Blogging Advice

My Experience as a Brand Rep

I get questions ALL the time asking me about what it means to be a rep or ambassador for a company, how to become one, and what the requirements are. So today I thought I would compile a bunch of the information I have and my experiences! I also reached out to y’all a couple weeks ago to submit questions and I included my answers at the end of this post!

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First off, every single brand is going to be different when it comes to brand reps, some only work with bloggers with a certain Instagram following, others work with anyone and everyone, and each company is going to have different requirements.

The most “common” way to get selected by a brand rep is to apply. Most companies will reach out on their website and social media letting customers know that applications are open. Typically an application will ask what school you go to (if you are a student), extracurriculars, why you think you qualify to be a brand rep, what your social media accounts are, etc.

Other companies will reach out to bloggers or social media users by DM or Email. I have found that companies are more likely to reach out by email so I recommend adding your blog or business email to your Instagram bio.

One of the most asked questions is whether or not you need a public social media account. This all depends on the specific company. If you want to get accepted into a program and you apply you should make your account public until you hear back from the account whether or not you have been accepted or not. If you account is private when they go to look over it to see if you are qualified for the position they won’t be able to see your content, making your chances of being selected MUCH more difficult. Once you get accepted though, some companies will allow you to go back to being private and others will ask you to remain public.

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I thought this was a great question! You can definitely be a brand rep even if you go to a small school with uniforms! Most of the work you do to rep will be done on social media but I always recommend repping your brand whenever you can! So even if you can’t wear the clothing, accessories, etc. to school because of a uniform, you could wear them to basketball games, talent shows, hanging out with friends, pretty much any function! Word of mouth is the best way to promote a brand!

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This is going to depend on the person. For me, I have a blog that I use to promote the brands I rep as well as my Instagram account. I have so much fun repping and sharing brands that I truly love that I like to do more than just post blog posts. However, the bulk of what goes into being a brand rep “off of social media” is really just prepping for photo shoots, creating blog/Instagram story graphics, etc.

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My biggest tip is to be a customer and promote items BEFORE applying for a program. This will show the company that you are committed and you have what it takes! Also don’t be afraid to brag about yourself in your application! I know that tons of bloggers love to help others with their applications so feel free to reach out! We are here to help!

My favorite parts about being a brand rep:

  1. I have met some AMAZING friends from around the country! I talk to my blogger friends almost daily and their friendships mean so much to me! If it weren’t for the brand rep programs I am apart of I would have never met them!
  2. I get to be creative! I love photography and graphic design and promoting for companies is seriously so much fun!
  3.   Getting to work with companies is seriously one of the best things in the world! I have been given so many opportunities and I am so grateful for all of them!

I also want to say that being a brand rep is so much more than just getting free stuff. If you are applying for the free stuff, you are getting into it for the wrong reason! Being a brand rep is seriously so fun and I love everything about it!

I hope I answered all your questions! If I didn’t please don’t hesitate to reach out! I am always here to help!

Thank you so much for reading today! I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!

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Get to Know Me! · Life Lately

Life Lately|Volume 1

I thought it was time for a much needed life update! So much stuff has happened this year already and I wanted to quickly do a little recap for you here on the blog!

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First off, a major change that happened was the name change on the blog and Instagram! Changing my name was something that I have been wanting to do for a while but nothing really seemed to “fit”. I was talking to Sydney from Promise Me Pearls and she suggested Gracefully Gingham and we both fell in love with it! So the re-branding process began and here we are! All your sweet comments have seriously made me so happy! I can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

I have also been working on a bunch of Instagram story content lately and I am so excited to start working on putting more content up for you all! The beginning of this semester has been super busy, especially just getting into a routine but I am finally getting everything down and have had more time to work on the blog and Instagram! I am hoping to start posting more on my story super soon! If you have any requests please let me know!

