My April Favorites!

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Hello Beauties!

The first fav of the past month is this Bath and Body Works Cranberry Pear Bellini candle. I have it at my desk so I can easily light it without getting up. The con to that is that there is a high fire risk. It also just makes me feel so grown up! I mean, what is more adult than a well decorated room filled with candles? Nothing! And I know what your all thinking, but get your head out go the gutter. Only candle shopping is for adults…

I’ve currently been “reading” Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. It’s a very thick and slightly confusing book about a man in WWII just trying to go home, but not being able to. It’s very well written, and I promise you that you’ll laugh from the absurdity of the whole thing. It gets weird.

 I went shopping a while back *GASP* and bought this really sweet watch from Target. It has a faux leather band and a beautiful face, all for $10! And yes, it actually works! I tend to be one of those people that needs to have one watch that goes with everything, and if it doesn’t then I don’t want it. Thankfully this watch can be so easily dressed up or down, and I keep it in my makeup bag so that I will remember it every morning.

I also picked up this faux leather backpack/purse whilst at Target! It is huge. I mean honestly, it is so very, very huge. I can’t handle how massive it is. It’s like the bag in Mary Poppins; it holds everything. All of the normal contents in my bag take up a fifth of what this can hold.

My next favorite is this very naughty tea mug! Tea mug, is that what they are called? British people, quick, what is it called?! This is my favorite mug and it makes me want to buy more snarky and slightly inappropriate mugs for my own amusement. Where did I get it you ask? Urban Outfitters, where else?

Finally, and most randomly, is the Nutribullet. This thing is amazing. I’m drinking so many smoothies, which are a great way to eat but also not have to waste energy on chewing. I’m a genius. Anyways, this extreme blender thingy is the best thing to ever happen to me, so thank you Nutribullet. You have earned a spot in my April Favorites.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, please comment and watch the accompanying YOUTUBE VIDEO HERE!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin X

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Meet Jodie! | Monthly Interview

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Intro By Jodie: A La Jode is a London-based fashion and lifestyle blog. Born in October 2014, it aims to bridge the gap between aspirational and accessible.

1. So your blog seems to be a mixture of elements all focused around what makes women happy. Can you tell me what drove you to create it?

I’d been reading blogs for a while and after seeing a friend grow hers I thought, “I could do this!”. It was time I finally joined in with the community I’d been observing for a while. It was only once I started my own blog that I realised what an amazing community there is – and I’ve never looked back.

2. While maintaining your blog, you are also a Digital Marketer. How do you balance both your work and your blog?

I’m really lucky that my work and blog complement each other so well. My blog was one of the main reasons I got the job as it was how I heard about the company, the reason I knew the industry existed, and had given me a good foundational knowledge of blogging and SEO. I spend my days reading blogs at work and then come home and put what I learn at work into practice on my blog!
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3. What has been one exciting thing that you’ve gotten to do because of your blog?

I’ve had so many amazing opportunities from my blog, none of which I ever expected when I started. I was just a girl, sat in her room, wanting to know what this blogging thing was all about and now I have some incredible experiences to look back on. If I had to pick one thing, however, it would be the huge South West Blog Social event I organised last June. It started with an idea to go for drinks with some local bloggers and quickly turned into a one-day conference covered by several magazines and with over £13,000 of sponsorship from leading and upcoming brands!

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4. What is your favorite post and why? (Include link!)

Now that’s a tricky one! I would probably have to say my 2014 highlights post as I had a lot of fun putting it together. One of the best things about blogging is that you have a kind of virtual record of everything but it was only when I began pulling it all out that I realised just how much my little blog and I had been through in one year. Looking back on it all made me feel a little emotional – and super glad I have it all saved to look back on.

5. What is something that keeps you motivated to continue blogging?

Without a doubt, the number one thing that keeps me here is the number of amazing people I’ve met through blogging. From Twitter chats and blog comments, to events and meet-ups, I’ve met some of my closest friends through blogging. It’s so much easier to connect with another blogger as we seem to have that instant bond and it’s a really powerful thing.

6. Finally, what is one piece of advice you have for beginner bloggers who want to be successful at it?

Only blog about what you love, but don’t worry if that changes over time. It takes us all a little while to find our feet and some of us have changed our blog’s main theme multiple times over the years. Also never post something you’re not proud of as your most recent post will be the first one people see when they first land on your site. Finally, don’t compare yourself, never underestimate how many skills blogging will give you and make sure you get out there and meet other bloggers. They could become some of your best friends 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this post and liked reading about Jodie! She is so sweet and very experienced in her craft! Make sure to stay updated, I post Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

My March Favorites!

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To kick off this last week of March I’m giving you my favorites of this month! There are some beauty items some food items, and some exercise items, so get hype!

