An Interview with Shilo from @pinkeinstein!

Hey guys! It’s me, B! I’m back with my third interview from my interview series!! Today, I will be interviewing Shilo, from @pinkeinstein on Instagram and Her Blog. Shilo has 1.1k followers on Instagram, and is a Jadelynn Brooke rep! Let’s get started!!

1. Can you please tell me a little about yourself?

My name is Shilo, I am currently in high school, and I have been blogging for about five years. I love to spend my free time reading, taking pictures, or doing anything crafty. Jesus is my number one, I’m addicted to sweet tea, and I think pearls are appropriate for any occasion. My style can be described as preppy and maybe even classic but I also love fun unique clothing items and I like to get creative with my outfits. When I am older I would like to start my own fashion brand or teach second grade.

2. What/who inspired you to start blogging?

I actually created my blog in middle school after I had been running a blog about my American Girl Dolls for a few years. I created it with no plan in mind and I didn’t really do anything with it for a long time. Around the end of middle school I really got into fashion blogs and decided that is what I wanted to make of my blog. A few lovely ladies who inspired my blog as well as my style include Carly from Carly the Prepster, Lucy from Daily Dose of Prep, and Abby from Belle of the Ball.

3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Fun fact, I actually hate writing so it comes to a surprise to a lot of people when I tell them I write a blog. My favorite part would have to be sharing my tips, interests, and stories with other people and having them enjoy the posts that I create.

4. What is the biggest tip you can give to new bloggers?

Have patience and work hard. You will not start out with a ton of followers, it takes a while, you won’t even have people reading your blog when you first start it. You just have to love what you’re doing, work hard at it, and have patience and eventually it will pay off once people discover how amazing your blog is.

5. What is your greatest achievement your blog has provided you with so far?

Recently I have hit a few blogging milestones and it has been such a blessing to see my blog grow and become more of what I imagined when I really started to get serious about my blog. I got my first payed sponsorship a few months ago which was a huge step for me, it was very exciting and made me realize that I could make my blog into more than just a hobby someday.

That’s all for today guys!! Make sure to check out Shilo’s blog and Instagram, both linked above! Have a great day!

-B

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White Jeans and Off the Shoulder Tops!

Hey guys! It’s me, B! Today I have another collab blog post, today with Rylie on Instagram and Her blog.

We both decided to do blog posts with the trend of off the shoulder tops with white jeans! Here is my look!

Top: a local boutique

Jeans: the same boutique

Shoes: TOMS

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and make sure you check out Rylie’s post on her blog linked above! Thanks for reading!

-B

A Quick Trip To Niagara!

Hey guys, it’s me, B! Back in June, my family and I took a 3 day, 2 night trip to Niagara Falls, and this is my travel diary from it!

Wednesday, June 20:

We arrived to Niagara, New York, at 1:00 PM. We then parked our car, and went to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. I just got a burger and grapes.

Then, my brother, dad, and aunt went on the Maid of the Mist Boat Ride, but my mom,sister, and I stayed back to take pictures.

After walking around for about 2 hours on the American side, we drove to Canada! Don’t let that fool you, it was a 2 minute drive! Anyways, then we checked into our hotel which was the Marriott Fallsview. Now it was about 5pm, so we headed to a local resort and casino that had TONS of stores and restaurants in it. We went to The Famous for dinner, and it did not disappoint!! I got homemade chicken soup and it was so good!

Then, we went to Roots and got a couple shirts, that I share among my mom and sister. Then, we walked around the area of our hotel until about 8:15, then we went to our room and got ready for bed. At 10pm, we heard fireworks, and we looked out our window (which overlooked the falls) and they were doing fireworks over the falls! Soon after we learned that in the summer they do fireworks every night at 10. It was so pretty! Then, we went to bed.

Thursday, June 21:

Today we woke up around 8 and went to the Starbucks in our hotel and got breakfast. Then, we walked around Niagara, Ontario, and went into some different shops, and we went to the Bird Kingdom. I have to say, I wasn’t excited for Bird Kingdom, but when we left, my mind changed completely! It was actually so fun! There was a cage you could go into to feet these laurakeets, and here is a picture of my family… it’s rather hysterical!

Then, we went to this restaurant called Freshii for lunch and it was really good! I got a cheese quesadilla!

Then, we walked back to our hotel and drove 25 minutes to Niagara-on-the-Lake. This town was SO cute and not touristy at all, which my family loved! We walked around the town, and then went to North America’s oldest golf course, Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club for a snack. I got some vanilla ice cream. It was great!

Then, we walked around the town for about 30 minutes, and then went to dinner at this AMAZING restaurant called the Epicurean.

Then, we drove back to the town where our hotel was at, and we went to this ice cream place we have been wanting to try since we had been there, called Sweet Jesus. It was so good!

