Lovely Links | Instagram Edition

Hello all!

For this week’s feature of Lovely Links, I have rounded together some of my favorite resources for Instagram, my current social media obsession.  Let me know what you think!instagram2

#1: The 15 Best Instagram Accounts to Follow if You’re Having a Bad Day | trotterpup & betches are my personal fav. Here’s another that didn’t make Style Caster’s list: fuckjerry

#2: 14 Tips to Master Instagram | This infographic is great for a insta newbie. Right to the point tips to get your Instagram out there!

#3: The 5 Golden Rules to Instagram Followers | Are you following the Golden Rules of Instagram?!Did you know the best days to post are Sunday and Monday? Well, now you do ;)

#4: 20 Instagram Apps to Enhance Your Photo’s & Videos | Social Media Examiner lays it out perfectly on the best apps to use to edit your pictures. I have 6 of them downloaded myself, and I use them often!

And if you’re in need of 5 more apps that will change your life, make sure to check out this post :)

What are you Instagram tips? Are we following each other? Follow me @emilyahlbum!

 

 

Candy Crush: Lindt HELLO | Emily Ahlbum

Hello, my name is Emily Ahlbum & I am a chocolate addict…

You see, I never really thought of myself as a chocolate addict. I mean, yeah I always loved chocolate and there were those few times I would crave it more than usual…but who doesn’t?!

And then I was introduced to the holy grail of chocolate… Lindt USA HELLO.

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And that’s when the addiction came to life…It Started With Hello.

To be completely honest, my love affair with Lindt Hello started when I became instantly attracted to the trendy and oh so vibrant  packaging these delicious creatures came in. What can I say, I am a marketer’s dream ;).

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Then I found out that Lindt had partnered with Ashley Tisdale for a fun, romantic  web-series titled, “It Started With HELLO” debuting weekly from September 12th-October 9th.  This super cute series showcases different couples as they make their first connections, inspired by the cheeky personalities of Lindt HELLO products. The best part? YOU get to chose the ending of each episode! How fun, right?

I am so excited for my new connection with these chocolates. Not only are they super cute & delicious, but they are the perfect addition to any holiday party this season! With the wide variety of flavors, you are sure to find the perfect match for any occasion this holiday season!

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Now it’s your turn to Say Hello to Lindt HELLO! Enter now for your chance to win sweet experiences from Lindt Chocolate, like a spa day with your bestie!!

 

Thank you, Lindt HELLO for sponsoring today’s post.

#WCW: Miss Lauryn Evarts <3

Guys!!

I am so excited for today’s post! Why, you ask? Well, because today I have two exciting announcements!

1. Welcome to my new monthly series, #WCW. Every month I will showcase someone who I feel is killin’ it in this world of female entrepreneurs. Being a business woman in today’s society is hard effing work. And i’m not talking about the general stereotypes from men who doubt us, I am talking about the catty women who are only in it for them and themselves. I am just not about that. With my background in PR, I’ve learned how important and rewarding it is to support others in and out of your industry.

2. Today I am showing off a major girl crush I have…10698411_1493262897589254_3950009591876828290_n

Her name is Lauryn Evarts…but many know her as the bad ass babe behind “The Skinny Confidential”. If you have never heard of her or read her effing fabulous blog…go over there right now and kick yourself in the ass for being so behind [kidding...kinda]

So, here’s Lauryn:

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Total babe, right?! Lauryn Evarts has worked her ass off to turn her blog and lifestyle in a full brand in the last 3 years. She has inspired me in so many ways, not only for my own blog but for everything I do. She has taught me to embrace my own weird, quirky style because if I don’t…who the hell will??

This weekend I had the opportunity to embrace her way of living with her brand new lifestyle guide, “The Skinny Confidential: A Babe’s Sexy, Sassy Fitness and Lifestyle Guide”

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Because I have been a total stalker for the entire three years that Lauryn has blogged, reading her book just made it feel more real. [stalking her life and her 'lifestyle', that is ;)]. I love how she made her book to be another layer of her skinny girl lifestyle (& BRAND!!) and not just her most popular posts copy and pasted onto a shinny page. She’s the real deal guys and so is her lifestyle guide. Here are some of my favorite quotes that I am currently adding to MY lifestyle, the Emily Ahlbum lifestyle…

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This quote literally hit me right on the head. Have you ever heard of that saying that goes something like “I am either completely obsessed or not interested at all”? Yeah, totally me. Esp. with blogging, food and my BF <<< and being obsessed with all of them has bitten me in the ass once or twice. As Lauryn would say, it’s all about balance, babes.