My Favorites

O.P.I Nail Laquer in Passion: I don’t usually paint my nails, but when I do, I use O.P.I. (good on you if you got that reference). I’m favoriting any kind of Springy, floral, or pastel-y color of nail polish for the beginning for this month, and one of my favorite brands is OPI!

Almay Smartshade Concealer: Since I’ve started my very successful skincare routine (find it here), my skin has been so pretty and easy to deal with it’s unbelievable. So instead of going full-on foundation, I just use this concealer on my problem spots and under my eyes (AKA my designer bags) and blend it out with a brush! Super simple and saves a lot of time!

Sunglasses: I’m LOVING SUNGLASSES! Why?! Because sunglasses means that there is Sun, and Sun means it’s warm, and warmth means that it’s getting closer to Summer, and Summer means the following:

Tans

Shorts

T-shirts

Beach Days

Nice Weather

Sunglasses

I’m really excited if you couldn’t tell…

Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies: I bought 6 BOXES of these suckers and if that’s not a legitimate reason to have something in your favorites, I don’t know what is. I’m addicted to these things, to the point of eating way too much of them. But once you start, you can’t stop, so I blame the cookies.

Exercise (in general): I’ve started taking a personal fitness independent study through my school, so lately I’ve really gotten into the whole healthy “your body is a temple” kick, which is kinda hard to believe after I just ranted about Thin Mints. This month my favorite is everything exercise related: clothing, shoes, workout tapes, and most importantly, Blogilates!

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: It’s a Netflix Original. Tina Fey produced it. Ellie Kemper from The Office stars in it. What more needs to be said?

Thank you all so much for reading! Check out the video at the very top of the post and comment with your own March Favs! Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

March Interview With Sydnee!

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This interview is very late, I missed both January and February! But no worries, I will definitely be getting back into the swing of things once my schedule calms down. Anyways, please enjoy this monthly interview and I will have another post this Wednesday!

Sydnee: Hi my name is Sydnee, I’m 23 and I’m a OCT qualified teacher here in Ontario, Canada. I am a very loud and bubbly person who loves to meet people and make new friends both online and in real life. My passion for helping others is one thing that also encouraged me to start my blog, YouTube channel and go into teaching. My blog and channel began back in 2011 while I was a full-time undergrad student. It’s been a challenge keeping up with it while a student & now I’m gearing up to start my teaching career so I have a chance to focus a bit more on developing my blog as I grow as a person. 2015 is the year for me to grow my channel and my blog & see where it takes me.

1. Why did you start your blog? I started my blog as a creative outlet while in university. I needed something different to do & I had played with the idea of starting a YouTube channel as well (which I did). It gave me a place to talk about things I enjoyed and share my thoughts. 

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2. Who is your biggest blogging inspiration? To be honest I don’t really have someone as inspiration. There are aspects of lots of bloggers that I enjoy (Chriselle Lim/Shirley B Eniang) reading and take inspiration from but you have to be your own person and have your own fire & drive without completely emulating another blogger.

 

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3. Other than maintaining your blog, what do you do in your spare time? I have a YouTube channel that I upload 2x a week to and I’ve started to explore fashion illustrations as another activity. Outfits based on my looks as well as fashion I see on IG/online.

 

4. What is one amazing thing that you’ve been able to do because of your blog? To be quite honest, not a whole lot because I was always a full time student while doing it. Now I’m out of school and transitioning into the working world (I’m a teacher) so I have a bit more time to dedicate to it. I have met some great local bloggers & there have been some events that I’ve decided to scope out in the future. I think I will always blog and I’m hoping that it will take some adventurous turns down the road. 

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5. Finally, what is one piece of advice you’d like to give to new bloggers? Do it because you enjoy it. Don’t do it because you think it’s going to make you money or to become “online famous”. If you aren’t feeling inspired it’s better to not force a post because you said you “have to write something”. You can’t force it, people can tell but always be yourself, no matter how quirky! Also, something I didn’t realize for a long time is if you want people to read your blog, you have to read theirs too! Leave (meaningful) comments on fellow bloggers posts & build up relationships with them. Participate in Twitter chats & follow hashtags, great way to network and learn things from others. There is no true recipe for success, it really can just come overnight for some and take longer for others. Just keep it mind while you started and always enjoy doing it. If it becomes work & you’re convincing yourself to do it, it may be time to take a break or perhaps change your focus. You always want to enjoy what you do!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

VIDEO: My November Favorites!

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I know that this is really, REALLY late but I’m committed to this so here is my November Favorites video for your enjoyment! Info about the products are below!

Products

Bath and Body Works Scented Candle in Sparkling Icicles

Bath and Body Works Nourishing Hand Cream in Pink Chiffon

Forever 21 Mouse Slippers

Clear Scalp and Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (SUPER addicting)

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO