a few months ago i fell in love with MNTSTUDIO. i started to religiously go to their pilates reformer classes and the reformer bootcamps (what a booty kicker). i love that i started to see a change in my body and my balance and seriously have been loving it ever since. i have to admit to you though, i was scared to take their other classes that i was less familiar with. MNT pilates bootcamp and MNTbarre, because i’ve always seen myself as an athlete but not an dancer. i have tried a few barre/mat pilates classes in the past but they weren’t my jam.
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you all know i’m a city girl and since my new office opened in san francisco my life has completely changed (for the better). i’ve always dreamed of walking to work, walking to lunch, getting coffee mid-day and going to the gym after work. it sounds so simple, but for five-and-a-half years i sat on a bus to and from work (which would total to over three hours a day). now that i have the opportunity to live and work in the same city, i take full advantage.
many people have recently asked me how I am able to make time for a blog, work a full time job all the while maintaining a social life. my response is usually, "i make time for things that i love" but what i really mean is "i organize the shit out of my time to be as productive as possible". i want to share some organizational tips that help me be productive and i hope that you learn something new that you can apply in your day to day.
since i grew up as a competitive athlete life changed dramatically after i stopped playing competitive sports & it was really tough for me to find a new routine that worked for me. i was so used to having my days mapped out around my practices & the lifestyle change of not having a set routine scared the heck out of me.
if you follow me on instagram, then you've seen me more recently post my podcasts with a "swipe up" for you to enjoy whatever it is i'm listening to. i noticed a while back i have down time where i either have silence in the background or music playing, and if i just easily swapped in a podcast i could learn while i have down time.
i get asked a ton of the time how i organize, plan and keep up with my blog & instagram. there are a ton of apps i use to make sure i have my $h#+ together. if you're a blogger or small business owner trying to stay organized this post is for you, if you just really want to have an awesome & cohesive instagram feed than this post is for you too. i will start with the photo editing apps i use & what i use them each for, then i will go in to the organizational apps i use (for the blogger/business owners).
i mean this one is pretty self explanatory, but i use instagram daily. i try to post 1-2 photos a day and do some stories daily. i have read a ton of research on engaging with your audience, and if you want your following/impact to stay stable or grow then consistency is key. i am very active online and i often times create posts in bulk & save them to my drafts, so when i need to post my content is already created and ready to go.
ever wonder how bloggers keep their feeds looking so beautiful? how all the photos seem to flow really beautifully? well, there's an app for that. UNUM is an app that i've been using for about a year and a half to plan out my photos. i upload my photos to UNUM and then can simply move them around and organize them to look good together. for example, if i just posted a pink backdrop, the next photo i post will likely be one with a pink flower, pink top or pink earring- to ensure my content looks cohesive. this app is perfect for anyone to use to plan out content. i also love using it to keep dibs on when i'm running low on content & then i can remember to schedule time with my photographer.
i'll be real with you, most of my photos are shot and edited by my amazing photographer and really good friend Shannon Righetti-Strom. when i shoot my own pics, i often throw her preset on my photo to ensure the editing looks similar to hers. if you love the preset i use you you can DM her to purchase for yourself. i use lightroom to edit my photos on my computer (thank god for Shannons preset), but i also got lightroom for mobile so i can edit pictures on my phone. this tool is my go-to for photo editing.
if you feel like lightroom is too much of a challenge to figure out (it took me a bit). vsco is the easiest photo editing app i've used to date. pick a preset that you like & you can favorite it to use it over and over again. my personal favorites are M6, A6, KE1, KP2, HB1, HB2.
i won't lie, i use facetune to smooth skin in some of my close up pictures. i do think people can go overboard on the editing here, so i try to keep it mild and do a quick "smooth" over any areas that look discolored. you can also use this smooth tool to remove shine, etc.
i use canva to add any text or images over my photo. i use this app a ton over my photos in instastories and it's such a quick self-explanatory app that is perfect to add fun text to your photos. i also used canva to make all my images for my highlighted instagram stories on my profile.
photos (on iphone)
this isn't an app- but it's a fun feature i use all the time on my phone. if you look at your photos in your photo album on your phone, you can heart your photos which will "favorite" them. i favorite any photos i love and want to post later. in order to do this you go to 1. photos 2. favorites - then you can see all the photos that are ready to post.