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In the next upcoming months, I will be working my ass off to make one of my dreams come true. I’m not going to tell you exactly what I am concocting just yet, but I will say there are already days where I want to crawl in a hole and hide. I have to learn how to fake it until I make it…and you better believe after reading this book, I am up for the challenge.

I love being inspired and I love having the opportunity to inspire others so if you haven’t read the #TSCBook, I highly suggest you do so. It’s not about being skinny or adapting her lifestyle, it’s about embracing your own and being the best you can be (even if you have to fake it for a while)!

Also, a HUGE thank you to Lauryn, who has not only answered every.single.email I’ve sent her [within 24 hours, because shes not too cool to talk to her fans] but because she’s a true role model. Not only for me, but for everyone else in this crazy ‘creative’ world. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You can find The Skinny Confidential here | here | and here…and while you’re at it, go download her new app in the app store (i told you she was the real deal!)

 

Target Dollar BINGE x Emily Ahlbum

I have a confession: I am a dollar bin junkie.

I could spend hours wandering the small little cubicle of space that sits right in the entrance of Target that they call the Dollar Bin. I actually spend so much time there, my friends actually ask what I got this week for my ‘weekly deals’…it’s pretty serious.

If you haven’t experienced this Target gem for yourself, I highlyyyyy suggest you go…like, right now. It’s magical. So magical that I have decided to share with you this week’s Dollar Binge…

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Oh, and if you couldn’t tell by the photos, I am also a school/office supply junkie. Which is another reason why I can’t seem to step away from the Dollar Bin…look how freakin’ cute all this stuff is! Another bonus? I am all stocked up on my Halloween supplies! Thanks, Target!

If you’re just as obsessed with Target as I am, make sure you read this post too!

Have a great Sunday, loves!

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How I Survive Without Photoshop | Emily Ahlbum

Yes, you heard that right…I don’t use Photoshop. *GASP*

It’s not that I don’t like Photoshop, I just never really had made the time to really learn the ins & outs of it.

See, I’m all about efficiency and getting right to the point. So when I learned about these editing and design programs that (in my opinion) were easier and more efficient than Photoshop, I was all for it. And let me tell you, I haven’t looked back.

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Here is a list of my favorite Photoshop alternatives. These range from beginner to advanced, web-based versions and phone apps you can use while you’re on the go!

PicMonkey || This is by far my favorite and most utilized program. PicMonkey allows you to do anything from designing your own image to editing photos and so much more. I really cannot stress how amazing this website is. I just recently upgraded to Royale and I am kicking myself in the ass for not doing it sooner. If you’re having trouble getting started with PicMonkey, Pinterest has TONS of tutorials to get you going!

Pixlr || I’ve only used this website a few times as it is a little more advanced than PicMonkey, but it is a great resource. Sarah from VTIM shares most of her blogging tutorials with this, it’s actually how I learned about it!

GIMP || I was recommended to GIMP by a graphic designer at work when I told him that I don’t use Photoshop. According to him, this is the closest program he has used compared to Photoshop. Also, it’s free!

Rhonna Designs || I love this iPhone app to edit pictures and create images. I actually created this image with only Rhonna Designs & a framing app. The options are unlimited to what you can do and the landing of this app showcases what others have created for your own inspiration. For $1.99, it is worth very cent.

Have you used anything other than Photoshop? I’d love to know <3

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Chili’s Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo at Home!

Hey guys!

So like I mentioned yesterday, I spent my weekend in doors nursing a cold. I don’t know if anyone is like me but I am such a baby when I’m sick LOL.

I crave extra TLC and lots of comfort food! Thankfully, Chili’s came to the rescue…per usual. I mean, who doesn’t love Chili’s?

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If you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, let me fill you in – Chili’s finally figured out how to bring their delicious bold flavor right to your house! That’s right. You can enjoy your favorite meal right on your couch (like I did this weekend!). Last week, I served the Chicken Bacon Ranch dish for Girls Night In!

