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

 

How to Dress for Fall in the Texas Heat

Happy Hump Day Babes!

I don't know about you guys but this week is taking FOREVER for me! I just want the weekend to get here ASAP! But until then I thought I would share one of my favourite outfits with you guys. I have been working on how to bring fall fashion into the Texas heat without melting so take a look at what I came up with!

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 This outfit is perfect for giving you those fall vibes because of all the warm, autumn tones but also cool enough to keep you from melting in this killer Texas heat :P 

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I decided to go with this cute quarter sleeve top because it is long enough to give you the feeling of fall but won't make you sweat to death, plus the cold shoulder design will help keep you cool. The colours are perfect for fall as well.

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I paired it with these super cute green shorts. I love that they have colour but notice how it isn't bright but muted which is perfect for the fall and that little strip detailing on the sides was just too adorable! 

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I am seriously obsessing over these wedge/bootie hybrids! They literally scream fall with their nice beige colouring and suede material. 

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For accessories I went simple with just this silver necklace and brown shades.

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Here are the links so you can shop all these pieces!

Top- Cold Shoulder Blouse 

Bottom- Green Shorts

Shoes- Wedge/Bootie Hybrids 

Necklace- My particular necklace is sold out but here is a super similar one Crescent Pendant 

Sunglasses- They are just a no name pair I picked up overseas but here is a similar style Brown Sunglasses 

I hope you guys all have a fantastic rest of the week. As always if you have any comments definitely leave them down below, how do you bring fall fashion elements into this killer Texas heat? I would love to know! Don't forget to follow me on all my socials because I LOVE connecting with you all! 

Xoxo,

Alex

Thank You Instagram For Giving Me My Best Friend~

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Hey Babes!  So today's post is solely dedicated to how I met my BEST BEST FRIEND through Instagram, Kate Bricken. I feel like I should definitely share "our story" because it is so freaking cute, #friendshipgoals basically ;) I wrote the story from my point of view and Kate wrote it from her view so let's start with hers! 

KATE-

I believe strongly in fate, and that there is a definite destiny as to why people come in and out of your life and as to why things happen. I’m so blessed that Alex was brought into my life, especially in a time when I needed her most. Okay… fine… I guess we can go back to the beginning. I’ve been on Instagram and social media since I was probably 15 years old. You can definitely say I never took it seriously, besides for attention and such. I honestly don’t remember exactly when, because it feels like Alex has always been in my life, but I initially started following her blog Instagram @SweetSerendipity96. We followed each other off and on, promoted each others pages, and had a few short conversations for a few years until finally Alex and her family decided to move to Texas. We definitely started talking more and talked about meeting up and our families. Unquestionably we started to get closer and even tried several times to meet up, but something always happened. Finally in September, right before my birthday actually, Alex texted me about a Kolache festival her family’s hometown was having. I immediately decided that no matter what I was going. Honestly, I was secretly terrified that we wouldn’t get along or that it would just be this awkward like “Welp I’m gonna go now.” Instead as soon as I arrived, I honestly felt like she had been in my life forever. We immediately had inside jokes and ran around the town and festival discovering the coolest things. It was so weird leaving, because it felt like she should be coming with us. After that she came to stay with me for a weekend, and soon after I went to stay with her. We basically started texting constantly every day. If anything happened in each other’s lives we immediately knew. It’s a friendship that I’ve never known. I know that I can tell Alex anything and she won’t judge me. The bottom line… Alex came into my life when I needed her the most. She allowed me to open back up to people and genuinely be my friend. I couldn’t imagine any other friend I would rather stay up until 4 am talking to or who I would rather send the ugliest snapchats ever thought of. I am so thankful that she was put into my life when she was… I guess Instagram really does change lives.

ME- Have you ever met someone and felt like you've known them your whole life? Or like just known they belonged in your life? That's exactly how I feel about my best friend Kate Bricken when we met. We've only been friends for about 6 months really but we've been following each other's lives for almost 2 years. Let's rewind a little. So when I first started blogging and started my Instagram, Kate was one of the first followers I had. We had never met or anything before but she lived in Texas which I visited all the time because of family, I didn't live there yet. We followed each others lives through Insta for about 2 years. Around the second year I moved to Texas and I messaged her and told her we had to meet up. My small hometown was hosting a festival so I invited her to come hang with me and she was down. It's obvious that neither one of us has too much stranger danger and thank goodness we don't because I would be missing out on one my best, best friends. When she got to the festival I instantly just felt so chill around her like we had been friends since forever not like we were just meeting. We kept in touch after that and kept hanging out and we just got closer and closer. Kate came into my life at a time when I think I really needed someone like her. My grandpa had just recently passed away as well as one of my good friends. I was so lost, sad, and just trying to find some kind of normal happiness again.Having people always being like overly sympathetic towards you after something like that really isn't helpful. Being around Kate and talking to her really helped and continues to help me get back to my old self. She constantly keeps me laughing but can also talk out some of the deeper subjects when I need to. We have a lot of things in common but also so many things about us that are completely different and it works. Even though we have only officially been friends for 6 months I can't imagine a time when I didn't have her to send goofy snapchats to or text everyday about any and everything. I can't wait to see what kind of crazy shenanigans we get into and awesome memories we make in the many,many years to come. P.S. Thank you SO much to Instagram for giving me the best BFF ;)

I would love to hear any stories of how you and your bffs met so feel free to share them! 

You can also follow my girl Kate on Instagram here>>>Kate's Crib

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and don't forget to follow all my socials(under the come stalk me section) to stay updated on new videos and posts. 

Xoxo,

Alex