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Blogger Tips & Polette Review

I am going to do a little something different and new today on Sugar & Something. I am going to start out with some ‘business’ and tips and close it out with something more, a review on these totally sassy glasses! There is a little something for everyone!!
Eyewear: c/o Polette
I am coming up on my year of fashion and lifestyle blogging. I have actually been blogging a lot longer that a year, but this is my new journey. It has taken me this entire year, and probably will continue to take time, to perfect my organization when it comes to my blog. It is hard! Working with brands, keeping up with post expectations, giveaways, collaborations, networking, etc. It takes much more time that I seem to have in any given day to keep Sugar & Something on track. So I have come up with some little helpful tips that I have picked up along the way:
1. Keep a Calendar! I started with a To Do list and that quickly become way too long to keep. Any type of calendar. I use my iCalendar on my Mac. I schedule posts about 2 weeks ahead of time and make sure if anything changes I record the change. I can’t be expected to remember everything in my blog life, work life and social life- so I write it down.
2.  Be sure of your brand! I can’t tell you how difficult it is to change your brand up down the road. I started as a DIY, crafting, baking blog and now am almost 100% fashion. Changing that was So difficult. My readers and audience changed, my branding changed and the way I went about everything in the backend of my blog changed. I am glad I made the change but going for what I really wanted all along would have been so much easier from the get go- then rebranding! Trust me. It’s a lot of work.
3. Be transparent. This one is something I only recently started to be concerned about. When I first started blogging I was so about working with brands and companies because I thought it would make me a “real” blogger. Now I am the first one to step up and back up my brand. I only accept the best from my readers and will not put something on my blog that I am not comfortable with. Going along with that I am the first one to email my concerns to the company. You would be surprised how appreciative they are and want to hear REAL feedback.
Now onto the fun with these glasses! You can’t tell me these aren’t the sassiest pieces of eyewear you’ve ever seen!
I don’t know if you know this about me but I collect glasses. In every shape, size, color, etc. I love reading glasses, sunglasses, everything. The great thing about companies like Polette is you can have this glasses addiction like I do- but your wallet won’t feel the pain. I can’t get over this company. A lot of discount eyewear companies have very minimal selections too- but they have so many adorably chic styles! Now I won’t be posting a million pictures of me sporting these glasses (this time) because I’ll be honest, I look like a total hipster. But I love them and they are so comfortable! But that is the great part of Polette! Even if these particular pairs aren’t the ones for me…I can go try another pair that are!
The Polette team is such a pleasure to work with. They strive to make sure their consumers are happy. It is seldom to run across a company that is so on top of communication but they really are. When it took a little longer that I expected for delivery they were available to check on the status in a moments notice and keep me updated. That is a company that I want to continue a relationship with!
Instagram: @poletteeyewear
Twitter: @poletteeyewear

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Organizing In Style

“A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish”

**Blogging Planner by The Chambray Bunny**
Tips to stay organized while blogging:
  1. Make a list for your week that you are able to check off and feel accomplished everydayKeep a place for your ideas. It’s great to be able to go to a place, whether it is a note page on your phone or a piece of paper on your fridge, that you have all of your brain storming ideas that come to you at random times. Even if I am out an about I write it down on my phone and then transfer it to my list I have in my folder. 
  2. Being a morning person allows me to get up early, take care of some blogging to do lists before my day starts. It allows me to begin my day doing something productive that way if an unexpected event comes up I don’t have to worry that I didn’t get something done.
  3. Plan ahead. Don’t plan to take pictures and blog the night before it is supposed to go up (yes I do this sometimes GUILTY) but it takes so much stress off of you to have at least a few days if not a week or so planned and scheduled to go live. 
  4. A bonus tip: Always have a fun drink sitting with you while doing a task. I can’t tell you how many times I make an excuse to get up and it’s always to get something to drink. Now I always make a Chai Latte or even a nice glass of wine at night to accompany my tasks at hand. 🙂

The most common inquiry I got when I started blogging from my friends was “That wasn’t what you were wearing in your post today! How do you have time to change before work?” (insert shocked face)
Here is a not so big secret among the blogger world…I dont. This picture was from at least a few days ago.
I try my best to stay organized. I know the more organized I am the better my blog week turns out and the more productive I can be. It’s sometimes really hard working a full time job plus finding the time to blog. But I can assure you if I don’t plan out my week…nothing gets done. Having this desk planner has absolutely saved my life. I used to use an agenda, but having a permanently opened page to exactly what I am doing this week (like this desktop planner) makes me look at exactly what my week has in store and what I have to accomplish this week to succeed. If I am slacking off, my eyes catch the list right in front of me and it kicks my butt into gear.
I also have been using a separate blogger planner from The Chambray Bunny that I found on Etsy. While it’s great to have everything you need to do in one place it can get overwhelming. I try to keep my blogging materials in a folder that way I don’t loose any notes I’ve taken, idea’s i’ve jotted down, or plans I have for my blog. If it’s all in my folder I know where to go when I’m looking for inspiration. I plan out my blog at least a week ahead of time with what the posts will consists of. Yes sometimes plans change due to weather and not being able to take proper pictures, my schedule at my job, etc. But I try to be as consistent as possible and stick with my plan.
Do you have any more tips to add? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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