This weekend I was craving pasta and something with A LOT of flavor (since my taste buds were all screwed up). So I (aka my BF) heated up some delicious Cajun-style Chicken Alfredo, and let me tell you…the flavor I was craving did NOT disappoint & I could taste it with my non-existent taste buds!!! YAY.

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So, if you like super spicy, then grab your keys and RUN to the store because I can promise you this dish is going to fly off the shelves soon! It’s that good.

Oh, and here’s a little bonus…a $1 off coupon! What can I say? I love a bargain!

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Thank you Chili’s at Home for sponsoring this post! 

Monday Motivation: Yoga Style | Emily Ahlbum

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent mine hiding under my covers trying to fight off a nasty cold. The bright side is I was able to finish TWO books and really just relaxxxxx.

So now it’s Monday and I refuse to let this cold hold me back any longer! However, I will try to continue to keep this ‘relaxed’ mood I had all weekend. So this week’s motivation is inspired by this quote:

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As some of you may or may not know, I have been practicing yoga for about a year now and just recently I have really started to take my practice more serious, so this week I plan on doing yoga every.single.day.

It really is true when they say, “the hardest part is getting on the mat”!

What is your Monday Motivation? Tell tell tell…

Namaste, bitches…

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Lovely Links | DIY & Crafts

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This week’s theme for Lovely Links is DIY & Crafts. I’ve been on a kick this week with DIY projects and I am super excited to make those adorable Alphabet Bracelets, thanks FashionLush! xx

1| Organize your closet like a pro with these 5 Pro Tips That Can Transform Your Closet.

2 | Easy Peasy DIY Gold Foil Prints…watch out Etsy!

3| Make your own Cutesie Alphabet Bracelets (early start on Valentine’s Day gifts, perhaps?)

4 | 31 crafts in 31 days – how cute are those mason jars?!

Labor Day Entertaining in Style | Emily Ahlbum

Hey guys!

I hope you’re all getting excited for Labor Day weekend! I know I am…I mean, have you seen some of the sales going on?!

To make sure you get the most out of your shopping time, I have created a fabulous entertaining guide to make sure your Labor Day parties are a hit! Because who has time to plan a BBQ when there are sales going on?

Oh! And to make it even better, this guide is suppperrr budget friendly with these amazing FREE printables and it won’t ruin your rockin’ summer bod you worked so hard for with my Ecco Domani Skinny Wine Spritzer!

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You can find these Labor Day festive printables here.

FYI – You can make this spritzer with any wine you choose, Ecco Domani just happens to be my fav!

Hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend!

xx

Super Relaxing Skin Detox Tea | Emily Ahlbum

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Does summer seem to wreck havoc on anyone else’s skin? The brutal South Florida heat kills me and dries my skin out soooo bad!

After laying by the pool all day, I decided it would be the perfect time to make some delicious, fresh iced tea! I LOVE tea. Hot, cold, dark, light…I love them all. I also really enjoy mixing teas for a unique flavor, and that’s exactly what I did with this super relaxing skin detox tea…

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Super Relaxing Skin Detox Tea

You’ll Need:

Skin Detox Tea

Passion Fruit Tea

Water

Lemon (or any other fruit you like)

Ice

Boil hot water –> add tea bags and let brew –> pour over ice!

*you can also keep this tea warm, but I made it iced to cool off in this heat!


Benefits:

Skin Detox Tea: this tea calms and soothes skin with the fragrant Rose Petal and Hibiscus, rejuvenates from Green Tea antioxidants and cleanses with Red Clover, giving your skin a healthy glow!

Passion Fruit Tea: Passion tea is a very relaxing tea. It instantly calms you down and helps ease all your stress. It is also very beneficial for anyone who suffers from insomnia or anxiety (a.k.a me)

Lemon: full of Vitamin C and a natural antioxidant and antibiotic. It also aids in cleansing the body and boost immune systems.

So there you have it! A perfect treat to recover from a long day (or weekend) to get your skin glowing! It’s a win-win.

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What are your favorite teas? Do you mix them like I do? Let me know in the comments below!

xx