Brunch at First Watch

Happy Brunch Day Guys!

Also known as Sunday ;) Brunch is literally one of my favourite things on this planet. I know, I know super "basic" but hello? Basic Blogger B*tch, what would I be IF I didn't love brunch!?

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Brunch is literally one of my favourite things on this planet. I know, I know super "basic" but hello? Basic Blogger B*tch, what would I be IF i didn't love brunch!? Speaking of brunch, one of my fave blogger babes and bestie Char and I recently hit up First Watch Cafe for a chill BFF brunch sesh. Besties that brunch together stay together am I right ;)

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First Watch is definitely one of our favourite brunch spots! Everything you order at First Watch is made to order, which means its always fresh. It really makes a difference and you can tell when you taste it. 

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For our brunch extravaganza Char and I ordered the Avocado Toast with scrambled eggs, one Banana Granola Crunch Pancake, the French Toast, and two of their AMAZING Iced Coffees!

Our waiter was most def judging us for ordering this much food but hey a girls gotta brunch! Plus we shared it all so I mean that make it a little better right?

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The avocado toast was one of the best I have had. They aren't skimpy with the avocado AT ALL which I loved!

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First Watch pancakes are giant which you definitely should know. Like huge! SO you can definitely share them. They are also freaking good! Some of the best pancakes around for sure.

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Their french toast also doesn't disappoint in anyway. It was absolutely delectable, totally drool worthy. Its so light and fluffy but also SO filling. 

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First Watch is seriously one of the BEST places to get you basic brunch on and if you haven't gone you need to hit it up ASAP!!! I will forever be a fan and I know once you try it you will too ;)

As always if you have any questions feel free to leave them below or find me on any of my socials and hit me up! I love chatting with all you guys so don't be shy!! Oh and if you wanna creep Char here is her website link https://charlyttealexandra.com/ ;)

I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend!

Xoxo,

Alex

Tips To Grow Your Instagram Following

Happy Monday Babes! 

One of the questions I literally get asked on the DAILY is "How did you get so many Instagram followers?" I seriously can't even count the amount of times I have been asked! So I decided to share some of my best most effective tips with you guys. 

1. Networking. Networking. Networking!

I can't stress how important networking is for building a genuine following. When I first got into the blogging scene I didn't really associate it as a thing that needed you to be very social or attend events but it TRULY is. Once I started going to events and networking I grew my following by the hundreds! 

2. Use ALL your hashtags! 

So this probably sounds like a super obvious tip but you would be surprised how many bloggers and influencers I have met weren't using all their hashtags if any. This is one of the best ways for your Instagram to be exposed to people who don't follow you and even businesses/companies looking for bloggers and influencers to work with. 

3. Engagement Matters!

This actually took me a while to catch on to! I basically would just post my pictures and then get off. It wasn't until I saw one of my good friends constantly commenting on other people and engaging so much with them that I finally just asked her like does this help? She told me that it made such a huge difference and even helped her make some of her best blogger babe friendships. SO ENGAGE WHENEVER YOU CAN! 

4. Good Quality Pictures!

This is probably one of the MOST important tips I can give you honestly. No one wants to see blurry, badly lit photos and no companies are going to want to repost those kinds of photos. It's definitely quality or quantity when it comes to your content. You would rather take a few days to post a great picture then post a not so great one everyday. 

5. Tag Brands!

Getting reposted by brands is the biggest way to get exposed to a ton of people who might want to follow you! If you are posting any kind of product, whether it is beauty, fashion, food, make sure you tag the brand. Almost every company has social media now so you can pretty much tag everyone. If you take a great photo and they repost it you are getting amazing exposure, especially for bigger, more popular brands. 

I hope these tips can help you grow your Instagram like they did mine! If you have anymore questions feel free to hit me up on any of my socials or leave a comment below! I love answering all of your questions. 

Have a great rest of your week babes!

Xoxo,

Alex

 

Being A Basic Blogger B*tch

Hey guys! 

So a lot of you probably noticed by now that I have completely rebranded (the domain is on hold currently but basicbloggerb*tch.com is on its way as soon as the domain is released to me) and I am beyond excited to start this new phase. So many of you have been asking questions about why I decided to rebrand and what prompted it and I will be answering them all hopefully with this post.

Ever since I documented my first Starbucks about 6 years ago I have been called "basic b*tch" and it has only grown more as I fell in love with other "basic" things. I have NEVER been a fan of the word "basic" or "basic b*tch" because I feel like it is just another label that is meant to shame people for things that bring them joy. I don't ever think people should be shamed for loving something that brings them any kind of happiness. Once I got into the blogging world more seriously about 2 years ago, I noticed that there are A LOT of people who think bloggers are a bunch of fake, snobby, basic b*tches. I have had people tell me that we (bloggers and influencers) are all just entitled and expect to get everything for free as if we don't put in hella work and hustle to do what we do. I have had people say that my friends and I are so fake and probably aren't even friends. Of course we have been called  Basic B*tches more than I  can even count. Every time I get a picture of my coffee for my Instagram or an OOTD for my Twitter I am called a basic b*tch. I don't think I was ever called a basic b*tch more in my life than when my blogging and social presence started to do better. 

Obviously, we all joke around using basic and basic b*tch sometimes but I have had some of my so called "friends" use it in such a negative and venomous way. It has definitely become more of a hateful term for those people than a light hearted joke. I have had friends completely try and belittle my blogging and tear it and me down any chance they got. Making sarcastic remarks about bloggers and blogging and how it isn't a real "job" or that It just makes me a snobby b*tch and of course thats it's so "basic". First of all there is NOTHING basic about being a blogger and there is nothing basic about ME! 

I want to go through and debunk a couple of the assumptions people have made about me and my "basic b*tch" "entitled" "rich, snobby" blogger life. Firstly, my parents do not pay my way through life. I shockingly make my own money despite what a lot of people have thought. Their wealth and money is not a reflection of what I have or what I make. I am my own person with my own bank account. Secondly, just because companies send me products, pay me for sponsored content, or give me any other opportunities it DOES NOT mean that I am entitled or privileged, it means that I have worked my butt off and hustle everyday to achieve and be worthy of these amazing opportunities. Lastly, being a blogger, youtuber, influencer, etc. is not "basic". Liking Starbucks, selfies, shopping at Target, and the MANY other things considered "basic" doesn't mean you're basic. Sure I definitely take selfies of myself drinking starbucks on my flights to all the different parts of the world that I am blessed enough to see. I wear my Uggs and yoga pants on them too ;) but  I am so much more than the "basic b*tch" so many people assume I am. 

Finally coming to the rebranding. After being called a basic bitch over and over I decided "You know what? I am going to own this!". If doing what I love makes me a Basic B*tch then I guess thats what I am going to be. I won't stop being a "basic" blogger and I won't stop doing "basic" things. I also won't stop being kind when I can, spreading positivity when I can, lifting up my fellow women when I can, and being a light when I can. So, if all that makes me a Basic Blogger B*tch well okay. I own it and I'm going to run with it! 

To all my haters who got me to this point I definitely have to say THANK YOU! You inspired me to start loving my Basic Blogger B*tch title and I am going to spread that love around to all my fellow Basic B*tches and Basic Blogger B*tches. Get ready to see so much more of our amazing "basic" selves.

Xoxo,

Alex