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Blogging Lessons Part 1

Before launching Blonde Boss Babe, I had no idea how many technical skills I would need to learn to start and maintain a successful blog. This November will mark one year since I migrated platforms from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, which I recently realized I didn’t even do 100% correctly. LOLZ. How did it take me this long to find out? Well, all of the images from my posts pre-November 2016 disappeared from public view but would show when I was logged in working on the site. Ironically, this little bit of a nightmare has come with a lot of blessing mixed into the mess. Manually re-inserting the images into each post has provided an opportunity for me to look back on how much the blog has progressed, clean up/delete less than ideal content, and reminisce on some favorite projects. Of the 20+ posts affected, here are the few that made the cut (click the image to be taken to the post): 

  

 While I still have so many more things to learn about this crazy complex – yet super fun platform, in a post soon-to-come, I will be sharing with y’all some of the key steps that would have GREATLY simplified this process. So, if you have any blogging questions about launching a site, working with companies, or even designing a logo – feel free to comment them below this post or contact me here. I will try to answer as many as possible in the posts to come on this topic. 

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June Instagram Roundup

Blonde Boss Babe June 2017 Instagram roundup

 

 Console Table | Chair

 

Office Chair | Leopard print Throw | Rug

 

Mercury Glass | Console Table | Lamp Dupe

 

Leaning Shelves | Pink Heels | Black Heels | Nude Heels | Blue Heels 

 

Tie-up Espadrille Wedges | Rug 

 

Diptyque Candle | Gold Paperclips

 

Diptyque Candle | Chanel Perfume | Marble & Gold Vanity Tray

 

Faux Garland | Pink Accent Roses | White Accent Rose Sprays

 

Metallic Gold & White Leopard Pillow | Leaning Shelves 

 

DIY lace floral teepee

 

Porcelain Plate Set Dupe | Porcelain Pitcher Dupe

 

Goodness gracious, y’all, with a new month came a new round of crazy schedules – funny how we always hope that the summer season will bring more rest than busyness but usually the opposite is true! In this post I’ve linked up all the details from the most popular/asked about Instagram posts from the month of June – as always, if there’s something I’ve missed that you would like more information on, feel free to comment below and I’ll add the related info to this post! July Instagram roundup coming in the next few days! 

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Dining Room Update

Happy end of July, y’all! If you’ve been following the Blonde Boss Babe blog for a while now, then you already know just how excited I am to share this update to our dining room!

For the last 2 1/2  years, J and I have been using a table I bought during undergrad from another student. It had already been through a lot by the time it came to me, but it served its purpose and fit in our tiny condo so it worked for us. Then when we moved into the house we are in now, I really started hoping we could replace it with a set that would seat more people without overwhelming the space. Lucky enough, a local family moving across the state decided they wanted to buy all new furniture for their new home and posted this set online for a steal, which as you can see I jumped all over asap 🙂

Right now I’m trying to decide if I want to put a rug in here or leave it as is. Let me know if you have any opinions on what I should choose! I’m currently looking at this one & this one. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

 

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Easy DIY Bulletin Board

Lately, I’ve been a bit amazed at how much “extra” we have in the way of home decor pieces. One particular category of which is frames. I didn’t realize until we started the packing process, before our move this past summer (more on that here & here), how many extra frames we had stored. The two featured below are such good (and semi-embarrassing) examples. Both of these were purchased my junior year of undergrad at Michael’s, yet neither were ever hung. I loved the shape and style of them too much though to get rid of them, so they have survived not one, but now three moves (hence the blue tape protecting the glass) without ever being used.

Well, taste and style preferences change, and mine certainly have since my junior year at Carolina. I didn’t want to waste these frames though, so instead I decided to make one into a gold cheetah bulletin board, and the other into a matching frame for my favorite Charlotte print.

For this project you’ll need the following supplies:

1 yard of your choice fabric (I used metallic cheetah in gold)

Spray Paint & Grip

Cork Board Roll & Scissors

Staple Gun

*If you don’t have any extra frames available, you can skip the spray paint portion by snagging one already in the style/color you like. I’ve linked some similar ones herehere.

Step 1: Remove the cardboard backing and glass from the frame. Don’t throw away the backing, we will be using it in a later step. Also, when you lift up the little tabs, try to keep them from touching any part of the frame (other than where they’re connected of course). This will help prevent them from sticking to the frame when its spray painted.

Step 2: In a well-ventilated area, preferably outside, begin spraying your frame with the first coat of paint. Use smooth even strokes, covering the entire outer piece. Allow this first layer to set completely before spraying again. You may need be extra patient if your frame is plastic, as it takes a few extra rounds for the paint to appear as though it’s adhering to the piece. (One of the reasons I chose to use the chalk spray paint was that I hoped it would make these plastic frames look like wood – it totally worked!)

Step 3: Once your desired coverage is reached, set aside the frame to fully dry. It’s time to grab your frame’s cardboard backing and cork board roll! Unroll the cork board, and line it up with the cardboard backing. Be sure to keep it taut and flat. Cut the cork to fit your backing.

Step 4: Using your staple gun, staple down the edges of the cork to the cardboard backing. (As you can see, my backing needed extra strips of cork board, so it looks a little messy, but the fabric will cover this so don’t worry if yours looks similar to mine at this point in the project.)

Step 5: Get out your fabric, and lay the backing cork-side down. Cut the fabric to fit, leaving extra along the edges so that you can fold it down on the back. *Depending on how wrinkly your fabric is, you may want to steam it before securing it to the cork board.

Step 6: Grab your staple gun again and gently staple the edges of the fabric down to the cardboard side of the  frame backing. Take your time with this step so that you don’t end up with a massive crinkle down the middle of your new cork board.

Step 7: Flip it back over, and check to make sure everything is smooth and secure. Now you’re ready to put your new bulletin board into your freshly painted frame!

Step 8: All you have to do now is figure out where you want it displayed 🙂 I put mine in my home office. I’m a huge fan of symmetry in interior design so both frames are to the right and left of the main window in this space.

 

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Have you just completed this, or any of the other projects featured on Blonde Boss Babe? If so, tag me! I would love to see your version!

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