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

My Go To Starbucks Drink

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Being the coffee junkie that I am, I am forever on the look out for Starbucks hacks to make my drinks have less sugar and less calories. Now Im not some crazy calorie obsessed chick but hey if I can save a few here and there without sacrificing too much flavour why not?! During one of my crazy google sprees searching for said hacks I stumbled upon probably the best calorie/sugar saving hack ever and it was for my all time favourite drink, The Caramel Macchiato! Okay so here is what I discovered. If you leave out the 3 pumps of vanilla(2 if you are getting a tall I usually get a grande so all of this is based off that size)and switch to non-fat milk you save 110 calories and 15g of sugar!! The original Grande Caramel Macchiato has 250 calories and 34g of sugar but after these two hacks it is only 140 calories and 19g of sugar. Not the best amount of sugar but much better than the original amount!

Anyway I hope maybe these hacks will help you save a few calories or grams of sugar because Im obsessed with this new and improved Caramel Macchiato! If you have any hacks you think I should know for any other drink PLEASE leave them for me below in the comments!

Kisses,

Alex

Stop with the Body Shaming Already!

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This post is something I've been wanting to write for quite awhile actually. It's something that I've experienced personally and I know others have as well. It seems that no matter how skinny or curvy you are that you will never escape the hurtful comments and body shaming. I used to be really overweight and I can honestly say that I never got as many hurtful comments as I have being slim. I'm naturally petite at my height of 5'2, my extra weight just hid my small frame. When I lost the extra weight I looked like a different person and I was very proud of myself, I loved my new body honestly. I was so strong and fit. We live away from most of my family so they hadn't seen me lose the weight all they remembered was that I left being overweight and then came back for the holidays basically a new person. Most of my relatives were completely shocked and I thought they would be just as proud as I was but that didn't end up being the case. Everyone In my family is overweight so before I lost weight I seemed like one of them, fitting in completely but after I lost weight it's like they thought I was some kind of outsider or freak that didn't seem normal.

I started getting called Skinny Minny, Boney, Anorexic, and even ugly. Even some old friends would tell me I looked like a stick. I remember one time quite recently where my cousin and aunt actually told me that I had ruined my body, become horribly ugly, and that no guys would want me now. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. These people were my family and even they couldn't help but make hurtful body shaming comments. Why couldn't they just be as proud of myself as I was? I tried to just let them roll off my back but after awhile I started to wonder if maybe they were right, was I really "gross" looking? Had I ruined my body? Then I realized that listening to all this crap was just completely stupid. I hadn't ruined my body at all, I had just improved it.

I became healthy because carrying all that extra weight on my little frame WAS not healthy. My family doctor had even told me that I was at a perfectly healthy weight so their comments about being sickly or having an eating disorder were definitely not true. I don't even think that people realize how hurtful their comments about being slim can be. They are just as hurtful as calling curvy girls fat.

Body shaming of every body type, size, and shape needs to stop. EVERY girl is beautiful, it doesn't matter if you're a size 0 or 18, we are all gorgeous, wonderful, smart, funny women who are so much more than just what size jeans they fit into. Instead of tearing each other down with hurtful comments we should be lifting each other up in praise of how amazing we all are.

Love you all bunches,

Alex