to spill all the tea on collabs and how to score ’em. This is one of my most requested topics from new or aspiring blogger gals. And ah, there’s so much to say, that I don’t ever feel like I can squeeze it all into one DM! Honestly, I’m not even sure how I’m going to squeeze all of this information into one blog post, and I probably won’t. You know one place I probably will put all of the information? My upcoming e-course. (How’d you like that shameless plug?)  read more

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What You Need to Know Before Joining an MLM Company

25th July 2019

Alright, I know this post is something a bit different and a teensy tiny bit controversial. I actually sat and pondered writing this post for some time, debating if it were worth the ensuing arguments I’m sure will follow. I know that, with posting this, I must be open to discussion and debate (most likely from current MLM-ers). However, as I’ve followed multi-level marketing (or MLM) more closely, and have been doing my own research on it, it’s harder to stay quiet about it. I should mention that I don’t think all MLM is bad, and I know that MLM is not synonymous with pyramid schemes, as many direct sellers are quick to emphasize. Of course, because pyramid schemes are actually illegal. There are, however, a ton of overlapping qualities of MLMs and pyramid schemes, and I want to take the opportunity to address those today. 

This post exists to educate and inform, not to condemn. Some of my friends are even part of these MLMs, and I don’t think they are bad people by any means. I just want you to consider, before going into an MLM, all of the different aspects of it ahead of time. Educate yourself on the investment and the commitment, the company and the mission, and (perhaps most importantly) the news or possible law suits associated with the brand before tying your name to the company. Again, I repeat, this post does not exist to condemn, but instead to educate.  read more