Then, we drove back to our room and had an early night. We enjoyed looking out our window at the sunset, and watching the fireworks at 10pm.

Then, we got ready for bed and went to bed!

Friday, June 22:

This morning we got up and went to Starbucks for breakfast, and left the hotel. Then, our trip to Niagara Falls was over!

FUN FACTS ABOUT NIAGARA FALLS:

1. Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in America.

2. Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls: the Horseoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

3. At one time, P.T. Barnum wanted to turn Goat Island, inside Niagara Falls State Park, into a circus ground.

It was such a great trip, and I highly recommend going if you get the chance! I am very grateful to my parents for taking my brother,sister, and I on this trip that I will never forget!

Thanks for reading!

-B

An Interview with Molly from @gracefullygingham!

Hey guys! It’s me, B! I’m back with another interview in my series!! Today I am interviewing Molly, from @gracefullygingham on Instagram, and Her Blog. Molly has 1.4 k followers on Instagram, and is a Jadelynn Brooke ambassador!

1. Can you please tell me a little about yourself?

I am an incoming college freshman and I am so excited for all the new adventures ahead! I love photography, fashion, and spending time with family and friends. On my blog and Instagram I share lots of fashion and lifestyle content.

2. What/who inspired you to start blogging?

I wouldn’t say one person “inspired” me to start blogging. I had seen a bunch of bloggers on Instagram the summer of 2016, and I thought it looked super fun and I wanted to start one of my own. So in October of 2016, that is exactly what I did! However, I love Abigail from Belle of the Ball. Her photos are always incredible and I definitely look up to her as a blogger.

3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Honestly, my favorite thing about blogging is being able to talk to my followers and I have also made so many amazing friends from all over the country through my blog. Getting to know everyone is seriously so fun!

4. What is the biggest tip you can give to new bloggers?

My biggest tip to new bloggers would be to just stick with it! Your blog isn’t going to grow overnight, so as long as you are haveing fun and posting content that represents you, people will end up reading your blog and they will want to get to know you!

5. What is your greatest achievement your blog has provided you with so far?

My blog has given me so many opportunities! I have been able to rep for so many amazing companies which has been so amazing but I have also met so many amazing girls through the programs! I would definitely have to say being an ambassador for so many amazing companies has been the greatest achievement that my blog has provided me.

I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know Molly! Make sure you check out her Instagram and blog linked above! Thanks for reading!

-B

20 Bible Verses that can get you Through Life!

Hey guys! It’s me, B!! I am very excited for today’s post because it is a collab with the amazing Pink Einstein!! Make sure you check out her blog and Instagram.

Today’s post is 20 Bible verses that we just thought were very great and inspirational, so I have 10 verses, and Shilo has 10 verses! Here we go:

1. Psalm 9:10-“Those who know your name trust you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

2. Romans 10:17- ” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

3. Isaiah 30:30-31-” Even youth grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those who put their hope in the Lord will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

4. John 11:25-26- “Jesus said to her,’ I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die…'”

5. 1 Peter 5:7- “Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you.”

6. Exodus 15:26-“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.'”

7. Psalm 23:1- ” The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need.”

8. Isaiah 60:1-” Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”

9. Psalm 46:1-3-” God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

10. Proverbs 18:10- “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

I hope this blog post was encouraging to you all, and if you would like 10 more verses, make sure you check out Shilo’s post! Thanks for reading!

-B

Paris- Spring Break 2018!

