In today's video I chat about my new favorite Instagram app and show you how to use this cool, and ~very~ free app on your iPhone and computer! I started using this bad boy a little over two weeks ago and I am OBSESSED! It's great for fashion and lifestyle bloggers or anyone who is interested in growing their Instagram game. I personally love it because I am such visual person and it helps me plan my Instagram posts in such a cool way! It's called Planoly. Have you heard of it? It's simple, beautiful and super user friendly. As of now, I use the free account and I think it's just perfect for what I want to accomplish. Soooooo many times I've had to take Daniel's phone, pull up my instagram feed and hold up an image that was displayed on my phone because I wanted to see what it would look like on my instagram. Does that make sense? Ha, maybe not... and it all might sound REAL over the top to some of you but again, I'm a very visual person. With this app, I've loved being able to rearrange posts on my insta feed. I am just now getting the hang of shooting + editing images that I think are just my style but this app makes it 10x easier. If none of this is interesting to you, I totally get it - but couldn't help but share it with you guys since it has been such a game changer for me!
Let me know if you download it and try it out! Again, it's free unless you have more than one account or want to unlock more features. P.S. this is totally unsponsored, haha. I'm just such a fan and wanted to share it with you!
The rest of this video is my casual Saturday at home. I ran a few errands, snagged a few thrift store goodies (YES, sweater weather!) and worked on my blog and YouTube. When Daniel got home from work we gussied up and went on a date night with our friends Austin and Ashley. If you live in DFW area, you HAVE to (I MEAN THIS IS A MUST, PEOPLE) go to Wabi House and try the spicy miso ramen. I've literally never tasted a ramen so delicious and just trust me, go, eat your heart out, enjoy the hug in a bowl and have the best ramen in your life.
I hope you enjoy this vlogmas series! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell notification so you get my videos straight to your email. That's how I keep up with my favorite YouTubers like Nikki Phillippi, The Phillippis, Alli Cherry, Kitty Cotten and more! Let me know if you like these casual videos! I love getting to chat with you guys so tell me what you think.
Upcycled Bejeweled Collar
The funkiest and chicest DIY accessory. I created this beauty a year ago and I still love it! All you need is a cut off collar from an old button down, a handful of chunky sequins and fabric glue. Anyone can make this and everyone would be envious of this super unique gift. Pinky promise. Click here to check out how simple it is to create your own!
Add Fun Confetti to your Images
What's the best way to make your favorite photo of you and your besties even better and ~wait for it~ is completely free?! Funfetti. Add a little confetti to your beloved pic to gift to your pal. I've created a little PNG (this means it has a transparent background!) of confetti for you down below. Drag and drop this onto your desktop or save to your smart phone. The easiest app to layer this PNG confetti to any images you want is called "over". I use it all the time! Downlad that bad boy to your smart phone for free and pop this cute confetti on the edges of your image or all the way around your picture. You can add as many layers as you want to get the effect you love! Drop me a line at email@example.com if you have any questions - I'd love to help!
Remember back over the summer when I shared this bracelet as one of my current favorites? It still earns my attention on the regular and I love throwing it on when I am feeling sassy and want to tell the world that it's okay to "do you boo". Sitting in my craft closet I still have plenty of alphabet and colorful beads and stretchy jewelry string that makes this DIY oh so simple. This would make the cutest and CHEEKIEST gift for your best girlfriend or sister. You can change out "do you boo" for any saying or word your heart desires! I know a few gals who would really love "plant mom" and even "wine not".... *winky face*
DIY Multi-purpose Boho Gift
Wait, what? A very cute DIY that is super easy, inexpensive AND would make the perfect gift?! Yes, yes I did. This insanely cool boho fabric is so multipurpose and effortless that you might want to keep it for yourself. Good thing it is so cheap that you can make two without breaking the bank! Click here to read a little bit more and watch the video to see how to make this cutie.
Happy Tuesday! I posted the second video of vlogmas around 9PM last night and I'm feeling pretty good about getting these posted so quickly! They've turned out to be so simple to edit that I might even say they are more fun to edit than my "put together" videos (such as DIYs, hauls, how-to videos, etc.). Those take little more time and I feel like I am still working on finding my "Alyssa" groove while also trying not to scare my viewers away. Ja feel?
