Happy Friday Girls! Hope you all had a wonderful week. Super excited to begin the Gossip with Gretchen series. I actually had a rather tough week, but have found some ways to empower myself and move past it. I remember someone said to me “You know you made it when the hate starts pouring in”! I got my first truly hurtful comment on an IG picture regarding my weight. I deleted it and moved on but I kept circling back to what she said.
I’m not going to lie, a part of me wanted to go all gangsta and put her in her place, but I refrained! The truth is, sometimes the truth hurts. She had no right to come into my space and leave nasty, hateful comments, however, I was looking rather thin. From the combination of the angle, and the very lean runner bod I got where she found the perfect insult to target me with.
There is a point to my story aside from rude people behind computer screens. My goal for 2018 was to gain 10 pounds of muscle, and her comment just fueled me to work harder towards my goal. Today I worked with a trainer to learn some new workouts. Would you girls be interested in seeing the transformation? If you have ever wondered if someone who naturally has no butt can grow one from exercise and diet, I am your girl!!
My blog posts are usually fashion based with very little life stories or updates and I think Gossip with Gretchen is the perfect post to share it all!
I chose a few questions that seem to be reoccurring a lot lately.
Q. Do you use a Filter on your IG photos?
A. Recently this past month I began using a VSCO filter on my images. I switch between A6 & N1. The trick for me is to apply the filter and bring it down to a 6.0 instead of 10. I received a lot of editing questions and will be doing a whole post on this.
Q. How do you determine the best time to post on IG?
A. This is challenging with the new algorithm. I have been posting around 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. I used to post later around 8:30 and I started to realize the reach was dropping. I played around for a week. Posting at 8, 7, 7:30, 9, 6:45 etc. I use the Panoly App to see my analytics. After a little research, between 7:00-8:00 Mon-Fri had better engagement. It’s so tricky. I do my best but truthfully I think its luck. I never seem to have great reach with any of my daytime photos. However, I still post 2x consistently
Q.Do you plan most of your content in advance?
A. What works best for me is brainstorming a bunch of blog post ideas at the beginning of the month. For instance; February is LOVE month so a lot of pink & red, gift guides & date night looks. Then I will start ordering pieces for the shots. If shipping is taking longer I will throw up my gift guide. I use the EPIC BLOG journal and it has been life-changing for me. However, sometimes a brand collaboration will need me to post quickly or I’m unhappy with images, so life happens and things get switched around.
Q. Do you have another job?
A. At the beginning of my journey I did. When I started to realize how much I loved this, Brian and I sat down and made a budget. I had to be making X each week before I could leave my job. It was not a lot and thank goodness for Brian. He carried pretty much everything for the first few years. I still do bridal makeup here and there but I just don’t have a passion like I do with blogging. Thankfully the past 5 months I have started to actually make a living off LLP. It took me over 2 years to start seeing a return on investment.
Q. What do you use for your foundation & concealer?
A. I get asked almost daily what concealer I use under my eyes (drum roll please)……..Tarte Shape tape!! Everyone needs this regardless of skin type. It works amazing at covering, while still being creamy and blendable. This stuff always stays put without getting cakey.
As far as a foundation I believe I answered this in my frequently asked questions, but my top three most worn is the Loreal Pro Glo, Makeup Forever HD, and Too Faced born this way. Foundation is so personal so make sure you grab a sample at Sephora to try it out first.
Thanks for reading and feel free to leave any additional questions for the next Gossip with Gretchen post.