Hey guys! It’s me, B! If you haven’t read my post about London, please read that first, as that is where I went first on Spring Break! We stayed in Paris for 4 days, 3 nights, like we did in London. Tuesday, March 6:After we got off the train, we waited a good 30 minutes, while my dad found some stuff out about where to go, etc. Then, our Uber Driver picked us up at the train station. He was really nice, and even knew a little bit of English, which was very helpful. Then, we made it to our hotel.We stayed at the Trianon Rive Gauche Hotel, and I loved it!! My parents weren’t a big fan. It wasn’t modern, so if you are looking for a modern hotel, I wouldn’t recommend it, but their breakfasts were amazing!! After we checked into our hotel, we walked around for about 30 minutes, taking pictures of the Seine River, Notre Dame, and anything else that caught our attention. Also, let me guys give you a heads up, that there will be many macaroon pictures including in this blog post, as they are so photogenic!! After walking around for about 30 minutes, we stopped at a little cafe for a hot chocolate. It was so good! Then, we walked around for another good 2 hours, then we stopped by the Picasso Museum around 5:00 PM, shortly before it was closing for an event. As a kid, I grew up loving Picasso’s work, so I really wanted to go into this museum. It was very clean inside, and overall I would give it a 4/5. After the Picasso Museum, my mom got a gift for herself, and then we walked back towards our hotel, to have dinner. We ate at this amazing Italian restaurant, which we ended up eating at 2 times during our trip!! I just got a classic pepperoni pizza. Then, we walked around near our hotel for a little bit and went down this back road, which at first was creepy, but then we found this really cute crepe cafe, and the owner spoke perfect English, which was very helpful. We ended up getting a crepe with marshmallows and powdered sugar on it and another hot chocolate and it was amazing! Then, we ended our night by chilling at our hotel. Wednesday, March 7: This day was our busiest of all. We started the day by getting ready at our hotel, and having breakfast in the dining room there. Then, we took a bus to the Musee d’Orsay. We had a little bit of trouble finding it at first, but we found it sooner or later. There were many pieces of beautiful art in this Museum, and here are some of my favorites:After visiting the Musee d’Orsay, we walked across the famous Love Lock Bridge, to get to the Orangerie Museum. This museum is a fairly new museum in Paris, but it is a must see!! This was by far my parents favorite museum of the trip! There were oval-shaped rooms with Monet’s WaterLillies all over the walls, with a few other pieces of art, and even though I captured some photos, these really don’t do it justice. After the Orangerie Museum, we started our walk to the Sainte-Chappelle Church. On our walk, I found, you guessed it, more macaroons…Sainte-Chappelle was beautiful. It was by far my parents favorite church of the trip. The stained-glass windows were gorgeous! After Sainte-Chappelle, we walked back to our hotel to freshen up. Then, we got picked up by a taxi to go to the Eiffel Tower. Fun Fact: Every hour, on the hour, the Eiffel Tower lights up for 5 minutes, it is really pretty. After taking pictures from far away of the Eiffel Tower, we got closer, as we had pre-ordered tickets to go to the top of the tower at night. I am SO GRATEFUL that my parents pre-ordered the tickets, because the line to get tickets by the Tower was easily 100 people long. Crazy. Once we got through security, we went up about half-way to a little cafe. It was so cool going up an elevator that goes diagonal!! After waiting about 15 minutes on the cafe and gift shop level, we went up to the top of the tower!! It was so beautiful to look over the city at night. If you are going to the top of the Tower anywhere between October-March, I would recommend bundling up, as it was SO COLD on top of the tower. Also, if you are scared of heights, I would not recommend this. Overall, it was beautiful. We gazed at the city from the top for about 30 minutes, and would have stayed longer, had it not been 30 degrees, and being 9:30, so then we got a taxi back to our hotel, and made it in for the night, relaxing for an hour or so. Thursday, March 9: This was an early morning for us. We started our morning off like normal by going to the dining hall for breakfast, then took a train to Versailles. It was a 30 minute train ride, so not too long. Versailles was such a beautiful town!! I would highly recommend it!! If you ever go to Paris, but want a break from all of the touristy stuff, I would definitely look into Versailles. We specifically decided to go to this town to see the Palace of Versailles. We got there at 10 AM, right when it opened, and that was a good choice, later, I will show you all the line when we walked out. The Palace was beautiful, and my family and I did the audio guide for this, and I would recommend it for this particular tour. The gardens behind the palace were gorgeous, and I definitely recommend taking the extra time to walk them!! If you walk in the gardens along the path for about half a mile, you will come to a very small “town” with a few things to do, and a few restaurants and cafes. We stopped at this cafe for a donut and hot chocolate-neither disappointed us! Then, we started walking back to the front of the palace, so we could leave, and we saw this line…This was the line at 12 PM, 2 hours after we got there. I would highly recommend getting up earlier so you can avoid this line, but if lines with 150+ are your thing, then go for it! Then, we walked around the town of Versailles for an hour, and realized we were still hungry, so we went to another cafe, and my brother and I just got plain baguettes as our lunch for the train ride back to Paris. Baguettes are for sure a must eat while in Paris! The train arrived back in Paris at about 1:30, so then we decided to go to the Lovre. The line to get in was not any longer than 5 minutes, which was very surprising, as the museum was PACKED…I had never seen so many people in one place. Because it was so crowded, my family and I decided only to look at the must-sees, and get out of there. Yes, we did see the Mona Lisa, but let me say it is very anticlimactic, and if there had been a long line, I would say not worth it, but that’s only my opinion. The architecture of the Lovre was beautiful though!! Then, we went back to the area of our hotel, meaning we went back to the crepe place, but this time I did not take a picture of my crepe, as I had the same thing. Then, my brother and mom went back to the hotel room, and my dad and I walked around a little bit. We found this cute shop that sold everything you could imagine, in chocolate form, and they also sold macaroons, and my dad got some, and said they were delicious. If you were wondering why I never got macaroons, it is because I am allergic to the flour they use in them. That whole basketball thing is made out of chocolate! Amazing! Then, my dad and I went to a Moleskine store, and I got an address book on sale. Then, we went back to our hotel to pick up my brother and Mom, and then we went to dinner at the same Italian restaurant we went to previously, and got the same pizza as before. Then, we went to our hotel, and got ready for bed, and went to bed. Friday, March 10: this was our final full day in Paris. We took the subway to Champs-Elyśeeś. First, we went to a little cafe for some drinks. I, of course, got hot chocolate. Then, we went to the Arc de Triomphe. We went to the top, which is A LOT of stairs, but it was totally worth it. Even though this landmark is much shorter than the Eiffel Tower, my family and I all agreed that we enjoyed the view from the Arc de Triomphe better than the Eiffel Tower’s view. Then, we went into a lot of the shops along Champs-Elysèeś. We also ate lunch at this cafe, and we got baguette sandwiches. We are outside, and there were pigeons EVERYWHERE. They were even coming on our table as we were eating, haha! I ended up getting a pair of socks from the Nike Paris store, which was AWESOME (it was multiple floors AND had a DJ!), and a coral Longchamp backpack, which I love! Then, we took the subway back to the area of our hotel, and got dinner at a cute little restaurant. But, truth be told, I didn’t get dinner, I got strawberry sorbet! Then, we walked around that part of the city for a little bit, and then we got ice cream at this really cool place that puts the ice cream in the shape of a flower! Then, we went back to our hotel, and packed up, as we were leaving early the next morning. Saturday, March 11: we woke up at around 6:00, ate breakfast in the dining hall, then got picked up by an Uber to go to the airport. We flew out of Paris, and made it home safe and sound! I am so grateful to my parents for taking my brother and I on this trip, I will never forget it!Finally, I am going to tell you guys about 3 things I thought you should know if you’re ever traveling to a big city. 1. Beware of Pickpockets. These are people who will come up to you and try to steal something of yours (purse,phone,etc.) so be extra cautious, and make sure nothing is in an easy spot to grab. We actually had two encounters with pickpockets, but luckily, they took nothing. One encounter was with a group of girls that were probably about 18 years old, and they swarm around you with papers, trying to “inform” you about something, but really they are trying to distract you. Another encounter was with a group of 4 men that were probably in their early 20’s, who came up to us and started touching my mom’s purse, and my dad’s jacket. They were very agressive, but came away with nothing. 2. Have a translating app handy. I used this A TON in Paris, as they don’t speak English. I just got the Google Translate app, which is free in the App Store. This app was especially helpful when I was looking a good menus to see what I was going to order. 3. Finally, download a money conversion app. Unfortunately, I do not remember the exact one I downloaded, but I know it was free. This is very helpful, as you will probably want to buy some souvenirs on your trip, and the pricing in the foreign countries is always different. I hope you guys enjoyed this long awaited blog post! Have a great day, and thanks for reading! -B