I have so many things planned for the blog in the next couple of weeks (Some SUPER exciting stuff!!!) and I can’t wait to share it all with you! Thank you so much for all your support towards me and my blog lately! You seriously make my day!

When spring semester started luckily I had blog posts ready to go for January and I had tons of Instagram photos scheduled to post so I didn’t have to worry too much about the blog or scheduling photo shoots. Now that I am out of pre-written posts I am super excited and motivated to continue making content for you all!

Thank you so much for reading this life update today! If you want to see more of these definitely let me know! As always if you have any post requests please contact me! Thank you so much for all your support for my blog!

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Fashion · Winter

My Favorite Boots

For Christmas this year I asked for a new pair of Riding Boots because I had my old pair since middle school and they were looking pretty worn.  I was so excited when I opened up this adorable pair of Marley Lilly Monogrammed boots! I have been wearing them A TON recently because they are seriously so comfortable and they also go with pretty much any outfit!

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I have the solid colored ones which are unfortunately out of stock right now but the color block style is currently on sale for $34.99! These have been perfect for this transition between winter and spring and I have loved wearing them! In this post I wore a white t-shirt from J.Crew, Old Navy Jeans, and a Blanket Scarf from Pink Lily Boutique.

Thank you so much for reading today! I hope you enjoyed this post! As always if you have any post requests please let me know!

I have lots of fun spring content planned so make sure you are following the blog so it don’t miss it!

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DIY: Fabric Bow Key Chain

One of my biggest requests lately is for more DIY content on the blog so I thought it would be fun to share a super and fun DIY today for a Fabric Bow Key Chain! This DIY is super easy and will only take 10-15 Minuets!

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What You Need:

– A piece of fabric

-Needle and Thread

-Scissors

-Fabric Glue

-Tape Measure or Ruler

-Iron

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Instructions:

First up measure your fabric into two pieces, the first needs to be 1 inch wide and 6 inches long. The second needs to be three inches by six inches. IMG_9406IMG_9407

Once you have the pieces cut out you will fold the bigger piece in half the the smaller piece in thirds. I ironed them to make sure they wouldn’t come unfolded. Make sure the bigger piece is folded inside out. IMG_9408

Next, you are going to want to sew the bigger piece of fabric on the long end. Make sure you sew it inside out, this will hide the seam when you put together the bow. Once the whole side it sewn, flip the fabric to be right side in again and then I ironed it again.

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Next, fold the bigger piece in half and sew on the shorter end. (Again make sure the fabric is inside out.

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Once the fabric is turned right side in again I ironed it and then pinched the middle to create the bows shape. Once I found the shape I wanted I tied it together with some more thread.

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Then, take your smaller piece of fabric and wrap it around the bows center using the fabric glue.

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In order to create the key chain, take the left over piece of fabric and sew it to the key ring.

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Once the two pieces are complete, glue the bow to the key ring. Let the glue dry before using it to prevent the bow from falling off.

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And just like that you are done! I think this is such a fun DIY and it is super easy to complete!

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Thank you so much for reading today! I hope you enjoyed the post! As always, if you have any post requests please let me know!

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Fashion · Spring

2018 Spring Trends and New Releases!

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Happy February!

I can’t believe how fast 2018 has been going by already! Today I am sharing a little bit of a different post today because I don’t have an outfit post ready to publish. I asked you on my Instagram story what you wanted to see and an overwhelming majority of you wanted to see my favorite spring trends/spring new releases so that is what I am going to share with you today! I am not going to lie, while I was creating all the graphics for this post I was definitely getting spring fever!

I set this post up a little differently than I normally would for a “wishlist” or “favorites” post so if you like this setup definitely let me know and I will try my best to do some more like this!

