How to Win the Comparison Game

How to Win the Comparison Game | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

Late last night, I was sitting on my couch doing some blog work, when all of a sudden I stumbled across something on Instagram that instantly gave me a bitter taste in my mouth and made me feel so discouraged in that moment. All these thoughts started rushing to my mind … “Why not me?” … “I just don’t get it” … “That is so unfair” … “Why am I trying to do things the right way when the people who are doing things the wrong way are getting rewarded and I’m not?” … “I work 12+ hour work days to try and set myself apart & I still am not enough in their eyes” … I could go on, but you get the point.

Thankfully, my moment of comparison lasted only for a few minutes because I’ve already played the comparison game way too many times to count, so I’ve finally learned how to turn all of those negative thoughts about myself into something that wouldn’t tear me down, but possibly just build me back up. (*Disclaimer: I really feel like this moment last night was a God thing because I was just talking last week on my IG stories about comparison, and SO many of you wanted me to write a blog post about how I overcome those struggles. Sooo, HERE WE ARE! He really works in mysterious, yet amazing ways.)

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2018 Word of the Year: NO

Word of the Year: NO | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

When you read the title of this blog post, I’m sure you start to wonder what the heck I’m talking about and why my word for 2018 is “no”. The reason is simple: I’m a recovering people pleaser. I’m recovering from saying “yes” one too many times and then hating myself later on for agreeing to that event, that dinner, that partnership, that trip, etc. Over the past couple of years, I’ve learned more about myself that I ever knew before, and one of the things that has been challenging for me to overcome is learning how to say “no thanks” to people or things that I don’t necessarily want or need in my life at this time. But I’ve learned how to get past this challenge and how to politely decline or step away from things in life that are not beneficial to my health, happiness and well being … And boy has it been one of the most freeing feelings ever!

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Babes Supporting Babes – Happy International Women’s Day!

Babes Supporting Babes - Happy International Women's Day! | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

Happy Women’s Day to all my favorite babes out there!!

On this day, I want to share a special letter to each of you ladies reading this right now. I hope you’ll read it all the way through and enjoy it – xo.

To my LNL Babes …

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Blogging 101, Part 3: Content Planning & Photo Editing Tips

Blogging 101, Part 3: Content Planning & Photo Editing Tips | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

Time for another Blogging 101 post! I hope these have been helpful and beneficial to you guys if you have been thinking about creating a blog / website or if you’ve just been interested in learning more about the industry. I recently spoke to a fashion class at my alma mater, the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and it made me realize just how ‘new’ this industry still is to so many. It’s not a career path that has been around for a long time. Heck, I even remember learning about fashion bloggers for the FIRST time back in 2013 when I was a sophomore at UT. Before then, I had no idea something like style blogs even existed … and here we are today. Coming full circle, I suppose 😉

In this post, I want us to focus on creating and planning content for your blog and share a few tips on photo editing, planning your Instagram feed, etc. In doing so, I basically plan to share how I operate on this part of the business and what works for the LNL team at this time. I’m sure other bloggers organize and plan things differently, however, this is just what works for me, and I’m hoping that it may help you too! At this point, you’ve found your niche, you know your target audience demographics, you’ve chosen the name of your blog, the colors and fonts you want to use (i.e. branding), and you’ve created your website … now, it’s time for the really fun part. It’s time to plan out and create all of the beautiful imagery and blog post topics that you want to share on your blog and on your social media platforms. Let’s get started!

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Blogging 101, Part 2: Branding and Creating Your Website

Blogging 101, Part 2: Branding and Creating Your Website | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

Alright, friends – blogging 101 is back in session! I was so pumped to see the positive feedback from my first post in this series and can’t wait to dive into more detail with y’all. Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions at all or if I left off something that you would like for me to include in the future Blogging 101 posts. (You can see what all I plan on covering here.)

By now – after reading Part 1: Finding Your Niche & Knowing Your Audience – you should be clear in the direction that you want to take your blog and know who your target audience will be.