organizational apps (for bloggers/small biz owners)
squarespace (blog app)
sometimes i feel like writing blog posts when i'm on my phone and my computer isn't around i use the squarespace app. i write posts a lot when i'm on planes, trains & busses. this app is great for text posts, but i do have still have to hop on my computer to add images before posting.
i use the analytics app for to my blog to gather any data i might need to share when working with brands. telling brands you have X amount of followers is great, but they love hearing about engagement. blog analytics and seeing your reach (outside of instagram is key)
rewardStyle & LIKEtoKNOW.it
if you're a blogger you most likely use the rewardStyle & LIKEtoKNOW.it app. i love these apps and love that they change daily. you can link all your outfits with the rewardstyle app and hunt down tons of other bloggers outfits with the liketoknow.it app. i love that they also have informational blogs, hashtags and other useful information in both apps. if you have a brand, be sure you monetize it by using these apps.
asana is a great app if you are working on projects with timelines and tasks that you may need to send to others (an employee, biz partner, etc.). i love checking things off a list and this app helps me stay super organized. i can keep some projects to myself and share some with others. i love having personal and group projects all in one place.
get to know me a little bit better today as i answer a bunch of questions y’all have been asking me on social media. if you have any more after this, be sure to comment below!
the weather is heating up and it's just about time for outdoor concert season. whether you're a festival goer, an amphitheater picnic-er or a country line dancer- it's time to start styling yourself for the fun events ahead. it's my favorite time of year for fashion. there's something about dressing up for events that makes getting ready so much more fun. grab your girls and let's get to styling.
On this day many people feel resentment when spending this day alone, but what most people forget is the relationship you have with yourself is the most important than any relationship. If you're single, why not spend the day "doing you" and prioritizing self-care and compassion.
Starting the New Year with big goals is always exciting. It can also be a bit daunting if you're jumping in full throttle & you've never been successful at achieving your goals thus far. When it comes to fitness, I see people start out strong every year. The first week after New Years the gym is packed and it's hard for me to find a spot where I can workout, but by week 6 the crowd is usually gone. Motivation isn't something you can just bottle up & sell, if it were that easy everyone would be motivated and there the 6th week after New Years. Here are five of my biggest tips to help you get and stay motivated.
This city is my favorite for so many reasons, but one of the big ones is the food and drink. New restaurants and shops open up weekly and I feel like there's always a place to go. I want to share with you my favorite coffee spots, brunch spots, dinner spots and places to hit up for good cocktails
Twenty eight was the year of learning for me. I look back and am in awe of how much i've emotionally matured in the last 365 days. I went through some ups and downs and have learned so much. I want to share some of my biggest learnings..
Loving my curves is something that's taken me a while to get used to. When I was younger I was a string bean and it wasn't until my Junior/Senior years of High School when I started getting curves. Year by year my body was turning from a little girls to a woman's and that sh&% was weird! I didn't know how to dress this new body of mine. If I wore a tank top people would continuously comment on my boobs & it made me super uncomfortable.
I got to spend forth of July weekend in Newport Beach and man was it one amazing holiday weekend. I got to see so many of my favorite people and do a ton of fun things with them. We ate, drank, and explored our was through OC. If you didn't already know, I went to college in Orange County so some of my absolute best friends still live there.
The West Coast Craft Fair made it's way through San Francisco & I was so excited to check it out. This was one huge craft fair filled with artists, designers and creatives. There were booths filled with cool clothes, jewelry, wall art, rugs, pottery, you name it!
The other week I was on a walk and I peeked in to this little taqueria on the corner and I feel like I wandered in to a hidden gem,Mestiza Taqueria in SOMA, San Francisco. Can we talk about this pink wall with pink trim? It's so fun & the cacti next to it just is the icing on the cake for me.
The Bay Area never ceases to amaze me with all of it's beauty. I have lived here most of my life & I seem to be able to discover stunning places I've never been to all the time. I just went to The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek & I was WOWED by the beauty of all the desert plants.
Whenever I read a 7x7 article of a new restaurant opening up in San Francisco, nine times out of ten I want to try it. I literally have a list of restaurants I want to try in this awesome city, but since new ones pop up so frequently it is hard to tackle them all. This week, I checked another off my list. I stopped by the new Cuban Restaurant called Media Noche in the Mission.