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  1. One Shoulder Bow Top $98: One of my favorite trends from last year was the one shoulder tops and dresses so I was super excited to see a bunch of brands releasing even more adorable one shoulder items! This Vineyard Vines top looks super cute and super comfortable! You can easily wear it with jeans or shorts come summer time!
  2. Mason Top $39.99: This top from Monday Dress is adorable! It is super simple and perfect for those days you want to look put together but don’t really want to get super dressed up!
  3. Pretty in Plaid Top: $38: This fun flannel is perfect for chillier spring days with its fun bright colors!
  4. Jadelynn Brooke Tie Back $45: The Tie Back tops from Jadelynn Brooke have been on my wishlist since they first came out in the Fall! And I am super excited because they came out with a short sleeve version that will be perfect for this spring and summer!
  5. Girl on a Mission $39: Jadelynn Brooke recently released their theme for this year, Girl on a Mission, and I love it! This shirt that they designed is adorable! I love the colors and the word Happiness on the sleeve!
  6. Riley Stripe Ruffle Top $54: I love off the shoulder shirts and this one from Lauren James is seriously so fun with the big bow in the back! Plus it comes in TONS of different colors!
  7. Alone with You Top $29.99: This last top from Monday Dress has spring written all over it! I love the color and the tie around the waist!

shorts

  1. 5″ Katia Shorts $78: I love Lilly Pulitzer and their newest release is probably one of my favorites! I think this print is so fun and I love this style of shorts!
  2. Solid Seersucker Bow Shorts $54: These bow shorts are the perfect twist to a boring pair of shorts! These are so cute and go with so many different outfits!
  3. Scalloped Hem Poplin Shorts $54: I have been obsessed with the scallop hemmed shorts, skirts, dresses, you name it! These Lauren James ones are no exception! I love how simple they are but the scallop hem makes them so much more fun!

Rompers and dresses

  1. Short Sleeve Off the Shoulder Dress $108: Like I said before I love the off the shoulder trend as you can probably tell! This dress from Vineyard Vines is super cute and casual!
  2. Juniper Chambray Romper $59.99: I love rompers during the spring and summer! This one from Monday dress is absolutely adorable! I love the lace detailing and that it is chambray!
  3. Pippa Dress $59.99: Monday Dress has SO many cute spring releases this year and this one is no exception! I love the ruffle off the shoulder!
  4. Skipper Romper $158: Lilly released this adorable romper a couple of days ago and I love the print and style! It is so different from any of the other releases but it is so so cute!
  5. Amante Silk Jersey Dress $258: This print is also super fun so I had to include it in this post! I think it is safe to say that I am obsessed with all the new Lilly releases!

Accessories

  1. That’s A Wrap Scarf $29.99: I love scarves for this time of the year because they keep you warm on the chiller days but they also just look super cute! I have been loving all the blush in the spring releases this season and this scarf was no exception!
  2. Classic Rose Gold Palm Beach Sandals $112: I have a pair of knock off palm beach sandals and I wear them ALL the time! Palm Beach just released this super pretty Rose Gold pair and I think they will be perfect for spring!
  3. Lana Scarf $98: Like I mentioned before I love scarves for the transitions months between winter and spring and this one from Lilly is just so pretty! I love all the little tassels!
  4. Long Tassel Earrings $38: One thing that I love about spring and summer is all the fun jewelry! These Vineyard Vines tassel earrings are so fun and I love the color!
  5. Aim To Be Active Sneakers $30: I wear a lot of leggings in the spring because they are easy and comfortable. I think that these cute monogrammed sneakers would be the perfect addition to any outfit!
  6. Classic Whale Baseball Hat $28: I love wearing baseball hats on days where I just don’t want to do my hair. I don’t know why but the Vineyard Vines baseball hats are my absolute favorite! They just released some fun spring colors so I had to include one in this post!
  7. Triple Tassel Earrings $48: Last but not least, these triple tassel earrings from Vineyard Vines are super fun as well! And they come in multiple different color options! These are perfect for dressing up an outfit or adding a pop of color to your outfits!

Thank you so much for reading today! This was a different type of post but if you liked it please let me know! As always if you have any post requests please let me know!

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