Part 2 is all about the back-end, technical ‘stuff’, which we’ll be talking about today, and trust me, I know it can be super overwhelming. Thankfully my sweet hubby, TJ, offered to come on to LNL as a guest today to help me explain all of this in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.

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Comfortable, Streetstyle-Appropriate Outfit Inspo

Comfortable, Streetstyle-Appropriate Outfit Inspo | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

Don’t get me wrong – it’s so fun to get dressed up in fancy outfits, to look nice for special events or to feel like you’ve just stepped off the NYFW runway onto the streets of your hometown, but let’s be real for a minute. NO ONE – and I mean no one – dresses up like that every single day of their life. We all have days where we just feel like wearing comfortable clothes – while still wanting to look stylish and put together. Whether it be running errands around town, a Saturday morning coffee or brunch date with your significant other, or for me, a full day without meetings – sitting at my desk working / planning content … you can still manage to feel super cozy in a comfortable, yet fashionable streetstyle-appropriate outfit.

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My Winter Playlist ’18 + LOUIS VUITTON GIVEAWAY

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A couple weeks ago on my Instagram story, I had a song playing in the background, and I received over 50 messages asking for the title & artist of that song. I figured I would do a poll to see if you all would actually be interested if I shared my current playlist with y’all, and over 95% answered ‘YES’. So, here we are!

Today, I’m sharing my Winter Playlist, which includes lots of chill tunes, (some newbies – lots of oldies) and all around just a huge mix of what I’ve been listening to lately. I tend to listen to many different genres, slow songs & fast songs, sad music & happy music all at one time, so I hope y’all like a good mix! I’m sure you’ll be able to easily identify which artists are my favorites since I’ve included lots of their music. 🙂

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Vol Fan in Your Life

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Vol Fan in Your Life | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

Here in Tennessee, our blood runs orange & the roots run deep – even through the ups & downs! Big orange nation is so passionate & we’re all Vol all the time. Football season, basketball season, holiday season … you name it — Tennessee fans are always excited to receive some new @vol_gear! That’s why I wanted to round up one last gift guide for all my local friends because we all have that one UT fan in our lives that would love to receive some new attire or decor that would represent their favorite team — my parents, sister and grandparents, for example, just to name a few!

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Christmas Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

Christmas Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

So….. Um, is anyone else frantically trying to finish their Christmas shopping this weekend?? I am, and I’m so ready to finish crossing people off of my list. Y’all, I still haven’t even wrapped the first gift. What is wrong with me?! Anyways, I plan to knock a lot of it out this weekend, and I’m guessing a few of you all will be doing the same thing, so I wanted to round up an entire list of fantastic gift ideas for all my fellow last minute shoppers out there. We’re in this together, friends! No worries, we’ll get it all done. I’m here to help, and this post includes gift ideas for EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. on your list. I’ve also made it super easy to see the price of each item without having to click on the product. Just hover over the image, and you’ll be able to see how much it costs. Of course, let me know if you have any questions — I’ve bought a lot of these gifts in the past, as well as, this year for some of my family. However, I can’t say what all I bought just yet because I’m afraid some of my fam (hi mom!!) may be on here reading this right now ha!

Happy shopping! 🙂

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Gifts for Parents and In-Laws

Gifts for Parents and In-Laws | love 'n' labels www.lovenlabels.com

Christmas shopping is in full swing here at the Baxter household! My goal is to cross everyone off of my list at least one week before Christmas this year, but it always seems like I have a few last minute additions to add to the pile every holiday season. Recently, TJ and I have been looking for things to get our parents, and I remembered some of you asking me to present a gift guide for in-laws. It’s true – they can be hard to shop for … especially if you are just looking for a gift for your boyfriend/girlfriend’s parents and you all are not yet married.

In this post, I’ve included a huge list of gift ideas for mom, dad, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, & brother-in-law. Any of these gifts would make the perfect Christmas present for this group of people. I included both affordable and higher-priced items, depending on what you normally spend on these loved ones. I hope you all find this super helpful! PS – a lot of these items, TJ and I bought for our family members! 🙂

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