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Announcing Free Stock Photos for Blog & Business Use

In Blogging Resources, Career, Personal Style by Nataliya Ogle5 Comments

I’ve been debating whether or not to create a stock photos section on Style Tomes. I finally decided to just go for it. I have so many photos sitting around on my computer that I’m never going to use again. They might as well be put to good use elsewhere. I’m not a stranger to using stock photography in my Pinterest images. Sometimes you need a photo that relates to your theme or a certain mood. Unfortunately, you might not have that type of original photography. That’s where stock photo sites come into play. For the most part, they’re not free, although …

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How To Organize A Blog

In Blogging Resources by Nataliya Ogle7 Comments

Having a ton of stuff makes it that much harder to organize a blog. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has 34774 folders on the desktop, half of which contain photos I MIGHT potentially use as graphics in future blog posts. The other folders are tidbits of blogging life that get hastily saved in random places in the middle of writing or an information gathering spree. Then there are many text files with random bits of information and parts of blog posts, clippings of ‘to-do’ ideas and inspiration, and raw material interspersed with finalized products. I am …

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Nail Trends of 2017: DIY Chrome Nails – A Tutorial to Get The Look at Home

In Beauty, Beauty Tips by Nataliya Ogle8 Comments

I’m so obsessed with chrome (mirrored) nails lately! I don’t know why it popped into my head as soon as 2017 arrived, but I’ve been obsessively applying DIY chrome nails at home for the past week. Every time anything chips, I’m on it with that chrome powder. It’s super easy! Plus it’s so satisfying seeing that sparkly powder turn into a mirrored surface. If you’ve been following weather reports (cuz..right?) you know, it’s been exceptionally cold and snowy on the east coast. NYC has been slushy and I’m not a fan of walking in the slush, so I’m avoiding nail …

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Work Less, Live More: Save Time Blogging

In Blogging Resources by Nataliya Ogle6 Comments

One of my biggest goals this year is ensuring that I live my life a lot more instead of spending time in front of the screen. Any display, computer or otherwise (ahem, hello phone). Ways to save time blogging is imperative. I’m not looking to abandon the thing I love, but it’s extremely time-consuming. I’m blogging  to have the flexibility and time to enjoy life! I’m hell bent on striking a pleasant work-life balance. One of my biggest pet peeves is this notion of this perpetual grinding #girlboss. Like, girls, guys, let’s stop for a second. I think wanting to …

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Happy Holidays From This Blogger!

In Blogging Resources by Nataliya Ogle19 Comments

Dearest lovely reader: I love sharing my advice and life with you. You’re my friend, and I want to make sure you get everything you would ever want from a friendship! I want to take this time to THANK YOU for being here for me and with me. I go through ups and downs. I’ve told you about my embarrassing burnouts. Sometimes I wonder if I’m helping the world enough. Then I receive some amazing comments from you and good news about you trying a piece of advice I wrote about and it working. I get SO happy and encouraged by …

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Studio Lights Setup: Recreate the Fashion Photo

In Blogging Resources by Nataliya Ogle14 Comments

I posted a photo on Instagram last week where I asked if anyone wants me to explain the studio lights setup for the image: Trying out new lighting in a self portrait series. Post coming up on light setup. Wearing a bell sleeve Nicolette top from @juliannabass (available on @shopbop right now). (Red lips = Aveda tarragona lip liner) #juliannabass #shopbop #ad A photo posted by Fashion Blogger 💃 Nataliya O (@styletomes) on Dec 1, 2016 at 8:53am PST I got quite a few positive responses and people asking to explain the behind the scenes of the photo, so I’m …

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How To Find Your Blogging Voice

In Blogging Resources by Nataliya Ogle5 Comments

You know what my ultimate compliment is? When a friend of mine approaches me and tells me she feels like I’m speaking just to her with a blog article. Or if she mentions to me that my recent article felt like a casual, interesting conversation over coffee. In a blogging world so saturated with opinions and plethora of articles, this is an indication that my blogging voice actually makes an impact. I felt truly honored to know that I’m reaching ears (eyes?) that will listen and appreciate what I have to say. That’s the beauty of developing YOUR blogging voice. …

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Scheduling Your Blog During the Holidays

In Blogging Resources by Nataliya Ogle7 Comments

I’ve spoken about the power of scheduling your posts before, and as we’re getting closer to the holidays season, it’s more important to look into it than before. Maintaining your blog during the holidays can be really tough, especially if you’re planning on visiting family or having family come over. Separate Your Worlds Blogging can be really consuming, and I don’t mean just because of the actual time spent on it. It can be extremely consuming by making you constantly worry about what task needs to happen next. The last thing you need to be doing during the holiday season is …