This Sunday vlog is mostly in the evening as our day was pretty busy and we were both exhausted! I was up early to lead worship at church after a late night out at my friend's bachelorette party. It was a blast but let me tell you... I really pulled through getting up that early. After church, we cruised around town and settled on Torchy's tacos for lunch. I could not stop laughing at EVERYTHING. I blame it on the exhaustion. One bowl of queso, a taco and mimosa later we were back at home and I crashed for an hour. I am not a napper, people. This was out of pure tiredness. I couldn't even keep my eyes open! The short hour nap wasn't long enough but I got up, we took Marble on a walk and then popped over to Whole Foods to try and get our Christmas tree. They were all out. Instead, we grabbed stuff to make dinner and headed back home to have a chill night in. #bless #neededsnooze #sotired
This vlog is short but sweet. What does your perfect Sunday look like? Mine would have preferably more energy to enjoy the day. Thank goodness it was cloudy and the perfect weather for cuddling up and shutting out the world for a bit.
Have you ever heard of vlogmas or is that word SO foreign to you? I wouldn't be surprised either way, ha! Vlogmas is basically vlogging everyday of the month of December leading up to Christmas! Seeing as Daniel and I work during the weekdays, we'll probably be uploading only on weekends. I'll do my best to sneak in a few extra vlogs during the work week but we shall see! I don't want to put that pressure on us because sometimes you just don't want to film and edit in the evenings. At least, I don't... haha!
I love watching my favorite YouTubers vlogmas series this time of year. Here are a few you should totally go check out: Kitty Cotten, Nikki Phillippi, Lori Darks, and Alli Cherry (I'm not sure if she is doing vlogmas this year but she did a "vlogtober" that was super cute!). For peeps who don't really watch YouTube, the concept might be super bizarre to them but it's something I totally enjoy! Plus, I'm documenting memories of our little fam and it makes my heart happy. I went back and watched one of our vlogs from earlier this year and it made my heart swell. I love them so much!
I do have to preface/apologize for this first vlogmas though... HA. But, I mean, I made a commitment to do vlogmas and even on this boring day, I succeeded! #Bless. This Saturday was spent decluttering, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, washing, errands and talking to my dog, Marble (heh heh).. I was home alone for the majority of the day trying to get our apartment organized and deep cleaned. I felt SO accomplished though! These kind of days are rare for me but it was so nice to take care of the space we live in. I was so excited for Daniel to come home and see the clean house! There is nothing like walking into a clean home. All stress subsides and you can fully relax! I promise my future vlogmas's will be more interesting and fun (AT LEAST I HOPE, HA). We did a teeny one on Sunday (yesterday) so I'll be editing that tonight and uploading.
I hope you enjoy this series! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell notificaiotn (it looks like this!) so you get my videos straight to your email. That's how I keep up with my favorite YouTubers! Let me know if you like these casual videos! I love getting to chat with you guys so tell me what you think!
Hi friends! Gonna be honest, I am obsessed with how this easy DIY turned out. Anyone can do it! No, seriously. All you’ll need are two items: a permanent fabric marker and a 3’ x 3’ piece of light colored fabric. I bought both items at the fabric store with a coupon so it was very inexpensive! It would be really easy to find something around your home or in your closet and upcycle it with this DIY as well. The options are endless!
This mud cloth DIY is multipurpose and can be used and styled so many ways. Throw it over a chair, hang it on your kitchen stove, wrap it up tight as a modern + minimal scarf, upcycle a pillow case, make it wall art, use it as a Christmas tree skirt, a table runner, OH! or use it as wrapping paper for a gift... alright, now I'm getting carried away. But hello! I mean?!?
As you’ll see in the video I came up with new patters for each line as I went. I kept the patterns simple because let's be honest, I'm no artist and DEFINITELY don't have the patience for perfection (most of the time *wink). Next, I mirrored it on the opposite side of the fabric. It's pretty fool proof - you can even come up with whatever design you want! Mine was inspired by traditional African mud cloths but definitely not as beautiful, ha! Click here to read up on how traditional African mud cloths are made and what their symbols, fabrics, etc. mean.
I hope you love this DIY! I've added the full pattern down below and you can save this to your desktop or your smart phone to DIY it yourself, however, don’t forget you can make this however YOU want to! I’d love to see if you guys create something similar so tag me on Instagram @alyssaleighcates if you do!
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.