An Interview with: Nicolette from thepinkprep!

Hey guys! It’s me, B! I’m starting a new series on my blog where I interview other bloggers, about their blogging life. This first interview is all about Nicolette from @thepinkprep on Instagram and her blog. Nicolette is a Jadelynn Brooke ambassador with 1.7k followers on Instagram!

1. Can you please tell me a little about yourself?

“My name is Nicolette and I’m from Connecticut. I’m a college student currently majoring in journalism and public relations. Since I love anything to do with fashion, my dream is to work as a fashion writer after college. I currently intern with Cliché Magazine, a fashion, entertainment and beauty magazine.”

2. What/ Who inspired you to start blogging?

“I’ve always loved following bloggers and Youtubers and they inspired me to start my own blog. I’ve always been really interested in fashion, but I also love writing and taking photos so I thought it would be a fun, creative outlet to combine all of my interests.”

3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

” I love the fashion inspiration I gain from blogging. The people I follow are so creative and I love looking at what they wear to get outfit ideas for myself. I also love having the opportunity to interact with likeminded people and share my interest in fashion with them.”

4. What is the biggest tip you can give to new bloggers?

” If you want to start a blog, start it and do it for the right reasons. Too many people do it in hopes of gaining followers and making money, and while this is nice, it should be about following your passion. Post whatever content makes you happy and don’t worry about likes or follower count! ”

5. What is your greatest achievement your blog has provided you with so far?

” I’m really thankful to be representing Jadelynn Brooke this semester. I have always loved their brand and they are such genuine people. I’ve wanted to work with them for as long as I can remember and I’m loving it so far!”

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Nicolette for letting me interview you! Please make sure you check out her Instagram and blog!

I hope you guys enjoyed my first post in my blogger interview series! If YOU are a blogger, and would like me to interview you, please DM me on Instagram! (@liveloveandb)

Have a great day!

-B